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Santorum To Announce Presidential Decision, Says White Nationalist’s Work Influences His Positions

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Promising to integrate his obsession with marriage into his speech about whether or not he will run for president, Rick Santorum says he’ll tell America later this month. He said the work a known white nationalist influences his positions.

As the Republican field of presidential candidates literally doubled this week, 2016 hopefuls are feeling under pressure to enter the race to raise unlimited super PAC cash. Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, and Carly Fiorina this week joined Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul, bringing the GOP declared field to six. 

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Rick Santorum Wednesday night hinted that number on May 27 will be at least seven.

The failed former Pennsylvania Republican Senator and failed former Republican presidential candidate will more than likely take another swing at a White House run, and at whomever is the GOP frontrunner.

Santorum told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren that he and his family will assemble in his Pennsylvania hometown to talk about how he grew up and what that should mean for America.

Asked if he will continue to make his obsession with religion and its impact on social issues like same-sex marriage and abortion a campaign focus, the 56-year old Roman Catholic and married father of eight gave a more moderated answer.

Santorum said he is “going to talk about the importance of family.”

Pointing to the work of Charles Murray, the author of the highly controversial book The Bell Curve, Santorum linked economic issues to the breakdown of the family.

“When you have books like Robert Putnam’s that just came out a few weeks ago and Charles Murray who wrote his a couple years ago, about one of the principle reasons for the lack of economic opportunity is in fact the breakdown of the family,” he said. “Talking about what we can do to help strengthen that family structure is going to be certainly a part of the campaign,” should he decide to run.

Santorum did not specify which Charles Murray book is influencing his policies, although The Bell Curve, which argues that Blacks are genetically inferior to whites, is the one for which he is best-known. 

Murray is a social scientist the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as a “white nationalist.” He currently is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a right wing think tank funded by the Koch Brothers.

In 1994, then-New York Times op-ed columnist Bob Herbert, labeled Murray’s Bell Curve “a scabrous piece of racial pornography masquerading as serious scholarship,” and added, “his book is just a genteel way of calling somebody a nigger.”

Ironically, or perhaps, knowingly, in 2000 Murray himself wrote this at the National Review:

“Try to imagine a … presidential candidate saying in front of the cameras, ‘One reason that we still have poverty in the United States is that a lot of poor people are born lazy.’ You cannot imagine it because that kind of thing cannot be said. And yet this unimaginable statement merely implies that when we know the complete genetic story, it will turn out that the population below the poverty line in the United States has a configuration of the relevant genetic makeup that is significantly different from the configuration of the population above the poverty line. This is not unimaginable. It is almost certainly true.”

Jeb Bush last week also mentioned he is a fan of Charles Murray’s work.

 

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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre

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On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.

CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.

“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.

“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.

“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”

About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.

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‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’

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Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”

Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.

“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theoryrepeatedly, and used the term “invasionrepeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.

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“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.

Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..

 

 

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7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies

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Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.

The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.

Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and  his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.

Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.

“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”

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