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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.

“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.”

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“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.

“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.”

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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.

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.”

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


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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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Trump’s campaign is spending massively at his own businesses — and even more on lawyers

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President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign filed their latest campaign finance reports on Monday.

Anna Massoglia, a researcher at the money in politics watchdog group Open Secrets, dissected the numbers and made two startling discoveries.

In the three months covered, from April through June, Trump's campaign and affiliated joint fundraising committees spent $326,094.24 at Trump businesses, including six figures at both Mar-a-Lago and Trump Hotel DC.

Trump's campaign also spent over $1.3 million on legal bills. He spent approximately $7 million on legal bills in 2018, Massoglia noted.

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Trump is ‘one pointy white hat shy of a Klan rally’: GOP strategist Rick Wilson ripped Trump as a ‘flagrant racist’ on MSNBC

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Republican strategy ripped President Donald Trump for being a "flagrant racist" during a Monday night appearance on MSNBC.

Lawrence O'Donnell interviewed Wilson about Trump's latest nativist attacks on young women of color in Congress.

"Rick Wilson, is this a campaign strategy? Is this Donald Trump and his campaign advisers thinking, well, our only hope is going for the voters we already have and energizing them and getting them to come and squeak out that electoral formula once again?" O'Donnell asked.

"Absolutely, Lawrence. As everyone else stated on the show, it’s been obvious for a long time from the long arc of his dad to redling to the Central Park Five to birtherism to this stuff today, this guy, he's racist adjacent in of the best day of his life," Wilson is explained.

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