Matt Bevin's Bogus 'Bloodshed' Defense

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin started taking some heat after Right Wing Watch called attention to his Values Voter Summit speech, in which he suggested that the election of Hillary Clinton might require conservatives to shed some blood in order to preserve American freedom, referencing the well-known Thomas Jefferson statement, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

Bevin responded to the criticism by suggesting that his remarks were being misrepresented: “Any intelligent person can understand the message I delivered,” he said in a statement. Bevin told a reporter at the Lexington Herald-Leader that his comments were about "military sacrifice" and the need for Americans to back the “thousands of men and women in uniform fighting for us overseas.” But, as journalist Matthew Yglesias wrote, Bevin’s actual speech “is completely at odds” with that claim, which The Atlantic’s David Graham called “pure spin.” Bevin, noted Yglesias, was “clearly talking about patriots winning back liberty from the tyranny of Democratic Party governance.”

Bevin has urged his Twitter followers to listen to his entire 15-minute speech. Fair enough. We took another listen, and it doesn’t support Bevin’s after-the-fact explanation. Bevin’s focus was on pushing on culture wars in the U.S., about which he promoted the Religious Right’s narrative that liberals are enemies of freedom who are out to silence Christians:

You wonder, how does this happen? You look at the opportunities for us to be silent. You look at the degradation of things that are happening in our society. You look at the atrocity of abortion. So many have remained silent. It’s a slippery slope. First we’re killing children, then it’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Now it’s this gender-bending kind of don’t ask, don’t be a, don’t be a, you know, a bigot, don’t be unreasonable, don’t be unenlightened, heaven forbid. Just keep your mouth shut. I encourage you young people, step up and be bold, don’t keep your mouth shut.

Bevin emphasized the urgent need for social conservatives to be passionate and active in this year’s election:

I asked you at the beginning, why are you here? I’m guessing in some measure because you’re worried. You are concerned for the direction of this nation. Perhaps you want a better America, I’m guessing you do. How badly do you want it? Do you want it as badly as the people who came over here on rickety boats, risking their lives for the very freedoms we so apathetically disregard and take for granted? Do you want it that badly? Do you want it as badly as the men who, if they were lucky enough in the winter of 1776 to even own shoes, ate their shoes to keep from starving to death? Do you want it that badly? Do you want it as badly as… young men who stepped off transport carriers on Omaha Beach, knowing that they wouldn’t be likely to get more than ten yards up that beach, seeing their buddies…Do we want it that badly? I tell you if we don’t want it that badly, we don’t deserve it.

Who are we to think that somehow our generation is going to be the first generation to benefit from all the sacrifices that others have made without giving some modern-day equivalent of our own lives, fortunes and sacred honor? Step up! Be bold. This is not a time to have a spirit of timidity, but of power, of love and of what? Discipline. Discipline requires an intentional amount of proactivity on our part, to take in but to give back, to make calls like you’ve never made calls, to knock doors like you’ve never knocked doors, to alert people, to sound the alarm, to be the watchmen on the wall because it doesn’t do us any good if we see and we do, because we sit on the wall, what is happening in America and we keep our mouths shut. Sound the alarm! Sound the trumpet! Wake up! Wake others up!

Now, there’s no problem with Bevin exhorting people to take an active role in the political process. The problem, as we reported previously, is that Bevin said that if conservatives aren’t successful fighting for America ideologically, and Hillary Clinton gets elected, conservative activists and their children and grandchildren might have to make it a physical fight:

Somebody asked me yesterday, I did an interview and they said, “Do you think it’s possible, if Hillary Clinton were to win the election, do you think it’s possible that we’ll be able to survive? That we would ever be able to recover as a nation? And while there are people who have stood on this stage and said we would not, I would beg to differ.

But I will tell you this: I do think it would be possible, but at what price? At what price? The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood, of who? The tyrants to be sure, but who else? The patriots. Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room. It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I have nine children. It breaks my heart to think that it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something, that we through our apathy and our indifference have given away.

