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Elizabeth Warren Report Slams GOP Obstruction Of Nominees

Since Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley is making sure that the committee he runs completely ignores Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination, one might think that he’s using the extra time to at least process the president’s many circuit and district nominees. Not!

While Grassley and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s brazen and unprecedented refusal to consider Garland has drawn a great deal of attention,  PFAW has long reported on how this obstruction, far from being unique to Garland, is an extension of how the Senate GOP has treated President Obama’s lower court nominees for most of his time in office.

Today, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has made a tremendous contribution to the national conversation, issuing a new report entitled Going to Extremes: The Supreme Court and Senate Republicans’ Unprecedented Record of Obstruction of President Obama’s Nominees." The senator covers how Republicans have worked hard not to thoughtfully vet both judicial and executive branch nominations, but to slow down their confirmations as much as possible, or block their confirmations altogether.

She uses Senate Republicans’ own statements about the Garland nomination to show the disingenuousness of the rationales for obstruction they present to the public and demonstrates that their obstruction is unprecedented. And with a prosecutor’s efficiency, she makes the powerful case that the GOP has consistently and deliberately slow-walked or blocked altogether the president’s circuit and district court nominees, as well as his executive branch nominees.

Supported with facts and figures from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, Sen. Warren’s new report is a devastating indictment of a political party that has misused the confirmation process to prevent the executive and judicial branches from functioning effectively to protect consumers and workers, hold large corporations accountable, and protect equality.

As she notes in the report’s conclusion:

From the moment the Supreme Court vacancy arose, Senate Republicans linked arms in an attempt to deny President Obama the full authority of his office in the final year of his presidency. They cynically claimed they wish to “let the people decide,” but the people have already decided. Twice. They elected President Obama in 2008 by nine million votes and re-elected him in 2012 by five million votes. Republicans’ statements over many weeks have made clear that their true interest is what it has been for the past eight years: to block and hinder President Obama at every turn, dragging out or blocking outright the confirmation of nominees across the government and the courts.

As the report shows, the GOP has a shameful record of obstruction going back to President Obama’s first days in office.  The unprecedented blockade against Garland is only the apex of a pattern that has gone on for years.

Cross-posted from the PFAW blog.

AFA: Don’t Fund HIV/AIDS Research, Just Tell Gay People To 'Stop Doing What You’re Doing'

The American Family Association was not pleased with President Obama’s recent proclamation commemorating LGBT pride month, posting a video on its website last week taking particular issue with the president’s mention that his administration has “worked to strengthen our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reduce new infections, increase access to care, and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV.”

In the video, AFA’s president, Tim Wildmon, it’s executive vice president, Ed Vitagliano, and Abe Hamilton, a public policy analyst, discuss the proclamation while standing in the group's offices, coffee cups in hand.

“You know, one of the real ironies of this proclamation is the president here cites the need for more funding for HIV/AIDS,” Wildmon said. “But, unlike Michelle Obama, who advocates that children stay off the sodas, he doesn’t advocate behavior change when it comes to homosexual behavior affecting your health. Abe, why doesn’t he say, ‘Stop doing what you’re doing and you won’t get AIDS’?”

“I think once again you highlight one of the glaring episodes of hypocrisy that comes from secular progressivism as applied to public policy,” Hamilton responded. “In terms of other health areas, well, you need to get exercise, you need to cut the sugars, you need to not eat sodas, but in terms of homosexuality, there’s no adjustment needed in your behavior, we just need to pour more money into treating the results of the behavior.”

“Even though it’s very provable that engaging in homosexual activity is dangerous to your health, in the same way that smoking is, or sugar, too much sugar, or anything of that nature,” Wildmon added.

Vitigliano took issue with the president’s call for Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which extend LGBT workplace protections nationwide, claiming that “the only ones I know that are getting fired in this country in 2016 are Christians because they oppose that proclamation and the ideas behind it.”

