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Long-serving senator says Trump’s ‘cockamamie’ shutdown threat is so absurd it’s almost unbelievable

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A Senator who’s held the same seat since 1975 admitted that he’s never seen anything quite like President Donald Trump’s apparent desire to shut down the government.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram noted on Twitter that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) told an Appropriations Committee Democrat that in the 44 years and eight presidents he’s seen in the Senate, “this is the only time I’ve seen a president say they want a government shutdown.”

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“If you saw it on a comedy show,” the Vermont Democrat added, “you’d say this goes over the top.”

During a speech on the Senate floor on Monday, Leahy also called Trump’s potential government shutdown a “cockamamie idea” and said he was looking for a “reality TV moment,” the Vermont Digger news blog reported.

“For months now he’s repeatedly called for a government shutdown unless we provide $5 billion for his boondoggle border wall,” the senator said in a Monday evening speech. “He wants to score a made-for-reality-TV moment and he doesn’t care how many thousands of hardworking American men and women are going to suffer for it.”

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WATCH: Protesters tackle man carrying semi-automatic rifle at Texas Black Lives Matter protest

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In an incident that was captured on video in Lubbock, Texas, this Tuesday, and man who was carrying a semi-automatic rifle was tackled and detained by people attending a Black Lives Matter protest, KVEO reports.

Emmanuel Quinones, 25, was carrying a loaded Smith & Wesson .223 caliber semi-automatic firearm at the protest. The video shows numerous people imploring him to put it down. Quinones did put the weapon down when a police officer who showed up on the scene drew his gun, and was subsequently tackled by protesters.

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Maine deputy mayor blamed hacker for his racist Facebook posts — until local cops busted him for lying

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The deputy mayor of the city of Brewer, Maine has admitted that he personally wrote a racist Facebook post about the death of George Floyd, even though he had told police earlier that someone had hacked into his account.

The Bangor Daily News reports that former Brewer Deputy Mayor Thomas Morelli has resigned from his position after police charged him with filing a false police report about purportedly getting hacked by a malicious troublemaker who made racist comments in his name.

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Charleston port employee keeps job after social media post praising Dylann Roof

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A South Carolina Ports Authority employee was disciplined -- but not fired -- for social media posts praising white supremacist killer Dylann Roof.

The employee called for Roof's release from prison, where he's awaiting execution for killing nine black worshipers in 2015, and responded to a comment by saying the white supremacist was the only person who could "save Charleston," reported Charleston City Paper.

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