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Rep. Virginia Foxx: 'I'm Not Willing' To Leave America 'To the Philistines'

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., devoted her speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference today to telling activists not to lose faith in the political process and to remember that elected officials — or, more specifically, Republican elected officials — know that America needs a “moral and spiritual foundation in order to survive and thrive.”

She had a message for those who think that “politics is a dirty business”: “If people of faith are not involved in political life, then you’re leaving it to the Philistines. And I’m not willing to leave it to the Philistines.”

Louie Gohmert: Oppose Transgender Rights To Save Veterans' Lives

Today, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, went on yet another anti-trans rant, this time at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in Washington, D.C.

The congressman spent most of the time criticizing sex reassignment surgery, saying that the practice will “destroy people’s lives.”

“Now this administration says, ‘We’re going to have the V.A. do sex change operations.’ Really?!” he asked. “Do we not have enough veterans committing suicide without you increasing that 20 times? Enough is enough! We have to stand up for our veterans. We’re the adults. We have to stand up for our children.”

Sen. David Perdue: Pray Obama's 'Days Be Few'

Today at the Road to Majority summit, the annual Washington, D.C., conference held by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Sen. David Perdue of Georgia half-jokingly urged the crowd to pray for President Obama using Psalm 109:8: “May his days be few; and let another have his office.”

The Psalm goes on to read, “May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow. May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.”

Gary Heavin: God And Donald Trump Inspired Me To Talk About '9/11 Truth'

In an appearance yesterday on “The Jim Bakker Show,” Curves gym founder and “Amerigeddon” producer Gary Heavin once again promoted debunked claims about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, while at the same time insisting that he was just asking the question, a favorite rhetorical tactic of conspiracy theorists like Donald Trump.

Heavin said that he was inspired by God (and Donald Trump) to start speaking the truth about the terrorist attacks, but then went on to say that he was merely asking questions about the attacks.

“I’m just sayin,’” he said. “I’m just wanting to ask some questions.”

“Donald Trump is giving us permission to speak freely to ask these questions,” he added.

Heavin raised false claims including that no plane wreckage was found at the Pentagon and that Building 7 was brought down by a controlled demolition.

His new movie, “Amerigeddon,” discusses a future in which the U.S. government collaborates with the United Nations to launch a false flag attack on America, in the form of a nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, in order to impose a dictatorial form of government.

In a previous edition of this post, we mistakenly referred to Gary Heavin as "Mark Heavin." We regret the error.

Michael Savage: Donald Trump Is 'The Antidote' To 'Crazy' 'Stupid' Obama's 'Toxic Snake Poison'

Far-right radio host Michael Savage was incensed yesterday by the Secretary of the Air Force’s recent comments suggesting that transgender military service members “will be allowed to serve in a more open way” within “the next few months.”

Savage said that a review of the military’s policy on transgender service members will cause the armed forces to ignore the needs of the troops, and is just another sign that America is witnessing “the meltdown of our culture under Barry Hussein Obama like you could never imagine.”

“Think of your most radical, crazy professor,” Savage said. “Think of the nuttiest, the most stupid professor you’ve ever had, totally locked into the left-wing shibboleths of the time, and you learn to listen to it in order to just get through the course. Now take that professor, put the professor into the presidency, give him all the power in the world and let that professor take all the power it can because of a supine Congress and a nonexistent press, and now you know what’s going on in America. We have an out-of-control, lunatic, left-wing college teacher running the country.”

“That’s why we need the antidote,” he continued. “The antidote to this toxic snake poison is Donald Trump. Trump is the antidote to the Hussein snake poison.”

As we’ve previously noted, Savage “believes that God is lifting Trump to victory, hailing the candidate as 'the Winston Churchill of our time' and hoping that he will become a dictator who rules by decree and stop Obama before he begins arresting and killing Americans en masse.”

The 7 Most Ridiculous Defenses Of Donald Trump's Racist Attacks

While Donald Trump is trying to walk back his racist attacks on a federal judge by insisting that he never attacked Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s ethnicity or heritage when, in fact, he did several times (a familiar pattern with Trump), his GOP defenders are straining credulity to defend him.

Trump has said that judges of Mexican descent or of the Muslim faith cannot be impartial in a case involving his Trump University scam because of his proposals for building a wall with Mexico and banning Muslims from entering the country, respectively, but according to his supporters, Trump never made such a claims and the real problem is with Judge Curiel.

Here are seven of the most ridiculous defenses of Trump’s comments:

1) ‘It wasn’t racist! He’s calling attention to racism! Hello!’

