Fighting the Right

Frank Gaffney: Ted Cruz Will Save America From Sharia Law

Today on “Breitbart News Daily,” anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist and Ted Cruz adviser Frank Gaffney spoke with host Stephen Bannon about the Texas senator’s support for a police program in New York that monitored Muslims.

Bannon thanked Cruz for praising the NYPD’s Demographic Unit, which Bannon said “was so successful” in combating security threats. However, the Associated Press reported that the NYPD itself acknowledged that the since-abandoned spying program “never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation.”

Gaffney said that the GOP presidential candidate wants to make sure that no neighborhood becomes “dominated by folks who are engaged in a practice that is anti-constitutional and hostile to the values of our country, specifically those who are seeking to impose a program they call Sharia.”

He went on to say that Sharia law is “manifesting itself” in “parts of the United States,” although he didn’t say which U.S. localities he believes have fallen to Islamic rule.

Cruz himself has warned that the imposition of “Sharia law is an enormous problem” in the U.S. and called on the federal government to “empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”

Ann Coulter Excuses Trump's Extramarital Affair: It Started In A Church!

Ann Coulter, the conservative author who has been campaigning for Donald Trump, whom she believes God is using to save America, stopped by “The Eric Metaxas Show” yesterday to praise the GOP presidential frontrunner for never dabbling in drugs or alcohol.

When Coulter tried to point to Trump’s teetotalism as proof of his personal virtues, Metaxas interjected: “His vice of choice was adultery.”

“Allegedly,” Coulter said with a laugh.

“You know where he met Marla Maples?” Coulter said of Trump’s second wife, who was rumored to be his mistress while he was married to his first wife, Ivana. “You know where he met her? I haven’t really followed his personal story very closely but he met her in church.”

People Magazine reported at the time that Trump and Maples met at a celebrity tennis tournament in Atlantic City in 1985 and by “1987, during services at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, Trump was secretly romancing Maples as he found ways to temporarily ditch Ivana and their kids.”

“He kept going to some, like, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, kept meeting Marla Maples there, got to know her as a friend and at some point he apparently went to the pastor and said, ‘I think I’m in trouble, I’m falling in love with this woman,’ and then he did marry her,” Coulter said.

She explained that just as “we have degrees of murder, we can have degrees of adultery.”

Trump, she said, is unlike other politicians who have had “sleazy” affairs.

“There are degrees of murder, there are degrees of adultery,” she said. “It’s not his strongest point, oh well. He’s the only one who’s going to build the wall.”

Modern-Day MLK Glenn Beck Volunteers To Be Punched In The Face By Trump Supporters

Convinced that 2016 will see a repeat of the riots and assassinations of 1968 and that God has been preparing his audience for years for this moment to save America, Glenn Beck is now contemplating going to Cleveland for the Republican convention this summer, where he hopes to become this generation's Martin Luther King Jr. by allowing himself to be punched in the face by angry Donald Trump supporters.

Alarmed by longtime Trump ally Roger Stone's threat to disclose the hotel room numbers of any Republican delegates who try to "steal" the nomination from Trump at the convention, Beck declared on his radio program today that perhaps God has been preparing him and his audience to go to Cleveland and link arms around the hotels in order to protect the delegates by taking a beating.

"This may be what we have been preparing for," Beck stated. "This is maybe what I've been prepared for, this is maybe what I've been hearing, what I'm supposed to do and I haven't understood it ... I do believe that Martin Luther King was right; where there is good versus evil and it is side by side, Americans will always side with good." 

"This is about good versus evil," he said. "I'm wondering if we're supposed to go to Cleveland ourselves and I don't know yet what, ring those hotels, stand someplace arm in arm, shoulder to shoulder and be immovable and let them punch us in the face."

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.”

Glenn Grothman Joins Other Republicans In Admitting Voter ID Laws Are About Suppressing Democratic Voters

Wisconsin Rep. Glenn Grothman has always stood out, even within the GOP, for his extreme views and statements, so it only makes sense that Sen. Ted Cruz touted the congressman’s endorsement prior to last night’s Wisconsin presidential primary.

At Cruz’s victory party, a Milwaukee television reporter asked Grothman why he thinks the GOP has a chance to win Wisconsin in the general election, since no Republican has won the state since 1984. Grothman replied by arguing that “Hillary Clinton is about the weakest candidate the Democrats have ever put up and now we have voter ID and I think voter ID is going to make a little bit of a difference as well.”

