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Tennessee Republican says he hasn’t ‘really studied’ whether the Civil War was about slavery

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On Thursday, The Tennessee Holler reported that Tennessee state Rep. Mike Sparks, who makes a habit of complaining that “young people” and “journalists” don’t bother to study history, could not answer a basic question about what the Civil War was fought over.

“Was the Civil War about slavery?” asked a reporter.

“I haven’t really studied it,” said Sparks.

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“You said you know history!” said another reporter.

“I just think we need to all study history,” said Sparks, still not answering the question. “There’s different contexts.”

This comes during a debate over whether to remove a bust of Confederate general and suspected Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. Another lawmaker, state Sen. Joey Hensley, defended Forrest, arguing that “3,000 Blacks attended his funeral” — a common but unproven claim of Confederate sympathizers.

“We have an elected official who won’t admit that the Civil War was fought over slavery, lectures Black Americans about what they should and shouldn’t be protesting, and believes we should keep the bust of the KKK’s first Grand Wizard in our state capitol as a symbol of forgiveness,” said Brandon Thomas, his Democratic opponent. “It’s clear that Mike Sparks and the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust are both relics of history that need to be removed from the Tennessee State Capitol.”

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WATCH: Arizona man throws tantrum about masks — and his son has to pick him up and carry him out of the store

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Video posted online purports to show a man being carried out of a store in Tucson, Arizona after a loud rant against wearing masks.

"People won't learn, these people won't learn," a man in a blue shirt, shorts and sunglasses is heard saying, to nobody in particular.

"You're a bunch of idiots wearing masks, you know it's not real," he shouted.

"Look at you fools, you got a f*cking doily on your face. You ret*rd, you look like you f*cking got it off your mom's countertop," he continued.

At thq5 point, a much larger man with a mask over his beard approached the anti-mask activist.

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Trump campaign dispatches Pence to shore up Mormon support — after harsh criticism from Mitt Romney and Jeff Flake: report

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The president's 2020 election campaign continues to play defense in Arizona, a once reliably-Republican state.

"President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is looking to shore up support among a specific population of Arizonans: members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," the Arizona Republica reported Monday. "Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Mesa Tuesday to help launch a 'Latter-day Saints for Trump' coalition in what appears to be a late-in-the-game play to win over LDS voters, who tend to vote Republican but hold values that clash with some of the president's."

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Here’s how Trump created a ‘significant threat’ to his re-election by failing on coronavirus stimulus

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Politico on Monday reported on how Donald Trump may have imperiled his 2020 presidential campaign by failing to reach a deal with Congress on the next round of stimulus.

"After a spring and summer bolstered by cash infusions from the federal government of more than $3 trillion, the U.S. economy may have to sink or swim this fall with a relative trickle of support — presenting a significant threat to President Donald Trump’s standing as he heads into a compressed reelection campaign already trailing in the polls," Politico's Ben White reported.

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