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Trump Adviser: God Is Using Donald Trump To Save America

Last month, Donald Trump campaign adviser and Baptist preacher Ramiro Peña appeared on “The Jim Bakker Show” to discuss his work with the GOP presidential nominee, whom Peña sees as God’s candidate in the race.

Bakker kicked things off by warning that President Obama wants to “federalize the local police,” which Peña said “was too much of a reflection of Nazi Germany and the takeover, federalizing everything, it’s just too spooky and it’s just wrongheaded all the way around.”

The conversation then turned to floating debunked conspiracy theories about George Soros fomenting race riots in order to bring America down, which prompted Peña to declare that Trump could be the leader who saves America from destruction.

Peña likened Trump to Cyrus the Great, the Persian king revered for liberating the Jews, saying that regardless of Trump’s personal faith, “the Lord can choose a person and use a person whether he knows him or not.”

Despite Trump’s record in the gambling business, Peña explained, the GOP nominee is clearly God’s candidate: “If God was to choose Donald Trump to raise up and he’s the one He wants to use, then who am I to say no?”

How 'Angry White Male' Wayne Allyn Root Knows That Trump Has Deep Support Among Black Voters

Wayne Allyn Root, one of Donald Trump's most sycophantic surrogates, appeared on TheDove TV's "Focus Today" program yesterday to promote his new book, "Angry White Male: How the Donald Trump Phenomenon is Changing America—and What We Can All Do to Save the Middle Class."

During the interview, Root dismissed polls showing that only one percent of black voters support Trump, declaring that Trump's black support is secretly much higher because every black person Root meets tells them that they love Trump.

"I do so many interviews and they're always on Donald Trump's behalf," Root said. "I'm like the ultimate Donald Trump defender all over the country nowadays. And every interview I do, when it's live in a TV or radio station, when the interview is over, you know, the whole newsroom hates me; they're all liberal Democrats, they're all staring at me like they're trying to burn a hole in my brain and they hate me and they want me to go away and they'd like to stab me. But then, every single time I run into one of the people in the newsroom who is black, African American, whatever term you'd like to use, and they always come up to me and they whisper in my ear, 'I love it, I'm for Trump.'"

Because of this, Root says, he knows that polls showing almost no black support for Trump are totally untrue and that Trump will actually receive 15 to 20 percent of the black vote in November.

Jim Garlow: We Must Educate Donald Trump On The Threat Of 'The LGBTQ Radical Agenda'

American Family Radio host Sandy Rios aired an interview today that she conducted recently with California-based pastor Jim Garlow about the New York meeting Garlow attended with Donald Trump and hundreds of the country’s most prominent Religious Right leaders.

Garlow said that while Trump addressed the purported attacks on religious freedom in America at the meeting, “I was on a panel right after he left and I said someone will need to help him connect the dots between religious liberty—what’s causing it, overwhelmingly, is the LGBTQ radical agenda that’s pressed upon us.”

“The radical homosexual agenda,” Garlow went on to say, is “at the epicenter of most of the loss of our religious liberty at our present time.”

“The potential for the silencing, punishing, shutting out of Christians in the public square is just imminent,” Rios warned.

Anti-Immigrant Right Reacts To Trump's 'Softening' With Anger & Denial

Donald Trump confused his supporters and detractors alike this week when, after months of promising to build a “deportation force” to go after every undocumented immigrant in the country, his new campaign manager said that Trump’s stance on mass deportations is “to be determined” and the candidate himself said “there certainly could be a softening” of his immigration position. (Trump, however, continued to insist that he is “not flip-flopping” on the issue.)

This left Trump’s supporters in the anti-immigrant movement, many who have hailed his candidacy as something just short of the Second Coming, confused about how to respond. The reactions have ranged from denial that Trump will actually change his position—a fair assumption given Trump’s track record of saying whatever he thinks his current audience wants to hear—to dire warnings that he got behind “amnesty” to resigned acceptance that whatever Trump does, at least he’ll take a harder line on immigration than Hillary Clinton.

Some activists, like Trump himself, are claiming that he has not changed his position at all. Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson made this argument on CNN today, explaining that the candidate “hasn’t changed his position. He has changed the words he is saying.”

Dan Stein, the head of the anti-immigrant Federation for American Immigration Reform, took a similar tack, telling Newsmax that while Trump probably wouldn’t lose much support from his base if he weakened his hardline immigration stance, given the alternative candidates, he was “very confidant that [Trump’s] positions, in the end, are going to remain substantially intact.”

The Center for Immigration Studies’ Mark Krikorian, meanwhile, claimed that Trump never actually meant what he originally said about creating a deportation force, claiming that the “deportation force” he promised was just “symbolic talk” for stricter immigration enforcement.

"The idea we were ever going to deport all 12 million in two years with deportation squads—or whatever [Trump] popped off about—was never a policy,” Krikorian told The Washington Times. “It was an Uncle George spouting off about the latest thing. I think a lot of people took that as symbolic talk, a way of showing he's serious on immigration and, ‘I'm not Jeb Bush.’’

