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GOP Congressman Makes Stunning White Nationalist Statement. Almost No One From GOP Denounces It.

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Iowa Republican Has Long History of Vile Remarks

U.S. Representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa, early Sunday afternoon made a stunning remark: “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” The eight-term congressman, via Twitter, was praising Dutch white nationalist lawmaker Geert Wilders, who, King announced, “understands that culture and demographics are our destiny.”

He did not apologize.

King’s comment is, without question, a white nationalist statement. It is also racist, un-American, vile, and sadly, not all that surprising coming from Congressman King.

In September, tagging Wilders, King offered support to a far-right anti-Islam German politician:

He did not apologize.

Not surprisingly, King has made other vile remarks as a U.S. Congressman, and appears to delight in doing so.

“This whole ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired,” King said in July of last year. “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about? Where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

He did not apologize.

Also in July, of 2013, Rep. King, speaking about undocumented children, said: “They weren’t all brought in by their parents. For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

He did not apologize.

This list of Steve King’s attacks on immigrants, LGBT people, and women is long, the list of those within his party will to denounce them is short.

In the 18 hours since Congressman King, a member of the far right wing House Republican Study Committee and Tea Party Caucus, made his white nationalist remarks, one Republican Congressman – and only one, as far as we could find – has denounced them.

Just to demonstrate how vile ad offensive Rep. King’s comments are, former KKK grand wizard, white supremacist, and Donald Trump supporter David Duke offered his praise:

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One other Republican, the chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, while not denouncing King’s remarks, at least pushed back on them, while denouncing David Duke.

“First of all, I do not agree with Congressman King’s statement. We are a nation of immigrants, and diversity is the strength of any nation and any community,” Jeff Kaufmann said. “Regarding David Duke, his words and sentiments are absolute garbage. He is not welcome in our wonderful state.”

And Republican former presidential candidate Evan McMullan, who ran as an independent, stood up to King:

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan should immediately and publicly denounce King’ comments and censure him. Unless that happens, it’s clear the Republican Party is now the party of white nationalism. 

 

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US Breaks 100,000 Mark for Coronavirus Deaths

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At 1:02 PM the United States coronavirus death toll passed the 100,000 mark. It’s been just four months and eight days since the first case of the deadly virus was diagnosed in the U.S.

According to Johns Hopkins and NBC News, the death toll is now 100,012.

President Donald Trump spent months not taking action and downplaying the threat, then falsely claiming it would “disappear,” like a “miracle.”

A new study shows President Trump’s decision to cut off incoming traffic from China forced hundreds of thousands to enter the U.S. without being tested, likely resulting in the huge numbers of coronavirus infections.

The United States has more infections and more coronavirus deaths than any other nation, by far.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Larry Kramer, Author, Activist, ACT UP Founder Dead at 84

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Larry Kramer, the playwright, AIDS activist, author, public health advocate, and LGBTQ activist who founded GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis) and later ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), is dead at 84.

The New York Times reports Kramer’s husband, David Webster, said he died of pneumonia.

Kramer was known as an outspoken activist who wielded hyperbole like a sword.

“One of America’s most valuable troublemakers,” Susan Sontag called him.

Even some of the officials Mr. Kramer accused of “murder” and “genocide” recognized that his outbursts were part of a strategy to shock the country into dealing with AIDS as a public-health emergency.

Kramer targeted Dr. Anthony Fauci, who today is seen as one of the few, if not only, federal government officials who will tell the American people some of the truth about the coronavirus pandemic.

The infectious-disease expect Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was one who got the message — after Mr. Kramer wrote an open letter published in The San Francisco Examiner in 1988 calling him a killer and “an incompetent idiot.”

“Once you got past the rhetoric,” Dr. Fauci said in an interview for this obituary, “you found that Larry Kramer made a lot of sense, and that he had a heart of gold.”

Among his works is “The Normal Heart,” an autobiographical play first produced Off-Broadway in 1985, and again in 2004. It was revived for Broadway in 2011.

Read the Times’ full obituary here.

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Kellyanne Conway Paints Target on Back of Twitter Executive in Charge of Preventing Disinformation

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Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway is advancing President Donald Trump’s war on Twitter in a dangerous attack on the executive responsible for the fact check label placed on two of Trump’s tweets Tuesday.

“He’s the head of integrity and his name is Yoel Roth,” Conway said on “Fox & Friends” Wednesday. Roth is actually the head of site integrity.

She then told viewers his Twitter handle, @Yoyoel.

“Somebody in San Francisco will wake him up and tell him he’s about to get more followers,” she said, apparently signaling to the Trump base to attack him.

Which they did, with astonishingly ignorant, false claims.

“This guy is constantly attacking Trump voters, Trump, Mitch McConnell, you name it. And he’s the head of integrity, at Twitter,” she repeated, falsely. “@Yoyoel is his Twitter feed.”

“Go and read what he said. ‘We fly over, you know, the racist flyover country who voted for Tr –'” Conway said, interrupting herself.

“it’s just horrible the way he looks at people who otherwise should have a free and clear platform on Twitter,” Conway said, again telegraphing Trump’s followers to go after him.

Conway is wrong about Roth’s job.

He is not the head of “integrity,” he’s the head of site integrity.

And there’s a clear reason Conway is targeting Roth.

NPR’s Ari Shapiro earlier this year interviewed Roth, explaining what Roth’s job is:

“Intelligence officials have warned that Russia is interfering in the 2020 presidential campaign as it did four years ago. Back then, it used social media to spread disinformation and hoaxes. Yoel Roth is in charge of fighting these efforts on Twitter.”

Roth’s job description, for those who want to get technical, from his LinkedIn page:

“Yoel is the Head of Site Integrity at Twitter. He leads the teams responsible for developing and enforcing Twitter’s rules on platform manipulation, spam, and API access, as well as Twitter’s investigation and attribution efforts related to state-backed information operations. Before joining Twitter, Yoel received his PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching focused on the intersecting dynamics of privacy, safety, and self-expression in online dating apps.”

There’s another reason, too.

Roth once compared Conway to the Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany, Joseph Goebbels.

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