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Oklahoma police chief admits to hiring reserve officer with disturbing ties to white supremacists

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An Oklahoma police chief admits he knowingly hired a former neo-Nazi as a reserve officer.

Christopher Watson, the Achille police chief, said he knew about Bart Alsbrook’s connections to white supremacist groups but hired him anyway, reported KXII-TV.

“In the two years that I have known him, he has done nothing but contribute,” Watson told the TV station.

Alsbrook was named interim police chief in neighboring Colbert but resigned in August 2017 after the Southern Poverty Law Center uncovered his connections to white nationalist groups.

The organization released a hate map after a neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia, resulted in a woman’s death and other violence, and that map showed a group operating in Texoma.

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ISD Records sells racist music and other items marketed to skinheads and white supremacists, and KXII discovered the company was owned by Alsbrook — who initially denied the association.

Alsbrook claimed skinheads had stolen his wallet and his identity after a fight in the 1990s at a heavy metal concert, but he resigned a week later from the Colbert police force.

The SPLC previously identified Alsbrook in 2005 as the skinhead group Blood and Honour USA’s Texas coordinator and the operator of NS88 Videos, which had a website similar to ISD Records.

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Watson, the Achille police chief, said Alsbrook admitted to participating in skinhead groups but wanted to leave his past behind.

“He was involved in some kind of group then, and wanted out and the only way he figured he could get out would be to move far away,” Watson said. “Everyone has a past, some of which they may not be proud of, of which he is not. He wishes he never had those connections.”

Watson said the police department had zero tolerance for racism, and Alsbrook said he was no longer associated with hate groups.

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“I do not want my name associated with any hate ideology, end quote,” Alsbrook said via email, but declined further comment.


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Former Fox & Friends co-host Clayton Morris flees the US as he faces two dozen lawsuits

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Facing more than two-dozen lawsuits alleging he committed real estate fraud, former "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Clayton Morris has reportedly fled the United States, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Morris, who previously resided in a $1.4 million home in New Jersey, moved his family to a coastal resort town in Portugal, the newspaper reported, citing a Facebook post from his wife.

Morris's wife and business partner, former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, told the IndyStar that she and her husband plan to continue fighting the lawsuits from abroad.

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Trump defenders argued his latest tweets weren’t really racist — but he just completely undercut their arguments

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If you try to defend President Donald Trump, you will always end up having the rug pulled out from underneath you. It's a law of nature.

And yet, so many of the president's allies have failed to learn this simple lesson. So when Trump launched a new attack at progressive Democratic lawmakers that was one of his most obviously racist smears, inevitably, some of his defenders tried to deny the obvious truth.

His screed attacked a group of women who have come to define the left wing of the Democratic caucus, which includes Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Talib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA). Though only Omar is an immigrant (she was a refugee from Somalia as a child), Trump seemed to assume all four women of color weren't born in the United States, and most egregiously, he suggested they should "go back" to other countries:

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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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