In what can only be described as a bizarre meltdown, CNN’s resident Trump apologist, Jeffrey Lord, said yesterday that not only is Trump not a racist, but everybody else is racist:

2) Judge Is Like A White Supremacist!

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said today on Sean Hannity’s radio program that Judge Curiel’s membership in a state Hispanic bar association is just like belonging to a white supremacist group, alleging that the group wants to take California “back” from the U.S. “and they’re gonna take it by force if they have to.”

Hunter added that a “Muslim-American judge of Iraqi descent” would not be able to preside over a case involving the late Chris Kyle because he “killed a whole bunch of bad guys in Iraq.”

Hannity, for his part, likened Curiel presiding over a case involving Trump University to a Hispanic or black defendant facing an all-white jury.

Via BuzzFeed:

3) Judge Is Biased!

After insisting that Trump’s claim that Judge Curiel shouldn’t be allowed to hear his case because of his Mexican heritage wasn’t racist, former Gov. Mike Huckabee told Megyn Kelly last night that he believes Judge Curiel is motivated not necessarily by an ethnic bias but by a left-wing political agenda that makes him prejudiced against Trump in the fraud case.

When Kelly asked Huckabee if he has any evidence demonstrating such an anti-Trump political bias, Huckabee conceded that he had none:

4) Obama Is Racist!

While Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., didn’t agree with Trump’s “regrettable” statement, he went on to claim in a rather awkward CNN interview yesterday that he could just as “easily argue that the President of the United States is a racist with his policies and his rhetoric.”

Zeldin said that he would rather talk about what he sees as the racist “micro-targeting to blacks and Hispanics” from the Democratic Party, which is “more offensive to me, what I’ve seen through the years, than this one statement.”

5) Sotomayor Said The Same Thing!

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley invoked remarks made in years past by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in order to defend Trump’s allegation that Judge Curiel cannot be impartial because he’s “a Mexican.”

“I think that you don’t have any more trouble with what Trump said than when Sotomayor said that -- when she was found saying in speeches that, quote, ‘A wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male,’” the Iowa senator told the Des Moines Register.

While Trump was insisting that Mexican-Americans are inherently disqualified from presiding over a case involving him, Sotomayor was making the exact opposite point, as she was describing the need for a more diverse judiciary that isn’t shaped entirely by the background and experiences of white men.

“I do believe every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge, regardless of their background or life experience,” she said.

6) Be Nice!

When asked about Trump’s remarks on the judge’s ethnicity, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said that it is unfair for the media to cover Trump like any other candidate for office because it is his first time running for an elected position:

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) seems to think Trump is being unnecessarily bullied for his remarks. “Be nice to him. He’s a first-time candidate,” he told reporters. “When you’re in a big race, you make mistakes.”

In a separate interview with The Huffington Post, Hatch speculated that Trump just felt like he was “being picked on.”

“He’s the type of a person who will make comments that sometimes you differ with, and then as he gets to reality on things,” the senator said. “He’ll change his point of view and be, you know, more responsible.”

“I think he does feel like he’s being picked on by the courts. A lot of people who go through the courts feel the same way. He just speaks about it.”  

Hatch’s claim that the media should have a lower standard for Trump is as laughable as it is revealing that the GOP believes Trump should get a pass for his racist remarks.

7) He’s A Member Of La Raza!

Last week, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said that Judge Curiel is biased because he’s a member of the California La Raza Lawyers Association, which she said “is an organization that has been out there organizing these anti-Trump protesters with the Mexican flags… so Mr. Trump is just stating the obvious.”

She added that the group sponsors “criminal rallies” and “criminal protesters” under “the guise of an anti-Trump protest” and “this judge is connected to that.”

“This is not a pro-American group who is out there wanting to get their voices heard, they are out there pushing to destroy, propose anarchy and to stop an American president from running for office,” she said.

Pierson, like many other right-wing commentators, apparently confused the La Raza Lawyers Association with the National Council of La Raza, a Latino group that is a favorite bogeyman of the Right. Aside from the fact that NCLR is not the anarchy-promoting criminal organization that Pierson claims it is, it isn’t even the organization that Curiel is a member of. The two are completely different groups; the lawyers’ organization is nonpartisan and “focuses on the professional development of Latino lawyers and encouraging students to pursue a career in law.”

Pat Toomey's SCOTUS Obstruction Backed By Only 18% Of Pennsylvanians

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., has joined other Senate Republicans in refusing to hold a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, even going so far as to make misleading claims about Garland’s record as a judge.

Not surprisingly, Toomey’s stance may be hurting him among Pennsylvania voters.

Public Policy Polling released a poll today showing strong support in Pennsylvania — even among Republicans — for Senate hearings on Garland’s nomination.