Anti-immigrant flamethrower Ann Coulter similarly tried to downplay Trump’s attempted repositioning on the issue, telling the Washington Examiner in an interview that took place after Trump’s campaign manager’s comments but before the candidate’s own, that the campaign’s change in rhetoric isn’t “a change in policy.” But she also, stunningly, conceded that it may be “in our interest to let some [undocumented immigrants] stay.”

"It mostly worries me rhetorically ... I mean, what to do with the illegals already here was never really a big part of it," she said. "We're getting a wall. We're definitely getting a wall. That's the one thing we know about a Trump presidency."

She said Trump still offers more than any of the other Republicans had.

"I don't think it is a change in policy," she said of Trump. "The policy is anyone who's here illegally is here illegally, does not have the right to be here. We'll decide whether it's in our interest to let them stay or not. Perhaps it is in our interest to let some of them stay."

Coulter hit a similar note in an interview with The Hill after Trump made his “softening” comment and vaguely outlined a policy in which some undocumented immigrants would have a way forward to legal status. “It's just rhetoric but it's still annoying,” she said. "I think he panicked and he had to say [it] ... I don't think he is softening. I mean the big thing is the wall.”

Coulter, however, who just happened to be launching her new book “In Trump We Trust” last night with a party hosted by Breitbart News, quickly changed her tune, taking to Twitter to accuse Trump of promoting “amnesty”:

William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC similarly cautioned Trump against supporting “amnesty,” saying, “If Donald Trump significantly diverges from his promise to deport all illegals, he will end his own campaign or his own presidency. His campaign or his presidency will be wounded to the point of self-destruction.”

Krikorian had a similar warning in The National Review today, saying that if Trump loses to Hillary Clinton now, it will be because of his “softening” immigration views.

Krikorian, however, told The Washington Times yesterday that he trusted Trump’s advisers (who include Krikorian) to steer the candidate back to a hardline position. “I don’t trust Trump, but I trust the people working for him. And I trust Hillary to do the wrong thing without exception,” he said. “He could sell us out on everything and he’d still be better than Hillary.”

UPDATE: Coulter, who recently said that her “worship” for Trump is “like the people of North Korea worship their Dear Leader,” told WorldNetDaily on August 25 that unlike “crazed, cult-like Hillary supporters,” she’s happy to provide “helpful criticism to Trump.”

“THAT DOESN’T MEAN I’M ABANDONING HIM,” she told the far-right outlet in all-caps.

“Trump needs to stick like glue to whomever writes his speeches and fire whomever told him Americans are up at night worried about the comfort and well-being of people who broke into our country illegally,” she added.

Tamara Scott: U.S. Enemies Becoming 'More Aggressive' Because They're Scared Of President Trump

Tamara Scott, the Republican National Committeewoman from Iowa who is also a prominent Religious Right activist in the state, hosted ACT for America president Brigitte Gabriel on her “Truth for Our Time” radio program last week to discuss efforts to resettle refugees from the Syrian civil war in the U.S.

After interviewing Gabriel, Scott falsely claimed that President Obama plans “to bring another 100,000 to 200,000 refugees into this country by November, by the voting date.” (The real number is 85,000 refugees from around the world, 10,000 of them from Syria.)

“Am I suggesting that they’ll be voting?” she said. “I’m not saying that, but he’s pushing it by October.”

Scott then claimed that America’s antagonists around the globe have been more “aggressive” toward us because they know Donald Trump might become president and change things “so that we can defeat our enemies.”

“And I would say, whether the election or not, students will misbehave when the substitute is there before the regular teacher comes back,” she said. “And I think that’s why you’re seeing some aggravated or more aggressive behavior around the globe towards us, because they know there’s a chance come November 8 that things are going to change in America. We will have a commander in chief by the name of Donald Trump who will defend our nation, who will rebuild our military, who will empower our soldiers, he said he’d change the rules of engagement so they don’t have to be a victim of a shot or a wound before they can defend themselves. He will change it so that we can defeat our enemies. How terrific would that be?”

“So I think that’s why you’re seeing some of this,” she concluded, “and I think that’s also why Obama may be trying to get some of this through before we even have our election.”

Anti-Semitic Preacher Hopes Trump Will Be God's Instrument To Finally Destroy The Jews

Among the anti-Semites and white supremacists rallying behind Donald Trump is Christian writer and conspiracy theorist Texe Marrs, who declared on a radio program recently that Trump just might be God's instrument for finally destroying Israel and the Jews.

While speaking with Jeff Rense, a fellow right-wing extremist, Marrs made the case that Trump has a lot in common with Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, which he meant as a compliment.

After Rense complained that Hitler was one of the most unfairly maligned and misunderstood leaders in all of human history, Marrs declared that Stalin was plotting to arrest and imprison every Jew in the Soviet Union, but was murdered before he could carry it out.

