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Missouri GOP candidate claims George Floyd died in 2016 — and video showing him choked was a ‘deep fake’

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Winnie Heartstrong, a Republican candidate for Congress in Missouri’s First Congressional District, is claiming that George Floyd was not actually killed by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, but instead died four years ago.

“George Floyd is dead! He died in 2016,” Heartstrong wrote on Twitter earlier this month. “The images of George Floyd that we saw on camera on May 25, 2020 were created using deepfake technology — digital composites of two or more real persons.”

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Heartstrong then links to a website called “Investigate Deep Fake Floyd” that claims to offer definitive “proof” that Floyd wasn’t really killed by police, despite the fact that multiple witnesses, including the Minneapolis Police, said Floyd died on May 25th this year after Chauvin knelt on top of his neck for nearly nine minutes.

According to Ballotpedia, Heartstrong will face off in the Republican primary this August against candidate Anthony Rogers. Should she win, she would likely face incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), who has received at least 70 percent of the vote in every congressional election he’s been in since 2000.


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Legal analyst suggests ‘truth commission’ to bring the US back from Trumpism

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“When a plane falls out of the sky, we don’t just shrug our shoulders and say, 'gravity has consequences'” wrote legal analyst Elie Mystal in his column for "The Nation" Tuesday.

After five years of dealing with President Donald Trump, Mystal thinks that the way to bring the United States back to normal is with a kind of "truth and reconciliation commission."

He recalled in 2009 when former President Barack Obama came into office he was asked if he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate George W. Bush's administration for the torture scandal and illegal detention.

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Donald Trump Jr.: Biden already had a chance to ‘fix’ racism because Obama is Black

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Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday argued that former Vice President Joe Biden should have solved racial tensions when there was an African-American president.

At a campaign event in Pennsylvania, the president's son responded after a member of the audience called Biden a "racist."

"Well, he is," Trump agreed. "He was best friends with every segregationist ever to walk the halls of Congress."

"But he's going to fix those issues now, right?" he added sarcastically. "Now he's going to fix racial tensions in America. Why did you wait 47 years, Joe? You know, if you really cared, if you thought it was something you were going to campaign on, maybe you would have utilized, I don't know, your 38 years in the United States Senate."

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WATCH: Former Trump voters explain what sent them over the edge — and got them to back Biden

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HuffPost reporter Daniel Marans talked with voters Tuesday outside the Luzerne County building in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, ahead of President Donald J. Trump's rally in the state. The line for early voting was about an hour long with most of the queue being held inside. Marans reported that, "People also have questions/requests. But you can drop off a pre-completed absentee ballot in the blue box."

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