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Liberals have finally found Trump’s ‘Democratic equivalent’ in Michael Bloomberg: op-ed

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In an op-ed for the New York Times this Tuesday, columnist Jamelle Bouie argues that when it comes to the politics of “racial control,” there’s a resemblance between Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg.

Bouie writes that the Democrats have finally found Trump’s “Democratic equivalent” in Bloomberg, who works on the “same signal albeit at a different frequency.”

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Bloomberg’s liberal bonafides are well known with his donations of millions of dollars to liberal causes and Democratic politicians. But his actions during his time as mayor of New York “reveal that he was someone who also saw black and brown people as threats to the security and prosperity of his territory.”

“Bloomberg, as many before me have explored in detail, expanded the New York Police Department’s use of ‘stop and frisk,’ a tactic that empowered police officers to stop, search and interrogate residents on the sole basis of ‘reasonable suspicion,'” writes Bouie. “Overall, between 2004 and 2012, the NYPD — which Bloomberg once called his ‘own army’ while also weirdly claiming that it was the ‘seventh biggest army in the world’ — stopped 4.4 million New York residents. The vast majority, more than 80 percent, were black and brown people, especially young men and boys.”

Muslims in New York received similar treatment during Bloomberg’s time as mayor, Bouie writes. Under Bloomberg, the NYPD “spied on and surveilled New York Muslims, using both informants and undercover agents to gather information from inside mosques and restaurants, neighborhoods and social groups.”

According to Bouie, if Bloomberg wins the presidency, liberals should fear him in the White House just as they fear another term for President Trump.

Read the full op-ed over at the New York Times.

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Deputy gets called out after sporting ‘extremist’ symbols at Black Lives Matter protest – and then gets put on leave

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A California sheriff's deputy who was working the scene of a protest is under investigation for wearing a patch with symbols depicting what the Orange County Sheriff's Office describes as "extremist groups."

Image that surfaced online this Wednesday show a deputy wearing a patch with the symbols of the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters, which are known to be right-wing anti-government militias, Voice of OC reports.

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Secretary of the Army reminds soldiers that they swore an oath to uphold the Constitution — all of it

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The secretary of the U.S. Army was forced to come out and remind soldiers that even if they're called up supplement police forces in cities around the U.S. that they still must abide by their oath to uphold the Constitution.

In a Twitter statement Thursday, Ryan McCarthy posted a video of himself speaking to troops saying that peaceful protests are fine and that the soldiers are there to "protect that ideal."

"Every Soldier and Department of the Army Civilian swears an oath to support and defend the Constitution. That includes the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances," he said in the tweet.

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Lindsey Graham lashes out at Mattis for criticizing Trump — and suggests he’s been duped by the ‘liberal media’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday lashed out at Gen. James Mattis, President Donald Trump's former Defense secretary.

Writing an op-ed in The Atlantic on Wednesday, the Mattis highlighted the president's tendency toward fascism and authoritarianism. It prompted Graham to tell the general he doesn't know what he's talking about.

"To General Mattis, I think you're missing something here, my friend. You're missing the fact that the liberal media has taken every event in the last three-and-a-half years and laid it at the president's feet," Graham said on Fox News, according to Axios.

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