Fighting the Right

Is President Cruz Planning To Use Carly Fiorina To Strong-Arm The Senate? It Sure Sounds Like It

Last month, Glenn Beck explained to a live studio audience about how Ted Cruz, if elected president, could use the constitutional provision declaring that "the Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate" to essentially use his vice president to take complete control of the Senate.

Claiming that he had "no information on this" and was just "thinking outside of the box," Beck envisioned a scenario in which Cruz would name a "pit bull" like Carly Fiorina as his running mate and then instruct her to "go run the Senate," creating a situation in which "the White House is running the Senate as well."

Like Beck, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton has very close ties to Cruz and his presidential campaign, and last week he spoke to a small group at Liberty University. That speech was attended by a Liberty graduate student who reported that Barton floated the exact same plan:

Barton spoke strongly in support of Ted Cruz’s decision to appoint Carly Fiorina as his running mate and suggested that her role in a Cruz presidency will be much more significant than the Vice President’s role in years past. If elected, the Cruz campaign plans to reinstate the VP’s reign over the Senate in the hopes of nullifying the influence of the president pro tempore, who commonly acts in the VP’s absence. This is another interesting development given the history of Cruz’s clashes with the GOP establishment.

While Beck initially presented this scenario as something of a hypothetical idea, the report on Barton suggests that this is something that he either learned directly from Cruz or his campaign or something that has at least been discussed among top-level Cruz supporters.

The fact that two key Cruz backers are promoting this idea raises the question of whether this is something that the Cruz campaign is actually planning on carrying out if the Texas senator, notorious for his poor relationships with senators on both sides of the aisles\, wins the White House.

Cruz, who has been campaigning in Indiana alongside Beck, has not yet been asked if he plans to put his surrogates' idea into action if elected.

Michael Savage Sees 'God's Hand' In Donald Trump's Rise To The Presidency

On Friday, Donald Trump chatted with Michael Savage about his deep admiration of Russian President Vladimir Putin, falsely claiming that Russia has been actively bombing ISIS in Syria.

Savage, meanwhile, spent the time leading up to the interview expressing his admiration for Trump.

“I personally think that after this is all over and Trump becomes the next president of the United States, I personally believe you’ll look back and you will see that there’s God’s hand in all of this,” Savage said.

Explaining that he sees “spiritual elements” in the election, Savage said that President Obama “was put here to show us just what could happen under a corrupt, left-wing administration” and that “Trump is the counterpoint to these eight years of corruption and communism in the United States of America.”

President Obama, Savage said, “goes to sleep dreaming of how to run America down” and “how to destroy America one more time, to get in one more round of smackdowns on this country and everybody sees that and Trump is the antidote to these eight years of hatred for this dear nation.”

Fox News' Favorite Sheriff Will Speak To Radical Anti-Government Oath Keepers

David Clarke, the sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and a favorite of Fox News and the right-wing media, will deliver the keynote address to a meeting of the New York chapter of the radical anti-government group Oath Keepers next month, according to an invitation on the group’s website.

Clarke’s association with the anti-government fringe is nothing new: In 2013, he accepted the “Constitutional Sheriff of the Year” award from the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, a group that believes that county sheriffs are the highest law enforcement officers in the country and have a duty to defy federal laws on issues like gun control and health care. At that event, he shared the stage with Oath Keepers head Stewart Rhodes and a number of other radical activists.

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Oath Keepers as “a fiercely antigovernment, militaristic group” summarizing the group’s philosophy like this:

The core idea of the group is that its members vow to forever support the oaths they took on joining law enforcement or the military to defend the Constitution. But just as central is the group’s list of 10 “Orders We Will Not Obey,” a compendium of much-feared but entirely imaginary threats from the government — orders, for instance, to force Americans into concentration camps, confiscate their guns, or cooperate with foreign troops in the United States. These supposed threats are, in fact, part of the central conspiracy theory advocated by the antigovernment “Patriot” movement of which the Oath Keepers is a part — the baseless claim that the federal government plans to impose martial law, seize Americans’ weapons, force those who resist into concentration camps, and, ultimately, push the country into a one-world socialistic government known as the “New World Order.” In 2013, the group took on a more aggressive stance, announcing the planned formation of “Citizen Preservation” militias meant to defend Americans against the New World Order.

Rhodes, the group’s founder, regularly turns to the far-right media to promote conspiracy theories about a coming civil war in which the federal government will use some combination of race war, Jade Helm 15gun lawsEboladeath campsBlack Lives Matter and radical Islamists to subdue an unarmed and unprepared population.

Speaking at a New York Oath Keepers event last year, Rhodes warned of a government plan to “cause chaos, and in the middle of all that chaos, spark a race war, and in the middle of that, unleash these ISIS cells that are now all over the country”:

At a gathering in Arizona last year, Rhodes said that Sen. John McCain “should be hung by the neck until dead” for being “a traitor to the Constitution.”

