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GOP ‘mainstreamed’ a conspiracy theory that is driving white nationalists to terrorism: NYT contributor

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Wajahat Ali, contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, told CNN Friday that the New Zealand mosque shooter was motivated by the “white genocide” conspiracy theory — which has been mainstreamed here in the United States by the Republican Party.

“What we’re witnessing around the world is the death rattle of white supremacy that has become the death march of white supremacy,” Ali said. “This is a globalized ideology of supremacy that believes that white people, whoever represents white people, are superior and they have a shared fear and conspiracy theory, something called the ‘white genocide’ or the ‘great replacement’, which says that Jews are the head of this cabal that are trying to weaken an trying to subordinate the white race through the savages.”

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Ali said the mosque shooter wasn’t the first to use the “language of invasion”, citing prior anti-immigrant, anti-Islamic mass shootings in Norway and Quebec, and slammed the Republican Party for its role in promoting the ideology.

“This has been mainstreamed by Republican elected officials such as Congressman Steve King who have sworn by the replacement theory,” Ali said. “He’s tweeted about it, that ‘we cannot replace our civilization with their babies.’”

“Donald Trump in the midterm elections in 2018, when he’s promoting the anti-Semitic conspiracy of George Soros, the Hungarian Jewish-American billionaire, allegedly funding the caravan of rapists and criminals and Middle Eastern suspects, who are coming here to invade us, that language sounds very similar to the language used in this manifesto,” he went on.

“That’s why there’s a link here. There’s a reason why the number one domestic terror threat in America, according to the FBI are these white supremacists,” Ali continued. “It’s the number one domestic terror threat in the number of plots and we have to call it what it is: an act of domestic terrorism making all our communities unsafe.”

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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team

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On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.

"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."

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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.

Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.

Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.

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