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Andrew McCarthy: Orlando Transcripts Redacted Because 'The Government Is Becoming Sharia-Adherent'

Andrew McCarthy, a one-time national security adviser to Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, said today that the Justice Department’s decision to redact parts of a transcript of the Orlando terrorist’s 911 calls in which he states his allegiance to “a person and groups” shows that “the government is becoming Sharia-adherent.”

Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said that portions of the calls were redacted because the administration does not want to “further proclaim this man's pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda.”

But McCarthy didn’t buy this explanation, telling Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon today that it’s all part of a plot to suppress the truth on Islamic terrorism, just like the plot to suppress the truth about “what they call ‘climate change’”:

No, it’s clearly that the government is becoming Sharia-adherent. And the left is using the same tactic with respect to law enforcement against radical Islamic extremism as it uses in the area of what they call ‘climate change.’ That is, they have an official version of events which may be part of a counter-universe, but it’s their story and they’re sticking to it, and what they’re trying to do is purge any alternative explanation.

So the administration has the position that violent extremism, which is what they call it, is disconnected from any credible interpretation of Islam, that Islam is singularly a religion of peace and there is to be no other interpretation of it and therefore anything that shows the direct nexus between Islamic doctrine and jihadist terror is to be suppressed.

Bryan Fischer: 'Homosexuals Were At The Core Of Forming The Nazi Party'

On his radio program on Friday, Bryan Fischer took some time out to pat himself on the back for being one of the only people brave enough to admit "the truth" that Adolf Hitler was gay and that "homosexuals helped to form and shape and mold the Nazi party."

The inspiration for this celebration was Jonah Goldberg's appearance on Fox News last week where he asserted that he knows "for a fact that a lot of the founders of the Nazi Party were gays," which Fischer noted is what he has been saying for at least seven years.

Fischer declared that nobody else within the conservative movement has been willing to admit this historical fact because they saw what happened to him when first did so several years back.

"I said that back in 2009, got absolutely hammered, got absolutely blistered," Fischer said, "and I think what happened is people like Jonah Goldberg saw what happened to somebody who was willing to step out and tell the truth about the origins of the Nazi party, that it was rooted in the homosexual movement, homosexual community; it was formed in a gay bar in Munich, most of the officers of the SA, the Stormtroopers, were homosexuals, you had no chance of advancing in the Stormtroopers unless you were a practicing homosexual."

After claiming that the infamous "Night of the Long Knives" was really directed at eliminating Nazi insiders who were about to "out" Hitler to the German public, Fischer declared that he originally made this case back in 2009 and 2010 because the U.S. government was discussing the possible repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

"That was the discussion at the time," Fischer said, "what about homosexuality in the military? And my point was very simple: That's been tried. Nazi Germany tried that. How did that experiment work out?"

Fischer's claims about the Nazis are, of course, entirely untrue.

Right Wing Round-Up - 6/17/16

  • Simon Maloy @ Salon: Ted Cruz’s awful terrorism speech: The 2016 drop-out has some terrible opinions about fighting extremism. 
  • Carl Schreck @ RFE/RL: 'Shame They Didn't Croak': Russian 'Young Leader' Outrages With Homophobic Rant After Orlando Massacre.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 6/17/16

  • The “unskewed polls” movement returns
  • Sean Hannity floats the idea of deposing House Speaker Paul Ryan for daring to criticize Donald Trump. 
  • Sam Brownback’s “real live experiment” in Kansas continues to be a disaster
  • Cliff Kincaid says: ‘We Need More Islamophobia, Not Less.’ 
  • FRC commends a California church for ousting its pastor after he objected to a policy that would “effectively exclude homosexual individuals” from church life.

Paranoia-Rama: Far-Right Reactions To Orlando Edition

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

It took almost no time at all for conservative pundits and politicians to claim that President Obama either wanted the terrorist attack in Orlando to take place or will use the tragedy to advance his nefarious agenda.

5) False Flag!

As expected, InfoWars broadcaster Alex Jones swiftly declared that the Orlando massacre was a government-instigated false flag attack.

According to Jones, President Obama and other leaders are trying to encourage Muslims to settle in America in hopes that they will soon turn to violence, which will in turn justify government attempts to censor speech and seize firearms: “Our governments are bringing these people in and they’re allowing them to operate openly in our society so they can attack us and then have our freedoms taken.”

The fact that the shooter was born in New York didn’t stop Jones from blaming “the Islamic invasion” of America through immigration.

Later, Jones accused the LGBT rights movement of allying with Islamic extremists because both groups “want access to our kids” to sexually abuse them.

“I charge the left and I charge Obama and I charge the LGBT community in general with endangering America and with the blood of these 50-plus innocent men and women,” he said.

