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At least 1 dead after car plows into crowd during ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — One person was killed and 19 were hurt when a speeding car slammed into a throng of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, where a “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups had been scheduled take place, the city tweeted on its verified account.

A 32-year-old woman was killed while walking across the street, Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said. Police were still in the process of notifying her family.

Two Virginia State Patrol troopers were killed in a helicopter crash while “assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation in Charlottesville,” the agency said in a news release. The pilot, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates, who would have turned 41 on Sunday, died in the crash.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had a pointed message for the right-wing groups that flocked to Charlottesville on Saturday: “Go home. … You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you.”

In addition to the one death and 19 injuries in the car-ramming incident, the city said there were at least 15 other injuries associated with the scheduled rally.

Federal authorities said a civil rights investigation into the deadly crash was opened hours after it happened.

“The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence, and as this is an ongoing investigation we are not able to comment further at this time,” said a statement from the Richmond, Virginia FBI field office.

“I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will — go home,” Mayor Mike Signer wrote on Twitter.

Virginia’s governor had earlier declared an emergency, and police worked to disperse hundreds of protesters in the college town after clashes broke out ahead of the rally’s scheduled noon ET start.

Fistfights and screaming matches erupted Saturday, barely 12 hours after a scuffle Friday night at the nearby University of Virginia between torch-bearing demonstrators and counterprotesters.

Saturday’s rally was the latest event drawing white nationalists and right-wing activists from across the country to this Democratic-voting town — a development precipitated by the city’s decision to remove symbols of its Confederate past.

Here are the latest developments:

• The suspect being held in a Virginia jail in connection with a deadly crash near a scheduled rally of white nationalists has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, according to Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail. Fields is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.

• Fields’ mother, Samantha Bloom, told the Toledo Blade, a CNN affiliate, that he told her last week he was going to an “alt-right” rally, but she didn’t get involved in his political views. “I told him to be careful … if they are going to rally, to make sure he is doing it peacefully,” she told the newspaper. CNN’s attempt to reach Bloom were unsuccessful.

• Angela Taylor, a spokeswoman for the University of Virginia Medical Center, said there were five patients from the crash in critical condition, four in serious condition, six in fair condition and four in good condition.

• Video of the incident shows a gray Dodge Challenger driving quickly down a narrow side street lined with walking protesters. The sports car rams into the back of a silver convertible, which hits the van in front of it. Soon the Dodge driver slams the car in reverse, going back up the street at a high rate of speed, dragging its front bumper. Several people chase the car. As the sports car retreats, a red and white athletic shoe falls off the bumper.

Another video shows at least one person being thrown over the rear of the car onto the roof of the silver convertible then sliding down onto the hood.

• Witness Chris Mahony said he and a friend, who shot one of the videos, were walking down the street when he saw the gray car on the other side of the street.

“It just sat there, looking down the road,” he said. “I thought that’s a bit strange. There didn’t seem to be any other cars stopping him from going. And then a couple moments we heard a car going incredibly fast down the road and then it plowed into the crowd.”

• Three other people were arrested Saturday, Virginia State Police said. Two of the men were from out of state. One of the out-of-state men faces a charge of carrying a concealed handgun and the other is charged disorderly conduct. A Virginia man was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery.

• President Donald Trump told reporters: “We are closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”

• Former President Barack Obama, quoting Nelson Mandela, wrote on Twitter: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

• Sen. Ted Cruz called on the US Justice Department “to immediately investigate and prosecute today’s grotesque act of domestic terrorism.” In a posting on Facebook, Cruz said it was “tragic and heartbreaking to see hatred and racism once again mar our great nation with bloodshed.” Cruz called the white supremacists “repulsive and evil.”

• Police began to break up crowds shortly before noon, after city officials declared the gathering an “unlawful assembly.”

• Some protesters fired pepper spray at other demonstrators, state police said.

• Gov. McAuliffe declared a state of emergency “to aid state response to violence,” according to a post on his Twitter account.

Police in riot gear stood shoulder to shoulder behind shields early Saturday afternoon, at times advancing toward crowds, CNN video shows.

By 1 p.m. ET, police had cleared the park where the rally was to be held.

It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the fights, though tensions and rhetoric were running hot. At one point, a few dozen white men wearing helmets and holding makeshift shields chanted, “Blood and soil!” Later, another group chanted slogans such as, “Nazi scum off our streets!”

