Fighting the Right

Gordon Klingenschmitt Ties Himself In Knots Trying To Defend Discrimination Against Atheists

On today's "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Religious Right activist and Colorado state legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt shared his thoughts on a lawsuit filed against a California school district for refusing to inform students about scholarships that were being offered by atheist groups.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation and a local freethinker organization were offering college scholarships but district officials refused to include them on a list of scholarships that was distributed to students even though the list featured several overtly religious scholarships.

In Klingenschmitt's view, this is perfectly okay because trying to "bribe" public school students with an atheist scholarship is unconstitutional.  

"To advertise atheist scholarships to all of the Christian students or the Jewish students or even the homosexual students," he said, "to say that everyone should be able to get this money if you just renounce your faith, that, to me, is itself unconstitutional. There is no place for atheist recruiters to come into your schools and recruit children to violate their parent's religion."

Offering Christian scholarships, on the other hand, is totally acceptable because the majority of students in public school are Christians, Klingenschmitt said, and so "for an opportunity to be offered to a Christian child that, if they write an essay about God that they should get Christian scholarship money, that's not bribery. They're keeping their own religion ... You're reinforcing what the parents want their kid's faith to be. This is a parental rights issue."

Sure, some atheist parents might object to students being offered a scholarship for writing Christian essays, Klingenschmitt admitted, but that is totally different than saying "to Christian children that we're going to bribe you with [a scholarship] if you convert and renounce your parent's faith about how great it is to be an atheist."

"That would be upsetting and offensive to parents who want their children raised in a Christian faith," he stated, before praying that school officials will fight this lawsuit and "stand up for the freedom of religion for Christian students in public schools to not be coerced and bribed to convert to atheism against their parent's faith."

Donald Trump's Amen Corner: Prosperity Preachers and Dominionists

While Ted Cruz had the backing of most Religious Right leaders in his now-suspended presidential campaign, Donald Trump has had his own amen corner among preachers of the God-wants-you-to-be-rich prosperity gospel, including a group  who laid hands on him last fall. At that meeting, Florida-based prosperity preacher Paula White prayed that "any tongue that rises against him will be condemned according to the word of God.”

It’s not really surprising that preachers who tout wealth as a sign of God’s favor would line up with a blustery billionaire like Trump, who says his riches are proof that he’s qualified to fix what’s wrong with the country. What is a bit more surprising is the support Trump is getting from a leading advocate of Seven Mountains dominionism, which teaches that government and other spheres of influence — “mountains” like media, entertainment, business — are meant to be run by the right kind of Christians.

Lance Wallnau is an influential leader in the Seven Mountains movement. In 2011, he declared that it is the obligation of Christians to “seize those high places” in order to bring about the return of Jesus Christ — something he has said they should do by both “overt” and “covert” means. In 2012, he said that the mountains of government, media, and economics were currently occupied by Satan.

Wallnau has been pushing Trump for a while now. In November he declared that God has given Trump “an anointing for the mantle of government.” But why would someone who thinks Christians with a “biblical worldview” are supposed to be running the world throw his support to Trump rather than Ted Cruz or one of the other candidates who put their faith at the center of their campaigns?

Steve Strang, publisher of the Pentecostal Charisma Magazine, put that question to Wallnau in a recent podcast interview. Strang had been a Ted Cruz supporter, but after Cruz dropped out of the race he quickly declared that he has shifted his loyalty and support to Trump.

“When God wants to move in history, he doesn’t always pick the favorite evangelical,” said Wallnau. He said that God brought Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill to power at crucial moments in history, the way He is now raising up Trump for our time. And he knows this, Wallnau said, because God told him so.

In a video on his website, Wallnau praised Cruz as someone who “totally gets Seven Mountains” but said he doesn’t believe Cruz could win a general election. Anyway, he said, it’s better for Christians to have someone like Trump in power, because every failure of a President Cruz would be blamed on conservative Christians, something that won’t happen with Trump. And after all, having believers like Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush in office didn’t turn out so well.

Wallnau said God told him specifically that Trump is “a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness.” Wallnau has dedicated a section of his website to explaining why “Trump is the guy that God is going to use.”

I ran across a picture of Trump that said “Donald Trump 45th President of the United States.” Immediately the thought hit me “read Isaiah 45!” I was shocked by what I discovered. It’s about a king named Cyrus and he would not appear on the scene for another 100 years. Cyrus was a secular ruler. He was not a believer. He was “anointed” to do certain things “for Jacob my servants sake.”  

Like King Cyrus, says Wallnau, Trump is a secular figure who God will use to get things done. And, he told Strang, he told Trump all about the Cyrus prophecy when he met with a group of African American ministers last year.

Wallnau calls Trump a “chaos candidate,” someone who is unconventional enough to push back hard against a radical left that is transforming America into “an increasingly hostile anti-Christian culture.” And Hillary Clinton, he told Strang, is helping take America down the road that Messianic rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of the end-times bestseller “The Harbinger,” is predicting. Wallnau told Strang:

Hillary Clinton is part of a machine that is taking America socially, spiritually, and economically into everything the Harbinger talks about…the Harbinger has Hillary on it. That’s why I was thinking, I want to do an article called, ‘Lead us not into Trumptation but deliver us from Hillary.’ Because Hillary Clinton is not an individual, she is a machine with an entire ideologic [sic] agenda that goes all the way to the most ghastly interests you can imagine in terms of the survival of Christian civilization.

Trump, warned Wallnau, will not make it without evangelical support, adding, “may we not be the saboteurs of our own deliverance.” Cruz supporters, he said, will have to look at the bigger picture. Cruz, he said, still has an important role to play in history, maybe as a running mate or Supreme Court justice.

As Kyle reported in April, Wallnau is part of the Trump campaign’s “National Diversity Coalition.” He is also a board member of the Oak Initiative, whose bio of him starts, “Dr. Lance Wallnau has been described by People For the American Way as the hidden architect behind the increasingly viral and politically potent seven mountain template for cultural impact.” Wallnau has said that Right Wing Watch is part of a coalition controlled by a secret cabal of funders who are behind the climate change movement and Black Lives Matter.

Wallnau has a history of saying rather unusual things. Three years ago he said God was giving a diabetes cure to Christians, but that they wouldn’t share it with the general public, only with Kingdom-minded believers who would give it to Chinese Communist Party leaders in order to help spread the Gospel in that country. China? Better not tell Trump.

 

Anti-Choice Leader Who Said Trump Mistreated Women Now Making The 'Case For Trump'

The leaders of the movement against abortion rights have, in recent years, been making a concerted effort to portray their movement as “pro-woman,” from devising a legal strategy that disguises anti-choice restrictions as protections for “women’s health,” to counseling Republican candidates on how not to talk about rape, to giving this year’s March for Life the theme “Pro-life and Pro-woman Go Hand in Hand.”

One of the leaders of this strategy is Marjorie Dannenfelser, the head of the Susan B. Anthony List, a group that takes its name from the historically dubious claim that the women’s suffrage crusader was a “pro-life feminist.”

Dannenfelser and her fellow anti-choice leaders were not thrilled, then, with the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, who has a long record of making disparaging and demeaning statements about women, not to mention the fact that he has blown up the anti-choice movement's carefully constructed talking points and publicly discussed changing the Republican Party’s platform position on abortion.

In an open letter to Iowa voters in January, Dannenfelser and handful of other anti-choice movement leaders urged Republicans to pick “anyone but Donald Trump,” writing that they did not trust the candidate to pick Supreme Court justices to their liking, and also saying that they were “disgusted” by his record of making “disparaging public comments to and about many women:

Moreover, as women, we are disgusted by Mr. Trump’s treatment of individuals, women, in particular. He has impugned the dignity of women, most notably Megyn Kelly, he mocked and bullied Carly Fiorina, and has through the years made disparaging public comments to and about many women. Further, Mr. Trump has profited from the exploitation of women in his Atlantic City casino hotel which boasted of the first strip club casino in the country.