4) ‘Confiscate Muslims’

“Trunews” host Rick Wiles wants the government to go one step further than just banning Muslim immigration, telling his listeners that every single Muslim living in the U.S. must be rounded up and deported before Islam, which he said should be criminalized, “destroys civilization”:

The left is calling for gun control. What we need is Muslim control. We don’t need to confiscate guns, we need to confiscate Muslims. You’re not going to solve this problem until you round up the Muslims and ship them out of this country. End of discussion. Outlaw Islam. Make it an illegal religion. Don’t tell me it can’t be done. Pass a constitutional amendment that says we’re a Christian nation and Islam is illegal. Done. Get rid of it. Stamp it out before it destroys civilization.

3) Tom DeLay Has Some Thoughts

Former House GOP Leader Tom DeLay weighed in on the massacre in Orlando by telling Wiles that the president is a Marxist/Islamist anti-American mastermind who has “empowered” terrorist groups and “put American lives in danger.”

“He’s certainly a Muslim sympathizer and he’s scared to death that the United States and the people of the United States will go after and discriminate against Muslims and that’s why he can’t say the words, ‘radical Islamists,’” he said. “It’s his worldview. This is who he is. He was raised in a communist upbringing. He hates America.”

2) ‘Obama Intends To Take Control Of The Internet’

Apparently unaware of how net neutrality works, Rush Limbaugh said today that the president, when he commented that “deranged individuals” like the Orlando shooter are often “warped by the hateful propaganda that they had seen over the internet,” actually revealed that he “intends to take control of the internet, using this as justification,” linking it back to Obama’s support for net neutrality rules.

“Obama's takeover of the internet will not be to prevent these kinds of things from happening,” he said. “He's got an entirely different agenda. All the Democrats do. It's total control. It's limiting access to information. It's about shutting down opposition. That's why they want control of the internet.” Watch via Media Matters:

If Limbaugh is really worried about an American leader using terrorism as an excuse to “take control of the internet,” then he should look no further than Donald Trump.

1) Donald Trump Is Just Sayin’

During his egotistical and nauseating reaction to the Orlando massacre, Donald Trump made a not-so-thinly-veiled suggestion that the president may in fact be on the side of the terrorists.

As Trump often does, he framed the claim by saying that he was simply saying what “a lot of people” think, and that anyone who tries to hold him answerable for his remarks must be dishonest and biased.

After vigorously denying that he ever implied that Obama supported ISIS, he tweeted an article from the pro-Trump outlet Breitbart alleging that the administration is backing ISIS.

Trump’s insinuation that Obama is a champion of ISIS shouldn’t be that surprising, since he has repeatedly accused Obama of arming ISIS and claimed that the president “doesn’t want to get rid of the problem” of terrorism.

But that’s just what happens when the GOP decides to put up a notorious conspiracy theorist for the most powerful office in the world.

Trump's 'Christian Policy Liaison' Ready To Be Thrown In A Furnace In Protest Of LGBT Equality

While Donald Trump has been laughably trying to claim that he is the real champion of LGBT rights in the presidential race, just this week the man who he has recruited to help him build bridges with the Religious Right said that Christians must be willing to face death fighting Obama administration guidelines on transgender rights in schools.

Televangelist Frank Amedia, a volunteer “Christian policy liaison” for Trump who arranged a recent meeting for the candidate with conservative Christian leaders, addressed the transgender guidelines on the most recent episode of his Daystar program “Deep Calls to Deep.”

Amedia has said that Trump was “raised up” by God as part of a “breaker anointing” that is breaking down “established norms” in preparation for the return of Christ. He returned to this theme on the program, saying that this “breaker anointing” is “happening everywhere,” including politics, science and the schools.

This led him to the president’s “decree” on transgender students, which he likened to a story in the book of Daniel in which King Nebuchadnezzar demands that all local officials worship a huge gold statue of himself or be thrown into a furnace. Three Jews named Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refuse to do so and are thrown into the furnace, but are unharmed thanks to the protection of God.

“I liken it to the same decree that happened to Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in their day, and it said, ‘You will bow down to this false god and if you don’t, I will destroy you,’” Amedia said. “Well, what this decree said to our schools is, ‘You will bow down to the fact that we don’t care anymore about gender and if you don’t, we’re going to take your money from you.’ It’s no different, beloved. It was done with the stroke of a pen.”

“We will not tolerate this,” he added. “We will not stand for it. You may be persecuted, you may be punished, and some of you who are educators, wherever you are, you may have to pay a price. Well, what about the price that you’re going to pay if you don’t stand up to it. So we need to say ‘No more.’ We need to be a people of God that’s strong. We need the people that have the Daniel spirit inside of us and we say, ‘We’re not going to tolerate it, we’re not going to stand for it, and we don’t care what you wrote, we don’t care if you put us in a furnace, we’re going in, because our God shall take care of us.”

