Right Wing Round-Up - 7/12/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 7/12/16

  • Chris Simcox, co-founder of the Minuteman border patrol vigilante group, has been sentenced to 19.5 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing young girls. 
  • Phyllis Schlafly is angry that the "disloyal" Ted Cruz has not yet endorsed Donald Trump.
  • Ohio-based Religious Right activist Phil Burress has announced that he is retiring.
  • David Barton says that if conservative Christians would just vote, they could take control of government: "With an additional five million voters, we would have all of the House all of the Senate and the presidency in conservative hands."
  • Finally, Richard Land is not comfortable with the prospect of Donald Trump selecting Newt Gingrich as his running mate: "I think a total of six wives for the president and vice president together is probably a few too many to make most evangelicals comfortable."

Larry Klayman Suing Obama For Endangering His Life As A White Man

Right-wing lawyer Larry Klayman announced in WorldNetDaily over the weekend that he was filing a lawsuit against President Obama, Black Lives Matter, Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton "for endangering not just my life, as a white law enforcement person of Jewish origin, but also for all Americans, white, black, yellow or brown, no matter what their race or religion.”

Klayman blamed Obama for the shooting of five police officers who were protecting a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, attempting to tie the president to Farrakhan:

Not only does Obama have blood on his hands as having encouraged if not furthered this hate crime against whites and white cops, but so too does his “soul brothers,” the virulent anti-white, anti-Semitic and anti-Christian so-called Rev. Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, and his co-enablers like another so-called reverend, Al Sharpton, a charlatan and white hater. Indeed, Obama has, as usual, chosen to associate himself with these lowlifes in his quest to ram his latent hatred of whites, Jews and Christians down everyone’s throats. When the leader of the United States and supposedly the Western world, who was born to a Muslim father, schooled in Muslim schools, and has close ties to black-Muslim leaders like Farrakhan seeks to incite violence by virtue of his running interference for Muslims and blacks who are not even representative of African-Americans generally, it’s no wonder Obama-inspired massacres like Dallas happen. In two words, “Obama Happens!”

“For the past seven years, Obama and company have been whipping up reverse racism against non-blacks and non-Muslims as payback for years of discrimination,” he wrote, adding that the president has finally succeeded in “his quest to ignite a race war.”

Klayman managed to blame Obama not only for the shooting of police officers in Dallas, but also for the police shootings of two African Americans in Louisiana and Minnesota that sparked last week’s Black Lives Matter protests. “It is no wonder some cops, fearing for their lives in this anti-white, anti-Semitic and anti-Christian environment, sometimes are prone to literally pull the trigger too quickly,” he wrote. “With the hateful mood created by Obama and company, they understandably think that armed blacks who refuse to recognize their law enforcement powers may be out to off them.”

In the class action lawsuit that Klayman filed in Dallas on Saturday, he alleges that he is personally in danger thanks to Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Sharpton, Farrakhan and Black Lives Matter (Klayman refers to himself as a member of law enforcement since he used to be a prosecutor):

As a high profile Caucasian of Jewish origin, Plaintiff Larry Klayman imminently fears, including in this District where is organization does business and solicits support, great bodily and death and thus harm as a result of Defendants’ promotion and incitement of riots and violent acts, including death and great bodily harm, against law enforcement and police officers of all races and ethnicities, Jews, and Caucasians.

Anti-Immigration Activist Kris Kobach Gets Trump's Wall Into Republican Platform

CNN noted this morning that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a prominent anti-immigrant activist, had successfully lobbied a Republican platform committee to include in the draft platform language explicitly endorsing Donald Trump’s call for a wall on the southern border. “The border wall must cover the entirety of the southern border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic," Kobach's language states.

The language does not say who will pay for the wall, but the Washington Examiner quoted Kobach saying that he has consulted with Trump on how a border wall would be financed. That’s putting it mildly. As Miranda reported in April, Kobach said that hehelped write Trump’s plan to force Mexico to pay for the wall by threatening to seize money that people in the U.S. send to family and friends in Mexico. Kobach was also involved in the legal challenge to President Obama’s executive action to grant Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA); previously he helped write Arizona’s infamous “show me your papers law,” SB 1070.

