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RT @SoxNotes: Prior to his 8th-inning groundout, Dustin Pedroia hit safely in 11 consecutive at-bats, 1 shy of the MLB record.

Tweeted by iPhone = Trump staff
Tweeted by Android = Trump himself
This was by iPad, therefore probably by staff. https://t.co/Ht8he25w3X

RT @BenjySarlin: “Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future.” https:…

RT @MaggieJordanACN: After hours of being Twitter bashed for spelling his name *Dwayne”, Trump deletes original tweet and reposts. https://…

Trump: [sez terrible racist thing] Media: That’s Donald being Donald!
Clinton: He’s a bigot!
Media: Whoa!The tone of this campaign has sunk!

RT @AdamSerwer: Most humans don’t publicly express joy and self satisfaction when they hear about the death of a stranger https://t.co/JW8n…

RT @ananavarro: Just when I thought Trump couldn’t be more disgusting to me, he chooses to politicize @DwyaneWade’s cousin’s death. https:/…

RT @BenjySarlin: Trump’s first reaction to horrifying personal tragedies continues to be “CALLED IT!!!”

I thought Trump’s doctor was great in Independence Day.

15 hits… 3 runs… These LOB stats are killing me. #RedSox

RT @chrislhayes: It’s 2016, and the GOP nominee’s campaign CEO allegedly didn’t want his kids going to school with too many Jews or they’d…

Sure. Cuz it’s his pet issue and he’s only been a candidate for 15 months, so there’s no need to rush. https://t.co/VigVAmZJBq

Ann Coulter explains: Trump wasn’t mocking a disabled man; he was imitating a “standard retard” #makesitevenworse https://t.co/r8j2aaTEBh
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RT @greenfield64: Watch this and try not to assume it’s an “SNL” skit. Apparently, it’s not. https://t.co/aI1aIkObiL

Trump’s doctor, who wrote Trump’s letter of health, is a Sid & Marty Kroft character. https://t.co/FKepI5JUzl
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RT @ACLU_NC: BREAKING: VICTORY! Federal court blocks UNC from enforcing provisions of #HB2 because it violates federal law. More to come.

RT @GottaLaff: I took a grab of Trump’s “not racist” campaign spokeswoman’s tweet just in case she felt compelled to scrub it. https://t.co…
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“I will hire the best people, believe me” said Trump about a million times.

The Clinton “Alt-Right” Speech

Some people are saying this is the best speech of her campaign so far, as she finally takes off the gloves and calls Trump racist (in so many words)

The response has been generally good on the left, although many would point out that the GOP was basically racist, and Clinton should have called out the whole damn party.  I think that the GOP has been complicit in racism by being silent about its more extreme members who clearly cater to that disgusting sentiment.  I’m not sure that amounts to racism, but perhaps so.

After all, let’s look at a timely news item coming out of West Virginia — something embarrassing for WV’s Attorney General:

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey fired a spokeswoman Thursday, after it was revealed that she took part in a video called “The Stop White Genocide Video” that recites slogans of white supremacists.

Carrie Bowe, who was Morrisey’s assistant communications director, appears throughout the video, speaking about white genocide, a white nationalist conspiracy theory that alleges immigration and integration will cause whites to become extinct.

The YouTube video, first uploaded in December 2012 by someone with the screen name of “Johnny Mantraseed,” boasts that it was banned in 18 countries and was once removed from YouTube. It was re-posted to YouTube in 2013 and has been viewed more than 260,000 times.

Throughout the video, Bowe, who started working for Morrisey in January 2015, repeatedly states, “Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white,” a phrase coined by well-known white supremacist Bob Whitaker, who lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

She has since taken to Facebook (of course) to say she had no idea what the final video would look like, as if that somehow excuses her for saying the following on video:

“If I tell you the ongoing truth about genocide against my race, the white race, liberals and ‘respectable conservatives’ agree that I’m a Nazi that wants to kill 6 million Jews,” Bowe says.

Bowe also says white children in schools are being misled.

“Throughout elementary school, junior high, high school and college, I was told that my race, the white race, was the cause of all the world’s problems,” Bowe says in the video. “Now, many of you have jobs where minorities say things that would get you as a white person instantly fired.”

The four women ask viewers to “recite The Mantra,” a series of phrases embraced by segregationists.

“Asia for the Asians, Africa for the Africans, white countries for everybody,” another women in the video says, the first phrase of “The Mantra.”

Here’s my favorite part:

Bowe, who made $40,000 as a Morrisey aide, served as his acting press secretary in September 2015. She also helped manage his field office staff members.

Before Morrisey hired her, she was member relations director with the conservative Family Policy Council of West Virginia.

That’s the state level version of the Family Research Council.

The conservative Family Policy Council of West Virginia is asking Wheeling leaders to release any and all documentation of the proposed protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents with a Freedom of Information Act request.

