Video Shows Trump Supporters Saying 5-Year-Old Girl 'Looks Like' A Terrorist

Video Shows Trump Supporters Saying 5-Year-Old Girl 'Looks Like' A Terrorist

In a video that went viral on Twitter, people wearing American flag-themed clothing, including one wearing a shirt supporting President Donald Trump , can be seen laughing at a Palestinian-American family who attended a pro-Palestine rally in Los Angeles on Sunday. Family members told HuffPost that the Trump supporters called their 5-year-old cousin a “little terrorist” shortly before the footage was captured.

One of the family members, Rawan Yasin, filmed the video and it was posted by her sister, Rania.

Twitter users and some media outlets  have since identified the man in the video as John Turano, who’s best known for dressing up in Spartan-inspired costumes and attending alt-right protests as “Based Spartan.” But as of June, he has claimed he no longer identifies with the alt-right movement. The woman talking in the video and wearing the Trump shirt has been identified as Turano’s daughter, Bianca.  

Another video, which shows the incident from Turano’s angle, captures Turano accusing the Yasin family of filming videos with their “little heebobs on,” in a mispronunciation of “hijabs.” Bianca can be heard shouting at the family, “You guys are terrorists. Get out of here.”

The girl’s older brother can be heard in the video calling Turano abusive names, which Rawan Yasin told HuffPost was a defensive reaction.

Turano called the 5-year-old “a little terrorist and so that’s what provoked the incident, it led to an argument.”

Turano responded to the incident with a Facebook video, seen by HuffPost, in which he said he never called the young girl a terrorist. But he can be heard in one of the videos from Sunday’s confrontation saying she “looks like one.”

The girl was holding a “Dump Trump” sign.

Turano also apologized for his actions, saying “he’s not a person for racism.”

“First of all, me and my family have been bombarded with hate from tons of groups ... and why? Because we stand against racism,” Turano said in the video, in which his daughter also appeared. 

Even as he apologized, he claimed his actions on Sunday were sparked by members of the Palestinian-American family of yelling “death to Jews” at the rally ― which Rawan Yasin adamantly denied.

“My family did not say any of those things, and all arguments and incidents were provoked by Turano and his family members,” Yasin said. “We are in no way anti-Semitic or against Jewish people, we love and accept all faiths.”

Turano’s Facebook profile has since been removed. 

Yasin told HuffPost she attended the march with her family to protest Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. They were returning to their car when the argument occurred, she said.

The family has contacted the Palestinian Youth Movement and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) for guidance on the confrontation. Masih Fouladi, CAIR-LA’s advocacy manager, told HuffPost the group is monitoring the situation and is not reaching out to law enforcement at this time. 

Fouladi said that what the Sunday videos capture is not a unique experience for the Muslim community. 

“But one


New York Gov. Cuomo Puts Blame On Everyone Else For Harassment In State Capitol

New York Gov. Cuomo Puts Blame On Everyone Else For Harassment In State Capitol

When asked Wednesday about policies to prevent sexual harassment in the New York State government, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) decided to deflect the blame onto “society,” condescendingly explaining to a female reporter that sexual harassment is prevalent across all industries. 

“Look, you have it going on in journalism,” he told NPR’s Karen Dewitt after she asked him about potential changes to state policy that would protect victims of sexual harassment. “What are you going to do differently?”

“The question is about state government,” a male reporter could be heard saying in the background in a video capturing the exchange.

“I could tell you later in great detail, if you’re interested,” Dewitt responded. “But ―”

“No, it’s about you, and journalism,” Cuomo interjected. “And it’s about you in journalism. And  it’s about state government and it’s about carpentry and it’s about trade forces.”

Dewitt’s initial question referred to criticism that Cuomo’s administration didn’t do enough to stop a sexual assault allegedly perpetrated by Sam Hoyt, who worked in the New York State Assembly until 2011.

