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Roseanne Barr has a disturbing history of calling black women ‘apes’

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It seems that Roseanne Barr is clinging to her embrace of racist populism and conspiracy theories.

This article was originally published at Salon

On Monday, the comedian suggested that Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, is a combination of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.” Barr’s attack came in response to a report about how CIA operations under Obama:

“muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 29, 2018″

Though Jarrett’s name is not mentioned in the piece, Roseanne’s response is perhaps not surprising, as the comedic sensation often moonlights as a Twitter troll.

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Jarrett, who is African-American and has no connection to the religious and political Muslim group known as the Muslim Brotherhood, has long been a target for right-wing critics and conspiracy theorists. During Obama’s tenure, suspicions spread on right-wing blogs that Jarrett allegedly expressed a desire “to help change America to be a more Islamic country.” The fact-checking website Snopes ruled that claim to be false.

Last March, the British tabloid “The Daily Mail” published a report that Jarrett had moved in with the Obamas to help “mastermind” the former president’s “insurgency” against sitting President Donald Trump. Though the Mail’s report cited anonymous sources that could not be verified, the story circulated in several news outlets including the Daily CallerFox NewsHollywood Life and Newsmax, who, in turn, cited only the tabloid. Right-wing conspiracy theory websites like InfoWars alleged that Obama is leading an “army” of anti-Trump activists, whom the site referred to as a “shadow government,” from his home located two miles away from the White House in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Tuesday’s tweet is not the first time Roseanne has used racially-charged language to describe an African-American woman from the Obama administration.

In a since-deleted tweet from 2013, Barr tweeted, “susan rice is a man with big swinging ape balls.”

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The comic is currently starring in a successful revival of her legendary sitcom “Roseanne” on ABC. After public outcry on Tuesday, she apologized and announced she would quit Twitter.

 

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‘Come heavily armed’: Oregon GOP lawmaker threatens state troopers over dispute with Dem governor

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On Wednesday, The Oregonian reported that GOP state Sen. Brian Boquist threatened to kill state troopers if they try to keep him in the Senate chamber to debate climate change legislation.

"I'm quotable, so here's the quote. This is what I told the [police] superintendent," said Boquist to reporters outside the Senate chamber. "Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I'm not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It's just that simple."

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has made passing a climate change bill one of her top priorities. While Democrats control Oregon's legislature, Senate Republicans have enough votes to block legislation by walking out and denying a quorum — which they have done to stonewall this legislation.

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Nightmare scenario: Trump could lose by 5 million votes — but still win re-election by one electoral vote

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President Donald Trump could potentially win re-election next year by a single electoral vote.

In that nightmare scenario for Democrats, the president could lose the popular vote -- again -- but still narrowly eke out an electoral win by holding onto four states he carried in 2016, reported Axios.

Even if Democrats flip Michigan and Pennsylvania, increase their vote totals in California and come close to winning Texas -- which could give them 5 million more votes than Trump -- their candidate could still lose if Trump narrowly wins Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin.

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Hope Hicks’ latest obstruction just gave the Democrats a major weapon: report

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Hope Hicks didn't provide much information for Democrats in her testimony before the House Judiciary Committee -- but she may have cracked the stone wall the White House has built around former staffers.

President Donald Trump's former communications director -- and perhaps his most trusted aide outside his family -- claimed blanket immunity throughout her closed-door testimony, but Hicks still gave Democrats something in their legal battle against the White House, argued Margaret Carlson for The Daily Beast.

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