Glenn Beck's Network Has Now Been Infiltrated By Members Of A Muslim Brotherhood Front Group

Last year, Glenn Beck launched a campaign to get right-wing anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist removed from his position on the board of the National Rifle Association on the grounds that Norquist is "a very bad man" who has been serving as a spy for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Beck was so alarmed by the danger that Norquist poses to the NRA that he threatened to cancel his lifetime membership in the organization if Norquist was not removed from the board. The NRA, in response, promised to launch an investigation into the allegations against Norquist that would be fully transparent and the results of which would be published on its website.

Those results never were made public, but the investigation reportedly found that the case against Norquist was without merit and the organization declined to remove him from the board.

That prompted Beck to throw his support behind an effort to remove Norquist via a recall vote, but that too failed and Beck predictably backtracked from his threat to quit the organization if Norquist wasn't removed.

Now, instead of distancing himself from the NRA, it looks like the NRA is infiltrating Beck's own network as yesterday it was announced that The Blaze's Dana Loesch had been named as a special adviser on women's policy for the NRA:

Dana Loesch, the conservative leader and nationally syndicated radio host, will serve as a Special Advisor on Women's Policy for National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre. The move is effective immediately, LaPierre announced today.

"Dana is a talented and influential leader and communicator," LaPierre said. "In her role as an NRA Commentator, as well as leading the fight for freedom for more than a decade, she has become a leading voice for Second Amendment freedom and a tremendous advocate for the rights of American women. Expanding her role as an advisor on women's issues, and particularly as a national spokesperson for the 5 million men and women of the NRA, strengthens our organization and our voice."

Loesch said she was eager to accept the challenges of her new role. "I applaud Wayne LaPierre for his vision to bring greater advocacy to bear for the Second Amendment freedom of all Americans, especially women," Loesch said, "and I look forward to facing the national news media and defending our freedom with great enthusiasm."

A year ago, Beck declared that Norquist was such "a very bad influence and a very bad man that if this is who the NRA decides to put on their board of directors, I don't think I can be associated with them" because it was proof that the organization has been infiltrated by Islamic radicals.

To use Beck's logic, this means that the dangerously compromised NRA has now managed to reach its tentacles directly into his own network by ensnaring Loesch, one of its most high-profile and popular hosts.

Michael Savage: 'Madman' Obama Must Be Impeached For Inviting 'Barbaric Invasion'

Yesterday, Michael Savage said that President Obama is ushering in a “barbaric invasion” of America and “wants to harm America forever” by resettling Muslim refugees in the country.

“My instincts are intact with regard to the barbaric invasion and my instincts tell me that Obama is doing it on purpose,” the conservative talk radio host said. “My instincts tell me that Obama wants to harm America forever. My instincts tell me he’s a madman and he’s very evil and must be impeached immediately.”

Savage, a major booster of Donald Trump, claimed that anyone critical of Obama has been effectively banned from appearing on television or in newspapers because he has quashed dissent.

We Now Have 6 Years Of Donald Trump’s Tax History. In 3 Of Them He Paid No Income Taxes

David Cay Johnston, writing for The Daily Beast this week, revealed that in 1984 Donald Trump paid no state or federal income taxes.

The revelation comes from “two tax appeals that Trump filed in the 1990s,” both of which he lost.

In 1984, according to Johnston’s reporting, “Trump listed no income on [his Schedule C], yet he deducted $626,264 as expenses. His New York City tax return also showed no income, but listed slightly less in expenses: $619,227.”

The administrative law judge hearing one of Trump’s appeals noted that in 1984 “Mr. Trump had no income tax due.”

Five of Trump’s previous tax returns were revealed as part of his 1981 efforts to receive a casino license in New Jersey. Those records revealed that Trump paid taxes from 1975 through 1977, but paid zero income taxes in 1978 or 1979.

While Trump steadfastly refuses to release his more recent tax returns, we now know that in half the years for which we have records, he paid no income tax.

Kevin Swanson: God Let Orlando Massacre Happen Because The Sins Of Homosexuality And Islam Lead To Murder

Yesterday, Colorado-based pastor Kevin Swanson addressed the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando by arguing that homosexuality and Islam are both inherently violent because God gives gay people and Muslims up to their dishonorable ways and other sins like murder.

“Why do homosexuals murder homosexuals?” he asked. Because, according to Romans 1, “God gave them up to vile passions.” “Violence” and “murder,” he said, are deeply tied to homosexuality.

“What’s the bottom line as we view what’s happening in Orlando today?” he said. “I think it is, again, the Romans 1 scenario, it is that God gives them up.”

The Orlando massacre, Swanson added, shows what happens when God’s “restraints have been lifted entirely and when God doesn’t restrain, people go nuts in their sins.”

Swanson hosted an event last year with GOP presidential hopefuls including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, where he repeated his longtime belief that a just government would put gay people to death.

GOP NY Senate Candidate Speaks To Militant Oath Keepers Group

Wendy Long, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New York, spoke on Saturday to the state chapter of Oath Keepers, a radical anti-government group whose founder has called for the execution of Republican Sen. John McCain.