A new lawsuit brought by victim Lisa Marie Carter said Hoyt groped and kissed her. Cuomo knew, the lawsuit alleges, but did nothing . Hoyt announced in October he was leaving his job at the Empire State Development Corporation over the sexual assault allegations.

“Is your administration going to do anything differently to maybe be a bit more aware?” Dewitt asked, prompting a long and painfully obtuse answer from the governor.

“We will have policies in state government, obviously, that affects state government,” he said. “But I think you miss the point. When you say it’s state government, you do a disservice to women, with all due respect ― even though you’re a woman. It’s not government, it’s society. There was Harvey Weinstein in the arts industry, it’s comedians, it’s politicians, it’s chefs, right? It’s systemic. It’s societal. It’s not one person in one area. It’s not just Charlie Rose, right? It’s not just Matt Lauer, it’s not just journalists. It’s societal. Understand the breadth of the problem.”

It’s true that the problem exists outside of government. Journalists have been telling the stories of victims in multiple industries for months ever since bombshell reports accused infamous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape and other sexual misconduct. And many people in positions of power ― in journalism and beyond ― have finally been taken to task for their misconduct.

But the governor has failed to understand that the buck stops with him when it comes to harassment in New York State government. It shouldn’t be hard to admit there are cracks in the system that should protect vulnerable people working in state government.

There was Democratic New York State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who resigned in 2013 over former aides’ allegations of sexual harassment . In 2003, aide to Speaker Sheldon Silver, Michael Boxley, was arrested in a rape case. Hiram Monserrate, a former member of the State Senate, was convicted in 2009 of domestic violence. And just last


Pennsylvania Governor: Women Can 'Make Their Own Health Care Decisions'

Pennsylvania Governor: Women Can 'Make Their Own Health Care Decisions'

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has reaffirmed his intention to veto a highly controversial bill passed by his state’s Republican-controlled legislature to restrict abortions after 20 weeks. 


Republicans Near Deal On Tax Cut Bill

Republicans Near Deal On Tax Cut Bill

WASHINGTON ― Even before House and Senate lawmakers held their first official meeting on Wednesday to work out differences between their tax bills, Republican tax writers were touting a tentative deal Wednesday that would likely set up final congressional passage of a compromise GOP proposal next week.

Republicans on the conference committee ― a bipartisan panel ostensibly charged with negotiating the compromise ― declined to reveal the details of their final proposal. But many seemed confident they basically had a deal.

“It feels very close,” Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) told reporters Wednesday afternoon as he headed into the conference committee meeting.  

Senators emerging from a GOP caucus lunch on Wednesday confirmed some details of the compromise ― a 21 percent corporate tax rate and a 37 percent top individual tax rate. But aides warned that some of the rates and other parts of the final bill were subject to change.

Republicans still need to ensure the legislation does not cost more than $1.5 trillion over the next decade if it is to retain the special reconciliation status that allows the Senate to pass it with a simple majority ― and keep Democrats from blocking it.  

The concerns I’ve had about deficit spending at a time when it’s unnecessary to do, I still have. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)

The Joint Committee on Taxation still needs to analyze the GOP deal and say how much revenue the bill will cost the government. Previous drafts of the bill have used gimmicks, such as setting individual tax cuts to expire, to limit the bill’s revenue loss. And even though Republicans spent eight years lamenting budget deficits under President Barack Obama , only one Senate Republican has insisted that the bill not add to the debt.

“The concerns I’ve had about deficit spending at a time when it’s unnecessary to do, I still have,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters Wednesday. Corker added that he remains undecided on whether to support the final tax bill, but that GOP leaders are working on last-minute changes in hopes of bringing him on board.

He voted against the measure that passed the Senate earlier this month on a 51-49 vote.

One major difference between the House and Senate bills is the alternative minimum tax for corporations. In the hours before they passed their bill, Senate Republicans re-inserted the tax, which they had proposed repealing and which the House bill would eliminate.