Perry Atkinson: Obama 'Has Been The Most Offensive Attack Against Christianity In The History Of The United States'

Last week, TheDove TV's Perry Atkinson interviewed right-wing commentator Josh Bernstein on his "Focus Today" program to discuss the Obama administration's appointment of a transgender woman, who was an official with the United Church of Christ, to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

During the conversation, Atkinson fumed about the guidelines released by the Obama administration for public schools on how to protect the rights of transgender students, declaring that while President Obama claims to be a Christian, "he himself has been the most offensive attack against Christianity in the history of the United States."

Bernstein responded that Obama is a self-proclaimed Muslim and that anyone who believes that he is a Christian is a conspiracy theorist.

"I'm not a birther," Bernstein said, "I am a truther and I believe the president when he repeatedly tells me over and over and over again that he is a practitioner of the Islamic faith. He is not a Christian and for anyone who thinks that he is, they, in fact, are the conspiracy theorists."

Jesse Lee Peterson: 'Soon There Will Not Be Enough Whites To Stop The Chaos'

Right-wing activist Jesse Lee Peterson responded to the violence that has broken out at recent anti-Donald Trump protests by claiming that it is just another example of the “children of Satan ... unleashing hell on white Americans.”

Peterson wrote in his WorldNetDaily column yesterday titled “Anti-Trump Violence Is Anti-White Hate” that “long before Trump came on the scene,” people of color were “waging war against whites, which represent the goodness of America.”

“If white Americans don’t take a stand, we’ll lose the country,” he wrote, citing demographic numbers showing the country become less white. “Soon there won’t be enough whites to stop the chaos.”

The children of Satan are unleashing hell on white Americans.

In San Jose, California, Hispanic thugs spit on and beat Trump supporters, kicked and jumped on their cars, and burned their belongings. The mob also burned American flags, chanted “F—k Donald Trump!” and screamed, “Make California Mexico again!”

Everywhere Trump goes, organized mobs of angry Hispanics, Black Lives Matter, LGBT, communists, Muslims and anarchists converge and attack his supporters.

What’s inciting these extremist hate groups? Is it the ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan? Is it Trump’s plan to build a wall?

These “people of color” and their supporters were full of rage long before Trump came on the scene. These people are evil. They are waging war against whites, which represent the goodness of America. They hate whites – especially white men – and want to take power away from them and redistribute wealth to destroy American freedom, rule of law and decency.

Over the last 50 years, feminists, LGBT groups, pro-illegal immigrant groups and Muslims have abused civil rights laws and are exploiting white liberals’ guilt for their selfish agenda. Unqualified radical minorities and liberal women have gotten into positions of power, and white males and traditional American values are under assault.

If white Americans don’t take a stand, we’ll lose the country. Soon there won’t be enough whites to stop the chaos. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hispanic population reached a new high of 55.4 million in 2014. As of July 1, 2014, there are more Hispanics living in California (14.99 million) than there are whites (14.92 million). Hispanics will account for about 49 percent of Californians by 2060.

Whites know they’re hated and scapegoated solely based on their race, and some feel hopeless. New research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates alarming increases in death rates for middle-aged white Americans. White life expectancy is declining due to what one expert labeled “deaths of despair” – drug and alcohol overdoses, suicides and disease from chronic alcoholism.

Whites have allowed things to spiral out of control, and they’re looking for someone to speak up for them. In Trump, they see a courageous, albeit imperfect, fighter who is willing to speak the truth and lead.

America’s enemies know their days are numbered. Obama has emboldened them over the past eight years, but Trump is helping to expose evil.

The hatred displayed by Hispanic thugs in San Jose is not so much about Donald Trump. It’s about stopping “Whitey” and destroying America. When more Americans understand this, we can unite against the real enemies of freedom and restore order in our nation.