America will only be a great nation when we have leaders of strong character who will defend both unborn children and the dignity of women. We cannot trust Donald Trump to do either. Therefore we urge our fellow citizens to support an alternative candidate.

When, in March, Trump said that there should be “some form of punishment” for women who have abortions if the procedure is outlawed, Dannenfelser scrambled to do damage control. When Trump said just days later that he didn’t actually want to change any abortion laws, Dannenfelser declared, “He has completely contradicted himself. If this is his position, he has just disqualified himself as the GOP nominee.”

Dannenfelser enthusiastically backed Carly Fiorina’s presidential bid, rejoicing when Ted Cruz picked her as his running mate in the final days of his faltering campaign.

But all of Trump’s egregious statements about women and his flip-flopping on abortion rights aren’t stopping Dannenfelser from lining up behind him now that he is the presumptive GOP nominee.

Dannenfelser praised Trump last week for hiring a top adviser who has the trust of anti-choice activists. And today in Townhall she writes a column called “The Pro-life Case for Trump,” in which she says it’s time to “reexamine what we know about Mr. Trump” and praises the “very specific pro-life commitments” that he has made on the campaign trail,” including backing a 20-week abortion ban, saying he would defund Planned Parenthood and promising to nominate Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. (Never mind that Trump has backtracked and equivocated on many of these positions, as Dannenfelser herself has noted in the past.)

“As we move into the general election,” Dannenfelser writes, “Susan B. Anthony List is already diligently working to engage with voters and expose Hillary Clinton’s extremism, confident that the American people will reject her radical abortion agenda at the ballot box. We believe Mr. Trump, who has already taken strong positions on the life issue throughout the primary campaign, will join us on offense.”

It’s not an endorsement, but it’s a pretty warm statement from someone who has previously said she was “disgusted” by Trump’s treatment of women and said he had “disqualified himself” with his flip-flops. Dannenfelser’s group has clearly decided that it’s worth teaming up with the notoriously misogynistic Trump in the hope that he will hand them the Supreme Court that they want. But that may make it a little harder to sell the idea that their anti-choice activism is all in pursuit of a pro-woman, feminist vision.

Born in the Right-Wing Media, The Benghazi Select Committee Will End There As Well

Happy birthday, Benghazi Select Committee.

Sunday marked the second anniversary of the creation of the House committee and South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy’s reign as its chairman.

After two years and $6.7 million dollars spent by the committee, along with more than $20 million spent by other federal agencies, all Gowdy has to show for his work is a string of embarrassing flubs. Even Donald Trump has referred to the South Carolina Republican as “Benghazi loser Gowdy.”

Yet the very premises behind Trump’s presidential candidacy and the Benghazi Select Committee are the same — tossing red meat to an angry conservative base inflamed by partisan media. In the case of the Benghazi Select Committee, conservatives believed that although there was no evidence to support their claims they would finally find the silver bullet to take down the Obama administration and, more importantly, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The politicization of the attack in Benghazi began while the terrible events of that 2012 evening were still ongoing. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign issued a statement claiming that President Obama “sympathize[d] with those who waged the attacks.” From that moment forward, the conservative media believed the attack on our diplomatic facility and CIA annex was evidence of all the evils of which they had previously accused the president.

The conservative media has invented a series of myths about the Benghazi attack, from the notion that the president and then-Secretary of State Clinton issued a stand-down order demanding the military not respond that night to the offensive belief that the administration intentionally left people to die in Benghazi. None of this was true.

In the spin room following the presidential debate at Hofstra University in 2012, a leading Republican told me he believed the exchange about whether Obama had called the attack terrorism had won them the election.

It did not.

Subsequently, seven congressional investigations conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the House Committee on the Judiciary, the House Committee on Armed Services, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence all failed to provide the fodder the far right was looking for.

In order to mollify conservatives, then-House Speaker John Boehner created Gowdy’s select committee. At the time, many congressional Republicans, in particular those who had investigated the attacks, were concerned about the committee’s formation.

“There is deep unease within the Republican leadership that the select committee, which has yet to announce a schedule of hearings, could backfire, and badly,” wrote Eli Lake, then of The Daily Beast, on the reaction of congressional Republicans. “Investigate and find nothing new, and the committee looks like a bunch of tin-hatted obsessives. Investigate and uncover previously-hidden secrets, and it makes all of the other Republican led panels that dug into Benghazi seem like Keystone Kops.”

It is now two years later and the select committee has yet to uncover any new details about the attack in Benghazi. Nor have any of the facts I presented in “The Benghazi Hoax,” published 31 months ago, changed.

Every investigation into Benghazi has found the same thing. While there were a number of failures at every level of government that led to the attack, there was no wrongdoing and no cover-up. Republican chairmen led the majority of these investigations.

Now conservatives, still seeking confirmation of their conspiracy theories, have come full circle. A recent letter from Assistant Secretary of Defense Stephen Hedger pointed to a request from Gowdy demanding the Pentagon track down a caller to Sean Hannity’s radio show so he could testify before the committee.

As ranking member of the Benghazi Select Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., noted on the anniversary of its creation, “Republicans have now spent more than two years and nearly $7 million of taxpayer funds for the illegitimate purpose of bringing down Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers, as Kevin McCarthy admitted.” He concluded, “The Select Committee has discovered no new evidence that contradicts the core findings of the previous bipartisan and independent investigations.”

The fact that no new evidence contradicting previous investigations has been unearthed will not hinder the effort in the least as mollifying the right has been Gowdy’s ultimate goal all along.

It was House Majority Lead Kevin McCarthy who plainly explained the aim of the committee in the fall. “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?” he said. “But we put together a Benghazi special committee. A select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.”

Gowdy’s own investigator accused him of waging “a partisan investigation” with a “hyper focus on Hillary Clinton.”

In the coming months, with the general election in full swing, the Benghazi Select Committee will finally issue a partisan report.

Cummings issued a warning about Gowdy’s plans: “Republicans are desperate to hide the truth, so they are selectively leaking misleading information to fit a partisan political narrative, withholding interview transcripts from Democrats to prevent us from publicly releasing the facts to the American people, and completely cutting out Democrats from drafting the Select Committee’s final report,” he stated.

A partisan effort like this will do nothing but feed the right-wing media and prove Gowdy’s most fervent critics right about his motives. For an investigation that was born out of the swamp of right-wing media, it is wholly appropriate that it will end there as well.

Trump's Team: The Bigoted, Unhinged Conspiracy Theorists Benefiting From Donald Trump's Campaign

Donald Trump’s obsession with conspiracy theories didn’t come out of nowhere.

Before the GOP presidential frontrunner started winning the backing of Republican leaders, he assembled a team of ardent right-wing conspiracy theorists whose bigoted and bizarre beliefs once put them decidedly on the fringe of American politics.

Trump himself has spread a wide range of bizarre and bogus claims, winning state after state by questioning the facts about President Obama’s birthplace and religion, bashing immigrants as “killers and rapists,” parading discredited stories to demonize Muslim-Americans and, at one point, linking an opponent’s father to the Kennedy assassination.

As more “establishment” and “mainstream” Republicans declare their support for Trump, it is critical to remember the people whom Trump initially invited into his campaign: a range of pundits and preachers who have pushed racist, xenophobic and truly insane beliefs throughout their careers.

No endorser was out of bounds for Trump, whether it was a pastor who believes Starbucks injects semen from gay men into its lattes in order to spread Ebola or a radio host who thinks that alien creatures secretly run the government.

These activists have now also become some of Trump’s most outspoken defenders. And, in return, Trump has elevated their profiles by appearing on their radio programs, inviting them to share the stage with him and even praising them to national audiences.

Trump’s apparent victory in the Republican presidential primary gives these figures an unprecedented platform from which to spew their paranoia and bigotry. And it presents a strange turning point at which conspiracy theories that previously only lurked around the edges of political discourse are suddenly thrust to center stage.