Grothman’s claim confirmed yet again what voter ID opponents have been saying all along: that GOP lawmakers throughout the country have tried to pass laws making it more difficult to vote in order to reduce the voting share of young people and people of color, who studies have consistently found are less likely to have the required identification documents. In Wisconsin alone, approximately 300,000 voters could be impacted by a new voter ID law, and many observers blamed the law for the long lines seen at the polls on Tuesday.

All of these restrictions, however, are ostensibly to solve the problem of in-person voter fraud, a crime so rare that one study found just 31 possible cases of it out of over a billion ballots cast in primary and general elections since 2000. Conservatives have often pointed to discredited and debunked claims about widespread voter fraud to justify their support for these voter suppression measures.

While serving in the Wisconsin legislature, Grothman was a vocal supporter of voting restrictions, even going so far as to say that such measures would help Mitt Romney carry the state in 2012:

Grothman was the chief sponsor of a bill to limit early voting and prohibit weekend voting in Wisconsin, a direct assault on turnout efforts in Democratic-leaning districts. Grothman also proposed a measure to weaken campaign finance reporting requirements and another to make it more difficult for the elderly to seek assistance in voting, and even tried to end same-day voter registration in the state, which in 2012 had the nation’s second-highest turnout rate.

Last year, Grothman co-sponsored a bill that would weaken local courts that had ruled against voter suppression measures. He supported a state voter ID law in 2012, which he admitted he thought would help Romney “in a close race” and implied that voters without ID probably didn’t want to vote anyway. After the election, he claimed that President Obama and Sen. Tammy Baldwin both won their elections due to fraud.

Grothman isn’t the only conservative who has inadvertently revealed the true purpose of voter ID laws and other restrictive voting measures, such as efforts to limit early voting.

Mike Turzai

Mike Turzai, who is now the speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, confidently predicted at a GOP gathering in 2012 that a new restrictive voter ID law would secure Romney’s victory in the swing state.

“Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania: done,” he said.

John Fund

John Fund, a conservative commentator who has frequently warned of the scourge of voter fraud, once admitted that voter ID laws do little to stop absentee ballot fraud, which he called “the tool of choice amongst fraudsters,” since voter ID laws only impact in-person voting.

“I think it is a fair argument of some liberals that there are some people who emphasize the voter ID part more than the absentee ballot part because supposedly Republicans like absentee ballots more and they don’t want to restrict that,” he admitted, before adding: “But the bottom line is, on good government grounds, we have to have both voter ID laws and absentee ballot laws.” (Indeed, while all types of voter fraud are extremely rare, PBS notes that “election law experts say it happens more often through mail-in ballots than people impersonating eligible voters at the polls.”)

Fund once pointed to 19 possible cases of voter fraud out of 421,997 ballots cast in one Ohio county as proof that voter ID laws are necessary. Out of the already small number of cases that authorities were investigating, just two involved alleged in-person voter fraud and neither involved someone impersonating someone else, the supposed target of voter ID laws.

Phyllis Schlafly

Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly cheered on another way the GOP has tried to suppress the vote: by reducing voting hours.

Schlafly said in 2014 that Republican lawmakers must restrict early voting opportunities because high voter turnout helps Democrats:

Democrats promote early voting for the same reason they oppose voter ID: because they view early voting as helping their side. In the absurdly long 35-day period of early voting in Ohio in 2012, Democrats racked up perhaps a million-vote advantage over Republicans before Election Day was ever reached. Republicans have been slow to realize how early voting helps the Democrats.

Fran Millar

Georgia state Sen. Fran Millar, like Schlafly, has condemned attempts to increase voter turnout. He was particularly critical of an effort in DeKalb County, the state’s third largest, to open an early voting center in a mall near a predominantly black megachurch and “dominated by African American shoppers.” Millar wrote in 2014:

Now we are to have Sunday voting at South DeKalb Mall just prior to the election. Per Jim Galloway of the [Atlanta Journal-Constitution], this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist . Galloway also points out the Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea – what a surprise. I’m sure Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are delighted with this blatantly partisan move in DeKalb.

Is it possible church buses will be used to transport people directly to the mall since the poll will open when the mall opens? If this happens, so much for the accepted principle of separation of church and state.

