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Jake Tapper forces GOP Rep. Mia Love to admit Trump’s ‘sh*thole’ comments about Africa are ‘racist’

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Republican Rep. Mia Love of Utah on Sunday accused President Donald Trump of making “racist” remarks about Haiti and African Countries.

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Love sidestepped the fact that Republican lawmakers had yet to forcefully condemn Trump for reportedly saying that African countries were a “shithole” and immigrants from Haiti did not deserve to stay in the United States.

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“Were the comments racist, do you think?” Tapper asked Love.

“Um, well,” Love stuttered. “I think they were — yes. I think that they were unfortunate. I don’t know if they were taken — I wasn’t in the room when the comments were made. I don’t know which context they were made. I’m looking forward to finding out what happened.”

Watch the video below from CNN.


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‘We don’t have a Dr. Fauci problem’: Lindsey Graham defends top scientist after White House smears

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) this week defended the federal government's top infectious disease expert after President Donald Trump and the White House put out statements defaming him.

At a press event on Tuesday, Graham was asked about the attempts to smear Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The Republican senator praised Fauci as "one of the smartest people I know."

"Has he been right all the time? No," Graham said. "We don't have a Dr. Fauci problem. We need to be focusing on doing things to get us where we need to go. So, I have all the respect in the world for Dr. Fauci."

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Cop shoots and kills man who stabbed an elderly store customer for asking him to wear a mask

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A Michigan man has been shot and killed by an Eaton County deputy on Tuesday after he stabbed an elderly man who confronted him in a store for not wearing a mask, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Sean Ernest Ruis, 43, was confronted by a 77-year-old male customer for not wearing a mask inside the store. The argument continued outside in the parking lot, where Ruis stabbed the man and then fled on foot. The victim, whose name has not been released, is reportedly in stable condition.

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No vaccine, no carnival, Rio’s samba schools warn

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Some of Rio's biggest samba schools say they will not participate in next year's Carnival unless a coronavirus vaccine is widely available, Brazilian media reported Tuesday.

Five of the 12 top samba schools, including Mangueira and Beija Flor, told Brazil's O Globo newspaper they would vote to postpone the parades at a meeting set for Tuesday.

"It's simple. If there's no vaccine, there will be no samba," said the head of the Sao Clemente school, Renatinho Gomes.

"How can you gather crowds without collective immunity?"

The mayor of the northwestern city of Salvador de Bahia, where festivities also attract thousands of tourists, has proposed postponing the carnival season nationwide until April or June.

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