The Pundits

Alex Jones

The fact that the Republican Party is about to nominate a candidate who has embraced conspiracy theorist broadcaster Alex Jones is downright terrifying.

Trump appeared on Jones’ radio show in December, when he was already the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, and complimented Jones for his “amazing” reputation.

Trump’s top confidant, Roger Stone, a conservative operative who has called for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to be killed, has been on Jones’ show nearly every week during the campaign. The two are even working together on an effort to track down Republican delegates who don’t support Trump and hound them at their hotel rooms at the party convention in Cleveland.

Jones has bragged that he advises Trump off-air and took credit for the candidates’ conspiracy theory about Rafael Cruz, the father of Trump’s former rival Ted Cruz, being involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

When Trump falsely claimed that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated on 9/11, he cited a post on Jones’ InfoWars website and told Jones during an appearance on his program that his assertion was correct because people on Twitter told him so.

Jones’ “news” program is a natural outlet for Trump, as poll after poll shows that Trump supporters disproportionately subscribe to shocking conspiracy theories, including ones championed by Jones and by the candidate himself.

It’s hard to describe how utterly bizarre Jones’ worldview is and how unbelievable it is that a major presidential candidate is promoting it.

Jones has broadcast numerous “false flag” conspiracy theories, alleging that the U.S. government was involved in the September 11 attacks; the Oklahoma City bombing; and the massacres of school children in Newtown, Connecticut, black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado, and police officers in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Jones thinks that President Obama is literally “a demonic creature” who is out to assassinate Trump after successfully murdering Justice Antonin Scalia and conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, and that he, along with Pope Francis, is determined to kill anywhere between 90 million and 1 billion people. He also says that "chemtrails" from the backs of planes spread a deadly “weaponized flu.”

He even believes that juice boxes are turning children gay — “the reason there’s so many gay people now is because it’s a chemical warfare operation!” — and that the LGBT rights movement is bent on the extermination of humanity.

Like Trump, Jones is a vocal critic of vaccines: Both have wrongly suggested that they cause autism.

Jones has also targeted Justin Bieber, claiming that the Canadian pop star is trying to brainwash children as part of a plot to disarm Americans and create a police state, and Beyoncé, telling his audience that she is a CIA plant out to stir racial violence and “literally” eat the brains of children.

And that’s not all.

Jones believes that an “alien force, not of this world,” is specifically targeting Trump, and has frequently promoted the claim that shape-shifting reptilian humanoids from outer space surreptitiously control the world, regularly hosting David Icke, one of the leading propagators of this belief, as an expert guest.

In one segment, Jones dressed up as a space lizard in a top hat to explain the “origins of Obamacare.”

Hoping that “no amount of fluoride in the water” can stop Trump, Jones has used threatening language against the GOP candidate's critics, calling Hillary Clinton a “bitch,” telling Bernie Sanders supporters that they need to have their “jaws broken,” and urging conservative writer George Will to “put a .357 Magnum to your head and blow what little is left of your brains out all over yourself” after he wrote a column condemning Trump.

Michael Savage

Trump has become a regular guest on “The Savage Nation,” a right-wing radio program hosted by Michael Savage that has the fifth-largest radio audience in the country, often appearing on the show immediately before primary election days in order to drum up support from Savage’s listeners.

It was on Savage’s program that Trump wondered if Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered, denounced Jewish people who support Obama and suggested that the president doesn’t want to fight terrorism and may have “evil intentions” with regard to Syrian refugees. Trump also told Savage that he will appoint ultraconservative jurists to the Supreme Court and would consider naming Savage himself to a position in his administration.

Savage, who calls himself “the architect of Trump's messaging,” has told his listeners that Trump based his immigration policies on one of his books.

He believes that God is lifting Trump to victory, hailing the candidate as “the Winston Churchill of our time” and hoping that he will become a dictator who rules by decree and stop Obama before he begins arresting and killing Americans en masse. Trump has returned the favor, thanking Savage for his “amazing” support and praising him as a “special guy” who would bring “common sense” if he were to join the government.

Savage gained widespread notoriety back in 2003 when, on his short-lived television program, he lashed out at a gay caller by saying:

Oh, you're one of the sodomites. You should only get AIDS and die, you pig. How's that? Why don't you see if you can sue me, you pig. You got nothing better than to put me down, you piece of garbage. You have got nothing to do today — go eat a sausage and choke on it. Get trichinosis.

Savage has not moderated since then.

He lashed out at veterans with PTSD, saying that they are “a bunch of losers” who “cry like a little baby” and have turned America into “a weak, sick nation.” (Ironically, Savage himself says he suffers “post-radio stress disorder” from reporting on the Obama family.)

Savage has also called autism is “a fraud” and argued that seltzer water causes insanity.

He claims that Obama is a Hitler-like leader bent on rounding up conservatives, staging shootings like the massacre in Charleston, setting up internment camps and death camps, beheading his critics, nullifying the upcoming election, creating a private army composed of Crips and Bloods gang members and Syrian refugees, and committing white genocide — a claim which he backed up by citing a prophesy from a Mayan woman he saw on television.

With a long record of violent rhetoric, Savage seems excited about the prospect of fighting in a race war between white conservatives and Obama, telling listeners that the president is a secret Muslim determined to ban dogs and deliberately spread diseases like Ebola.

“You have Satan in the White House,” he said last year. “Get the child out of the White House. He is going to set the nation on fire like he set the world on fire. Stop him before he kills all of us.”

Ann Coulter

Like Savage, far-right columnist Ann Coulter has claimed credit for shaping Trump’s extremist stance on immigration. Trump has invited her to speak at a number of his campaign rallies, including one at which she declared that God is using Trump’s candidacy to save America.

While Coulter has long managed to attract attention by making over-the-top remarks, such as when she declared her opposition to women’s suffrage, called John Edwards a “faggot” and smeared a group of 9/11 widows as “people enjoying their husbands’ death,” she has recently become almost single-mindedly focused on the issue of immigration, dazzling Trump with her warnings about “Latin American rape culture” and the “browning of America.”

“Ann’s been amazing,” Trump said earlier this year. “I’m a big fan and you know that.”

Indeed, Trump’s extremist plan of mass deportation, constructing a massive border wall, impounding remittances, expelling refugees and curtailing legal immigration seems to resemble the proposals laid out in Coulter’s book, “Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole,” in which she called on the government to adopt draconian policies to curb both lawful and unlawful immigration and refugee resettlement programs because, in her view, America has too many Latinos.

Coulter has urged GOP candidates to win elections by stoking anti-immigrant sentiment and “unapologetically opposing the transformation of America into a Third World country.”

Coulter claims that unless immigration is drastically curbed, parents will have to “get used to your little girls being rapedbecause “gang rape, child rape, elder rape, and murder rape are highly correlated with specific ethnic groups — ethnic groups we are bringing to America by the busload.”

Those who back immigration reform, according to Coulter, deserve to be targeted by “death squads,” just as immigrants who overstay their visas should get the death penalty. Coulter, who said that Trump “won me over with that Mexican rapist speech,” has praised the presumptive GOP nominee’s “genius” plan to ban Muslims from entering the country and has hailed his anti-immigrant plan as “the greatest political document since the Magna Carta.”

If Trump doesn’t win the election, Coulter has warned, it’s “lights out for the entire world for a thousand years,” as only Trump will stop changes to the “demographics of the country.”

“Thank God, and I am not using the Lord’s name in vain, I mean that absolutely literally, thank God for raising up Donald Trump and giving us a chance to save the country,” she said.

The Preachers

Carl Gallups

Ahead of the crucial Florida primary, Trump released a statement touting the endorsement he received from Pastor Carl Gallups, and then asked Gallups to deliver the invocation at a campaign rally in Pensacola.

