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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)

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

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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.”

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

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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.

“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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Trump alerts ‘active-duty U.S. military police’ for possible deployment to Minnesota: report

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President Donald Trump's administration is contemplating using active-duty U.S. troops in an attempt to quell the protests in Minneapolis, the Associated Press reported early Saturday morning.

As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests," the AP reported.

"Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours. The people did not want their names used because they were not authorized to discuss the preparations," the AP explained.

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John Roberts joins liberals as Supreme Court rejects challenge to Newsom’s COVID-19 limits on California church attendance

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In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California. The San Diego area church tried to challenge the state's limits on attendance at worship services:

The church argued that limits on how many people can attend their services violate constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and had been seeking an order in time for services on Sunday. The church said it has crowds of 200 to 300 people for its services.

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‘Brutal and unacceptable’: Calls for arrest of NYPD cop who put woman in the ER during protests

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The Speaker of the New York City Council is demanding accountability for a NYPD officer caught on tape violently striking a woman during protests of police violence.

Video of the incident appeared on social media on Friday. The video appears to show the cop running up a shoving the woman, launching her off her feet.

She is reportedly now in the ER after suffering a serious seizure.

"This officer needs to be charged with assault," Speaker Cory Johnson posted on Twitter. "Hard to watch. Brutal and unacceptable."

This officer needs to be charged with assault.

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