One issue that continues to complicate Toomey's reelection prospects is the vacant Supreme Court seat. 53% of voters want to see it filled this year, compared to only 38% who think that should wait for the next President. More importantly though, 66% of voters want there to be confirmation hearings for Merrick Garland's nomination to just 18% who think he should be rejected out of hand. Democrats (79/9), independents (56/14), and even Republicans (52/31) think that Garland deserves a hearing. By a 23 point margin voters say they're less likely to vote for a Senator who opposes confirmation hearings on Garland's nomination- just 22% say that stance would make them more likely to vote for someone, compared to 45% who say it would make them less likely to.

Just yesterday, Toomey said that Donald Trump’s racist attack on a federal judge of Mexican descent was “deeply offensive,” “ridiculous” and “outrageous.” He is nonetheless apparently comfortable holding the vacancy on the Supreme Court open for a possible President Trump.

He isn’t the only Republican senator whose re-election chances are being harmed by the party’s decision to block Garland from even being considered for the Supreme Court, with polls in several key states finding the GOP’s stance to be overwhelmingly unpopular.

Mike Huckabee: Trump U Judge Has A Liberal Agenda But I Have No Evidence To Back It Up

Last night, Mike Huckabee gave a disastrous interview with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, where he defended Donald Trump’s racist attack on the judge overseeing one of the fraud cases involving his Trump University businesses by insisting that the presumptive GOP nominee’s statements were not racist because “there is not a thing in his life that he has ever shown” that could be seen as racist.

Huckabee suggested that Judge Gonzalo Curiel — whom Trump has repeatedly said could not give him a fair hearing because he’s “a Mexican” — has a “built-in liberal bias” and may have a “political agenda.”

When Kelly asked Huckabee what evidence he has that Curiel has an anti-Trump political bias, Huckabee admitted that he had absolutely nothing to substantiate the comment he just made: “Honestly, I’ve not spent a whole long of time digging through the details.”

Michael Savage: Obama Reared Since High School To 'Invade America'

Michael Savage is not very good at predicting the future, but that didn’t stop the conservative talk show host from making a whole slew of predictions last week about what a Hillary Clinton presidency would look like.

Many of the absurd and inflammatory predictions were similar to the ones conservatives like Savage made about President Obama.

“One, guns will be taken away, she will make it illegal either through ammunition or registration, your guns will be seized, guns will be criminalized,” he said. “Two, she will criminalize speech, talk radio will disappear, she will pass it under the guise of the Fairness and Communications Act, and I will be gone, as will everyone else who dares to speak the truth to these left-wing fanatic vermin. That’s number two. If you think the internet will be your refuge, you are mistaken. Hillary Clinton and her illegitimate cohorts will criminalize the internet as has been done in Europe under the dictator Merkel and as it is being done around the world by the greedy pig who owns Facebook…. It’s either Trump or nothing, we have nothing left.”

If Donald Trump wins, Savage said, he will “protect us from these mobs, he’ll build a wall and throw these [undocumented immigrants] out of the country, throw these violent street protesters where they belong, which is south of the border. Just dump them there. Fly them there and leave them in the desert for all I care.”

He warned that “George Soros front groups” supporting “the harridan criminal” have made sure that “these gangs have been loosed upon those of us who wish to see a Republican, Donald Trump, win the election,” urging Trump to “hunt down” and “arrest” Soros upon taking office. He predicted that these “Mexican mobs” will soon be “knocking your door down and taking you out in the middle of the night.”

Later, Savage insisted that Obama is an Adolf Hitler-like leader who was “polished very carefully for many years as a candidate for the left” since he was “a high school student” by “a rich family” that “realized he had the perfect looks and the perfect persona to invade America and convert us into a semi-socialist, semi-communist nation.”

Because of Obama’s purported use of mob violence, Savage said, soon boxers and bikers will form far-right gangs to “protect the people from these Mexican and communist mobs.”

Kelli Ward: There Is 'Almost An Occupation Along The Border'

After appearing on Alex Jones’ extremist radio show, Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward, who is challenging U.S. Sen. John McCain in the upcoming GOP primary, called in yesterday to “Trunews,” the End Times program hosted by unhinged conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles.

Ward, who “has promoted fears about ‘chemtrails’ and rallied behind anti-government icon Cliven Bundy during his standoff with law enforcement,” told Wiles that she is squarely behind Donald Trump’s border wall plan, claiming that people who live on the U.S.-Mexican border have been “terrorized” and are facing “horrific” conditions.

“We are allowing, basically, almost an occupation along the border and it’s got to stop,” she said.

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