Paranoia-Rama: Trump's Latest Absurdity, Martial Law Fears & About Those Death Panels…

Another day, another Donald Trump conspiracy theory. We can’t wait to hear what new ones he comes up with before the election; that is, if President Obama doesn’t declare martial law to stop Trump before then.

FRC’s Weak Defense Of Its Skewed Idea Of ‘Religious Liberty’

We were delighted to see that Tony Perkins — or one of the Family Research Council writers who helps him put together his daily “Washington Update” email — has read People For the American Way Foundation’s recent report, “Who is Weaponizing Religious Liberty?” While Perkins declared that the report is “not perfect” — aww — he is proud that we recognized FRC as one of the leading groups pushing legislation that would give legal protection to anti-LGBT discrimination in the name of religious liberty.

We do have a few quibbles about Perkins’ response, in addition to its Trumpian and not-very-original headline, “People For the UnAmerican Way.”

Perkins says we are wrong to describe FRC as “anti-gay,” explaining, “What we are is a Christian organization that refuses to accept as moral any behavior God declares is immoral and damaging to individuals and society.” Now some might take Perkins’ declaration that gay people are per se immoral and dangerous, like FRC’s support for laws that punish homosexuality with prison terms, to be at least a little bit anti-gay.

Perkins does call us “anti-Christian,” without offering any evidence. It's rather ironic that FRC would label us "anti-Christian" for daring to highlight the bigotry of individual conservative Christian activists and Religious Right organizations, but insist that they are not in any way "anti-gay" even though they openly advocate for discrimination against an entire class of people based solely on their sexual orientation. 

It’s good to remember that when Religious Right leaders use the word “Christian,” what they usually mean is “Christians who share my right-wing political beliefs.” Perkins should be careful throwing around the term anti-Christian. After all, he doesn’t believe that gay-affirming Christians deserve legal protection because their views are not sufficiently orthodox.

On the question of religious liberty: We support it. We encourage progressive people of faith to make their voices heard in the public arena so that Perkins and FRC and their allies cannot credibly claim — though they try — to speak for all Christians or people of faith. As FRC’s own actions make abundantly clear, the First Amendment protects their right to preach, publish, broadcast, and advocate for their beliefs about the immorality of homosexuality. We support the Family Research Council’s right to celebrate, as it recently did, the launch of an international “pro-family” group that includes some of the world’s most religiously repressive regimes. And we support Perkins' right to define and defend religious liberty in very selective ways.

But here’s where we differ. We don’t think that supporting religious freedom is the same thing as allowing individuals or corporations to use religious beliefs as a blanket justification for ignoring laws that promote the common good or taking actions that restrict the rights of other people. Religious liberty is a cherished constitutional principle; so is equality under the law.

Oddly, the last paragraph of Perkins’ response to our report is devoted to quoting research that going to church is good for a person’s health, as if our report had somehow suggested that people should not be part of a religious community. As part of his litany, Perkins suggested that being a churchgoer “is one of the greatest ways to treat the modern culture’s disease — of incivility, hostility and general pessimism.” Perkins and his group don’t exactly provide a lot of support for that theory. In fact, incivility, hostility and general pessimism are a pretty good description of the rhetoric FRC uses about LGBT people and their other perceived enemies in fundraising mail, model sermons and public pronouncements.

 

Rachel Maddow Skewers Donald Trump And One Of His Many Conspiracy Theorist Pals

Last night, Rachel Maddow talked about how Donald Trump has regularly promoted Wayne Allyn Root, the far-right conspiracy theorist, self-help guru and Trump wannabe.

The GOP presidential candidate has never shied away from embracing extremists, so it was no surprise when he picked Root to introduce him at a Las Vegas rally last year.

Trump, as Maddow noted, was particularly enthralled by Root’s bizarre claim that Obama never attended Columbia University and simultaneously was radicalized to become an anti-American “Manchurian candidate” by his left-wing professors while attending Columbia University.

