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NYC judge strikes down Trump-lover’s ‘petty’ discrimination lawsuit after he claims MAGA is his religion

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A judge in Manhattan ruled Wednesday that bar owners are legally allowed to kick people out for supporting President Donald Trump because anti-discrimination laws don’t cover political affiliation.

The New York Post reported that 31-year-old Greg Piatek, an accountant from Philadelphia, was kicked out of a West Village bar for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat shortly after Trump’s inauguration in 2017. After being told that “anyone who supports Trump — or believes in what you believe — is not welcome here” by staff at The Happiest Hour bar, Piatek sued the establishment and said the incident “offended his sense of being American.”

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In court on Wednesday, The Happiest Hour’s lawyer Elizabeth Conway argued that state and city non-discrimination laws only bar business owners from refusing service based on religion — not political affiliation.

“Supporting Trump is not a religion,” the attorney argued. Piatek’s lawyer Paul Liggieri, the Post reported, shot back with a unique counter-argument.

“The purpose of the hat is that he wore it because he was visiting the 9/11 Memorial,” Liggieri told Justice David Cohen, the judge presiding over the case. “He was paying spiritual tribute to the victims of 9/11. The Make American Great Again hat was part of his spiritual belief.”

When Justice Cohen pressed Liggieri on how the bar’s staff was supposed to know Piatek was wearing the hat based on religious rather than political beliefs, the attorney responded that they were only aware of the hat’s existence. When asked about how many people ascribe to said spiritual belief, the lawyer acknowledged that Piatek’s is “a creed of one.”

Cohen, when tossing out the case, said Piatek’s unspecified emotional damages were “petty” in nature, and that he did not adequately “state any faith-based principle to which the hat relates,” the Post reported.

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GOP ridiculed for hyping Ohio anti-impeachment protest — and only a handful of Trump supporters showed

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The official Twitter of account of the Republican National Committee was buried in mockery after hyping up a video of anti-impeachment protesters in Youngstown, Ohio, where it appears only a handful of people showed up.

According to the tweet, "Ohioans are sick and tired of the Democrats’ impeachment charade. It’s time to STOP THE MADNESS!"

However, in the video from WKBN, which can be seen below, few people chose to show up for the cameras.

As one commenter noted with tongue-in-cheek, "Thought Ohio had a few more people than that."

That was the general consensus in the comments.

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Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’

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In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.

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BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble

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On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?

"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.

These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.

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