He later added: “I would prefer more educated voters than a greater increase in the number of voters.”

Doug Preisse

Doug Preisse, the chairman of the Republican Party in Franklin County, Ohio, the home of Columbus, plainly admitted in the run-up to the 2012 election why he believed the state should curb early voting hours: “I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter turnout machine.”

The state party chairman later defended Preisse by explaining that his statement wasn’t meant to be on the record.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is currently running for president, signed legislation in 2014 that cut early voting and eliminated same-day registration in his state.”

Jim Greer

In 2012, after stepping down as chairman of the Florida Republican Party, Jim Greer told the Palm Beach Post that GOP strategists are committed to restricting voting access in order to hurt Democrats and simply use the menace of voter fraud as “a marketing ploy.”

Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he attended various meetings, beginning in 2009, at which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours.

“The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told The Post. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only. … ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’ ” Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.

“They never came in to see me and tell me we had a (voter) fraud issue,” Greer said. “It’s all a marketing ploy.”

Another Republican leader in the state, Wayne Bertsch, told the newspaper that Republicans used voting curbs to undercut the Democratic vote .

Don Yelton

One GOP official in North Carolina, Don Yelton, was quite candid about why he thought the state should enact voter restrictions.

“This law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt,” he said. “If it hurts a bunch of college kids that’s too lazy to get up off their bohunkus and go get a photo ID, so be it. If it hurts the whites, so be it. If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that wants the government to give them everything, so be it.”

As captured in 2013 in an incredible interview with The Daily Show:

While Yelton eventually resigned from his position while still standing behind his remarks, that wasn’t much of a comfort to the thousands of North Carolina voters who could lose their ability to vote thanks to recent voting restrictions, despite the fact that “North Carolina officials made just two referrals of cases of voter impersonation fraud out of 35 million votes cast in primary and general federal elections between 2000 and 2014.”

But hey, at least he’s honest.

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.”

David Barton: Thomas Jefferson Would Have Agreed With Me On Everything

Right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton appeared on the "Hagee Hotline" yesterday to promote the new edition of his discredited book on Thomas Jefferson and revealed what issues Jefferson would care about if he were alive today and voting in the upcoming presidential election. Amazingly, they just so happen to be the same issues that Barton himself cares about!

"When you look at your leaders, you look at religious beliefs," Barton said. "And I don't mean theological beliefs, I mean where are you with God. Because Jefferson is very clear, it's written in stone on the Jefferson Memorial that the liberties of a nation are only secure as long as the people are convinced that those liberties come from God and that if you violate them, you will initiate God's wrath. That's Jefferson's own statement. So that's the first place; if you've got somebody who doesn't really include God in what they do, then you've got a problem."

Barton, who earlier this year openly stated that Jefferson would endorse Ted Cruz — which is pretty convenient considering that Barton is running a pro-Cruz super PAC — went on to claim that Jefferson would also be opposed to legal abortion, marriage equality, gay rights and even the income tax:

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.”

Bryan Fischer: MLK 'Would Be Ecstatic' About Mississippi's New Anti-LGBT Law

There are few Religious Right activists who can match American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer when it comes to relentless hatred and hostility toward the LGBT community, so it stands to reason that if he starts heaping praise upon something, there is a very good chance that that thing is awful.

Naturally, Fischer kicked off his radio broadcast today by showering praise upon a piece of legislation signed into law today by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant that gives businesses, organizations and government officials the right to openly discriminate against gay people in the name of "religious liberty."

In Fischer's warped view, the new law actually prohibits discrimination by protecting the rights of Christians to discriminate against others ... because not being allowed to discriminate is itself a form of discrimination.

Hailing the new law as "outstanding" and "the best in the nation," Fischer rejoiced that Christians in his home states of Mississippi are now protected from "invidious discrimination" by "heterophobic bigots."

"Martin Luther King Jr. was all about protecting rights of conscience," Fischer laughably proclaimed. "That's what drove him; the right of conscience and protecting the right of conscience. Martin Luther King Jr. would be ecstatic with this bill. He would love this bill."

Apparently Fischer thinks that King was organizing and protesting not to end racial discrimination but rather in favor of the right of whites to openly discriminate against blacks in the name of "conscience."

Jim Bakker: Decorate Your Living Room With Food Buckets!

