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WASHINGTON  — The Latest on campaign 2016 as voters in Wisconsin head to the polls for the state’s presidential primary (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

11:45 p.m.

Ted Cruz won most of the delegates in the Wisconsin primary, increasing the likelihood of a contested convention.

Cruz has won at least 33 delegates in Wisconsin and Donald Trump has won at least three. Six delegates are still up for grabs, pending the outcome in two congressional districts.

Trump still has a narrow path to claim the nomination by the end of the primaries on June 7. He must win 57 percent of the remaining delegates to win the nomination before the convention. So far, he is winning just 46 percent.

Tuesday’s outcome increases the importance of the five remaining winner-take-all states: Delaware, Nebraska, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota.

The AP delegate count:

Trump: 740.

Cruz: 514.

John Kasich: 143.

Needed to win: 1,237.

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11:30 p.m.

Bernie Sanders may be gaining ground in the number of states he’s won compared to Hillary Clinton. But in terms of delegates, it’s not so much.

After taking Wisconsin, Sanders has now won 15 states to Clinton’s 18.

Still, Sanders trails Clinton significantly in delegates.

With 86 Wisconsin delegates at stake, Sanders won at least 45 delegates to Clinton’s 31. Ten delegates remain to be allocated, pending final vote tallies.

Based on primaries and caucuses alone, Clinton now has 1,274 delegates to Sanders’ 1,025.

When including superdelegates, or party officials who can back any candidate, Clinton’s lead is 1,743 to Sanders’ 1,056. It takes 2,383 to win.

Sanders must win 67 percent of the remaining delegates and uncommitted superdelegates to win the nomination.

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11 p.m.

Ted Cruz’s chief spokesman says Ohio Gov. John Kasich is only staying in the race to make a play to be the vice presidential pick.

Cruz spokesman Jason Miller said Tuesday, after the Texas senator won Wisconsin, that “Kasich has to realize the only thing he’s doing is helping Donald Trump.”

Miller says, “This appears to clearly be auditioning for VP play.”

Cruz said in his victory speech that he can still get to the 1,237 delegates needed to capture the nomination before the primaries are over, or at the convention this summer.

Miller wouldn’t go into detail about how Kasich leaving or staying in the race affects Cruz’s chances.

He says, “There are a number of different scenarios to where we can get to 1,237.”

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10:55 p.m.

After a win in Wisconsin, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is turning his attention to the coming primary in New York. The contest is expected to be a knock-down, drag-out fight between Sanders and front-runner Hillary Clinton.

A loss in New York would be a significant political blow for Clinton’s campaign. She represented the state for eight years in the Senate.

Sanders says: “Do not tell Secretary Clinton, she’s getting a little nervous. But I believe we have an excellent chance to win New York and a lot of delegates in that state.”

Sanders says he’ll then turn his attention to races in Oregon and California, where his campaign believes he can capture big victories.

Sanders is campaigning in Wyoming, where he’s favored to win Saturday’s caucuses.

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10:50 p.m.

GOP front-runner Donald Trump says Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin primary using illegal campaign tactics.

The Trump campaign has released a statement saying Cruz “was coordinating with his own Super PACs (which is illegal) who totally control him.”

The campaign says, “Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet — he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump.”

Trump’s campaign says it has “total confidence” he will win the Republican nomination.

“Mr. Trump is the only candidate who can secure the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination and ultimately defeat Hillary Clinton, or whomever is the Democratic nominee, in order to Make America Great Again,” the statement says.

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10:30 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says his string of recent victories is cutting into Hillary Clinton’s lead, giving him a real shot at the nomination.

Sanders is campaigning in Wyoming just after his victory in the Wisconsin primary.

He says, “We have now won seven out of eight of the last caucuses and we have won almost all of them with overwhelming landslide numbers.”

Despite those victories, Sanders still trails Clinton in the delegates who determine the party nomination.

Sanders believes he can narrow that gap with a victory in New York on April 19 and some of the five northeastern states that cast ballots a week later. He’s expected to win the Wyoming caucuses Saturday.

He’s casting himself as the stronger general-election candidate against GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

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10:15 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is congratulating rival Bernie Sanders on his win in Wisconsin.

“Congrats to @BernieSanders,” she wrote on Twitter. “To all the voters and volunteers who poured your hearts into this campaign: Forward!”

Sanders is campaigning in Wyoming, which holds its caucuses Saturday. Clinton spent the evening fundraising in the Bronx.

