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‘American conservatism has a violence problem’: WaPo columnist blasts ‘pattern’ of mass shootings

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The Republican Party and conservative moment have shown a clear “pattern” of political terrorism, a Washington Post columnist argued on Monday.

“American conservatism has a violence problem,” David Leonhardt reported.

The writer offered three recent examples by Republicans.

“The current secretary of energy, Rick Perry, once publicly suggested that the chairman of the Federal Reserve deserved to be beaten up because of his interest rate policy. Greg Gianforte, a member of Congress from Montana, physically assaulted a reporter who asked him a question he didn’t like. President Trump has repeatedly alluded to extrajudicial physical force, including suggesting that his supporters might resort to violence if they didn’t get their way,” Leonhardt reminded.

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“The most extreme version of conservatism’s violence problem is the most tragic: the pattern of mass shootings by people espousing right-wing views, sometimes encouraged in online forums,” he wrote.

The numbers are stunning.

“Last year, 39 of the 50 killings committed by political extremists, according to the Anti-Defamation League, were carried out by white supremacists. Another eight were committed by killers with anti-government views,” he explained. “Over the past 10 years, right-wing extremists were responsible for more than 70 percent of extremist-related killings.”

The noted that there was no symmetrical problem on the left.

“Mainstream conservative politicians use the rhetoric of physical violence much more often, starting with the current president of the United States. And right-wing extremists have a culture of violence unlike anything on the left,” he noted. “Its consequences are fatal, again and again.”

Read the full column.

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WATCH: Bat-wielding 75-year-old white woman tries to block peaceful protesters from marching

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In an incident that was caught on video this Wednesday, an elderly woman in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, brandished a bat as she confronted people protesting the death of George Floyd.

Speaking to WOODTV, the woman said she was just simply defending her community.

“I just simply stated, you know, ‘You’re not going to burn down East,'” 75-year-old Karla Anderson said.

The video shows protesters marching down the street when Anderson, hoisting the bat in a confrontational manner. Some protesters yell, "Leave her alone," but one man on the bike attempted to take the bat away from her anyway. Others stepped in to try to diffuse the situation.

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Trump accuses China of sending coronavirus to US: ‘What’s going on? It’s a gift from China’

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President Donald Trump accused China of purposefully infecting Americans with the coronavirus.

The president boasted about the surprise return of 2.5 million jobs last month -- the largest increase on record -- and claimed that showed the coronavirus pandemic was winding down and the U.S. economy was opening back up.

"We're at 105,000 lives [lost to the virus]," Trump said Friday outside the White House. "We also closed it up to Europe. Europe became very infected from China, a gift from China, not good. They should have stopped it, they should have stopped it at the source. It's a gift from China and a very bad gift, I will tell you that, and you do say, how come at Wuhan where it started and they were very badly -- they were in bad trouble."

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‘The president is a lunatic’: Viewers stunned as ‘utterly shameless’ Trump proclaims it is ‘a great day’ for George Floyd

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President Donald Trump sparked outrage on Friday after saying that George Floyd was having a "great day" in the wake of nationwide protests over his killing.

"George is looking down right now and saying 'this is a great thing happening for our country,'" the president said. "It’s great day for him, a great day for everybody. This is a great, great day in terms of equality. It’s really what our constitution requires and what our country is about."

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Trump's remark came just one day after hundreds of mourners attended an emotional memorial service for Floyd, who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

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