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Here Are the 5 Most Outrageous Right-Wing Moments This Week: Trump Supporter Brings Gun to Santa Fe Shooting Scene

The far-right had a banner week.

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Trump Supporter Brings a Gun to a School Shooting Scene

While a heavy police presence was investigating the scene at Santa Fe High School and children were still present, a MAGA-hat wearing Trump supporter decided he needed to "get to the school."

The man proceeded to march toward the school with a gun on his hip while holding a giant American flag.

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He claimed to be "offering support" because a "God bless y'all" goes "a long way."

“This idiot is walking down the street with a damn pistol on his side where we just had kids get shot,” an unnamed man in the video said. “I’m a gun rights person, I have guns. But this idiot is walking down here and saying that he needs to make America great again. That’s not what America needs.”

 

Racist Lawyer Goes Viral for Career-Ending Meltdown

All of America now knows the name Aaron Schlossberg after the lawyer went on a racist rant in a New York City cafe that found the internet providing numerous examples of a years-long tirade against immigrants.

Soon enough, his hatred of Spanish speakers and Jews reached the security team of his office, which told the media he was immediately banned from the premises.

The last time we saw Schlossberg, he was hilariously fleeing a reporter on foot, bolting like a marathon runner with seemingly no awareness that his dramatic exit was yet another viral moment.

Trump Calls Undocumented Immigrants ‘Animals’

President Donald Trump told a room full of people that some undocumented immigrants  "aren't people" but "animals."

As many eight-year-olds know, humans are in fact animals. But Trump's words echo a long history of using comparisons to other species as a means to disparage immigrants.

Trump later took to Twitter to state that the media was lying: he'd referred only to MS-13 gang members as "animals."

While its true that a preceding speaker made a reference to an MS-13 member, the president's remarks were anything but specific to MS-13.

"We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country," Trump said. "You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before."

Hate Group Leader Appointed to Religious Freedom Post

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins is no longer just the leader of the nation's most recognizable anti-LGBT hate organization, he now has the endorsement of the U.S. government.

Perkins was appointed as a commissioner on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

If this position sounds shady, that's because it is. The USCIRF is primarily a front organization for Evangelical Christian interests.

Nazis Run a Storefront in Virginia

Protesters have so far unsuccessfully been fighting to have a Nazi-run store in Fredericksburg, Virginia, leave town.
 
Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw has been no help. 
 
“We cannot shut down a business for sentiments expressed on social media," she said. "Obviously, if it were a violent threat, it would be different. We haven’t found any violent threats.”
 
While the mayor is correct that she cannot shut down a business, she could at the very least condemn Nazi beliefs.
 
AlterNet reached out to Greenlaw's office for comment but received nothing in response.

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Chris Sosa is the former Senior Editor of AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.