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10:10 p.m.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is looking ahead to November, saying he wants to deliver Wisconsin for Republicans for the first time in 32 years.

Cruz won the state Tuesday and talked to supporters in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin has not voted for a Republican for president since Ronald Reagan in 1984. But Cruz says he will be the first Republican since then to win Wisconsin and paint the Badger State “bright Republican red.”

He is ending his victory speech with a warning to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Cruz says: “Hillary, get ready. Here we come.”

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10:05 p.m.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says his victory in Wisconsin is uniting the Republican Party and gives him a path forward to winning the nomination, either outright or at the convention this summer.

Cruz says: “Tonight, Wisconsin has lit a candle guiding the way forward. Tonight, we have hope for the future.”

Cruz is also casting a more bipartisan tone in his victory speech Tuesday, quoting John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill.

Cruz is citing a string of recent victories, and the backing of five former GOP presidential candidates, as evidence that Republicans are getting behind his candidacy. He says his campaign raised $2 million on Tuesday alone.

Cruz says, “I am more and more convinced our campaign is going to earn the 1,237 delegates need to win.”

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9:58 p.m.

Hillary Clinton wasn’t greeting voters at a rally, town hall or diner as votes rolled in from Wisconsin. Instead, she was spending her evening with top donors in New York City.

She raised at least $60,000 Tuesday night at a fundraiser hosted by Jack Benheim, the owner of a company that manufactures veterinary health products and nutritional supplements. Benheim, a former vice president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has deep ties to New York’s orthodox Jewish community.

The event underscores how costly the primary race has become for Clinton. Though she holds a significant delegate lead, Bernie Sanders has vowed to take his campaign to the party convention in July. That forces Clinton, who’s more reliant on traditional fundraising than Sanders, to criss-cross the country raising funds.

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9:55 p.m.

Bernie Sanders’ win in Wisconsin will net him a handful of additional delegates, but he still lags Hillary Clinton by a big number.

With 86 delegates at stake, Sanders will pick up at least 44. Clinton will gain at least 28.

He still must win 67 percent of the remaining delegates and uncommitted superdelegates in order to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

Based on primaries and caucuses alone, Clinton now has 1,271 delegates to Sanders’ 1,024.

When including superdelegates, or party officials who can back any candidate, Clinton has a wider lead — 1,740 to 1,055.

It takes 2,383 to win.

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9:50 p.m.

Ted Cruz is collecting most of the delegates at stake in the Wisconsin primary, and he has a chance to win even more.

Cruz is winning at least 24 delegates, with 18 left to be allocated. By winning Wisconsin, Cruz is making it more likely the race for the Republican nomination will go all the way to a contested convention this summer.

Donald Trump still has a narrow path to claim the nomination by the end of the primaries on June 7. But by losing Wisconsin, Trump’s path gets even narrower.

The AP delegate count:

Trump: 737.

Cruz: 505.

John Kasich: 143.

Needed to win: 1,237.

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9:44 p.m.

Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic presidential primary in Wisconsin. It’s the Vermont senator’s sixth straight win over front-runner Hillary Clinton in recent weeks.

The victory in a large state gives a powerful political boost to Sanders backers. But the results barely dent Clinton’s significant delegate lead for the race nomination.

Because Democrats award delegates proportionally, both candidates will add to their tallies. Clinton has the edge both in pledged delegates and the party insiders known as superdelegates.

Sanders is favored to win the next primary caucuses in Wyoming on Saturday.

Both candidates are turning their attention to the April 19 contest in New York. A loss there would be a major political blow for Clinton, who represented the state for eight years in the Senate.

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9:32 p.m.

Ted Cruz has won the Republican presidential primary in Wisconsin. The win gives critics of Donald Trump hope that they can stop the GOP front-runner’s rise to the party nomination. They are trying to deny him the majority of delegates and force a contested convention in July.

The Texas senator is casting his victory as a sign that he is the only candidate who can stop Trump. He’s calling on Republicans to unify behind him and pushing Ohio Gov. John Kasich to drop out of the race.

Trump is the favorite in the next primary on April 19 in his home state of New York. He remains the only Republican who can clinch enough delegates to capture the nomination before the party convention.

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9 p.m.

Polls have closed in the Midwestern battleground of Wisconsin. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders leads rival Hillary Clinton in early returns.

On the GOP side, Ted Cruz has the edge over front-runner Donald Trump.

Both Cruz and Sanders are hoping for victories that will give them a wave of fresh momentum in their efforts to capture the White House.

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8:20 p.m.

