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Militias planning to target migrant caravan facing trouble from ‘infighting and backstabbing’ over conspiracy theories: report

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Militia leaders have “wound themselves up to believe all kinds of rumors” about the migrant caravans slowly making their way towards the U.S. border, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reported Thursday.

Militia leaders have publicly claimed they are heading to the border to intercept the caravans — a worrying prospect for U.S. troops and border patrol agents.

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“In the process, the militias have gorged on an array of hoaxes and conspiracy theories floated by conservative media, anti-immigrant groups and President Donald Trump himself, who released an ad about the caravan before the midterms that was deemed so racist that Fox News and other news channels pulled it off the air,” SPLC reported. “The fantasies the militias have embraced smear the caravan as an invading army rather than a group of a few thousand desperate people fleeing poverty and violence.”

“At the same time, however, the militia movement has been afflicted by infighting and backstabbing over the caravan and their response to it,” SPLC continued. “But behind the scenes, these irregular armies are made up of unreliable individuals. Leaders have insulted other leaders. Groups have broken alliances with other groups. And self-described commanders have resigned their positions in the militias they run.”

One of the militia leaders SPLC interviewed was Larry Hopkins, who goes by his stage name of Johnny Horton Jr.

Larry Hopkins, AKA Johnny Horton Jr. is the national commander of the United Constitutional Patriots (Facebook)

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Hopkins calls himself the “national commander” of the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP).

In a recent interview with somebody calling himself “Mr. X” while wearing a gas mask and black hoodie, Hopkins claimed he knows Donald Trump personally.

“When I was doing music, I met Trump and his first wife when he had the casino in Las Vegas, and I played there numerous times. OK?” Hopkins said. “That’s how I knew him. And Trump and I have kept in touch ever since.”

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According to Hopkins, Trump wanted intel from him about the northern border with Canada, because that’s where “all the Muslims are coming in.”

During an interview with SPLC, Hopkins claimed his information about the caravans came from “very high level” law enforcement sources and “from the very top.”

SPLC pressed him on his sources.

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“I am not giving any information where my information comes from,” he said. But, he added, “I’m not implying the president.”


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White House leaked ‘insane letter’ to Fox host — that makes Trump look ridiculously ‘dumb’

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President Donald Trump was ridiculed on Wednesday after a letter was leaked that President Donald Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Erdo?an.

The letter was sent a week ago, on October 9th.

A copy of the letter, where Trump warned Erdo?an not to be a fool, was obtained by Fox Business personality Trish Regan.

https://twitter.com/trish_regan/status/1184559361638748161

Commentary on the letter was swift -- and brutal.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1184570895043571713

Can’t tell if parody of dumb guy trying to cover his tracks or real dumb guy who is covering tracks

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Trump blasted for flinging ‘nasty’ insults at Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he suffered a White House ‘meltdown’

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President Donald Trump reportedly suffered a meltdown during a Wednesday meeting at the White House with congressional leaders.

Trump reportedly lectured and insulted Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

"I would also say one other thing. He was insulting, particularly to the speaker," Schumer told reporters after the meeting ended because Trump was too "shaken."

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National Enquirer tried to protect Trump from allegation of forcibly raping 13-year-old girl: report

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Two of the scandals swirling around President Donald appear to have collided in a blockbuster new book by investigative reporter Ronan Farrow.

Trump's relationship with American Media Incorporated (AMI), which owned the National Enquirer supermarket tabloid, has been under focus for a $150,000 hush money payment to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal.

Trump has also faced ongoing scrutiny for his longtime friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

The relationship between the two scandals was examined in the new book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.

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