Immigration

Trump Offers No Apologies For Rhetoric, But Some Conservative Latinos Warming To Him

As we reported last week, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) president Samuel Rodriguez gave Donald Trump a chance to “redeem the narrative” with Latino voters by showing a videotaped message from the candidate to attendees at an NHCLC gathering last Friday; a video from Hillary Clinton was also played. Rodriguez has criticized Trump’s harsh anti-immigration rhetoric and mass deportation plan, but has also given him political cover, telling the Christian Broadcasting Network last month that Trump is not a racist and blaming such a characterization on “liberal media.”

Rodriguez has said he hopes Trump will apologize for his “hurtful, erroneous, and dangerous statements” about Latino immigrants. And he said earlier last week that he would only show Trump’s video if he deemed it sufficiently conciliatory and respectful.

Conciliatory and respectful are clearly in the eyes of the beholder. Trump’s two-and-a-half minute video, apparently shot on a cell phone while he sat in his private jet reading from a piece of paper, included no apologies for any of the harsh rhetoric that Rodriguez has complained about.

Instead, Trump made the kind of broad promises that have characterized his campaign — creating good schools, safe communities and providing “massive tax cuts” for the middle class — without many details about how he would do so, other than controlling immigration and making “great trade deals.” Hillary Clinton’s video did address Trump’s rhetoric without mentioning him by name, saying, “That is not who we are as a people.”

Trump told Hispanics that poor people would pay nothing under his tax plan: “You’re going to start paying taxes after you’re making a lot of money, and hopefully that is going to be soon.” Other tidbits from his video:

  • “The world is taking our jobs and we’ve got to stop it. We’re going to take care of minority unemployment. It’s a huge problem, it’s really unfair to minorities, and we are going to solve that problem.”
  • “National. Hispanic. Christian. Three great words. We’re gonna to take care of you, we’re gonna work with you, you’re gonna be very happy, you’re gonna like president Trump.”
  • “I’m going to win and we’re going to take care of everybody. Our country is going to be unified for the first time in a long time”

Before the NHCLC conference last week, Trump met privately with some evangelical leaders, in a meeting arranged by Frank Amedia, Trump’s “liaison for Christian policy.” Representing NHCLC at the meeting was Mario Bramnick, who praised Trump’s “genuineness.”

“Donald Trump showed a tremendous understanding and concern for the undocumented immigrants,” he said. “We all came out really sensing his genuineness.”

He added: “We didn’t get into specifics other than that he wants to work with us, work with the Hispanic community, Hispanic leadership on substantive policy regarding immigration.”

Bramnick also said Trump embraced the Religious Right’s “Christian persecution” narrative, telling Charisma:

"He told us in the meeting that he's very, very concerned that Christians are losing their rights in America, that we no longer can even speak or express what we believe," Bramnick said. "And he did say that if he becomes president, he's going to change things to make sure that we as Christians have our religious liberties restored. He said he's concerned about Christians, he's concerned about Jews, and he wants to help."

In March, Bramnick spoke at Liberty Counsel’s “Awakening” conference, quoting Cindy Jacobs’ prophecy that Florida had determined that George W. Bush would be president and that God would use Florida to shift the nation again. “God by his Holy Spirit can appoint the president that God has ordained,” said Bramnick.

At the Awakening conference, Bramnick prayed:

Father, awaken the sleeping the church. Unite us. We come against the diabolic spirit of division in the body of Christ, that spirit that would put us to sleep, spirits of anti-Christ and witchcraft, and we declare out of Orlando, the church of Jesus Christ is arising, not by power, not by might, but by your spirit. And father we declare out of Orlando, shift for Florida, shift for the United States, and the man you have selected to be our next president, shall be elected president of the United States, and shall usher in the Third Great Awakening…

It’s not just the NHCLC giving Trump another look. Some other Latino conservatives are showing some willingness to rally around him. The Hill’s Ben Kamisar noted over the weekend that last October, Alfonso Aguilar, a former Bush White House official who now heads the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, said Trump was “done” in the eyes of the Latino community. Aguilar declared, “If Donald Trump is the GOP candidate, we won’t work to support him and we are sure he will lose the general election because there’s no way a GOP candidate can win the White House if they don’t get more support from Latino voters.” But now that Trump is the nominee, Aguilar is singing a different tune, saying that if Trump were to “seek my support and show he’s willing to change his tone and be open to some form of legalization, I would be willing to reconsider my position.”

BuzzFeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo recently noted that there are a lot of major conferences coming up. The National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) have both sent formal invitations but “have had difficulties getting responses from the Trump campaign.” The National Council of La Raza has not yet decided whether to invite Trump to its July conference.

 

 

Dan Stein: Immigration Advocates Want To 'Radically Alter' The ‘Ethnic Base' Of America

Dennis Michael Lynch devoted his entire Newsmax TV program on Friday night to discussing “Islam in America” with an entirely Muslim-free panel that included the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s Dan Stein and Act! for America’s Brigitte Gabriel.

