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Proud Immigrant Refuses to Swap US Flag for LGBT One, So Woke Thugs Throw Hot Sauce in His Eyes

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A group of unpatriotic thugs pummeled a 65-year-old New York City street vendor and threw hot sauce in his eyes after he refused to replace an American flag on a food cart with an LGBT flag.

The shocking events unfolded during the city’s Gay Pride Parade on June 27.

Nader Hassaneen, an Egyptian immigrant, told the New York Post he thought he was going to “bleed to death” after being assaulted by an LGBT mob outside Washington Square Park.

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Hassaneen, who retired as a street vendor because of a heart condition but was helping a son’s friend with his food cart, said a woman tore the U.S. flag off the cart and demanded he replace it with a Pride flag.

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When he refused, Hassaneen said, an angry mob surrounded him, punched him and threw hot sauce in his eyes.

“My eyes were burning,” he said in Arabic, as his daughter interpreted. “A lot of people were hurting me and pushing me around. They punched in the back of the head.”

Hassaneen suffered multiple injuries and was covered in blood after being repeatedly punched by the unruly crowd.

“I have a broken nose. They say I might need surgery,” he told the Post. “When I saw the blood in my cap and I was bleeding from my nose, I thought I was going to bleed to death.”

After the vicious beatdown, Hassaneen said he’s “never going back” to Washington Square Park.

The park, which is located in trendy Greenwich Village, has recently made headlines after residents complained that the iconic plaza has devolved into a squalid, crime-infested drug den, thanks to police pullbacks fueled by the left’s “defund the police” movement.

Under the soft-on-crime “leadership” of New York’s Democratic mayor and local politicians, drug addicts are openly doing cocaine, crack and heroin all around the 9.75-acre park.

Hassaneen said police came to his rescue when he was being assaulted by LGBT thugs.

“I felt safe because the cops were around,” he told the Post. “There were about 30 or 40 cops near the arch, but I was scared when they came at me. There were a lot of people coming at me at the same time.”

According to the police, the melee erupted due to an argument over food prices, but a person who filmed the attack claimed — without evidence — that one of the cart workers had uttered a homophobic slur.

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Hassaneen denied the allegation, saying food cart operators know when the Gay Pride parade is every year and specifically operate their carts along its path.

If they hated gays, he said, they wouldn’t park their food carts there.

“I would never do that. I don’t have a problem with them,” Hassaneen said. “I know it was their parade. It was their day. They came out to have fun and enjoy themselves.”

For the sake of argument, even if someone had uttered an anti-gay slur, that does not justify a vicious mob beatdown of a senior citizen.

Abdelalim Abdelbaky, who owns the food cart, said he and his employees previously had been attacked at Washington Square Park amid the recent horrifying crime wave engulfing the city.

“Most of the people in the park are good, but you have some bad ones and they are giving the park a bad name,” Abdelbaky told the Post. “I don’t take my kids to the park, I don’t want them to see something bad.”



This incident spotlights several different issues stemming from the failed leadership in Democrat-controlled cities.

First, it is now indisputable that the left’s “defund the police” frenzy has been an abject failure in its inability to curb crime or maintain public safety.

Second, it’s hypocritically ironic that LGBT activists — who demand tolerance from everyone else — were so hateful and intolerant toward a patriotic legal immigrant.

If he had been an illegal alien who snuck across the border, maybe the left-wing mob would’ve welcomed him with open arms.

Third, this is yet another instance of leftists attacking America and the U.S. flag while enjoying the freedoms and privileges the flag confers on them.

New York and other liberal cities are imploding due to Democrats’ destructive policies.

You’d think local politicians would want to help their constituents as thanks for their longstanding party loyalty. Instead, Democrats have allowed their supporters’ hometowns to devolve into crime-infested killing fields.

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DOJ Now Has Official Request to Begin Criminal Investigation of Dr. Fauci

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Documents obtained by the Washington Examiner revealed that Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to criminally investigate Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden. Paul has sent the criminal referral to Garland because he argues that Fauci lied to Congress when he said at a Senate testimony that the National Institutes of Health never funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the Examiner reported Saturday. “I write to urge the United States Department of Justice to open an investigation into testimony made to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions by Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on May 11, 2021,” Paul’s letter to Garland, obtained by the Examiner, stated. Paul had announced his intention to seek the criminal investigation on Tuesday. On May 11, Paul and Fauci had a rough exchange where Paul questioned Fauci about whether he supported NIH funding of research at the advanced biology institute in Wuhan, China, which included, according to Paul, “gain of function” research. Gain-of-function research is a type of medical research whereby scientists modify a disease-causing organism in a way that alters how the disease is developed, in a way that increases the transmissibility of the illness, and/or in a way that widens or shrinks the range of hosts for the disease. To best understand what this kind of research is, consider a hypothetical virus A as one that affects only humans and dogs. To modify the hypothetical virus A to infect pigs in addition to humans and dogs would be considered a “gain of function” experiment because it, in this case, would be considered widening the disease’s range of hosts. The trouble with such experiments is when the modified…

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Putin Warns Russian Navy Can Detect Any Enemy, Deliver an 'Unpreventable Strike'

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With an openly bellicose swagger reminiscent of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev telling the West “we will bury you,” Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warning to the world Sunday. As Russia celebrated Navy Day in St. Petersburg, Putin said the Russian navy can destroy anything it wants, anytime it wants, anywhere it wants. “We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike against it,” Putin said, according to Reuters. The Russian state-run Tass news agency said the parade of ships Putin was watching included 50 total vessels, including 18 combat ships. On Navy Day, Vladimir Putin reviewed the Main Naval Parade in St. Petersburg https://t.co/BGSZaUrccS pic.twitter.com/ORTrjxnjik — President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E) July 25, 2021 The Naval Parade in Saint Petersburg commemorating the #RussianNavyDay2021 is just about to begin! 50+ ships of various classes, 40+ air units & 4000+ servicemen are taking part. Follow the link to joinhttps://t.co/bzlDasQgu5 Parade starts: 10:45(Moscow time) 9:45(Pretoria time) pic.twitter.com/9F81IrFQ7O — Russia in RSA 🇷🇺 (@EmbassyofRussia) July 25, 2021 Last month, tensions grew after an incident between Russian forces that claimed to have fired warning shots at the HMS Defender, a British warship. Putin has said that the Defender was deliberately sent on a mission to provoke a response. “First of all it was a provocation, quite obviously,” he said in an interview last month, according to the Independent. “What were they trying to tell us?” he said. “What goals were they trying to achieve? “It was a complex provocation organized by the U.S. and the British because a warship entered our waters during the day and then … an American warplane took off from somewhere in Greece,” Putin added. Putin claimed that the British ship “came into our waters and they looked at how we…

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