Gallups and Trump share a passion for promoting birther conspiracy theories and denouncing the Common Core academic standards, which Gallups warns will ensure that “our smallest children in pre-school” will learn about “the mechanics of homosexual sex.”

Homosexuality has been a major focus of Gallups’ activism; he has repeatedly warned that same-sex marriage will completely destroy society by bringing about economic turmoil, severe persecution, the “enslavement” of Christians and divine punishment.

“This ruling may prove to be the final death knell of divine judgment upon our once great nation,” he said in response to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on marriage equality.

Gallups has also latched on to the Sandy Hook truther movement, which claims that the government faked the murder of schoolchildren and educators in Newtown, Connecticut, in order to justify new restrictions on firearms.

He called the massacre a “hoax” and said that grieving parents were actually crisis actors.

“[T]his dude is a Hollywood actor, his so-called wife is a Hollywood actor,” he said of two parents who lost children in the shooting.

A Trump spokeswoman said that the campaign “was not aware” of Gallups’ views, but the campaign still boasts of his endorsement on its website.

Unsurprisingly, Gallups has also speculated about whether Obama is the Antichrist, ultimately concluding that while the president is “an anti-Christ,” it is more likely that “he is a depiction of some of the characteristics of the anti-Christ who is to come.”

Robert Jeffress

Trump was very proud to land the endorsement of Robert Jeffress, a prominent Southern Baptist preacher and Fox News contributor who has hit the trail with the candidate at a number of events.

At one rally, Trump invited Jeffress to join him on stage as he decried the supposed persecution of Christians in America through the “War on Christmas” and lamented that he wouldn’t have been criticized if he had proposed a ban on Christians from entering the U.S., as he did with Muslims.

Jeffress made waves in the last presidential election when, after endorsing Rick Perry, he told Christians that they shouldn’t vote for Mitt Romney because of his Mormon faith, which wasn’t too surprising since he once blasted Mormonism as “a cult” from “the pit of hell.”

Jeffress has similarly stated that Satan created Roman Catholicism, declared that Jews, Mormons, Muslims and gay people are all destined for hell and maintained that President Obama “is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.”

No fan of the gay community, Jeffress believes that gays and lesbians are “perverse” people who are either pedophiles or likely to abuse children in the future; compared homosexuality to bestiality and called it “a miserable lifestyle”; accused gay people of using “brainwashing techniques” to have homosexuality “crammed down our throats”; said that gay people “are engaged in the most detestable, unclean, abominable acts you can imagine”; predicted that the gay rights movement “will pave the way for that future world dictator, the Antichrist”; and labeled homosexuality a “filthy practice” that will lead to the “implosion of our country.”

James David Manning

Update: Following the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, James David Manning said he was outraged by Trump’s remarks expressing support for the LGBT community and has withdrawn his support. “Sodomy is more dangerous to America than radical Islam,” he said.

Among the pastors invited to Trump Tower for what the GOP presidential candidate described as an endorsement meeting in December was James David Manning, who proudly endorsed Trump and stood beside him as he spoke to press about the event.

“I’m going to have and enjoy a long relationship with Mr. Trump,” Manning said after the meeting. “I pray he becomes president.”

The Harlem-based pastor has:

  • Accused Obama of murdering his “love child” outside the U.S. Capitol.

And that list barely scratches the surface of the many absurd and offensive things that Manning has actually said.

While Trump of course cannot be held responsible for all of the statements these individuals have made, he can and should be held responsible for embracing them and, at times, promoting their baseless conspiracy theories.

Priebus: 'Donald Trump Is Not Wanting To Rewrite The Platform'

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus attempted to reassure Republicans wary of supporting Donald Trump today, telling conservative radio host Mike Gallagher that Trump is “not wanting to rewrite” the party’s platform and that the election comes down to “a conservative Supreme Court for generations.”

“Number one, Donald Trump is not wanting to rewrite the platform, okay?” he said. “He’s just not. So all that anxiety, just take it off the table. Not willing to do that. But, you know, get into that, tell people that, that you don’t want to rewrite, you like, you appreciate and agree with the platform the way it is.” (Trump has explicitly said that he would want to change the Republican platform on abortion.)

“Second thing is,” he said, “I think that they ought to release however many names — five, 10 names — people that would make great Supreme Court justices, from which you’re willing to choose a justice from. You know, something that the Federalist Society and the Heritage folks — you know, solid names that we can say, okay, this is what this is about. This is what this is about. It’s about a conservative Supreme Court for generations.”

Trump has promised to release a list created with the help of the conservative Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society from which he will pick Supreme Court justices, but has yet to do so. Both organizations have been working to skew the courts far to the right. As Ed Kilgore wrote in New York magazine yesterday, “conservative fears about Trump's lack of fidelity to their supreme value of limited government could lead to demands for truly radical Court nominees who embrace the idea that right-wing judicial activism is needed to restrain the executive and legislative branches alike.”

When Gallagher asked if he thought that Trump’s campaign would actually release this promised list, Priebus replied that he didn’t know “where that’s at,” but “I think they’re open to it.”

Here We Go Again: Roy Moore Suspended For Defying Gay Marriage Rulings

On Friday, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended from his position after being charged with violating judicial ethics in his response to federal court rulings on same-sex marriage.

Despite a ruling by a federal judge in Mobile making same-sex marriage legal in Alabama last year, and in the face of a United States Supreme Court ruling last year making its legality the law of the land, Moore instructed probate judges throughout Alabama to ignore those higher courts and to refuse to issue licenses to same-sex couples.

Moore's actions led the Southern Poverty Law Center to file complaints with the commission, which acts much in the same way as a grand jury. When it receives a complaint, the commission investigates and decides whether to forward charges to the Alabama Court of the Judiciary.

This isn’t the first time Moore has been in this situation.

Back in 2003, he was removed from the office of chief justice for flouting a federal court ruling ordering the removal of a Ten Commandments monument he had installed in the courthouse rotunda.

The episode turned Moore into a martyr in the eyes of right-wing activists, although his newfound celebrity wasn’t enough to help his two unsuccessful campaigns for governor.

But in 2012 Moore returned to the Alabama Supreme Court, where he was once again lauded by the Religious Right when he tried to block same-sex marriages from taking place in the state in defiance of the federal courts.

Moore himself has likened the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling to Nazi oppression and has tapped Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver, the Religious Right activist who used bizarre legal arguments to defend Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in her unsuccessful attempt to flout the Supreme Court on marriage equality, to represent him in the case.

Just as Staver likened Davis to victims of the Holocaust, expect him to turn Moore, once again, into a symbol of the supposed persecution of Christians in America.

Indeed, far-right pastor Dave Daubenmire is already planning to hold a rally in Montgomery, Alabama, to support Moore and challenge the “uncircumcised philistine of the federal court system.”

Moore’s wife, Kayla Moore, who succeeded him in leading the Religious Right legal group Foundation for Moral Law, posted a song on her Facebook page yesterday comparing her husband to actual Christian martyrs.

Mat Staver: Transgender Nondiscrimination Laws Are 'Being Financed By Those Who Are Actively Promoting Pedophilia'

On today's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver asserted that North Carolina's anti-LGBT law and the Religious Right's boycott of Target are necessary because efforts to allow transgender people to use facilities that match their gender identity are being pushed by pedophilia advocates.

"The fact is we know sexual assaults occur," he said, "they are going to occur with or without these laws, there's no question about that. People commit sexual assaults, they commit them in buildings, they commit them in restrooms; but what you have now done, knowing that sexual assaults occur, knowing that they occur in these places where women are trapped and they can't get out, now what we've done, through these laws, is we've opened the door for every rapist and pedophile."

"Frankly," he continued, "when you look at some of the people behind the North Carolina law and some of these other laws, who are they? They have been identified, some of them that have been advocating this, as pedophiles. Some of this is being financed by those who are actively promoting pedophilia."

Of course, Staver did not disclose which groups were identified as organizations that promote child abuse.