At the New York Oath Keepers event, Long thanked Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes “for founding this whole organization” and appealed to her audience by declaring that Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democrat whom she is hoping to unseat, is “one of the greatest enemies of the Constitution.”

“I am running against one of the greatest enemies of the Constitution, Chuck Schumer, in the United States Senate,” she said. “He’s an enemy not only of the Second Amendment — which, you know, everyone knows he’s the face of the anti-Second Amendment movement, which, by the way, is in great peril.”

Mentioning the recent Ninth Circuit ruling on concealed firearms, Long said, “The Second Amendment’s in great danger, as is the rest of the Constitution, as you all know.”

As it happens, Schumer was named at the event as one of the group’s “dirty dozen” of “great Marxist traitors in America.”

Long is the former leader of the Judicial Confirmation Network, a right-wing advocacy group that pushed for the confirmation of conservative judicial nominees during the Bush administration. The group is now called the Judicial Crisis Network and is leading the effort to obstruct President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

As the Southern Poverty Law Center has explained, the “core idea” of the Oath Keepers “is that its members vow to forever support the oaths they took on joining law enforcement or the military to defend the Constitution.” But the reality of the organization is a constant stream of conspiracy theories feeding the idea that the federal government is out to get ordinary citizens and can only be stopped by armed Oath Keepers who answer directly the Constitution (or their interpretation of it).

As we wrote last month, “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 15, gun laws, Ebola ,death campsBlack Lives Matter and radical Islamists to subdue an unarmed and unprepared population.”

The Oath Keepers were a major player in the Bundy Ranch standoff in 2014, which Rhodes said afterward nearly “kicked off a civil war” between armed militias and the federal government. Last year, Rhodes said at an event in Arizona that McCain should be tried for treason and “hung by the neck until dead” for going “along with the program of the destruction of this country.”

Also speaking at the New York event was Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, a rising star in the conservative media, who accepted a Leadership Award from the group. Clarke, seemingly taking a page from Donald Trump, began his speech with several minutes of haranguing the media in attendance, to the delight of his audience, before saying that he would do “everything I can” to get Trump elected. He slammed Black Lives Matter as a “hate group” while comparing groups like the Oath Keepers to the Founding Fathers: “The Founding Fathers of this great nation were also once dubbed as a dangerous ‘Patriot group’ by the crown after they declared their independence.”

Rhodes also spoke, repeating his frequent warning that America is being “divided and conquered on racial lines” in a deliberate liberal attempt to undermine the country. John Faso, a former state assembly minority leader who is now running for a U.S. House seat, also spoke to the group.

'Obama Was Known To Be A Homosexual In Chicago With Rahm Emanuel'

Yesterday, Donald Trump ally Alex Jones chatted with fellow conspiracy theorist Steve Pieczenik, who told the InfoWars broadcaster that government agencies and the Muslim Brotherhood are blackmailing President Obama and Hillary Clinton over their secret gay pasts.

He said that Obama had a relationship with Rahm Emanuel, his former chief of staff and the current mayor of Chicago, and that Clinton has a relationship with her aide Huma Abedin. The two agreed that because Trump does not have such a hidden past, the CIA and the Secret Service cannot blackmail him and that is why they “hate” him.

Jones has already claimed that First Lady Michelle Obama “is a man” who murdered comedienne Joan Rivers to cover up the truth.

Pieczenik: Here’s where we get into the intelligence community and what I said a long time ago: When the CIA recruits an individual, particularly a president of the United States, there has to be a psychological deficit and lacunae in their personality. In the case of Bill Clinton, it was the fact his mother was a prostitute, she ran a whorehouse in Hope, Arkansas, and he was nothing but the bastard child of the john.

In the case of Obama, he was known to be a homosexual in Chicago with Rahm Emanuel, who was a trained ballet dancer, and he was recruited by the CIA repeatedly and basically threatened by them and the Muslim Brotherhood and everything else. That’s why the political correctness comes in.

Now, in the case of Hillary Clinton, I’ve known her for years and I’ve known her other family members, she is a well-known lesbian. The reason why she’s been recruited and could be threatened is she’s has a history of lesbian affairs which is relevant only to the fact that it’s a national security problem. [Huma] Abedin may be her lover, Abedin may be her lesbian lover, I could care less. But the point of fact is not one of our presidents, presently or in the future, other than Trump, is a highly compromised candidate.

Jones: And that’s why they hate Trump. He’s not compromised. He’s open about women.

David Barton: 'The More Secular Something Becomes ... The Less Well It Works'

Last week, Republican operative and pseudo-historian David Barton spoke at a church in Utah where he declared that the further governmental and social institutions move away from the Bible, the more inefficient they become.

After repeating his false claim that the Constitution is filled with verses from the Bible, Barton asserted that the Founding Fathers based all of our institutions on the Bible because they knew that was the only way those institutions could survive.

