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Rick Santorum goes down in flames on CNN after claiming Black Lives Matter ‘promotes hate’

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On Thursday, Republican strategist Rick Santorum claimed that the Black Lives Matter organization promotes “hate” while discussing the future of the Republican party.

During an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Santorum argued that President Donald Trump’s policies are more important than his bigoted rhetoric.

Political commentator Kristen Powers said that Trump’s racist rhetoric towards women, minorities and advocacy groups like Black Lives Matter will hurt him in the future and that the Republican party has failed to see that.

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At this point, Santorum chimed in an said that Black Lives Matter “promotes a lot of hateful things.”

He then struggled to define exactly what he meant.

“What hateful things?” Powers asked. “I don’t think you can come up with an example.”

Santorum said that he believes black lives matter, but said the group should be held to the same standards as white people when protesting.

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“There are all sorts of clips and posters of folks in these marches that are as racist on the other way as the white racists are to blacks,” he said. “You just can’t wipe away all of the things that are said and written and done at these marches as a fringe element any more than you would wipe those away from a group of whites doing the same thing.”

Powers then defined what Black Lives Matter really means.

Black Lives Matter is the basic idea that black lives matter and we need to treat black lives with the same reverence we treat white lives,” Powers said.

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Department of Justice distances itself from Rudy Giuliani in unusual statement

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In an usual statement, the Justice Department on Sunday sought to distance itself from Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump.

This article was originally published at Salon

The law enforcement agency claimed that Brian Benczkowski, the head of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, and other officials would not have taken a meeting with Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, several weeks ago had it known federal prosecutors in New York were investigating two of his business associates.

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‘America is running away like rats’: Watch angry Kurds blame US troops for dead babies as they withdraw

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The Associated Press obtained video of Kurds pelting American military vehicles with fruit as they withdrew from Syria.

The video was first captured by a Kurdish news agency, the AP said in a report on Monday.

“Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic. Another shouted obscenities and talked of babies in Kurdish-held Syria who had died in the Turkish offensive.

The scene encapsulated the Kurds’ feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to a US withdrawal that has been rushed and involved several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.

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Julián Castro says his campaign is ‘in dire need’ of funds – and he’s out if he can’t raise $800K in ten days

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Julián Castro says he will have to pull out of the Democratic presidential primary if he does not raise $800,000 in the next ten days. Castro, a former HUD Secretary, says he will be forced to stop campaigning if he does not reach his financial goals by the end of the month.

“The truth is, for our campaign, these debates have offered our only guaranteed opportunity to share my vision with the American people,” Castro said in an email to supporters, as Buzzfeed reports.

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