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Tennessee judge tells defendant than ‘black men wearing black hoodies’ are worse than KKK ever was in pretrial screed

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A Tennessee judge delivered a pretrial screed in which he claimed that “black men are more dangerous to other black men than white Klansman ever were,” reports the Leaf Chronicle.

Montgomery County Judge Wayne Shelton delivered the screed to a man accused of murder at a preliminary hearing earlier this week. Shelton told the man that he’s always thought “black lives matter,” and that “no one is listening,” according to the report.

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“I grew up in a time where people wore white robes and they shot at black people,” Shelton said. “And now we see young black men wearing black hoodies shooting at black men — and doing much more effective job than the Klan ever thought about doing.”

The incident that led to the murder charges started when at a middle school basketball game “when two of the men’s feet brushed in the stands” and evolved into a “staredown” that escalated when Vincent Bryan Merriweather, and two other men charged with homicide exchanged gunfire. The victim, Antorius Gallion, was shot in the head and died.

This was not the first time Shelton delivered such a speech. After a 2015 killing, he again brought up Black Lives Matter at a hearing.

“What a horrible tragedy this is,” he said. “Black lives matter… The Klan doesn’t exist anymore. Who doesn’t care about black lives now? I’ll let you answer that. I’m tired of black men killing black men. If I offended anyone … I can’t help it.”

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(Contrary to the judge’s comments, the Ku Klux Klan still exists in Tennessee.)

The judge also claimed that he is not “the whitest man in the room” because his “great-great-great-grandfather was a free man of color.”

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White House leaked ‘insane letter’ to Fox host — that makes Trump look ridiculously ‘dumb’

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President Donald Trump was ridiculed on Wednesday after a letter was leaked that President Donald Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Erdo?an.

The letter was sent a week ago, on October 9th.

A copy of the letter, where Trump warned Erdo?an not to be a fool, was obtained by Fox Business personality Trish Regan.

https://twitter.com/trish_regan/status/1184559361638748161

Commentary on the letter was swift -- and brutal.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1184570895043571713

Can’t tell if parody of dumb guy trying to cover his tracks or real dumb guy who is covering tracks

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Trump blasted for flinging ‘nasty’ insults at Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he suffered a White House ‘meltdown’

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President Donald Trump reportedly suffered a meltdown during a Wednesday meeting at the White House with congressional leaders.

Trump reportedly lectured and insulted Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

"I would also say one other thing. He was insulting, particularly to the speaker," Schumer told reporters after the meeting ended because Trump was too "shaken."

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National Enquirer tried to protect Trump from allegation of forcibly raping 13-year-old girl: report

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Two of the scandals swirling around President Donald appear to have collided in a blockbuster new book by investigative reporter Ronan Farrow.

Trump's relationship with American Media Incorporated (AMI), which owned the National Enquirer supermarket tabloid, has been under focus for a $150,000 hush money payment to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal.

Trump has also faced ongoing scrutiny for his longtime friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.

The relationship between the two scandals was examined in the new book Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators.

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