Cruz Backer Robert George No Fan of Trump, But Group He Founded Is

Princeton University professor Robert George was a co-chair of Catholics for Cruz; when Cruz was a student at Princeton, George supervised his junior-year independent project and senior thesis. Along with George Weigel, George wrote an anti-Trump letter signed by other conservative Catholics that was published in National Review, part of the magazine’s failed effort to derail Trump’s campaign.

That letter declared Trump “manifestly unfit to be president of the United States.” It decried his “vulgarity” and “appeals to racial and ethnic fears and prejudice” and his promises to order the American military to torture terror suspects and kill terrorists’ families — “actions condemned by the Church and policies that would bring shame upon our country.”

The letter went on:

And there is nothing in his campaign or his previous record that gives us grounds for confidence that he genuinely shares our commitments to the right to life, to religious freedom and the rights of conscience, to rebuilding the marriage culture, or to subsidiarity and the principle of limited constitutional government….

Mr. Trump’s record and his campaign show us no promise of greatness; they promise only the further degradation of our politics and our culture. We urge our fellow Catholics and all our fellow citizens to reject his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination by supporting a genuinely reformist candidate.

When Cruz dropped out, George tweeted “God help us.”

George expanded on that sentiment in a despairing interview with the Daily Princetonian:

Professor of Jurisprudence Robert George, who authored an endorsement for Cruz earlier this spring, said that with Cruz’s withdrawal from the race, it is now clear that voters will be choosing in November between Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“For many Americans, including myself, these are dreadful alternatives. We regard neither of these individuals as fit – morally or otherwise – to be president,” he said.

The two presumptive nominees have told appalling lies to advance or protect their political interests, George said.

“A number of people have written to me this evening asking, ‘Which should we support?’ I answer: If you believe that Ted Cruz’s dad was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, then vote for Trump. If you believe that the murders of Ambassador Stevens and the others at Benghazi were committed by a mob inflamed by a movie trailer, then vote for Clinton,” he said.

Since then, he’s continued tweeting criticism of both candidates, such as this one from May 4: “Dreadful Donald and Horrible Hillary are both products of the culture of narcissism which is the me-generation's true and lasting legacy.”

But in spite of all that, it is not clear whether George will remain in the #NeverTrump camp. George is connected to an extraordinary number of Religious Right groups, and it is difficult to overstate his role in shaping the anti-gay movement’s “religious liberty” strategy.  But at least one of those groups is on a different page.

George is the founder of the American Principles Project, which is embracing Trump based on a letter he sent the group last year saying he would sign the First Amendment Defense Act – the Religious Right-backed legislation to give special legal protection to anti-LGBT discrimination – if Congress would send it to his desk.

On Thursday, APP put out a press release defending Trump against criticism from the Human Rights Campaign and saying that given a choice between Trump and the “extremist” Clinton, “the choice is incredibly easy – we have to, and will, back Trump.” APP President Frank Cannon’s statement said:

Donald Trump deserves credit from social conservatives for his principled position on protecting freedom of religion…Trump has demonstrated a commitment to the concerns of social conservatives on issues like life, marriage, and religious freedom, and he has promised to appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia.

On Friday, APP’s communications director Jon Schweppe published “the moral case” for Trump in the Daily Caller. Schweppe says he votes on one issue – abortion – and that the election of Hillary Clinton would be “devastating to the pro-life cause.” Under a Trump presidency, Schweppe writes, “we have the opportunity to protect the court, replace Justice Scalia with a conservative justice, and eventually overturn Roe v. Wade…He is committed to getting this right.”

The APP bio of George ends with this disclaimer: “Views expressed by the American Principles Project and/or on this website are not necessarily those of Professor George.” Not necessarily.

 

Steve Deace Promises To 'Troll Like A Mother' Against Mike Huckabee And Other Trump Endorsers

Iowa talk radio host Steve Deace, who has become a vocal player in the state’s Republican politics, renounced his Republican Party membership following Donald Trump’s apparent victory in the party’s presidential nominating contest, and is determined that none of his former Religious Right allies will get away with backing the thrice-married mogul.

On Wednesday, after Deace’s chosen candidate, Ted Cruz, dropped out of the presidential race, Deace blasted former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — whom he campaigned for in Iowa in 2008 —  for endorsing Trump.

“Donald Trump has done us a favor, it appears, in pruning off all of the rotten fruit off of the tree,” Deace’s cohost Aaron McIntire said.

“I am going to troll like a mother the next few months, though, I’m going to do that,” Deace promised. “I am. Huckabee and all these guys, I’m going to scorched-earth them all and I’m going to enjoy doing it, actually. Maybe more than I should.”

True to his word, Deace spent several minutes on his program today trolling Huckabee for backing Trump.

In 2008, Deace said, he helped pick the former governor “up off the dirt floor at negative nine percent, when nobody knew how to pronounce your name or that funny-sounding Baptist college you came from” and “risked my job, put my family on the road, became a six-month infomercial on your candidacy.” He claimed he also did the opposition research that “you didn’t have the balls nor the money to do” on Mitt Romney, who came in second to Huckabee in that year’s caucuses.

“So I think it is only fitting, gentlemen, it is only poetic that Mike Huckabee brought me into this world and is now ushering me out,” he said. “We have come full circle.”

Huckabee, Deace said, is pandering to Trump in a futile hope “to get a sell-out, which makes it all the more pathetic”

Bryan Fischer Falsely Claims He Never Said That African Americans 'Rut Like Rabbits'

On his radio show today, Bryan Fischer criticized the Washington Post for mistakenly reporting that the American Family Association was sending men into women's restrooms in order to test Target's policy of allowing transgender customers and employees to use the restroom and fitting rooms that match their gender identity. (Though the Post article did not cite us, the initial report on this issue originated from a post right here on Right Wing Watch about comments made by the AFA's Sandy Rios that "we’ve already had people testing" Target's policy; we interpreted her comments to mean that other LGBT activists were testing the policy.) 

In complaining that the Washington Post failed to check with the AFA before publishing its report, Fischer said that something similar happened to him several years ago when people falsely claimed that he asserted that black people on welfare "rut like rabbits" in order to receive more benefits from the government.

"I never said that blacks and minorities 'rut like rabbits,'" Fischer insisted, "but that's what they accused me of saying. I didn't say it. I said people do this. You get more of whatever you subsidize."

Fischer is unequivocally lying.

Coincidentally, Right Wing Watch was also the source of the initial report that Fischer had asserted that African Americans on welfare "rut like rabbits" in a column that he wrote in April 2011:

Welfare has destroyed the African-American family by telling young black women that husbands and fathers are unnecessary and obsolete. Welfare has subsidized illegitimacy by offering financial rewards to women who have more children out of wedlock. We have incentivized fornication rather than marriage, and it’s no wonder we are now awash in the disastrous social consequences of people who rut like rabbits.

Following our report, Fischer and the AFA quickly rewrote the paragraph:

Welfare has destroyed the African-American family by telling young black women that husbands and fathers are unnecessary and obsolete. Welfare has subsidized illegitimacy by offering financial rewards to women who have more children out of wedlock. We have incentivized fornication rather than marriage, and it’s no wonder we are now awash in the disastrous social consequences of those who engage in random and reckless promiscuity, whether they are Caucasian, Hispanic, or African-American.

Fischer absolutely declared that blacks "rut like rabbits" and we have to original column to prove that he is lying when he now claims that he never wrote anything of the sort.

Can Religious Right Leaders' Disgust For Trump Be Overcome By Future Of Supreme Court?

Religious Right leaders believed this was their year. In Ted Cruz they had a candidate unquestionably committed to their agenda. Cruz was anointed the movement’s candidate at a secret endorsement meeting in Texas, followed by a wave of public endorsements by movement leaders. With only a couple of notable exceptions like Jerry Falwell Jr. and Phyllis Schlafly, Cruz had the overwhelming backing of the Religious Right’s institutional leaders. 

