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Trump-loving Oregon candidate attacks Parkland teens as ‘Jews’ and rants about ‘Muslim rats’

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A GOP statehouse candidate in Eugene, Oregon was found to have made anti-Semitic and Islamophobic remarks on social media — and told a reporter he did so because he wants to “preserve the Western cultural heritage.”

Eugene’s Register-Guard reported Tuesday that candidate Joshua Powell, who’s running for an open seat in Oregon House District 11, opined about the “Jew York Times” and the “Muslim rats” supposedly overtaking nearby Washington state.

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When contacted for comment, 33-year-old Powell claimed he’s not racist but is interested in “preserv[ing] the Western cultural heritage.”

“We’ve never had Muslims here in Oregon, ever, until now,” he said. “Jewish liberals are opening up the borders, and innocent bystanders are subjected to this aggressive agenda. And then they wonder why there’s anti-Semitism.”

Since filing his candidacy in February, Powell does not appear to have taken pains to remove his controversial public posts on Facebook. In February, after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida led to gun control activism by its survivors, the candidate said they were nothing more than “Jews calling for gun control.”

“If the truth is anti-Semitic, so be it,” he wrote in an April 7 post. “If the majority of corruption is done by Jews, then they will suffer the consequences as anyone else would equally under the law.”

“There’s nothing wrong with profiling people based on past patterns of behavior,” Powell told the Register-Guard. “You may find some groups of people are more likely to commit certain crimes than other people.”

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A perusal of Powell’s Facebook profile reveals a number of posts critical of Israeli military action from both right and left-wing sources, along with posts that appear to be in support of President Donald Trump. His profile picture and listed education at “Anonymous University” suggest he is a fan of “Anonymous,” the 4chan-based hacker group.

 

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McConnell blocked by his own party from calling impeachment witnesses Trump wants for Senate trial: report

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According to a report from the New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is finding his hands tied by members of his own party who are skeptical over the appropriateness of calling some the witnesses Donald Trump  -- and a few of his House Republican enablers  -- want to appear.

As the Times notes, "While Democrats who control the House are focused on a swift impeachment vote by year’s end, the White House is almost entirely consumed by the trial that would follow in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Mr. Trump’s team believes he would have the chance to defend himself and where Democrats would almost certainly fall short of the two-thirds vote they would need to remove him from office."

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Ted Cruz hammered as ‘Putin’s stooge’ after humiliating himself on NBC to push Kremlin propaganda

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In a column for the Washington Post, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin in publically shamed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his conversion from Cold War Russia critic to unabashed "Putin stooge" after his performance on "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

Speaking with NBC host Chuck Todd on Sunday, Cruz attempted to push what has been described as Kremlin propaganda, asserting that "there is evidence of Ukraine interference in our election because an op-ed was written criticizing Trump’s campaign rhetoric about Ukraine." 

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Chinese diplomats unleashed to pummel the reeling Trump administration: report

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According to a report from Politico, Chinese diplomats have been unleashed, as well as urged, to attack Donald Trump's administration and the U.S. in general via social media like Twitter -- turning the president's favorite social media platform back on him.

"The tactic comes as China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has reportedly urged his diplomats to adopt a 'fighting spirit,' which has led to Chinese diplomat Lijian Zhao to describe "America as 'unjust, 'inhumane' and 'hypocritical.' He’s gone so far as to slam neighborhood segregation in Washington, D.C., and assert that 'racial discrimination, gun violence, violent law enforcement are chronic diseases deeply rooted in U.S. society," Politico reports.

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