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Trump-backing lawmaker freaks out after seeing Muslims at interfaith event at South Dakota capitol

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A Republican state senator confronted an interfaith group praying at the South Dakota Capitol — and then complained when they called him a racist.

State Sen. Neal Tapio (R-Watertown) was unable to stay silent after seeing about 50 Muslims and others pray Wednesday in the Capitol rotunda for tolerance and religious acceptance, reported the Argus Leader.

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Tapio, who served as President Donald Trump’s state campaign manager, warned in a press release that Muslims intended to impose religious sharia law that would put nonbelievers at risk of death.

“A simple check of their social media accounts will verify these people violently oppose President Trump and his efforts to keep America safe,” Tapio said in the statement.

The worshipers invited Tapio to join them for a group photo, and the newspaper reported that he stood awkwardly as cameras clicked.

The GOP lawmaker then turned his back to the group and began yelling.

“I don’t like being called a racist,” Tapio said, and then began a well-rehearsed anti-Muslim speech.

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“If you don’t have the freedom to leave a religion, is there a freedom of religion?” Tapio said. “And that’s the question we have to ask ourselves as a state.”

Tapio continued the outburst with a small group of reporters.

“Interfaith dialogue is a part of a war, it’s a silent part, it’s a part of a way of taking away the Christian fabric of our nation,” Tapio told reporters. “Now some people are okay with that, that’s their prerogative, but there’s American patriots that want to fight.”

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Here’s why Ukrainians are shocked about Rudy Giuliani’s new associate

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney is causing "shock" among Ukrainians for working with Andrey Artemenko, according to new reports.

"In an attempt to exonerate President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani has been working with right-wing media outlet One America News Network (OAN) to produce a television special featuring a string of current and former Ukrainian officials defending Trump’s conduct in withholding military aid to Ukraine and seeking investigations of the Bidens," Law & Crime reported Saturday.

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WATCH: Video surfaces of Eric Trump in Ukraine

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Video surfaced on Saturday of one of President Donald Trump's children in Kyiv as Congress and federal prosecutors examine the family's dealings in Ukraine and Russia.

On Friday, Democratic strategist Scott Dworkin released a still photo of Eric Trump reportedly in Ukraine.

On Saturday's Dworkin's Democratic Coalition released video of the event.

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https://twitter.com/TheDemCoalition/status/1203457171352145921

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