But it wasn’t to be. David Gushee, a Christian ethicist and author who has ruffled a lot of feathers with his move to an LGBT-affirming stance, calls the Trump victory “a major defeat” for “the Christian Right agenda.” Indeed, many Religious Right leaders and activists are bitter that Republican primary voters, including many self-described evangelicals, chose Trump over Cruz, and some have declared that they have no intention of backing Trump now that he is the presumptive GOP nominee.

The Wilks brothers, leaders of a billionaire fracking family that poured millions into a pro-Cruz super PAC, are planning to sit out the presidential race, reported Bloomberg. A family spokesperson called Trump a liar whose “despicable statements and actions” are too numerous “to count in a reasonable amount of time.”

Anti-gay activist Matt Barber is in the same camp, tweeting with the hashtag #NeverTrumpOrHillary and asking, “But what about when neither of the two evils is lesser?” On Friday, Barber tweeted, “I don’t oppose #Trump because I’m Republican & he’s not. Nor because I’m conservative & he’s not. I oppose Trump because I follow #Christ.”

A contributor to Barber’s BarbWire website, history professor Alan Snyder, wrote in piece titled “The Republican Obituary” that he “cannot, in good conscience, support Donald Trump.” Snyder slammed Republican voters for choosing “a man who rejects nearly every line in past Republican platforms.”

In an angrily bitter diatribe against Trump supporters at Charisma, Bert Farias of Holy Fire Ministries wrote that Cruz’s defeat “exposes the corruption of the American soul.” Maybe, he says, exposing the “corruption of the American soul and lukewarm church” is what God raised up Cruz to do. “While many celebrate the apparent victory of their amoral candidate, the darkness grows and moves in yet closer.” Faris even recalled, “Benny Hinn prophesied on New Year's Eve 1989 that a woman would one day be president of America and would destroy this nation.” Adds Faris, “It seemed like a far-fetched prophecy then, but not so much anymore.” Kevin Swanson, the anti-gay pastor who says the government should execute gays, suggested that God may be raising up Trump to be president as part of a divine plan to destroy America for its disobedience.

“Don’t blame us,” writes Napp  Nazworth, an editor at Christian Post. “Evangelicals led the opposition to Trump.”

Trump has already been a disaster for the Republican Party, essentially dismantling the Reagan coalition and undermining its efforts to retain control of Congress. A Trump presidency would be a disaster for the entire nation, given that he is entirely unfit, in character and experience, to be president.

For those reasons, it's important to set straight the historical record — evangelicals led the opposition to Trump.

Trump has won a lot of votes from people who call themselves evangelicals, but there’s evidence that the most frequent church-goers, probably the same people most likely to listen to Religious Right political leaders, have been much less likely to support Trump.

In February, the Christian Post editorialized against Trump, the first time ever it had taken a position on a political candidate:

"As the most popular evangelical news website in the United States and the world, we feel compelled by our moral responsibility to our readers to make clear that Donald Trump does not represent the interests of evangelicals and would be a dangerous leader for our country," they wrote.

Republican voters have concluded that morality, integrity, the rule of law, and the Constitution must be discarded in their headlong dash into an angry reaction against all politicians, even someone like Ted Cruz who has fought the good fight for Biblical and constitutional principles all his life.

In doing so, they have brought this nation to the brink of near-total collapse. No matter who wins in the fall, Republican or Democrat, Christian values will be subjected to even greater governmental suppression. No matter how Trump fares in the general election, the very fact of his nomination is a dismal indication that whatever honor and principle remained in the Republican party is now in the past.

Some high profile right-wing pundits remain in the #NeverTrump camp, like Erick Erickson. Iowa talk radio host Steve Deace reacted to Cruz’s withdrawal by resigning from the Republican PartyJerry Bader, conservative talk radio host in Wisconsin, is with him:

“I do not want to see Hillary Clinton as president; however, I do not see Donald Trump as a better choice. Important point: There is no lesser of two evils," Mr. Bader said. "I have no reason to believe his Supreme Court nominees would be any more palatable than hers because I have nothing to go on but his word, and that don't mean much to me."

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska is probably the highest-ranking Republican official who has made it clear that Trump will not get his support. He said recently that he is resisting calls from “party bosses and politicos” telling him he has to support Trump. Sasse is trying to generate support for a third-party or independent candidate to enter the race.

The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, a strong supporter of Cruz, is among those hedging their bets, saying evangelicals “won’t necessarily fall in line” with Trump as the nominee. While he has made his disappointment clear, he says he is “waiting to see the substance of a Trump administration and the vision he has for America.” Anti-gay activist Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage is also taking a wait-and-see approach. And Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference has criticized Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric but says Hispanic evangelicals “are still up for grabs.” Religious Right activist Michael Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association told The Hill that Cruz should “keep his powder dry and not do anything right now” while waiting to see how Trump behaves in the general election.

Of course, the most intense focus going forward will fall on Ted Cruz, the Religious Right’s anointed candidate. As runner-up and as a GOP senator, he would normally be expected to endorse the victor. But the ugly personal tone of Trump’s attacks, and the refusal of some Cruz backers to go along with the party’s ultimate choice, might make this year an exception.

Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is more enthusiastic than many of his fellow Religious Right activists: “Donald Trump broke the code, owned the media, and inspired the masses. I will be all in to help him defeat Hillary Clinton and I call upon all fellow Republicans to unite in defeating Hillary and abandoning and repudiating the hapless ‘Never Trump’ nonsense.”

The Washington Times reports that party officials are using the prospect of future Supreme Court nominations to cajole #NeverTrump people into getting on board the Trump train.  As Miranda has reported, the Supreme Court is the main reason that anti-abortion activists are reluctantly lining up with Trump. Perkins said this week, “We can live with bad trade deals or high taxes, but we cannot live with bad judicial nominees.”

Indeed, Trump has already said that he will let the Heritage Foundation, the conservative group led by Religious Right icon Jim DeMint, draft a list of potential justices.

Right-wing activist Grover Norquist thinks Cruz should make a deal, reports The Hill. “Norquist said Cruz will stay aloof for a while but ultimately back Trump, perhaps in exchange for a promise to be appointed to the Supreme Court.”

 

Paranoia-Rama: Obama's White Genocide Plot, Satanic LGBT Rights & Alex Jones Loses It

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

While many conservatives continue to be focused on how LGBT rights laws are dangerous and Satanic, far-right commentators like Alex Jones and David Duke are showing how Donald Trump can rescue America from nefarious elites.

5) Satan Behind LGBT Rights

Pat Robertson knows the real reason that lawmakers and activists are supporting laws to prevent discrimination against LGBT people: They are motivated by Satan to “destroy the Judeo-Christian fabric of America.”

Robertson told “700 Club” viewers this week that while he doesn’t oppose transgender people, he believes that those advocating for transgender rights are pushing “the agenda of anti-Christian bias,” and that is why the devil has been so focused on this “one particular place.”

4) Another Right-Wing Smear

Since we have heard from many Religious Right activists about how LGBT nondiscrimination policies are such a threat, radio host Alan Colmes decided to ask one such activist, Anita Staver of Liberty Counsel, if she has any proof that one of these measures adopted around the country has ever led to a crime.

Staver, unsurprisingly, was unable to name any crimes that resulted from such policies, simply saying, “I’m not a statistician,” and asking listeners to go online to look it up.

She may have drawn a blank because the claim that nondiscrimination laws have resulted in widespread sexual assaults is nothing but a right-wing myth.

Staver has previously said that she plans on “taking a Glock .45 to the ladies room” in stores like Target that bar discrimination against transgender customers and staff.

3) Obama’s White Genocide Plot

Right-wing radio host Michael Savage has returned to accusing Obama of encouraging genocidal violence against white people, although this time he isn’t citing a Mayan prophesy he saw on television.