Televangelist Jim Bakker always comes up with the most creative ways to pitch his survival food buckets.

Today, Bakker told viewers that they can use the buckets to support furniture in their homes as they await the inevitable apocalypse … which may actually be more useful than attempting to cook and eat the products in the buckets when the end finally comes.

“You could have your whole living room with end tables and coffee tables made out of food buckets,” Bakker said. “Just do it.”

Not only that, but Bakker’s ministry also says that every bucket plan purchase will also ensure that they send a food bucket to Christians in the Middle East.

Donald Trump's 'Very Easy' Plan To Pay Off The National Debt In 8 Years

Donald Trump has been taking heat for saying that he plans to pay off the entire $19 trillion national debt in eight years while at the same time promising a massive tax cut that would cost $12 trillion and calling for budget-busting spending programs.

Trump told radio host Joe Pags over the weekend that he will do this by putting the squeeze on Japan and appointing “great people” to cut the budget of each federal department “2 or 3 percent.” Such a plan, Trump said, would be “very easy” to pull off.

The GOP presidential frontrunner, who has previously said that he would be fine with Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia acquiring nuclear weapons in order to reduce the U.S. burden to defend those nations, said he would cut the national debt by putting the squeeze on countries like Japan, never mind the threat it faces from North Korea. These budget cuts and new tribute payments, Trump explained, will not only cover the national debt but will also fund his huge tax and spending plans.

“It’s possible that if Japan doesn’t want to pay up, we’ll say, ‘Good luck and defend yourself,’” he said. “If that means they’re going to have to arm in some way, they’re going to have to arm in some way. We can’t afford to — we’re paying for the military of Japan. And every time this maniac in North Korea — and it’s a bigger problem for them than it is for us, frankly — every time this maniac in North Korea raises his head, we start doubling up. At one point do people take care of us? We’re a debtor nation. Our country is falling apart. Our infrastructure is dying. We owe all of those trillions of dollars. $19, it’s going to be $21 very soon with that stupid budget that was just passed three months ago, the omnibus budget, at what point do we say, ‘Enough, enough’?”

He predicted that the Japanese government would eventually acquiesce to President Trump’s demand to “pay much more money” for military protection and that Saudi Arabia would also pay up: “They don’t like us so much and you know what, with me, they’re going to like us and they’re going to pay more and they’re going to be very happy, okay?”

Warning that companies are outsourcing all of America’s jobs, Trump said that “we’re not going to have anything left and I know how to stop it in two seconds.”

“I know how to fix it, so easy, that aspect of it,” Trump continued. “And even, you know, the nuclear. I am doing so good on nuclear by people that are fair. What’s happening now is we’re paying for the world’s — we’re like the world’s policeman but they don’t pay us for it. We lose a fortune on the military. You know, our military budget is phenomenally higher than any other budget but it’s not for us, we’re protecting everybody else and we lose a fortune. Frankly, Joe, we lose a fortune on everything we do and we have to make our country strong financially again and if we don’t do that we’re never going to have a strong country again. And I’ll save Social Security. I’ll save things that everyone else says can’t be saved because I’ll bring back all of this money that we’re wasting on other countries.”

“We’re going to have a country like you wouldn’t believe,” he said.

Trump did not discuss his plan to bomb and then seize oilfields in the Middle East and send the profits to veterans’ families.

Ted Cruz Tries To Downplay His Anti-Choice Extremism

Last weekend, the National Right to Life Committee’s board of directors voted to support Ted Cruz in the remaining Republican presidential primaries. A post on the group’s website yesterday said:

National Right to Life believes Sen. Cruz is the only candidate for president who has always been pro-life, who has a 100% pro-life voting record with National Right to Life, who can win the Republican nomination, and who can defeat pro-abortion Hillary Clinton in November.