Kobach was also on the 2012 platform committee. Here’s what we wrote about him then:

Kris Kobach wants to be your president one day; until now, he has gotten as far as Kansas Secretary of State.  He may be best known as the brains behind Arizona’s “show me your papers” law, and he successfully pushed for anti-immigrant language in the platform, including a call for the federal government to deny funds to universities that allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition – a plank that puts Kobach and the platform at odds with Kansas law.  Immigration is not Kobach’s only issue. He is an energizing force behind the Republican Party’s massive push for voter suppression laws around the country, and he led the effort to get language inserted into the platform calling on states to pass laws requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration.  He also pushed language aimed at the supposed threat to the Constitution and laws of the US from “Sharia law”; getting this language into the platform puts the GOP in position of endorsing a ludicrous far-right conspiracy theory.  Kobach hopes that will give activists a tool for pressuring more states to pass their own anti-Sharia laws.  In the platform committee, he backed Perkins’ efforts to maintain the strongest language against marriage equality.  Even an amendment to the marriage section saying that everyone should be treated “equally under the law” as long as they are not hurting anyone else, was shot down by Kobach.  Kobach also claims he won support for a provision to oppose any effort to limit how many bullets can go into a gun’s magazine.

For what it's worth, no less than Dan Stein, the head of the anti-immigrant Federation for American Immigration Reform, whose legal arm Kobach is affiliated with, has said that Trump doesn't intend to build a physical wall at all, saying that the wall is merely a rhetorical "surrogate" for other border control measures.

 

Jesse Lee Peterson: We're 'Headed For A Race War' And It's Obama’s Fault

Right-wing activist Jesse Lee Peterson joined conservative radio host Rocky D on his show Friday, where he claimed that there’s currently a “race war against white Americans” and blamed President Obama for creating an environment that enabled it.

“We are definitely headed for a race war for sure, and as a matter of fact, the race war against white Americans has been going on for a number of years now, and it’s just that white Americans have not fought back, so a lot of people don’t pay attention to what’s happening,” Peterson said.

On the recent killings of Dallas police officers, Peterson said, “We‘ve got five police officers dead, seven injured, and Barack Obama blames it on the guns. He still says that the justice system was unfair when it comes to race, which is encouraging more hatred and anger in black people toward white folks and especially cops.”

“This environment has been created by the president of the United States of America, can you imagine that?” Peterson remarked.

Michele Bachmann: 'God May Have Lifted Up Trump' To Save America

After insisting that God guided her witch hunt against Muslim-American government employees like Huma Abedin, former Rep. Michele Bachmann expressed hope on Saturday that God has “lifted up” Donald Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton and save the country from Marxism and radical Islamism.

Bachmann, who is a member of Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, said in an interview with End Times radio host Jan Markell that Clinton will complete President Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America,” which she said is turning the U.S. into a Marxist and Islamist society.

When Markell wondered if there was a way to “hold back the kind of maximum evil” that Obama wants to “unleash” in the closing months of his presidency, Bachmann responded that the president “will do everything he can to undermine our Second Amendment rights and our First Amendment rights for freedom of speech and expression by punishing us for our religious expression.”

Obama, according to Bachmann, is “an economic Marxist” who is working hand-in-hand with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to impose Marxism and advance radical Islamism throughout the continent…unless God uses Donald Trump to defeat Clinton in November:

Remember when we were in elementary school? You would never think of America, much less the whole North America, as economic Marxism. That’s what our part of the world is now. Economic Marxism. Then you’ve got Barack Obama and you’ve got Justin Trudeau, the head of Canada, who are extremely pro-Islam. Now, you want to talk about a complete pivot and shift? At one time we had enough brains and enough sense to realize that to be in bed with the radical Islamic movement is probably not a good day.

Today, the Obama administration, as I look at the last seven and a half years, every action they have taken has lifted up and advanced the cause of Islamic jihad, while at the same time they’ve cut out the legs under Israel, our best ally. Take a look at Iran. Iran, the number one state sponsor of terror in the world, couldn’t have asked for more from the United States than what they’ve gotten. Barack Obama has advanced Iran’s jihadist dreams to annihilate Israel, the United States and Western Christendom. How about that for fundamental transformation?

That’s why I’m just saying the church can’t sit this one out. We may not have a perfect candidate but he may be the one, like the Book of Daniel — the most high God may have lifted up Trump, because very possibly he’s the only one that could defeat Hillary Clinton this fall. And if that’s the case, it’s good enough for me.