Clarke has been embraced by Fox News, and even by politicians like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in part because of his fiery dismissal of critiques of the criminal justice system and in particular of the Black Lives Matter movement. They are seemingly willing to ignore Clarke’s association with an extremist fringe movement.

Once Again, Glenn Beck Has No Idea What He Is Talking About

On several occasions, we have noted that the claims made by right-wing pseudo-historian and pro-Ted Cruz super PAC leader David Barton are so misleading, if not outright false, that it has gotten to the point where we have to fact check just about every assertion that he makes. 

Barton, of course, is extremely close friends with his fellow Cruz booster Glenn Beck and it seems as if his habit of utterly misrepresenting information for the purpose of promoting his own agenda has been rubbing off on the right-wing radio host. 

For the last week or so, Beck has repeatedly claimed that Microsoft's Bill Gates recently asserted that the biggest mistake he made when starting his company was failing to hire lobbyists. To Beck, this is a sign that government regulation is out of control, as he explained again today on his radio broadcast.

"Bill Gates just said recently he would not be able to start Microsoft here in America any more," Beck said. "He wouldn't be able to do it because the regulations have gotten so out of control. And, in one of the saddest comments I've ever heard, he said that the problem with Microsoft was that, at the very beginning, Bill Gates did not believe in going to Washington and getting a lobbyist group. Apple did and so, from the beginning, Apple went and hired lobbyists to make sure their interests were protected in Washington. Bill Gates was of the opinion that Washington has nothing to do with the computing business, they have nothing to do with Microsoft, so he didn't hire lobbyists. He says that's the difference between the wild success and the ease of doing business between Apple and Microsoft. That's not America."

After hearing Beck make this same point several times, we decided to look into it and, of course, Gates said nothing of the sort. 

What actually happened was that Brad Silverberg, who served as senior vice president at Microsoft for nine years, was asked "what were Bill Gates's worst decisions as CEO?" and he suggested that not hiring lobbyists was a key mistake:

Top of the list for me is that Bill did not engage – either himself or the company – in the political process early enough.  When Microsoft’s competitors were effectively lobbying the government, Bill’s attitude was the government should just go away and leave Microsoft alone.  In his view the company was competing hard but fairly; it was creating value for customers and that should be enough.  Well, this approach of not constructively engaging the government and concerned politicians, of not alleviating  concerns that were not going to go away, was a disaster.  The US federal government, many states, and the EU all essentially declared war on Microsoft, and Microsoft paid a devastating price.

Intel did a better job figuring out how to negotiate with the government and avoided the catastrophic fate Microsoft suffered.  Google has done a better job with the US government but it seems the EU is on Google’s case now.

Gates didn't say that failing to hire lobbyists was the worst mistake he ever made, nor did he claim that he couldn't start Microsoft today because there is too much regulation. Those were things that Beck simply made up after apparently misreading news articles and then, as usual, proceeding to making false declarations based on his own lack of information.

Ted Cruz Joins Forces With Yet Another Anti-LGBT Extremist

On Friday, days before the crucial GOP presidential primary in Indiana, Ted Cruz announced the endorsements of 50 clergy members from the state.

In a press release, the Cruz campaign highlighted the support of Micah Clark of the American Family Association’s Indiana chapter.

“We always encourage people to vote their values,” said Micah Clark, Executive Director of the American Family Association of Indiana. “We encourage people of faith to look at a person’s record. Ted Cruz is the only truly pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious freedom candidate for president, from either party. Ted Cruz is a true conservative champion for change.”

“I am honored to earn the support of these leaders,” said Ted Cruz. “Hoosiers want a president they can trust. They are eager to see sanity restored in Washington, and our message of jobs, freedom, and security is resonating. Carly Fiorina and I look forward to bringing common sense Hoosier values to Washington.”

Clark, like his fellow AFA leaders, has quite the record of anti-LGBT activism.

He believes that homosexuality is “has no societal benefit” and is “individually destructive and dangerous.” He’s criticized rulings that allow gay people to recognize their spouses on their death certificates and suggested that employee benefit plans recognizing same-sex couples are “subsidizing homosexual sex.”

When the Boy Scouts ended its ban on gay youth members, Clark harshly criticized the move: “What did Christ say about harming the least of these? He said it would be better to have a millstone tied around your neck and be thrown in the sea on the day of judgement than to cause a child to stumble into sin. And if we’re going to support organizations telling kids that homosexuality is okay — which is treatable, changeable, you don’t have to be homosexual, but if you are, you are at significantly higher risks of mental harm, psychical harm, emotional harm and spiritual harm — we can’t be a part of that.”