Wisconsin is projected to have its highest turnout in a presidential primary since 1980, but that hasn’t translated into problems at the polls.

The state elections board projects turnout at 40 percent of eligible voters.

Board spokesman Mike Haas says clerks around the state had reported a busy pace but manageable lines throughout the day. The state is holding just its second election since voters were required to show photo identification, and Haas says his office hadn’t heard of any major issues.

Neil Albrecht, executive director of Milwaukee’s election commission, said wait times in the state’s largest city didn’t exceed 30 minutes even during peak voting. Albrecht estimated the city would have four to five times the same-day voter registration it had for the primary four years ago.

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7:25 p.m.

Bernie Sanders offered few details on how he would break up big financial institutions during a recent interview with the New York Daily News.

The Vermont senator was pressed on how he would carry out his campaign pledge.

Sanders said some banks are too big and could be broken up either by “having legislation passed, or giving the authority to the secretary of treasury to determine, under Dodd-Frank, that these banks are a danger to the economy over the problem of too-big-to-fail.”

But Sanders did not elaborate on how this would work. When asked how breaking up banks would affect jobs and assets at financial institutions, Sanders said it “is their decision as to what they want to do and how they want to reconfigure themselves. That’s not my decision.”

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5:55 p.m.

A potential Donald Trump presidency inspires more excitement among Wisconsin’s GOP primary voters than the other two remaining candidates — but also more fear.

About a quarter say they’re excited about Trump, while less than 15 percent say that of either of his rivals. At the same time, nearly 4 in 10 say they’re scared about what Trump would do as president, while only about 1 in 10 say that about either Cruz or Kasich, according to early results of exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research.

In the case of a brokered convention, nearly 6 in 10 Republicans say the party should nominate the candidate with the most support in the primaries, while just 4 in 10 say it should nominate the candidate the delegates think would make the best nominee.

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5:51 p.m.

Democratic voters in Wisconsin are divided on the effect of trade on unemployment, an issue that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has played up in a flood of television ads over the past few weeks.

About 45 percent of Democratic voters say trade with other countries takes away jobs in this country, while nearly 4 in 10 see trade as beneficial, according to early results of exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research. Only about 10 percent see trade as having no effect on job in the United States.

The polls indicate a mixed response on an issue that Sanders has put at the center of some of his most-aired television ads.

Over the past month, Sanders has poured about $2.4 million into radio and television ads in Wisconsin and one of his top aired ads has tucked in several subtle jabs at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s record on trade, according to data from political advertising tracker Kantar Media.

One Sanders ad touts the senator as standing with American workers, linking jobs losses to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Clinton initially supported but has since said she opposes.

Via AP

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BREAKING: Trump Just Reversed Major Ban But Liberals Are Even More Enraged About It Now – Here’s Why

Liberals are melting down everywhere!

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Liberals will always find a reason to have a problem with President Trump. It’s why they are always protesting over something no matter how ridiculous it is. Whether it’s a travel ban or not you can count on them taking the streets. Another issue has come to the forefront that has them protesting yet again.

President Trump reversed his decision to repeal the elephant trophy ban after an immense amount of public backlash. This past Friday he tweeted out a message on social media that he will be upholding a ban for importing trophies of elephants that are hunted and killed in Zimbabwe. This will be pending further review.

His tweet read,

“Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you!”

Secretary Zinke also echoed the decision and intimated that he and the president had discussed the issue and were concerned about conservation and the critical need for healthy herds. The statement came hours after a statement by Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Sanders had defended the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services decision to end the 2014 ban that had been previously initiated under President Obama. On Thursday the service noted that through December of 2017 they would issue permits to import sport-hunted trophies from Zimbabwe elephants.

The Daily Mail reported.

“The move was met with a barrage of criticism from animal rights groups and activists. It also came on the same day that the US State Department presented to Congress its first annual report on wildlife trafficking which, it said, ‘remains a serious transnational crime.’ French screen legend and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot added her voice to the growing chorus of criticism, slamming Trump as ‘unfit for office’ after his administration’s ‘shameful actions.’ ‘No despot in the world can take responsibility for killing off an age-old species that is part of the world heritage of humanity,’ Bardot said in a letter to Trump, released through Fondation Brigitte Bardot.

The move is ‘a cruel decision backed by Zimbabwe’s crazy dictator and it confirms the sick and deadly power you assert over the entire plant and animal kingdom,’ the 83-year-old actress added. ‘Your shameful actions confirm the rumors that you are unfit for office.’