Kelly Shackelford: Racial Tensions Are The Result Of America Rejecting God

On Friday’s “Point of View” livecast, Kelly Shackelford, president of First Liberty, blamed the state of America’s race relations on the country’s increasing rejection of God, which he said invites Satan to foment racial tensions.

“Evil will come in when there’s a vacuum, and our country is moving away from God, and as it moves away from God, there’s all kind of little tussles going on over morality because it’s sort of like God’s been pushed out of the field, and when that happens, I mean, you know, Satan’s gonna use that as his playground,” Shackelford said. “And so we’re seeing things like this racial tension and these other things that are almost being fomented.”

He continued, “We have to look at this from the spiritual level, and this is what we’re going to see if our country moves more and more away from the truth.” Shackelford claimed that “people need to know the Lord, and that’s the ultimate hope for turning this around and having less and less of these type of horrific things happen.”

Michele Bachmann: God Guided Me To Smear Huma Abedin

On Saturday, ex-Rep. Michele Bachmann defended her smear campaign against Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and other Muslim-Americans working in the Obama administration, whom Bachmann and a handful of other GOP members of Congress suggested were secret agents of the Muslim Brotherhood, by insisting that she was simply listening to God, who, according to Bachmann, told her to expose Abedin.

Bachmann told End Times radio host Jan Markell that she had no regrets about her time in Congress, including how she handled her attacks on what she viewed as “the Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of our government,” “because I knew the information was right and, for me, I was a believer in Jesus Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit. That doesn’t mean that I’m better than anybody else, but the blessing that I had is that I was guided by the still small voice of the Holy Spirit and that’s what I tried to actively listen to. So that’s what I tried to do, is listen to his voice, and it was absolutely, stunningly remarkable how the Holy Spirit literally guided me, almost moment by moment, for each of those years.”

She went on to say that God “called me out of Congress” when she retired in the face of several ethics investigations. “You know how it is when you hear the voice of the Lord and it’s pressing in on your heart, it’s important to obey it and I did.”

Bachmann depicted herself as the real victim of her anti-Muslim witch hunt, noting that leading Republicans criticized her attacks on Abedin and other Muslim public officials.

Glenn Beck: 'Pack Your Crap And Move To Texas ... Before We Close The Northern Border'

On his radio program today, Glenn Beck declared that America is now out of options and speeding toward inevitable destruction and advised his audience to "pack your crap and move to Texas ... before we close the northern border."

Beck raised alarms about the fact that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has been mentioned as possible vice presidential running mate for Donald Trump, saying that it's a sign that Trump thinks that "real civil unrest is coming and he needs to have somebody who has the experience of law and order" advising him.

"I told you these things were coming," Beck said, adding that turning to God is the nation's only option at this point but that nobody wants to hear that. 

Citing an incident in which Black Lives Matters protesters and counter-protesters in Dallas embraced one another over the weekend, Beck said it was proof that "there's still a God culture here" and so people should hurry up and move to Texas.

"I told you to move to Texas for a reason," he said, "you're seeing that. I told you when things go to hell in a hand basket, you want to be around like-minded people. You're seeing that. Look at the difference between the shooting of six cops in Dallas and what happened in Dallas and what's happening today in Dallas compared to what happened in Ferguson and Baltimore. You're losing time. Pack your crap and move to Texas ... before we close the northern border."

About That Black Law Prof Who Hates Black Lives Matter

Vanderbilt Law School Professor Carol Swain made a media splash — especially in right-wing media —  with a weekend appearance on CNN in which she called Black Lives Matter “a very destructive force” that is “misleading black people” and “needs to go.” Swain said she hopes that the killing of Dallas police officers will spell the end of the movement, which she dismissed as “pure Marxism” because its website uses “buzzwords” like “state violence.”

That was bad enough, but Swain went even further, downplaying the value of video evidence in investigations of the recent shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. She challenged the credibility of Castile’s girlfriend, who streamed video of him dying just after having been shot by police, because her phone also included video of the couple smoking marijuana.

Not surprisingly, her remarks generated criticism, to which Swain responded on Facebook that the Black community is “being exploited and manipulated by the liberal left” and asserting, “Truth and a return to God will help liberate blacks.”

Who is this Carol Swain?

Swain is an academic and author who won awards for her 1993 book “Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress,” and generated some respectful controversy with her 2002 “The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration.” But her more recent writings, like 2011’s “Be the People,” have been more along the lines of right-wing agitprop.

