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Trump Says Rayshard Brooks Killing Was Terrible But You Can’t Resist an Officer

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President Donald Trump weighed into the controversy surrounding the police killing of 27-year-old Black man Rayshard Brooks by boosting a conspiracy theory that the victim was armed, and suggesting the cop was justified in shooting Brooks twice in the back because you cant resist an officer.

Trump was speaking to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, hours after the officer who shot Brooks in the car park of a Wendys in Atlanta on Friday was charged with felony murder and 10 other counts.

Garret Rolfe, who was fired on Sunday and is expected to give himself up to authorities on Thursday, was attempting to handcuff Brooks when he resisted, grabbing a Taser from the officer before running away. As Rolfe gave chase, Brooks pointed the Taser back towards the officer before Rolfe fired three shots at the 27-year-old father. Brooks was taken to hospital and operated on but died shortly afterward.

Trump told Hannity that it was a terrible situation but added that you cant resist a police officer, and, you know if you have a disagreement, you have to take it up after the fact.

Trump added: It was a very sad very, very sad thing. You take a look, it was out of control. The whole situation was out of control.

Then Trump veered into conspiracy theory territory when he told Hannity that he had just received a report about the shooting, which cited Rolfes attorney.

The police officers lawyer said that he heard a sound like a gun, like a gunshot, and he saw a flash in front of him, Trump said.

Video footage of the incident taken from the officers body cams and surveillance footage from Wendys shows clearly that Brooks was unarmed.

So thats an interesting you know, dont know that I would have necessarily believed that, Trump said of the report he claimed to have seen. But I will tell you, thats a very interesting thing, and maybe thats so. Theyre gonna have to find out.

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On Wednesday, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard revealed during a press conference that Rolfe would have also been aware that the taser Brooks wrangled from him was not functional, as it had already been fired twice and thus was of no use.

Trump, who an executive order to outlaw chokeholds and create a nationwide database of police misconduct earlier this week, concluded by saying he hopes Rolfe will be treated fairly by the courts. He went on to claim the police, who have reacted to recent police brutality protests with shocking and well-documented violence, have been treated unfairly.

Its up to justice right now. Its gonna be up to justice, Trump said. I hope he gets a fair shake because police have not been treated fairly in our country. They have not been treated fairly.

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Top Republicans embrace GOP candidate who promoted QAnon conspiracy theory

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Trump gave a full-throated endorsement of Marjorie Taylor Greene on Wednesday after she won a primary runoff in Georgia, calling her a “future Republican Star” and “a real WINNER!” in a tweet.

Greene has drawn backlash from some GOP lawmakers — and has even previously been rebuked by McCarthy and other House Republican leaders — and put the party in a difficult position during an election year where control of the White House and Congress are at stake. But top Republicans are now backing her after she defeated John Cowan in a runoff.

Top House Republican leaders were silent on Greene’s victory Tuesday night and didn’t weigh in for hours on Wednesday morning, but then offered an endorsement in response to questions from CNN.

A McCarthy spokesperson, who declined to be named, said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that House Republicans “look forward” to Greene’s victory in November.

“We look forward to Georgians Andrew Clyde and Marjorie Taylor Greene – and all of our Republican candidates across the country – winning in November so that we can enact policies to renew the American dream, restore our way of life, and rebuild the greatest economy in the world,” the statement said, adding, “It’s clear that the Democrat Party does not share those goals,” and specifically criticizing former Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Minority Whip Steve Scalise and GOP conference chair Liz Cheney have not yet commented publicly on Greene’s win or said if they plan to support her candidacy after her primary runoff victory.

In one indication that the win has divided Republicans, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois tweeted a rebuke of the QAnon conspiracy theory on Wednesday, saying there is “no place in Congress for these conspiracies.”

“Qanon is a fabrication. This ‘insider’ has predicted so much incorrectly (but people don’t remember PAST predictions) so now has switched to vague generalities. Could be Russian propaganda or a basement dweller. Regardless, no place in Congress for these conspiracies,” he tweeted.

Trump campaign official Matt Wolking went after Kinzinger over his criticism of QAnon on Twitter, saying, “When will @RepKinzinger condemn the Steele Dossier fabrications and conspiracy theories pushed by Democrats? That actually WAS Russian propaganda.”

During a Trump campaign call on Wednesday, GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik dodged a question about Greene when asked if Republicans need to distance themselves from far-right elements of their party as they call on Democrats to denounce the far left.

Stefanik took exception to the question and instead criticized Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, describing her record as “far left and radical.”

Greene’s primary runoff win against Cowan took place in a solidly Republican district, which puts her in a strong position to win a congressional seat in the fall. That puts national Republicans in the difficult spot of how to respond and how much to support her.

The Republican Party just took another step toward a dangerous conspiracy theory

Asked on Wednesday if he had concerns about Greene’s nomination, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a top GOP Senate leader, said: “I barely understand Missouri politics, I sure don’t understand Georgia politics.” Asked about QAnon conspiracy theorists emerging in some GOP primaries, Blunt added: “I haven’t come across it.”

Democrats are seizing on the controversy.

