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‘Assimilate or go home’: Trump-loving mayoral candidate flips out over immigrants — but was born in Germany

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A German-born mayoral candidate in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is in hot water after social media posts expressing alleged anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim bias have surfaced.

Sioux Falls’ Argus Leader newspaper reported Wednesday that “dark horse” mayoral hopeful Mike Gunn posted and shared anti-immigrant rhetoric, including urging Facebook friends to call the police on people they suspect are not documented citizens.

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He also hared a link from the “Americans First, Task Force of Aberdeen SD” Facebook page, which appears to be dedicated to promoting the myth that Muslims are trying to take over the world.

The post that Gunn shared included a link to anti-Muslim website JihadWatch.com claiming the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a nonprofit Muslim advocacy group, is a terrorist organization.

In an interview with the Argus Leader, Gunn denied that he’s “anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant,” but instead a proponent of “doing things the legal way.”

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“Assimilate to our ways or, if you want it to be like your home country, then go home,” the candidate said. “I don’t see why that’s a racist remark. We are the United States. There’s a difference in the name, there’s a difference in the rules, and there’s a difference in the way of life.”

Gunn has also posted a number of videos and articles on his Facebook page in support of President Donald Trump.

If he were to win the mayoral election, Gunn told the paper that he “would direct the Sioux Falls Police Department to work with federal immigration authorities to ensure foreign-born residents aren’t overstaying their visas or being harbored by local organizations or businesses.”

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Trump Twitter freaks out about coming recession and tries to pin the blame on the Democrats

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President Donald Trump betrayed his mortal fear of a recession in another early morning Twitter rant about the economy.

The president insisted the economy was fine, and again tried to blame Democrats and the media if a recession hits before the 2020 election.

"The Economy is strong and good, whereas the rest of the world is not doing so well," the president tweeted. "Despite this the Fake News Media, together with their Partner, the Democrat Party, are working overtime to convince people that we are in, or will soon be going into, a Recession."

He suggested that his political enemies were willing to sacrifice their wealth to defeat him next year.

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‘American Carnage’: How Mike Pence uses his brand of right-wing evangelical Christianity to play Trump

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In February of 2018, Donald Trump's former political guru Steve Bannon told Bloomberg News that in the 2016 election, "The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit.”

Bannon was proven correct in his strategy of how Trump's racist, authoritarian pseudo-populist movement could win power in the United States (and various other places around the world). Nearly three years into Trump's tenure the American news media is still struggling with how to cover a president and an administration that have no use for democratic norms, the Constitution, the rule of law, and the truth or reality itself.

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Whistleblower hands House Dems evidence of ‘inappropriate’ interference on Trump’s tax returns

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A federal employee turned over “credible” evidence to House Democrats of possible “inappropriate efforts to influence” the IRS presidential audit process, House lawyers said in a court filing Tuesday.

In July, House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., sued Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin after the latter rejected the panel’s request for six years of Trump’s tax returns. On Tuesday, House lawyers cited the new evidence in a motion asking a federal judge to rule without trial that the Treasury Department is required by law to turn over the president’s tax returns.

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