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White House briefing gets heated as Kayleigh McEnany struggles to explain Trump’s authority to override governors

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During an exchange with a reporter during a press conference this Friday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany struggled to defend President Trump’s recent comments where he claimed that he could “override” state governors who refuse to allow places of worship to reopen amid the coronavirus health crisis.

McEnany was asked to reconcile Trump’s comments with those of coronavirus task force member Dr. Birx, who advised against allowing churches to reopen immediately.

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“So which is it, and why the mixed messaging?” Kristen Welker of MSNBC asked.

McEnany said that places of worship have a “pretty clear path” to reopen thanks to guidelines that Dr. Birx helped create.

Welker then asked “under what authority” can Trump override governors. McEnany tried to dodge the question by saying Welker was “posing a hypothetical,” but Welker pointed out that she was quoting the President directly.

“I think we can all hope that this Sunday, people are allowed to pray to their gods across this country,” McEnany said, continuing to dodge the question. “That’s a good thing.”

McEnany later implied the reporters in the room were anti-religious, claiming they “desperately” wanted places of worship to stay closed.

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“I object to that,” Reuters reporter Jeff Mason shot back.

Watch the full exchange below:


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‘Nazi Nuremberg defense’: Buffalo police ripped for defending cops who pushed elderly man

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The Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team was harshly criticized online after all 57 officers resigned from the team in solidarity with officers who were suspended for shoving an elderly man during protests against police violence.

Video went viral on Thursday that showed police shoving 75-year-old Martin Gugino, who bled from the ear after his head hit the concrete with a thud.

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

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Minneapolis store faces boycott over Hitler-praising social media posts written by owner’s daughter

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On Friday, the Star Tribune reported that a number of businesses in the Twin Cities are cutting ties with Holy Land, a Mediterranean restaurant and grocery store, following the emergence of racist and anti-Semitic past social media posts from an employee.

"Majdi Wadi, CEO of Holy Land Brand Inc., which operates a Middle Eastern grocery store, restaurant and deli in northeast Minneapolis, apologized for the 2016 posting and revealed that it was written by his daughter, Lianne Wadi, the company’s catering director. She was fired," said the report.

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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.

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