Right Wing Round-Up - 10/9/15

  • Matthew Yglesias @ Vox: Ben Carson's far from the only conservative saying gun control caused the Holocaust.
  • Andy Towle @ Towleroad: One Million Moms Have Their Pitchforks Out for the Gay Campbell’s Soup Dads.
  • Jason Stanford @ TPM: Here's Everything The GOP Blames For Gun Deaths (Other Than Guns, Of Course).
  • Zack Ford @ Think Progress: Anti-LGBT Groups Absolutely Deserve Their ‘Hate Group’ Designations.
  • Arturo Garcia @ Raw Story: Republican committee chair admits: No evidence Planned Parenthood misused federal funding.
  • Joe Jervis: Right Wing Think Tank Calls For All “State And Federal Officeholders” To Defy SCOTUS On Obergefell.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 10/9/15

  • Yesterday, Glenn Beck said that it was "beneath me to respond" to Donald Trump mocking him on Twitter so, of course, he spent ten minutes responding to it on his radio program today.
  • Phyllis Schlafly received the "William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence" at the 2015 Media Research Center Gala last night.
  • Bethany Blankley names the 46 senators who "should be tried for treason."
  • Jonathan Cahn continues to promote his failed Shemitah theory while also laughably hedging his bets: "In a good amount of the last seven Shemitahs, the market collapse continues past the Shemitah's end date, the Hebrew Elul 29, and into the subsequent autumn. In some others, it doesn't." 
  • Finally, Franklin Graham is upset about the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from outside the Oklahoma capitol: "We have been appalled at news reports of ISIS and the Islamic State tearing down all symbols of Christianity in the Middle East; but think about it—we’re doing it to ourselves here in the U.S. Atheists, activists, and anti-God groups like the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Military Freedom of Religion Foundation are on a quest to erase or tear down anything associated with the Name of Jesus Christ."

Wayne Allyn Root Appoints Himself Donald Trump's 'Karl Rove'

Wayne Allyn Root, the far-right activist who was the Libertarian Party’s nominee for vice president in 2008 and has spent the Obama administration promoting avery confusing conspiracy theory about the president’s time at Columbia, has naturally gravitated toward the candidacy of Donald Trump. In fact, as Root told Iowa talk radio host Simon Conway on Tuesday, he is a bit of a pen pal with Trump and thinks he may have even inspired the candidate’s tax plan.

Root said that the Republican frontrunner “emails back and forth with me,” “says nice things about me on this Twitter account” and wrote a “beautiful quote for the back of my book.”

“I do know that I emailed him what I thought the tax plan should be for America and his new tax plan was out last week and I thought it was fantastic and it was pretty damn close to what I recommended,” he added.

“At least he listens some of the time to what I have to say, and that’s pretty cool,” Root said. “If he gets elected president, maybe I can be Karl Rove.”

Root would join unhinged right-wing radio host Michael Savage, who has similarly appointed himself to a position in the Trump administration .

Trump Thinks Having Michael Savage In His Administration Is A 'Great' Idea

Donald Trump joined Michael Savage on his program “The Savage Nation” earlier this week to discuss Trump’s proficiency in making deals and how his skill would solve America’s problems with China, Russia and ISIS. Before Trump finished the interview, Savage implored Trump to consider him for the head of the National Institutes of Health “when” Trump is elected president.

Savage is extremely unhappy with the current state of the NIH: “We have such corruption right now in science itself that there’s virtually almost no real, honest science anymore, and the best evidence I have for that is the fake global warming research. Almost every study [that] comes out is warped, it’s all corrupt.” Savage proposed that Trump appoint him head of the NIH so that he can “clean up” the corruption and America can have “real science and real medicine again.”

Trump responded, “I think that’s great,” adding, “I hear so much about the NIH and it’s terrible.” He told Savage that he knew he would bring “common sense” to the institution.


Pamela Geller: 'Jihadi In The White House' Is 'The Most Dangerous Man In The World'

Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller warned yesterday that President Obama is planning to grant asylum to 10,000 of the millions of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war because he is a “jihadi” and a “tyrant” who is leading a “government at war with its own people.”

Florida conservative radio host Joyce Kaufman asked Geller in an interview about a report from Fox News’ Monica Crowley in which she claimed that Europe is experiencing an “invasion” of “fighting-age males.” While the majority of asylum seekers in Europe are male — many have made dangerous sea journeys to reach the continent — the U.S. will be resettling refugees who are currently living in camps, giving priority to “people with serious medical conditions, children and teens on their own, and women and children at risk," according to an Amnesty International expert who spoke with Politifact.

