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Trump Jr. gets destroyed for claiming ‘nearly 200K’ non-citizens are registered to vote in Florida — from a debunked 2012 article

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Donald Trump Jr. put his foot in his mouth Monday afternoon when he shared an article on Twitter with a caption claiming 200,000 non-citizens are registered to vote in Florida — despite the piece being from 2012 with an editor’s note updating the total to less than 100 people out of 12 million voters.

“Amazing, but not shocking at all anymore,” the president’s son wrote, adding that the article states that “Nearly 200,000 Florida Voters May Not Be Citizens.”

As many Twitter users noted, the article contains an editor’s note that was added on November 12, the same day Trump Jr. shared the piece, debunking the initial claim by the Florida State Department.

“Editor’s note on Nov. 12, 2018: This story was published in May 2012,” the NBC Miami article read.

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“The initial list of 180,000 names was whittled to 2,625, according to the Florida Department of State,” the note continued. “The state then checked a federal database and stated it found 207 noncitizens on the rolls (not necessarily voting but on the rolls).”

“That list was sent to county election supervisors to check and it also turned out to contain errors,” NBC Miami continued. “An Aug. 1, 2012, state elections document showed only 85 noncitizens were ultimately removed from the rolls out of a total of about 12 million voters at that time.”

Some users noted that Trump Jr. shared the debunked 2012 article a few hours after Charlie Kirk of the conservative college group Turning Point USA shared it and asked his followers to help “spread” it.

“This is an absolute disgrace to our country,” Kirk wrote. “Foreign interference in our elections Every single one of these people should be arrested, deported, and never allowed reentry.”

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The Washington Post‘s Dan Zak speculated that “Don did not read this story.”

A parody account calling itself the “Don Jr. tweet translator,” meanwhile, gave an alternate explanation to the fake news the president’s son shared.

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“Translation: Dad! Look at me! I’m your good boy!” the account tweeted.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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