People punched and kicked each other during various scuffles, which often were broken up from within crowds, without police intervention, CNN video shows.

Police presence was heavy, with more than 1,000 officers expected to be deployed, city officials said. Police anticipated the rally would attract as many as 2,000 to 6,000 people, and the Southern Poverty Law Center said it could be the “largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.”

White nationalists wield torches

Charlottesville, once home to Thomas Jefferson, is known as a progressive city of about 47,000 people. During last year’s presidential election, 80% of its voters chose Hillary Clinton.

But far-right activists and Ku Klux Klan members have come here in recent months, outraged by the city’s intention to remove traces of its links to the Confederacy — including plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The effort developed amid a push by communities across the South to remove Confederate iconography from public property since the 2015 rampage killings of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, by a self-described white supremacist.

Ahead of Saturday’s planned rally, tensions roiled Friday night as white nationalists — some holding what appeared to be backyard tiki-style torches — marched onto the University of Virginia’s campus.

Chanting, “Blood and soil” and “You will not replace us,” the group rallied around a statue of Thomas Jefferson before they clashed with counterprotesters, CNN affiliate WWBT reported. The group left the university’s grounds when police arrived and declared the gathering an unlawful assembly.

City and UVA officials condemned Friday’s march.

“In my 47 years of association with @UVA, this was the most nauseating thing I’ve ever seen. We need an exorcism on the Lawn,” Larry Sabato, director of the university’s Center for Politics, tweeted.

Signer, the Charlottesville mayor, released a statement referring to Friday’s rally as a “cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights.”

“Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here’s mine: not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus,” he added.

Friday’s march took place shortly after a federal judge granted a temporary injunction allowing right-wing activists to hold Saturday’s rally.

City officials had tried to “modify” the rally’s permit to move the demonstration from the park with the Lee statue more than a mile away to McIntire Park, citing safety concerns.

‘We’re going to start standing up for our history’

In February, the city council voted to remove the Lee statue, but that is on hold pending litigation. The council also voted to rename two city parks that had been named for Confederate generals; one of those, Emancipation Park, was due to be the site of Saturday’s rally.

Jason Kessler, who organized Saturday’s “Unite the Right” rally, said he doesn’t consider himself to be a white nationalist. But, he said, “we’re going to start standing up for our history.”

“The statue itself is symbolic of a lot of larger issues. The primary three issues are preserving history against this censorship and revisionism — this political correctness,” he told CNN Friday.

“The second issue is being allowed to advocate for your interests as a white person, just like other groups are allowed to advocate for their interests politically. And finally, this is about free speech. We are simply trying to express ourselves and do a demonstration, and the local government has tried to shut us down.”

128 comments

  • Good for you

    Since when is almost two tons of American iron a ‘sports car’? A Porsche GT3 or Ferrari 458, now those are sports cars. Don’t get me wrong, there’s room in my garage for a Hellcat or Demon, but they are muscle cars. What do you expect from the Crescent News Network, where all semi-auto firearms are assault rifles.

    • Writer Girl

      His car would be considered a sports car. It’s not a sedan or compact car and it is/was an awesome sport/muscle car. Too cool to wreck on what he wasted it on.

  • Chip Kowalsky

    Must have been a libtard snow flake because the head lines would have been white nationalist runs into crowd or possibly a feel the burn chump either way either way it’s a bad day in our country!

    • lookback

      Actually every town should have statues of all the southern traitors. The statues should be placed right in the middle of a dog park where they will receive the appropriate level of respect every time a canine runs up to it and lifts its leg in a southern salute. Heck, Trump would probably like to sit there and watch.

      • pre 1865

        That’s not very nice LOOKBACK! Just think how pure our country would be if the South had won. We would have no gangsta thugs, ghettos wouldn’t be so ghetto, and the welfare system would be basically null.

    • you own it

      @nepa rebel and 1865- get your hand out of your pants, getr a job and move out from Mommy and Daddy’s basement.

  • A nonny mouse

    Odd how there’s not a peep about the Trump rally on Mundy and Kidder yesterday. Young kids were encouraged by their parents to shout racial epithets and gay slurs at passing motorists. If you embrace this hate, then you are complicit in Heather Heyer’s murder.