“It’s an army,” Geller agreed. “The majority are young, fit and male. Four out of five are not from Syria. Why not go to a country where they speak the language and have the same culture? Why wouldn’t they go to Muslim countries?”

“Why is this being dumped on Europe?” she asked. “Because ISIS warned …that they intended to send an army of ISIS operatives in a migration to Europe.”

“And then you have that jihadi in the White House saying that he’s going to take, you know to ‘offer assistance,’ hundreds of thousands in,” she continued. “Well, does Europe offer assistance to us and take in Mexicans and Central Americans? He is the most dangerous man in the world, because he has the most power and he is the leader of the free world and he is aiding and abetting the global jihad movement at every turn, every turn.”

Geller added that the “tyrant” Obama is “dumping these communities from jihad nations” in American cities. “This is a government at war with its own people,” she said.

Kaufman didn’t want to stop there. “Forget about some of these scary-looking men,” the radio host said, “here we are in Broward County, where they’re dumping families and now we have to have Arabic translators in elementary schools, we have a number of new families on food stamps and housing assistance and certainly you can’t get a job if you can’t speak English and you have five kids you’ve got to raise. And I’m looking at this situation, so, even if they don’t send in a jihadi soldier, they’re sending me families of these jihadi soldiers so I can raise them.”

“Well, that’s Al Hijra, that’s the immigration jihad,” Geller agreed.

US Congressman Headlining Conference Defending Ireland's Abortion Ban

Rep. Chris Smith, the New Jersey Republican who is a leading proponent of U.S. engagement in international social conservative causes, is scheduled to headline a conference in Ireland tomorrow aimed at preserving the country’s laws criminalizing abortion.

The theme of the conference, organized by the Irish anti-abortion group Pro-Life Campaign, is the defense of Ireland’s Eighth Amendment, which introduced a constitutional ban on abortion. Abortion is outlawed in Ireland unless a pregnant woman’s life is in danger, but even in those cases, doctors can be hesitant to operate for fear of running afoul of the law. According to a recent Amnesty International report, at least 4,000 Irish women travel to other countries each year to obtain safe and legal abortion. Others have faced harrowing experiences where they are “essentially forced to wait until their condition deteriorates sufficiently in order for doctors to justify a medical intervention.”

A movement to repeal the Eighth Amendment has been growing since the 2012 death of Savita Halappanavar, a woman who was denied a life-saving abortion in an Irish hospital. Ireland’s recent vote to legalize marriage equality has encouraged those hoping to liberalize the country’s abortion laws.

Michael Savage: The Democratic Party Is 'Political AIDS'

On his program “The Savage Nation” this week, Michael Savage connected the theory of evolution to attacks on masculinity in America, which, according to Savage, will lead to the destruction of the country. Savage accused the government of “targeting” the fittest Americans, “whether it’s a boy on a playground or an athlete on a football field," and posited that America is witnessing a “devious madness” as the government attempts to ensure that “the weakest thrive while the fittest die off.”

“If that’s not suicide, national suicide, please, tell me what is,” Savage said. “When a nation takes its masculine pride and attempts to de-ball it at every turn, by drugging it, by debasing it, by inhibiting it, tell how that nation can survive.”

Savage claimed that it is the “radical, sick feminists” and “racists” who hate white people that are inflicting this liberal “sickness” on the nation. “This is a nation that is the deep throws of illness,” Savage explained. “It would be too easy to call it a mental illness… I’ve redefined the illness America’s suffering from as an autoimmune disease. America is suffering from what is the equivalent of political AIDS.” Savage went on to clarify that the virus invading the country and “destroying it from within” is the “Democrat Socialist Party.”

“There’s no one who can disagree with me, no one, and if they do then they’re mentally insane,” he said.

Theodore Shoebat: Homosexuality Leads To Cannibalism, Kill Those Who Won’t Submit To Christianity

Theodore Shoebat posted a video yesterday calling for the institution of a "Christian collectivist society" in America in which collective punishment is imposed and where those who refuse to submit to Christianity are put to death.

As Shoebat explained, the problem with America is that it is too individualistic, only punishing criminals for the crimes they have committed instead of imposing collective punishments in an effort to root out the beliefs or behaviors that led to the crime in the first place. 

For instance, he said, the correct response to the crimes of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer would have been to punish him for his transgressions, but then to also outlaw homosexuality because "it leads to serial killers, it leads to cannibalism, it leads to murder" and is a danger to the collective Christian society.