Earlier this year she was named to the Ted Cruz campaign’s “Religious Liberty Advisory Council” and appeared on Christian-nation activist David Barton’s “Foundations of Freedom” series. She told Barton that problems in the judiciary result from judges being “educated at institutions where they come out as secular humanists, and so there’s no fear of God.”

In 2013, Swain appeared at the right-wing Heritage Foundation on a panel featuring conservative evangelicals who were opposed to their fellow evangelicals promoting comprehensive immigration reform. “We’re welcoming people who totally reject who we are as a people,” and said, adding that we create problems for ourselves “if we bring in people who are not easily assimilated.” She declared, “There is no place in America for Sharia law in the U.S. Constitution.”

In advance of that Heritage Foundation event, we published a bit more about Swain and her writings:

Swain is a professor at Vanderbilt Law School who has edited books on immigration and white nationalism.  She has created a non-profit group to help her promote her conservative views. When she showered praise on a “documentary” film called “A Conversation About Race,” the Southern Poverty Law Center called her “an apologist for white supremacists.” She and her supporters at the anti-immigration Center for Immigration Studies lambasted SPLC – she calls it a hate group that “harasses conservatives” – but even her fans at the Wall Street Journal, which came to her defense, found parts of the film “inflammatory and invidious.”  And they noted that on immigration, Swain’s views “are closer to Lou Dobbs’s than to ours.”

Swain’s most recent book, 2011’s Be the People, places her firmly in the right-wing activist camp. She says the book is “a call to action for We the People to reclaim our nation’s faith and promise.”  The blurbs at the front of Be the People let you know what you’re in for. Among the right-wing stars praising the book are Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Tony Perkins, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Robert George, Harry Jackson, and Jesse Lee Peterson. 

No wonder they love Swain: she writes respectfully of those who question President Obama’s faith and about birthers – she calls the term itself “pejorative” and an “epithet. Part of the book is a Christian-nation screed that would make David Barton proud. “We are engaged in a battle for the soul of our nation,” she writes. She slams the Supreme Court’s rulings on separation of church and state, saying, “The expulsion of God from public schools was a blow to civil religion and a clear repudiation of what Jesus proclaimed to be the greatest commandment.”

She cites Stephen Keillor, who says the 9/11 attacks might have been God’s judgment against the United States, which we well deserve. “We are being confronted with numerous national disasters and freak weather patterns. Could some of these occurrences be related to our decision to reject biblical injunctions against abortion, greed, homosexuality, fornication, and adultery?” While Swain calls her book a “rallying cry” for people to get involved, she also says it may be too late for America to escape God’s wrath for having violated the covenant its founders made with God.  “Accept the fact that no matter what Christians and other believers do, it may be too late to save the United States of America….As it stands, we do not know if judgment has been determined for our nation.”

In the chapter on immigration reform, Swain mentions testifying on immigration before a congressional committee. She was outnumbered on the panel, she says, but was encouraged by friendly faces like those of Reps. Steve King and Lamar Smith. She writes, “In light of the high unemployment in the US, no sensible argument can be made for legalizing millions of undocumented persons currently holding jobs to which they are not entitled.”

Swain also takes on the interpretation of scripture by pro-reform evangelicals, saying that the “stranger” in Old Testament injunctions does not apply to people in the U.S. illegally. She even impugns Catholic leaders for supporting immigration reform efforts, suggesting they are motivated by a desire to boost church membership. Among the specific proposals in her definition of reform are that Congress should “flex its muscles” and legislatively close the “loophole” of birthright citizenship under the 14thamendment.

In May, Swain wrote that the publisher Charisma House had abruptly cancelled the publication of her most recent book, “Who’s Stealing Our Kids? Revealing the Hidden Agenda to Secularize Our Children,” written with Steve Feazel, saying that she suspected “politics was involved.” In a comment on her post announcing the cancellation, she suggested that some people might be upset because even though she had voted for Cruz, she had been defending Donald Trump. From the product description at CBN:

We are living in a post-Christian America, where morality has been supplanted by a cultural relativism that threatens the future of our children and grandchildren. Increasingly we appear to be on the losing side of a cultural war. The resulting moral erosion is growing in our schools, our colleges, our entertainment media, our news media, our halls of justice, and rapidly reshaping our culture by altering the values of our children.

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