The request states that any such ordinance would elevate “changeable” sexual behavior to a special level of legal protection. The Charleston-based council’s president, Allen Whitt, said this ordinance has already likely been drafted under residents’ noses, despite Mayor Glenn Elliott assuring no such legislation is anywhere near a draft, let alone fully realized.

“That is misinformation. It is untruth,” Whitt said. “Their position is to pass a city ordinance. We’ve seen this multiple times. That’s a straight up lie.”

The council describes itself as a “leading conservative policy group championing social issues,” such as religious freedom.

If you were to say there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between alt-right, the klan, and good old fashioned “family values” conservatism, I don’t think many could refute that outright.

In any event, Clinton was obviously trying to woo moderate Republicans who cannot identify with Trump’s blatant racism, so she wasn’t prepared to go that far.

And Clinton’s speech has sent Trump into a fit (“no, CLINTON is the REAL racist!”).

Unfortunately, CNN is chastising both candidates for getting into the mud.  The problem with “both sides do it” of journalistic equality is that one side actually has a basis for doing it.

.@realDonaldTrump For God’s sake. Stop acting like a whiny wounded 8 year old. Can’t you at least ACT presidential?

RT @mmurraypolitics: On @MSNBC, RNC spox Spicer is asked if Clinton’s accusation were incorrect?

Spicer responds by saying HRC’s Klan/Duke video was below belt

RT @AP: BREAKING: France’s top administrative court overturns burkini ban amid shock and anger worldwide.

Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) Doesn’t Like Being Called A Racist… But He Is

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) left a threatening voicemail for a Democratic state lawmaker on Thursday, using obscene language and challenging the lawmaker toprove the governor is racist.

LePage believed that state Rep. Drew Gattine (D) accused him of being racist after the governor said he kept a binder full of drug traffickers arrested in Maine and that more than 90 percent of them were black or Hispanic. In an interview with the Portland Press Herald, Gattine denied he had made the claim.

In the voicemail, obtained by the Press Herald, LePage directed several obscenities toward Gattine.

“Mr. Gattine, this is Governor Paul Richard LePage. I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you cocksucker,” LePage said. “I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I’m a racist. I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker. You, I need you to, just freakin’, I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.”

Listen for yourself:

That’s….. not…. good.

In January, LePage said men with names like “D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty” were dealing drugs in Maine and impregnating white women. Earlier this week, he said the binder he kept proved he isn’t racist because it supported his statements about the racial makeup of the traffickers.

LePage released a statement today, saying he was angry and apologizing for his language.

“When someone calls me a racist, I take it very seriously. I didn’t know Drew Gattine from a hole in the wall until yesterday. It made me enormously angry when a TV reporter asked me for my reaction about Gattine calling me a racist. It is the absolute worst, most vile thing you can call a person,” he said. “So I called Gattine and used the worst word I could think of. I apologize for that to the people of Maine, but I make no apology for trying to end the drug epidemic that is ravaging our state.”

The governor also said that he never intended to harm Gattine.

“When I said I was going after Gattine, I meant I would do everything I could to see that he and his agenda is defeated politically. I am a history buff, and I referenced how political opponents used to call each other out in the 1820s — including Andrew Jackson, the father of the Democratic Party. Obviously, it is illegal today; it was simply a metaphor and I meant no physical harm to Gattine,” he said.

Gattine did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment on the incident, but he told the Press Herald that LePage’s voicemail was “inappropriate and uncalled for.”

“What I said to the television reporter today is that the kind of racially charged comments the governor made are not at all helpful in solving what the real problem is,” Gattine told the Press Herald. “And that is, we have a crisis in the state of Maine of people overdosing on heroin and prescription drugs and we are not doing enough with respect to treatment and prevention.”

After leaving the voicemail, LePage publicly attacked Gattine and invited a television crew and Press Herald reporter for an interview in which he said he wished he could duel Gattine.

“When a snot-nosed little guy from Westbrook calls me a racist, now I’d like him to come up here because, tell you right now, I wish it were 1825,” he said, according to the Press Herald. “And we would have a duel, that’s how angry I am, and I would not put my gun in the air, I guarantee you, I would not be (Alexander) Hamilton. I would point it right between his eyes, because he is a snot-nosed little runt and he has not done a damn thing since he’s been in this Legislature to help move the state forward.”

LePage and Gattine have clashed on a number of issues, according to the Press Herald, including the governor’s effort to get rid of food stamps in his state.

Gattine wasn’t the only target of LePage this week. On Wednesday, he called Khizr Khan, the father of a killed American soldier, a “con artist” for criticizing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

RT @CNNPolitics: The speech Clinton delivered Thursday was the one that many Democrats had been waiting for https://t.co/RYa86V3mEM https:/…
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Hillary needs to learn how to give shorter answers.

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