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Alex Jones: Ted Cruz Is 'Quite The Pepé Le Pew'

InfoWars broadcaster Alex Jones brought on Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone to his program yesterday to attack Ted Cruz for mentioning Stone’s name in his press conference rebutting a National Enquirer story alleging that he has had several affairs.

Jones said that Stone, who was the only on-the-record source for the National Enquirer story, would never plant such allegations in the press because he doesn’t deal with “personal stuff” and was only interested in pursuing stories about Marco Rubio’s alleged gay sex parties.

“You learned about it a couple of months ago when they called you,” Jones told Stone. “You told me about it at dinner but said, ‘Let’s not go there, we’re not going into personal stuff.’ You said, ‘I will go into Rubio and his bubble baths with other guys because that’s interesting to the base.’”

Jones went on to make his own claims about Cruz having affairs: “The truth is he was moved out for years. His daughters don’t even like him. He’s down here with all these women, it’s well-known. I even know people that talked about Ted Cruz in Austin and I just ignored it but reportedly he’s quite the Pepé Le Pew.” 

Ben Carson Admits His Advisers 'Began To Take Advantage' Of Campaign Fundraising

Throughout Ben Carson’s doomed presidential campaign, it became increasingly clear that a number of the candidate’s advisers were using the campaign’s fundraising in order to substantially enrich themselves, leading TPM’s Josh Marshall to describe the whole campaign as one big “direct mail scam.”

In an interview with Detroit talk radio host Frank Beckmann yesterday, Carson admitted that there were “a number of problems” with the management of his campaign and that some of his advisers “began to take advantage” of the money his candidacy was attracting.

“There were a number of problems,” Carson told Beckmann. “People that were hired to run the campaign were not people that I knew, but I was told that they were really good people. And, you know, what they were were political people looking for political jobs. And when they saw that my name was attracting a lot of money they, you know, began to take advantage of that situation.”

“Let me tell you,” he added, “if I were ever to do it again, I would obviously have a very different approach in terms of the kinds of people that you brought in to do things for you. But, you know, you live and you learn.”

Carson chalked up the “live and learn” campaign mistakes to the fact that he was a “citizen statesman” rather than a “politician.”

In reality, several news outlets covered the campaign’s financial woes before the candidate took any action.

Beckmann then asked Carson if he was expecting to get a position in the administration of Donald Trump, whom he has endorsed, if Trump wins the presidency.

“I really am not looking for a title or position,” Carson responded, “but I certainly could see myself continuing to talk with him and with various people in the administration about solutions and helping to connect them with a lot of the people that I have gotten to know who really are extremely fine Americans and have a lot of good policy ideas.”

The Year Bryan Fischer Became 'Mainstream'

Back in 2011, when Mitt Romney was in the starting months of his presidential campaign, he accepted an invitation to speak at the Values Voter Summit, an annual event organized by the Family Research Council. The VVS always attracts an assortment of far-right activists, but that year Romney was scheduled to speak directly before Bryan Fischer, an inflamatory American Family Association official and radio host who had viciously insulted everyone from LGBT people to women to Muslims to Native Americans to medal of honor recipients to Romney’s fellow Mormons.

After facing a public outcry for choosing to appear beside Fischer, Romney called out Fischer in his speech — albeit not by name — decrying the “poisonous language” of “one of the speakers who will follow me today.”

After that year, Fischer was nowhere to be found at the Values Voter Summit, although his employer, the American Family Association, continued to cosponsor the event.

Then, in January of last year, Fischer was, for a moment, edged further out of the conservative mainstream. When a group of 60 members of the Republican National Committee embarked on a trip to Israel organized by Christian-nation advocate David Lane and paid for by the AFA, the RNC was forced to answer why it was sending members on a junket financed by a group whose spokesman was one of the most vitriolic voices of hate in the country — and one who said the First Amendment applies only to Christians. Facing a diplomatic incident with the GOP, the AFA finally stripped Fischer of his title with the organization, although he kept his daily radio program with its affiliate, American Family Radio.

But that was then and this is now.

Earlier this month, we reported that Fischer was scheduled to join Sen. Ted Cruz at a campaign rally in Mississippi. The event was eventually canceled: not because of Fischer’s extremism but because Cruz was reportedly ill .

And, although Fischer remains one of the most hateful voices on the Right, he is hardly any more controversial than many of the figures with whom the leading Republican candidates have surrounded themselves in 2016 — or even, in some cases, the candidates themselves. As soon as the GOP began to ostracize Bryan Fischer, it was taken over by Bryan Fischer’s ideology.