Lynch, who began the segment by playing an excerpt of his recent anti-immigration film “They Come to America 3,” asked Stein why anybody who complains about immigration is labeled “a hater.” Stein responded that it is because immigration reform advocates are simply using the issue to “radically alter” the “ethic base” of America and “reengineer the demographics of the electorate.”

“It’s interesting, because there are a lot of organizations and politicians who simply want to use immigration to reengineer the demographics of the electorate,” he said. “They don’t like the old America, they want to make it something new. Just like the far left, they want to disrupt. They’re not sure where they’re going, they just know they want to reengineer the demographics through immigration. The rest of us are saying, ‘Why are we doing this?’ Immigration shouldn’t be stopped just to preserve the ethnic base, but you shouldn’t use it to radically alter it either. It should be something that serves the American people today.”

Although Stein says that his group’s opposition to immigration isn’t “just” meant “to preserve the ethnic base” of America, FAIR’s founder, John Tanton, was less shy about his goals, once writing, “I have come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist, it requires an European-American majority and a clear one at that. I doubt very much that our traditions will be carried on by other peoples.”

The panel also discussed Donald Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States, which Stein said is “something that the American people would probably never support” but “as a practical matter …. unless somebody’s got a better idea, sounds like it makes pretty good sense to us.”

But what the United States really ought to do, he said, is “suspend all immigration for about 30 years and get our own house in order, that would make the most sense.”

Phyllis Schlafly: Christian Leaders Must Quit Protesting And Rally Behind Donald Trump

Religious Right leaders typically claim that the Bible speaks to most political issues of the day. Once voters agree with their conservative take on what the Bible says about such matters, they argue, then Republican candidates will win elections in a landslide.

Rarely do we hear a movement leader urge pastors to quit talking about a political issue in biblical terms, but that is exactly what Eagle Forum founder and Donald Trump endorser Phyllis Schlafly did in her syndicated column today, telling Christian leaders to stop pursuing the cause of immigration reform.

Noting that the “immigration issue may be preventing some church leaders from siding with Donald Trump,” she wrote that it “is the time for church leaders to listen to their own flock on the important issue of immigration.”

Faith leaders, she said, need to recognize that the “amount of immigration allowed by a nation is a political matter, not a religious one” and that they cannot hold out for an ideal candidate because “Jesus will not be on the ballot.”

Touting the rise of a far-right party in Austria, Schlafly said conservatives who have religious reasons for supporting immigration reform should instead get with Trump’s anti-immigrant message because it has proven to be more politically popular.

“No church would urge people to unlock their doors at night in order to allow anyone in, and we should not persist with open borders to welcome hordes of illegal aliens who include many hardened criminals,” she wrote. “When an unwelcome ‘neighbor’ comes into our home, we ‘deport’ him out of our house, and Trump’s leadership on the immigration issue has earned him the support of millions of Democrats and Republicans alike. Loving our neighbor does not mean unlocking our doors to any and all comers.”

The immigration issue may be preventing some church leaders from siding with Donald Trump now. While opposition to Trump is expressed in moral terms – even though they had no trouble supporting the divorced Ronald Reagan in 1980 – a real motivation is that church leaders do not want Trump’s criticism of immigration.



Rev. Luis Cortes, as president of an Hispanic Christian network and nonprofit legal organization that helps immigrants, declared after the White House meeting that “the entire religious community” supports an Obama-style immigration reform package. “For the first time … all the major denominations and churches and religious bodies of this country believe that it is a moral imperative that we get immigration reform done,” he asserted.

But churchgoing voters indicated otherwise during the Republican primaries, by nominating Donald Trump. Now is the time for church leaders to listen to their own flock on the important issue of immigration.

The amount of immigration allowed by a nation is a political matter, not a religious one, and this issue has become the elephant in the room impossible to overlook. The stunning election results in Austria two weeks ago demonstrate that those who try to duck or downplay the immigration issue are headed for defeat.

As in the United States, the leaders of both major political parties in Austria ignored the problems caused by immigration. A candidate emerged there named Norbert Hofer, who campaigned on “putting Austria first” despite the media giving him little chance of winning.

On April 24 Austrians voted with a large turnout, and the candidate opposed to permissive immigration won the first round in a stunning double-digit landslide. The two major parties that had echoed failed immigration policies, as Democrats and Republicans here have done, fared so poorly that they failed even to qualify for the upcoming runoff, which the Trump-like Austrian candidate is also expected to win.

Church leaders should recognize that responsibility is just as important as charity. No church would urge people to unlock their doors at night in order to allow anyone in, and we should not persist with open borders to welcome hordes of illegal aliens who include many hardened criminals.

When an unwelcome “neighbor” comes into our home, we “deport” him out of our house, and Trump’s leadership on the immigration issue has earned him the support of millions of Democrats and Republicans alike. Loving our neighbor does not mean unlocking our doors to any and all comers.

There will not be a third-party candidate who is as good as Trump on immigration. There will be only two viable candidates to choose from this fall, only one of whom will safeguard our country against immigration – and Jesus will not be on the ballot.

