August 23, 2020, 08.20 PM

As Trump himself said of Biden, who is in fact a practicing Catholic and political moderate: "He's against God. He's against guns."

Republican invitations have reportedly gone out to Patricia and Mark McCloskey, who became rightwing folk heroes when they were filmed waving firearms at a group of protesters marching down their street in St Louis.

Although later charged with a weapons violation, the couple has been lionized by Trump and his supporters on Fox News and across the conservative media sphere.

Read also: Indonesian Journalist in South Kalimantan Gets Jail Time for Divisive Article

Another invite symbolizing Republicans' sense of outrage will be Nicholas Sandmann, a recent graduate of the Covington Catholic High School.

He became famous in 2019 when he was portrayed by major media outlets as taunting a Native American elder, while wearing one of Trump's "Make America Great Again" baseball caps, during a school visit to Washington.

The account was based on a viral video but subsequent footage cast doubt over the entire story and Sandmann's family sued, receiving financial settlements from CNN and The Washington Post — and becoming symbols of conservative anger at the media. 

(Writer: Sebastian Smith)

Source: http://u.afp.com/3uQW 

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