Fischer himself pointed this out on his radio program last week as he prepared to discuss a column in which he reiterated his long-held views that Muslims immigrants should be barred from the U.S., American Muslims should be shut out of the U.S. military and state governments should ban the construction of mosques. Things that he’s been saying for years, he said, that were once perceived as “outlandish” and “off-the-charts lunacy,” have now “become virtually mainstream.”

He’s right. In fact, when we began to look through some of Fischer’s most controversial statements — which are bad enough that he was publicly rejected by the 2012 Republican nominee — we found that they weren’t too different from things that Republican presidential frontrunners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz say every day.

Although Fischer has campaigned for Cruz and openly despises Trump, his ideology and rhetoric is echoed by both campaigns. (Although, thankfully, neither candidate has called for stoning whales … at least not yet.)

On Muslim immigration...

Fischer: ‘Stop Muslim immigration into the United States’

Fischer was far ahead of the trend when it came to anti-Muslim bigotry,calling as early as 2010 for the U.S. to block all Muslim immigration, “repatriate” Muslims who are already here, ban American Muslims from serving in the U.S. military, and impose a policy of “no more mosques, period.” Fischer repeated these demands just last week.

Trump: ‘A total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States’

He was several years behind Fischer, but Trump called last year for a temporary ban on all of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims entering the United States and deporting Syrian refugees who have been resettled in America, which have since become central planks in his platform. Echoing Fischer, Trump has also said that if he were to become president, he would have “no choice” but to close some mosques and once flirted with the idea of setting up a government database to monitor all Muslims. Cruz, for his part, has called for banning the resettlement of Muslim refugees from Syria.

On religious freedom for Muslims ...

Fischer: ‘Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims’

Fischer justifies his anti-Muslim plans by claiming that the First Amendment does not apply to Muslims or any other non-Christian religion and asserts that any religious liberty rights extended to non-Christians are simply a “courtesy”:

Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam. Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy. While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the Founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment.

Cruz: ‘Patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods’

When Cruz called for the U.S. to “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods” in response to this week’s terrorist attacks in Belgium, it came as no surprise since he has surrounded himself with advisers who argue, like Fischer, that Muslims do not deserve the same civil rights and civil liberties as other Americans.

One Cruz adviser, the Family Research Council’s Jerry Boykin, has explicitly said that “Islam is not a religion and does not deserve First Amendment protections.” In an interview with Fischer, Boykin called for “no mosques in America.”

Trump, for his part, has repeatedly called for government profiling of Muslims.

On Mormonism and Mitt Romney ...

Fischer: ‘I’m more Mormon’ than Mitt Romney

Fischer has never been a fan of the Mormon faith, insisting that the First Amendment doesn’t apply to Mormons and warning that a Mormon president like Romney would threaten the nation’s “spiritual health.” However, when Fischer deemed Romney to not be anti-gay enough, he declared that he himself was “more Mormon” than the candidate.

At one point, Fischer clarified that he had “love” for Mormons and just wanted them “to come into the full light of the truth” and abandon their faith.

Trump: ‘Are you sure he’s a Mormon?’

Although Trump may “love the Mormons,” he has been out on the campaign trail with Robert Jeffress , an extremist pastor who says that Mormonism and Islam are demonic faiths “from the pit of hell” (and that the Roman Catholic Church was created by Satan). It was in a radio interview with Fischer at the 2011 Values Voter Summit that Jeffress, who was stumping for Rick Perry, declared that Romney is not a “true” Christian because Mormonism is a “cult.”

Like Fischer, Trump has questioned Romney’s faith after Romney criticized him, asking a crowd in Utah: “Are you sure he’s a Mormon?”

On LGBT rights ...

Fischer: ‘Rainbow jihadists’ on the Supreme Court ‘blasted the twin pillars of truth and righteousness into rubble.’

Fischer reacted with predictable reason and restraint to the Supreme Court’s landmark Obergefell marriage equality ruling, comparing it to 9/11, Pearl Harbor and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and referring to the justices in the majority as “rainbow jihadists.”

Cruz: The gay community is waging ‘jihad’ against religious freedom

In this case, Fischer may have picked up a turn of phrase from Cruz, who several weeks before the Obergefell ruling accused LGBT rights activists of waging “jihad” against the religious freedom of Christians.

On the role of women ...

Fischer: God ‘designed’ women to be good secretaries

Fischer explained back in 2014 that he wouldn't consider male applicants for receptionist and secretary positions at his church because God “designed” women “to be warm, to be hospitable, to be open-hearted, to be open-handed, to have their arms open, to be welcoming, to be receptive, to create a nurturing, welcoming environment.”

