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Scott Van Duzer, the Florida restauranteur who lifted President Obama off the ground in a bear hug when Obama visited his pizzeria on Sunday, thought that he was just creating a lighthearted photo-op. Unfortunately, Van Duzer underestimated how rabidly the right-wing fringe hates the president.

Republicans have organized a boycott of Big Apple Pizza because Van Duzer had the gall to greet the President of the United States. Additionally, legions of right wingers have flooded Big Apple Pizza’s Yelp page with hundreds of negative reviews, ranging from insults about its pizza to outright racist attacks against Obama.

Evidently the right wing only likes right-wing small business owners. Ironically, Van Duzer himself is a registered Republican (not that that has ever stopped the wingnuts from grabbing their pitchforks in the past — just ask Dick Lugar.)

Van Duzer’s Yelp page has since been flooded by five star reviews to counterbalance the attacks, and several of the nuttier “reviews” have been flagged and removed. Some remain however — here are eight of the craziest:

Senatory Lindsey Graham with President Trump

Photo by The White House

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

In a worst-case scenario for Republicans — and a best-case scenario for Democrats — the GOP would not only lose the White House in November, but also, would lose the U.S. Senate and watch Democrats expand their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Journalists Olivia Beavers and Juliegrace Brufke, in an article for The Hill, discuss the possibility of a major blue wave in November and the fears that Republican activists are expressing behind closed doors.

Some Republicans are privately expressing what Beavers and Brufke describe as a "growing sense of doom." A GOP source, presumably interviewed on condition of anonymity, told The Hill, "If the election were today, we would lose the House, the Senate and the White House."

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