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‘Blue Lives Matter’ and Trump fans are behind #FireSheriffIsrael hate after he shouted at NRA spokeswoman

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Broward county sheriff Scott Israel

On Friday night, hashtags calling for the firing or resignation of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel began trending on Twitter — and they appear to be directed by both fans of President Donald Trump and, peculiarly, proponents of the so-called “Blue Lives Matter” movement.

Israel has been thrust into the spotlight this week in response to the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school where suspect Nikolas Cruz used an AR-15 assault rifle to gun down 17 people. Days after, Israel came out in support of a ban on assault-style rifles. On Wednesday, he shouted in the face of National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch during a CNN town hall, accusing her and her organization of “not standing up” for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students and teachers lost to gun violence on Valentine’s Day.

His critical stance on the powerful gun group appears to have made him some right-wing enemies. Just two days after the massacre, Fox News ran an article on a statement he made whose headline read “Florida sheriff Scott Israel says lawmakers ‘won’t get re-elected’ if they don’t push for gun control.”

In the intervening days, right-wing sites have repeatedly published articles critical of Israel, and Twitter has followed suit. Not only are fans of President Donald Trump and pro-gun voters rallying around cries for the sheriff’s removal, but people who ascribe to the racist “Blue Lives Matter” pro-police mentality are as well.

“Sheriff Scott Israel and his Band of Bumbling Broward Buffoons & the FBI are the poster boys as to WHY AMERICANS NEED TO PROTECT THEMSELVES,” an account purporting to be a former chief of the New York Police Department tweeted in response to both Fox News host Tucker Carlson and CNN Friday evening.

The @sundnce99 account tweeted more than a dozen times about Israel, often responding to unrelated or loosely-related posts made by other users to berate the sheriff, often in all caps.

The #ResignSheriffIsrael hashtag appears to have been started by Ben Shapiro, the former Breitbart writer and founder of the conservative Daily Wire.

“It seems to me that Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel deserves a hashtag far more than the NRA,” he tweeted Friday night.

Shapiro has tweeted in support of so-called “Blue Lives” at least once, claiming in late 2014 that “a political infrastructure that defends criminals and lies about cops has blood on its hands.”

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‘Black students don’t tip’: Texas restaurant says forcing African-American kids to pay gratuity is not racist

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A restaurant in Cypress, Texas has come under fire after an employee allegedly said that black students "don't tip."

Brittany Blakney told KPRC that she and her friends went to Locatelli’s restaurant to celebrate graduating from Prairie View A&M University.

Blakney said that she was surprised to find out that the server had already added a 15% gratuity to her check.

“He said, 'Black students from Prairie View don’t tip,'” she recalled.

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Supreme Court rejects Virginia GOP’s last-ditch attempt to block fair legislative elections

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On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down their decision in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, shutting down the Virginia GOP's last ditch effort to rig the upcoming state legislative election taking place this November.

In 5-4 decision, the justices held that the House of Delegates has no standing to appeal the decision made by the lower court. The vote broke along unusual lines, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writing for a majority with Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch, and Justice Samuel Alito writing a dissent joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and Brett Kavanaugh.

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Gun-loving Parkland teen loses admission to Harvard over racist texts

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A pro-gun Parkland school shooting survivor has lost his admission to Harvard University over recently revealed racist remarks.

Kyle Kashuv broke with many of his classmates on gun safety laws after a February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, and he was accepted to attend the Ivy League university after working as a conservative activist.

However, the 18-year-old Kashuv announced Monday, that admission was rescinded after texts and other derogatory comments he made nearly two years ago were reported.

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