Bevin made comments similar to those in his Values Voter speech in an interview with LifeZette this week in which he warned Never Trump conservatives, “Falling on one’s sword in principle and dying in a remote corner of the battlefield as the war rages on serves no purpose whatsoever.” In the interview it is also clear that Bevin is talking about the potential for violence if conservative culture warriors aren’t successful politically:

"We’re at a crossroads in America, is what we hear, Bevin said. "But I truly believe that it’s a fork in the road, that it’s not really a crossroad — we don’t have multiple choices — we’re going to go one way or we’re going to go the other way," he said.

 "The values, the Judeo-Christian principles upon which this nation was built upon which Kentucky itself and its constitution was founded are under assault intentionally and unintentionally," he continued.

…"We’re at a fork in the road and we going to go towards a more godless, more corrupt bureaucratic, more authoritarian approach or we have the opportunity to do something different," he said.

"Our founding fathers knew and said that the roots of liberty are watered by the blood of tyrants and the blood of patriots," Bevin said. "If we don’t step up when we have a chance to engage ideologically, philosophically, politically — then we will ultimately find ourselves forced to the point that as a people we will be forced to shed the blood of both tyrant and patriots."

"Could we recover, conceivably so, but it will come at a price that none of us would want to bear nor would we want our children or grandchildren to bear that and that is why this election matters so so much," said Bevin.

Bevin’s comments, of course, are not made in a vacuum. They come after years in which Tea Party activists portrayed President Obama as an America-hater who wants to bring down the U.S. And they come in the context of Religious Right leaders arguing that equality for LGBT people is an attack on faith and freedom.

Anti-government activists have used Jefferson’s “tree of liberty” phrase as warning to the federal government on issues ranging from health care reform to gun control to public land use. In fact, Timothy McVeigh was wearing a T-shirt with that quote on it when he was arrested 90 minutes after bombing the federal building in Oklahoma City.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jay Bookman said Bevin’s comments contained “layers of dangerous nonsense.” Wrote Bookman:

In the past few weeks we’ve seen people go all but apoplectic because a black football player simply declined to stand for the national anthem. We’ve seen demands that Colin Kaepernick be fired from his job; Donald Trump even suggested that Kaepernick leave the country.

Yet here we have an elected leader, raised to one of the highest positions of authority in the land, publicly advocating armed insurrection as a valid and even necessary response to political defeat. This isn’t some powerless, frustrated 20-year-old spouting off, this is a 49-year-old governor who has raised his right hand and solemnly sworn to “support the Constitution of the United States” suggesting that violence may be the only recourse of patriots should someone other than his choice be elected president under the terms and processes laid out in that same Constitution…

This is dangerous, volatile and profoundly irresponsible. It is the paranoiac gutter talk of the worst recesses of the Internet given voice by a person in power to an apparently receptive audience in our nation’s capital, and down that path lies disaster.

Glenn Beck: Obama Hates America Because He Grew Up Overseas 'With A Monkey And A Parrot'

Last night, Glenn Beck unveiled one of the new formats that he'll be using for his nightly television program, which has now changed its name from "The Glenn Beck Program" to simply "Glenn." Beck intends to have different formats for every night of the week and last night's program was the first of his "Think Tank" episodes in which he and several staff members sit around and discuss the news of the day.

They kicked things off by attacking President Obama for supposedly trashing America when he was on his recent trip to Laos, playing a clip of him saying that "America is not perfect. Look, it still has racial discrimination and it still has its own problems; it should worry about its own problems. And I agree with that."

"I can't take it," Beck said, as one of his staff members wondered what happened to Obama to make him hate America so much.

"He grew up, a lot of time, over there with a monkey and a parrot," Beck responded, "and then he moved over with his communist grandparents and the communist Frank Marshall Davis."

Beck's crew, of course, took Obama's comments wildly out of context.

If you bother to listen to what Obama actually said, he was saying that sometimes other people say America has no right to criticize the civil rights records of other nations because  America still struggles with discrimination and its own problems. Obama agreed that we "still have problems we have to work on" but argued that "we have learned from our experience" and are seeking to overcome those issues:

And I'll be honest, everywhere we go, including here at ASEAN, sometimes people say, "Ah, why are the Americans talking about these issues?  This is none of their business; they shouldn’t be meddling in other people's business.  And also, America is not perfect.  Look, it still has racial discrimination.  It still has its own problems.  It should worry about its own problems."