But, Marrs said hopefully, Trump might be able to pick up where Hitler and Stalin left off.

"Israel is going to be destroyed and it is going to happen so fast we'll all be shocked about it," Marrs said. "It's going to happen and I've been wondering if maybe, let me just say something here, could Trump be the instrument of God in this? He doesn't have to be a Hitler, he doesn't have to be a Stalin, he can simply be a good guy."

"He's going to have to move very fast against these people," Marrs warned, because the Jews will work to take him down, just as they supposedly did to President Nixon.

But Trump "may be so smart though, and intelligent that he outwits them," Marrs stated. "He's their friend, he's their pal, he's their buddy and then it's suddenly, wow. He takes the woman, the whore, so to speak, Mystery Babylon the Great and suddenly he destroys her, in one single hour she will be destroyed."

After engaging in a bit of Holocaust denial, Marrs declared that a Trump presidency "may turn out quite surprising."

"I pray that they will get what is coming to them," Marrs said of the Jews. "These people who have done such horrible things over the years and who, right now, are plotting such horrible deeds against gentiles and others, I hope they get what they deserve. I hope they do and I hope maybe Trump could be the instrument of it."

Alt-Right Founder Demands Clinton Apologize To 'European-Americans Everywhere'

Richard Spencer, the white nationalist activist who coined the term “alt-right” to describe the emerging racist movement of which he is a leader, lashed out at Hillary Clinton today for her plans to criticize Donald Trump for his ties to the alt-right movement.

In a press release from his National Policy Insititute, Spencer demands that Clinton “issue an apology to European-Americans everywhere” for supporting “an anti-White agenda.”

Spender also denies that Trump or his new campaign chairman, Steven Bannon, are tied to the alt-right, writing that while he has “has written favorably about both Trump and [Bannon’s news agency] Breitbart, he has consistently emphasized they are not exactly the Alt Right.”

Bannon, for his part, feels differently: He said as recently as July that Breitbart under his leadership was “the platform for the alt-right.”

From Spencer’s press release:

Over the past few months, Hillary Clinton has engaged, rhetorically and directly, with an array of groups that support an anti-White agenda. Whether that’s endorsing the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which is directly responsible for a rise in violence throughout America, or her surrogates chastising European-Americans for their background and heritage.

Hillary and her allies in “conservative” media will stop at nothing to portray peaceful European-American advocacy as a dark specter haunting America. In reality, she and her allies, especially so-called “conservatives,” are only giving comfort to the most radical and violent elements in our society.

We disavow any attempts by Clinton or any of her surrogates on the left, right, or center to tag the National Policy Institute or the work we do as violent extremism. We call on her and her allies to issue an apology to European-Americans everywhere and confront her own troubling links to extremism and the civil unrest she has stoked for months.

While Trump Champions The Alt-Right In America, Putin Spreads Its Ideology Through Europe

For years, the GOP has been moving away from its identity as a traditional center-right party and morphing into something that more resembles the populist fringe parties of Europe.

Donald Trump’s candidacy has all but completed this transformation. If anyone still had doubts, Trump’s hiring of Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon was the clearest sign yet that the Republican Party has become a vehicle for what in the U.S. is known as the ‘alt-right’ movement.

The alt-right thinks the mainstream conservative movement has been compromised by feminism, racial tolerance and “globalism,” and that only a reactionary, populist movement that speaks to the plight of white men can save America from political correctness and multiculturalism. The alt-right is drenched in racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and misogyny. But that didn’t stop Bannon from calling his outlet “the platform for the alt-right.”

While avowed white nationalists have always had a place in the conservative movement—most recently, Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa proudly detailed his white supremacist views to a cable TV audience—Trump has thrown such forces into the mainstream.

Trump’s view of America as a weak, crime-ridden and chaotic place would resonate with any regular reader of Breitbart’s news coverage.

Breitbart News depicts an America where white people are under attack from the Obama administration, anti-Christian feminists and LGBT rights activists, African Americans who seek to discriminate against white people, Latino immigrants obsessed with rape and violence, and Muslim refugees who support terrorism.

The U.S. isn’t the only country experiencing a surge in the alt-right’s ideology. Anti-immigrant ethnic nationalists are on the rise in Europe, and European far-right leaders from France’s Jean-Marie Le Pen to the Dutch politician Geert Wilders have jumped aboard the Trump Train.

This is all good news to one of the European far-right’s most enthusiastic backers: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia under Putin’s leadership has been promoting ultraconservative political groups in Europe with the goal of weakening the EU and the liberalism, democracy and cultural pluralism that comes with it. The National Front, a French political party rooted in Holocaust denialism and anti-immigrant sentiment, is open about its financial links to Russian banks, and neo-fascist parties including Jobbik of Hungary, Vlaams Belang of Belgium and the Northern League of Italy likewise have Russian ties.

