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‘It’s abhorrent’: Retired admiral slams Marine Corps troops for applauding Trump’s attacks on a free press

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Retired Rear Admiral John Kirby slammed the service members at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar who applauded President Donald Trump’s attacks on the press.

“Troops at Miramar applauded loudly when Trump pointed to the television cameras and said ‘fake news.’ It is unusual for a president to criticize the press in front of uniformed service members,” Los Angeles Times White House correspondent reported Tuesday.

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“It is not just unusual,” Kirby noted. “It is abhorrent.”

“And I’m truly sorry to see some of our service members take such heart in it,” Kirby, the former top Pentagon spokesperson, continued. “One of the things our men & women in uniform serve to protect is a free press.”

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Disturbing video exposes the dangerous message a State Patrol officer told team: ‘Don’t kill them, but hit them hard’

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Krystal Marx, the executive director of Seattle Pride, shared a disturbing video this week revealing the violent message an officer in the Washington State Patrol gave to his team as it prepared to confront protesters.

“Don’t kill them, but hit them hard,” he said as he walked through a group of his colleagues.

“I remember shaking,” Marx told the Seattle Times of the experience filming the patrol from her office window. “Why not say, ‘Restrain them, calmly’?”

Chris Loftis, a spokesperson for the patrol, gave the Times a statement trying to explain away the comment as poor “word choice,” but it was not reassuring:

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Trump stokes division in Republican Party as he rages at Sen. Lisa Murkowski

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As the Republican Party is struggling to defend him in a moment of nationwide strife, President Donald Trump decided Thursday night to fuel divisions within GOP rather than make nice.

He had already lashed out on Wednesday at his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who sharply criticized Trump’s response to the ongoing George Floyd protests. But on Thursday night, Trump took at aim at sitting Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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