And I agree with that in the sense that we definitely do still have problems we have to work on.  We still have discrimination, we still have situations where women are not treated equally.  But I think that, over the long term, the only way that humans are going to be able to work together and interact and prosper and deal with big problems is if we are able to see what we have in common with each other, and treat everybody with dignity and respect.  And that means that we have to have some principles that are not just based on our nationality, they're not just based on our tribe or our religion or our ethnicity.  Otherwise, at some point we're not going to be able to get along, and we'll have more war and we'll have more conflict -- because that's been human history.

And this is why we talk about these issues when we travel to other countries, as well.  It's not because we think we're better than other people, it's because we have learned from our own experience that if you don't respect all people, or you don’t respect all religions but also make sure that no matter how religious you are, you respect other people to have a different idea -- we've learned that if that doesn’t happen, then we have conflict.

And if you look at what's happening now in the Middle East, for example, that's not a -- the problem in the Middle East is not primarily a problem of the West versus Islam; the problem increasingly is, Shia thinking that Sunnis are following the wrong path, and vice versa.  And in Syria, if you're an Alawite or you're a Christian, then you're worried about what the Sunni Muslims are going to do.  And that -- the same in Africa, where-- a place like Rwanda, where in a matter of just a few months you saw a country kill hundreds of thousands of people just because of those differences.  And that's been true in all parts of the world.  So we have to fight against that.  And that means that we have to be able to promote principles that rise above any individual religion, nationality, race.  And that's what we've been trying to promote -- not always successfully.  Not everybody in America agrees with me on this, by the way.  I'll leave it at that.

ACT For America Speaker Blasts 'Un-Jews' Who Disagree On Israel Policy

At a conference last week hosted by ACT for America, a conservative rabbi addressing the summit blasted what he called “un-Jews” who disagree with conservatives on U.S. policy in Israel.

After Rabbi Jon Hausman and evangelical pastor Jack Hibbs delivered presentations to the conference, an audience member asked Hausman: “Why does there seem to be so many so-called ‘self-hating Jews’ and why don’t they vote in Israel’s interests?”

“It’s an interesting phenomenon,” Hausman said, “one that my brother and I, we like to call them the ‘un-Jews.’ And I think it really stems from a lack of facility with traditional Jewish texts and traditional Jewish values, so they’ve replaced those values with the op-ed page of the New York Times.”

Steve Quayle: 'The Destruction Of 90 Percent Of Humanity' Imminent

Last week, radio host Steve Quayle revealed to televangelist Jim Bakker the nefarious scheme by “the globalist elite” to exterminate “90 percent” of humanity through birth control, Ebola and the Zika virus.

Birth control, according to Quayle, is part of an attempt to emasculate men through the water supply, while Ebola and Zika are actually biological weapons that were unleashed in order to compel people to get vaccines that will further “the destruction of 90 percent of humanity”:

Glenn Beck Agrees To Settle Boston Marathon Bombing Defamation Lawsuit Against Him

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, Glenn Beck launched a crusade to prove that the United States government was covering up what "really" happened during the terrorist attack. 

According to Beck, Abdulrahman Alharbi, a Saudi Arabian student who was injured in the bombing, was not simply a victim but was really an al Qaeda "control agent" who had recruited the Tsarnaev brothers to carry out the attack. Though Alharbi had briefly been considered a person of interest in the early part of the investigation, he was quickly cleared by investigators. But Beck nevertheless spent days accusing Alharbi of having played a direct role in organizing the bombing and accusing anyone who didn't believe him of having been duped by a government conspiracy to cover up Alharbi's involvement.

Eventually, Beck's entire conspiracy theory collapsed when one of his own experts told him that his theory "doesn't make sense," but that didn't stop Beck from continuing to assert that Alharbi was the "money man" behind the bombing.

In 2014, Alharbi sued Beck for slander and defamation and Beck has been fighting the lawsuit tooth and nail. When the federal judge overseeing the case ruled last month that Beck and his company must reveal the names of the confidential sources upon whom they relied in leveling the unfounded accusations against Alharbi, Beck vowed to go to jail rather than do so.