“As European far-right leaders openly voice their support for Moscow, it would be wise to remember that Putin’s Russia is not just another ‘meddling power’ lobbying for its interests,” writes Alina Polyakova. “It is a government hostile to the West and the value system—democracy, freedom of expression, political accountability—that it represents.”

The Syrian refugee crisis has presented a great opportunity for these far-right movements in Europe to spread their messages of xenophobia. Russia, whose bombing campaigns in Syria have ravaged the civilian population, has been happy to help promote the anti-refugee message. Russian state-sponsored media outlets have enthusiastically fanned the flames of anti-refugee suspicion, bolstering the far-right’s criticism of how the EU and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have approached refugee resettlement.

The Russian government has also sponsored a global right-wing effort to portray the U.S. and Europe as victims of cultural rot due to homosexuality, abortion rights and secular government, and Russia as the protector and preserver of traditional Christian values. In 2014, major conservative groups from the U.S. and Europe convened at the Kremlin to praise the government’s crackdown on LGBT rights advocates while lamenting the social liberalism in their home countries.

Trump, who aspires to be the Russian president’s “new best friend,” has praised Putin as “a leader, unlike what we have in this country,” and has seemed to side with Putin’s position on the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria and shared in fueling doubts about the future of the EU and NATO. Trump’s campaign is stacked with officials with Russian ties and, at least according to his eldest son, his businesses have seen “a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” Merkel, on the other hand, has been a frequent target of Trump’s attacks, and the GOP nominee has dubbed Clinton “America’s Angela Merkel.” (Just to show how far to the right the GOP has drifted, Merkel is the leader of Germany’s main center-right party).

Beyond his expressed support for Russian policies, Trump seeks to govern in the same illiberal, authoritarian manner that Putin has demonstrated, itching to dilute the freedom of the press and laws barring war crimes and human rights abuses and deport undocumented immigrants and refugees legally settled in the country. Like the Religious Right activists who have rallied behind Putin, Trump believes that Christians have been sidelined and marginalized in America, promising to return them to their rightful positions of power.

Such contempt for civil rights, diversity and democracy pervades the alt-right, which calls for a more “masculine,” racially chauvinist response to a society it sees as weak and rootless. One alt-right meme shows “President Trump” congratulating Putin, both decked out in military garb, “on retaking Constantinople.”

While Trump and the alt-right emerged without the help of the Russian government, Putin’s display of authoritarianism and aid to far-right movements have helped bring their ultraconservative designs into the political mainstream.

(This post also appears on the Huffington Post).

Ben Carson: Choosing Between Trump And Clinton Like Picking A Paper Cut Or 'Having Both Legs Chopped Off'

Earlier this week, Kirk Cameron joined Ben Carson in his living room for a live "teleforum" for My Faith Votes, a Religious Right effort overseen by Carson that seeks to mobilize millions of Christians to vote in 2016. As with several of the previous events, much of the focus was on attempting to convince reluctant conservative Christian voters to support Donald Trump in order to defeat Hillary Clinton, with Carson likening the decision to having to choose between getting a paper cut or "having both of your legs chopped off."

"When you don't vote, you are voting," Carson said. "I know there are some people who say, 'Well, you know, I'm a person of principle so I therefore cannot choose between the lesser of two evils.' Well, I would say, 'Would you like to have a paper cut?' And you would say, 'No, paper cuts hurt, that's pretty bad.' I would say, 'How about getting both of your legs chopped off?' Well, no, that hurts, that's bad too. What if you had to choose between the two? I don't think that would be a hard choice."

Christians must vote for Trump, Carson said, because this election is "about the direction of our nation, and it's not going to be for four or eight years, it's going to be for generations because of the way the court system will be changed."

Krikorian: Trump Will Lose If He Retreats On Immigration

For years, the Nativist Right has been urging the GOP to ratchet up its hardline stance on immigration, arguing that tough anti-immigrant rhetoric and proposals will energize white voters and lead to Republican victories at the ballot box.

Nativists pointed to Donald Trump’s victory in the GOP primaries as proof that such a political strategy is viable.

That theory was always flawed: after all, Republican primaries tend to be a largely white affair. Now that the entire general electorate is at stake, polls have shown Trump trailing Hillary Clinton in nearly every swing state. Perhaps realizing this, the GOP presidential nominee has yet again attempted to reposition himself on the issue of immigration, all while denying that he is changing his position at all.

After campaigning for more than a year on a deport-them-all platform, Trump said on Tuesday that he was open to “softening” his stance by only seeking to deport the “bad ones” while providing a road to legal status for most undocumented immigrants—something much closer to President Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s stances on the issue.

Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies is one of the many conservative commentators who have been disappointed by Trump’s confusing, hazy attempt to reposition himself on immigration.

If Clinton defeats Trump, Krikorian says in a National Review column today, it will be because the Republican nominee retreated from his prior immigration views—despite the fact that Trump would lose badly if the election was held today:

I’ve been joking to reporters over the past couple of days that Trump’s supporters wouldn’t be likely to abandon him unless he embraced Chuck Schumer’s immigration policy.