Trump: ‘It really doesn't matter what they write, as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass’

Trump may have a different view of women in the workplace than Fischer, but it isn’t any more enlightened.

On science ...

Fischer: ‘Liberals are absolutely anti-science when it comes climatology and global warming’

Fischer contends that when it comes to climate change, it’s the scientists who are “absolutely anti-science,” citing God’s promise to Noah in the Bible that he would never again destroy the earth with floods. He also believes that the theory of evolution is “completely irrational and scientifically bankrupt ”and argues that people who believe in evolution should be “disqualified from holding public office.” Fischer has filled the vacuum left by actual science with some of his own creative theories, such as that dinosaurs were actually giant, 1,000-year-old lizards.

Cruz: ‘Climate change is not science, it’s religion’

Cruz similarly thinks that it’s climate scientists who are being illogical, telling Glenn Beck last year that “climate change is not science, it's religion.” Trump is also “not a big believer” in climate change, which he has dismissed as “bad weather” and a Chinese fabrication designed to destroy the U.S. economy.

While Cruz has deflected questions about evolution, his father and campaign surrogate, Rafael Cruz, has called the theory “baloney” and suggested that it was a communist plot to “destroy the concept of God.”

On the military ...

Fischer: We’ve ‘feminized’ the medal of honor by giving it to service members who haven’t killed people

In 2010, Fischer reacted to the awarding of the medal of honor to an Army sergeant who had rescued two of his fellow soldiers in battle by lamenting that we have “feminized” the military honor by awarding it “for preventing casualties, not for inflicting them."

Trump: ‘I like people who weren’t captured’

Trump, who, like Fischer, has never served in the military, made headlines last summer when he attacked Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for his time as a prisoner of war, saying, “I like people who weren’t captured.”

Alex Jones: This Could Be Our Last Election If Trump Is Thwarted

Yesterday, Alex Jones chatted with Republican political strategist Roger Stone, a close confidant of Donald Trump’s, about the alleged injustices facing the Trump campaign.

Stone accused GOP leaders of committing “voter fraud” to stop Trump’s nomination and stealing delegates away from the presidential frontrunner.

Meanwhile, Jones warned that Democrats “have gone thermonuclear with the race-baiting” and will “try to go full-authoritarian with a socialist/communist model.”

“This could really be one of the last real elections,” Jones said.

Pat Robertson: 'Sick At My Stomach' That NFL Backs LGBT Rights

Pat Robertson once again expressed outrage over the NFL’s strong opposition to an anti-LGBT bill in Georgia today, telling “700 Club” viewers that the league’s stance has made him “sick at my stomach.”

Yesterday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed the bill, which would have created broad protections for businesses that openly discriminate against LGBT people.

“This whole thing is absolutely ludicrous,” Robertson said. “This is the greatest nation on earth. We have degenerated beyond measure. And what are we fighting about? These things about transgender and so forth? I mean, who cares? This kind of thing is just absurd and we’re making a big civil rights thing.”

Robertson was outraged that “the NFL, supposedly a bunch of man-size warriors,” are now saying that they “want homosexuals to be our heroes and we’re going to fight for them” and “won’t go to wherever the law says that Christians have a right to speak out.”

“The whole thing is absolutely absurd and it makes me sick at my stomach,” he said.

While Robertson claims that people no longer have the right to speak out against homosexuality or LGBT rights, anybody in America can still say whatever they want about the matter, as Robertson demonstrates nearly every week on his show.

Oklahoma GOPer Wants To Classify Abortion As First-Degree Murder

A Republican state senator in Oklahoma is angry that his party’s leadership has scuttled a bill he wrote that would classify abortion “from the moment of conception” — and possibly some forms of birth control — as first-degree murder.

Oklahoma state Sen. Joseph Silk told WorldNetDaily yesterday that his legislation would sidestep the “typical pro-life rhetoric” in order to get “justice for all these murdered children” and ultimately force the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade:

Silk said it’s time for pro-life leaders to go after what they really want.

“We need to call it what it is, which is murder – the premeditated, intentional killing of a human being – and then treat it as such,” Silk told WND and Radio America. “We’re trying to change the conversation from the typical pro-life rhetoric to actually being pro-life and getting justice for all these murdered children.”

“We need to attack the issue directly. Life begins at conception, and abortion is murder,” he said.

“Until we start doing that, [the Supreme Court is] never going to be forced to overturn that ruling.”