The corporate AMT is designed to prevent companies from using deductions to give themselves extremely low effective tax rates. Republicans apparently kept the corporate AMT because they needed to increase the bill’s revenue score, but it caused a problem. Since lawmakers wanted to reduce the corporate rate from 35 to 20 percent, and the current corporate AMT rate is already 20 percent, companies taking a lot of deductions would be forced to pay the AMT. 

Corporate lobbyists immediately cried foul, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the corporate AMT would need


Black Women Are A Political Organizing Force. They’re Not Unicorns.

Black Women Are A Political Organizing Force. They’re Not Unicorns.

It was early Wednesday morning, and DeJuana Thompson, founder of Woke Vote, still hadn’t slept. She’d spent the months leading up to the special Senate election in Alabama coordinating with thousands of students at 14 historically black colleges and with a number of black churches — grinding, thankless work that paid off Tuesday in Democrat Doug Jones’ victory over Republican Roy Moore.

Thompson was tired, understandably so, but she livened up when the subject turned to the idea of the Magical Negro. The Magical Negro was much on my mind after seeing the reaction to a contest that turned largely on the votes of black people, black women in particular. Black women, election observers said, had managed to save white people from themselves.

“People like to believe in magic,” Thompson told me with a slight chuckle. “Even though I celebrate the essence of black women, I recognize that that magic has come with much sacrifice. It’s a dusting of hard work. It’s a dusting of perseverance. It’s not the dusting of fairies.”

In Hollywood, as in politics, the Magical Negro is a virtuous black character who serves to better the lives of white people via seemingly supernatural means and asks nothing for herself. She is frequently praised for what she has done for white folks, praised for her saintly equanimity and selflessness, and too little acknowledged for all the things — the wiles, the grit, the grinding, thankless work — that went into securing the happy outcome.

Black Women Are A Political Organizing Force. They’re Not Unicorns.

Black women played a massive role in engaging black voters in the months leading up to Tuesday’s election, Thompson told me as she fought exhaustion. The student captains at those historically black colleges were almost exclusively women, she said; their teams were mostly made up of women as well. Thompson saw the same trend within black churches: Despite the overwhelming number of male pastors, the majority of the people who stepped up to be faith captains and take responsibility for organizing church members were women.  

Carissa Crayton, who canvassed for Jones and worked for a Hillary Clinton-affiliated polling firm during the 2016 campaign, said the majority of people she saw working the polls and voting at historically black Alabama State University, where she cast her ballot, were black women.

“We did put in a lot of hard work. We hit the ground running and we did the work that it took to get Doug elected,” Crayton said. “People shouldn’t disregard that and just think … we saved the day without doing any hard work, that we just magically went out and voted and that that’s all we did.

“Don’t just overlook the hard work that we did,” she added. “Don’t overlook the hard work that we’ve been doing.”

Thompson pointed to the labors of other organizers ― including #BlackVotersMatter founder LaTosha Brown, Birmingham Councilwoman Sheila Tyson and BlackPAC executive director Adrianne Shropshire ― as proof that black women are making things happen.

“These are dominant black women who are very much the reason why yesterday


White Evangelicals Voted En Masse For Roy Moore In Alabama, To No One's Surprise

White Evangelicals Voted En Masse For Roy Moore In Alabama, To No One's Surprise

Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama’s special Senate election Tuesday night upset the status quo in his state in many ways ― it put a Democrat from Alabama in the U.S. Senate for the first time in 25 years , and it showed off the political clout of Alabama’s black voters .

But amid the tumult of the special election, one thing did not change. White evangelical Christians, longtime supporters of Jones’ Republican opponent Roy Moore, decided en masse to stand by their man.

According to exit polling  conducted by Edison Research, 80 percent of white voters who self-identified as born-again or evangelical Christians voted for the former judge. About 18 percent voted for Jones, while another 2 percent chose to write in a candidate.