David Horowitz, Who Calls Obama 'Racist' And Pelosi A 'Bitch,' Urges Conservatives To Unify Behind Trump

Correction: We originally reported, based on a Politico article, that conservative activist David Horowitz had been tapped as a delegate for Donald Trump in California. A spokeswoman for the David Horowitz Freedom Center, however, tells us that contrary to the Politico report, if the David Horowitz listed as a Trump delegate is the same as the one who runs the Center it’s “news to him.” Horowitz has, however, urged conservatives to unify behind Trump now that he is the nominee. We’ve updated the post to reflect this.

Conservative activist and author David Horowitz is urging conservatives to unite behind Donald Trump now that he is the GOP nominee, writing in Breitbart on Sunday that “conservatives who have declared war on the primary victor are displaying a myopia that could be deadly in November when Donald Trump will lead Republicans against a party that has divided the country, destroyed its borders, empowered its enemies, and put 93 million Americans into dependency on the state.”

Horowitz, although he states a couple of qualms about Trump’s candidacy, makes a natural ally for the GOP frontrunner. After all, Horowitz based much of his recent activism on the idea that white people in America are the victims of discrimination by blacks and other racial minorities, while Trump has benefited from the idea of “reverse racism” among his base.

Just last month, Horowitz, the publisher of FrontPage magazine, told a radio interviewer that President Obama is “racist” for failing to recognize that it was “white Christian males” who ended slavery.

“There’s no community that’s more racist in America than the black community,” he has said.

Horowitz has urged the Republican Party to embrace this message, a dream that seems to have come true with the rise of Trump. He said in February that Trump has “hit a note that is absolutely necessary” on race. “Republicans and conservatives lose the battle,” he said, “because they won’t take the bull by the horns, they won’t call the Democrats liars, they won’t say that they’re treasonous, which they are, they won’t say that they’re racist, which they are.”

“I mean, it’s just unbelievable to me when you see how racist the Democratic Party is,” he said. “Everything is about race and everything is an attack on white people and anybody who’s not black or Latino.”

Horowitz frequently claims that Obama “hates America” and discriminates against white people by showing a preference for people with “a darker shade of skin” and supporting anti-white “lynch mobs.” He has said that Obama “would never be president if he weren’t black” because “part of the racism of our society is if you’re black you can get away with murder.”

He has also speculated that Obama is secretly Muslim because he is “anti-American radical” and “wants the terrorists to win.”

Horowitz’s insults have not been confined just to Obama. For instance, there was that time he called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a “Jew-hating bitch” on Twitter.

Horowitz is also very active in anti-Muslim circles, helping to finance a number of anti-Muslim groupshostingannual retreats through his David Horowitz Freedom Center that bring together prominent anti-Muslim activists and conservative politicians. (Past guests have included Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who was until recently Trump’s main remaining rival for the GOP nomination.)

He enthusiastically contributed to the smear campaign against Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who some anti-Muslim activists claim infiltrated the government on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood, claiming at one point that she was “given a special dispensation to marry a Jew so she can infiltrate our government.” Horowitz has even hinted that Abedin was responsible for the attack on American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya.

Horowitz is also on board with the conspiracy theory that anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is a Muslim Brotherhood agent in the Republican Party, claiming that Norquist is secretly a “practicing Muslim.”

In Trump, it seems that Horowitz may have finally found the trash-talking, insult-heaving, white-racial-grievance-promoting, anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist candidate of his dreams.

He as accused people protesting at Trump campaign events of using “fascist tactics” reminiscent of the rise of Nazism.

Back in July, Horowitz praised Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric, claiming that Obama's immigration policies “import disease and kill Americans.”

“Wake up America,” he said. “There’s only one conservative who is even near to talking like this and that’s Trump and that’s why he’s way ahead.”

Erik Rush: Obama Using Immigration To Build A 'Full-Blown Police State'

On Wednesday, WorldNetDaily columnist Erik Rush said that President Obama was trying to bring terrorists and criminals — or as Rush phrases it, “murdering scum” — into the U.S. in order to justify curbs on access to firearms and to create a “full-blown police state.”

“It is indisputable that the Obama White House catalyzed widespread instability in the Middle East and parts of Africa, and thus the Muslim invasion of Europe,” he wrote. “I have written here and elsewhere on the topic of European and Western elites’ orchestration of the European refugee crisis and their desire to expand this to America for the purpose of coalescing power, neutralizing individual liberties and expanding the global reach of their international socialist cabal.”

Rush, citing dubious reports about the Obama administration releasing violent criminals from prison and secretly bringing in refugees on cargo planes, said that “toxic individuals from around the globe” are coming into the U.S. and other nations in order “to touch off sufficiently increased trends in civil unrest, domestic terrorism and crime so that governments will have to implement ever more draconian measures to simply keep the peace.”

