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Trump supporters think photo of children being tear-gassed was a ‘staged’ false flag

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A photograph of migrants and their children being tear-gassed at the US-Mexico border drew ample sympathy for their cause — except from Trump supporters who insisted it was a “staged” false flag.

The Daily Dot reported that a Reuters photograph of a migrant mother running with her barefoot, underwear-clad children away from teargas is now the subject of far-right conspiracy theories.

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One Twitter user, the report noted, posted a Zapruder-style dissection of the image to “prove” it was staged.

Media all share same photo of  ‘women & kids gassed,'” the user wrote. “Perpetrators of invasion instantly become victims in new narrative.”

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“Look at the high resolution picture of the guys in the back holding each other for the photographer to make it look like they are running,” another wrote. “They know how naive & foolish the liberal/Progressive/normal viewer brainwash gang is.”

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The report noted that the image first began being discredited on the r/The_Donald subreddit forum where users claimed: “everything from the children’s feet to their outfits to the placement of others at the border” disproved its veracity.

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It was on that subreddit that the image turned into a meme where Donald Trump was photoshopped into it, screaming that the migrants “have to go back.”

The Daily Dot also noted that the far-right Gateway Pundit blog picked the “false flag” story up and called the photo a “hoax” — but that the website also published a report hours earlier saying the tear gas attacks did happen.

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As CNN’s Oliver Darcy, a former senior editor at Glenn Beck’s website TheBlaze, noted that other right-wing sites, including Ben Shapiro’s The Daily Wire, had picked up the “hoax” claim.


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‘Scared’ Republicans ask House minority leader to lay out an agenda since Trump can’t

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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has handed out talking points describing the GOP agenda for the upcoming election, since President Donald Trump has been unwilling to chart a course himself.

Some lawmakers "were scared" when Trump was unable to detail his second-term strategy when asked in a recent interview, so several Republicans asked McCarthy to produce an agenda for their own re-election campaigns, reported Axios.

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Trump’s claims about mail voting were always incoherent — and now they’re falling apart

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I don't know about you, but when I saw Donald Trump do an abrupt pivot on his crusade to depict mail-in voting as a form of voter fraud on Tuesday, I felt the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

That certainly wasn't because I believe he's seen the light and has realized that mail-in voting is perfectly safe, or that he realizes it's imperative at a time when in-person voting may expose people to the deadly coronavirus. No, it was because he singled out Florida as the one state he believes really knows how to handle elections. Anyone who was around 20 years ago to observe the 2000 election will understand why I felt that awful sense of dread.

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‘He still doesn’t get it’: White House source tells CNN’s Acosta that Trump refuses to take the pandemic seriously

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CNN's Jim Acosta on Wednesday reported that President Donald Trump this week attended a meeting with his own White House Coronavirus Task Force -- and it quickly became clear that the president is still not taking the pandemic seriously even after the deaths of 156,000 Americans.

“He still doesn’t get it,” the source told Acosta. “He does not get it.”

Acosta's source says that during the meeting on Tuesday, Trump frequently tried to change the subject away from the coronavirus pandemic, despite the fact that the entire purpose of the meeting was to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.

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