According to the Great Elephant Census project, African Savanna elephant populations fell by 30 percent between 2007 and 2014, while Zimbabwe saw a drop of six percent.
Despite an overall fall in poaching, Africa’s elephant population has declined in part because of continued illegal killing, said a report this year by CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. African ivory, in particular, is highly sought in China where it is a status symbol.

A provision in the Endangered Species Act says the import of such trophies can be legal if accompanied by proof that the hunting benefits broader conservation of the species. Trump’s sons are known to have a passion for hunting. In one widely shared photograph, Donald Trump Jr poses with a knife in one hand and an elephant tail in the other, the animal’s corpse beside him. The US decision follows tumultuous days in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe refuses to resign after the military seized control of the country.”

SCI President Paul Babaz said in a statement,

“These positive findings for Zimbabwe and Zambia demonstrate that the Fish and Wildlife Service recognizes that hunting is beneficial to wildlife and that these range countries know how to manage their elephant population.”

Wayne Pacelle, the organization’s president and CEO said,

“Let’s be clear: elephants are on the list of threatened species; the global community has rallied to stem the ivory trade; and now, the U.S. government is giving American trophy hunters the green light to kill them.”

SCI Director of Communications Steve Comus told NPR in an email,

“In some occasions, the skull might be (could even be skull with tusks). And, there are other parts imported sometimes, as well. What happens is that all of the meat, etc. is consumed by local people there in Africa (typically a village close to where the elephant is harvested). So, most of the elephant not only remains in Africa, but in the stomachs of local Africans.”

While animal welfare issues have not been a huge priority for the administration the issues related to it occasionally come to the forefront of the media. The President and his family have received criticism and backlash for trophy hunting in Africa and have almost never spoken out in defense of themselves for it. While others have considered it a non-issue that should not be worried about.

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Crooked Hillary Just Woke Up To The Worst News Of Her Life With What Trump Announced This Morning

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President Donald Trump just laid a smackdown at the feet of his 2016 Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton today.

Trump took to Twitter this morning and called Crooked Clinton “the worst (and biggest) loser of all time,” and he added, “she just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!”

This would ensure President Trump wins a second term in a landslide considering that today she has an approval rating lower than President Trump has. 

The tweet was likely in response to Clinton’s constant attacks on Trump. Where she tells him to take responsibility for the sexual assault allegations leveled at him while at the same time applauding Al Franken’s response to sexual assault allegations against him. Let’s all keep in mind that this political hack has spent the last 20 plus years defending her husband, former President Bill Clinton from multiple allegations of molestation and sexual assault. While at the same time dragging his accusers through the coals and branding them as “Bimbo Eruptions.” Yup, that sounds like the “Champion of Women” we know Killary Clinton to be.

National Review Reports:

Has-Been Hillary

Hillary is retired, but courtiers help her maintain the appearance of importance.

The funniest episode in the protective yet revealing new Hillary Clinton profile arrives when we learn that this sad, unemployed, 69-year-old lady is so desperate to keep her self-image alive that she still employs flunkies and retainers to treat her as though she actually were the president, or the secretary of state, or a president in waiting, or at very least the leader of the opposition. Her longtime loyalists are so happy to bustle around her in the service of maintaining the illusion that, after she takes an hour away from it all to exercise, her communications director, Nick Merrill, breathlessly updates her on everything that’s happened in the political world in the last threescore ticks of the minute hand. Her profiler, Rebecca Traister of New York magazine, obviously a great admirer but one who declines to throw herself overboard from reality for the sake of giving Hillary more company bobbing about in the sea of fancy, writes that Clinton “listens to the barrage of updates, nodding like a person whose job requires her to be up-to-date on what’s happening, even though it does not.”

Ouch. Hillary Rodham Clinton isn’t merely in a state of denial. She has become Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense. Politically speaking, she is dead, but she doesn’t know it. Her staffers are so many Haley Joel Osments — too kind (and too attached to their salaries) to tell her that her career is over. She doesn’t need briefings. She doesn’t need to do interviews. She doesn’t need to write the book she is writing (after so many indigestible volumes, why bother with one more?). She doesn’t need to stake out a politically nuanced position on James Comey’s firing or scramble to get out in front of the Resistance parade. She lost two exceedingly winnable presidential campaigns in Hindenburgian fashion. There is no demand for her to run again and there is nothing left for her except to receive whatever ceremonial honors and sinecures may come her way. She has been handed her political retirement papers by the American people. She’s done.