It has been documented that since the start of hostilities in Syria in the spring of 2011, the Obama administration admitted several thousand Syrian refugees into the U.S. and resettled them in three dozen different states. There have also been unconfirmed reports of refugees from Syria being clandestinely transported to the U.S. on commercial cargo jets on numerous occasions since then, and escorted to parts unknown by Department of Homeland Security personnel, as well as the alleged corroboration of same via the testimony of commercial cargo jet pilots speaking on the condition of anonymity.

It is indisputable that the Obama White House catalyzed widespread instability in the Middle East and parts of Africa, and thus the Muslim invasion of Europe. I have written here and elsewhere on the topic of European and Western elites’ orchestration of the European refugee crisis and their desire to expand this to America for the purpose of coalescing power, neutralizing individual liberties and expanding the global reach of their international socialist cabal.

In light of this, suffice it to say that the Obama administration is most assuredly not bowing to international pressure with regard to admitting more Middle Eastern and African Muslim refugees; it is not likely that much arm-twisting at all would be necessary to motivate that pack of scum in the indicated direction.

Also last week, it was reported that in 2015, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) summarily freed nearly 20,000 criminal aliens who had over 64,000 convictions between them. No explanation, no justification, not even a weak pretext articulated by the Obama administration – the scurvy mob was just released onto our streets.

We know that the Obama administration orchestrated the 2014 “unaccompanied minor” tsunami by virtue of evidence that remains readily available online. Many of these disaffected waifs (who have already cost American taxpayers an average of $17,000 each) wound up being members of violent Latin American gangs; others were incubating exotic Third World diseases from which American children later suffered after said waifs were quietly relocated to communities across America.

As I have said before, the importation of toxic individuals from around the globe to Western nations is calculated to touch off sufficiently increased trends in civil unrest, domestic terrorism and crime so that governments will have to implement ever more draconian measures to simply keep the peace.

Paradoxically, crimes committed by illegal alien criminals and assorted Islamists will be ignored as causative due to political correctness. They will also go some distance toward bolstering the left’s efforts against the Second Amendment. Many of the crimes and terror attacks will be framed as having been aided by the “easy access to guns” in America. True-believing lefties and the uninformed will certainly chime in with that chorus, particularly as circumstances worsen. As in Scandinavia, Britain and other European nations, citizens will have to go up against the imported troglodytes without the benefit of superior firepower.

In the West – in America – the remainder of the international socialists’ agenda and global expansion will take place under cover of a full-blown police state.

At least, that’s the plan.

Todd Starnes: Undocumented Immigrants Are 'Enemy' 'Invaders'

Fox News personality and Religious Right conference fixture Todd Starnes is not happy with recent protests of Donald Trump inCalifornia and Indiana, taking to the Fox website yesterday to pen a column smearing undocumented immigrants as “invaders” and the “enemy” who are “living off our tax dollars” and “causing mayhem in our streets.”

We “used to fight wars” against such “invaders,” he wrote:

There was a time in this nation’s history when having 13 million people breach your border would have been considered an invasion. We used to fight wars over such a hostile act.

But these days instead of repelling the invaders, the Obama administration gave them food stamps, free health care, and a voter registration card .

We’ve been invaded and our government has provided aid and comfort to the enemy.

In both Indiana and California the protesters tried to bully and intimidate law-abiding Americans into silent submission. They tried – but they failed.

You see, the illegals need to understand something – “We the People” will no longer be silent. We will not allow our sovereignty to be violated anymore.

The American taxpayers have reached a boiling point. We are tired of illegals taking American jobs. We are tired of illegals living off our tax dollars. We are tired of illegals causing mayhem in our streets.

And more than anything, we are tired of lawmakers who refuse to defend American sovereignty.

The truth is we don’t know who or what has been coming across our southern border. We don’t know what dangers lurk in our neighborhoods.

Starnes discussed his column with St. Louis radio host Jamie Allman this morning, adding, “I think the American people are just so frustrated with their tax dollars being used to take care of illegals. They see that there are illegals here doing nefarious things; there seems to be one set of laws for them and one set of laws for us. And people are saying, you know what, that’s not right. And the only person that seems to be talking about this and resonating, his message is resonating, is Donald Trump.”

Jim Bakker: We Are All On Drugs!

Last week, televangelist Jim Bakker sat down with disgraced former FBI agent John Guandolo to discuss the Muslim Brotherhood’s supposed infiltration of the U.S. government (and sell survival food).

Bakker, infuriated that the Obama administration is resettling Syrian refugees in the U.S. and failed to build a wall on the southern border, got up from his chair to tell the audience about how immigration has led to a deluge of drugs and crime and that the refugee population is actually a Trojan Horse for ISIS. He also managed to link the issue to voter fraud.

“We’re like sheep being led to the slaughter,” he said.

Bakker then castigated the audience for not realizing the gravity of the situation, explaining that they must all be on drugs…like his wife and co-host, Lori Bakker, was in her youth. “I don’t see how Christians are sitting back,” he said. “It’s like you’re all on drugs. It’s like all the church people have just taken something.”

“Smoke a lot of pot, to dumb you down, just kind of chill,” Lori Bakker interjected.