Trump even called on hackers to expose Obama’s “college records”:

One of Root’s most ridiculous conspiracy theories, one touted by Trump and mocked by President Obama in a recent speech, was that the president was purposefully letting people infected with Ebola flood into the U.S. in 2014 as part of his dream of “taking down this country.”

“We’ve got to remove him from office and fast,” Root said, “before he kills all of us”:

“In addition to the ‘Power of Relentless,’ in addition to claiming President Obama didn’t really go to Columbia, he also said during the Ebola crisis that if President Obama wasn’t somehow forcibly removed from office, we would all die from Ebola,” Maddow said. “All of us.”

Much like Root, she continued, Trump has his own record of making “ludicrous” and “preposterous” statements, so many that it is difficult to hold him to account “just because of the sheer number of things he has said that fit that bill.”

“When you’re that ridiculous that frequently, do people stop being shocked? Do we get inured? Does nothing seem too shocking? Does nothing seem too idiotic or dangerous or blatantly racist anymore?” she asked.

The best way to ridicule Trump’s beliefs, she concluded, is restating his own words and “letting people laugh at them.”

Josh Bernstein: Hillary Clinton Will Be 'The First Lesbian President' Just As Obama Is 'The First Gay President'

On his "Pray In Jesus Name" show recently, Gordon Klingenschmitt interviewed right-wing radio host and political commentator Josh Bernstein about the current state of the election. Bernstein, who also serves as the spokesman for the Association of Mature American Citizens, a Tea Party version of the AARP, is someone whom we have mentioned a few times, but never really paid much attention to ... at least until he called us "pinheads" on Klingenschmitt's show.

That prompted us to take a look at Bernstein's "TV show," which consists of little more than a YouTube channel, where we found insightful clips like this one where he explains that Hillary Clinton could become the first lesbian president, which is fitting since President Obama is the first gay president.

"The best unkept secret in Washington, D.C., is that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian," Bernstein said, as he declared that the investigation into her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state will finally prove that she has had multiple same-sex relationships, most notably with key aide Huma Abedin.

Clinton has had affairs with the likes of Yoko Ono and actress Markie Post, as well as with Webb Hubbel, who is Chelsea Clinton's real father, Bernstein asserted. He added that Bill and Hillary decided to raise Chelsea as their own purely for political gain because they are "the most corrupt family in American history."

Clinton "would be the first lesbian president," he said, which "is probably fitting because we already have the first gay president in Barack Obama."

Multiple members of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church that Obama attended knew that he was gay and then "ended up dead because they were probably going to tell their stories," Bernstein said. "There is definitely some mystery surrounding Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton."

And we're the pinheads.

North Carolina Lt. Governor: LGBT Rights Proof We've Turned Our Back On God

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is apparently not above appearing on “Trunews,” the radical anti-LGBT radio program hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles, where he insisted Wednesday that his state’s new anti-LGBT law is in no way discriminatory.

In fact, the GOP official said, “women and children” were the ones “being discriminated against” under LGBT rights ordinances like the one passed by the city of Charlotte, which was voided by the new state law.

He said that such measures were approved because “we have a lack of moral compass in our country right now, we’ve taken our eyes off God in America, we have turned our back on God, we have forgotten God in a lot of ways, so the moral compass is broken here.”

Forest went on to say that anti-LGBT laws like North Carolina’s only “discriminate against behavior, not against people,” comparing them to traffic laws: “If I want to go out and drive 95 miles an hour down the interstate in North Carolina because I feel like doing that, I don’t have the right to do that. It doesn’t mean the law is discriminating against me, it’s discriminating against my behavior of wanting to drive 95.”

Naturally, Forest went on to blame the controversy over the law on the media.

Ralph Reed Thinks Elected Officials Should 'Do Your Job,' But Apparently That Doesn't Apply To Senate Republicans

Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition has released an ad attacking North Carolina Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper for his refusal to defend the state's recently enacted anti-LGBT law, HB2.