Clinton tells Traister, vaguely, “Take me out of the equation as a candidate. You know, I’m not running for anything,” and indeed she isn’t, right now, since this isn’t an election year. Yet nothing Clinton does these days makes sense unless you keep in mind that she actually thinks she could run again. Take her Wellesley address on Friday: utterly bonkers for a commencement speech. Newly minted graduates expect to hear something useful or at least funny or informative or, failing all else, sentimental. Clinton did a bit of this, then started lobbing word-mortars far over their heads at Donald Trump, making the kinds of Nixon comparisons that every Democrat, and lots of non-Democrats, have been making for months.

Why bother pursuing such a trite theme? Because Clinton was eager to show the Washington political hacks that she is still a tough operator, a leader of the anti-Trump movement, a player. She was, in other words, campaigning. To all appearances, the game is long over. Yet she is still on the field, because the game isn’t over to her. Hey, there’s another election in three and a half years, folks. And need we remind you who won the popular vote?

Hillary Clinton: There Are “A Lot of Questions” About 2016 Election’s Legitimacy 00:15 01:15 Powered by Clinton was eager to show the Washington political hacks that she is still a tough operator, a leader of the anti-Trump movement, a player. In Traister’s profile, Clinton (again) deflects attention from her own self-evident flaws to blame her defeat on others. She again blames James Comey, with zero acknowledgment that her own actions to evade scrutiny of her e-mail were the cause of Comey’s entirely justified and indeed shockingly forgiving criminal investigation. She (again) blames the Russians, even though even she acknowledges that the actual content of the WikiLeaks e-mails from her own fellow Democrats was “inconsequential.” She (again) blames misogyny, a non-falsifiable theory with no evidence behind it except that citizens supposedly came up to her and said things like, “Gosh, I’m not sure we’re ready for a woman president,” with the added fillip that women who voted against her are internalized misogynists. She blames “the suppression of the vote, particularly in Wisconsin,” channeling an investigation from progressive fantasists published in The Nation that is so lacking in credibility that it was debunked by Slate and ignored by most of the Hillary-friendly media.

Clinton does not mention that she made more campaign stops in Arizona than in Wisconsin. She forgets that she ignored the advice of her own husband that it was unwise to write off white working-class voters. She does not allude to her having hidden from the public a bout with pneumonia until she was forced to release information when a random bystander happened to make a video of her collapsing on a mild day in New York City. She doesn’t reflect on her uninspiring speeches or her off-putting personality. Traister doesn’t press her on any of these matters, and the anticipation of that treatment is why Clinton agreed to speak to someone like Traister in the first place.

In lieu of all of this, Clinton seeks to present herself as the most forceful opponent of the Trump administration. Should the president be impeached, she’ll be able to say: Hey, I called it! But she isn’t leading the national conversation, she’s mouthing along with it, like any other retiree talking back to cable news at home. Even if the Trump administration proves to be the catastrophe she foresees, there is no reason the Democrats would turn back to her for a third run. Every time she draws attention to the Trumpian flaws that were conspicuous to all during the campaign, she doesn’t hear the obvious rejoinder echoing in every American’s mind: Then why couldn’t you trounce him?

Sadly President Trump has had to have constant back and forths since his election with Crooked Hillary because the woman just can’t seem to accept the fact that she had her behind handed to her in the 2016 Presidential election. Trump has recently pushed for Clinton to be investigated by the Justice Department for her, and the Clinton Foundation’s part in the Uranium One scandal, which gave 20% of our uranium deposits to Russia.

Listen up Crooked Hillary. The difference between Senator Franken’s case and the cases of President Trump and Judge Moore is that in Franken’s case there is proof. An actual picture of him committing the crime. As in the case of your husband having to settle the sexual assault cases, there is no concrete proof whatsoever of any wrongdoing on the part of President Trump or Judge Moore.

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What This DISGUSTING Muslim Basketball Player Did During Anthem SHOCKED Entire Stadium

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An ungrateful Anti-American Muslim ball tossing student from Garden City Kansas has been swiftly removed from a junior college basketball team for actually shooting baskets during the playing of our nation’s national anthem.

But to add to the insult the 19-year-old student, Rasool Samir, is now claiming that his civil rights were violated when Garden City Community College, in Garden City Kansas, removed him from the team. School officials said that Samir was actually removed from the team because he didn’t follow a team rule that states that players must leave the court before the anthem plays.

Samir is no longer a student at the junior college but he, of course, has already filed a complaint with the ACLU claiming that the school violated his First Amendment rights on the basis that he has a “religious objection” to the anthem. Huh? Why are you here then? I bet our welfare system and free stuff don’t offend you.