Non-Christians would be allowed to live in this society, Shoebat magnanimously stated, provided that they "respect and honor the Christian faith." Those who refuse to do so and seek to promote any sort of "diabolical belief system or an explicitly anti-Christian sentiment" would be put to death.

FRC Spox & Rick Wiles Blame Obama, Right Wing Watch For UCC Shooting; Liken RWW To ISIS & Al Qaeda

In an interview with far-right radio host Rick Wiles on Tuesday, Family Research Council Vice President Jerry Boykin blamed President Obama and his supporters for the recent mass shooting in Oregon and then suggested that we at Right Wing Watch encourage “lone wolf” attacks on Christians “using the exact same tactics” as ISIS and Al Qaeda.

Wiles spoke with Boykin about the massacre following a monologue in which the conspiracy-theory-minded radio host suggested that the shooting at Umpqua Community College was “staged” by a government “death squad” seeking to “build public support for disarming the American people of their firearms.”

Boykin served as a deputy undersecretary of Defense under President George W. Bush, who repeatedly rebuked him for painting the fight against terrorism as a holy war against Islam. He later launched a career as a Religious Right activist, in which he has touted numerous conspiracy theories and made many anti-Muslim statements, including calling for Muslims to be stripped of their First Amendment rights.

While reports are mixed as to whether the Oregon shooter targeted Christians, Boykin portrayed him as a man who was inspired by the Obama administration’s purportedly anti-Christian policies.

“Right here in America, the church, the Christian church, has been so demonized and denigrated by the current administration and those that support this administration that I think that you have to expect this because there are enough crazies out there that when you constantly hammer the U.S. Christian church, you have to expect that there is going to be some reaction and that’s what we’re seeing,” Boykin said.

“I can tell you that this is the fight of the future,” he added. “It’s not just about having to bake a cake or take photographs for a gay wedding, this is about literally about life and death for Christians in the future. It’s coming.”

Wiles then suggested that the shooter may have been inspired by reading Right Wing Watch, leading Boykin to claim that we use the “exact same tactics” as the Islamic State and Al Qaeda to encourage “lone wolf” attacks against Christians.

Wiles said that he wouldn’t be surprised if the shooter — who identified himself on a dating website as “conservative, Republican” and wrote about “his racial animus toward black people and general feelings of anger about being isolated and unable to make relationships” — was “a frequent visitor to Right Wing Watch.”

Boykin, for his part, said that Right Wing Watch and the Southern Poverty Law Center are “ultraliberal, anti-Christian and anti-American organizations,” adding that Right Wing Watch was established by the “Soros, anti-American, Marxist entity that is also anti-Christian” People For the American Way.

But they did have some good words for us: Boykin commended us for our accuracy, saying that we “actually in many cases print exactly what we said” and Wiles added, “They’ve never misquoted me, I’m not going to say that they misquote me but they definitely want to paint an image of people like you and I as dangerous wackos.”

“This is the tactics of Al Qaeda and ISIS,” Boykin added, “where they will call for people to take action against Western targets, against Christians and infidels and then these so-called lone wolfs will go out and perpetrate an act of violence which normally results in somebody’s death. So what we’ve got is we’ve got Right Wing Watch and Southern Poverty Law Center and People For the American Way all using the exact same tactics as these Middle East terrorist groups, as these Islamic extremist groups. It’s sad that that kind of thing happens in America. There is no dialogue. There is no debate. They are going to try and shut us down by striking fear into our heart.”

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened.

Anti-Choice Organizer: Defund Planned Parenthood Because 'Its Sexual Ethic Is Corrupted'

Dr. Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, one of the main organizers of this weekend’s protest rallies at Planned Parenthood clinics, said on Tuesday that even if Planned Parenthood were to stop performing abortions, she would still want to strip it of federal funding because it promotes a “corrupt view of human sexuality” including “sex for recreation, sex for mere pleasure.”

“Planned Parenthood from the top to the bottom is a corrupt organization,” Miller told Ave Maria Radio’s Teresa Tomeo, “corrupt in its view of the sanctity of human life and corrupt in its view of human sexuality. And I say even if Planned Parenthood didn’t perform one single abortion, just the mere fact that its sexual ethic is corrupted means right there, should be the reason right there, that they should not receive any federal money. The kind of sexual ethic that Planned Parenthood promotes is sex for recreation, sex for mere pleasure.”

“Unfortunately we live in a culture that believes in that sexual ethic and so Planned Parenthood gets $528 million of federal tax money,” she added.