Insisting that the only goal of the law was to give people privacy in the restroom "just like it's always been," the ad declares that "Attorney General Roy Cooper should do his one job: Defend North Carolina."

It's rather ironic that the FFC's ad would tell Cooper to "do your job," considering that #DoYourJob is exactly the message that thousands have been sending to Republicans in the Senate who are refusing to give President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland so much as a hearing.

Reed and the FFC, of course, are not particularly interested in urging Republican senators to do their jobs and have repeatedly praised them for not doing their jobs:

The wheels of power in Washington, DC move at a very plodding pace, and in this case and throughout our nation’s history, appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court are not, and should not, be any different. Accordingly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley have both publicly vowed to block any nominees from the White House until the American people have elected a new president in November.

Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution provides the U.S. Senate with the power to confirm or reject Presidential appointments to the Court. Our founders included the clause as a safeguard against authoritarianism by providing a clear separation of powers. Leader McConnell and Chairman Grassley are performing their duties to the full extent authorized by the Constitution and conservatives should commend and support their leadership.

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Thanks to Mr. McConnell and Mr. Grassley, and the social conservatives standing behind them, he will not have the opportunity to continue to fundamentally change America through the courts.

The For-Profit Trump Presidency

Boastful and braggadocious tweets are nothing unusual from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Today, however, he raised the stakes when he took to his Twitter account to explicitly acknowledge that he would use the White House as a platform for profit.

Trump informed his Twitter followers this afternoon that he has “instructed my execs to open Trump U(?)” once the lawsuits against the real estate seminar scheme are resolved. His motivation for this step is far more intriguing. “So much interest in it!” he wrote. “I will be pres.”

Presidents have been wealthy, but never in our memory has a major presidential candidate so explicitly acknowledged his intent to use the White House as a means to personal profit.

Mitt Romney, for example, placed his assets in a blind trust. Questions were raised as to how blind this trust was, but he never suggested using the White House to explicitly increase its value.

Trump’s phony university is not his largest financial conflict of interest. Mother Jones reported this week:

The presumptive GOP nominee also has a tremendous load of debt that includes five loans each over $50 million. (The disclosure form, which presidential candidates must submit, does not compel candidates to reveal the specific amount of any loans that exceed $50 million, and Trump has chosen not to provide details.) Two of those megaloans are held by Deutsche Bank, which is based in Germany but has US subsidiaries. And this prompts a question that no other major American presidential candidate has had to face: What are the implications of the chief executive of the US government being in hock for $100 million (or more) to a foreign entity that has tried to evade laws aimed at curtailing risky financial shenanigans, that was recently caught manipulating markets around the world, and that attempts to influence the US government?

Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute pointed out in Politico that “it is almost impossible to separate Donald Trump the presidential candidate from Donald Trump the businessman and huckster —one whose name is synonymous with the many hotels, buildings, golf courses and products, including a university, he has licensed or purchased, a name he seems to value so highly that it alone makes up a huge share of the $10 billion net worth he claims.”

Ornstein highlighted the fact that Trump is taking a break from his presidential campaign to travel to Scotland on the day of the Brexit vote to promote his new golf course there. Normally a presidential candidate would be cautious about visiting a foreign country on the day of such a critical vote, whose result would impact their presidency. (Questions were also raised this week regarding whether or not Trump knew what Brexit is.)

Additionally, Trump had no qualms this week about using the platform of his presidential campaign to attack the PGA for moving the WGC-Cadillac Championship from his Miami golf course to Mexico.

Ornstein notes that “there are accepted norms of behavior along similar, common-sense lines: One should not use one’s public stature to promote private interests. Trump is now shattering all of those norms, mostly to the bemusement, not outrage, of the media.”

Donald Trump has clearly decided that his run for the White House is just another opportunity to promote his real estate and golf interests, along with assorted scam businesses.

Ornstein asks the right question: Will the media let him get away with it?

