In Their Own Words: Meet Donald Trump And Marco Rubio's Unhinged Anti-LGBT Allies

Following the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said he was so affected by the tragedy that he changed his mind and decided to run for re-election to the U.S. Senate, while Donald Trump claimed that he would best represent the LGBT community by opposing Muslim immigration.

“Ask the gays” who their true friend is, Trump said.

Now, Trump and Rubio are both set to appear in Orlando two months after the Pulse nightclub shooting.

But rather than stand in solidarity with the LGBT community, as they pledged to do, they will be addressing a summit on the dangers of “homosexual totalitarianism” organized by some of the country’s most extreme anti-LGBT activists.

While Rubio has denied that the “Rediscovering God in America” event has anything to do with LGBT issues, its chief organizer, David Lane of the American Renewal Project, said explicitly that the gathering will focus on how LGBT equality endangers religious liberty.

Besides Lane, Trump and Rubio will be joining Religious Right activists Mat Staver, David Barton, Bill Federer and Ken Graves. That Trump and Rubio would stand with these activists shouldn’t be surprising, since both have promised to back anti-LGBT legislation and support judicial nominees hostile to LGBT rights, but it does show how their promises to defend the LGBT community only amounted to cynical and shallow political ploys.

Here is just a sampling of what Trump and Rubio’s far-right allies have said about the LGBT community:

David Lane

David Lane, the main organizer of the Orlando event, said in 2013 that God would punish America over the appearance of a gay poet and a pro-gay-rights priest at President Obama’s inauguration, including with car bombings in cities across the country:

Lane has also written extensively about the LGBT rights movement, describing it as a “pagan onslaught” that “has threatened our utter destruction.”

“Homosexuality is debauchery,” he wrote, adding: “Homosexual desire and marriage is unnatural and—more so—is a symptom of advanced cultural decay and precursor to the collapse of the Republican Party and the nation.”

Mat Staver

Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver has been fighting LGBT rights for years, representing clients like Kentucky clerk Kim Davis and Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who both defied the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision, and Lisa Miller, who during a custody battle with her former female partner, kidnapped their daughter and fled to Central America.

As we’ve reported, Staver “believes that the gay rights movement is ‘doing the bidding of the Devil ’ and is part of the spirit of the Antichrist and ‘demonic.’”

He has repeatedly compared LGBT activists to terrorists and warned that they are “forcinghomosexuality onto people, while at the same time he has frequently praised countries that criminalize homosexuality and pro-gay speech and has floated the possibility of civil war and revolution to stop marriage equality.

Staver has described gay people as child molesters who seek to transform groups like the Boy Scouts into “a playground for pedophiles” where they can “go and have all these boys as objects of their lust.”

In the wake of the Pulse nightclub attack, Staver criticized churches for participating in memorial events that he saw as “a homosexual love fest.”

David Barton

David Barton, a Republican Party activist and self-styled historian, has a long record of attacks against the LGBT community.

Several times, Barton has said that God is preventing scientists from finding a cure or vaccine for HIV/AIDS because such a discovery would remove the divine punishment for homosexuality, arguing that homosexuality is a curse on people and society, while “chasing the sodomites” out of a community would lead to revival.

He once warned parents of public school students that “unless you’re willing to monitor what’s going on in that classroom,” he could “guarantee” that their children “are getting homosexual indoctrination,” lamenting that many children identify as gay because schools have decided to “force them to be homosexual.”

He has also falsely claimed that ex-gay conversion therapy is now part of the scientific mainstream and insisted that gay marriage harms the economy and leads to national collapse.

Barton has evencalled for the federal regulation and outlawing of gay sex because it is ‘very repugnant’ and ‘reprehensible and disgusting.’ He has warned that gay marriage will force male and female students to share the same locker rooms, that it has legalized pedophilia and bestiality and will now force churches to hire child molesters to run their day care centers.”

Ken Graves

Longtime LGBT rights opponent and Maine pastor Ken Graves appeared at an Orlando rally last year where he warned that “militant homofascism seeks to take over our land and make it Sodom” and is working in conjunction with those trying to establish Islamic rule and a “secular humanist caliphate.”