Clark once joined a letter calling on schools not to “allow ‘gay-straight alliances,’ homosexual indoctrination programs, permission for use of opposite sex restrooms, and any of the other ridiculous demands of the ‘gay’ lobby” because they would “aid child corruption.”

He attacked a fundraising campaign for a LGBT youth group by claiming that the organization “recruits teens into the homosexual lifestyle,” reprimanded a girl who wanted to wear a tuxedo to her school prom for trying to make “a sexual statement,” and encouraged LGBT young people to seek ex-gay therapy.

As we’ve said before, it seems that no anti-LGBT activist is too extreme for Ted Cruz.

Glenn Beck Says God Has Raised Up Ted Cruz And Is Asking Us To Choose Between Good & Evil

Fresh from smearing his face with Cheetos in a bizarre attempt to mock Donald Trump, Glenn Beck headed back out on the campaign trail yesterday on behalf of Ted Cruz, declaring at a rally in Le Porte, Indiana, that God is dragging out the Republican primary in order to give everyone a chance to go on the record in choosing between good and evil. And the choice is obvious, Beck said, because God has raised up Cruz to save this nation just as He raised up George Washington and the Founding Fathers.

"Make no mistake, we are being watched," Beck said. "We're being watched by our maker ... Every single state is being required and I believe — and they're going to rake me over the coals for saying it; so be it — I believe that's the Almighty God saying, 'Each one of you, I want you to stand and you choose: good or evil? Which way will we go? Am I still your God and are you still my people? Choose who you serve.'"

"Before I walked out on stage, Ted and I got down on our knees and we prayed," he continued. "And we didn't pray for us, we prayed for the nation and for you. He is a servant at heart. He is a man who was raised for these times. People don't believe that stuff any more, but I do. If God raised George Washington and Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine, if He put that collection together, He is the Almighty, I think He can send us one guy!"

Anti-LGBT Activists 'Testing' Target By Sending Men Into Women's Rooms

UPDATED 

It turns out that anti-LGBT activists are right that men are taking advantage of a transgender-inclusive policy at Target to go into women’s restrooms — and those men are anti-LGBT activists.

In an interview this morning with “Breitbart News Daily,” the American Family Association's director of governmental affairs, Sandy Rios, said that activists have been “testing” Target’s policy by sending men into women’s rooms at the retail chain.

Rios' group has been leading a boycott of Target after the company said it would allow transgender people to use the restroom that matches their gender identity, which it claims will lead to open season for “sexual predators.”

The program’s host, Stephen Bannon, contended that rather than being inclusive, Target is “trying to exclude people who are decent, hard-working people who don’t want their four-year-old daughter to have to go into a bathroom with a guy with a beard in a dress.”

“I think there’s no question that when you say that there are no barriers in the bathroom,” Rios said, “and that if men or women feel like they are men or women, the opposition of however they are equipped, and you have no restrictions, the net effect will be that people will not be stopped. We’ve already had people testing this, going into Targets and men trying to go into bathrooms. There is absolutely no barrier.”

“And so the chief concern,” she continued, “even more than just, I think, trauma, certainly for little girls of having men dressed like women coming in their bathrooms, the chief concern of the American Family Association is the predators who will take advantage.”

UPDATE: AFA says that it is not in fact sending men into women’s changing areas:

Trump Praises Putin In Interview With Far-Right Conspiracy Theorist

Donald Trump has made no secret of his admiration for Russian president Vladimir Putin, and the feeling seems to be mutual. So Trump naturally brought the subject up again in an interview with far-right conspiracy theorist radio host Michael Savage after speaking to the GOP state convention in California today.

“Look, you know, Russia can do a lot of good for us,” Trump told Savage. “I mean, when I heard six months ago they wanted to bomb the hell out of ISIS and maybe they had other things in mind also — because, you know, they have a different view on Syria than our so-called leaders and, you know, frankly, they start to start thinking, our people ought to start rethinking their whole policy. But ISIS, they want to bomb it and we’ve got people saying, ‘We don’t want them to bomb ISIS,’ and I’m saying what are these people thinking about?”

The Republican presidential front-runner then repeated his boast that Putin had called him a “genius.”

“Here’s the thing, Michael,” he said, “wouldn’t it be great if we got along with Russia? You know, Putin said very nice things about me but it has zero influence — he actually called me a genius, but that’s okay, has zero influence on me, Michael, zero.”

Anti-LGBT Groups Unite To Prevent UN Recognition Of Same-Sex Families

A group of anti-LGBT organizations, including leading American groups, have banded together to sign a joint platform meant to “push back against UN entities attempting to redefine the family to include same-sex relations.”