David Barton: Voting Biblically = Voting For Donald Trump To Name Supreme Court Justices

David Barton, the oft-discredited Religious Right “historian,” Republican political operative and head of a failed Ted Cruz-supporting Super PAC, appeared on the American Family Association’s “Today’s Issues” this morning.

Barton’s message mirrored that of other Religious Right figures, like televangelist James Robison and dominionist Lance Wallnau, who are insisting that evangelicals go to the polls and vote for Trump no matter how flawed a person and candidate he might be. A few weeks, ago Barton told Christians that their job was to get more engaged in electing God-fearing candidates to office by “teaching ourselves and others to think and act biblically.” Today he made it clear that means voting for Donald Trump.

Barton, who claims to find biblical justification for his opposition to minimum wage laws, progressive taxes, capital gains taxes, estate taxes and unions, not surprisingly has a Bible verse that he says mandates a vote for Trump:

For me, the number-one thing for me in every federal election is Isaiah 1:26, the righteousness of the land is determined by the judges in that land. And since we already have Justice Scalia down, and we have three more that are of age, of concern, you’re looking at potentially four judges, and do I want Hillary appointing my judges? Absolutely, unequivocally not. There is not a snowball’s chance I get a good judge out of that. That is just not gonna happen.

With Trump, we got a list of 11 folks, 11 of whom are better than anything Hillary will ever propose, 10 of whom are absolutely rock stars, from our standpoint. So when I look at Isaiah 1:26, this is an easy thing. It’s still difficult for me in so many other areas, because I want to join my vote to someone who does recognize that he needs God, that he has sinned at least once in his life, and of course that’s the thing Trump said — ‘I don’t know of any reason I need to ask God for forgiveness. I’ve never asked him for forgiveness.’ That’s a difficulty, but at the same time, that does not mean that we won’t get the right kind of judges, and that in my estimation is the key thing for any federal election.

Barton warned Christians that they could find faults in and reasons not to vote for any person, even biblical figures like Lot and Noah who were used by God in spite of their flaws. And he insisted that judges are “the number-one biblical issue.”

The first question, there is not an option sitting this out. That is not optional in any way, shape, fashion or form. Second thing is when you vote, you have to vote biblically, and the number-one biblical issue is judges. And on those two things alone you got all the information you need to be able to vote.   

Later in the discussion, Barton insisted that we are not to hold our civil leaders to the same standards as our religious leaders and that the Bible actually lays out the different qualifications for each. Barton cited Exodus 18:21 as God's standard that voters are to use for choosing political leaders:

But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens.

Trump obviously does not meet these qualifications in any way, but Barton is going to vote for him anyway – and tell other Christians it is their duty to do the same.  

Paul Ryan Endorses Donald Trump Because Why Not?

Shortly after it became clear that Donald Trump would be the GOP presidential nominee, House Speaker Paul Ryan said to much fanfare that he was not prepared to endorse Trump because the candidate had shown an unwillingness to unify the Republican Party.

Ryan, who has criticized Trump for his brief refusal to disavow the support of white nationalist David Duke and his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the country, emphasized that Trump must bring Republicans together and outline his beliefs about limited government if he wants his endorsement.

Trump went on to criticize Ryan and other Republicans, including Ryan’s 2012 running mate, Mitt Romney, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. When Trump lashed out at Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez while campaigning in her state last week, Ryan defended her. Trump has also made a point to assure voters that he won’t act “presidential” and that he hasn’t changed any of the extremist views that he espoused during the primary race.

Despite the fact that Trump has not done absolutely anything that Ryan asked of him, Ryan endorsed him anyway today in an op-ed for his hometown paper:

Now that he’s officially gotten behind Trump’s campaign, the mythical image of Ryan as a principled conservative visionary can finally be put to rest.

Rick Wiles: America Will Soon Be 'Obliterated'

Yesterday on his “Trunews” program, End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles discussed topics ranging from LGBT pride month to a Christian youth pastor dressing up like the Times Square Naked Cowboy, concluding that America must be on the verge of “being obliterated.”