    • Writer Girl

      So then I guess the left, embracing their views and causing trouble and censorship, instead of allowing for assembly rights, are also responsible for the death and carnage? Yes.

    • Silverfish Imperetrix

      Odd indeed. Things like that never happened at Trump rallies, and I’m sure it didn’t happen there either if it even happened at all.

  • Susan E Phillips

    Removing statues etc will NOT change our history. It is a part of our history and actually had very little to do with race, say what you will. You can’t change the past.. learn from it!! These extremists are just repeating the past and expecting it to change.

    • Writer Girl

      True, Susan. Slavery was considered an economic system to have people care for the plantations and produce cotton and other valuables. It started in Africa. The goal today is to erase American culture, in order to see the demise of America. Be fearful for future generations. I’m glad I grew up in America, before all this hatred from the left.

  • McCracken

    Just let states fly the historically accurate version of the Confederate flag; a white flag signifying surrender. Problem solved.

  • Armstrong

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    EL MA

    Two things that I have found that will get you flagged are naming stores, companies and cutting and pasting, especially web sites. Those aren’t strict rules but you can figure it out from there.

    • El Ma

      Armstrong, thanks – the only time I cut & paste is to quote one of the news articles and I never post links to other sites. You bet I name companies when it’s appropriate to demonstrate a point. LOL!!!!

  • think positive

    If Mr. Obama has to steal a quote from another man in history in order to empathize with current tragedy, then he shouldn’t bother.

  • think positive

    It’s time to move on from “President Lincoln VS Martin Luther King. It seems like they’ve pretty much cancelled each other out.

  • Pocomotion

    Take Down Albert Pike’s Statue in Washington, D.C. The mention of this hideous Southern Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army should make black and whites puke. NOBODY TOUCHES HIS STATUE AS HE IS THE FREEMASON GODFATHER!!! Secret societies are all BULL-CRAP. Morals and Dogma be damned!
    Go ahead 16wnep real journalism awaits you. Watch real feathers fly — coast to coast. I dare you.

    • Robert

      Erasing history is a mistake, embrace it, and learn from it. Nobody’s perfect. Everybody has an opinion on Monday.
      Teach it, improve on it. Or erase and repeat it. To me its that simple. Morals and Dogma should be a separate class but taught as well. Education should be 24/7/365. Except for leap year then its 24/7/366.
      Get it?
      Bed time, Bye-bye.

      • El Ma

        Robert, HUZZAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! We may not “like” every aspect of our history, but it is what it is and we are meant to learn from past mistakes, rather than continue living IN the past and expect a different history to develop.

        New greeting for all free-thinkers is, “HUZZAH!” I like it, and I like to say it, aloud. (smirk)

      • Pocomotion

        Robert, You are way off base or you are a true troll. Re-read my post so you can understand that it’s really directed toward WNEPNEWS to report on a statue that has been left out of the NATIONAL DISCUSSION as they march onward to erase SOUTHERN history. Our nation and the DEEP STATE WORSHIP ALBERT PIKE AND THE EVIL THEREIN. Hey, Skippy, you sleep well and continue to post your trolling ways, but on someone else posts. Thanks for you’re acknowledgement and compliance…

    • El Ma

      POCOMOTION, while we’re at it, every monument of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman should be smashed to bits, as well – the man who gave license to his troops to march through Georgia and burn, rape, pillage, and plunder their way to the Atlantic Ocean saying, “War is Hell.”

      I’ll take MY prozac if you’ll take yours……………..Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh

      • El Ma

        Once again…….another comment flagged about monuments of Wm. T. Sherman who razed a 600-mile swath of destruction across Georgia without pity, without compassion, and with extreme prejudice. And, HIS prejudice had nothing to do with slavery – his plundering and slaughter was to demoralize.

    • Writer Girl

      Leave our statues and history alone! That is part of the problem, especially down South, where many people still have ancestors who fought and died in the Civil War, but had nothing to do with long-ended slavery.

    • Robert

      After a good nights sleep, and a day of work I just thought it would be respectful to reply. I’m not looking to troll, and perhaps was off base. But, your post seemed like a rant worthy of troll status as well. However I think we both agree that removing/erasing symbols or events that are part of our nation as a whole is a fools move. But I’m not going to challenge people that want to do it, to do it. I’m not going to attempt to attack or change the mind of the individual(s). What I will do is give my reason not to, and leave it to the people to decide. I trust the people, not the news, politicians or the arguments of lawyers.