He said activists have changed court precedent many times in the past, most notably with respect to slavery. He also said the Supreme Court defied its own logic on the definition of marriage in just two years

“Just three years ago, they said marriage shall be defined by the states,” Silk said. “After continuous pounding, what did they do this last year? They defined it for us. Sure, some bills may get struck down, but eventually you’re going to push the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.”

The language of Silk’s bill, which is similar to that of some “personhood” measures, risks classifying some forms of birth control as murder. The legislation also specifically includes the destruction of embryos created in the in-vitro fertilization process in its definition of first-degree murder, saying it applies to fertilized eggs “whether conceived or located inside or outside the body of a human female.”

The legislation shows a simmering feud between anti-abortion groups over the best strategy to outlaw abortion, with “personhood” activists pressing for immediate action with more established organizations pushing for incremental laws curtailing abortion rights and limiting access.

The group Abolish Human Abortion, which supports Silk’s effort, has posted a photo of a letter that Oklahomans for Life, the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, sent to state lawmakers opposing Silk’s bill because it would replace two anti-choice measures that it supports. The group Personhood Alabama, on the other hand, has praised the bill.

Silk is also promoting a so-called “bathroom bill” similar to one recently passed in North Carolina that would prohibit transgender people from using the restrooms of their choice. He has said that LGBT people “don’t have a right to be served in every single store.”

Donald Trump's Campaign Manager Charged With Battery

A Florida police department has charged Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, with battery after an incident in which Lewandowski allegedly grabbed Michelle Fields, then a reporter for the conservative site Breitbart, at a campaign event.

Video footage and eyewitness accounts confirmed that Lewandowski had grabbed Fields, leaving her bruised, but Trump’s campaign and the managerial staff at Breitbart sided with Lewandowski.

After Fields and other Breitbart reporters quit due to the site’s handling of the matter, Breitbart then sent them cease and desist letters telling them not to speak out and published a story attacking Fields and another writer who left.

Trump said Fields “made the story up” and Lewandowski tweeted at Fields that she is “totally delusional.”

Lewandowski also tweeted out a sexist article from right-wing smear artist Charles C. Johnson.

Oddly, Trump has rarely been questioned about the incident by media and, in the midst of the controversy, Trump lavished praise on Lewandowski.

Hopefully now someone will ask Trump why he is standing behind Lewandowski.

Mat Staver: The Fight To Reverse Marriage Equality 'Will Never Be Over'

On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver declared that the fight against gay marriage will never end because marriage equality is a direct assault on God.

After praising Florida Gov. Rick Scott for signing the "Pastor Protection Act," which shields churches and pastors from being sued for refusing to perform same-sex marriages (something they were already allowed to do), Staver declared that such laws need to be passed all over the country because the fight to undo marriage equality will never stop.

"This issue of marriage," he said, "this attempted redefinition of marriage, some have said, 'Well, it's over with, the Supreme Court has decided, let's move on;' even some presidential candidates, past and present, have made that kind of a statement. What they don't realize is this is not over, it will never be over and there will never be churches, pastors and people of Christian faith and values who will accept this. Period."

"I think that we can ultimately reverse this trend as well," Staver continued. "Pendulums swing and I believe that if you remain faithful, you will ultimately be encouraged by being on the right side of history. People say, 'Well, you're on the wrong side of history.' I would rather be on the side of God's history and the natural created order, millennia of human history than some newfangled idea. This is an assault on marriage and family, our freedom and an assault on God himself."

Trump: No One Has Ever Been 'Slandered' More Than Me!

In an interview earlier today with far-right radio host Michael Savage, Donald Trump claimed that he has been “slandered” by the news coverage of his most recent feud with Sen. Ted Cruz.

The two leading GOP presidential candidates have been embroiled for nearly a week in an escalating feud surrounding Trump’s attacks on Cruz’s wife and a National Enquirer story alleging that Cruz has had several extramarital affairs, which the Cruz camp has claimed was placed by Trump confidants.

“It wasn’t me and Cruz ought to focus on other things, frankly, because I think it’s disgusting when he blames me,” Trump said. “Somebody in your world called me and said they had never seen anybody slandered like I’ve been slandered over the last week about the whole woman thing. Nobody respects women more than I do.”

“He started it, but I think it’s total garbage,” he later added. Savage, meanwhile, said that Hillary Clinton’s campaign likely “leaked” the story about Cruz’s purported affairs to Marco Rubio’s aides and “Little Marco’s people could’ve leaked it to turn you against each other.”

Trump, utterly incapable of staying on one subject for more than 20 seconds, quickly turned the conversation to his recent criticism of NATO and his view that the U.S. has been “undefeating” ISIS.

