As progressive activists assembled peacefully outside a California Republican’s office, a group of MAGA hat-wearing counter-protesters began harassing them.
“Oh yeah, I’m a hate crime,” an unidentified Trump supporter said in a video published by Sacramento’s CBS 13. “I’m a walking hate crime.”
In one instance, the Trump supporter taunted a woman by asking her about her “lesbian lover.” Others told CBS 13 that he’d hurled homophobic slurs as well.
Barbara Brass, the woman the counter-protester appeared to be targeting, said the man “incessantly” harassed the demonstrators outside of Rep. Tom McClintock’s (R-CA) office — both verbally and physically.
“He is in your face,” she told the CBS affiliate before describing an incident in which one of the pro-Trump protesters pulled a woman’s hat and glasses off and stomped on them.
Watch below, via CBS 13.
House GOP loses yet another incumbent as California’s Paul Cook announces retirement
Another day, another retirement for House Republicans.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Paul Cook R-CA) is heading for the exits and retiring at the end of his term in 2020.
Instead of serving in Congress for another term, Cook will run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the congressman's chief of staff tells the Los Angeles Times.
Even though Democrats made major gains in California during the 2018 midterm elections, Cook's district will be difficult for the party to pick up. Cook last year won reelection with 60 percent of the vote and his opponent wasn't even a Democrat, but fellow Republican Tim Donnelly.
Strike on Saudi oil field likely launched by Iranian ‘proxies’ inside Iraq
The drone strike on an oil field in Saudi Arabia on the weekend was likely launched by Iraqi militias affiliated with Iran, said France 24’s terrorism expert Wassim Nasr.
“It’s the most plausible version,” he said.
And it wouldn’t be the first time such strikes have been launched from inside Iraq by Iranian-backed forces, Nasr explained. Between April 2018 and July 2019, three reported interceptions or strikes targeted a Saudi pipeline running from the east of the Kingdom to the Red Sea, disrupting the transport of oil.
The technology was also evidently a Houthi missile based in Iranian technology, a Quds-1 missile that is a smaller and “better” version of the Iranian Soumar missile, Nasr said.
Michigan Republicans thank ‘Uncle Ted’ Nugent for testifying after he says their state ‘doesn’t qualify as America’
Republican lawmakers in Michigan invited conservative rocker Ted Nugent to testify even though he has said the state "doesn't qualify as America."
In testimony on the Michigan state House floor on Tuesday, Nugent spoke in support of a bill that would reverse a ban on deer and elk baiting. The ban was put in place in 2018 due to suspicions that chronic wasting disease (CWD) was being spread through piles of bait.
For his part, Nugent argued that the ban was ineffective because deer are "swapping spit."
"If they think they can stop deer from swapping spit, they're idiots," Nugent testified, according to The Detroit News.