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Defense secretary throws Trump under the bus: ‘I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act’

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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Wednesday seemed to be at odds with President Donald Trump when it comes to invoking the Insurrection Act to quell protests over the killing of George Floyd.

Esper explained at a press conference that members of the National Guard had been deployed to keep order “in support of local law enforcement.”

“The option to use active duty forces should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations,” he explained. “We are not in one of those situations now.”

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“I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act,” Esper insisted, referencing Trump’s threat to use the law against protesters.

The Defense secretary went on to admit that he “did know” that the president planned to visit St. John’s Episcopal Church Monday night when protesters were forcefully cleared from the streets.

Esper also claimed that guardsmen never used “tear gas” on peaceful demonstrators, although Park Police have admitted deploying chemical irritants.

Watch the video below from MSNBC.


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Mask-free UFC fighter punches and hurls racial slurs at older man for ‘touching’ him at restaurant

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UFC fighter Mike Perry was seen on video punching an older man for allegedly touching him. Perry, who is white, can also be heard using the N-word multiple times.

According to ESPN, the incident occurred at Table 82 in Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday.

In a video shared on social media, Perry appears irate as he is ushered out of the restaurant.

Lubbock police officers who arrived on the scene declined to arrest Perry but said that an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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‘All lives matter’: Church hangs ‘no trespassing’ sign above Black woman for sitting in the grass

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Officials at a California church were accused this week of harassing a Black woman who was sitting in the grass on the property.

A Facebook post claimed that the incident occurred at St. Paul's First Lutheran Church in North Hollywood.

"My friend Alex was sitting under a tree in the shade when this happened," the post explained. "This is deeply disturbing and contrary to Lutheran values and basic human decency."

A video shared by Chris Macke shows a man, who is presumably a Church official, hanging a "no trespassing" sign on a tree above where the woman is sitting.

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Video catches woman claiming to be ‘doctor’ refusing to wear mask at Costco: ‘Do you understand science?’

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A woman who claimed to be a doctor was chastised for not wearing a mask at a Costco store.

Video of the incident was shared on Twitter on Tuesday.

In the video, a man encourages the woman to put on her mask, which she is holding in her hand. The woman's elderly mother also appears mask-free in the video.

"Call the police," the woman says in a mocking tone. "Shame me like an ass, go ahead."

"You can put it on right now, ma'am," the cameraman insists.

"I'll do that when I'm ready," she replies. "Do you understand science?"

"Science?" the man remarks. "Maybe better than you do. Apparently, I'm the one protecting other people by wearing a mask."

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