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Florida man spits on boy for wearing mask in restaurant: ‘You now have the coronavirus’

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Jason Copenhaver

A Florida man allegedly assaulted a child for wearing a mask at a restaurant.

Police said 47-year-old Jason Copenhaver spotted the boy sitting at a table wearing a mask at Ricky T’s Bar and Grille in Treasure Island, and told the child to take it off, reported WTVT-TV.

Copenhaver also asked the child to shake his hand, and when the boy refused the older man grabbed his arm, leaned in close to his face and sprayed saliva on the boy.

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“You now have the coronavirus,” Copenhaver allegedly told the boy.

Copenhaver later told police that he had never been tested and was not sure whether he was infected with the potentially deadly coronavirus.

Witnesses said Copenhaver appeared to be intoxicated and was not wearing shoes during the incident.

Copenhaver then approached a restaurant employee in a threatening manner and tried to punch the worker twice, police said.

But that employee took physical control of Copenhaver, took him outside and held him on the ground until police arrived.

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Copenhaver was arrested on charges of simple battery and disorderly conduct.


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Experts: Bill Barr is violating DOJ norms with political actions so close to the election

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Veteran attorneys are shocked by Attorney General William Barr's intervention in November's election on behalf of President Donald Trump.

The Department of Justice has declassified or disclosed sensitive materials related to the prosecution of Michael Flynn, a Senate investigation into the Russia probe and the investigation of discarded absentee ballots in Pennsylvania -- which set off alarms among legal experts, reported Politico.

“These actions are not typical,” said William Jeffress, who served as former President Richard Nixon's defense attorney after he left the White House. “Tradition is that politically sensitive actions by DOJ go dark at least 60 days before an election.”

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Ex-Trump aides say the president regularly mocks his evangelical supporters behind their backs

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Former aides to President Donald Trump tell The Atlantic's McKay Coppins that the president regularly mocks his own evangelical Christian followers behind their backs.

In particular, the aides say the president sees many evangelicals in the same way that he reportedly sees American soldiers who died during World War I as "suckers" and "losers."

"Former aides told me they’ve heard Trump ridicule conservative religious leaders, dismiss various faith groups with cartoonish stereotypes, and deride certain rites and doctrines held sacred by many of the Americans who constitute his base," Coppins writes.

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Donald Trump is broke and his businesses are collapsing — is that why he pushed to re-open the economy?

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