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Fox News perilously resumes ‘invasion’ drumbeat despite report linking rhetoric to El Paso shooter

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Fox News pundit Brad Blakeman on Wednesday said that Republicans should continue referring to an “invasion” of Mexicans even though the same word was adopted by the El Paso shooter.

“Look, we want people to come here, but they need to follow the rules, and they need to come here legally,” Blakeman ranted. “We have millions, millions here illegally. Democrats have encouraged many more to come here through sanctuary cities.”

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“There is an invasion on our southern border,” he added. “And the Democrats are trying to weaponize that word. But they claim it’s a crisis as well.”

The New York Times this week published a report linking the El Paso mass shooter to rhetoric used by top Fox News personalities.

The Times reported:

Before the first groups of Central American migrants received heavy news media coverage in 2018, words like “invaders” or “invasion” were rarely used by American outlets. In the last year, the use of such terms has surged, with references to an immigrant “invasion” appearing on more than 300 Fox News broadcasts. The vast majority of those were spoken by Fox News hosts and guests, but some included clips of Mr. Trump using that language at rallies and other public appearances.

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The El Paso suspect, who confessed to the mass shooting last week, claimed in the document he posted to be defending against a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” The words “invasion” and “invaders” appear six times in the text, a stark parallel to the language heard on conservative television and talk radio today.

Watch the video below from Fox News.

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Stephen Miller praises Trump for having the ‘courage to stand up’ and put migrant children in jail

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White House aide Stephen Miller insisted on Sunday that migrant children who have been imprisoned by the Trump administration have "psychological damage" that occurred before they were incarcerated.

In an interview on Fox News, correspondent John Roberts spoke to Miller about the detention policy that allows family separations.

Roberts observed that some migrants could be detained for "years" because of the backlog in the immigration system.

Miller disagreed, insisting that migrants could be processed in 40 to 60 days in most cases.

"These housing facilities are extremely carefully appointed to make sure the rights of migrants are protected," Miller said. "And everything you've heard in the media about this is totally 100% false."

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‘Go back to China’: Racist white woman goes berserk after she allegedly hits ‘chinky’ Asian woman’s car

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A racist white woman who was identified as Carla Waldman unleashed a rant on a Asian woman over parking conditions at a Canadian shopping center.

In a video that went viral over the weekend, Waldman can be seen complaining about Xu's parking even though Waldman's car has crossed over the line.

"We don't want you here because you can't drive," Waldman says in the video, sticking her tongue out at Xu.

"You crossed the line," Xu points out as the camera pans down to show the two cars touching.

"You don't know a damn thing!" Waldman shouts. "Go back to China where you belong. You f*cking asshole."

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WATCH: Climate activists chant ‘failure of leadership’ at Tom Perez after DNC votes against climate debate

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Activists walked out of the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting in San Francisco after the organization voted against allowing a climate change debate during the 2020 primary.

DNC Chair Tom Perez imposed strict rules on the debates, which prevented a climate change debate from occurring. Climate activists had forced a vote, hoping to overrule the party boss.

"The Democratic Party needs the energy, motivation, and organizing capacity of young people to defeat Trump in 2020. But Tom Perez keeps shooting the party in the foot by rejecting that energy and turning it away," the Sunrise Movement said in a statement.

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