Guess what!

Ann Coulter makes the same point in her new book, entitled (with unintended irony) In Trump We Trust: “[T]here’s nothing Trump can do that won’t be forgiven. Except change his immigration policies.”



But Trump probably just threw away his only remaining chance to win in November with Wednesday’s Jeb Bush impersonation. He won the primaries with immigration control as his marquee issue; had he stuck to his guns, and still lost, the GOP Brain Trust, not to mention the Democrats, would more plausibly have been able to argue that opposition to their agenda was the reason. It still would have been a silly claim, since had he not grabbed hold of the immigration issue, the very idea of President Trump would have remained a Simpsons joke – if he’d remained consistent and still lost, it would have been despite his immigration position, not because of it.

But now that he’s channeling Little Marco and Low-Energy Jeb on immigration, that story line has evaporated. Many of the voters who stuck with him through his various antics will start drifting away, so that in any state where the results are close in November could plausibly have been won if Trump hadn’t pulled a Schumer.

It’s liberating, in a sense. While Trump was still clearly seen as the voice of immigration skepticism, I was worried that his oafish shenanigans would taint the immigration issue, especially if he was defeated by Hillary. But now that he’s no longer that voice in any meaningful sense, I can watch the circus undisturbed. His defeat will be on his head alone.

Pamela Geller: If Trump Isn't Elected, 'It's Like Czechoslovakia And Hitler'

Anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller spoke today with One America News Network’s Graham Ledger about efforts to resettle refugees from the Syrian civil war, which she naturally opposes. She declared that the stakes of the presidential election are so high that if Donald Trump doesn’t win, “it’s like Czechoslovakia and Hitler.”

When Ledger asked Geller what viewers could do to help stop the refugee resettlement, Geller responded, “Well, if Donald Trump is not elected, then we’re in for some very, very dark times. I mean, it’s like Czechoslovakia and Hitler, frankly, it’s over.”

Hillary Clinton, she said, is a “puppet” of George Soros and supports “the blasphemy laws under the Sharia.”

“It has to be Trump,” she said, “this is a no-brainer, and if the media wasn’t so complicit and corrupt, it would be a cakewalk for us. But Trump is the answer.”

Ledger added: “George Soros, just to kind of tie a bow on this, they’re in favor of open borders. And in order to have open borders across the world, you have to destroy democracy, and in order to destroy democracy you have to destroy the beacon of freedom and liberty in the world, and that’s us, the United States of America.”

Trump Supporter Tells Glenn Beck That If Trump Doesn't Build A Wall, 'We're Going To Come After Him Personally'

On his radio show today, Glenn Beck asked Donald Trump supporters to call in and explain how they feel about reports that Trump is "softening" his hardline stance on illegal immigration, especially since many Trump supporters praise him for supposedly saying what he means and never backing down from his controversial positions.

Beck's first call came from "Nate in Virginia," who said that Trump is the only candidate in the last 20 years who has excited him enough to actually go out and vote because "he speaks a common tongue language" that can only be properly understood by those who can decipher the code.

That code, according to the caller, is that 80 percent of the stuff that Trump says is pure lunacy, but the core 20 percent of his message is that "he is going to fix the problem" and that is the only part that matters. 

As such, Nate said he was not worried about Trump's apparent flip-flop on immigration because that is just what he has to say in order to get elected. Provided that Trump actually follows through on his pledge to build a wall along the Southern border, he said, then "he's not going to have people like me coming after him."

But if Trump doesn't build the wall, Nate said, "he's in so much trouble, you don’t even understand the backlash of us, the ones who are so frustrated and angry and tired of all the political stuff. We're going to come after him personally. You know what I mean? We're going to get him."

Beck said that he didn't know quite what Nate meant and asked if he was talking about simply impeaching President Trump or perhaps something more violent.

"[Trump] has condoned violence in that past, hasn't he?" Nate said. "He's appealing to people who are very frustrated and angry. Their frustration and anger can only be subsided if he makes his promises true. And he has a lot on his shoulders; maybe he himself doesn't even know how much. But if he doesn't come true for us, he's going to have bigger problems, bigger problems than what you know."

"Okay," Beck said, ending the call. "Thank you for one of the spookiest phone calls I think I've ever received."

True The Vote Warns Of 'Flood Of Illegal Voters' In 2016 Election

Shortly after Donald Trump declared that if he loses the presidential election, it will probably have been “rigged,” his campaign announced that it would be recruiting poll watchers to “stop crooked Hillary from rigging this election.”

True the Vote, a group that has led the way in promoting the myth that massive voter fraud by undocumented immigrants is shifting election results, is heeding the call.

In an email to supporters yesterday, True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht, a former Texas Tea Party activist, asked for donations to train poll workers and relaunch the organization’s poll-watching app. The email linked to a video appeal in which Engelbrecht warns that a “flood of illegal voters” could “turn over the Senate, the House and thousands of down-ballot elections, with the Supreme Court as the ultimate prize.”

