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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:

Photo by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Every election cycle, political journalists and observers wait in anticipation for the "October Surprise" -- the unexpected news event that has the potential to shake up the race. In 2016, it was FBI Director James Comey's announcement of a new development in the investigation of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, driving negative coverage that cost her the election. Four years later, President Donald Trump and his media and congressional allies have been trying to recreate that magic to boost his reelection odds against former Vice President Joe Biden.

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