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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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Texas bar owner bans masks to prevent ‘virtue signaling’ – and kickstarts an online firestorm

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A bar owner in Elgin, Texas, has implemented a new rule for his business: no entry with a mask.

“Due to our concern for our citizens, if they feel the need to wear a mask, then they should probably stay home until it’s safe," read a sign posted outside Liberty Tree Tavern.

Speaking to 9News, bar owner Kevin Smith said he's following social distancing guidelines so the masks are unnecessary.

The bar's Facebook page shared an article on the story, and the comment section filled up with a mix of reactions.

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With Trump-aligned votes as ‘anvil around her neck,’ Susan Collins down 9 points to likely Dem challenger

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The four-term Republican senator from Maine who presents herself as a centrist has faced national criticism for her votes during the Trump administration.

New poll results released in a Bangor Daily News column Thursday shows Democratic Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon leading Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins by nine points—just the latest sign that the November election could deny Collins a fifth term.

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The ‘Lincoln Project’ group that infuriated Trump is now setting its sights on McConnell with new ‘Rich Mitch’ ad

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The anti-Trump super PAC headed by current and ex-Republican strategists that has made viral waves with its videos attacking President Trump is now turning its sights towards Mitch McConnell, Morning Consult reports.

The Lincoln Project dropped a new ad this Thursday, calling McConnell "rich Mitch," contrasting his wealth with the financial hardships of citizens in his state of Kentucky. According to the Morning Consult, the ad "does not attempt to directly tie McConnell to Trump, instead only nodding to the president in passing photos alongside the majority leader."

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