C-Fam, a U.S. group that pushes social conservative policies at the UN, says in a press release that it was joined in organizing the platform by the National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council and Human Life International. Also among the organizing groups is CitizenGo, an international petition platform that counts NOM president Brian Brown as a member of it board and HazteOir and Derecho a Vivir, two Spanish organizations led by CitizenGo’s president, Ignacio Arsuaga.

The platform states that any reference to the family in UN documents should be interpreted only as “a man and a woman united in marriage, and relations that are equivalent or analogous, including single parent families and multigenerational families.”

It makes clear that this specifically excludes families headed by same-sex couples: “Relations between individuals of the same sex and other social and legal arrangements that are neither equivalent nor analogous to the family are not entitled to the protections singularly reserved for the family in international law and policy.”

The platform concludes that any language that “implicitly or explicitly attempts to dilute, erode, or undermine” this definition of the family is “incompatible with international human rights law.”

Brown, as marriage equality has become entrenched in the U.S., has increasingly worked to form global alliances to prevent the advance of LGBT rights.

Glenn Beck Mocks Donald Trump By Covering His Face With Crushed-Up Cheetos

On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck and his co-hosts mocked Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump for looking like an "orange racoon" and wondered how he obtained his unnatural hue. In an attempt to figure it out, they planned an experiment for today in which they would smear crushed-up Cheetos on their faces "to see if we can get our face close to the face of Donald Trump."

And true to their word, they did exactly that at the end of today's broadcast. 

We don't even have any commentary to add, since there really isn't much you can say about Beck and company pressing their faces into plates of crushed Cheetos:

For what it is worth, here is what Beck looked like on his television show earlier this week, before he started mocking Trump for being absurdly orange:

Ex-Judge Points Out Legal Flaws Of Fetal 'Personhood'

As we explored in a report on the fetal “personhood” movement a few years ago, the effort to outlaw all abortion (and possibly some forms of birth control) by giving full constitutional rights to zygotes could result in any number of unintended consequences.

In a column yesterday in the Montgomery Advertiser, Vanzetta Penn McPherson, a retired federal magistrate judge, poked holes in a recent Alabama personhood proposal that died in the state House last week.

If embryos and fetuses are declared to be legal persons, she asks, would they be entitled to congressional representation? To welfare benefits? To get their drivers’ license nine months early?

1. Since the date of each conception is uncertain and the government is the custodian of birth records: (a) Should the government assign a date of conception to determine the prenatal child’s true birthdate? (b) At delivery, will the average prenatal child already be nine months old? (c) Should parents count prenatal children on census and employment forms? (d) Should the legislature count prenatal children in the redistricting process?

2. For families: (a) Since DNA tests can prove paternity, should a father’s child support obligation begin at conception, when life begins? (b) Would a pregnant woman who is dependent on welfare be entitled to government benefits for her embryo? (c) Would a pregnant mother who is dependent on welfare be entitled to additional government benefits for her embryo?

3. Rights and Responsibilities: (a) Would a fetus, who is also a person, be entitled to an equal share of a parent’s or grandparent’s bequest to “children” or “grandchildren”? (b)Would the presence of a fetus, who is entitled to equal protection of the law, prevent the imposition of a lawful prison sentence upon a pregnant woman? (c) Would the presence of a fetus, who is entitled to equal protection of the law, cause the release of a female inmate who became pregnant? (d) To secure entitlement to rights that are triggered by age, should we award driver’s licenses (at 16), permit persons to vote (at 18), and permit persons to drink alcohol (at 21), based on “birth at conception?” (e) If so, will the presumption of “birth at conception” apply only to prenatal children “living” at the time the amendment passes? (f) Or will the presumption of “birth at conception” also apply to everyone, since everyone was once an embryo, thus allowing adults to advance their entitlement to retirement, and other state benefits? (g) When a prenatal child dies of natural causes before delivery, may its parents collect the proceeds of a life insurance policy they secured shortly after conception?

Even aside from the clearly unconstitutional attack on Roe v. Wade, these are issues that the courts would have to work out if “personhood” were to become law.

At least two states besides Alabama are currently considering “personhood” measures.

Bryan Fischer Is Outraged That Target Allowed A Man Into A 'Family Dressing Room' Area

The American Family Association has been leading the fight against Target's policy of allowing transgender customers and employees to use the bathroom or fitting room that matches their gender identity, and Bryan Fischer has been doing his part on his daily radio program to whip up opposition to the policy in increasingly absurd ways.

On his radio program yesterday, Fischer read an email sent to the AFA-affiliated organization One Million Moms from a woman who was outraged to discover a man in the dressing room area with her daughter on a recent trip to Target.

According to this email, as read by Fischer, this woman and her teenage daughter visited a local Target store last week and her daughter went into the dressing room to try on some clothes. When the mother went to check on her, she heard a man's voice coming from the dressing room area, so she rushed in to find that the man "was in the same dressing area but not the same stall" as her daughter.