"The more secular something becomes, the further the Bible moves away from it, the less well it works," Barton stated. "The more secular education becomes in America, the less well it works. The more secular government becomes in America, the less well it works. The more secular the judiciary becomes, the less well it works. The more secular economics becomes ... you see, the safety and permanence of our institutions are built on the Bible."

Dennis Prager: Voting For Trump Is Like Dropping The Atomic Bomb On Japan — In A Good Way!

In an interview today with the Christian Broadcasting Network, conservative talk show host Dennis Prager once again attempted to rationalize his support for Donald Trump, explaining that voting for Trump is much like America’s decision to drop two atomic bombs on Japanese cities in World War II in order to swiftly end the war.

“We dropped two atom bombs over Japan. Why? Because the context morally demanded it and the moral demand in our time in America is the defeat of the Left,” he said.

Conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager, who initially wasn't for Trump at all, sees Hillary Clinton as a far worse alternative.

"In life you don't always get a choice between wonderful and awful. You get between awful and more awful and I'll always take the awful over the more awful," Prager explained.



Prager believes the moral choice isn't about backing Trump or not - it's much greater.

"We dropped two atom bombs over Japan. Why? Because the context morally demanded it and the moral demand in our time in America is the defeat of the Left," Prager rationalized.

In the end, that may be Trump's saving grace.

Ann Coulter: Donald Trump Is 'Our Only Hope'

Ann Coulter stopped by “The Eric Metaxas Show” on Tuesday to discuss Donald Trump’s speech following the massacre in Orlando, in which he expanded his proposed ban on Muslim immigration.

Coulter, who in a previous appearance on Metaxas’ program claimed that God is raising up Trump to save the world from 1,000 years of darkness, was of course thrilled with Trump’s speech, telling Metaxas that permitting Muslim immigration to America would be akin to the U.S. “bringing in Nazis” during World War II.

“What is this compulsion that we have to bring in today’s Nazis to our country?” she asked. “We don’t need this.”

Coulter, who has claimed credit for Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and platform, also said that we shouldn’t be treating the terrorist behind the Orlando attack as an American even though he was born in New York: “He’s an Afghani!”

America is now facing terrorist attacks, according to Coulter, because Democrats decided to bring in “hordes of the Third World” in order to defeat Republicans at the polls.

“We’re not a nation of immigrants,” she said. “We have never been a nation of immigrants. This is a myth invented by the Democrats for electoral purposes and Republicans for who knows what reasons, because their donors need the cheap labor.”

She added that Trump’s campaign is “the only hope” for America and “the only frontal assault” against liberal immigration policies. Otherwise, “we can build the bunkers and hire the cheap labor.”

Metaxas, for his part, said that Trump is our last hope “to pull back from the cliff so we don’t all die.”

Coulter told Metaxas that she will soon release a new book titled “In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome,” which Metaxas was not exactly excited about because of her decision to “replace ‘God’ with ‘Trump.’”

Bryan Fischer: 'We Are Smarter Than The Smartest People In This Country'

Bryan Fischer kicked off his radio program today with a teaching from Daniel 2, the lesson of which, he declared, is that he, his audience and their fellow Christians are the smartest people in this country.

"The reality is, ladies and gentlemen, we are smarter than the cultural elites," he stated. "And you know that, listening to this program, we play their soundbites, we compare it to the truth; you know that we are smarter than the smartest people in this country. We have more insight, we have more wisdom than the most highly educated, the most influential people in the culture. Why? Because we're smart? No! Because God is smart. That's why we know more than they do, because God is smart and we listen to him and the cultural elites do not."

Roger Stone: Huma Abedin Is 'Handling Hillary For The Saudis'

Roger Stone, a close ally of Donald Trump, appeared on Newsmax TV yesterday to continue his smear campaign against one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides, Huma Abedin.

Stone, who has previously suggested that Abedin may be a “terrorist agent” and Clinton’s lesbian lover, told host Steve Malzberg that he thinks that Abedin may be “handling Hillary for the Saudis” and is “tied to Islamic extremism.”

Donald Trump's Four Decades Of Racism

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump once again turned towards bigotry in the wake of this weekend's massacre in Orlando, Florida, reiterating his call for a ban on Muslim's entering the United States. Republicans, including party leaders, once again attempted to run away from questions about Trump's bigotry. 

This was a repetition of a scene from last week, when House Speaker Paul Ryan seemed to be trying to act surprised when he was forced to respond to Trump’s racist comments about a federal judge. After Trump argued that the presiding judge in a fraud case involving Trump University was inherently biased because of his parents’ Mexican heritage, Ryan called it “the textbook definition of a racist comment” but refused to drop his endorsement of his party’s presumptive presidential nominee.