  • El Ma

    Wow…………I “get it,” now. I feel very sad for the people who were injured in Charlottesville – I know the city well and was raised in that State.

    Having typed that, I find that many of my comments are “awaiting moderation,” and I GET IT. Is WNEP owned by the same corporation as Google? Uh………wow………

    Lloyd…….let’s have coffee and talk about what my father warned me of in 1987

    • Lloyd "snowflake melter" Schmucatelli

      El Ma, I’m not sure what your father told you, but my great uncle who fought in Germany in WW2, told my dad when he was young this: He said “50 years ago, people we running to get into this country and 50 years from now, they’ll be running to get out of it.

      This was back in the 60’s. We all know one of the major changes that hit this country in the 60’s and its fallout is still in effect.

      • El Ma

        Spoooooky, My dad almost said the same thing, verbatim. He told me that I should high-tail it out of the country. His knowledge base was rather extraordinary in that he had first-hand experience with how certain areas of the world were set up. I can’t go into any more detail than that without having yet another comment flagged, but I thought he was a raving, prejudiced bigot for many years. Until…………

        So……..yeah, the old timers saw it on the horizon, and they tried to warn us to the best of their abilities. (sigh)

      • Lloyd Schmucatelli

        So, where do we go from here?

        To me, this is still my grandfathers. I will die before I’m brainswashed by the BS and I’ll be stoned in the streets before I allow it to be forced into my kids brains.

      • El Ma

        Lloyd, Huzzah! There is a balance that exists, and the people who accept the nasty facts of life along with the unicorns and glitter are the ones that can teach our children, well. The world isn’t pretty and society can never be a Utopia. Someone is always going to have their feelings hurt, or their causes dismissed. This is the way of the Human Condition, and it has always been this way, and will always be so.

        Hunker down, teach your children truth, even when it’s unpleasant. And, laugh as much as you can. 🙂

  • think positive

    Why do they do it? The energy they spend fighting and complaining is energy wasted. They could be using that energy to practice positive actions.

    • El Ma

      Think Positive, it’s a great question with a very sad answer: they do it because they are angry and fearful.

      Anger is a mask of fear and all of this Special Snowflake explosion for the past 4 years has created a social, economic, and political monster. People who were NEVER leaning to the “Right” are now feeling disenfranchised – they feel that they cannot speak freely, that they are obligated to alter their speech (pronouns? REALLY?!), and that they are quite literally being forced to suppress any and all thoughts or actions that could, in any way, be interpreted as “hate speech” or “triggering” because someone’s feelings have been hurt. This is not mainstream thinking, here. This is wingnut fringe idealism that has no basis, and there exists no balance – no common sense or sense of reason.

      We have lost our way. This once-great Nation has absolutely fallen into the abyss of hedonism, over-indulgence, and social decline at such a breakneck pace that it’s incomprehensible to me that it became this way, nearly overnight.

      This Nation is in terrible, terrible trouble.

      • Givemeabreak

        Now all of a sudden people feel they need to alter their speech? Really? Like this hasn’t been going on for much longer than just recently. You could always say what you wanted it’s just that their are consequences to what you say. It has always been this way even before the so called “snowflake” thing. This was around with the Christian conservatives years ago telling us what is morally and socially acceptable. Remember the party of family values?
        I do agree that this once great nation has lost its way to a bunch of vulger, loud mouth, low brow, hate filled Archie Bunkers. If we are all fighting with each other our focus is off of them. It’s all by design.

    • Robert

      Cause its a money maker! Just sell water to either side and follow them around the country. Agree with whoever is going to buy a bottle from you next, talk quietly, soft spoken not because your wise but sly! You don’t want the person behind them hearing what you have to say. Then deposit the money, write a check and take a vacation in the Bahamas (or where ever) and enjoy yourself. Problem is…one day it will get so bad your water will be stolen from you. Then you pick a side and enter the fray!

      • El Ma

        WHAT IS THE ALGORITHM THAT FLAGS COMMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t use profanities. I don’t use “hate speech.” I just type it as it is, and the comments are mysteriously flagged.

