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Arkansas candidate facing backlash for saying ‘f*gs are disgusting’ and created HIV

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A Libertarian candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives in a series of Facebook comments repeatedly attacked LGBTQ people and blamed them for creating HIV, then claimed his remarks were “satire” – while standing by them as factual.

Justin Jones told his Facebook friends he believes “fags are disgusting” in response to a post lamenting gay people are banned from donating blood.

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“The likelihood of a fag catching HIV is 1000% more likely then [sic] any straight person,” Jones said, as KARK and Newsweek report. “If you don’t think HIV is created by homosexuality then you need education. That’s the entirety of my post, for someone who wants free speech, you don’t act like it. I shouldn’t have said ‘fags’ should have said homosexuals. But I won’t apologize of the moral of my comment, homosexuality is wrong, and shouldn’t be publicly endorsed,” he wrote.

Later, Jones posted this “News Statement” to his campaign website:

“I recently made a comment that was meant to be satire, but had FACTUAL meaning. In the new day of Social Media, we face backlash for every comment we make, which is putting ‘Free Speech’ at a price. The Aids Epidemic is a VERY big part of the LGBTQ Community. To not recognize that would be a ‘Lie’ to yourself and the LGBTQ Community. In this New Day of politics, we are recognizing the benefits of throwing away the old establishment, and how that didn’t work. Today, we are bringing back ‘FREEDOM OF SPEECH,’ and protecting our 2nd amendment rights. That might be too much for some people, but that’s why we’re getting them out of Public Office. Let’s get back to ‘Making Arkansas Great Again.’ Vote Justin Jones for State Representative, District 87.”

The Twitter account linked to from Jones’ campaign website is set to private, and the Facebook page appears to have been removed or shut down.

He does have an extensive set of positions on his campaign site. Among them:

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“Symbols of Christian heritage should not be removed from public and government spaces.”

“Government programs encourage people to become dependent and lazy, rather than encouraging work and independence.”

“All Americans have access to health care.”

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“More guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens mean less crime.”

“Human life begins at conception. Abortion is the murder of a human being.”

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Below is KARK’s report:

 

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‘Hurricane truthers’: How nutty conspiracy theories are putting lives in danger

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First it was the moon landing, vaccines, and New Coke. Now nutty conspiracies are surrounding the life-and-death matter of hurricanes.

With warming waters providing extra fuel, tropical cyclones have become more frequent and more intense in recent years, causing deadly flooding, widespread power outages, and hundreds of billions of dollars in damages. Some people (ahem) see a sinister plot behind it all, an attempt to overhype the threat of disasters so that Big Government can take over (or something). This bonkers “hurricane trutherism” has spread from right-wing blogs to a much broader audience.

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The ugly and racist history behind Trump’s favorite insult

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The news was recently filled with stories about Trump’s praise for Conan, the Belgian Malinois used to hunt Islamic State Group founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, alongside his vivid accounts of al-Baghdadi’s “death like a dog.”

Calling someone a dog is more than a throwaway insult. My scholarship focuses on representations of race and animals in literature and popular culture.

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‘She’s fire’: Soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe explains her endorsement of Elizabeth Warren

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Soccer star Megan Rapinoe explained her endorsement of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for president during a Friday evening interview with CNN's Don Lemon.

"Elizabeth Warren picking up a big endorsement today from Megan Rapinoe, the soccer star and social activist who was named Sports Illustrated's 2019 'Person of the Year' earlier this week," Lemon reported.

Lemon played a clip of Rapinoe talking to Warren that was posted earlier in the day on Twitter.

I truly believe the best things in life are a result of being bold and being real. I’m proud to endorse Elizabeth Warren today, for being bold, for being real, for listening to ALL of us, and for being prepared to navigate the unique challenges we face today as a country @ewarren pic.twitter.com/9hX3gQYjvo

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