“We are watching a nation lose its mind and go insane,” he said. “Every strata of society has gone insane. That’s because they’ve rejected God.”

These “lunatics” running society, Wiles added, are going to marginalize, “round up” and “exterminate” conservative Christians.

Sandy Rios: Hillary Clinton Wants To Legalize Pedophilia

The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios claimed on her radio program this morning that LGBT rights advocates, led by Hillary Clinton, are determined to legalize pedophilia.

Rios took a call from a listener named Pat who told her that “the play is not necessarily for gay rights or transgender, the play is for pedophilia,” a claim for which he cited a 1989 anti-gay film called “AIDS: What You Haven’t Been Told” that he found on YouTube.

“Unfortunately, everything that Pat just said is true,” Rios responded. “I’ve been talking about this stuff at a time, you know, 15 years ago when nobody, nobody could believe this, it was just too much, just too much. But I remember debating Jocelyn Elders, the former surgeon general of the United States, over a book she had endorsed that wanted to move the age of sexual consent down to 12, I got in a huge fight with her over that.”

“And can tell you,” she added, “the person who is primarily behind all of this, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, has been pushing for this since she was young, and that’s Hillary Clinton. He’s absolutely right, pedophilia is the next frontier, the next barrier they want to break down, it is absolutely amazing.”

Peter LaBarbera: Obama Has Been The Greatest Promoter Of 'Moral Evil' Of Any President In History

Colorado Republican state lawmaker Gordon Klingenschmitt was joined by his fellow anti-gay Religious Right activist Peter LaBarbera on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently, where the two decried the Obama administration's guidelines for public schools on how to protect the rights of transgender students, which LaBarbera said are just further proof of Obama's promotion of "moral evil."

"Obama never really let the Constitution get in his way," he said, "as we saw with his systematic destruction of the definition of marriage, Chaps. He's all about the homosexual agenda and now we have actual very strong evidence that that's the number-one agenda item for Barack Obama."

"For whatever reason, Barack Obama has chosen the promotion of homosexualism and transexualism now as one of his major achievements," LaBarbera continued. "This is really the president that has promoted in this area the greatest moral evil by far of any president of the United States."

On His First Day In Office, President Trump Will Tell Allies That He Won't Defend Them If They Don't Pay Up

After predicting that Germany and other European countries will collapse due to the refugee crisis, Donald Trump told Michael Savage yesterday that on his very first day as president, he will begin calling the leaders of allied nations to inform them that the U.S. will no longer honor commitments to defend them in case of a military conflict.

Trump said that these allied countries will “have to pay” much more for protection, adding, “What, are we supposed to get into World War III over a country that doesn’t respect us enough to pay what they’re supposed to be paying?”

Trump also said that as president he will immediately act to undo President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform and build the Keystone XL pipeline, with a hefty new tax on the corporations that benefit from it.

Previously, Trump said he would prefer that countries acquired nuclear weapons rather than continue military alliances with the U.S. that he thinks are too expensive.

Trump Immigration Adviser: Round Up Immigrants At Protests, Testifying Before Legislatures

Kris Kobach, the anti-immigrant crusader who designed Donald Trump’s plan for impounding remittances to force Mexico to pay for a border wall, said on Sunday that he hopes when Trump is president, immigration enforcement officers will be sent to round up undocumented immigrants participating in protests or lobbying legislators.

Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas, hosts a weekly radio program on the Kansas City station KCMO. On Sunday’s program, he discussed a recent anti-Trump protest in Albuquerque that turned violent, leading to the arrests of some protesters.

A listener called in to complain that “the law does not apply to illegal aliens,” falsely implying that there had been no consequences for violent anti-Trump protesters. “They’re now getting so bold that, you know, you and I don’t have the right to hold a rally for our people … but they have the right to get off the sidewalk, go in the street, do damage and not get arrested,” the caller said.

