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BUSTED: Republican Congressman’s campaign ad featured an ‘overt bigot’ wearing a threatening shirt

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Yet another Republican has been caught in an “overt bigotry” scandal, this one including both anti-Semitic and racist hate speech — plus attacks on the press.

The campaign of Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA) featured a television ad featuring a veteran, David Brayton of Santa Clarita. As the LA Times reported Wednesday evening, the campaign ad endorsement came from somebody who “has posted dozens of racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim comments on Facebook.”

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The story noted Brayton “has disparaged Muslims, Mexicans and blacks, equivocated when denouncing white supremacists, and encouraged violence against protesters and reporters.”

“CNN should be indicted, found guilty and face a firing squad,” Brayton posted while linking to a Breitbart article on Monday — the same day Trump superfan Cesar Sayoc had his first court appearance for mailing pipe-bombs, including two sent to CNN.

Matt Rexroad, Knight’s campaign strategists, said Brayton’s social media views were never vetted.

Yet Brayton is seen wearing an anti-Muslim shirt — in the television ad paid for by the campaign.

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Suppoter wearing a shirt in a Steve Knight ad that features ‘infidel’ on an American flag and ‘Si vis pacem, para bellum’ — the Latin adage for ‘If you want peace, prepare for war’

“In a telephone interview, Brayton, a former Air Force medic, stood by all of his posts, but denied any of them were racist or anti-Semitic,” the LA Times noted. “He defended his call for putting CNN personnel before a firing squad, saying the network’s subversive propaganda was tantamount to treason.”

After posting the video to social media, Rep. Knight bragged about Brayton’s support.

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“I’m proud to have earned David Brayton’s vote, but this is who we fight for,” Knight wrote in a Sept. 18 post. “Every. Single. Day.”

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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019

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‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

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Ilhan Omar trolls GOP lawmakers ‘losing their minds’ over sharing the House floor with three Muslim Democrats

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One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress trolled her GOP colleagues for "losing their minds" over the existence of three Muslims in the House of Representatives.

The three Muslims in Congress are Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. André Carson (D-IN), with Omar and Tlaib being the first to Muslim women in the body

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) worried about the "growing influence" during an appearance on a local radio station.

Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan posted a link to the interview on Twitter, calling it "open bigotry."

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