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‘It’s tough love’: Shouting match erupts on Fox News after host says cages for children look ‘quite compassionate’

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Fox News host Pete Hegseth on Tuesday insisted that photographs of immigrant children being held in detention centers “look quite compassionate” — even though many of them appear to be held in what have been described as “cages.”

During a discussion about President Donald Trump’s “no tolerance” immigration policy, Outnumbered co-host Cathy Areu argued that there is no crisis of immigrants flooding across the border.

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“The photos are horrifying,” co-host Melissa Francis said. “And everyone on all sides is very upset. It’s obviously very charged.”

“I mean, these are the laws that are on the books,” she added, ignoring the fact that Trump could change the policy with a telephone call. “Go back, get your pencil out and don’t go home and don’t go to bed until you’ve written [some new laws].”

Co-host Trish Regan furthered the myth that Democrats are at fault for the Trump policy of separating families.

“They would rather play this out on a very emotional level because you’re appealing — in the Democrats’ mind — to people’s hearts,” Regan stated. “Nobody wants to see children separated from their parents but, at the same time, it plays to any hatred they can gin up for Donald Trump.”

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“The economy is gangbusters!” Hegseth interrupted. “So they’re sending the nightly newscasts down to the border to report from there like this is suddenly now an issue because it’s happening under Donald Trump.”

“Melissa, you said you find all the images horrifying,” Hegseth continued, turning to Francis. “I actually think — many of them — look quite compassionate. Our government is trying to say, ‘These are kids, these are young kids. We’re going to make sure they’re fed well.'”

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“They’re temporarily going to be there and reunited with their parents,” he insisted. “These are not concentration camps, which is what people have said. You can defend the defensible. And in this case, this is defensible.”

Francis fired back: “Pete, there is no moment in time when somebody would take my child away from me that I wouldn’t be hysterical.”

But Regan praised Trump’s policy for allegedly having a deterrent effect, which she called “tough love.”

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“If they know they are being separated from their child for an indefinite amount of time, maybe they rethink that,” she remarked. “Because, as you said, who would do that? Who would ever be willing to do that so maybe it is a kind of tough love environment with the U.S. government saying, ‘You know what? You do something illegally and you’re not going to be rewarded for it.'”

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John Oliver cites Donald Trump’s final offer for Greenland: ‘$200 and I’ll throw in Don Jr.’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's favorite highlight of the week was, of course, President Donald Trump's decision that he wanted to buy Greenland.

In his opener Sunday, the HBO host said that he wasn't all that surprised given Trump's track record.

"Of course, he f*cking did. Of course, he did. Greenland is icy, distant and autonomous is exactly Trump's type," Oliver said, showing a photo of Trump with the first lady.

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Florida teacher removed after bizarre rant about students not standing for the pledge

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Students were faced with a white-board rant in a classroom attacking anyone not standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The moment went viral locally on Thursday after students posted Daniel Goodman‘s “inappropriate” message to students at First Coast High School in Duval County, Florida, The Atlanta Black Star reported.

“THINK: We had about a half million Americans die in our Civil War, which was largely to get rid of slavery. There are no longer separate water fountains and bathrooms in Jacksonville for ‘white’ and ‘colored,’ as Mr. Goodman remembers from the 1960?s. We had an amendment to the U.S. Constitution allowing women the right to vote. We have had a Black president. The superintendent of Duval Schools is a Black woman. Mr. Fluent, our principal, replaced a Black man. Mr. Simmons, who now is a DC PS admninistrator.”

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Angry Minnesota farmer bashes ‘insulting’ Trump comments that ‘we’re great patriots’ during his trade war

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President Donald Trump has insulted at least one Minnesota farmer by his claim that farmers are "great patriots" who want him to continue his trade fight against China.

"This wound is self-inflicted, by our president," said Gary Wertish, who is the Minnesota Farm Bureau president. "We definitely agreed with it in the beginning. But it doesn’t appear that there’s a plan B. Some of the callous comments come, especially from the president, you know, that farmers are 'winning,' we’re 'great patriots,' that’s very insulting. That’s coming from someone who never has faced the challenges of a family farmer. I go into the bank and tell the lender I can’t make the payment because we lost our market? The banker is going to tell me you don’t have to make your payment because you’re a patriot."

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