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We’re at ‘Stage 2’ of fascism: A historian explains why the GOP’s embrace of right-wing militants is so dangerous

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The Metropolitan Republican Club’s decision to invite the far-right Proud Boys to an event last week may have crossed a dangerous line that puts America one step closer to embracing fascism, according to historian Robert Paxton.

The Daily Beast, in the course of reporting on the Metropolitan Republican Club’s decision to host the group of right-wing militants founded by Gavin McInnes, cites a quote from historian Robert Paxton, who noted in a 2004 book that fascist governments often team up with fringe organizations that promote the use of violence for political ends.

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“[American] skinheads, for example, would become functional equivalents of Hitler’s SA and Mussolini’s squadristi only if they aroused support instead of revulsion,” Paxton wrote in The Anatomy of Fascism. “If important elements of the conservative elite begin to cultivate or even tolerate them as weapons against some internal enemy, such as immigrants, we are approaching Stage Two.”

Although the Proud Boys have taken pains to distance themselves from white nationalist organizations like the ones that marched in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, they have gotten increasingly aggressive when it comes to sparking violent confrontations.

For example, the New York Police Department on Monday announced plans to arrest nine members of the Proud Boys for their role in starting a brawl last Friday outside the Metropolitan Republican Club.

And during his talk at the club, founder McInnes celebrated the assassination of a Japanese socialist politician even as he waved a sword at antifa protesters who were demonstrating against him.

Despite this, the Metropolitan Republican Club has not walked back its decision to invite McInnes and his followers to their event.

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Katie Porter demands resignation of Trump small business chief for enabling ‘abuse’ of Covid-19 relief funds

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California Congresswoman Katie Porter is demanding the resignation of the Trump administration's small business chief for enabling "abuse" and "waste" of coronavirus relief funds and refusing to comply with basic government oversight efforts.

Porter's call came after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report last week that it "encountered the most difficulty trying to obtain information from the Small Business Administration (SBA)" during the process of examining the Trump administration's handling of the $650 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

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‘We’ve got to get a new guy’: Florida Trump voters lash out at the president as they flee the GOP

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In interviews with CNN's Jeff Zeleny, longtime Florida Republicans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 admitted they have no intention of helping him stay in office when they vote in November.

With polls showing the president trailing in the all-important Sunshine State, where seniors preferred Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 21 points last election, the president now finds himself bleeding support from a demographic he desperately needs if he wants to stay in the Oval Office after the first of the year.

According to retired banker John Dudley, 77, he voted for Trump last election and the president promptly "blew it."

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Woman behind anti-mask event has also shared image against washing hands amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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A woman has inspired an "unmasked shopping event" in Washington state after she was confronted in a grocery store for not wearing a mask. The irate shopper also doesn't appear to be a fan of vaccinations or handwashing.

"You're harassing me," Aubree Stone says in the video, as an employee of the grocery store asks her and her family to leave for refusing to wear a face covering.

"Get away from me and my child," Stone adds. "I cannot believe that you have the gall and the nerve to try and make somebody do something outside of their own will."

"It is a private business, would you like to see the law?" the employee, who identified herself as a manager, responds in the video.

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