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WATCH: GOP Rep. Praises ‘Good Things That Came From’ Charleston Church Massacre by White Supremacist

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Says Acts of Terror by Islamic Extremists Are ‘Different’

Republican Rep. Sean Duffy says acts of terror committed by Islamic extremists are “different” than those committed by white, presumably Christian extremists, and praised “the good things” that came out of the hate crime mass shooting at a Charleston church by a white supremacist.

Speaking with CNN Tuesday morning, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked the Wisconsin Congressman why President Trump has not publicly spoken about last week’s attack on a mosque in Quebec that left six Muslim people dead and eight injured. A French-Canadian university student who supported Trump opened fire while about 50 Muslims were praying, yet the president has not said a word in public.

Duffy, a four-tern congressman and former reality TV show like the man he supported for president, responded, “I don’t know,” but insisted “there is a difference. Death and murder on both sides is wrong,” he said, adding there are no non-Muslim groups like ISIS or al Qaeda inspiring terror attacks.

“You don’t think there are white extremists?” Camerota pushed back. “You don’t remember Oklahoma City? You don’t think that this guy who was involved in the mosque shooting said that he was inspired by things he read online?”

Duffy could only respond, “You’ve given me two examples,” and said “there is radicals all over the world and here in America.” He went on to suggest that there were no other examples besides the Quebec mosque shooting and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing of a federal office building by Timothy McVeigh.

“That’s different than this whole movement that’s taken place through ISIS,” Duffy again insisted.

When Camerota reminded him about the attack in a Charleston historically Black church that left nine members of a bible study group dead, and asked him if that “doesn’t matter,” stunningly, Duffy responded:

“That does matter. Look at the good things that came from it.”

He mentioned that “Nikki Haley took down the confederate flag – that was great!”

Duffy continued to try to make his argument.

“Look at Gabby Giffords,” he said, of the now-former Congresswoman who was shot in the head by an anti-government extremist. “The Marxist who took her life, a leftist guy, and now you see violence and terror in the streets all across America. Burning and beating people with Donald Trump hats.”

For the record, Jared Lee Loughner was neither a “leftist” or a right wing extremist. He was a conspiracy theorist, and an independent who had a long-term hatred of Giffords and believed women should not hold office. And Rep. Giffords fortunately did not have her life taken; she survived the massacre.

Camerota accused Duffy of saying that “when it’s a white terrorist, it’s an isolated incident.”

The Wisconsin congressman then asked if America could have vetted the Charleston church shooter, wouldn’t we have done it. And the answer is of course he should have been vetted better, which likely would have required more money being spent on gun background check purchases. The FBI admits the shooter should not have been allowed to purchase the gun he used to commit the atrocity, but they made a mistake in approving the check.

On Twitter, many were furious. A sampling:

UPDATE:
Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley compiled “a list of fatal white extremist attacks that have taken place in the United States since the Oklahoma City bombing. He lists 40 between 1995 and 2015.

 

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Top US Counter Intelligence Official Formally Announces Russia Working to Attack Biden, Helping Trump Win Re-Election

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The top counterintelligence official in the United States government has just released an official statement saying the Intelligence Community is actively working to help President Donald Trump get re-elected.

“We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘establishment.’ This is consistent with Moscow’s public criticism of him when he was Vice President for his role in the Obama Administration’s policies on Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia,” states National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) Director William Evanina.

“For example, pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach is spreading claims about corruption – including through publicizing leaked phone calls – to undermine former Vice President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party. Some Kremlin-linked actors are also seeking to boost President Trump’s candidacy on social media and Russian television.”

Evanina does not limit his assessment to Russia. China and Iran, he says, prefer Biden to win the election – which would account for Trump’s recent attacks on both countries, while refusing to challenge or confront Russian President Vladimir Putin on any issue.

“We assess that China prefers that President Trump – whom Beijing sees as unpredictable – does not win reelection. China has been expanding its influence efforts ahead of November 2020 to shape the policy environment in the United States, pressure political figures it views as opposed to China’s interests, and deflect and counter criticism of China.”

“We assess that Iran seeks to undermine U.S. democratic institutions, President Trump, and to divide the country in advance of the 2020 elections.”

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other top Democrats, have been urging Evanina to release this information to the public.

But he warns that President Donald Trump is unlikely to act on it.

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Ohio GOP Governor Tests Positive for Coronavirus Just Before Meeting Trump

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Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine, 73, was scheduled to meet President Donald Trump on the tarmac but will not be there after testing positive for coronavirus. He reportedly has no symptoms.

DeWine refused to mandate masks until July 22.

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NRA Sued for Fraud and Self-Dealing by NY Attorney General – Calls for Top Gun Group to Be Dissolved

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The Attorney General of the State of New York announced Thursday she is suing the National Rifle Association for fraud, and calling for the organization to be dissolved, according to The Washington Post‘s Carol Leonnig.

“The chief executive of the National Rifle Association and several top lieutenants engaged in a decades-long pattern of fraud to raid the coffers of the powerful gun rights group for personal gain, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the New York attorney general, draining $64 million from the nonprofit in just three years,” The Post reports.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James “called for the dissolution of the NRA and the removal of CEO Wayne LaPierre from the leadership post he has held for the past 39 years, saying he and others used the group’s funds to finance a luxury lifestyle.”

The lawsuit claims NRA chief Wayne LaPierre recently arranged a $17 million golden parachute for himself and did not even seek board approval. It also details patterns of excessive spending, including  private jet travel, luxury vacation, and more than $1 million in reimbursements.

“LaPierre also spent $3.6 million of NRA money for private travel consultants to arrange private jets and executive car service for his and his family’s use over just two years, the suit says.”

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