Cruz spent an hour with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly last night. The first audience question came from a woman who described herself as a pro-choice Republican who was afraid that Cruz would make abortion illegal nationwide if he became president. Those are extremely well-founded fears; Cruz is a zealous advocate for the criminalization of abortion. Last night he said that he sees Roe v. Wade as judicial activism, not settled law. Kelly noted for the record, and Cruz reaffirmed, that he wants to ban abortions without any exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

Cruz then engaged in a bit of disingenuous rhetorical misdirection, saying that if Roe v. Wade were not the law of the land, questions about abortion and exceptions “would be up to the people of Wisconsin to decide.” But of course Cruz doesn’t really want decisions about abortion being made at the state level as they were before Roe v. Wade. He has publicly supported a constitutional amendment to ban abortion nationwide. And he doesn’t really even think a constitutional amendment is necessary. He said a few months ago that Congress could “absolutely” get around Roe v. Wade just by passing a law declaring that fertilized eggs have all the legal rights of people under the 14th Amendment. That would not only criminalize all abortion nationwide but would almost certainly make some forms of birth control illegal and leave women open to prosecution for miscarriages deemed suspicious by local authorities.

Cruz also criticized Donald Trump’s recent comments, quickly reversed, that women who have abortions should be punished. “No conservative actually believes that,” said Cruz. Of course, Cruz is lying.

 

Glenn Beck: 'The Founders Used The Bible As The Compass' For Writing The Constitution

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck took a call from a young woman who said that though she is not yet old enough to vote, she would support Ted Cruz if she could because he is the only candidate who "makes the Bible his compass and bases his standards on something that is unchangeable."

Beck replied that people don't actually have to use the Bible as their compass because the Founding Fathers wove the Bible directly into the Constitution and so if we just follow the Constitution, we will be following God's will as well.

"You don't necessarily have to use the Bible as you compass," Beck said, "because the founders used the Bible as the compass to enact the laws of the Constitution. The laws, the amendments are all based on natural law and God's law. So, our politicians, all they need to do is use the Constitution as their compass and they'll be in line with nature's God and nature's laws."

Donald Trump Insults Megyn Kelly's 'Angry' Face

In an interview last weekend with Joe Pags, Donald Trump once again attacked Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, this time mocking her “angry” face.

It was just the latest round of GOP presidential frontrunner’s “sick obsession” Kelly, whom he maligns as “Crazy Megyn.”

Pags told Trump that “as a former journalist” who has “won many, many awards,” he was offended by Kelly’s question in the first Republican presidential debate about the business mogul’s long history of sexist statements, claiming Trump’s remarks were taken “out of context.”

“I thought it was a disgusting question,” Trump said. “It was almost a statement more than a question and I thought it was disgusting.”

Trump, who once insulted his former presidential rival Carly Fiorina’s face, then railed against Kelly for having a “face that was so angry.”

“It was part of entertainment, what are you going to do?” Trump said. “There was a lot of it. They don’t hear that. They hear the horrible question with that face that was so angry. You know, it was also — she looked at me, she looked so angry and it was a hit job.”

Later, Trump said that he has been “misquoted” by members of the media and was particularly angry that he had been “mistreated” by the journalists who pointed out that he repeatedly altered his position on abortion rights last week.

“I don’t think they really take me out of context, I think the press misquotes me a lot,” he said. “Like on the abortion issue. I think I’ve been so mistreated by so many different people. You know, if you point out a clarification, they say, ‘Oh he changed, he changed!’ You know, they make such a big deal out of it. So I really think that the press largely mistreats. I think the press really, really misrepresents and it’s extremely dishonest. I think that’s the biggest problem with the campaign, is the dishonesty of the press, honestly.”

Donald Trump Defends Call For Punishing Women Who Have Abortions: 'I Didn't See Any Big Deal'

Last week, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump took several competing positions on abortion rights over a period of three days.

Trump, who was once adamantly pro-choice, said on Wednesday that “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who have abortions, only to claim later that day that he has never supported such a policy. Then, on Sunday, Trump declared that “we have to leave” current abortion laws in place, only to be again contradicted by his own campaign.

But the way conservative radio host Joe Pags sees it, Trump’s initial “punishment” comments were simply the result of a trap set by MSNBC in an effort to dislodge his candidacy. While speaking with Trump over the weekend, Pags said the candidate should have never even appeared on MSNBC “after what CNBC did in that one debate that was disgusting.”

Trump, interestingly enough, bragged about all the praise he received after saying that if abortion becomes illegal, women who have abortion should be punished.

“A lot of people thought my answer was excellent, by the way,” he told Pags. “There were a lot of people who thought that was a very good answer.”

He added that he “didn’t see any big deal” about the comments until they prompted “somewhat of a storm.”