“Lori knows, too, because she smoked a lot of pot when she was a girl.”

“Well, yeah, you just — you know, hey.”

Jim Bakker: Buy Food Buckets Because Politicians Are Letting Terrorists Sneak Through The Border

Jim Bakker continues to find new and terrifying ways to pitch his buckets of survival food, warning viewers yesterday that they need to stock up to prepare for the threat of terrorists and criminals coming across the southern border.

The conservative televangelist said that he has “a burden and a calling to get America ready” even as “the politicians are saying, ‘Oh, it’s not about having security on our border, it’s about being friendly.’”

“I don’t mind being friendly to the Mexicans who are picking the crops and they are great bricklayers and great people,” he continued, “but there’s criminals coming in, there’s terrorists coming in, there’s drugs coming that’s killing America’s kids!”

Bakker lamented that he is under attack simply for speaking common sense.

Kobach: Maybe Obama Opposes Proof Of Citizenship Laws Because He's Not A Citizen

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the influential anti-immigration operative who has been involved in both Donald Trump’s border wall policy and the immigration case currently before the Supreme Court, called into question President Obama’s birthplace on his radio program this weekend.

In response to a caller who wondered if the Obama administration’s opposition to restrictive voting laws such as a proof-of-citizenship requirement in Kansas is because the president himself is “not a citizen of the United States,” Kobach said that there are “interesting things” about the question of Obama’s citizenship that “just made you scratch your head.” He added that “maybe” the caller’s theory about the president’s opposition to voting restrictions was correct.

Kobach was speaking on his radio program on Kansas City’s KCMO on Sunday about a column in the Kansas City Star — which Kobach calls the “Kansas City Red Star” — blasting him for his role in enacting restrictive voting laws in Kansas and around the nation, when a listener identified as “Jim from Iowa” called in.

Jim told Kobach he didn’t understand “what the big deal” was about a law championed by Kobach requiring people to present proof of citizenship when registering to vote “because our president, his little grandma said he was born in Africa, he waited two years before he sent out that fake birth certificate, he got a scholarship to a place, a college in California that only gives it to foreigners, so what’s the difference?”

(Just to be clear, Obama’s grandmother did not say he was born in Kenya,his birth certificate is not fake, and he did not get a scholarship meant for foreign students.)

At first, Kobach didn’t address the birther issue, noting instead that Obama is indeed “opposed to Kansas” and “doesn’t like voter ID laws.”

But the caller persisted, saying, “He’s not going to bring up proof of citizenship because he’s not a citizen of the United States, he’s not supposed to be the president, his own grandma said he was born in Africa, what else do you need? And that birth certificate thing was all fake, it took him two years, like I said, to get it sent out. How did he get the scholarship to that college in California that only foreign people get it? How did he get that? How come everybody lets it go?”

“You know, you’re right,” Kobach responded, “and of course that issue’s kind of water under the bridge these days, but there were some interesting things. Like there was that one thing, it just made you scratch your head, there was that one thing that the Harvard Law Journal printed which described Barack Obama as a ‘young student born in Kenya.’ Now, he says that was wrong, and maybe it was wrong, but anyway, maybe you’re right, maybe that’s why he doesn’t talk about proof of citizenship, because he, you know, he would rather not bring up the citizenship issue. Of course, now he’s got nothing to worry about, he’s in office for the remaining year.”

(We don’t know what head-scratching “Harvard Law Journal” article Kobach was referring to, but he could have been getting it mixed up with a promotional flier for one of Obama’s books that mistakenly described him as being born in Kenya, which birthers have made much of.)

When Jim asked if Obama could still “get in trouble” for lying about his birthplace, Kobach responded that “at this point there’s not really any forum in which the facts will be further” examined.

“Well, why didn’t everybody do something about this eight years ago?” Jim demanded.

“Well,” Kobach said, “as you may recall, there was quite a kerfuffle about it back then.”

“Did you notice everybody that was complaining, they shut up like overnight?” Jim said. “I think they were all threatened just like Old Lady Clinton threatens everybody if you don’t do what she wants. I think they’re all threatened, that’s why they all shut up real fast.”

“Well, who knows?” Kobach said. “That whole issue has been a truly strange one, that’s for sure.”

Perhaps they will have to wait until Trump, Kobach’s preferred candidate for president, fulfills his promise to write a book about Obama’s real birthplace.

Tea Party Group Draws Crowd Of Tens To Protest Supreme Court Confirmation

Today, as thousands of people gathered in front of the Supreme Court to voice their support of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, a somewhat smaller crowd organized by Tea Party Patriots held forth against the DAPA/DACA actions and urged the Senate not to confirm President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.

We counted about 20 people at the Tea Party Patriots event at 11 am, shortly before the event’s speeches were scheduled to begin: 

The heavily outnumbered protesters carried signs saying “#NoHearingsNoVotes,” “#TheDecisionIsOurs,” “#LetThePeopleDecide” and “Let The People Have A Voice On The Future Of The Court,” the message that anti-Garland groups have settled on to make their quest to block hearings on a Supreme Court nomination sound like a populist rallying cry. The sign on a podium labeled Garland “Obama’s Rubber Stamp.”