While speaking this week with a caller this week who said that he was in hiding and that he knows for a fact that Obama is using immigration to pave the way for white “genocide,” Savage wholeheartedly agreed, calling the president a “madman” and suggesting that he has a “specific vendetta” against white people.

2) Another Alex Jones Meltdown

You know Alex Jones must have had quite a meltdown when even he decided to pull a video of himself offline.

Jones, known for screaming into the camera on a daily basis, posted a video Tuesday night celebrating Trump’s victory in Indiana, before quickly taking it down.

Fortunately, our friends at Media Matters saved a copy of the video, in which Jones railed against Trump’s “stinking, traitorous” critics such as Washington Post columnist George Will, whom Jones advised to “look in the mirror, realize you’re a traitor, and do the right thing, and put a .357 Magnum to your head, and blow what little is left of your brains out all over yourself.”

Jones also claimed credit for the fact that Trump picked up an absurd story promoted by his InfoWars network alleging that Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

1) David Duke Hopes Trump Defeats The ‘Jewish Supremacists’

Jones wasn’t the only one rejoicing Trump’s victory in the GOP presidential contest.

White nationalist David Duke also cheered on Trump for successfully challenging the “Jewish supremacists who control our country.”

Powerful Jews, Duke said, “run the political establishment” and dislike Trump because “he is implicitly talking about the interests of European-Americans.”

By trying to stop Trump, Duke claims that these “Jewish extremists” have ended up “exposing their alien, anti-American, anti-American-majority position” and increasing “awareness” that their supposed stranglehold on the government is “the reason why America is not great.”

Sandy Rios: Transgender Access, Like ISIS, Is A Security Threat

Today on “Breitbart News Daily,” Sandy Rios of the American Family Association denied that her group is “testing” Target’s policy allowing transgender customers and staff to use the facilities that match their gender identity by sending men into women’s rooms.

When host Stephen Bannon asked her why liberals want this “insane” policy jammed “down the throat of the American people,” Rios said that it is the result of a Marxist plot to promote “sexual anarchy” and destroy normalcy.

“It sounds so radical, I’m not sure people are ready to accept this, but maybe they are,” Rios said. “We have a push from the left to deconstruct everything that’s called ‘normal,’ and that includes sexuality. You know, it’s part of the Marxist theory to deconstruct family and to recreate new systems. I’m not saying everyone participating in this has read Karl Marx and is doing Marx’s bidding, but we know that at least that was one of the beginnings of this sexual anarchy.”

The Obama administration, Rios said, is intensely focused on LGBT issues even at the risk of jeopardizing Americans, claiming that trans-inclusive policies represent a danger to the American people, much like the Islamic State.

“We are facing something really dreadful,” she said. “Of course there are more ways to be in danger than from ISIS.”

Trump Adviser: Jews Supporting Mideast Peace Are 'Far Worse Than Kapos'

David Friedman, one of Donald Trump’s “two advisors on Israel,” penned a column today attacking journalist Peter Beinart for criticizing the GOP presidential candidate for, among other things, tapping Friedman as one of his advisers.

Beinart reported that Friedman “has accused President Obama of ‘blatant anti-Semitism’ and suggested that unless Palestinian citizens of Israel decide ‘to support the state,’ Israel should reconsider its policy of ‘bestowing upon them the benefits of citizenship’” and once “compared J Street to ‘Kapos during the Nazi regime.’”

In response, Friedman lashed out at Beinart and J Street, an American advocacy group that promotes diplomacy to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by claiming that J Street supporters “are far worse than kapos” because unlike those “who turned in their fellow Jews in the Nazi death camps” while facing “extraordinary cruelty,” these “smug advocates of Israel’s destruction” have done it “from the comfort of their secure American sofas.”

He also insisted that the president is indeed an anti-Semite and berated the “the Jewish left” as “lost souls” who “are no friends of Israel.”

Trump, Friedman writes, “thinks that when radical Islamic terrorists are trying to kill you, the right thing to do is kill them first. Don’t negotiate, reason or cajole. Just defeat them. Or as Mr. Trump would say, ‘win.’”

The column, we should note, comes just two days after Trump said he would not condemn supporters who sent anti-Semitic threats alluding to the Holocaust to a Jewish reporter.

HT: Sarah Posner.

Let’s look at the criticisms offered by Mr. Beinart of views that I have previously expressed. He thinks I’m no good because (1) I have accused President Obama of “blatant anti-Semitism,” (2) I have questioned the wisdom of Israel bestowing the benefits of citizenship, including free tuition at some of its best universities, upon those who advocate the overthrow of the State, and (3) I have likened J Street supporters to “kapos during the Nazi era.” Let’s unpack each of those a bit.

First, Obama’s anti-Semitism. Here’s the context – Hamas puts on school plays in which 10 year olds dressed as terrorists plunge fake knives into 10 year olds dressed as Jews to the delight of the audience, and Palestinian Authority leaders (they’re supposed to be the “moderate ones”) bestow praise upon all participating in the “knife intifada.” Asked to comment on the unspeakable tragedy of innocent Jewish civilians being murdered by knife-wielding Islamic radicals, Obama and Kerry do little more than condemn the proverbial “cycle of violence.” I’m sorry, but this is pure and outright murder and any public figure who finds it difficult to condemn it as such without diluting the message with geo-political drivel is engaging in “blatant anti-Semitism.”

Second, the wisdom of free stuff for those engaged in advocating the overthrow of the State of Israel. Every civilized country other than Israel punishes treason. In the United States, advocating to overthrow the government by force or violence can get you life in prison. In Israel, Islamic radical citizens speak this way all the time, often on the way back and forth from world class institutions of higher learning which they attend for free. Is this a good idea? Is there no minimal allegiance required for Israeli citizenship? Sure seems like a fair question to me.

Finally, are J Street supporters really as bad as kapos? The answer, actually, is no. They are far worse than kapos – Jews who turned in their fellow Jews in the Nazi death camps. The kapos faced extraordinary cruelty and who knows what any of us would have done under those circumstances to save a loved one? But J Street? They are just smug advocates of Israel’s destruction delivered from the comfort of their secure American sofas – it’s hard to imagine anyone worse.

Mr. Beinart, therefore, has done us a service, albeit unintentionally. He has shown us the danger of the Jewish left – the lost souls who blame Israel for not making a suicidal “peace” with hateful radical Islamists hell bent on Israel’s destruction. This is Hillary Clinton’s crowd, and they are no friends of Israel.

Donald Trump’s view of Israel isn’t quite as nuanced as that of Mr. Beinart nor as academic as that of President Obama. He thinks that when radical Islamic terrorists are trying to kill you, the right thing to do is kill them first. Don’t negotiate, reason or cajole. Just defeat them. Or as Mr. Trump would say, “win.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At least, that’s the plan.

Glenn Beck Says God Must Punish America For Rejecting Ted Cruz Because 'He Ain't A Bad Dad'

Last night, a teary-eyed Glenn Beck and his studio audience engaged in something of a therapy session as they struggled to come to grips with the fact that God's chosen candidate, Ted Cruz, has withdrawn from the Republican presidential race.

The rejection of Cruz by Republican voters was "the last reckoning for us," Beck declared, warning that God will now allow this nation to suffer the consequences of our decisions. America, Beck said, has become "a petulant child" that God has warned and scolded and disciplined over and over again "but the behavior is getting worse" and so punishment must follow. 

God cannot allow this nation to escape the punishment that is due, he said, because "that would be a bad dad. That would be a very bad dad and the one thing I know about God, He ain't a bad dad."

Later, Beck declared that he can never vote for Donald Trump because such a vote carries eternal consequences.

"Tuesday changed the course of the world," he said, and now "when we lose [freedom] here," everyone will be called to account by God "because we were born at this time, in this country because every one of us are warriors," but too many people gave up the fight before the battle was won.

