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‘They Weren’t Beating Up On Cops’: Huckabee Compares Charleston To Ferguson

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Mike Huckabee tried to get out of the “little issue” of the Confederate flag by comparing the responses in Ferguson and Charleston.

2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee appeared on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday morning and was immediately asked to weigh in on the issue of the Confederate flag. After a racist, white supremacist terrorist shot and killed nine Black parishioners, there have been nationwide calls for the State of South Carolina to take down the flag that flies over the State House, which many see as a symbol of Black oppression.

Huckabee tried to sidestep the entire issue, saying, “it’s not an issue for a person running for president,” but had no trouble lauding his actions as a Southern Baptist minister and Arkansas governor in trying to make his points.

He also called the issue of whether or not it’s right for the State of South Carolina to fly the flag of the Confederacy a “little issue,” and then tried to claim that institutional racism is not a problem in South Carolina.

“Here’s what I think the question underlying all of this is,” Huckabee said, trying to redirect the conversation. “We’re asking, ‘Is South Carolina a racist state because of the flag that flies on their Capitol grounds?'”

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In fact, that’s actually not the argument, even if Gov. Huckabee would like it to be. The argument is whether or not the State should fly a flag that some claim to be a symbol of “heritage,” but that many others believe is a symbol of hate, oppression, and treason.

The former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate insisted institutional racism is not a problem in the Palmetto State because South Carolina “is a state that largely white people elected a female governor of Indian descent and the first ever African American United States senator from the South.”

And then he compared the response of people in Charleston, who lost nine citizens including a state senator and two pastors, to the acts of a person Huckabee himself called a “lunatic racist,” to the response of the people in Ferguson and other cities where legitimate members of the government – the police – killed unarmed Black citizens.

“I think we’ve seen the people of South Carolina and their character by what you saw in Charleston with people of all races, Democrats, Republicans from every perspective hugging, praying. Nobody was burning down their community. They weren’t breaking windows. They weren’t beating up on cops. They were exhibiting a true Christian spirit that really is, I think, exemplary to the rest of the country.”

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Trumps Could ‘Turn on One Another’ as Investigations ‘Go Up the Food Chain’: MSNBC Analyst

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Former president Donald Trump and his family are facing “existential” threats from ongoing criminal investigations in New York and Georgia, according to MSNBC political analyst and Trump biographer Tim O’Brien.

“I think you’re going to start to see this vice squeeze in,” O’Brien said Saturday. “The Trumps will happily throw underlings under the bus as this gets hotter. I think the question is whether or not the family members will turn on one another as it goes up the food chain.”

“The Manhattan DA’s case has existential consequences to it,” O’Brien added. “Donald Trump and perhaps his children could end up in orange jumpsuits if that case goes the full route. That’s not going to be the case with (New York AG) Letitia James’ prosecution, that’s a civil case. I also think the Georgia case has an existential threat. Donald Trump acting like a 19th-century ward heeler, called up the secretary of state and said find me some votes, and there’s proof of that, there’s evidence.”

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Ron DeSantis Pounded by WaPo Editorial Board for Latest Attempt to ‘Poison Democracy’

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In a scathing opinion piece on Saturday morning, the editorial board of the Washington Post trashed Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for his plan to create an “election police squad” that board suggests will be used to disrupt elections and scare voters away.

According to the board, the DeSantis proposal reeks of Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn election results at the state level with them labeling the Florida Republican’s efforts a deliberate move to “poison democracy.”

Pointing out that DeSantis wants the Florida legislature to “pony up $6 million to hire 52 people for his election police squad — which, naturally, would be under the governor’s control and would investigate allegations of election crimes submitted by “government officials or any other persons,” the editors then warned, “If Mr. Trump had his way, government investigators would no doubt be impounding Dominion Voting Systems election machines and grilling election officials in Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania based on outlandish allegations about the 2020 vote. Whether Florida’s voting cops would field tips from partisans acting in bad faith or dupes who really believe that fraud is ubiquitous in U.S. elections, it is not hard to foresee them harassing election officials or voting rights groups who are simply trying to help people to vote.”

The editors added, “Mr. DeSantis’s proposal would be similar to an anti-voting law Texas lawmakers passed recently, which would threaten election workers with criminal penalties for transgressions as mild as proactively offering voters mail-in ballot applications. In both cases, the effect is to intimidate people into thinking twice about doing anything they fear state authorities might construe as illegal.”

They then concluded, “Mr. DeSantis, trying to rise from the former president’s shadow, looks as though he is trying to out-Trump Mr. Trump. Both seek to cater to a GOP base among whom fake allegations of fraud are not just believed, but considered a critical national crisis… Proposals such as Mr. DeSantis’s would only work to poison America’s democracy.”

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‘Why Is That So Hard to Answer?’: GOP Candidate Squirms as CNN Host Forces Him to Admit Trump Lost

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A Republican congressional candidate from Alaska finally conceded that former president Donald Trump lost the 2020 election on Friday — but not until after being asked the question no fewer than four times by CNN host Alisyn Camerota.

Camerota was following up on a story about another candidate for Alaska’s only House seat, Greg Brelsford, who recently left the GOP to become an Independent, citing “attacks on democracy.”

On Friday, she interviewed GOP candidate Randy Purham.

“So you heard one of your opponents, who was saying that basically he’s tired of all the re-litigating of Donald Trump’s election loss,” Camerota told Purham. “Are you one of the Republicans he was speaking of who believes Donald Trump did not lose the 2020 presidential election?”

“I’m not going to say that he did not lose, but we realize there are some irregularities with the election,” Purham responded, before Camerota cut him off.

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“Just to be clear, do you think he lost?” the host said.

“Marginally,” Purham responded.

“But you believe that Donald Trump lost the election, and Joe Biden is the rightful president of the United States?”

“To a degree,” Purham said.

“Why is that so hard to answer?” Camerota asked.

“It’s not hard to answer,” Purham responded. “There’s a lot of issues that we’ve seen with the election, and we see how things are turning out right now with this administration, so —”

“But that’s different, Mr. Purham,” Camerota said, again cutting him off. “That’s different if you don’t like certain policies in the administration, it’s different than whether or not you can say definitively that Donald Trump lost and Joe Biden won.”

“I can, and I have,” Durham said, finally appearing to acknowledge Trump’s defeat.

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