She immediately went to Target management to complain, Fischer said, "but the supervisor just pointed her to a sign that says 'Family Dressing Room.'"

"So she got no satisfaction, no help," an outraged Fischer complained, apparently unaware of how Family Dressing Rooms operate! 

Benghazi Select Committee Now Attempting To Interview Conservative Talk Show Callers As Witnesses

In a letter he sent to Benghazi Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy today, Assistant Secretary of Defense Stephen Hedger lists a litany of abuses that have taken place during the course of the investigation of the 2012 attack.

Among these abuses, Hedger reports, is that the committee is requesting that the Defense Department track down callers to Sean Hannity’s radio show in order to call them as witnesses:

The Committee has requested to interview an individual identified as ‘John from Iowa’ who described himself as a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) camera operator on a talk radio show, where he described what he allegedly saw in the video feed from the night of the attack. The Department has expended significant resources to locate anyone who might match the description of this person, to no avail. The Committee staff then expanded this initial request to include all RPA pilots and RPA sensor operators who operated in the region that night.

The May 2013 call to Hannity’s program was subsequently reported on by other conservative outlets, including Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.

After two years, $6.7 million in taxpayer dollars, and an 11-hour grilling of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that was widely derided as a failed partisan hatchet job, the Select Committee is now relying on callers to right wing radio shows as witnesses. 

It has to be said, this is not parody.

Paranoia-Rama: Martial Law Plot To Stop Trump, 'Covert Chemtrailing' And Agenda 21 Concentration Camps

RWW’s Paranoia-Rama takes a look at five of the week’s most absurd conspiracy theories from the Right.

Classic conspiracy theories like the supposed threats of Chemtrails and Agenda 21 reemerged this week, along with some new ones, such as the possibility of a nuclear war with Russia sparked by Target’s new trans-inclusive policies. All that and more this week on Paranoia-Rama:

5) October Surprise

On Wednesday, Donald Trump’s confidant Roger Stone appeared on Alex Jones’ conspiracy theory radio show, where Jones and a caller asked if “the establishment” could pull off a stunt — such as deliberately crashing the economy or faking an attempt on President Obama’s life — to postpone the election in a last-ditch effort to stop Trump.

Stone, naturally, agreed with their fears: “I think they’re capable of anything, including martial law.”

Jones said nefarious actors may try to thwart Trump because they know he is a candidate who “unites us all.”

“What would you be doing if you were them?” he asked Stone.

Stone replied: “Well, they could stage an international incident in which everybody has to rally around the president and then use that as a pretext to cancel the election.”

4) Sky Criminals

While Jones is worried about the prospect of an anti-Trump October surprise, he was delighted to read Chuck Norris’ latest column about chemtrails.

Writing about “Sky Criminals” for the far-right website WorldNetDaily, Norris warned about “covert chemtrailing” that “is taking place in the skies above us and unbeknownst to us.”

“How many plane-dropping chemical cocktails have already been sprayed around the world in the name of securing public health?” he asked, wondering if the government is using planes to conduct “mass vaccinations or some other devious plot.”

“It’s time again to wake up, America.”

3) Nuclear War

Conservatives aren’t only blaming transgender people for sexual assaults and rape — at least one far-right commentator is claiming that they might be the cause of a nuclear war.

Thanks to Target’s new nondiscrimination policy, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles warned this week, we might all get killed by a nuclear strike from Russia. The End Times broadcaster said that Target’s recently announced policy on transgender customers and staff will provoke divine judgment and “shut down this nation.”

“Doc, God is going to use the Russians to bring down Sodom and Gomorrah if there’s no repentance in this land,” he told his co-host Doc Burkhart. “Listen, these freaks are going to get us all killed. They’re going to get us all killed.”

2) Agenda 21 Fears

Ted Cruz’s campaign announced the members of his “Montana Leadership Team” last weekend and, unsurprisingly, the group includes some of the most extreme and bizarre conservatives in the state, including “Dan Happel, Agenda 21 Speaker.”

While Cruz has flirted with Agenda 21 conspiracy theories in the past — warning during his 2012 campaign for U.S. Senate that the nonbinding UN initiative was a “grand scheme” concocted by George Soros to abolish “ golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads ” — Happel has taken things to a new level.

Happel believes that Agenda 21, a nonbinding sustainable development initiative that is over two decades old but only recently became a source of right-wing trepidation, is actually a Stalinist plot to create a one-world government to ensure that “ private property can be increasingly controlled and ultimately eliminated.”

One Montana newspaper reported that Happel believes that Agenda 21 will “involve relocating most Montanans to some large city, like Seattle, where they would be housed like sardines in compact housing developments, deprived of automobiles, and basically held hostage to some job in the city. Meanwhile vast areas of land would be reclaimed for wilderness to be used by the rich oligarchy.”

