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Virginia Republican Party starts boycott of the Red Hen

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The party that nominated a man who calls an anti-Semitic white supremacist “one of my personal heroes,” to become a U.S. Senator has just started a boycott of a local restaurantthat asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave.

The Republican Party of Virginia, in a grammatically-challenged post on its website, says: “The liberal owner of the ‘Red Hen’ restaurant in Lexington threw out Sarah Huckabee [sic] in the middle of dinner just because she works for President Trump! Once again the intolerant left has shown its true colors.”

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“Sign the boycott petition below so we can show the Red Hen and it’s [sic] liberal supporters that patriotic Trump supporters are the silent majority in Virginia!”

The Virginia GOP’s chosen nominee who is running against Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is Corey Stewart. His personal hero is Paul Nehlen.

Of course, practically none of what the Virginia GOP wrote is accurate.

The owner of the Red Hen (no quote marks necessary) asked to talk with the White House press secretary outside the restaurant, and explained that her employees felt uncomfortable serving Sanders.

“Several Red Hen employees are gay,” The Washington Post reports, in an interview with Red Hen owner Stephanie Wilkinson. “They knew Sanders had defended Trump’s desire to bar transgender people from the military. This month, they had all watched her evade questions and defend a Trump policy that caused migrant children to be separated from their parents.”

Sanders replied, “That’s fine, I’ll go.”

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And that was it, until the press secretary decided to use her government Twitter account to blast the restaurant on Saturday. President Trump used his Twitter account with 53 million followers to do the same Monday morning.

The Virginia GOP’s webpage also calls 15 Democratic candidates – of which 11 are women – “too extreme for Virginia.”

It also claims that a Democratic congressional candidate is an “anti-Semite” because she wrote a book titled, Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S.-Israeli Covert Relationship. 

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Basically, the Virginia GOP is pulling a Trump: “I’m not the bad guy, look over there, they’re doing those bad things that I’m accused of.”

Of the 40 or so signatures the Red Hen boycott petition has received, one is by a man who has a Confederate flag as his photo. “I hope The Red Hen is out of business before Thanksgiving,” he writes.

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‘They murdered him!’ Family blasts cops after hijacked UPS driver killed in ‘wild west’ shootout

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The family of a Florida UPS driver killed during a shootout between police and the individuals who hijacked his delivery truck is speaking out. In an interview to Local 10 News, the stepfather of Frank Ordonez lashed out at police, who he says were responsible for his stepson's death.

“They murdered him,” Joe Merino said. “I hope you can understand that and how I feel because it could have been prevented.”

Merino acknowledged that he didn't know the exact circumstances that led to the shootout, but wondered by police were so quick to open fire with so many innocent bystanders in the way.

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President Donald Trump on Friday complained about energy-efficient light bulbs that he claimed made him look orange.

As reported by Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, the president said he wanted to bring back older light bulbs that would give him a more flattering skin tone.

"Trump quips that the new light bulbs don’t make him look good and being a 'vain' person, that’s important to him," Mason reports. "He says they make him look orange. He plans to bring cheaper light bulbs back."

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MSNBC host reveals stunning new evidence that blows a hole in Republicans’ defense of Trump

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During the House impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, Republicans have frequently pushed the talking point that there couldn’t have been any real “quid pro quo” between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Despite a multi-month delay, they claim,  the funds allocated for military aid to Ukraine were eventually released without Zelensky ever investigating former Vice President Joe Biden or his son, Hunter Biden, as Trump wanted. No harm, no foul, these Republicans argue.

Many have explained why this argument does hold up for a variety of reasons. But MSNBC’s Ari Melber, on his Thursday show, outlined a new reason why that talking point is bogus: 14% of the money allocated for military aid to Ukraine remains unreleased, according to the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report.

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