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Asian Americans are stocking up on guns for protection as Trump stokes COVID-19 bigotry

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Asian Americans are stocking up on guns to protect themselves from a growing wave of coronavirus-prompted bigotry and violence.

Frightening incidents have been reported across the country after coronavirus emerged at the end of last year in China, and many Americans of Asian descent are buying firearms as President Donald Trump and his allies continue stoking up anti-Asian sentiment by referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus,” reported the New York Times.

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“This is the darkest day in my 20-plus years of life in the United States,” said Tony Du, an epidemiologist who worries about his son in school.

The 48-year-old Du, who was already a gun owner, is buying an AR-15 rifle in case things turn out as bad as the unrest in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

“When all these bad things come, I am a minority,” he said. “People can see my face is Chinese, clearly. My son, when he goes out, they will know his parents are Chinese.”

A gun shop owner in Rockville, Maryland, told the Times most of the gun buyers he’s seen this month have been Chinese-American or Chinese — who make up more than a fifth of the city’s residents.

“It was just nonstop, something I’ve never seen,” said shop owner Andy Raymond.

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Asian Americans told the newspaper they feel like they’re being watched.

“It’s a look of disdain,” said Chil Kong, who also lives in Maryland. “It’s just: ‘How dare you exist in my world? You are a reminder of this disease, and you don’t belong in my world.’”


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WATCH: Sacha Baron Cohen pranks Pence in upcoming ‘Borat’ sequel

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Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen pranked Vice President Mike Pence as part of a bit in his forthcoming sequel to the 2006 film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."

The long-rumored comedy will premier Oct. 23 on Amazon Prime Video, and features a scene filmed at the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference held back in February, just before the coronavirus lockdowns, reported The Daily Beast.

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Court rules the Trump administration policing panel broke the law — and must halt its work

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U.S. District Judge John Bates ruled Thursday that one of President Donald Trump's "blue ribbon panels" broke public meetings laws, reported Politico.

The law enforcement panel violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act, according to the federal court judge, by only allowing law enforcement on the commission and by holding meetings in secret.

"The commission’s final report was set to go to Attorney General William Barr later this month, but Bates said no recommendations can be submitted until the panel remedies the legal violations," Politico reported.

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‘Where is this river?’ Kayleigh McEnany’s press briefing goes haywire as she’s pressed over bizarre Trump rant

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany struggled on Thursday to back up President Donald Trump's claims that several ballots had been found floating in a river.

The trouble started when Fox News Radio reporter Jon Decker asked McEnany to justify some of the president's wild claims being thrown around about mail-in ballots.

"The other day he said, 'They found a lot of ballots in a river,'" Decker began. "Who is they?"

McEnany claimed that the president was referring to reports that a bag of mail in Wisconsin, which included some absentee ballots, had ended up in a ditch.

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