Pags: Many people say that the difference in Wisconsin is because of that ridiculous question that Chris Matthews that asked you. I’m not going to ask you the question because it was hypothetical and it was stupid. I really don’t believe the question had any merit whatsoever and the guy is not a journalist. But having said that, why continue to go on any MSNBC property after what CNBC did in that one debate that was disgusting? And then you go on MSNBC and you have to expect to be attacked. Why even go? It only benefits them. How does it benefit you?

Trump: It was a hypothetical question. A lot of people thought my answer was excellent, by the way. There were a lot of people who thought that was a very good answer. It was a hypothetical question. I didn’t see any big deal and then all of a sudden there was somewhat of a storm. And you know, it’s interesting, this morning I’m hearing two hosts on television that were critical and they said, “We really thought his first answer was very good.” Because you can’t win. “We thought it was good, what was wrong with his first answer?” And I heard a pastor, who is a fantastic pastor, saying, “Well, you know, if you think about it, his first answer is right.”

Pags: Your answer was consistent with conservatism but Chris Matthews has an agenda, so I’m not even wondering about the question because I thought it was loaded and stupid and hypothetical.

Trump: It was disgraceful.

Pags: Why go on the show? Why go?

Trump: I heard people defending it today. Now they defend it. Now they say, “It was really right.” The whole thing is just so — the press is extremely unfair. A lot of very terrible people. It is interesting with MSNBC. Not only that, I made NBC a fortune with “The Apprentice.” An absolute fortune with “The Apprentice.” But they’ve all got agendas and I understand that. Frankly, they’re bad but they’re sort of all bad. I don’t get treated well on Fox. I don’t get treated well on CNN.

Anti-Gay Activists To Rally In Defense Of North Carolina's New Anti-LGBT Law

Anti-gay activist Mark Creech of the Christian Action League, who once declared that gay marriage is "an attempted gang rape of our culture," is organizing a show of support for North Carolina's recently passed anti-LGBT law.

In a video posted on his website, Creech asks people to demonstrate their "strong support" for the law and to push back against the "smear campaign" against it by joining him for a rally on Monday, April 11, at the state Capitol where they will hear from anti-gay activists like David and Jason Benham, Harry Jackson, Frank Turek, Ron Baity and others speak out in defense of the law and the lawmakers who enacted it:

Cruz Adviser: 'No-Go Zones' In Minneapolis

Clare Lopez, the vice president of the Center for Security Policy and a national security adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, told a Minnesota radio program yesterday that parts of Minneapolis have become “no-go zones” where the police “don’t go” and are letting Sharia law take hold.

Lopez, speaking on the “Ox in the Afternoon” program about supposed “no-go zones” in Europe, said that “we’ve got them in America, at least in the beginning stages.”

“In Minneapolis, for example, places where the police don’t go because they know they’ll be attacked, have been attacked in the past already, and places where the police know that Sharia is being practiced,” she said.

Last year, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins similarly claimed that neighborhoods in Minneapolis had become “no-go zones” where authorities had allowed Sharia to become the law of the land. This prompted Rep. Keith Ellison, who represents parts of Minneapolis, to invite Perkins to tour the city and see for himself. Perkins is now a prominent supporter of Cruz.

Cruz himself pointed to Minnesota as a place where the police should increase patrols of Muslim-American communities.

Lopez, who said she was in Minnesota to deliver several talks, warned that the U.S. is in danger of terrorist attacks like those that happened recently in Paris and Brussels because the country has “allowed in and invited in populations of Muslim migrants and refugees who do not have the same worldview, the same principles, the same democratic, constitutional principles that we live by in this country” and “allowed them not to assimilate.”

Islam, she said, “has actually conquered every single other major civilization it’s ever gone up against, from the Buddhists to the Byzantines to the Middle East Christians to the Middle East Jews to the Hindus to the Persians, conquered every last one of them, some of them might, sophisticated civilizations at their peak, conquered them all. There are only two left standing: the Han Chinese and whatever’s left of Western civilization. That is a sobering reality.”

Roger Stone: Trump Thinks 'His Election Is Guided By God' To 'Save This Country'

Roger Stone, a confidant of and former adviser to Donald Trump, told far-right activist Jesse Lee Peterson on his radio program last week that the GOP presidential frontrunner developed his self-confidence from the knowledge that God has a hand in his campaign.

