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Woman fired for saying she ‘hates Mexicans’ loses unemployment bid where she claimed Trump normalized such workplace talk

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An Iowa woman fired for saying she “hates f*cking Mexicans” claimed such talk has been normalized in her workplace since Donald Trump was elected — but won’t be able to get unemployment benefits because of it.

According to Des Moines Register, the Iowa Employment Appeals Board reversed an earlier decision granting Angela Diers unemployment because the comments met the state’s definition of misconduct.

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Previously, Administrative Law Judge Beth Scheetz said that Dexter Laundry, Diers’ former employer, could not “single out” the woman for misconduct because “since President Trump’s election, it was common for workers” at that workplace to disparage black and Latino people.

Scheetz’s earlier decision came after Diers argued that many of her coworkers made derogatory comments about “blacks and foreigners.” She was fired for making the comments after getting angry about a coworker “dancing and singing Mexican” the day before Cinco de Mayo at work.

“It was 7 o’clock in the morning, or 6:30 in the morning, and here’s Lindsey, dancing and singing Mexican … It’s, like, ‘What are you doing?’ And then she said something about Cinco de Mayo,” Diers testified. “And that’s when I said I hated Mexicans.”

She went on to clarify that she only disliked “illegal Mexicans.”

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“We talk about everything out on the floor — whether it’s the president or the vice president,” the woman testified before the administrative law judge. “There has been talk on the floor: Some people don’t like blacks, certain people don’t like Mexicans, certain people don’t like foreigners. We talk, and then we just move on.”

In her now-overturned ruling, Scheetz wrote that “if management wishes all workers to be treated with respect, it must enforce respectful treatment amongst co-workers and supervisors, and apply those expectations consistently throughout the chain of command.”

In its reversal, the employment appeals board said Diers’ “comments fell squarely within the type of behavior the employer’s work rules specifically prohibit.”

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“Her clarification that she only meant ‘illegal’ Mexicans does not absolve her of culpability,” the board members wrote.

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Internet cheers ‘real president’ Hillary Clinton for ‘eviscerating’ Trump over lie Google ‘manipulated’ millions of votes

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Hillary Clinton has been pretty quiet lately, perhaps sitting in her Chappaqua home with Bill and doing whatever it is former Secretaries of State and former Presidents do.

But a tweet President Donald Trump posted Monday move her to enter the spotlight once again, if only for a moment.

Trump posted a huge lie, a claim that somehow search and advertising behemoth Google "manipulated" up to 16 million more votes for Hillary Clinton. It's so preposterous that it's already been debunked, but don't expect a Trump retraction.

"Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought!" Trump tweeted.

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Trump’s outrageous claims of voter fraud have a clear goal: Refusing to accept defeat in 2020

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A brand new Fox News poll shows Donald Trump well behind the top four Democratic candidates for president, with Joe Biden topping the list at 12 points ahead of Trump. Don’t get happy, though, or else we “tempt the wrath of whatever from high atop the thing,” to quote "The West Wing." We’re still a long way from the 2020 election and roughly a gazillion things could dramatically alter the landscape of the campaign.

Trump, on the other hand, is totally losing his shpadoinkle over the poll results.

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Baptists unanimously vote out lesbian couple over same-sex marriage: ‘It was more out of spite’

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A lesbian couple from Mississippi says they were asked to leave their Baptist church over their relationship.

Mary Catherine Trollinger and her partner Olivia Jennings were notified by letter that they were no longer welcome at Gracewood Baptist Church in Southaven, where they met last year, reported WATN-TV.

Their pastor, Barry Baker, signed the letter, which stated he had warned them against pursuing an "unbiblical" and "degrading" same-sex relationship, and told the couple they had been unanimously -- and "sadly" -- voted out during a special business meeting at the church.

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