Trump said that he has several plans to go after ISIS but won’t reveal them in order to protect “the element of surprise.” However, he did reveal that under a Trump presidency the U.S. would “take the oil” in Libya and “make the rules” in the Geneva Convention “a lot tougher,” alleging that ISIS terrorists “are laughing at us” because the U.S. won’t torture.

He went on to hail the NYPD’s since-abandoned Muslim spying program as “the best in the world,” despite the fact that the program, according to the Associated Press, “never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation.”

Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade To Raise Money For Anti-Feminist Eagle Forum

Brian Kilmeade, the co-host of the Fox News program “Fox & Friends,” will be the featured speaker at two Eagle Forum PAC fundraisers in Pennsylvania this summer, helping the conservative group raise money to support congressional candidates in the state.

Eagle Forum is notorious for its virulent opposition to immigration, vaccinations, LGBT rights and, most importantly, feminism.

The group’s founder, Phyllis Schlafly, has even gone so far as to blame women for sexual assaults, praise the pay gap, and deny the fact that marital rape exists.

We wonder if Kilmeade will share with Eagle Forum activists some of his past remarks about women:

Bryan Fischer: Obama Admires And Envies Dictators And Wishes He Could Be One

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer asserted that "President Obama is a guy that envies dictators" and wishes that he could be one.

Fischer was discussing Obama's recent trip to Cuba, which he said left the president wishing that he could wield total control over this nation in the way that foreign communist and socialist dictators control their countries.

"I've always thought that President Obama envies dictators," Fischer stated, "wishes he could be one, envies their power; they don't have to answer to anybody, they can do whatever they want, they can impose their will as policy over an entire nation. And Obama loves that, he envies that, he looks up to them, he admires them because of the kind of power that they have, he wishes he could be one of them, he wants to belong to their club. That is why he is so fawning, he admires them, he respects them, he wants to be them. That is what he always has such a fawning presence when he is with them."

Tucker Carlson: Anyone Who Points Out White Privilege 'Is By Definition A Racist'

Last week, Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson chatted with bizarre conspiracy theorist Alex Jones about the media’s coverage of race and LGBT issues in the 2016 election.

“Anyone who alleges the white privilege is, by definition, a racist,” Carlson said. “I think we can say that and we should say that. That’s not a legitimate form of conversation. That’s tarring an entire group based on the way they look. That’s the definition of racism and I think people should stand up and say that because it’s true.”

Carlson also took issue with Hillary Clinton’s call to allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance plans, but without subsidies, on Obamacare exchanges, saying that it proves that President Obama lied when he said undocumented immigrants were not eligible to participate in the marketplaces. Of course, this proves the opposite of Carlson’s point, seeing that Clinton wants to change the existing prohibition.

But that didn’t stop him from claiming that Rep. Joe Wilson, who shouted “you lie” when President Obama spoke about the issue to Congress, was completely vindicated. “Joe Wilson was right,” he said. “They did lie, they’ve pulled off the masking and they’re admitting that they want to give federal benefits to [unlawful immigrants].” Jones then insisted that the health care law instituted “death panels.”

Carlson went on to laughably claim that conservatives like himself were initially very welcoming of an Obama presidency because it would create racial unity, only to find out that “he has been the most racially, explicitly and intentionally, racially divisive president that we’ve ever had by a factor of I don’t know how much.” 

The conversation then turned to trans issues, with Carlson blasting liberals for supporting trans rights and embracing “anything that is perverse or unattractive or unhealthy or mean or against normal people.”

Carlson’s Skype connection broke up while Jones was ranting about how we have “become planet tranny,” which of course led Jones to suspect that something sinister was afoot. “I guess you say ‘planet tranny’ and the Skype breaks up,” he said. “You’re not allowed to say that.”

Glenn Beck Doesn't Believe Affair Allegations Because Ted Cruz Has Been Preparing His Entire Life To Be President

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck explained why he doesn't believe the recent National Enquirer story alleging that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz has engaged in multiple extramarital affairs.

Among the various reasons why Beck is giving no credence to the story is the fact that Cruz has been raised from birth and been driven his entire life to become president and so he's not stupid enough to throw is all away in this reckless manner.

"This guy is driven," Beck said. "The first time I met his father, I said to him, 'He is going to get into the Senate and he's going to be exactly what he says he's going to be.' This was before he went into the Senate. And he [Cruz's father] said, 'Oh yes, I will kick his ass.' I've told that story a million times. What I haven't said is that at that point, we talked about him being president and I said, 'If he goes into the Senate and he does the right thing, he could be president.' His father said to me, 'I know.'"