1) Ted Cruz or Disaster

Glenn Beck, the supposed author of the dystopian thriller “Agenda 21,” is such a big fan of Cruz that he told his viewers this week that if the Texas senator doesn’t win the presidency, it means lights out for America.

The conservative radio commentator believes that Cruz,much like Moses, is divinely ordained and that he is fulfilling the “White Horse Prophesy” laid out by Mormon founder Joseph Smith. Christians who do not vote for Cruz, according to Beck, “are not listening to their God.”

Indeed, Beck said on Wednesday that “the republic is at stake” in this election and if the Cruz campaign goes down to defeat, then we will “lose freedom for all mankind.”

Glenn Beck (Inadvertently) Declares That Ted Cruz Is 'Not Qualified To Be President'

Glenn Beck spent a segment on his radio program yesterday ripping the foreign policy speech that Donald Trump recently delivered in which he declared that "'America First' will be the major and overriding theme of my administration," because the phrase "America First" also happens to be the name of an anti-Semitic, isolationist political party that opposed U.S. involvement in World War II and urged appeasement of Adolf Hitler.

Beck said that this is the sort of information that can be learned through a simple Google search and the fact that nobody on the Trump campaign knew this or bothered to look it up means that Trump is totally unqualified to be president.

"You would think that someone would do a little bit of homework," Beck said. "Can somebody Google search? ... That is the bare minimum everyone should do. Google search."

"If you can't do a simple Google search, you're not qualified to be president," he continued. "You're really not."

We agree.

Earlier this month, we noted that Ted Cruz has been trying to rewrite the history regarding his appearance last year at a conference organized by radical anti-gay activist Kevin Swanson, who openly advocates imposing the death penalty for homosexuality, by falsely claiming that he was not aware of Swanson's views before he attended and that he immediately denounced them once he learned about them:

This is nonsense, as Swanson's views were well documented long before Cruz attended the rally and Cruz himself was directly confronted about them by CNN's Jake Tapper the day before he spoke alongside Swanson. Both Cruz and his father, Rafael Cruz, nonetheless agreed to appear at the conference and then his campaign proceeded to dismiss any criticism of his decision.

When Beck's own daughter confronted Cruz about his appearance with Swanson, Cruz lied to her face and feigned ignorance, claiming that he chewed out his staff for allowing him to appear with someone like Swanson, at least according to Beck's account of the conversation.

As we said before, "if nobody on the Cruz campaign was aware of Swanson's extreme views, it is only because they didn't bother to check since Swanson's long history of unrepentant bigotry has been well documented."

A simple Google search would have easily allowed anyone on the Cruz campaign to discover Swanson's extremism, but apparently nobody bothered to "do a little bit of homework," which makes Cruz, according to Beck's own standard, unqualified to be president.

Who Could Trump Pick As His VP? There Are So Many Terrible Options!

With Ted Cruz announcing yesterday that Carly Fiorina will be his running mate in his increasingly difficult path to the GOP presidential nomination, we thought it might be time for Donald Trump to start thinking about who he wants as his vice president.

Here are just a few options:

1) Chris Christie

Following his victory in five states on Tuesday, Trump suggested that he would consider naming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was standing by his side and trying his best not to look like a hostage, as his running mate.

Trump would have to overlook the Fort Lee highway lane closure scandal, better known as Bridgegate, that weighed down Christie’s unsuccessful presidential campaign.

As we noted before Christie jumped into the presidential race, under his leadership “New Jersey experienced multiple credit downgrades, regular budget shortfalls, a failed pension reform plan, fiscal mismanagement that benefited political donors, anemic job growth, a transit funding scandal and mishandling of Hurricane Sandy recovery money.”

Trump would also have to try to restrain himself from continuing to insult the governor, something he has had a problem doing even after Christie endorsed him.

2) Scott Brown

Trump has also floated former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown as a potential running mate.

“Vice president — hey, that sounds like it could, hey, hey, very good,” Trump said. “Hey, you know what? And he’s central casting. Look at that guy. Central casting.”

Brown, who lost his race for re-election against Elizabeth Warren and later ran unsuccessfully against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, was one of Trump’s most prominent endorsers and media surrogates before the New Hampshire contest.

His colleagues at Fox News — which has frequently run glowing profiles of the former senator — have also encouraged Trump to pick him as his running mate.

Brown has at least one thing in common with Trump: they have both pushed quack medical cures; Trump with his failed multilevel marketing company and Brown with his email list, which once promoted “an outlet that touts shady products like Alzheimer's disease cures and Social Security tricks.” Brown later said that he did not approve of the email although, as Media Matters reports, he also rented his list to a dubious group “promising to show readers a ‘Weird Trick’ that ‘adds $1,000 to Your Social Security Checks!’”