Pelosi, asked Wednesday for her reaction to the GOP nominating Greene despite her embrace of the QAnon conspiracy theory, told CNN: “They seem to be comfortable with it.”

Greene has repeated and promoted QAnon theories and phrases, praising the mythical Q as a “patriot” in a video from 2017 and describing the conspiracy theory as “something worth listening to and paying attention to.”

She has also faced a backlash over the revelation of past Islamophobic and anti-Semitic comments, including saying that there is “an Islamic invasion into our government offices,” and calling the progressive billionaire activist George Soros, who is Jewish, a “Nazi.”

Republican leaders responded with condemnation following a report in Politico surfacing racist remarks and other incendiary comments this summer.

A spokesman for McCarthy told Politico at the time, “These comments are appalling, and Leader McCarthy has no tolerance for them.”

Scalise called the comments from Greene “disgusting” and responded by endorsing Cowan. Scalise maxed out in donations to Cowan and helped fundraise for his campaign.

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Party committees typically endorse their nominees without hesitation. But the National Republican Congressional Committee refused to say when asked if it endorsed Greene’s candidacy after she won the GOP nomination, instead attacking a Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota.

NRCC spokesman Chris Pack said in a statement on the race sent to CNN Wednesday in response to a request for comment about Greene’s win: “Have you asked every Democrat if they will support racist anti-Semite Ilhan Omar since she’s won her primary last night?”

Omar, a member of the progressive Democratic “Squad,” prevailed in her fight to keep her seat in a Minnesota primary election on Tuesday.
Her rhetoric related to Israel has made her a target of criticism from Republicans as well as, at times, from some members of her own party. Pelosi and other members of House Democratic leadership once went so far as to publicly call on Omar to apologize for comments they said included “anti-Semitic tropes.”

Omar apologized after her rebuke from House Democratic leaders and Democratic leaders are backing Omar, including Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“The DCCC backs all of our House Democratic incumbents, that of course includes Rep. Omar,” said DCCC spokesman Cole Leiter.

CNN’s Ryan Nobles and DJ Judd contributed to this report.



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Trump campaign spox rips GOP congressman over rejection of QAnon conspiracy

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A campaign spokesperson for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE took aim at a GOP congressman on Wednesday after the lawmaker dismissed the QAnon conspiracy theory in a Twitter post.

Matt Wolking, deputy communications director for Trump’s reelection campaign, called on Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerCNN anchor: Trump’s possible Gettysburg acceptance speech ‘leaves you scratching your head’ Legal experts blast Trump floating election delay FEC commissioner to Trump: ‘No. You don’t have the power to move the election’ MORE (R-Ill.) to publicly reject the credibility of the dossier authored by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, which allies of the president have argued was the basis for the Russia investigation lead by former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN’s Toobin warns McCabe is in ‘perilous condition’ with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE.

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz told members of Congress that the opposition research compiled by Steele did not prompt the investigation into the Trump campaign and its ties to Russia.

“When will @RepKinzinger condemn the Steele Dossier fabrications and conspiracy theories pushed by Democrats?” Wolking wrote, adding, “That actually WAS Russian propaganda.”

His tweet came in response to a tweet earlier in the day from Kinzinger, who called the QAnon conspiracy a product of “Russian propaganda or a basement dweller” following the victory of Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon supporter, in theGOP primaryrunoff for Georgias 14th District on Tuesday night.

The congressman was the first GOP lawmaker to criticize Greene’s win, asserting there is “no place in Congress for these conspiracies.”

Following Greene’s win, Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to voice his support for the GOP candidate, calling her a “future Republican star.”

“Congratulations to future Republican StarMarjorie Taylor Greeneon a big Congressional primary win in Georgia against a very tough and smart opponent,” Trumptweeted. “Marjorie is strong on everything and never gives up – a real WINNER!”

Requests for further comment from Wolking and the Trump campaign were not immediately returned. Kinzinger’s office also did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

The QAnon conspiracy, which began shortly before the November election in 2016, claims without evidence that top Democratic officials, major celebrities and figures in the media are working together to bring down Trump and are tied to an international child sex trafficking ring. The theory is based on posts by a mysterious individual or group of individuals on an anonymous internet forum.

The posts have made numerous predictions that have not come to fruition, including claiming that Trump’s 2016 opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states California Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden picks Harris as running mate MORE would be arrested as a result of the now-shuttered Russia investigation.

Greene is expected to win the general election in her red district in November. She won 60 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s runoff election.



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Amazon is chockfull of products promoting the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory even as fellow tech

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  • Amazon’s third-party seller policy prohibits the sale of “products
    that promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or
    religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views.” 

  • While Amazon lists hundreds of QAnon-related items for sale, other
    tech companies including Twitter, TikTok, and Facebook have declared
    a hardened stance against QAnon-related content leading up to the
    2020 presidential election. 

Amazon currently has hundreds of products listed for sale that promote
the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon.

QAnon has been tied to violent acts, and the FBI has warned of the
movement’s potential to incite domestic terrorism. A man in Nevada
professed himself a follower of QAnon after blocking traffic with an
armored vehicle, and in 2019a man cited the movement as the motivation
for his plot to kill alleged New York mob boss Francesco Cali. …

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