        Robert. The comment was directed to your response that all of this mayhem is a deliberate machination to redirect our collective focus from actual “issues” that are very serious. Sheeeeeesh

      • Robert

        “panem et circenses”. Superficial means of appeasement.
        I don’t know what they use to flag, but its hard to avoid sometimes.
        I have used some outrageous language and been posted, and benign language only to be awaiting moderation. Sometimes I think its related to the speed in which you respond. To prevent one individual from dominating the posts.
        I do 100% agree with you however, there are those that want to train us how to respond properly and those who can be classified as free thinkers carry a big bulls-eye on their back.

  • No wonder they need guns

    I laughed at all the boobage on these men. Can’t take them too seriously when they need bras. HAAAAHAAAAAA!!!!!!!!

  • i quit..

    CAR DEAL WAS WRONG. CHANNEL I WATCHED SHOWED BLACK DUDE USING SPRAY CAN TO BURN WHITE DUDE. I GUESS THAT OK?

  • Robert

    Just makes me wonder at what point will people start thinking for themselves, and stop being a echo chamber for the side they (probably without reason) root for. Amazing how in the golden age of information, respect for uninformed opinion has grown to a level where crap like this occurs. All just another form of Bread and circuses. Politics has grown into a religion and a blood sport. Amazing! Can I get a commercial break please, I want to go into the kitchen and get some snacks before the next crusade starts.

      • Hey reel it in

        Hey Reel It In- Can’t read anything more than a sentence without losing your concentration? Or is reading comprehension not your friend?

      • Robert

        My preference is to be able to engage in meaningful debate with persons I disagree with regardless of irrelevant details such as race, gender, political persuasion or nationality. As far as what side I lean towards, lets just say I wouldn’t be allowed to speak at Berkley, or perform in Canada without fear of arrest.

    • El Ma

      Well said, Robert. There’s wingnuts on either end of the socio-political spectrum, and it seems that the worst of humanity is being pandered to on both sides and this most recent violence is just the tip of that dreadful iceberg.

      Maintaining NO political ties allows for free-thinkers to keep their own opinions and beliefs to themselves, and they aren’t made to feel obligated to follow whatever outrageous party lines that are being drawn in the proverbial sand.

      I wouldn’t be welcome at Berkeley or in Canada, either. I would also be unwelcome on FaceTube, YouSpace, and other Snowflake platforms. Huzzah!

      • lookback

        So what we should get about your both sides equilibrium argument is that you believe we should listen to and learn from the Nazis. Free thinking according to you is embracing those who would enslave others, take up arms against our troops and burn our Constitution. There are also other places where your Neo bigotry may not be welcome, one is in church, the other is in heaven, however Satan does have the welcome mat out just waiting for your arrival and it would be fun just to hear you beg and beg for a single snowflake that will never come to cool your right wing mind on fire.

      • El Ma

        Lookback, ease up there, biscuit. I never said anything about embracing Nazi ideals and, if you are as uneducated as your post reflects, you will know that Hitler’s Germany wasn’t representative of the whole of that nation. Even members of his own party saw the madness and tried to stop it no less than 15 times. With the exception of a few true trolls on this discussion board, I don’t see anyone openly declaring that Nazi idealism is what they’re hoping for. Not at all.

        When a small group – ANY small group – begins to dictate terms to the general populace about what they will think, say, and believe, it is the hallmark of a totalitarian state. What happened in Charlottesville is a tragedy, absolutely. But, the same things have occurred at what could be termed as “liberal” rallies and demonstrations. NEITHER extreme of the socio-political curve is healthy.

        So………HUZZAH to you and now might be a good time to do some in-depth history research.

      • Make America Grit' Aigin'

        At least you have the courage to admit it exist. Unlike the cowards who wear masks to their own rally’s.

    • El Ma

      Wears masks to their own rallies……………like…………..ANTIFA and BLM?! It’s ALL urban terrorism, regardless of which fringe is marching. They’re all dangerous.

    • Writer Girl

      No one likes what happened and that includes the President. He said he denounced it in the strongest possible terms. What else should he say? No one has called Black Lives Matter, a violent group, a bunch of domestic terrorist and the same goes for the Antifa (anti-fascists) who were there and think everyone who disagrees with them is a fascist. See the big picture now?

      • El Ma

        Writer Girl…………….precisely. Exactly.