About 76 percent of everyone else ― those who didn’t identify as white evangelical Christian ― voted for Jones.

A small number of evangelicals appeared to sit out the election. Evangelicals claimed 44 percent of the total vote in Alabama, The Washington Post reports, even though they made up 47 percent of voters in the 2012 and 2008 presidential elections.

Overall, white evangelical support for Moore in Alabama stayed strong ― despite sexual assault allegations  that threatened to damage his reputation in national evangelical circles.  The exit poll results echoed the overwhelming loyalty that white evangelical Christians across the nation showed the Republican Party during the 2016 election, when about 81 percent voted for President Donald Trump.

White Evangelicals Voted En Masse For Roy Moore In Alabama, To No One's Surprise

Moore has been a favorite of white evangelicals in his state for quite some time. He’s earned a reputation of being a Christian nationalist , someone who believes that America is a Christian nation favored by God, and that the government should advocate Christian, or more specifically, conservative Christian, values. Moore’s belief that God’s law trumps secular law fuels his approach toward governing, and has gotten him in legal trouble multiple times in the past. He was booted from his post as Alabama’s chief justice twice for refusing to follow federal laws that he believed contradicted his religious beliefs. 

Rev. Carolyn Foster, a deacon at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, was one of dozens of progressive Christian ministers in Alabama  who signed a letter in November opposing Moore ’s candidacy.

On Wednesday, Foster told HuffPost that she believed the white evangelical voters who supported Moore during the election were “blind and deaf” to their own unconscious bias.  

“Roy Moore represented to them a time long past ― when blacks and women knew their place and Latinos and Muslims were not even in their sphere of existence,” Foster told HuffPost in an email. “This type of exclusionary and oppressive form of Christianity distorts the witness of the Church to love neighbor as self. Faith is about attaining love, peace and justice together and never at the expense of another.”

White Evangelicals Voted En Masse For Roy Moore In Alabama, To No One's Surprise

The unwavering support of Alabama’s white evangelicals, particularly after the emergence of sexual assault allegations against Moore, has troubled some national leaders. 

In an editorial written before the election, Mark Galli, editor-in-chief


121 Members Of Congress Call For End Of Restrictions On Gun Violence Research

121 Members Of Congress Call For End Of Restrictions On Gun Violence Research

More than 120 lawmakers are urging congressional leadership to remove controversial language from the House spending bill that has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from studying


When Will Paul Ryan Step Down?

When Will Paul Ryan Step Down?

WASHINGTON ― As Republicans finish their long-sought rewrite of the tax code, some lawmakers are beginning to wonder just how much longer Rep. Paul Ryan intends to remain speaker.

“There’s a whole lot of rumors and speculation that the speaker may step aside,” one GOP member told HuffPost this week, a sentiment that was expressed by a number of Republicans who, perhaps tellingly, wouldn’t go on the record to speak about Ryan’s future.

The Wisconsin Republican has made no indication he’s quitting any time soon, but the possibility that Ryan finishes the tax bill and decides he no longer wants to continue in Congress has begun to loom over internal Republican conversations.

When the House Freedom Caucus gathered Monday night, members spent part of their meeting discussing a theory circulating on Capitol Hill and among the downtown Christmas parties that Ryan may believe he’s harpooned his personal white whale of tax reform and decide he’s finished.

“Is it a Boehner-meeting-the-pope moment?” one Freedom Caucus member rhetorically asked HuffPost, referring to Ryan’s predecessor, John Boehner (R-Ohio), who hosted Pope Francis for a joint address to Congress in September 2015 and then announced his retirement the next morning.

Ryan refused to run for the speakership twice after Boehner announced his resignation, once just after Boehner’s decision and then again after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) abruptly changed his mind and stepped out of the speaker’s race.

