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‘Patently false’: Newspaper rips Idaho GOPer for defending white nationalists as ‘people who love the Constitution’

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Controversial Idaho state Rep. Heather Scott defended white nationalists by claiming that racism is not part of the movement.

“The way the media has set this up, the mention of white nationalist, which is no more than a Caucasian who (sic) for the Constitution and making America great again, and confusing it with term, ‘white supremacist’ which is extreme racism,” Rep. Scott claimed in a Facebook post.

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“Therefore, if one is ‘guilty’ of being white, one is clearly racist,” Rep. Scott concluded. “And if one is white AND loves America, they are a white supremacist capable of carrying out violent acts against nonwhites.”

The Spokesman-Review fact-checked the claims of the Tea Party leader, speaking with University of Idaho professor Kristin Haltinner, a noted expert on right-wing social movements.

“Unfortunately Representative Scott is incorrect in her definition of white nationalism,” Prof. Haltinner explained. “A white nationalist is a person who believes in a falsely claimed superiority of white people over people of other races and supports the creation of a white homeland, or nation; hence the term nationalism.”

“White nationalism is an umbrella term that has historically included a number of white supremacist organizations including the Aryan Nations, the KKK, neo-Nazis and other groups,” Haltinner noted.

Professor Haltinner wasn’t the only expert The Spokesman-Review interviewed.

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“This definition of white nationalism is patently false,” explained Vanderbilt University assistant professor Sophie Bjork-James. “White nationalists support the creation of a white ethno-state ruled by people of European descent. The movement espouses prejudice against people of color and Jews, and many white nationalists are aligned with neo-Nazi ideology.”

This is not the first racism scandal for the Blanchard Republican.

Two weeks after South Carolina lowered the Confederate flag from the state capitol, Rep. Scott proudly posted a photo of her holding “stars and bars” next to a sign for her political campaign.

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In February, Rep. Scott was stripped of all legislative committee assignments after claiming female members of the Idaho House were able to advance in their careers only because they “spread their legs.”

As of publication, Representative Scott has yet to remove her Facebook post, despite the newspaper fact-check.

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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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