But it seems that Beck's grandstanding was all for show, as yesterday, he agreed to settle the lawsuit with Alharbi for an undisclosed amount:

Conservative media personality Glenn Beck and several related companies have reached an out-of-court settlement with a Saudi Arabian student Beck accused of involvement in financing the deadly 2013 bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

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The settlement was disclosed Tuesday in a brief order from U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris dismissing the case. No dollar amount was revealed.

"The parties in this matter have reached a settlement of the pending action. The terms of the settlement are confidential," both sides in the suit said in a joint statement.

"No party has admitted any fault, wrongdoing, or responsibility as part of the settlement. Defendants have agreed to settlement of the pending action in furtherance of fundamental principles of journalistic integrity by preserving the confidentiality of their sources consistent with their rights and privileges under the First Amendment. The Plaintiff has pursued this action for the reasons set forth in his Complaint and believes those interests have been served by this resolution," the statement said.

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/13/16

  • PFAW: PFAW Reacts to Troy Newman Trump Endorsement & Trump’s New Effort to Reach Women.
  • Josh Marshall @ TPM: Pence Refuses to Call David Duke "Deplorable".
  • Andrew Kaczynski @ BuzzFeed: David Duke: “Good To See” Mike Pence Reject Media’s Game.
  • Joe Jervis: Harlem Hate Pastor: Donald Trump Makes It OK To Shoot Mexicans, Shoot Muslims, Shoot Liberals.
  • Judd Legum @ Think Progress: Bill O’Reilly gets amnesia, forgets he defended Roger Ailes and smeared his accusers.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/13/16

  • David Lane wonders "if Hillary Clinton is elected president this Nov. 8 ... Will our grandchildren live to see persecution such as depicted in Nero's Torches?"
  • Michael Bresciani explains "why homo-marriage will bring America into direct conflict with God."
  • Dennis Prager says that "there is no way to prove that God exists. But what is provable is what happens when societies stop believing in God: They commit suicide."
  • Bill Muehlenberg says gay rights activists "should be rounded up and tried for child abuse."
  • Finally, we are a bit mystified by the eagerness with which Religious Right activists like Bob Vander Plaats are rushing to embrace the term "deplorables": "What it has the possibility of doing is energizing the deplorables. And I guarantee you, the deplorables aren't voting for Hillary." 

Pro-Trump Super PAC Teams Up With Birther For 'Super Trump' Time Square Billboard

A super PAC supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy, headed up by his longtime friend Roger Stone, is teaming up with a notorious anti-Obama conspiracy theorist to erect a digital billboard in Times Square showing the GOP presidential nominee as the superhero “Super Trump.”

WorldNetDaily’s chief birther correspondent, Jerome Corsi, reported over the weekend that Stone’s Committee to Restore America’s Greatness is bankrolling a Times Square run for a billboard designed by Joel Gilbert. Gilbert provides a preview on his YouTube channel:

Gilbert became a celebrity in the far right in 2012, when he released a film positing the alternative birther theory that President Obama was actually born in the United States but that his “real father” was labor activist Frank Marshall Davis, who raised him from birth to lead a communist takeover of America. Gilbert mailed his movie, “Dreams From My Real Father,” to voters in swing states but anecdotal evidence suggested that its lurid depictions of a woman who Gilbert falsely claimed was Obama’s mother turned off more voters than it won over.

Gilbert’s inability to swing the 2012 election with his groundbreaking journalism, however, did not stop him from continuing to build on the story by exposing the president’s nose job and his secret Muslim wedding ring.

Gilbert told Corsi that he was inspired to make his “Super Trump” design after watching Trump “jet around the country in his airplane” and that he thought the design would appeal to both millennials and older generations:

Gilbert explained he designed his image of the superhero because he could envision a large number of Millennials voting for Trump, and he wanted to appeal to a younger audience. But he also felt older Americans would appreciate the Superman takeoff because many who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s watched the television show in which Superman, played by actor George Reeves, fought for “Truth, justice, and the American way.”

The filmmaker created an accompanying poster, which Corsi reports “he expects could go viral on the Internet.”

According to Corsi, the billboard project is being funded by a donation from Bob Shillman of California, a board member of the David Horowitz Freedom Center:

“When I was a kid, Superman was my idol,” Shillman explained to WND. “The digital billboard concept was appropriate for Trump because Trump is bringing change to presidential politics, just like the digital billboard concept is innovative, bringing presidential politics into pop culture.”

