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‘Cluck Off’: Protestors Block Grand Opening of Chick-fil-A’s First Restaurant in Toronto

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Calling it a “Cluck Off,” protestors are trying to block the grand opening of Chick-fil-A‘s first Toronto, Canada  location. About 100 reportedly showed up to voice disapproval of the Atlanta, Georgia-based fast food chicken retailer’s anti-LGBTQ history, with some lying down in front of the new store’s doors.

Protestors are chanting, “Hey hey, ho ho, homophobia’s got to go,” and holding signs that read, “Chick-fil-A is full of homophobia.”

“Chick-fil-A has given millions of dollars to anti-LGBTQ2S organizations, including known hate groups and proponents of conversion therapy, and continues to do so every year,” one Toronto group, The 519, says. The group lists itself as a “proud city agency and a registered charity,” and is “committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ2S communities.”

They posted these photos of Friday’s protest:

CityNews Toronto Sr. Journalist Mark McAllister posted video and photos of the protest:

Canada’s Daily Xtra last year spoke with Rich Matherne, vice president of Chick-fil-A International, who “could not make a commitment on behalf of the company” that it would cease funding anti-LGBTQ organizations and causes.

More video and photos from Friday’s protest:

Chick-fil-A has been challenged to expand outside of the U.S. It opened a few stores in South Africa in the 1990’s but closed them a few years later. It’s first store in Canada also closed after a few years.  Toronto appears to be Chick-fil-A’s only current location in Canada.

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‘I Think Someone May Be Trying to Kill Me’: Matt Gaetz Spins Stunning Conspiracy Theory on House Floor

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) made an unexpected announcement during a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

“I think someone may be trying to kill me,” Gaetz said shortly after he was recognized on the House floor. “If they are successful, I would like my constituents and my family to know who stopped their arrest.”

Gaetz then claimed that he received a death threat from someone who claimed to be a professional hit man on Twitter and who supposedly traveled to Washington D.C.

According to Gaetz, the Capitol Police recommended that the individual be arrested, but the Department of Justice supposedly refused to take action.

Watch the video below.

 

 

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Trump Refuses to Answer Questions in Deposition Over Lawsuit That His Security Team Assaulted Protesters: Report

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This Monday, former President Donald Trump testified under oath for over four hours regarding an incident in 2015 when activists outside Trump Tower were attacked by his security team while they were protesting.

The protesters said they were assaulted during a rally outside Trump Tower over the then-candidate’s comments that Mexican immigrants were criminals and rapists.

According to The Daily Beast, the activists’ lawyer, Benjamin Dictor, said there were a handful of questions that Trump declined to answer.

“This deposition was like any other deposition of an employer who was a defendant in a civil matter,” Dictor told The Daily Beast. “Everything proceeded professionally.”

“On Monday, the ex-president was expected to be questioned about whether he authorized or condoned his henchmen to manhandle protesters or otherwise remove activists from his events in general, as well as what role one particular guard—Keith Schiller—played in Trump’s inner circle,” The Beast reports. “Among the other potential subjects of inquiry on Monday was Matthew Calamari, the Trump Organization’s chief operating officer and former director of security who was present the day of the rally. Last month, sources told The Daily Beast that Calamari was under scrutiny by Manhattan prosecutors as part of a tax fraud probe into the business and its executives.”

Read the full report over at The Daily Beast.

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Former US Secretary of State, Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell Remembered by Those Who Knew Him

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Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. Secretary of State, died Monday morning of complications from COVID-19. The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was 84 and battling a blood cancer that impacts the body’s ability to fight infections, along with Parkinson’s. His family in a statement said he was fully vaccinated.

Powell served under both Republican and Democratic Presidents, including serving as United States National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan.

News of his death has shocked the nation, with many who knew him sharing their memories of the highly-respected diplomat and military leader.

A sampling.

This article will be updated with more reactions throughout the day.

 

Image by U.S. Department of State via Flickr 

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