Missouri State Senator Wrote on Facebook that She Hopes Trump Is Assassinated!

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A Missouri state senator said in a now-deleted Facebook post that she hopes President Donald Trump is assassinated.

Maria Chappelle-Nadal acknowledged on Thursday that she wrote a post which read: “I hope Trump is assassinated!”

She made the comment in an exchange with a left-wing activist who claimed that his cousin is a Secret Service agent.

Chappelle-Nadal confirmed to a reporter with St. Louis TV station KMOX that she posted the comment.

“I put something up on my personal Facebook page and it has now been deleted,” she said.

Chappelle-Nadal, a Democrat, represents a district in a St. Louis suburb.

It is not clear exactly what prompted Chappelle-Nadal’s comment. But it was likely made in response to a discussion about the ongoing controversy over Trump’s comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend.

According to KMOX, U.S. Secret Service in St. Louis is looking into Chappelle-Nadal’s post.

State and national politicians called on Chappelle-Nadal to resign over the remarks, but she says she has no plans to do so.

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ISIS Claims Credit for Van Attack in Barcelona That Killed 13 People

Barcelona: A white van drove into a crowd of pedestrians, killing 13 and injuring more than 100.  The driver fled the scene and was not apprehended. Police arrested two brothers from Morocco who may have rented or stolen the van.  There was a another attack involving a vehicle that ran over two police officers, but there is no link between the two incidents at this time. –GEG

The Islamic State took credit for an attack in Barcelona Thursday that left 13 people dead and more than 100 injured after a van drove into a crowd of pedestrians.

Amaq News Agency, a media outlet linked to the terror group, called the attackers “soldiers of the Islamic State” in a statement released shortly after the incident.

“The perpetrators of the Barcelona attack are soldiers of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting coalition states,” the outlet said.

Another image shared online depicts a blood-stained tire with the words “run over them without mercy.”

Although a separate vehicle ran over two police officers in another part of the city two hours after the initial attack, neither authorities nor the Islamic State have thus far linked the two incidents.

Supporters of Islamic State were also seen celebrating the Barcelona attack over the encrypted chat app Telegram.

According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, two men were apprehended by law enforcement in connection with the attack. One man, 28-year-old Morocco native Driss Oukabir, is said to have rented the van used in the attack – although reports indicate that Oukabir has since contacted police to accuse his brother, Moussa, of stealing and using his identification.

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Revealing Personal Information Online, called ‘Doxing’, Is Used to Harass And Incite Violence against Opponents

Logan Smith, the man with the Twitter account @YesYoureRacist, began posting photos of ‘Unite the Right’ protesters in Charlottesville, VA, and gained over 300,000 followers in a single weekend, some of whom helped him publish the identities of the protestors, a practice called ‘doxing’.  One man was fired from his job, another disowned by his family, and a college professor was targeted by threats even though it was mistaken identity. [Doxing has been used by angry activists on both sides of controversial issues. There is nothing wrong with revealing the identities of people who are acting to influence public policy, but doxing is used, not as a means of enlightening the public, but to encourage social and economic harm or outright violence against one’s opponent. Bloggers depict their targets as evil people and publish everything needed to harass or injure them at home or place of employment. In days gone by, this incitement to do harm would have been punished by law enforcement.] –GEG

Last Saturday, Logan Smith, the man behind the Twitter account @YesYoureRacist, began posting photos of alleged white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia—and gained over 300,000 followers in a single weekend, some of whom helped him expose the identities of the protesters. One of the people Smith outed has since been fired from his job at a Berkeley, California, hot dog stand. Another, pictured screaming and holding a tiki torch, claims he’s been misrepresented as an “angry racist.”

Another was disowned by his family. Another, Kyle Quinn, was more than 1,000 miles away from Charlottesville at the time of the protest—a case of mistaken identity that brought a wave of threats and accusations of racism so large that Quinn felt unsafe in his home. Still another was James Alex Fields, Junior, who murdered anti-racist protestor Heather Heyer.

To some, this all makes Smith an internet hero. To others, he’s just the vile, destructive left wing doxer du jour. (Smith did not respond to request for comment, though he has discussed the campaign on NPR.)

So who’s got truth on their side? The internet has always been a swamp of ambiguity, especially where doxing is concerned. But as doxing continues to evolve as the preferred tactic of both far right and left wing internet factions, it’s important to take a hard look at what each side is trying to accomplish. While the two sides use different logic to justify their actions, the true result is the same and even cumulative—leading to an arms race of financially incentivized, shame-slinging vigilantes.

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Silicon Valley Closes Down Communications and PayPal Accounts of White Nationalist

Chris Cantwell, an outspoken white nationalist internet shock jock who is being characterized as a Nazi, has been cut off from Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and the OK Cupid dating site.  He claims his PayPal account was closed and that he is being shut out of the financial system because of his views. [Regardless of what we may think about Cantwell’s views, this should worry every American. At the rate things are going, if you speak in opposition to government policy or political correctness, soon you will be without employment, without access to financial transactions, and without a means to communicate beyond word of mouth. That is the face of modern tyranny. Ready to do something about it?] -GEG

Facebook has banned the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a white nationalist who attended the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in deadly violence.

Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja tells The Associated Press that the profile pages of Christopher Cantwell have been removed as well as a page connected to his podcast. Cantwell was featured in a Vice News documentary about the rally and its aftermath.

Facebook has also removed at least eight pages connected to the white nationalist movement over what Budhraja says were violations on the company’s polices on hate speech and organizations.

Cantwell, of Keene, New Hampshire, was listed on rally flyers and labeled an extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center. A former information technology worker who moved to New Hampshire from New York in 2012, the 36-year-old Cantwell describes himself as a white nationalist and said he voted for President Donald Trump. He has a podcast and blog that promote his views.

Cantwell says Facebook shut down his account in an attempt to silence him for his views. He also said his PayPal account had been closed. The company wouldn’t confirm that because it has a policy of not commenting on the status of accounts.

“I’m not surprised by almost any of this because the whole thing we are complaining about here is that we are trying to express our views, and everybody is going through extraordinary lengths to make sure we are not heard,” Cantwell said in a phone interview from an undisclosed location.

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California Legislator Proposes a 1-Year Jail Sentence for Using the ‘Wrong’ Gender Pronoun to Describe a Transgender

California state Senator, Scott Weiner, introduced a bill to punish people who ‘willfully and repeatedly’ refuse to use a transgender person’s preferred name or pronouns in a public health, retirement, or housing institution.  California Democrats have taken up the transgender cause as part of a ‘resistance’ to President Trump campaign.

A new bill being considered by the California State Senate would punish people who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” in a public health, retirement or housing institution.

The bill, SB 219, was proposed by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). It includes several other provisions that require a health facility, for example, to honor the gender identity of a patient, meaning that the patient must be admitted to a room that comports with his or her chosen gender; allowed to use whatever bathroom he or she wants to use; and wear whatever clothing or cosmetics he or she decides to wear. It has gone through several amendments.

CBN News notes: “Fines for repeat offenders could be as high as $1,000 and a jail term of up to a year.”

CBN also reports the testimony of the California Family Council’s Greg Burt:

How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others? … This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect. True tolerance tolerates people with different views. We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.

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