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‘He doesn’t care what I think’: Heather Heyer’s mom slams Trump in emotional MSNBC interview

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The mother of Heather Heyer, the anti-fascism activist who was murdered during August’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virgina, had harsh words for President Donald Trump during a Friday interview with MSNBC’s Katy Tur.

“It’s been four months since the world watched as men carrying Nazi flags clashed with counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Heather Heyer was among those demonstrating against the white nationalists who were rallying in support of Confederate monuments. The 32-year-old was run down by a man who drove his car into the crowd. President Trump said shortly her death that ‘both sides’ were to blame for the violence,” Tur reminded.

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“Are you still getting threats? What sort of things do they say?” Tur asked Susan Bro.

“She shouldn’t have been there in the first place, why didn’t you stop her from going? More N’s should have been killed, she was an N-lover and that’s why she was there, glad she died, she was a fat slob,” Bro explained. “I said — yes, my daughter was overweight, that still doesn’t excuse somebody driving into a crowd and killing her.”

“You know, it’s been a couple months since this happened, and you’ve gotten some distance from it and you’ve told other outlets, including The Daily Beast, that you think the president is responsible. Why is that?” Tur asked.

“I don’t think he’s responsible entirely by any means, but he is certainly a symptom of the divisiveness in the country and he doesn’t do anything to try to heal that gap,” Bro explained. “He encourages the divisiveness.”

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“In the beginning, you were hesitant to say that,” Tur noted. “What’s behind this change of heart?”

“I still want to protect my family and he’s still the president, so I’m still trying to not be too aggressive in my opinions, shall we say,” Bro explained. “There seems to be an unrelenting pattern of divisiveness encouraged. It doesn’t seem to let up, I thought maybe it would let up after the election, but it still seems to be ongoing.”

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“What do you think he can do to make it better?”

“He?” Bro asked. “I don’t know what he could do.”

“I think that he is who he is and he’s not likely to change,” Bro suggested. “I think we have to make changes ourselves on a personal level, one on one, ground swell of people talking to one another. People will often ask me what is it you’re trying to accomplish? I said I’m making ripples and encouraging other people to make ripples and if you get enough ripples together you get a wave and if you get enough waves together you get a tsunami and that’s what we need, is a tsunami is change, but it’s got to come from within people, it can’t be legislated down, it’s got to come from within the heart.”

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“From what I’ve seen of him interacting with people, he doesn’t care what I think, nor other people think,” Bro observed. “He has his opinions and he’s going to give his opinions, so i’m not wasting my breath and not wasting his time either.”

“Some things can’t be compromised: we cannot compromise with white supremacy or nazism, we simply cannot,” Bro argued. “But we can find ways to get along and have better civil justice, social justice for all people.”

“Susan Bro, thank you for joining us, and let me just say on behalf of everybody here, your daughter was brave, she was good and she will be remembered,” Tur concluded.

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‘Go back to Harlem!’: Florida woman has n-word laced meltdown after bumping black woman’s shopping cart

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On Saturday, the Atlanta Black Star reported an incident in Florida, in which a white woman screamed racial slurs at a black woman at a Publix supermarket in Miami after their shopping carts jostled each other.

After the woman allegedly banged into Nicki Johnson's cart, she refused to apologize, saying, "I didn't hit you with my cart, and f**k you,  you f**king n****r."

Johnson whipped out her cell phone camera, and began recording the incident, saying "You, why don't you call me a n****r again?"

"You thinking I'm sorry?" snapped the woman. "Let me tell you something, I don't have to call you anything. Get away from me, I will call security and there are surveillance videos. Get away from me!"

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‘I’m a nurse, what are you?’: Tennessee lawmaker humiliates anti-choice activists in brutal public grilling

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Anti-choice activists in Tennessee were unprepared for the grilling they got from a Democratic Party lawmaker when making the case for a bill that would outlaw abortion before many women knew they were pregnant.

One of the speakers in favor of the fetal heartbeat bill was Baptist Pastor Randy Davis, who was questioned by state Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis).

"How many women executive pastors do you have in your convention?" Robinson asked Davis. "Or senior pastors."

"None," Davis replied.

"So is it the same ideology that restricts access to women being able to lead a congregation that leads you all to support women not being able to make a medical decision about their body?" Robinson asked.

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Trump is doing everything he did in 2016 to get elected — and it’s failing this time: columnist

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On Saturday, Washington Post columnist Dan Balz wrote that President Donald Trump is relying on the same old bag of tricks that let him lurch blindly to a surprise victory in 2016 — but that that playbook is unlikely to get him elected again, let alone deliver sound domestic or foreign policy.

"After a week in which the threat of recession rocked global financial markets, his trade war with China showed no signs of progress and the government of Israel got into a nasty dispute with two members of Congress, President Trump went to bed Thursday night with other weighty issues on his mind. 'Great news,' he tweeted. 'Tonight we broke the all-time attendance record previously held by Elton John at #SNHUArena [Southern New Hampshire University] in Manchester!'" wrote Balz. "This is the frivolous mind-set of the president of the United States. Trump’s flurry of statements over the past few days have brought into focus once again something fundamental about him: He has little understanding of what it means to govern. He would rather tweet from the bleachers."

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