        Now, I don’t support white supremacist ideals any more than I do BLM or ANTIFA. Urban terrorism is just that: urban terrorism, and this whole extremist nonsense reeks. It’s a smoke screen. A red herring. A diversion. That’s why I opt to do my own thinking. 🙂

  • i love my heritage

    History is being taught improperly in schools today. It was a war between state’s rights. It wasn’t a war against slavery. The North had it’s share of slaves too.Learn your history. If I could be in Virginia tonight I would walk my lit torch like the proud white man I am!

    • El Ma

      I Love My Heritage……….as a white male (presuming you’re hetero, of course), you are probably one of “The Most” disenfranchised demographics in this country, today. If you aren’t a member of some Trans-Alphabet group, some ultra-right-wingnut group, or some religion that embraces Share Ree Ah law, then you’re out. God bless you. Carry that torch for everyone that’s being silenced, tonight.

      • El Ma

        ……and, I hope that you were able to denote the sarcasm in my post on this matter. I know fellows who are verbally and physically bludgeoned by rabid feminists and ill-mannered females, and they have absolutely no remedy for this behavior. On YouSpace, there are actual videos of women who punch or slam men in their groins while someone else is recording this horrifically demoralizing activity.

        (sigh)

    • El Ma

      Sasquatch, I am in agreement with your observation, and I’m amazed that your comment hasn’t been flagged like mine have! LOL

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    If this was a Muslim sympathizer that plowed into an LGBT rally, there would be no comment section.

    Just sayin’

      • Lloyd "snowflake melter" Schmucatelli

        Comparing apples to apples, it’s impossible for it to be an ignorant comment.

        It’s actually a factual and unbiased observation m, therefore it cannot be ignorant.

      • El Ma

        No, it isn’t ignorant. It’s true. And, it’s ugly. I don’t have to “like” the truth, one iota. But, I have to acknowledge this fact before I can be a part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.

      • Alternate Facts

        Actually, it’s a hypothetical. Typical Trump supporter, claiming something that didn’t happen to be an observable fact.

      • El Ma

        Alternate Facts……..try organizing a Heterosexual Pride Parade near ANY university campus ANYWHERE in this country, and you’ll be shut out. Try posting any comments of FaceTube, and those comments will be either deleted or banned if they contain certain words or phrases. Try being an employee for Google that makes data-supported suggestions to better enhance the corporation, and see how long you’re employed. We are being corralled into a slaughter chute just like a herd of cattle. And, people are too busy worrying about “offending” someone that they aren’t seeing the big picture.

        No……….we have fallen into a pit of foolishness, and the current president notwithstanding – it’s been a downhill slide for the past 35 years. Free speech? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nope, nope, nope, nope………..

      • Lloyd "snowflakes falling" Schmucatelli

        What hasn’t happened? Wnep closing down comments sections on subtle or obvious snowflake stories that need to be ripped apart by straight and narrow common sense thinkers?

        Happens everyday.

        Or the Muslim sympathizer driving into an LGBT rally? Maybe we can change it to a Muslim sympathizer shooting up a gay night club. Do you prefer that fact based story better?

    • Lloyd Schmucatelli

      So the south was defeated and fought against the north because they were racist?

      Hahaha, what are they teaching you people in schools?

      • lookback

        Sorry but in the history books I read, the south WAS defeated and they fought against the North to preserve southern SLAVERY, perhaps you have been reading alternative history so we can all excuse the ignorance of reality on your part. I guess you were taught the south was fighting an honorable war for righteous reasons plus I understand you must be a juvenile with all the Ha, ha, ha’s in your posts. Once you become an adult you will hopefully understand the error of your ways, now brush your tooth and get dressed for school, you do have a lot to learn.

      • Lloyd Schmucatelli

        Actually, the south fought to preserve its rights to make its own decisions as individual states against a federal government that was forcing change that wasn’t agreed upon by all the states in the union. Slavery just happened to be a part of it. Actually, the southern states were already a separate country technically at the time. With their own laws and their own currency and governing body. Short lived, but a reality nonetheless.
        So technically, in their eyes, they were defending themselves against a foreign enemy.

    • Liberal stupidity is frightening

      Thanks Obamy, and his blm groups all coordinated by the “Hanoi Jane” media.

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