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High-ranking Chicago officials cruelly mocked black victims of gun violence in shockingly racist emails

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After a gun sale investigation in Chicago city government revealed a trove of bigoted emails in May that led to multiple high-profile firings, the city’s inspector general released the content in an effort at transparency.

The investigation turned up offensive emails written by three high-ranking officials of the city’s water department. According to DNA Info, Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson released the emails Monday — and the findings were shocking.

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Among the emails were multiple racist references to watermelons, an age-old stereotype about African Americans, as well as an image that depicted a Ku Klux Klan robe in a watermelon patch with a sign that read “watermelon protection.” The emails also include anti-Muslim sentiments and “derogatory and threatening statements” from a water department chemist to ex-employees — two of whom filed complaints for harassment.

One email offered employees “Chicago Safari Tickets” and included an image of white people taking pictures of black individuals. “We guarantee that you will see at least one kill and five crime scenes per three day tour. You’ll also see lots and lots of animals in their natural habitat. Call and book your Chicago Safari today,” the email said.

In Inspector General Ferguson’s report, he called the emails from the chemist’s emails “particularly egregious” because the still-anonymous chemist had a “long and documented history of harassing other employees.”

Read the inspector general’s report on the newly-released Chicago water department emails below, via Scribd.

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Trump’s latest attempt to smear Scaramucci dunked in mockery

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At least one White House or campaign staffer apparently helped President Donald Trump attack his short-lived communications director Anthony Scaramucci -- and he was met with mockery.

The president tweeted out a supercut video late Monday of Scaramucci defending Trump before his recent public disavowal, and attacked his former staffer as a "dope" who's seeking fame.

Nobody ever heard of this dope until he met me. He only lasted 11 days! pic.twitter.com/RzX3zjXzga

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019

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When Trump talks about ‘our movement,’ be afraid — it will outlast his presidency

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Last Thursday, Donald Trump took his political rodeo to New Hampshire. As usual, he told lies about the Democratic Party being dominated by "socialists" and "hating" America, bragged about the size of the crowd, and threatened that if he is not re-elected in 2020 the United States will face economic ruin. The Trumpian faithful were greatly entertained.

The "highlight" of the event was when Trump taunted a "protester":

But while the Democrats rage and rages — that guy has got a serious weight problem. Go home, start exercising. Get him out of here, please. Got a bigger problem than I do. Got a bigger problem than all of us. Now he goes home and his mom says, what the hell have you just done?

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Here’s why Jeffrey Epstein surrounded himself with scientists

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The list of confidants and friends who were fêted by the late financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein included a number of prominent scientists. Among the eye-popping names that appeared on the list: the late cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Nobel-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, physicist Frank Wilczek, neurologist Oliver Sacks, and geneticist George M. Church.

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