The two also have a tendency to create anti-immigrant conspiracy theories (Brown once warned of Ebola-infected immigrants easily walking across the U.S. border with Mexico), going to great lengths to avoid answering basic questions and creating awkward situations with women.

One problem for Brown, however, is that he is pro-choice, unlike the famously pro-life Donald Trump.

3) Scott DesJarlais

Scott DesJarlais is one of the few members of Congress to endorse Trump, and the Tennessee Republican will surely help Trump win over women voters.

Before running for Congress as a “pro-life” and “pro-family” Republican, “DesJarlais, a physician, pressured a patient who was his mistress to get an abortion. It was later revealed that the pro-life congressman had approved of his first wife having two abortions, and that he’d had sex with at least two patients.” He also had affairs with “three coworkers and a drug representative,” and was later fined for violating medical ethics.

DesJarlais’ ex-wife also accused him of “dry firing a gun outside the Plaintiff's locked bedroom door, [admitting] suicidal ideation, holding a gun in his mouth for three hours, an incident of physical intimidation at the hospital; and previous threatening behavior ... i.e. shoving, tripping, pushing down, etc.”

4) Jeff Sessions

Trump has said that he would like to pick an insider as his vice president, so why not go with his sole Senate endorser and “Washington gatekeeper” Jeff Sessions?

The Alabama Republican helped craft Trump’s plan to deport all undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., as well as his proposal to destroy the Mexican economy by blocking remittances in order to force Mexico to pay for the border wall.

Sessions has also defended Trump’s proposal to ban the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims from entering the U.S. and similarly expressed doubt climate science with his own bizarre reasoning.

5) Mike Huckabee

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has been a relentless defender of Trump throughout the campaign, frequently attacking Ted Cruz while praising the billionaire mogul. Trump even hired Huckabee’s daughter as an adviser after the former governor’s own presidential bid ended.

The two have their differences: While Trump mostly directs his bigotry towards immigrants and Muslims, Huckabee keeps LGBT people as his main target.

While the folksy Southern Baptist minister may not share many of Trump’s personality traits, he does at least share Trump’s proclivity for anti-Obama conspiracy theories and patronizing language towards women .

6) Ben Carson

After endorsing Trump’s candidacy, Ben Carson has emerged as one of his worst campaign surrogates.

Nonetheless, there are numerousreports that Carson isactively lobbying for a slot on the ticket.

Carson, like Trumphas a gift for grifting and making mystifying, bigoted statements.

Trump may be wary, however, because Carson believes that God was behind his own, failed presidential campaign.

Bonus: Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin is one of Trump’s earliest endorsers and most loyal surrogates, thanking God for his candidacy and hailing him for standing up to “all that petty, punk-ass, little thuggery stuff.” She even defended him when he attacked John McCain, who named Palin as his running mate in 2008, for being a prisoner of war, saying that Trump is a hero for criticizing the Obama administration’s handling of immigration and economic policy.

It was also at a Trump rally where Palin suggested that President Obama shares some of the blame for her son’s arrest for domestic assault.

Trump has said that he would consider appointing Palin to a position in his administration because “she really is somebody who knows what’s happening and she’s a special person, she’s really a special person and I think people know that.”

Seeing that she already ran for vice president once before, Palin is clearly ready for the campaign.

After all, what could go wrong?

Even Glenn Beck Thinks Cruz's VP Pick Was A 'Desperate' Move

Ted Cruz's announcement yesterday that he would name Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate despite the fact that he is trailing badly in the Republican presidential primary race was widely seen as a desperate move to boost his struggling campaign.

And since Glenn Beck has transformed his daily radio program into little more than an arm of Cruz's presidential operation, it was entirely predictable that he would kick off today's program by conducting a softball interview with Fiorina, which he introduced by admitting that the campaign's unusual move was indeed an act of desperation ... "because Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina are desperate to save the Constitution."

"They are desperate to save the economy. Desperate to create jobs. And so am I," Beck said. "They are desperate to stop the crucifixion of Christians by ISIS. And so am I. I think you are, too ... They are desperate. Indeed, they are. They are desperate to make sure that our children aren't spied on and listened to. They are desperate to make sure that the IRS isn’t used as a weapon anymore."

"And if you're not desperate," Beck concluded, pointing directly into the camera, "then you're not in the real world. If you're not desperate, then they have no chance of winning. But if you believe this is our last call, if you believe we are in deep trouble, you're damn right you're desperate. You should be desperate."