Beck refuses to put himself in a situation where he has to try to justify to God his decision to vote for a lying, narcissistic sociopath like Trump, saying that those who are attempting to minimize or dismiss the rampant warning signs about the Republican frontrunner are no different than those throughout history who have voted to "elect a madman."

Trump Campaign Manager: 'Nobody Cares' About Policy Plans!

If you wonder why Donald Trump has only offered vague, rash and reckless plans and has flip-flopped on nearly every one of his positions — most recently on the minimum wagethe national debt and his economic plan — just listen to how his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, explained why Trump doesn’t have any clear policies in an interview back in September.

When “Granite Grok” co-host Susan Olsen challenged Lewandowski as to why Trump has repeatedly praised universal, public health care systems, Lewandowski said that Trump’s stance on health care doesn’t matter because “nobody cares” about his specific policies on any issue — besides immigration.

Lewandowksi said that people should simply trust Trump rather than expect him to release any detailed plans.

Olsen: When you peel back all the rhetoric and all the talk and the showmanship and the words and the Twitter accounts and the un-politically correct things going on, then you have policy, and that’s the substance. One of the things in the debate that really threw me off was Trump saying that he thought universal health care in Canada was successful, which it’s not. What do you do about those kinds of things? What’s his actual policy and substance behind the man who is the showman?

Lewandowski: So let’s look at it. We have talked about illegal immigration from day one. From the day he announced on June 16, part of our platform was to talk about illegal immigration. So then we put out an immigration plan, a 1,990 word immigration plan that is very simple and says, ‘Here’s what our plan is to prevent illegal immigrants from continuing to come into our country.’

And then people said, ‘Wow, what is your plan on taxes? What is your plan on this? You know what that is?’ I’ll just be honest with you because I’m a very honest guy. That is the media trying to drive a narrative because the rank-and-file person, the person who lives at 123 Maple Street in Wyndham, New Hampshire, where I live, doesn’t care because it is a bunch of broken promises that politicians put out, these 15- and 20-page or, in previous campaigns, 45-page plans on how to renegotiate the tax strategy. Guess what? It’s all a bunch of lies, these guys don’t do anything.

What we have to do is we have to put our faith in people who have a proven track record of getting things done. And here’s what it comes down to, it’s very simple, it doesn’t get any simpler than this. The real question is: Who do you want to have negotiating on behalf of you, an American citizen, whether it’s with a foreign leader or with Congress to do what is best for you? Do you want a career politician who has never been able to accomplish anything, that’s a low-energy individual, or do you want a person who is actually going to go and say, ‘I lived this, I know how bad and broken the tax system is and it’s time fix it’? And what we have said is we will put out our tax plan in the next couple weeks now and all that is, it’s a simple outline so people can understand how fundamentally broken our system is and we need to do something to fix it.

I don’t think the average person — maybe I’m wrong — I don’t think the average person wants to read a 45-page policy plan on what Mr. Trump’s position is to reform the IRS because, candidly, nobody cares. All they know is the system is broken and they want it better and I think that’s a reasonable thing to say.

Franklin Graham: Proposed Stonewall Monument Will Be 'A Monument To Sin'

Evangelist Franklin Graham, who is currently traveling the country with his supposedly nonpartisan “Decision America” tour, appears to be fixated on the purported dangers of LGBT rights, warning that the movement is destroying everything from the church to marriage to the Girl Scouts.

Continuing that trend, the conservative preacher took to his Facebook page today to criticize reports that President Obama is planning to erect the first national monument to the gay rights movement near the site of the Stonewall protests in New York City, calling the planned monument “a monument to sin.”

“I can’t believe how far our country has digressed,” he wrote. “I hope that the president will reconsider. Flaunting sin is a dangerous move.”

Updated: George W. Bush To Receive Award From Anti-LGBT World Congress Of Families

The World Congress of Families, a loose alliance of organizations that seeks to stop advances in LGBT equality and reproductive rights throughout the world, announced today that former President George W. Bush will recieve an award at its annual event in Tbisili, Georgia, later this month.

Update: A spokesperson for Bush tells Buzzfeed’s Lester Feder that while the former president is “flattered,” he had previously declined an invitation to participate in the event and was “not aware of the award in question.”

Update II: Although he will not be attending the conference, Bush has penned a welcome greeting for the event:

Around the world, families provide that beacon of freedom and the source of help, hope, and stability for individuals and nations. As one of the pillars of civilization and the bulwark of liberty, families must remain strong and we must defend them. To ensure that future generations are prepared to face new opportunities and challenges, as President, I took steps to promote strong families, preserve the sanctity of marriage and protect the well-being of children. Laura and I have always believed in encouraging adoption and supporting the crisis pregnancy center programs to help us continue to build a culture of life.

I commend your efforts to recognize the importance of families in building nations. Your work improves many lives and makes the world better.

WCF, which is run out of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, an Illinois-based think tank, has been holding conferences since 1997. But it attracted greater attention two years ago when it planned to hold its annual congress at the Kremlin in Moscow, hosted by prominent allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin and advocates of the country’s recent crackdown on its LGBT citizens . WCF’s leadership had supported Russia’s spate of anti-LGBT laws, including signing a letter in support of a law banning gay “propaganda” to minors. One WCF official, Larry Jacobs, said that the law was a "great idea” and that the “Russians might be the Christian saviors of the world.”

WCF eventually withdrew its official support from that conference after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, although the event went ahead as planned , with the participation of officials from WCF and other U.S.-based Religious Right groups. Last year’s conference was held in Salt Lake City, where organizers attempted to deny the organization’s work promoting homophobia globally, even as Rafael Cruz, the father of then-presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, used the event to warn that the LGBT community will “try to legalize pedophilia.”

Bush is set to accept the award at an event whose speakers include Putin allies, anti-LGBT extremists and a 9/11 conspiracy theorist.

Along with Bush, this year’s WCF will feature prominent U.S. anti-gay activists including the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown, who coordinated with WCF to travel to Russia to support the country’s anti-gay policies in 2013. Also scheduled to speak is Natalia Yakunina, the wife of former Putin ally Vladimir Yakunin, who was instrumental in organizing and funding the Moscow event, and Vladimir Mischenko, a top official at a foundation run by Yakunin.

The Tbisili event will also feature several speakers from WCF’s global network, including the Howard Center and WCF’s founder Allan Carlson, who helped define the idea that the organization promotes of a “ natural family” based on traditional gender roles. Also speaking will be WCF spokesman Don Feder, who warned at a previous WCF event that the human race is financing “ its own extinction” through birth control and who sidelines as an extremist anti-immigrant columnist.

WCF’s Russian representative, Alexey Komov, will also be speaking. Komov, an enthusiastic supporter of Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” law, was a main organizer of the WCF Moscow event, and has reportedly helped to direct funding to a pro-Putin propaganda effort in the U.S. At a memorable press conference in Washington leading up to the Moscow conference, Komov lost his cool and started spouting conspiracy theories about the 9/11 attacks and the John F. Kennedy assassination.

Also on the docket is WCF’s regional director in Africa, Theresa Okafor, who at a previous WCF gathering said that “you wonder if there’s a conspiracy” between Western governments that support LGBT rights and the terrorist group Boko Haram to “silence Christians.” Okafor, who has promoted repressive anti-LGBT laws in a number of African countries, was honored with WCF’s “Woman of the Year” award at last year’s conference. Joining her will be WCF’s French representative, Fabrice Sorlin, a far-right politician who once compared Russia’s defense of “traditional values” to its repelling of “the Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan.”

Bush’s receipt of an award from the World Congress of Families makes some sense: The social conservative movement in the U.S. has been appalled by the Obama administration’s stated commitment to promoting protections for LGBT people around the world and is nostalgic for the Bush administration’s support for the Mexico City Policy, which blocked overseas aid to family planning groups that provide abortions.

But does the former president really want to be elevating the profile of a group that promotes repressive anti-LGBT policies like the Russian propaganda law?

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