"Ted has known that he could be the president from the beginning," Beck continued, noting that Cruz has been preparing for this moment his entire life. "You are not as driven as he is, you are not as smart as he is and then go in for your last four years before you're going to run for president, you don't get to 2012 and be thinking I'm going to run for president and think you can get away with that."

Larry Pratt: Liberals Have 'Plans To Enslave An Entire Nation'

Former Texas Republican congressman Steve Stockman and gun activist Larry Pratt joined conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles on his “Trunews” radio program last week to talk about how totalitarian socialists are in the process of overthrowing the U.S. government with what Pratt called “plans to enslave an entire nation.”

Wiles asked Pratt and Stockman about the planned Democracy Spring events in April, when activists intend to use civil disobedience to demand that lawmakers “take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections.”

Stockman said that Democracy Spring is actually about introducing socialism to America. “I think it’s a threat to our national security and I think it’s a threat to our nation’s survival,” he said. Pratt agreed that Democracy Spring is a socialist movement to “take over” the country, insisting that members of the media “don’t want to talk about plans to overthrow a government, they don’t want to talk about plans to enslave an entire nation and yet it happens before our very eyes.”

Wiles then seemed to confuse César Chávez with Hugo Chávez, incorrectly alleging that the late Venezuelan leader rather than the famous labor activist coined the “Yes We Can” phrase that President Obama used in his 2008 campaign. “Every communist in America in 2008 knew precisely what Barack Obama was saying to them every time he said ‘Yes we can,’” he said.

The Judicial Crisis Network Conveniently Forgets Its Own History

It has been truly remarkable watching the Judicial Crisis Network criss-crossing the country pressuring Republican senators to keep up their blockade of President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination, since during the George W. Bush administration the group was named the Judicial Confirmation Network and promoted the idea that every judicial nominee “deserves an up-or-down vote.”

JCN’s current leaders have been carefully ignoring this history in their effort to prevent the Senate Judiciary Committee from even holding a hearing on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, a situation that reached new heights of absurdity last week when the group’s general counsel, Carrie Severino, let a conservative radio host speculate at length, incorrectly, about why the group might have been named the “Judicial Crisis Network” during the Bush administration.

“Here’s what’s interesting, is you were interestingly named the Judicial Crisis Network” during the Bush administration, radio host Bobby Gunther Walsh mistakenly said during a March 24 interview with Severino.

“It’s interesting you chose that name,” he said, “I don’t know if there was a crisis going on back then, is that when they were threatening Bush about ‘you can’t nominate someone’?”

After repeating misleading claims about Sen. Charles Schumer and then-Sen. Joe Biden’s comments about Supreme Court nominations during the Bush years, Walsh fumed, “You know what I can’t stand is when people can’t even admit that they said stuff and they can’t even admit the truth.”

Severino, rather than correcting Walsh about her organization’s past as the Judicial Confirmation Network, instead complained about people who “repeat the same false facts” until “people take them as true”: “Yeah, you’re entitled to your own opinion but not to your own facts. If you repeat the same false facts over and over again, sometimes people take them as true, so it’s frustrating.”

“It’s the irony that you can just see the Democrats are willing to say and do whatever it takes to get this fifth vote that they just desperately want a solid liberal block on the court,” she added. “And they’re going to want to deny the people a voice in the process in order to do that. That’s a real shame.”

As we all know, the Judicial Crisis Network would never “repeat false facts”!

For A Third Time, Janet Porter Claims Her Prayers 'Changed The Results' Of The 2000 Election

During a campaign stop for her ill-fated run for a seat in the Ohio state legislature last month, right-wing activist Janet Porter insisted, for a third time, that her prayers flipped the results of the 2000 presidential election and handed the presidency to George W. Bush.

Porter explained that she had faith in God that her campaign for office could succeed because she had seen God work miracles before, like when He reversed the results in Florida in response to her prayers.

"2000 election. It was Al Gore vs. George W. Bush," she stated. "I was in Broward County, Florida, at the time and I prayed a ridiculous prayer. Did you ever pray a sun-stopping prayer?"

"I was part of the recount team in 2000 and on election night, they declared the election for Al Gore," she explained. "I got down on my knees — Right Wing Watch says that I'm the one responsible, but there were a lot of people who prayed — but I got on my knees and I said, 'God, I'm asking for something that has never been done before, I'm asking you' — it's ridiculous, it sounded ridiculous, it was hard to even form in my mouth, but I said, 'God I'm asking you to change the results of this election.' That's what I prayed. And God changed the results of that election."

