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Trump-loving Proud Boys announce they’re suing a civil rights organization for ‘slander’

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The far-right Proud Boys organization has announced that it will be suing the Southern Poverty Law Center for allegedly “slandering” its members.

Daily Beast reporter Will Sommer attended a Proud Boys press event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Monday and found that the group’s members had unveiled a new campaign called “Stop the Slander” aimed at hitting back at people who allege the organization has ties to white supremacists.

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“The Proud Boys announce that, like founder Gavin McInnes, they’re suing the Southern Poverty Law Center,” Sommer reports. “No word on what the gorilla on their banner represents.”

Later in the press conference, Sommer learned that the gorilla on the Proud Boys’ banner was meant as a “tribute” to Harambe, the late gorilla who was the subject of multiple memes back in 2016, when he was killed by a zoo worker who feared for the safety of a three-year-old boy who had climbed into the gorilla’s enclosed space.

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Although the Proud Boys have regularly worked to distance themselves from explicit white nationalists, the SPLC’s page on the group claims that “their disavowals of bigotry are belied by their actions: rank-and-file Proud Boys and leaders regularly spout white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists.”

The SPLC also claims that Proud Boys founder McInnes “has ties to the racist right and has contributed to hate sites like VDare.com and American Renaissance, both of which publish the work of white supremacists and so-called ‘race realists.'”

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Ex-AG Matt Whitaker ‘pretty much acknowledges abuse of power’ in Fox News interview

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The former acting Attorney General of the United States argued that presidential abuse of power is not a crime during a Tuesday evening appearance on Fox News.

Abuse of power is not a crime,” Matt Whitaker told Fox News personality Laura Ingraham.

Tufts University Professor Daniel Drezner was fascinated by the admission.

"Interesting that Whitaker pretty much acknowledges abuse of power but doesn’t think it’s egregious," Drezner noted.

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‘Abuse of power is not a crime’: Former acting AG Matt Whitaker makes a brazen claim on Fox News

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Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told a Fox News audience that it is not a crime for President Donald Trump to abuse the power of his office.

Whitaker made the comments while complaining about "global elitists" during an interview with Laura Ingraham.

"What evidence of a crime do you have?" Whitaker asked, despite Trump, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and defense lawyer Rudy Giuliani all admitting Trump sought foreign election interference to help his struggling re-election campaign.

"Abuse of power is not a crime," the nation's former top law enforcement office argued.

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Joe Biden apologizes for ‘partisan lynching’ comments about Bill Clinton’s impeachment

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday apologized for comments he made saying impeachment could be viewed as a "partisan lynching."

The comments from a 1998 interview were reported after Biden said it was "abhorrent" and "despicable" for President Donald Trump to refer to impeachment as a lynching.

"Even if the President should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense," Biden said in 1998.

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