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Montini: Does a pointy-headed white robe have coattails? — David Duke back in his KKK days. (Photo: YouTube) The former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, has announced that he is running for the U.S. Senate in Louisiana, happily joining a 'revolution' being led by Donald Trump. Duke has shared many of the same conspiracy theories as Trump, and some even wackier.

Montini: The election in 5 words: Fear everything or fear Trump — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (Photo: -, AFP/Getty Images) So, now we know. The election will be determined by what we are afraid of most. The Republican National Convention guaranteed it by way of the nominee's acceptance speech.

Montini: NBA boldly blocks Charlotte's shot ... at 2017 All-Star game — A beautifully blocked shot. (Photo: DAVID KADLUBOWSKI, AZR) The NBA played a little defense today. By going on offense. The league decided to relocate next year's All-Star game from Charlotte, N.C., to another location in response to state's anti-LGBT legislation. Good for the NBA. There should be a price to pay for discrimination.

Montini: McCain busted by Trump backer at Grand Canyon — Even at the Grand Canyon John McCain can't get away from Donald Trump (Photo: The Republic) You can run, but you can't hide. Sen. John McCain tried to get just about as far away from the Republican convention in Cleveland as he possibly could.

Montini: Arpaio out from under judge's under his boot — A protesters predicting Arpaio's future or is it wishful thinking? (Photo: The Republic) The good news for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is that his office is no longer under the thumb of U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow. The bad news is that Snow has replaced his thumb with a boot to Aripaio's throat.

Montini: Recalling a gun violence hero…and the victims — Auroa theater shooting victim - and hero - Alex Teves (Photo: Family photo) There may come a time - hell, we may already be there - when every day on the calendar is the anniversary of a mass shooting.

Montini: Trump’s ‘favorite vet’ wants Hillary Clinton shot (Yes, it's that bad) — How is saying such a thing NOT going too far. (Photo: Public Domain) According to The Boston Globe, the New Hampshire man who serves as the co-chair of Donald Trump's state veterans coalition and someone Trump has referred to as his "favorite vet" wants to have Hillary Clinton killed.

Montini: Jeff Flake's terrible, horrible, shark-jumping GOP, very bad week — Senator Jeff Flake . (Photo: David Kadlubowski/azcentra sports) When the Associate Press and other news outlets asked Jeff Flake if he would be attending the Republican National Convention this week he said, "No. I've got to mow my lawn." This is a tough week for Flake.

Montini: 100 naked women flash a message to Trump (and us) — No idea if this is how Donald Trump reacted to 100 naked women protesting against him (Photo: Mandi Wright-USA TODAY Sports) I heard about this from a reader who told me she was all set to fly to Cleveland so she could strip naked in an empty lot across from the Quicken Loans Arena and send a message to Donald Trump but then she had some car trouble and other expenses and couldn't get there and felt really bad about it.

Montini: Question from the Maryvale kill zone: 'Do ordinary lives matter?' — Latest sketch of serial shooting suspect (Photo: Phoenix Police Department) The caller didn't want to make police officers angry. And he didn't want to make African-Americans angry, so he wanted me to ask the question for him. "You make a living ticking people off," he said.
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Jul 22, 2016

RT @hysellaz: @ejmontini @azcentral No fear. Yes Trump is definitely a fear-monger. But I have faith in t/American people 2not vote in Trump as President

Jul 22, 2016

RT @patrickahawkin1: @ejmontini @azcentral I'm waiting for the endorsement of David. Duke. by Donald Trump

Jul 22, 2016

Montini: David Duke to Donald Trump: I'm OKKK, You're OKKK.  via @azcentral

Jul 22, 2016

Montini: Will judge lift his boot from Sheriff Arpaio's throat and slap his wrists in cuffs?  via @azcentral

Jul 22, 2016

RT @djvoeller: @ejmontini @azcentral Trump. No question. Pence is too far right. Johnson and Weld are better choices, but no chance

Jul 22, 2016

Montini: Does a pointy-headed white robe have coattails?  via @azcentral

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