Via The Garden City Telegram:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas has sent Garden City Community College a letter asking for clarification as to why former Broncbuster basketball player Rasool Samir is no longer on the team, following an incident between Samir and a Broncbuster booster after Samir shot baskets during the national anthem.

The incident occurred just prior to a Nov. 1 game against Sterling College, GCCC’s season opener. Samir was escorted out of the Conestoga Arena by a campus police officer, after Broncbuster Athletic Association member Jim Howard confronted him on the court. Howard, who said he confronted Samir because he felt his actions were disrespectful, was allowed to return to his seat, where he remained for the duration of the game.

Two days later, Samir was no longer enrolled at the college, and GCCC Director of Athletics John Green said it was Samir’s decision. However, Samir told The Telegram head men’s basketball coach Brady Trenkle told him he had to leave the college.

Now, Samir has filed a complaint with the ACLU, which then sent the letter, dated Nov. 9, to Green. The Telegram obtained a copy of the letter — which can be found here — and in it, the ACLU asks the college to address several allegations that the college may have violated Samir’s First Amendment rights.

“We believe any disciplinary action by GCCC against Mr. Samir for abstaining from the anthem is antithetical to our American values and a violation of his First Amendment rights,” the ACLU’s letter read.

The ACLU also asked for clarification of the college’s stance regarding why Samir was no longer at GCCC, citing The Telegram’s story in which Green claimed Samir left on his own accord, and then a KWCH-TV story in which Green said Samir had been dismissed for a violation of team rules.

“I think our objective with the letter is to discern the inconsistencies in statements to the media,” Lauren Bonds, ACLU’s legal director and author of the letter sent to GCCC, said Wednesday afternoon.

Bonds said that her office did receive a response from the college on Wednesday, but the ACLU had not reviewed it completely as of Wednesday afternoon. However, Bonds said that she believes the college’s response still contained inconsistencies.

When reached for comment Wednesday, Green directed questions regarding the incident and the ACLU letter to the college’s attorney, Randy Grisell of Doering and Grisell PA in Garden City. Following Wednesday night’s men’s home game with Barton, Trenkle also referred any questions regarding the incident to Grisell.

Grisell did not return a message left for him at his office Wednesday afternoon.

Samir, who is black and Muslim, previously said he wasn’t protesting, as many athletes across the country have done by kneeling or performing other actions during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality. He told The Telegram and reaffirmed in the ACLU’s letter that “he refrained from participating in the anthem because he is a Muslim and his faith prohibits acts of reverence to anything but God,” the letter said.

Prior to leaving the college, Samir apologized for shooting around during the anthem, saying he did not “mean any disrespect at all to the fans or the flag at last night’s game. I am truly sorry to anyone that felt disrespected, and I am also sorry to the school. I apologize for what happened.”

The ACLU contends, and cites in the letter at least a dozen judicial rulings, that any discipline that Samir possibly received because of his abstaining from the anthem is a violation of the First Amendment because GCCC is a public institution.

“It’s a kind of compelled patriotic salutes that we don’t think should be the basis on if a student-athlete is allowed to participate in athletics,” Bonds said.

Bonds said the ACLU has not decided on what step the organization would take next, if the college’s response was not satisfactory. However, Bonds said the ACLU has been able to resolve similar cases nationally using a demand letter, while the Nov. 9 letter was to gather information.

“Because we are concerned that Samir was kicked off the team for exercising his First Amendment rights, we ask that you please provide us with GCCC’s response to (Samir’s) allegations,” the letter read. “In particular, we request any documentation you have that establishes Samir: (1) was not chastised by Coach Trenkle for refusing to salute the flag; (2) was not ordered to leave Conestoga Arena for asserting his right to abstain from the anthem; (3) left the team voluntarily; and (4) was dismissed from the team due to a violation of team rules that carries the penalty of dismissal.”

Isn’t it great how these people come from third world cesspools, they take advantage of our generosity and our facilities and they are offended because of our national anthem? Isn’t it about damn time we start actually vetting the people who come into this nation? There are places in this world whose people have no positive influence to bring to our nation and our people. It’s not our obligation to be the place where the unwanted from other nations come to escape the slum they originated from. So that once they get here they can disrespect the greatest and most powerful nation ever known to man.

It’s really simple. If a person can’t even contain themselves long enough to at least show respect for our flag, and everything she stands for, we don’t need that person in this country.

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