“I think that he believes that his election is guided by God,” Stone said. “I think that he believes that he’s been put here at this time and place to save this country. I don’t think he talks about it that way because, as you know, some non-believers would accuse him of being insane, but I think that there’s an internal guidance here that is very much a part of him.”

“I do believe he has divine guidance,” Stone added.

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.”

Radical Anti-Gay Activist Judith Reisman Fondly Recounts Her Close Friendship With Antonin Scalia

Writing in WorldNetDaily yesterday, fringe right-wing "academic" Judith Reisman recounted her close friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who would eagerly read her "research" and meet her for lunch whenever she was in town:

Good I kept a record of our tête-à-tête. I’ve tried to stay inside the bounds of our actual conversation. We talked about pornography, and I say about 70 percent of our kids are being exposed, and about private schools and religious schools having sex education that was really traumatic for children. What about the teachers? he asks; and I say this is everywhere with teachers’ permission. I tell him about the libraries having pornography on the computer screens and how that impacts the child who views it; he is nodding, agreeing, commenting. I tell him about my experiment with the peripheral vision of children flipping speedily through ladies magazines, recalling the small dog picture 30 pages past. They capture everything that arouses their interest. I say he could try that with his own grandkids, except that the ladies magazines aren’t necessarily safe anymore. He asks, what about women, seems like there are more women into pornography. I say yes; and that is a huge risk since women are the ones closest to the children; they change the diapers, and arousal is nondiscriminatory – women are becoming part of the problem.

Sitting across from him at lunch, talking and talking, I ask, “But, what shall I call you? Justice Scalia?”

“Why not call me Nino,” he answers, kind of turning in his chair.

“Well, that’s fine,” I said. “I’m Judith.”

From then on it was Nino and Judith, except that he switched to “Judy,” both of us being old enough to go back in time. In semi-formal letters and emails I would usually address him as “Justice Scalia, Sir!”

After this kind reception, I would meet with Nino in his chambers whenever I got to Washington, on average, once or twice a year – assuming he was also in town.

I recall going over my paper on pictorial pornography, answering his questions, clarifying the charts and graphs, etc. There was the time he came into the office in shorts, having left the tennis court to make his appointment with me – ever generous, ever gracious.

We exchanged books, a few of mine for a few of his. He promised to read my books. I always doubted that he read them fully, but enough so that he could opine.

When we lost him, I had been working on a paper we had talked about and that Justice Scalia was waiting to see. The paper has a history that deserves commentary for another time. It was accepted by the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Journal on Gender, Race, and Justice, titled “Nearly 60 Years After His Death, Alfred Kinsey’s Pansexual Worldview Takes Root In Marriage Decisions” (by Judith A. Reisman and Mary E. McAlister, Esq.).

Reisman, as we've noted before, is a radical right-wing activist who wants pornography outlawed, among other things:

  • Has said that sex ed turns children into prostitutes and “little sexual deviants.”
  • Claimed that sex education classes are designed to brainwash children into thinking they might be gay, transgender or “all kinds of other things” and “these kids become fodder for adult predators, that’s exactly what they become."
  • Asserting that Gay-Straight Alliance clubs and anti-bullying campaigns are modeled on Hitler Youth efforts to “sever schoolchildren from their parents’ religious and sexual training."
  • Called GLSEN “a modern version of the Hitler Youth” and said that “the whole point” of GLSEN’s anti-bullying efforts was to promote pedophilia.
  • Claimed that “the aim of homosexual males and now increasingly females is not to have sex with other old guys and get married but to obtain sex with as many boys as possible.”
  • Joined her Liberty colleague Mat Staver in Jamaica in December for a conference organized by those working to preserve laws criminalizing consensual gay sex.
  • Wrote that condoms are not meant for anal sex and called for a “class action lawsuit by AIDS victims and their loved ones” against the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Planned Parenthood and teachers and school systems that promoted condom use.
  • Warned that the Boy Scouts’ vote to end the ban on participation by gay youth would lead to increased pedophilia, and agreed with right-wing radio host Rick Wiles that the Boy Scouts change was about “getting sexual predators into the Boy Scouts.” 

Last year, Reisman joined various other anti-gay activists, as well as several GOP presidential hopefuls and members of Congress, in appearing in Janet Porter's anti-gay film "Light Wins," where she asserted that public schools should face class action lawsuits from parents for illegally "grooming" children for sex:

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