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New Jersey mayor: ‘Just call police’ if you see Jews in the park

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A New Jersey mayor is facing a huge backlash after a tweet encouraging people to call the police if they see any Orthodox Jews at the town’s beaches and parks.

It all began with a constituent complaining about the Hasidic and Orthodox Jews seen in the area, NJ.com reported.

“@MayorDucey can we please do something about our parks and beaches. They are being invaded by the hasidic and orthodox jews and being ruined. Our tax paying residents are being forced out while politicians sit and do nothing,” said @simms10471. Understandably, the account has now been deleted, but not before screen captures were taken.

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Brick Township Mayor John Ducey responded Tuesday in a way he didn’t realize it would be interpreted.

“Our parks security has started already. Just call police with any problems and they will send them out,” Ducey tweeted.

Ducey didn’t think anything of it, just telling people to contact police when they have problems. But now it’s being taken as an act of anti-Semitism.

Ducey told NJ.com Wednesday that he should have worded his tweet better.

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“I apologize to anyone who read the statement in the wrong way. It wasn’t meant to be read that way,” he said. “The original tweet from the commenter was a disgusting, bigoted statement. My suggestions was what we would do with anyone if — if — there were any problems. People are misinterpreting it as me telling him to call park security. There was nothing to call about.”

He experienced huge a huge backlash from people of color online saying that when police are called on them, it doesn’t end well.

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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