Instead of dropping their support, Ryan and many of his fellow Republicans, along with conservative pundits, have suggested that Trump simply needs to pivot, as though his bigotry were an isolated incident that could be swept away by focusing on other issues.

As Trump’s campaign turns one year old today, we should recognize that these are not isolated incidences of bigotry. Nor is Trump’s racism a new facet of his personality that emerged along with his political aspirations. Over four decades, Trump has associated with and befriended racists, been repeatedly accused of discrimination, and made racist remarks and used racism to garner publicity, all while consistently denying that he harbors any prejudice. Not only is Donald Trump racist, he’s an individual who views racism as a tool for both profit and publicity.

Trump’s Racism: A Tool For Publicity

Trump’s recent political aspirations have been fueled by his role as the country’s foremost birther, questioning whether President Obama is a natural born American citizen and eligible to be president of the United States. This accusation was not simply a far-fetched conspiracy theory. Instead, it was designed to feed the bigotry of the president’s opponents.

A second strand of this bigotry that Trump has played into was questioning the president’s faith and suggesting he might be a secret Muslim.

Finally, Trump gleefully questioned the president’s academic credentials, suggesting that something might be untoward in his college transcripts. According to Trump, Obama was unqualified to attend Columbia or Harvard Law School and was only accepted to these prestigious institutions because of his race.

Trump’s birther bigotry, which began in March 2011 during an interview on Good Morning America, garnered him significant publicity, including a widely broadcast press conference after the president released his “long form” birth certificate in 2011. While Trump was mercilessly mocked for his position, in particular at that year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, it also gave him a new platform on the Right, elevating him as one of Obama’s foremost critics. There was repeated speculation he might run for president himself in 2012, and when he ultimately decided not to enter the race eventually nominee Mitt Romney prized his primary endorsement.

Trump’s path to the Republican nomination in 2016 can be traced directly to this entry into political fray during the 2011 race, when he emerged as a principal critic of President Obama.

The use of racism to garner publicity is not a new tool for Donald Trump.

In 1989, after the brutal rape of a woman in Central Park, five African-American teens were convicted of the crime. Years later, when DNA evidence called into question the conviction, all five were released from prison and received a $41 million settlement from New York City.

Before the initial trials had even begun, Trump used the case to stoke racial tensions in the city, spending $85,000 to run full-page ads in four newspapers including The New York Times and the Daily News. With bold headlines, the ads called for New York to “bring back the death penalty.”

Yusef Salaam, one of the young men Trump insisted receive the death penalty told The Guardian that Trump was the “firestarter.” Civil rights attorney Michael Warren says Trump “poisoned the minds of many people who lived in New York and who, rightfully, had a natural affinity for the victim.”

Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio told The Guardian:

I think he knew what he was doing by taking a side, and I think he knew he was aligning himself with law and order, especially white law and order. I don’t think that he was consciously saying ‘I’d like to whip up racial animosity’, but his impulse is to run into conflict and controversy rather than try to help people understand what might be going on in a reasoned way.

More than twenty years later, long after the five were exonerated, Trump was still defending his attacks on the five young men, tweeting in 2013, “Tell me, what were they doing in the Park, playing checkers?”

He also bragged to a biographer following the city’s settlement with the five men who had been wrongly convicted, “I think people are tired of politically correct. I just attacked the Central Park Five settlement. Who’s going to do that?”

Like with his birtherism, Trump used the Central Park jogger case to stoked racial tensions in New York and to earn publicity for himself.

Trump’s Racism: A Tool For Profit

Businesses run by Donald Trump have long faced accusations of racist behavior.

John O’Donnell, former president of the Trump Plaza Casino, wrote in a tell-all book that the GOP nominee once told him, “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”

Trump responded by telling Playboy magazine that his former employee was a “f**king loser.” However, he also said, “The stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true.”

Another former Trump employee has claimed that black staff were hidden from Trump when he visited the casino with his wife. “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor," said Kip Brown, a former livery driver. "It was the eighties, I was a teen-ager, but I remember it: they put us all in the back."

Racism in Trump corporations was not confined to its owner’s remarks and personal behavior. While fighting against a proposed Native American casino in New York that would have competed against his Atlantic City properties, Trump took out anonymous ads featuring photos of “drug paraphernalia” whose copy read, “Are these the new neighbors we want?” It continued: “The St. Regis Mohawk Indian record of criminal activity is well documented.”

In 1973, Trump Management Corporation was accused by the federal government of discriminating against potential tenants based on race. According to a report in The New York Times, the Justice Department sued Trump’s company for refusing “to rent or negotiate rentals ‘because of race and color.’ It also charged that the company had required different rental terms and conditions because of race and that it had misrepresented to blacks that apartments were not available.”

The evidence was substantial. “One rental agent said Trump’s father had told him not to rent to blacks and that he actually wanted to reduce the number of African Americans in his buildings.” In addition, “three doormen said they had been instructed to deflect blacks who came to Trump buildings to apply for apartments.”

