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Jake Tapper calls out GOP hypocrisy over Kathy Griffin photo: ‘Mocking the disabled’ should be condemned too

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CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday nailed the hypocritical outrage over Kathy Griffin’s controversial severed Donald Trump head photo, arguing while her display was clearly “disgusting and offensive,” some of the president’s own behavior should be condemned as well.

“Indecent behavior should be condemned,” Tapper said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon. “Including not just faux presidential beheadings but, said, mocking the disabled or denigrating POWs.”

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Trump has done both those things. In November 2015, Trump—then a leading Republican candidate for president—mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski after growing frustrated that Kovaleski contradicted Trumps as yes unproven claim that “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the 9/11 terror attacks. A few months earlier, in July 2015, Trump declared former POW Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was “not a war hero” because McCain was captured and Trump likes “people who weren’t captured.”

Tuesday, Tapper condemned Griffin’s photo—which featured the comedian holding a severed Trump head covered in blood. Griffin quickly apologized for the image, but has since lost a sponsorship and been removed from CNN’s New Year’s special.

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He also made is clear that no one was defending Griffin’s image.

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Despite Tapper’s nuanced view on condemning vile language and imagery, comedy Rosie O’Donnell took issue with he CNN host’s comment—until Tapper shut her down.

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Trump boasts he’s about to declare Antifa a ‘Terrorist Organization’

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Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to announce that he will be "designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."

The brief tweet followed several others blaming violence at George Floyd protests on the loosely organized group of anarchists.

The president wrote, "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."

You can see the tweets below:

The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020

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Make cops pay for their crimes and end ‘qualified immunity’: conservative columnist

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Writing for the conservative Bulwark, the vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute explained that the time has come for police officers who have been accused of crimes be treated like any other Americans and not be handed the shield of "qualified immunity" that protects them from paying the price for breaking the law.

As Cato's Clark Neily wrote, in light of the death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers -- now all fired -- it is time for a reappraisal of legal protections provided to law enforcement personnel.

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Big hints lie in the official complaint against Derek Chauvin — and surprising details are left out: ex-prosecutor

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In a column for CNN, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig reviewed the criminal complaint filed against ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and said it gives clues as to the direction prosecutors are likely to follow to convict the alleged killer of Georg Floyd -- but it also leaves out  key elements of the case that should be brought before a jury.

As Honig wrote, the case against Chauvin is strong but may not go far enough.

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