There was a high ratio of Republican and conservative movement speakers to grassroots activists, asRep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas,Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo.,Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and the Judicial Crisis Network’s Carrie Severino addressed the small crowd.

Here’s another view of the Tea Party Patriots event:

 

UPDATE: Politico reports:

News concerences sponsored by the Tea Party and FreedomWorks also featured Reps. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), as well as other speakers who unsuccessfully tried to lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and "America the Beautiful." An effort to lead a singalong of the national anthem backfired when the singer forgot the lyrics midway through, drawing jeers.

 

Kris Kobach, Mastermind Of Anti-Immigrant Policies, Helped Write Trump's Border Wall Plan

Kris Kobach, a former Bush administration attorney who is now the secretary of state of Kansas, helped write Arizona's SB1070, the state's infamous anti-immigrant "show me your papers" law. He helped Alabama craft one of the most disastrous anti-immigrant laws in the U.S. In his home state, Kobach has raised the specter of undocumented immigrants committing voter fraud in an attempt to justify a "proof of citizenship" law that has kept tens of thousands of Kansans from registering to vote. In 2012, he advised Mitt Romney on his infamous "self-deportation" policy. When politicians want help cracking down on undocumented immigrants, and they don't mind going about it in creatively cruel ways, Kobach is their go-to guy.

So it should come as absolutely no surprise that when Donald Trump announced an astonishingly cruel plan to attempt to make Mexico pay for a wall at the southern border by holding hostage the money that Mexican immigrants send home to their family members, it was Kobach who was behind it.

When Kobach endorsed Trump back in February, he offered a version of what became the GOP frontrunner's plan for the wall:

“We have the ability to shut down the flow of remittances to Mexico from illegal aliens working in the United States,” he said. “Mexico will then have to make a choice: Either make a single payment of $5 billion to $10 billion to the United States to pay for the wall, or lose most of the $23 billion in remittances that Mexico receives every year from its nationals working illegally in the United States.”

Now Kobach says that he was in fact the one behind Trump's plan to seize remittances:

In an interview, Kobach said Trump’s focus on remittances — money sent by individuals in the U.S. to friends and family in other countries — is consistent with what he had been advising the campaign. He said he has spoken with the campaign directly, and Trump himself, about immigration.

“Mr. Trump was receptive to that idea and I think he’s an excellent negotiator and he looks for opportunities to put pressure on opposing parties in negotiations and this fits the bill,” Kobach said.

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The path outlined by Trump is a more detailed version of what Kobach proposed in February when he endorsed the candidate. During an interview Friday, when directed to Trump’s plan on his campaign website, Kobach said he had drafted portions of the document. The Trump campaign didn’t respond to a request to elaborate on Kobach’s involvement with formulating Trump’s position on paying for the wall.

“I have been in touch with Mr. Trump directly and his campaign team about this issue,” Kobach said.

Trump's plan, like many ideas originating with Kobach, would not only be unnecessarily cruel but could also be a logistical nightmare and an economic disaster, one that would probably end up increasing the rate of Mexican immigration into the U.S.

Gohmert: If Immigration Reform Passes, 'The Republic Will Be Lost'

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, a prominent endorser of Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, warned last month that if the next president allows any sort of path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the United States, “the republic will be lost” because new citizens won’t understand the “responsibility to be properly educated before you vote” and thus will “vote for whoever will give them the most welfare.”

Gohmert made the comments in a March 31 interview with Baltimore talk radio hosts Sean Casey and Frank Luber.

Casey asked Gohmert about a Center for Immigration Studies report that he said showed that the “immigrant population in the United States is now at 61 million” (in fact, the CIS number alsoincluded the American-born children of immigrants) and whether that means that Texas could go the way of California and turn “into a blue state.”

Gohmert agreed, saying that while Republican Gov. Pete Wilson is often blamed for turning California Latino voters off from the GOP by pushing a draconian anti-immigrant ballot measure, the state’s political shift was actually the result of Ronald Reagan being “tricked into signing an amnesty bill and all the sudden you had 2 to 4 million Democratic voters.”

“So if we get a president that decides to do any kind of amnesty, then the republic will be lost,” he said. “Because you cannot give people the rights without them being educated to the responsibilities. If they come into this country and they don’t understand there’s a responsibility to be properly educated before you vote, then they’re going to vote for whoever will give them the most welfare, and we’re on our way to bankruptcy already, that will help push us over the edge.”

Steve King: GOP Primary Voters Channeling The Spirit Of The Revolutionary War

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who has endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential run, said in an interview with Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon yesterday that the success of “anti-establishment candidates” like Cruz and Donald Trump in the Republican primary shows that Republican voters are channeling the spirit of the American Revolution.

King attributed the success of Cruz and Trump to frustration that Republican leaders in Congress “haven’t followed through on their promises” to repeal the Affordable Care Act, block executive actions on immigration, or call out the president “on his constitutional violations of all kinds.”