In typical Trump fashion, he countersued the Justice Department for $100 million. The Huffington Post reported:

[Trump’s lawyer] called up the federal official in charge of the case — J. Stanley Pottinger, the head of DOJ’s Civil Rights division — to demand that the lawyer handling the lawsuit be fired. Pottinger told The Huffington Post that his reaction at the time was “I don’t think so. That’s up to me and that’s not going to happen. I called [lawyer] Donna [Goldstein] into my office and said, ‘Keep up the good work.’” The suit, which Pottinger called a “media gimmick done for local consumption,” was dismissed and the judge criticized Cohn for “wasting time and paper from what I consider to be the real issues” - discriminating against blacks in apartment rentals.

In 1975, Trump settled the case, pledging not to discriminate and to provide the Urban League with a list, updated weekly, of available apartments in the properties.

Three years later the Justice Department again cited Trump’s discriminatory practices. The New York Times reported, “The Federal Government charged yesterday that Trump Management, which owns 15,000 apartment units in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, was continuing to discriminate against blacks although it had signed a court stipulation not to do so.”

Trump’s casino properties also faced legal challenges based on their discriminatory behavior. The Trump Plaza Casino was fined $200,000 after managers removed African-American and female dealers at the request of allegedly mob-connected high roller Robert LiButti, who “loudly complained about their presence when he was playing.”

According to documents unsealed in an open records request, “LiButti had, on multiple occasions, berated blacks and women using what one state official described as the “vilest” language — including racist slurs and references to women in obscene terms — and … the Trump Plaza, in order not to lose his substantial business, sought to accommodate him by keeping the employees away from his betting tables.”

Trump claimed he didn’t know LiButti, stating in 1991, “I have heard he is a high roller, but if he was standing here in front of me, I wouldn’t know what he looked like.”

LiButti’s daughter told Michael Isakoff of YahooNews that this was a lie. “Of course he knew him,” she said. “I flew in the [Trump] helicopter with [Trump’s then wife] Ivana and the kids. My dad flew it up and down [to Atlantic City]. My 35th birthday party was at the Plaza and Donald was there. After the party, we went on his boat, his big yacht. I like Trump, but it pisses me off that he denies knowing my father. That hurts me.”

Trump’s denial of contact with Libutti was also put in doubt by his former employee John O’Donnell, who recounted  “a meeting between Trump and LiButti aboard Trump’s private helicopter, a Super Puma, in the spring of 1988,” where Trump “agreed to pay [LiButti] $500,000 for a racehorse named Alibi.”

LiButti wasn’t the only racist Trump has associated with.

Trump Racism: Mentors, Friends, and Supporters

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump has received an unprecedented level of support from a number of white supremacists and other assorted bigots. During the primary campaign, he was criticized for initially refusing to disavow the bigotry of former Klan leader David Duke, who endorsed his candidacy. When confronted by CNN’s Jake Tapper, Trump responded:

Just so you understand. I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So I don’t know. I mean, I don’t know — did he endorse me or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.

Only later did Donald Trump disavow Duke’s endorsement, claiming to have been unaware of who the hate group leader was.

Trump’s racist supporters also include Nazis, white supremacists like Richard Spencer, and even secessionists such as Michael Hill.

In truth, Trump has spent his entire adult life consorting and befriending racists. One of his best friends and his lawyer throughout the 1970s and 80s was Joe McCarthy council Roy Cohn, who built his legal practice in New York City. They were often seen socializing together at New York hot spots such as Le Club and Studio 54. It was Cohn who defended Trump against the housing discrimination lawsuits in the 1970s.

Cohn acquired a legendary reputation for bigotry, “often us[ing] the words s**c, n****r and f*g.”

It was Cohn who introduced Trump to Roger Stone. Since the introduction, Stone spent years on Trump’s payroll. According to Media Matters:

Stone tweeted that commentator Roland Martin is a "stupid negro" and a "fat negro," commentator Herman Cain is “mandingo,” and former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is an "arrogant know-it-all negro." He also tweeted that commentator Al Sharpton is a "professional negro" who likes fried chicken, asked if former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was an “Uncle Tom,” and referred to himself as a “nigga” with a Nixon tattoo.

Anthony Senecal has worked for Donald Trump for almost 30 years, first as his butler at his Mar-A-Lago club, then as the property’s in house historian. A March profile in The New York Times describes his role a the property: “Few people here can anticipate Mr. Trump’s demands and desires better than Mr. Senecal, 74, who has worked at the property for nearly 60 years, and for Mr. Trump for nearly 30 of them.”

Senecal also has a history of posting violent and racist content on Facebook writing things such as a comment that President Obama “should have been taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent in his first term !!!!!”

He also called for a “second American revolution” because this “might be the time with this kenyan [sic] fraud in power!!!!!” Additionally Senecal has referred to the president as an “unfeeling sack of camel feces.”

