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The GOP was a ‘party of racists and Christian nationalists funded by the one percent’ long before Trump: op-ed

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Writing in Washington Monthly this Tuesday, Nancy LeTourneau writes that Donald Trump’s presidency is a good lesson on how people should “heed the screaming siren telling us that something about our political system has gone profoundly awry.”

The problem with our political system didn’t start with Trump, according to LeTourneau, it’s been in the works for decades. From Lee Atwater and the Southern Strategy in the 1970s, to the Reagan era, to Newt Gingrinch followed by the advent of Fox News — it was a series of political tenures that allowed the GOP to become a “party of racists and Christian nationalists funded by the one percent with the goal of undermining the government.”

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“Democrats haven’t been all that successful in combating these moves,” LeTourneau writes. “As the party that embraces both pluralism and the role of government in solving problems, simply adopting these GOP strategies is not an option.”

Read her full op-ed over at Washington Monthly.


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57 Buffalo cops resign to support suspended officers who pushed down elderly man

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The entire Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team -- a total of 57 officers -- has resigned from the team in support of the two officers who pushed 75-year-old Martin Gugino to the ground, seriously injuring him.

They are still employed, but no longer on ERT.

According to Buffalo Police Benevolent Association president John Evans, the cops who pushed Gugino down were just following orders.

“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” Evans, said in a statement.

This is a developing story. Check WIVB4 for updates.

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GOP official defends post blaming George Soros for ‘staged’ killing of George Floyd: I wanted to ‘get people to think for themselves’

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The chairman of the Harrison County Republican Party in Texas is under fire after he shared a conspiracy theory on his party's Facebook page claiming that the death of George Floyd "staged" by George Soros, CBS19 reports.

The post shared by Lee Lester was also previously shared by Bexar County GOP Chairwoman Cynthia Brehm -- which prompted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to call for her resignation.

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On the minds of Black Lives Matter protesters: A racist health system

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WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, when he decided to protest, William Smith, 27, used a red marker to write a message on the back of a flattened cardboard box: “Kill Racism, Not Me.”

As he stood alone, somber, he thought about George Floyd, a fellow black man whom he’d watched die on video as a Minneapolis cop kneeled on his neck eight days earlier. “Seeing the life leave his body was finally the last straw that broke the camel’s back for me,” he said.

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