Shillman also mentioned he liked debuting the “Super Trump” billboard in Times Square because New York City is Trump’s home base of operations.

“The billboard animation was designed to appeal to everyone who loves America and wants to see this country restored to its former greatness,” Shillman said. “I’m proud to have the opportunity to sponsor it.”

In a statement on the super PAC’s website, Stone explains: “Donald Trump will fight tirelessly for millions of people who are fed up with the weak, incompetent, and poor leadership from career politicians in both parties. Failed policies of both Bill and Hillary Clinton have brought America to the brink, it’s no surprise that a Herculean effort is needed to make America great again. Donald Trump is heroic enough for that task.”

According to the committee, the billboard will run from today through Friday in Times Square and along a highway in Florida.

Michele Bachmann: Vote Trump Or Lose America To Totalitarianism And Socialist Immigrants

In a Friday interview with Virginia-based radio host Rob Schilling, former Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann expanded on her recent comments that if Donald Trump loses in November, it will be the “last election” in America because Hillary Clinton will “change the demographics of the United States so that no Republican will ever win again.”

Bachmann told Schilling in an interview at the Washington, D.C., Values Voter Summit that while Republicans are focusing on “the fine points of somebody’s tax plan,” Democrats are simply trying to get enough votes to win the election “because they’re about power and they’re about money.”

What Republicans have to realize, she said, is that “the Democrats had a plan since 1965 to change the demographics of this country. They wanted to bring people into this country from socialist countries who agree with socialism. They didn’t want to have constitutional Republicans in this country. And so they decided to change the demographics.”

Bachmann said she agreed with Ann Coulter’s analysis that this is a demographic “tipping point” for the country, saying that “this is our last chance for Republicans to field a candidate that can win.”

President Obama, she said, “has an open border right now” in what amounts to “a taxpayer subsidized Democrat voter registration drive.” If Clinton becomes president, she added, she will grant “amnesty to all these people here illegally in the United States” who will then “receive substantial government supports in the form of food stamps and housing and free health care and free education and police and fire and all the other amenities that we provide in this country.”

“They aren’t paying their own way,” she said. “So it is a situation where this is the last election where a Republican with constitutional values will be competitive. Four years from now, we might field a Republican but they won’t be competitive because the math, it’s a math problem, the numbers will be so overwhelming for people who demand socialism because people vote their paycheck. If their paycheck is coming from the federal government or their food stamps or their health insurance, that’s what they’re going to vote for.”

When Schilling lamented that Americans are no longer “too proud to accept charity,” Bachmann agreed. “Now it’s demanding,” she said. “Now it’s demanding, ‘It’s my right. It’s my right to have health care, it’s my right to have housing, it’s my right to make you pay for my college.’ Next thing we’ll hear is, ‘You’ve got to buy me a house, not just Section 8, you’ve got to buy me a house, you’ve got to pay for my retirement.’ It’s like ridiculous.”

Bernie Sanders was so successful in the Democratic presidential primary, she said, because public schools have moved to a “full-throated embrace of socialism.” Only Trump, she said, has promised to abolish the Common Core curriculum standards and thereby “get rid of the left’s stranglehold on this country” through the schools.

Bachmann went on to warn evangelical voters that if they choose to sit out the election, they will be turning the nation over to totalitarianism forever.

“So if we get a number of believers who think it’s the morally correct thing not to choose either Hillary or Donald Trump, then we lose and you have got for the rest of time a totalitarian nation where we’ve got economic Marxism,” she declared.

Steve King: Colin Kaepernick Is Helping ISIS

In an interview today on Newsmax, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, denied that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a constitutional right to refuse to stand for the National Anthem, even going so far as to accuse him of sympathizing with the terrorist group ISIS.

“I understand that he has an Islamic girlfriend that is his fiancée and that this has changed him, has taken on some different political views along the way, this is activism that is sympathetic to ISIS,” he told host Steve Malzberg. “For me, if I’m the coach, I would say, ‘You’re done. Until you take a knee and beg forgiveness from the American people, you’re not going to set foot out on this field again.’”

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