Pat Robertson: 'These NFL Players Are Not Going To Get Same-Sex Marriage'

Pat Robertson took issue today with the NFL’s opposition to an anti-LGBT bill in Georgia, arguing that the league shouldn’t care about the bill, which would effectively legalize anti-LGBT discrimination, since none of its players are gay.

“These guys are supposed to be tough warriors in the NFL,” Robertson said. “Why are they suddenly going out to boycott a state because of some alleged offense against homosexual marriage? These NFL players are not going to get same-sex marriage, you wouldn’t think. What is going on with those people?”

He lamented that “we are making a protected class of somebody that, you know, for centuries have been on the edges of society, and now suddenly it has become the big deal.”

Georgia’s Republican governor announced this morning that he will veto the legislation.

One of the bill’s supporters, state Sen. Greg Kirk, told Robertson’s news network that religious liberty won’t exist in Georgia unless this bill is signed into law.

He also claimed that “in the other twenty-one countries that have passed same-sex laws, it has squelched the First Amendment rights of many of those citizens.”

Trump: 'I Have Been Better To Women Than Any Of These Candidates'

Earlier today, Donald Trump spoke with conservative Wisconsin radio host Charlie Sykes about his recent attacks on Ted Cruz’s wife, which Sykes told the GOP presidential frontrunner made him seem like “a 12-year-old bully” rather than a serious candidate.

Last week, Trump retweeted an unflattering photo of the Texas senator’s wife, Heidi, and threatened to “spill the beans” on her past.

Trump told Sykes he only targeted Heidi Cruz because of a racy ad put out by a Super PAC unaffiliated with Cruz’s campaign that featured a photo Trump’s wife, Melania, posing partially nude in GQ magazine.

“Ted Cruz knew totally about it,” he said.

After Sykes said Trump is acting like a “twelve-year-old bully on the playground, not somebody who wants the office held by Abraham Lincoln, Trump responded that he simply "did a retweet.” “I’m sure she’s excellent, I just don’t know her,” he went on to say of Heidi Cruz.

Sykes then played part of an ad that features women reading insulting remarks that Trump has made about women.

Trump responded by saying that he said those things when he didn’t know he’d be running for office.

“If Megyn Kelly were a man, I would be saying the exact same things about Megyn Kelly, and the same things with Rosie O’Donnell,” he said. “I don’t think there should be a double standard if somebody’s a woman. I have been better to women than any of these candidates, frankly.” Of course, it is unlikely that Trump would have called a man a “fat pig” or joked about his menstrual cycle.

After deflecting questions about the more liberal stances he has held in the past, insisting that he only held them in order to make business deals, Trump continued to demand that Cruz apologize to him for the Super PAC ad he was not involved in creating.

“He owes me an apology because what he did was wrong,” he said. “And there are some people who say that his group bought the copyright to the picture from GQ magazine.” Trump frequently uses the “some people say” line to get out of making substantiated statements.

“We’re not on the playground, we’re running for president of the United States,” Sykes responded.

Rafael Cruz: 'One More Liberal Justice' Could Allow A Dictator To Turn Guns On Americans

Rafael Cruz, the father and top campaign surrogate of Sen. Ted Cruz, warned in a radio interview today that if “one more liberal justice” is confirmed to the Supreme Court, “we will lose our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” which could lead to a dictator turning guns against the American people.

“One more liberal justice with that way of thinking and we will lose our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Cruz said on Breitbart’s SiriusXM program. “And think back in history: Every dictator that has taken the guns away from the population has used them against the population.”

“It is imperative that we elect as president someone that you can be certain that will only nominate to the Supreme Court justices that are committed to following the Constitution and the rule of law, not to legislate from the bench,” he said. “Otherwise, if we lose the court, it may take a whole generation to recover it and I don’t think we have the time.”

Cruz issued a similar warning in November, before the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, saying that “praise God there are 300 million guns in American in the hands of private citizens.”

Cruz also repeated his claim that the American public education system is being used by communists to indoctrinate children into “an anti-Christian worldview.”

“What has happened in America is that we have believed this lie of separation of church and state, which is not in the Constitution, is not in the Declaration,” Cruz said. “The total opposite is true. One of the very first Bibles printed in America was printed under the auspices of Congress to be the principal textbook in high schools, primary schools and universities.”

Cruz frequently uses the story about Congress printing Bibles to be used as textbooks in his attempts to refute the idea of church-state separation. The story, unsurprisingly, is a myth promoted by Cruz’s friend, the political operative David Barton, who is running a super PAC backing Ted Cruz’s candidacy.