Kobach responded that what “really annoys” him is that Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t just send officers into protests and start demanding people’s papers and sending undocumented participants “back to [their] home country.”

Later in the program, Kobach said that not only should ICE start checking people’s papers at protests, they should also round up and deport undocumented immigrants who show up to lobby state lawmakers on immigration issues. “I don’t think that’s going to happen until Donald Trump is president,” he said:

You know, I think the fact that ICE was absent was also wrong. This is the way that even in the Bush administration, when [inaudible] at a protest, no one would ever arrest them and say, ‘You identified yourself as not lawfully present in the United States, we’re going to go ahead and enforce the law now.’

You know, they showed up in the Kansas legislature, they do this almost every year, when we run a bill, we meaning those who believe in the rule of law, run a bill to stop giving in-state tuition to illegal aliens, illegal aliens will show up and testify. ICE never turns up and says, ‘Okay, you’re breaking the law, time to get out of here.’ You get Democrats applauding them. It’s just unbelievable. At some point, we’ve got to say, ‘Look, we take our laws seriously,’ and I don’t think that’s going to happen until Donald Trump is president.

Note: The audio in both clips in this post is very choppy, which is how it was in the original recording posted by KCMO.

Trump: 'Germany's Going Down. They're All Going Down.'

Yesterday, Donald Trump chatted with far-right conspiracy theorist Michael Savage, who asked the presumptive GOP presidential nominee about the Dalai Lama’s recent comments that European countries have accepted “too many” refugees.

Trump, who has frequently criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her stance on refugees and because she, in his view, robbed him of the 2015 TIME Person of the Year title, told Savage that refugees will destroy the continent: “I’ll tell you, you’re going to destroy Europe. Germany’s going down. They’re all going down. It’s unbelievable; unbelievable what’s happening in Europe.”

Not only has Trump consistently lied about the refugee crisis, but he has also threatened to deport refugees legally resettled in the U.S.

Top GOP Consultant: Trans People Banned From Bathrooms Just Need To 'Suck It Up And Deal With Things'

Transgender people who don’t have the option to use a separate facility need to just “suck it up and deal with things” rather than use a restroom that matches their gender identity, a prominent Republican consultant wrote this week.

Bill Greener III, a former communications director for the Republican National Committee whose consulting firm represents the RNC and a number of Republican members of Congress, wrote in an Inside Sources column on Tuesday that trans people also need to understand that “white males of European descent who are heterosexual actually encounter situations where we get treated like crap. I can vouch for this. Some would call this life.”

Instead, he complained, trans people are making “everyone in the world … turn themselves inside out to make sure that [they] never feel badly.”

A person can be entirely sympathetic to fair treatment, strongly oppose actual discrimination, and generally be a fair-minded individual without being compelled to conclude that more than 95 percent of Americans ought to be made to accommodate any and all demands from 0.3 percent of the population.

For a large number of people I consider reasonable, all of this becomes a tad absurd. People thinking they are cats does not make them cats, say we. Maybe you are entitled to think of yourself in any way you want. That, however, should not obligate everyone in the world to turn themselves inside out to make sure that you never feel badly.

By the way, just for the record, white males of European descent who are heterosexual actually encounter situations where we get treated like crap. I can vouch for this. Some would call this life.

In a broader context this debate should focus on just how much accommodation is reasonable to expect, much less to demand as a matter of a legal right. When is it that more than nine in 10 Americans will be allowed to say: “We don’t hate you. We even understand and agree you deserve not to be discriminated against. However, this has become an argument that centers on personal comfort levels. You need to deal with being uncomfortable. It is more fair, more logical, and more reasonable than asking all the rest of us to adjust to you. Where possible, we will attempt to reduce this discomfort by providing separate facilities. However, a good deal of the time, you are just going to have to suck it up and deal with things.”

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