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Woman injured after motorcyclist ‘barrels’ into crowd at Democratic senator’s rally

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Strong support from African-American voters helped fuel Democrat Doug Jones' upset victory in the Senate race in Alabama (AFP Photo/JIM WATSON)

A woman was injured after a motorcyclist barreled through a rally for Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL).

The Democratic senator was holding a rally Sunday afternoon in Warrenton, Alabama, when a man revved the engine of his three-wheeled motorcycle and rode through a crowd of Jones supporters, reported The Gadsden Times.

“About 30 seconds after Doug got off the bus, there were two motorcycles parked across the street,” said Susan McKenney, chair of the Marshall County Democrat Party. “One barreled right through the crowd.”

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The man then circled back around as if he was going to ride back through the crowd, she said.

One woman was injured, but witnesses said the injuries were minor, and police aren’t sure if she intends to pursue a warrant against the rider.

“He said he was there to hear Doug Jones,” said Mike Turner, of Guntersville police.

Turner said the man hadn’t made up his mind yet in the election, and insisted he did not intend to strike anyone and didn’t even realize he had.

The officer said the incident didn’t appear to be as serious as witnesses have stated, and he didn’t see any evidence of political motivation.

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The incident was recorded on video that has been removed from social media, but another reporter who saw the video told the newspaper that it showed the rider rev his engine before driving into the crowd while McKenney and others tried to stop him.

McKenney said another person in the crowd convinced the other rider to leave, saying the event was not a protest or debate, and the pair left.

Witnesses said trucks parked near the rally kicked up gravel toward Jones supporters and shouted insults, and McKenney said their license plates were obscured with shopping bags.

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“We are encouraging [the victim] to follow through by getting a warrant,” McKenney said. “We feel it is important that people not be intimidated. I don’t think they understood it was a rally and not anything they should have been involved with.”

“I can’t imagine my people showing up at a Trump rally or anything like that,” she added. “We are considerate of others’ view. It really bothers me that they felt they were empowered to do this.”

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Armed ‘sovereign citizen extremist’ arrested at Boston train station: report

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Authorities in Boston arrested an armed extremist at a train station on Thanksgiving.

"A Boston man was arrested last night and charged with illegally carrying a loaded pistol. The defendant, who allegedly purchased a firearm and body armor, and material that could be used to assemble explosives, adheres to the anti-government/anti-authority sovereign citizen extremist ideology," the Department of Justice announced Friday. "Pepo Herd El a/k/a Pepo Wamchawi Herd (El), 47, of Dorchester, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition."

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Texas Republican hasn’t even been sworn in yet and already a GOP congressman is publicly dunking on him

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There was some drama on Twitter on Friday when a four-term Republican congressman dunked on a Texas Republican who won a seat in Congress but has yet to be sworn in.

It started when Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) urged President Donald Trump to pardon Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.

Rep.-elect Tony Gonzales (R-TX) called out Gabbard for being "full of more than just turkey."

Snowden and Assange are Russian agents who pose a direct threat to US National interests. Clearly @TulsiGabbard is full of more than just turkey. https://t.co/RI4XgdZRUy

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Biden’s lead in Milwaukee increases after Trump blew millions on Wisconsin recount: report

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President-elect Joe Biden's lead over Donald Trump in Wisconsin extended on Friday as Milwaukee finished their recount.

The Trump campaign had to pay $3 million for the recount in Wisconsin.

"Milwaukee County concludes its recount of the presidential election -- one of two counties where Trump sought a recount in Wisconsin. The results: Biden's lead, currently at about 20,000 statewide, grew by 132 votes," Rosalind Helderman of The Washington Post reported Friday.

Edward-Isaac Dovere of The Atlantic did a quick, back-of-the-envelope economic analysis.

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