She warns that people registering to vote when they get coverage through the Affordable Care Act and the movement to provide drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants are part of the “assault on freedom” that will result in undocumented immigrants stealing elections.

In-person voter fraud, which is what voter ID laws are supposedly meant to combat, is exceedingly rare, as are cases of noncitizen immigrants casting ballots. Even those rare cases often involve legal immigrants who are confused about the rules, rather than undocumented immigrants, who could risk even harsher penalties.

The chaos that has marked this election cycle will soon culminate in a perfect storm, a storm that will mask an underlying flood of illegal voters. Obamacare has registered millions since 2014. A year ago, illegals were given drivers’ licenses in states ranging from California to Maryland. A few months ago, leftists sued in federal court asking the judge to prevent states from stopping illegal aliens who are trying to vote. And the assault on freedom has continued into this summer, when Soros-funded leftists attacked voter ID laws in courts nationwide.

Now, while the American people are screaming to stop the madness, the Republican Party has chosen to cower and zero resources have been committed to election integrity. True the Vote is preparing to stand in that gap, stand against the storm that threatens to turn over the Senate, the House and thousands of down-ballot elections, with the Supreme Court as the ultimate prize. We plan to deploy thousands of people trained to keep watch for fraud, illegal voters and hackers bent on stealing the election, but we must raise $250,000 during August to ensure implementation.

As elections expert Rick Hasen has explained, while it’s common for campaigns to deploy observers to polling places, Trump’s “incendiary” rhetoric “seems to be an invitation to go and make trouble.”

True the Vote has a history of skirting this line. The group, which like Trump has suggested that Clinton could steal the upcoming election, sends volunteers to polling places, often in minority neighborhoods, leading to some charges of intimidating voters. When True the Vote launched its poll-watching app in 2014, it uncovered little evidence of even potential fraud but did unveil one case of an “African American woman” poll worker standing in a polling place in what one user thought was an intimidating manner.

In her email to supporters yesterday, Engelbrecht claimed that the Republican National Committee is powerless to “coordinate a ballot security program because of a consent decree they signed with the federal court.” She was referring to an agreement that the RNC signed after it was caught running a “voter caging” operation in minority neighborhoods in New Jersey in the 1980s. The agreement prevents the RNC from conducting such operations targeted at minority neighborhoods, but does allow the party to conduct “normal poll watching” activities.

Trump Adviser: 'The Lord Is Raising Up' Trump To 'Make America A Leader Again'

Last week, televangelist Jim Bakker invited pastor Ramiro Peña of Christ the King Baptist Church of Waco, Texas, onto his program to discuss the upcoming presidential election.

Peña has been a vocal supporter of Donald Trump: He is a member of the National Hispanic Advisory Council for Trump and prayed at an event for Hispanic conservatives at the Republican National Convention and at a meeting between Trump and Hispanic leaders.

After Bakker claimed that Trump will rebuild America’s infrastructure, noting that “Jesus was a builder,” Peña declared that God “is raising up spiritual leaders across the land.”

“I believe the Lord is raising up one such as Mr. Trump to lead,” he said, “to give leadership to the nation and make America a leader again.”

Bakker, for his part, has repeatedly praised Trump and has promoted a prophetic message that God will put Trump in the White House.

Trump: US Built On Judeo-Christian Values, Things 'So Different From What Our Country Used To Be'

After a recent event in Orlando in which he tried to wooChristian nationalists and anti-gay activists, Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Steve Strang, the founder of the conservative Christian magazine Charisma, which Strang released as a podcast yesterday.

Strang, who has provided Seven Mountains dominionist Lance Wallnau with a platform to repeatedly claim that Trump has been anointed by God for the presidency, ended his podcast by urging Christians to vote for Trump and similarly claiming that the candidate has been “raised up” by God. He said that Trump would be on the cover of October’s issue of Charisma, which will include a transcript of the interview.

In the interview with Strang, Trump repeated many of the talking points he has used to win over conservative evangelicals, including boasting of his vow to repeal IRS rules that prevent churches from retaining their tax-exempt status if they openly endorse or oppose candidates, talking about how he told his children to stay away from drugs and alcohol, and claiming that he would be better for Israel than President Obama.

Trump further attempted to polish his evangelical bona fides when he agreed with Strang that the U.S. was built on “Judeo-Christian values,” a loaded term coming directly after a meeting organized by an activist who argues that the U.S. was founded explicitly to advance the Christian faith.

“Before you spoke [at the Orlando meeting], they had a speaker talking about Judeo-Christian values in the founding of the nation and so forth,” Strang said. “In our secular society, a lot of people discount that. Do you believe that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles?”

“Yeah, I think it was,” Trump responded. “I think, to a large extent, when I look at football coaches being fired because they held a prayer on the field, like yesterday, I think it’s absolutely terrible, I think it’s a terrible thing. I see so many things happening that are so different from what our country used to be. So religion’s a very important part of me and it’s also, I think it’s a very important part of our country.”

