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Philippines President Duterte: I was gay ‘but I cured myself’

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“Duterte is gay. So I am gay, I don’t care if I’m gay or not.”
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he used to be gay but was able to “cure” himself. Filipino news publication Rappler reports Duterte “implied during a speech on Thursday, May 30, in Japan, that being gay is a disease that needs curing.”

Homosexuality is not a disease and therefore not something to “cure.”

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Duterte reportedly said in a speech someone he knows who is gay told him that his arch political rival, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, is also gay, based on how he moves.

“I said, ‘Are you sure?'” Duterte told the audience. “They said, ‘You ask any gay person who sees Trillanes move, they’ll say he’s gay.’ No wonder. Good thing Trillanes and I are similar. But I cured myself.”

Duterte also said that when he “began a relationship” with the woman who is now his ex-wife, “I said, this is it. I became a man again.”

He added: “Duterte is gay. So I am gay, I don’t care if I’m gay or not.”

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Newsweek reports that Duterte “has flip-flopped on LGBT rights.” He ran on supporting same-sex marriage but once elected announced his nation is a Catholic country and attacked gay and transgender people.

“We are Catholics and there is the Civil Code, which says that you can only marry a woman for me… a woman to marry a man. That’s our law so why would you accept that gender?”

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“There is no gender because you can be a he or she…That’s their culture. It does not apply to us,” he said.

The populist and extremist firebrand has bragged about personally murdering crime suspects, shooting a person who bullied him in school, and wanting to rape someone. President Donald Trump has said he has a “great relationship” with the Philippines dictator.

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‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’

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The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.

"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.

When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

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