Joel Gilbert: Removing Jackson From Currency Shows 'The Leftists Are Not Different From The Islamists'

Joel Gilbert, the right-wing filmmaker who promotes the alternative birther theory that President Obama’s “real father” was labor activist Frank Marshall Davis, joined far-right radio host Rick Wiles on his “Trunews” program on Monday to discuss what Wiles called the “cultural cleansing” taking place with the removal of President Andrew Jackson from the front of the $20 bill.

Gilbert said that the decision to feature Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill and move Jackson to the back and the efforts to take down the Confederate flag from government grounds are both part of the liberal effort to “change everything and pretty much apologize and condemn the greatness of America and the history and judge it according to current value standards of the media and condemn American history, apologize for American history and then cover it up.”

“The leftists are not different from the Islamists,” he continued. “Don’t forget the Islamists, when Islam burst out of Arabia in the sixth century, seventh century, they came to Jerusalem, they renamed it al-Quds. Several centuries later, they took over the Christian city of Constantinople. Now it’s called Istanbul.”

“This is a way of changing the history to accommodate the new ideology in town,” he said, “and changing the currency to wipe out the founding fathers from our consciousness, their principles and their ideals that created a nation of individual free markets and free speech, that is a way to achieve their long-term goals.”

Jackson, who isn’t generally considered a founding father, was added to the $20 bill in 1928.

'These Freaks Are Going To Get Us All Killed': Rick Wiles Warns Target Restroom Policy Will Spark Nuclear War

Far-right radio host Rick Wiles devoted the first half of his “Trunews” program on Monday to railing against Target’s policy of allowing transgender people to use the restroom that matches their gender identity, warning that the retail chain’s bathroom policy has helped turn America into Sodom and Gomorrah, which God will now destroy through a nuclear war with Russia.

After reading from a statement about the bathroom policy from Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder, Wiles bellowed, “How about if I just urinate on your floor? How about that, Molly? Because you’re defecating on this nation.”

He said that the restroom policy and Target’s decision last year to stop putting gender-specific signage on kids’ toys are both part of a “revolution” being carried out by modern-day Nazis.

“Our minds are being captured, Doc, by perverts,” he told his co-host Doc Burkhart. “This is what happened in Germany. The Nazis were perverts. They took over Germany. It was a radical, socialist, homosexual movement called the Nazi Socialist Party. They’re now in control of America, and sane people better rise up and oppose it quickly. This is just the beginning.”

“It’s either shut down Target or their type is going to shut down this nation, because there’s no end to their insanity and their immorality and their wickedness,” Wiles declared later in the program.

Reading from a Business Insider article about an increase in Russian submarine activity, Wiles connected the dots.

“Doc, God is going to use the Russians to bring down Sodom and Gomorrah if there’s no repentance in this land,” he said. “Listen, these freaks are going to get us all killed. They’re going to get us all killed.”

“When there is a nuclear war, we all die,” he explained. “Now, those of us who are saved are going to go home to be with the Lord. Those who are unsaved are going to burn in hell. But we’re all going to die in a nuclear war thanks to the sodomites that are in control of this nation right now.”

“Show me one country in history that has gone down this road and survived,” he said. “There’s not one example. There’s not one example in thousands of years of human history of a nation turning from God and becoming a sodomite nation and then going on to be great. Not one nation.”

Wiles has told Trunews listeners in the past that thanks to gay rights activism, the U.S. could get destroyed by a nuclear strike from North Korea.

Jim Garlow: Future Historians May Look Back On Our Prayer Gathering As The Moment That Restored America

Right-wing pastor Jim Garlow, one of the organizers of last night's "Washington — A Man Of Prayer" event at the U.S. Capitol, closed out the gathering by declaring that future historians just might look back on the prayers that had been offered by dozens of members of Congress and conclude that they had caused a "shift in the heavenly realm" that led to nationwide revival.

"This is such a sacred moment," he stated. "If we could see into the realm of the heavenlies what has been accomplished by the declarations that have been made by our congressional leaders, we would have reason to be profoundly encouraged."

"I feel like we're standing before a burning bush," Garlow continued, in awe of the fact that only America would have "this many people at the highest level of leadership call on God the way we just heard," predicting that this event will lead to a "restoration" that will sweep across the nation.

"This is your place, this is your moment," Garlow said, leading the gathering in one final prayer. "Who knows what future historians might write about what began those days in April when people began to gather, called congressmen, and began to worship you and praise your name and call on your name and ask for you to give us mercy when we really deserve judgment. Who knows but what this is actually the turning point, it may not be manifested in every way quite yet, but who knows if in the realm of the heavenlies, what's been declared here might some day be identified as the moment when things began to shift in the heavenly realm and the name of Yeshua was lifted up again and God is honored in this place, this city and around this nation. Thank you, Father God, for what you are doing and what you have just done."

Garlow has previously claimed that his prayer gatherings led to the passage of California's Proposition 8, the anti-gay amendment that was later overturned by the courts.

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