Montana businessman and Republican candidate in the special statewide congressional election Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted a reporter last night.
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About the AuthorRich Robinson is the CEO and publisher of Rise News. He is also a journalist and a native of Miami. Robinson graduated from the University of Alabama and can be followed on Twitter @RichRobMiami.
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Three weeks out from the first votes of the 2016 presidential election, Republican front-runner Donald Trump is better-positioned than ever to win his party’s nomination.
Dismissed as little more than a sideshow just a few months ago, the long-predicted Trump collapse has failed to materialize, and political professionals increasingly view Trump as a possible, perhaps even likely, general election candidate.
The magnate attributes his success to support from a “silent majority,” but Trump backers are neither.
Earlier this week, fed up with Trump’s hateful rhetoric, I traveled to Lowell, MA to protest at a Trump rally.
What I saw horrified me. The crowd packed into the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell resembled nothing so much as a physical manifestation of blinding rage.
Generally speaking, people waiting to enter a political rally are happy and excited, eager to see their favorite candidate. But from the moment I encountered them, Trump supporters seemed to wear a permanent scowl, trading dim-witted barbs about “libtards” and other enemies.
Countless numbers wore shirts attacking Hillary Clinton, often reading “Hillary for Prison 2016.”
Once inside, as we waited for the rally to begin, an announcement played over the PA asking rally attendees to refrain from attacking people who disagreed with Trump. Folks around me laughed menacingly, and remarked that the Trump campaign was asking too much.
But I had no idea what I was in for when a few minutes into Trump’s rambling speech, I held up a sign reading “America’s Already Great.”
It didn’t take long for the glowering people around me to take issue with my sign. A nasal voice behind me told me to put down my sign or else.
I turned to ask the voice’s source, a balding, fat man older than my father, if he disagreed with my sign—which again, contended that America is already a great country.
“You think America’s not great?” I asked. “You think I should hurt you?” he responded.
WATCH: Trump supporters rip up sign of Kiernan Majerus-Collins and friend at Lowell, MA rally.
Things went downhill from there.
Another man, who could have been the goatee-clad brother of my first critic, told me “You’re at a Trump rally? Ditch those,” referring to my sign. “Do you disagree with this?” I shot back. “Yeah. Ditch ’em,” he responded, and at that moment, both of the men grabbed for my sign and tore it up.
The crowd around me began to loudly call for my removal, which was shortly accomplished (although not before the first man hit me on the head and tried to grab me).
The next day, a video of the encounter shot by a friend of mine who’d accompanied me, went viral, and in the days since I’ve become even more familiar with the special brand of thuggery and intimidation Trump’s supporters practice.
My family and I received death threats, and messages poured in calling me every name in the book (although typically, the names were misspelled).
If this was an isolated incident, it would be awful, but it wouldn’t have any greater meaning.
But I’m sad to say my experience is part of a pattern.
Trump is running a campaign fueled by the anger of poorly educated, racist white people, the kind of people who love to criticize “PC culture,” but became offended to the point of violence when I held a sign asserting that ours is a great country.
And as Trump soars in the polls, these people are becoming emboldened. The billionaire blowhard has convinced millions of Americans that not only is their bigoted hatred of Mexicans, Muslims, African-Americans and others justified, but that it is the key to making America “great again,” as if it wasn’t great already.
It’s possible that Trump’s fall, so long awaited, will finally come. I certainly hope so. But Trump’s political demise will not undo the damage he has done to our politics, or to America’s reputation in the world.
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Updated: 3:00 PM EST, November 10, 2015
Tuscaloosa, AL police conducted a rough arrest of three University of Alabama students early Sunday morning and one student was tasered.
The police action was caught on a series of brutal cell phone videos obtained and published by the student newspaper, the Crimson White.
The videos show multiple Tuscaloosa police officer grab three students from an off campus apartment and throw them onto the concrete hallway where they are arrested and one is tased.
On Tuesday, Police Chief Steve Anderson released the names of the three officers who have been placed on paid leave as an investigation is conducted into the incident.
According to AL.com, Anderson named the officers “to ensure transparency and accountability.” The officers are named James Kent, Phillip Champion and Gregory Pimm.
The three out of state UA students were charged with varying offenses ranging from arrested on charges of obstructing governmental operations and resisting arrest to harassment.
Rise News has also obtained video of the incident from the floor above. (Video sent in from witness on scene.
The officers also curse at the students and enter the apartment numerous times after the arrest, even though it is not clear that they had cause to do so.
Read more and watch the full videos on the Crimson White website.
.@TuscaloosaPD has forwarded videos of an arrest made this morning to internal affairs investigators. Full investigation to be conducted.
— City of Tuscaloosa (@tuscaloosacity) November 9, 2015
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By John Massey
On Wednesday, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization formally invited the former Yugoslav nation of Montenegro to join the ranks of the 28 member alliance, despite Russian protests to the contrary.
Montenegro has been a partner of the alliance for a long time leading up to this offer of admittance into the alliance, starting with membership with the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program in 2006, and being awarded a Membership Action Plan (MAP) in 2009.
As such, this offer was seen by most observes as not a matter of if but when.
As a former Yugoslav country, Montenegro has traditionally been within the Soviet and later Russian sphere of influence.
Despite the 1999 bombing campaign by NATO, which included targets in Montenegro, the small country on the Adriatic coast has consistently sought integration into the Euro-Atlantic community.
Russia’s general antipathy to expansion of NATO, in addition to a continued loss of influence likely motivate the resentment to this announcement.
Montenegro’s ascension into the alliance would further seal the Adriatic Sea from Russian warships, and further its ability to project into the Mediterranean Sea.
In keeping with NATO’s values, Secretary General Stoltenberg has reiterated that: “on defense adaptation, on domestic reform, especially rule of law, and to continue to make progress in demonstrating public support for Montenegro’s NATO membership”.
This mirrors earlier calls by the Secretary General in June to bolster public support for membership, before becoming a member of NATO.
According to the New York Times, current public support in Montenegro for alliance membership is at 47 percent and opposition at 39 percent, though there are also fears that the Kremlin could pump money into parties opposed to NATO membership as they have with France’s National Front.
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