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Ohio haunted house sorry for holding ‘Swastika Saturday’ event same day as Pittsburgh massacre: ‘We aren’t Nazis’

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An Ohio haunted house went ahead with a planned “Swastika Saturday” promotion after a gunman killed 11 worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

Hustle Hoochie, a longtime haunted house in Pataskala, went ahead with the promotion Saturday despite calls to cancel and protests outside the event, reported WBNS-TV.

Organizers said the event, which offers free admission to anyone wearing a “haunted hoodie” or sporting a Dead Acres logo tattoo, is a 28-year tradition — but they were forced to issue apologies after facing backlash this year.

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“We screwed up big time,” organizers wrote on Facebook. “On behalf of the entire Haunted Hoochie staff, we first and foremost extend our sincerest condolences to the families affected by the tragedy in Pittsburgh, and the Jewish communities of the area.
Second, we will in no way tolerate any form of hatred on our grounds, from our staff, or from our guests. This means that certain costumes or themes may be deemed inappropriate and you will be denied admission or asked to leave the grounds.”

The Pittsburgh band Only Flesh had been scheduled to perform but canceled after the massacre.

“Whether it was done for shock factor, racism or just plain ignorance, we cannot promote that kind of message,” said the band’s singer, Revina Lower. “I personally live 10 minutes from the synagogue that was attacked, and I cannot even try to understand what the families and friends of the murdered are going through. We need to stand for them.”

Haunted house organizers pledged a $50,000 donation to Tree of Life synagogue.

“The Haunted Hoochie is a place to escape the true evil in the world through the magic of Halloween theater- NOT perpetuate real evil,” organizers said.

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“We show you the darkest, sickest, depraved parts of the world we all live in,” the said in another Facebook post. “We definitely aren’t nazi’s. Its a haunted house, its all about the horrors we face here on earth. We also don’t condone murder, torture, suicide by shotgun, or birth by sledge hammer. We are here to shock and awe and terrify. It does make us sad that this country is being divided against and killing each other. Don’t fall for the illusion that one race/ religion is better than another.”


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WATCH: DC protesters turn over ‘agitator’ to police — then the agitators try to start a fight with cops

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Protesters in Washington, D.C. were captured on video handing over an agitator to police, while other agitators in paintball tactical gear appeared to try and start fights with police.

Former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence, Frank Figliuzzi, revealed that his former colleagues and law enforcement he knows recognize that far-right agitators are attempting to start significant conflicts between police and protesters.

"There is a minimal presence of Antifa, but a far more disturbing presence of right-wing race-based hate groups, such as the Boogaloo Boys who think there will be a race-based civil war coming," he said on MSNBC.

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Trump criticized as ‘most cowardly tough guy’ for Twitterstorm while being rushed to protective underground bunker

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Twitter couldn't help but notice that President Donald Trump was talking tough while hiding in his underground bunker.

The New York Times reported Sunday that Trump was rushed to the underground bunker that has only been used during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks when passenger planes were headed to Washington, D.C. Trump, by contrast, didn't experience a terrorist threat, a few hundred protesters surrounded the White House complex, which is blocked off by several fences and surrounded by Secret Service and police.

It was something that many noticed contrasted with former Vice President Joe Biden, who spent Sunday listening to the concerns from protesters on the streets of his hometown.

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