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‘Your white sheets and hood are ready’: SC governor candidate blasted for pro-Confederate and transphobic comments

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South Carolinian politicians aren’t known for their political correctness — but one gubernatorial candidate really took the cake.

As reported by the Charleston Post-Courier, gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton is already grabbing headlines, first for asserting that she is “proud of the Confederacy,” and again by saying she thinks transgender people should use the bathrooms associated with the gender they were assigned at birth.

When asked about her position on “Southern heritage and Southern defense” by a man who identified himself as a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans group, Templeton said that no Confederate monuments would be removed on her watch.

“I don’t think there’s anything else to say about it,” Templeton said during the forum on August 1. “You cannot rewrite history. I don’t care whose feelings it hurts. You cannot rewrite history.”

When asked if she would “buckle down like North Carolina did” or “stand up for the Lord’s word” by a voter at the same forum, Templeton responded that she believes trans people should use bathrooms that correlate to their birth gender — but didn’t mention whether she would try to make that a law.

As the Post-Courier noted, her comments about the Confederacy particularly offended African-American lawmakers in the state, who are still reeling from Dylann Roof’s racist mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the heart of Charleston in 2015.

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“I don’t think she understands the diversity we have in South Carolina and that we’re not all a bunch of flag-waving yahoos,” Joe Darby, a presiding elder for the AME church in the region, told the Post-Courier. “When you elevate the Confederacy, you stomp on the memories of those who were subjugated, the slaves. She’s stomping on my ancestors. If she’s proud of her heritage over nine lives, it’s a shame.”

Watch Templeton express her Confederate pride at the 25 minute mark below, and check out some Twitter responses to her controversial comments as well.

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Trump thinks he can create his own healthcare law that will take the issue off the table for Democrats

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One of the significant issues Republicans lost on in 2018 was their nearly decade-long crusade to unmake the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

This week Trump will announce that he's running for president again, and he promises a surprise announcement while there. While it's unclear what he intends for the surprise, one thing he is talking about is a better healthcare law than the Democratic one.

According to The New York Times, Trump is "vowing to issue the plan within a month or two, reviving a campaign promise with broad consequences for next year’s contest."

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Donald Trump whines: ‘My life has always been a fight’

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The full interview with President Donald Trump finally aired on ABC Sunday, revealing the shocking way that he views his life.

Trump lamented that he's had such a hard life, as the son of multi-millionaires who paid to get him out of trouble multiple times.

"You're a fighter. You, you, it feels like you're in a constant kind of churn--" host George Stephanopoulos began.

"Yeah, uh, my life has always been a fight," Trump said. "And I enjoy that I guess, I don't know if I enjoy it or not, I guess -- sometimes I have false fights like the Russian witch hunt. That's a false fight. That's a made-up, uh, hoax. And I had to fight that."

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The right-wing scored more in years of Trump than eight years of George W. Bush: report

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President George W. Bush oversaw eight years that restricted rights, banned LGBTQ equality, appointed anti-choice judges and so much more. But under Donald Trump's presidency, social conservatives have managed to roll back any progress made by President Barack Obama's leadership.

A new Axios report listed out any anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-poor policies.

“He campaigned saying that he would be a good friend to LGBT people,” James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project, told VOX. "Actions speak far louder than words. And what he's done has been a wreck."

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