Associating with any one of these individuals would not necessarily be an indictment against the GOP nominee. But over the course of his career Donald Trump has never had any qualms about consorting professionally and personally with racists.  

Trump Racism: His Personal Thoughts

Trump’s own views on racism are also revealing. In an NBC special titled, “The R.A.C.E., the acronym for the Racial Attitudes and Consciousness Exam” Trump told the network:

'A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. I think sometimes a black may think they don't have an advantage or this and that. . . . I've said on one occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage.'

Twenty-seven years ago, Trump was displaying the white resentment that has become a hallmark of his campaign for the Republican nomination.

Trump Racism: The Campaign

With Trump’s 40-year track record of racism, the repeated instances of bigotry coming from his campaign should be a surprise to no one, including his prominent Republican supporters.

The attacks on the federal judge, the proposed ban on Muslim immigration, the accusations that Mexicans are “rapists,” and the fact he condones violence against African-Americans at his rallies all fit into a pattern that started long before he launched his presidential campaign.

Republicans hoping that Trump will pivot away from his racism miss the fact that bigotry that has been a hallmark of his business and personal life for decades.  

Steve Malzberg: 'We Need A Conservative Facebook, A Conservative Google, A Conservative Twitter'

Yesterday, conservative talk show host Steve Malzberg said that it is time for conservatives to rise up in this country and urged the entrepreneurial ones to create conservative alternatives to some of the most popular websites that he thinks have a liberal bias.

“We need a conservative Facebook, a conservative Google, a conservative Twitter,” he said.

The Newsmax host may want to ask Janet Porter of the Religious Right group Faith 2 Action how creating a conservative alternative to Facebook turned out.

Sam Rohrer Ties Orlando Massacre To Gay Rights Victories: God Has 'Removed His Hand Of Protection'

American Pastors Network president and former Pennsylvania lawmaker Sam Rohrer linked Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando to Supreme Court decisions securing rights for LGBT people, telling conservative talk radio host Steve Deace this week that Supreme Court decisions involving marriage equality and “God’s order for human sexuality” have helped to cause God to remove “His hand of protection” from the country.

Rohrer told Deace that he has a “great deal of compassion for those who are involved” in the shooting and also believes that “these kind of events are only going to be increasing” for a number of reasons, including that “the Islamists, the Muslim Brotherhood folks, they have made it clear that they’re going to do that”; that “our president and those in office are soft, refuse to even identify the enemy ideology of Islam as the enemy”; and, finally, “it’s a large part because I believe God has removed his hand of blessing on this country because we’ve turned our back upon him, and when he removes his hand of protection, these kinds of things come forth.”

“God has made very clear,” Rohrer explained, “that every nation that He has established — and He establishes all nations, we’re told that all nations are established by God, even the very geographical boundaries of the nations are determined — that when a nation, any nation, does what God says, meaning that they fear Him, that they uphold and enforce God’s moral law and God’s design for the family and for the family and for civil government, all of those are His, when those things are done, then God will bless a nation.”

“One of those blessings are the increase of wealth, one of those things is a security and protection from the neighbors around them,” he continued, “even the enemies will be at peace with them, we’re told in a number of places in Scripture. But when a nation backs off of that, particularly a nation such as ours that has a very biblical basis in an understanding of biblical principles — that’s where our Constitution came from, Declaration of Independence before that came out of that. When those things were there and put in place, when a nation turns their back on those things as we have and [are] increasingly, arrogantly doing, then at that point the justice of God says ‘I cannot any longer bless’ and these things which you’re doing will lead to not His lack of blessing, but insecurity and so forth.”

Deace returned to the theme later in the interview, saying that America’s current standing with God is “essentially like when a parent has an unruly child that persists in a behavior or an addiction that is destructive and has tried repeatedly to reach them, has tried repeatedly to intervene, they will not listen, and so they reach a point where you essentially have to allow them to hit rock bottom on their own in order to get the message and just kind of pray that they don’t kill themselves in that process.”

Rohrer agreed that this was a “fairly accurate representation” of what is going on and outlined a number of ways that he believes that Americans have “turned their back on” God, including marriage equality and a redefinition of “God’s order for human sexuality.”

“You know,” he said, “God has established, and made it very, very clear, that He’s established the family, He’s established the church, He’s established the institution of civil government … But when a nation, when a family, when the church fails to employ, fails to do and, even worse, turns their back on God’s moral law and His design, there is nothing but difficulty and trouble that comes and follows from that.”

“And, unfortunately, as a nation, we’ve once known God,” he said, “‘In God we trust’ is our motto. But … Congress wouldn’t even pass that motto now, they wouldn’t even bring it up and the president wouldn’t sign it. And our courts declare to be immoral what is moral, we redefine God’s institution of marriage, we redefine God’s order for human sexuality and we expect God to sit back and continue to bless? He can’t.”

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