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Michigan GOP Senate Candidate Linked With Far-Right Figures

Michigan Democratic incumbent Sen. Gary Peters' Republican challenger John James is running on a platform of unity and nonpartisanship, but behind the scenes, he undercuts his own claims by associating with individuals and groups that promote violence.

On Thursday, after the bombshell revelation that the FBI had uncovered a kidnapping plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, James was perfectly politic and nonpartisan in his public response.

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Proud Boys? Trump Says ‘I Don’t Know Them’ (He’s Lying Again)

Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that he had never heard of the violent white nationalist group he had egged on the night before. Such feigned ignorance was right out of his typical playbook.

During the first 2020 presidential debate on Tuesday night, Trump had been asked to condemn white supremacists and white militias, and when he asked for a specific name, Joe Biden volunteered, "Proud Boys," designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. Trump instead encouraged the group by name, saying, "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by."

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From GOP Senators, A Deafening Silence On Trump And White Supremacists

Most Republican senators facing challengers in their races for reelection in 2020 were silent Wednesday about Donald Trump's latest embrace of white nationalists.

During the first presidential debate of the race on Tuesday, Trump was asked by moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News whether he would denounce white supremacists and white militia groups. Though he answered that he was "willing to do that," he did not, instead telling them to "stand by."

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Far Right, Proud Boys Cheer Trump’s Call To ’Stand By’

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters

During Tuesday's presidential debate, President Donald Trump was asked by Fox News anchor and moderator Chris Wallace to condemn white supremacist groups, and the president responded with a direct plea to the violent, neo-fascist "Proud Boys" gang, telling them to "stand back and stand by."

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