He explained that it all started with the Tea Party, which he described as a Christian conservative movement with an energy that “goes back to the pipes of the Revolutionary War” and that is now reflected by the majority of the Republican electorate.

We have watched this within the Tea Party, and they are full-spectrum, conservative Christian, constitutional conservatives for the most part — and they don’t exclude people who are conservatives that happen to be of another faith or religion at all, they’re very welcoming to all people that would join the cause — but that energy and fervor that goes back to that, let’s say goes back to the pipes of the revolutionary war, that’s something that motivates us, we’re rooted in our history, it’s a common historical experience that we have.

And they know that the Declaration and the Constitution were shaped then, and if we fail to adhere to those values, if this is the time to restore and refurbish the pillars of American exceptionalism, that if we fail, our Constitution will be lost. And that’s the 80 percent out there of the Republicans and that’s about the zero percent of the Democrats.

King also explained that he knew he could count on Cruz in 2013 when he held an all-day press conference in protest of the Gang of Eight immigration bill and “for 45 minutes, [Cruz] delivered chapter and verse of everything that I have fought for and believed in with regard to the immigration issue.”

He said that his respect for Cruz was further cemented when he learned that the Texas senator “was raised with the Bible and the Constitution at the kitchen table, side by side, indexed to each other” and that’s when “I knew that it’s in his bones.”

Mike Huckabee Praises Trump's 'Shrewd Plan' To Squeeze Mexico By Punishing Immigrants

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who after dropping out of the GOP presidential race started shilling for his former rival Donald Trump, is praising Trump’s “shrewd plan” to make Mexico pay for a border wall by cutting off the money that immigrants send to their families.

Huckabee told Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg yesterday that Trump’s plan was “shrewd” and that it is “entirely possible” that it would work.

To Trump’s haters, he said: “One thing you have to realize, Donald Trump has been very, very smart in his business career by winning negotiated battles over everything from zoning to construction. You don’t get to be who he is and where he is without having some really, really shrewd, clever ideas about getting what you want.”

Steve King Suspects 'A Good Chunk' Of Remittances To Mexico Are 'Laundered Drug Money'

When Donald Trump suggested this week that he would make Mexico pay for a border wall by threatening to cut off all remittance payments sent by American workers to family members in Mexico, he was echoing years of calls from anti-immigrant politicians like former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Louisiana Sen. David Vitter to punish immigrants who send money to their families.

It isn’t exactly a surprise, then, that Rep. Steve King of Iowa, one of the most vocal anti-immigration advocates in Congress, seems fairly supportive of Trump’s plan despite having endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz for president.

Newsmax host Steve Malzberg asked King about Trump’s plan in an interview yesterday, and King said that while he was “torn between a couple of two fires” on the issue, he’d “like to see Donald Trump go a little further with this dialogue and see what we might be able to get done.”

King, who once insisted that most people eligible for the DREAM Act have “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” said that he suspected that “a good chunk” of remittances to Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America are “laundered drug money.”

Donald Trump: Birthright Citizenship Proves We're 'Run So Stupidly'

Noted constitutional scholar Donald Trump believes that birthright citizenship, which he absurdly claims is not protected by the 14th Amendment, is harming the country.

While speaking over the weekend with radio host Joe Pags, Trump said that the Constitution’s guarantee of citizenship at birth demonstrates that the country is “run so stupidly” by people who don’t have “street smarts.”

“If you want to go into Mexico you can’t, but they have like a tract that runs right into our country,” he said. “Go ahead, from all over the place, they just come from all over. And, by the way, it’s a good path for the Middle East to use, if you want to know the truth, because it’s like a piece of Swiss cheese. Mexico could stop it. You know, if you want to become a citizen of Mexico, it’s one of the hardest places in the world, it’s almost impossible, right? And yet, you know, with us, you’re born on our land, they send somebody over, has the baby on our land, congratulations, they’re a citizen of the United States. I mean, we’re just run so stupidly.”

“We’re run by people that don’t get it,” Trump continued. “I don’t know, it’s a lack of street smarts, it’s a lack of intelligence, to be honest with you, but it’s just a horrible situation.”

Coulter: Trump The Only Candidate Who Will Stop Changes In The 'Demographics Of The Country'

Prominent Donald Trump supporter Ann Coulter joined conservative Wisconsin radio host and Trump critic Charlie Sykes yesterday to discuss the GOP frontrunner in advance of the state’s presidential primary.

Coulter dismissed Sykes’ criticisms of Trump, saying that the candidate’s interview with Chris Matthews in which he called for punishing women who have abortions was “fabulous”; brushing off Trump’s frequent interactions with racists on Twitter as “one dumb retweet”; and saying that the $1.9 billion in free media that Trump has gotten isn’t actually helping him because “this alleged free media has been free attack ads on him.”

When Sykes implored her to convince Trump to talk more about policy, Coulter insisted that “they” — presumably the media — don’t want to talk about Trump’s policies because his central policy is “not changing the entire demographics of the country so that no Republican or conservative can ever be elected again.”