Eventually, Ryan accepted the position, reluctantly, with some conditions. But lawmakers and aides who spoke to HuffPost on the condition of anonymity over the last week say they believe this is still a job Ryan doesn’t enjoy. On top of ruling over a GOP conference that’s just as unruly as when Boehner was speaker, Ryan has had to navigate Donald Trump ― a task that’s left him looking feckless to the left and like an enemy of the president to the right.

The speculation over Ryan’s next move has particularly intensified as Republicans negotiate spending deals with Democrats. Ryan has repeatedly pushed off the possibility that a legislative solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program will be attached to a government spending agreement, but conservatives are worried Republicans could finish their tax bill, have the speaker announce his retirement and then watch Ryan do the same kind of “ barn cleaning ” that Boehner did at the end of his speakership.

The last deal to raise spending caps for two years, in fact, was set under Boehner. Republicans and Democrats are reportedly close to a deal now to once again raise those spending limits for another two years, but conservatives are becoming increasingly certain this isn’t a bill they’ll support.

Ryan’s leaving could pave the way for Republicans to swallow a January spending deal with mostly Democratic votes, perhaps raise the debt ceiling again ― another thing Boehner did as he headed for the exit ― and potentially find a DACA fix.

It’s unclear whether Ryan has any further political aspirations beyond


There's Not Much Time Left To Get Obamacare For 2018

There's Not Much Time Left To Get Obamacare For 2018

The majority of Americans who buy health insurance on their own have until Friday  to pick a plan and sign up if they want coverage for 2018.

At this point, nobody knows just how many will enroll, what kinds of insurance they will choose or what those numbers will say about the status of the health care system as the Affordable Care Act enters its fourth year of full implementation ― but its first under the management of President Donald Trump .

Trump Has Tried To Undermine The System

From 2014 to 2016, enrollment through , the federally run marketplace that 39 states use, and its state counterparts, including  Covered California and  Maryland Health Connection , increased steadily, helping to bring the number of Americans without insurance to historic lows. Enrollment in 2017 has been slightly lower than it was a year ago. Most experts expect enrollment next year will be significantly lower still.

One reason is that insurers, having failed to attract healthy consumers in the numbers they expected, have raised premiums in order to avoid financial losses. In some states, people who don’t qualify for federal tax credits are finding even the cheapest, skimpiest plans to be unaffordable.

But that’s only one part of the story. Another reason experts expect an enrollment decline is the Trump administration ’s management of the program, which has included neglect and outright sabotage .

Over the past year, the administration has reduced spending on “navigators,” the official counselors who help people enroll, by 40 percent. And it has cut spending on advertising by 90 percent, despite evidence that such efforts boosted enrollment and encouraged people to shop around for better deals.

(Many experts think a cut to last-minute advertising  at the end of 2017′s open enrollment, which the Trump administration made right after taking office, is the reason 2017 enrollment ended up slightly lower than in 2016.)

In October, Trump  halted  a series of payments to insurers. Those payments reimbursed insurers for providing more generous coverage options to low-income consumers, as the law requires insurers to do. The payments were the subject of a legal dispute, but the Obama administration had continued to make them anyway. 

And, of course, the administration has worked with Republicans in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, creating confusion and uncertainty over the program’s future. In October, Trump declared that “Obamacare is finished. It’s dead. It’s gone.”

People Are Still Signing Up

Notwithstanding Trump’s declaration, the law is still on the books, which means there are still insurance options available to people who need them. And for people with incomes below 400 percent of the poverty line ― $48,240 for an individual, $98,400 for a family of four ― there are still tax credits that offset premiums. The tax credits vary based on income, and for some people they are worth thousands of dollars a year, making insurance a relative bargain.

One key piece of the Affordable Care Act’s infrastructure, the individual mandate , may not be around


Lawmakers Ask Ethics Agency To Look Into Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Trump

Lawmakers Ask Ethics Agency To Look Into Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Trump

In the wake of congressional leaders dodging calls for a probe into accusations against President

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