When Strang asked Trump to give conservative pastors advice on how to advocate for his candidacy, Trump gave a typically vague response.

“Well, I’m going to get the job done,” he said, “I’m going to do a great job for religion and for the evangelicals. I’m going to do a great job. And that’s why we got a standing ovation from pastors, who don’t give much standing ovations because they’ve heard a lot of people speak, so that was a great honor. But I will do a great job, I’ll get the job done and I’ll get it done properly and that will be a great thing for the evangelicals.”

Earlier in the interview, Strang asked Trump whom he would “reach out to for spiritual guidance” as president.

Trump replied that he has “so many friends” within the evangelical community, and named a few of the small cohort of evangelical leaders who have been supporting his candidacy since the GOP primary, including Robert Jeffress and Paula White, a prosperity gospel televangelist who Trump said was at the Orlando event. He also mentioned evangelist Franklin Graham, who has not made a presidential endorsement.

He noted that “I really like to stay with people who have been so loyal.”

Larry Pratt: Every Clinton Nominee Will Be 'A Hardcore, Committed Hater Of The Constitution'

Larry Pratt, the executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, was a big Ted Cruz backer in the Republican primary but said this week that he is now supporting Donald Trump because Hillary Clinton “hates the country” and “wants to destroy it” and will make sure that every judicial nominee and member of her administration is “a hardcore, committed hater of the Constitution.”

Pratt told St. Louis radio host Marc Cox yesterday that Clinton sees Australia’s strict gun laws as “her model” (Clinton once said that one aspect of Australia’s gun regulations “would be worth considering”), to which Cox replied that Second Amendment views would be Clinton’s “litmus test” for Supreme Court nominees.

Pratt lamented that Republicans have sometimes made judicial nominations and other appointments based on personal ties rather than ideology. “They don’t make that mistake on the left,” he said. “If you’re not a hardcore, committed hater of the Constitution, basically seeking to quote ‘fundamentally transform America,’ you’re not going to have any place at their table.”

He added that despite his “reservations” about Trump, the alternative is somebody who “hates the country, wants to destroy it.”

Rep. Ted Poe: Clinton Wants African Americans On 'Government Dependence' So 'She'll Get Their Vote'

Donald Trump has started what he seems to think is outreach to African American voters by delivering a speech to “inner city” voters in a mostly white suburb of Milwaukee and repeatedly asking African American voters what they “have to lose” since they have “no health care, no education, no anything.”

One person applauding Trump’s efforts is Republican Rep. Ted Poe of Texas, who told San Antonio radio host Joe Pags on Saturday that Trump will make voters of color start “actually evaluating the difference” between the two parties, while Hillary Clinton just wants “to keep people more on government dependence because then she assumes she’ll get their vote.”

When Pags asked if Trump’s is the “right tactic” for reaching out to African American voters, Poe replied that it is.

“I believe that it is,” he said. “And he is exactly correct about that because of the facts that have come out, especially the last eight years, the number of people in the United States that are more and more dependent on the federal government. So I think that it will work, I really do believe that it will work and Democrats cannot just assume that minorities will vote for the Democrat Party this year because they’re actually evaluating the difference between the two. And Hillary Clinton does want to keep people more on government dependence because then she assumes she’ll get their vote.”

“And she can control them,” Pags added, claiming that Clinton is thinking “if I can keep you dependent on me, then I’m going to say, ‘Hey, remember, I gave you the food and I gave you that Section 8 and I gave you that free bike and that free phone, don’t forget us when you get to the polling place.’”

Frank Pavone: Legal Abortion 'Like Several Atomic Bombs Have Already Gone Off On Our Own Soil'

In an interview on a Catholic radio program earlier this month, Fr. Frank Pavone, the head of Priests for Life, made the case for Donald Trump to a skeptical listener by explaining that while Trump may have the potential to kill people as president—whether it be by deliberately murdering the family members of suspected terrorists or launching a nuclear war—such a fear should be outweighed by Hillary Clinton’s support for the “raging holocaust” of abortion.

A caller to the “The Drew Mariani Show” told Pavone that he wouldn’t vote for either Clinton or Trump in the presidential election, pointing to Clinton’s support for abortion rights and Trump’s “statements about going after families of suspected terrorists or known terrorists,” explaining that while he thought “protecting infants in the womb is probably the most important thing,” there are “other lives at stake, there’s other issues that do have to deal with life.”

Pavone said that he agreed that it was an important question, and that he’d approach it by first establishing that all “lives are of equal value,” then figuring out if he was fairly interpreting a statement from a candidate or if it had been skewed by the media, and then asking if the president actually has “the power to unilaterally do that or are there people around him that are going to rein him in or put boundaries on what he can do.” (Pavone made a similar argument while defending Trump at the National Right To Life Convention last month, saying we’re not “voting for a dictator.”)