“No, they will not talk about his policy,” she said, “because his policies, which is what I’d like to talk about, there’s no one else who has these policies. I think the most important issue now is not changing the entire demographics of the country so that no Republican or conservative can ever be elected again.”

GOP Rep: 'People Are Literally Dying Because Of Political Correctness In This Nation'

In an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with Robert Vandervoort, the former leader of an Illinois white nationalist organization who now runs the English-only advocacy group ProEnglish, Rep. Brian Babin claimed that a law declaring English to be the official language of the U.S. is necessary because “people are literally dying because of political correctness in this nation today.”

Babin, the Texas Republican who is a leading House advocate against refugee resettlement and is sponsoring a bill that would suspend the U.S. refugee resettlement program, is a cosponsor of a bill that would make English the official language of the U.S.

In the interview at CPAC this month, Vandervoort asked Babin about the English-only bill’s prospects in Congress, which Babin said would depend on the upcoming election and whether voters elect “conservative, patriotic folks” who “have the courage to stand up against the powers that impose political correctness on us.” The refugee program and the “wide-open borders,” he said, mean that “people are literally dying because of political correctness in this nation today”:

You know what, it’s going to depend on the election. I have said more than one time, this election cycle, this presidential election, is the most important, significant election of our lifetimes. And I know we hear that every cycle; this time it’s true. If we can get some conservative, patriotic folks who are not afraid of, have the courage to stand up against the powers that impose political correctness on us. Because people are literally dying because of political correctness in this nation today, with our refugee program, with our visa program, with wide-open borders. And so I think that having an official language of English would be a huge step in correcting that problem.

The comments start about 3 minutes into ProEnglish’s video:

Cruz Backer Bryan Fischer Calls For Ban On Mosques To 'De-Islamize' America

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, long a font of anti-Muslim bile and other bigotry, has posted a call to “de-Islamize” America.

Fischer’s “de-Islamization” program has three planks, one of which has already been promoted by GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump:

  1. Immediately suspend immigration by Muslims. Fischer says that “unvetted, untrammeled immigration of Muslims to the U.S. is a form of insanity.” Islam, he says, “is the Ebola virus of culture.” He says, “Preventing carriers of this cultural virus from entering America is simply common sense…”
  2. No More Mosques. Fischer says there is no constitutional problem with state governments banning mosques “if we use the Constitution given to us by the Founders and not the one mangled by the courts.” Fischer argues that the First Amendment’s establishment clause does not apply to the states, which he says “have unilateral authority to regulate religious expression within their borders.” In other words, he would see no constitutional barrier to Texas, for example, allowing only Baptists to worship openly.
  3. No more Muslims in the military. Fischer says Congress can and should bar Muslims from service in the armed forces.

Earlier this month, Fischer was scheduled to participate in a campaign rally with presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The Cruz campaign ended up canceling his visit to Mississippi, saying the candidate did not feel well.

There’s no reason to think, however, that Fischer’s most recent anti-Muslim comments will threaten his standing with the Cruz campaign, which recently named Frank Gaffney, one of the country’s most vitriolic anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists, to Cruz’s national security advisory team. Cruz himself, in his response to recent terrorist bombings in Brussels, called for empowering law enforcement “to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”

 

Anti-Immigration Activist: Dems Want To Bring In Immigrants to Vote Illegally

Rosemary Jenks, the director of government relations at the anti-immigration group NumbersUSA, claimed yesterday that Democrats are pressing for immigration reform because they “look at all the people around the world” as “potential Democratic voters in the United States” and hope that immigrants will cast Democratic votes even before becoming citizens.

The Center for Security Policy’s Frank Gaffney interviewed Jenks on his “Secure Freedom Radio” program yesterday, asking her if immigration plans like Hillary Clinton’s would just serve as “a magnet” for “more immigration of an illegal kind.”

“There’s absolutely no question about that,” Jenks replied, “and we’ve seen that for the past eight years. This current administration, the Obama administration, is absolutely unwilling to stop anyone from entering the country illegally or to remove them once they do enter the country illegally. So we have this situation where essentially Democrats look at all the people around the world, the billions of them, as potential Democratic voters in the United States. So if they can get here, the Democrats will do whatever they can to make sure they can stay and eventually become citizens and vote — you know, well, whether or not they're citizens.”

“Yeah, maybe as soon as they can, not when they become citizens,” Gaffney replied.

“And it’s a huge problem with a general viewpoint,” Jenks continued, “if you look at folks from outside the country as Democratic voters, then your answer is ‘bring them all in,’ and that cannot be the answer for the survival of our country.”

Contrary to Jenks’ claims, undocumented immigrant population has actually dropped in recent years; likewise, immigrants’ rights advocates might object to her claim that Obama is “absolutely unwilling” to deport undocumented immigrants.

Jenks formerly worked at the Center for Immigration Studies, another anti-immigration group founded by activist John Tanton.

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