He went on to say that this all changed when the Humanist Manifesto, an “ominous document,” was signed in 1933, leading to “immorality and chaos and secular humanism.” He then repeated his claim that John Dewey, the public education reformer and signer of the Humanist Manifesto “was a member of the American Communist Party.” (Dewey was in fact an “avowed anti-Communist.”)

All of this, he said, has led to the Common Core educational standards “brainwashing” public school students with an “anti-Christian worldview in an attempt to secularize America.”

“So, since 1933, those concepts of secular humanism have been immersed in our public school system,” he said, “and now, with Common Core, they have been elevated to a new level. And Common Core is not really about standards, it’s about brainwashing our kids with secular humanism, with an anti-Christian worldview, with what’s called situational ethics … And so what has happened is that kids are being brainwashed with this worldview that is an anti-Christian worldview in an attempt to secularize America.”

Ron Johnson Is Taking His SCOTUS Talking Points Straight From Right-Wing Groups

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is one of the Republican senators who is under considerable pressure in his home state to break from his party leadership and consider the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

So far, Johnson has toed the party line and says that he supports blocking any nominee to the Supreme Court for the remainder of Obama’s presidency. In defending this position, he has turned to a number of stock talking points cooked up by right-wing groups seeking to keep an Obama nominee off the Supreme Court.

As soon as President Obama announced his nomination of Garland, Johnson turned to the talking point that the conservative Judicial Crisis Network has been promoting since soon after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death left a vacant seat on the Supreme Court.

Johnson’s appeal to let the American people “decide” and give them a “voice” by discounting President Obama’s entire last year in office, comes straight out of the messaging that JCN started hammering in early ads urging obstruction. In JCN’s first ad, a narrator says:

It’s ‘We the People.’ Sometimes the politicians forget that. The Supreme Court has a vacancy and your vote in November is your only voice. Sen. Chuck Grassley agrees: the American people should decide. This isn’t about Republicans or Democrats. It’s about your voice. You choose the next president, the next president chooses the next justice. Call Sen. Chuck Grassley. Thank him for letting the people decide.

Of course, the people already did have a voice in choosing who would pick the next Supreme Court justice when they reelected President Obama for a second four-year term in 2012.

The New York Times reported yesterday on an event in Wisconsin at which Johnson attempted to justify the Senate GOP’s obstructionism by implying that the Constitution’s requirement of “advice and consent” can mean the Senate advising the president not to make any judicial nomination at all:

“Yeah, I am hearing the drumbeat, ‘Do your job! Do your job!’ ” Mr. Johnson said, invoking the Democrats’ battle cry in their quest to get Judge Garland a hearing. “We’re doing our job,” Mr. Johnson declared, to shouts of “yes.”

“Our job as a coequal branch in the nomination process is advise and consent,” he said. “Well, President Obama — surprise — didn’t heed our advice. So now we are doing the second part of that advice and consent: We’re withholding our consent. Completely appropriate.”

This is a talking point that Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, a longtime right-wing player in judicial fights, pioneered very soon after the death of Justice Scalia, when he told televangelist Pat Robertson, “The Senate has a role in this, the Constitution says ‘advice and consent.’ The advice here is, ‘Don’t put up a nominee when you’re only going to be the president, you’re a lame duck and you’re only going to be the president for 11 months.’”

We don’t think that refusing to even consider a Supreme Court nominee is what the founders had in mind when they gave the Senate the power of “advice and consent," which is why the GOP leadership’s decision to have the Senate do absolutely nothing in response to a Supreme Court nomination is unprecedented.

According to the Times article, Johnson has also taken to saying that Garland is “hostile” to the Second Amendment:

“Judge Merrick is hostile to your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Mr. Johnson said in Pewaukee, using the judge’s first name. “So I am doing my job to protect the Second Amendment rights of Wisconsinites.”

Johnson’s use of the word “hostile” is no accident. The phrase “hostile to the Second Amendment” is what right-wing groups have settled on to describe Garland’s utterly benign record on gun rights. That’s the exact phrase that the National Rifle Association has been using in its effort to stir up opposition to Garland’s nomination. The “hostile” term seems to have come from an opposition research package put together by the Judicial Crisis Network, which in turn seems to have borrowed the phrase from a 2007 article in the NRA’s magazine.

We outlined last week why the Second Amendment “hostility” argument is bunk.

Senate Republicans seem to have ceded not only their governing, but the very words that come out of their mouths, to right-wing obstructionist groups.

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