Finally, Pavone said, you must compare the cost to human life that both candidates might cause. In this case, he said (without naming candidates), while Trump has indicated that he might kill innocent family members of suspected terrorists or might be quick to drop an atomic bomb, Clinton would definitely continue the “raging holocaust” of legal abortion, which is “like several atomic bombs have already gone off on our own soil”:

And then, of course, the final element of the analysis as far as I’m concerned is, are we talking about a potential destruction of the innocent or an actual destruction of the innocent and in what numbers? Right now, we have a raging holocaust going on, and it’s not ‘maybe’ and it’s not ‘potential’ and it’s not ‘maybe we’re going to kill these families’ or ‘maybe we’re going to drop an atomic bomb.’ It’s like several atomic bombs have already gone off on our own soil when it comes to just the sheer numbers. And so, with abortion we’re talking about an actual, daily killing of the innocent as opposed to something that maybe, if we’re analyzing properly what he said, could be a potential killing of the innocent.

Michele Bachmann: Donald Trump's New End Times Foreign Policy Adviser

Michele Bachmann, who earlier this summer joined Donald Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, said in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio last week that she is now advising Trump on foreign affairs:

Before the event, former Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said she has been advising Trump on foreign policy and issues of concern to Christian conservatives. She said Trump is right to call for more restrictive immigration policies.

“He also recognizes there is a threat around the world, not just here in Minnesota, of radical Islam,” she said. “I wish our President Obama also understood the threat of radical Islam and took it seriously.”

As we’ve noted, Bachmann believes the September 11 attacks represented God’s judgment on America; President Obama and gay rights advocates are bringing about the End Times; homosexuality is “personal enslavement” and “part of Satan”; gay people want to change laws “so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually”; and Obamacare death panels will literally kill people any day now.

Her foreign policy ideas are driven by her belief that the Last Days have arrived.

While Trump frequently rails against “globalism,” the former Minnesota congresswoman goes one step further in warning that a one-world government is emerging that will usher in the reign of the Antichrist , wondering if Obama fits the description.

Obama, she says, has brought upon the End Times by supposedly promoting policies that are “pro-the goals of Islamic jihad,” aiding ISIS, “sending arms to terrorists” and lifting “up the agenda of radical Islam.”

While Trump isn’t exactly one to talk about eschatology, it is no wonder that the candidate who thinks Obama founded ISIS and secretly supports terrorism is turning to Bachmann for foreign policy advice.

Christian Nationalist David Lane Plans Massive Pro-Trump Turnout Drive

Here’s why Donald Trump is going out of his way to build bridges to Religious Right leaders: voter turnout. While Trump has done little to build a field operation to help get out the vote, he has courted conservative activists who, like Ted Cruz, believe that there are millions of conservative evangelicals who have not voted in the past, and that the candidate who can energize them will become president. Many strategists consider this to be a dubious claim, but Trump clearly feels a need to maximize turnout from this crucial part of the GOP base.

David Lane, the Christian-nationalist political operative who sponsored the event Trump and Marco Rubio attended recently in Florida, has reportedly raised nearly $10 million to conduct a church-based voter registration and GOTV drive in six target states. Lane’s organization, the American Renewal Project, will target Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and Iowa. Lane has always been secretive about his donors, but as we have reported, the foundations of Texas fracking billionaires Dan and Ferris Wilks have been major donors to his operations. 

Strategists, including GOP operatives Wayne Hamilton and Dave Carney, will meet in Dallas this week to map out the strategy. Like most news about Lane’s operations, the story was first reported by Lane’s mouthpiece, David Brody at the Christian Broadcasting Network. Brody reports that in the weeks ahead, Trump and Mike Pence will be invited to speak to at least half a dozen similar "Pastors and Pews" events, which are designed to energize politically active conservative evangelical pastors.

We have reported extensively on Lane’s political operations, his ties to the Republican Party and his extreme worldview, including his intensely anti-gay positions and his belief that politics is a form of spiritual warfare designed to bring the United States back to what he thinks is its mission and covenant with God to advance the Christian faith. He’s not shy about expressing that view, as Brody reports:

The central theme behind this effort is a need for spiritual revival in America. Lane recognizes that a president, whether they are republican or democrat isn’t going to save America. This is spiritual warfare playing out in an arena where somebody’s values are going to rule the day. Lane says it’s time for pastors to step up and lead from the pulpit. “Christians founded America, not secularists, agnostics, atheists or multicultural proponents like the current president,” Lane tells The Brody File. “Evangelical and Pro-Life Catholic Christians have to engage in 2016 if America is to be saved.”

Lane, of course, is not running the only pro-Trump Religious Right GOTV effort. In a Monday morning email, Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition said it has started its 2016 ground campaign and is recruiting volunteers to knock on doors, distribute voter guides and make GOTV phone calls to generate “the largest conservative vote in American history.” The email starts with a recent quote from Jerry Falwell Jr. saying Donald Trump is a leader like Winston Churchill who can save America.

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