Bill Federer

Bill Federer, like Barton, styles himself as a historian, and one of his historical insights is that LGBT equality leads to Islamic domination:

It is no wonder that groups including the Equality FloridaHuman Rights Campaign, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund, People For the American Way and many others have condemned Trump and Rubio’s appearance at the event.

Glenn Beck Appears To Cite Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory To Justify Not Revealing His Confidential Sources In Defamation Lawsuit

As we noted earlier today, a federal judge issued a ruling yesterday ordering Glenn Beck to reveal the names of several confidential sources upon whom he relied during his 2013 crusade to prove that Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi was "the money man" who financed and orchestrated the Boston Marathon bombing.

Alharbi is now suing Beck for defamation and demanding to know the identities of Beck's sources so that they can be deposed by his lawyers, and the judge overseeing the case has ordered Beck's legal team to reveal them.

Beck kicked off his radio program today by discussing the conspiracy theory that a Democratic National Committee staffer was recently murdered, supposedly because he was some sort of whistle-blower who was going to expose Hillary Clinton. And while Beck did not directly address the defamation lawsuit or the judge's ruling in his comments, it was quite obvious that he was using this conspiracy theory as justification for his refusal to reveal the sources behind his attack on Alharbi.

"Read the papers," Beck said. "Read the internet. Sources are under attack. Confidential sources are under attack and you cannot reveal confidential sources because there are sources that are concerned about this very kind of thing ... I am convinced, after talking to people in the government and talking through others to sources, I am absolutely convinced that people feel this way; that if I say anything [they will be killed.]"

"Have we crossed a line to where our government or our politicians or our political institutions now feel comfortable enough to where they will kill you?" Beck asked. "Now that sounds crazy, but are we not moving towards Russia?"

Pat Robertson: Satan Inspires Liberals To Lie About Donald Trump (And Me)

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson defended GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump over his recent comment that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, nothing could be done to prevent her and her judicial nominees from doing away with gun rights unless “Second Amendment people” stop them.

Robertson blamed liberal monitoring groups for the uproar, alleging that they twisted Trump’s remarks, before he himself went ahead and altered Trump’s remarks to make them more benign.

The televangelist told co-host Wendy Griffith that he feels for his “buddy” because he has been the victim of similar hit jobs from Media Matters and People For the American Way. (Right Wing Watch is a project of People For the American Way).

“I sympathize with Donald Trump. I had a group called Media Matters, I had another group called People For the American Way, they taped every single word that I said and I did about 10,000 broadcasts, I did many adlibs, and every time they would take my words and transpose—they would take connectors out and they would put it out, and there was somebody at the AP who was one of their clones and they picked [it] up and across the country would come these idiotic statements,” he said. “The same thing is being done to Trump.”

“Out of context, twist it around, and then throw it out, ‘Robertson just said,’ and around the world,” Robertson continued. “So they’re doing to Trump now. There’s a whole team of people just looking for every word he speaks to make him look silly. What he said yesterday I think, or the day before, whatever, the Second Amendment crowd would give me a hand, and what he’s talking about are those who are concerned about gun control, and what he’s saying is a new Supreme Court judge, it’s been virtually a tie on it, and the next time they put a liberal judge on, they’ll be reversing the Second Amendment. So he said the Second Amendment. So what his opponents are saying, Donald Trump is encouraging people to shoot Hillary, it’s just nonsense.”

These supposed lies about Trump and himself, Robertson explained, are inspired by the same source: Satan.

“Every time they’re going to twist the words, I know what it’s like, he has my profound sympathy but these people are profound liars and they’re set up as liars,” he said. “The devil is a liar and the father of lies, according to the Bible.”

More Bad News For Glenn Beck: Judge Sides Against Him On Key Issues In Boston Marathon Bombing Defamation Case

Yesterday, the federal judge overseeing the defamation lawsuit filed against Glenn Beck by Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing and whom Beck spent a month accusing of being an al-Qaida "control agent" and the "money man" who financed and orchestrated the attack, issued a ruling ordering Beck to identify the confidential sources that he relied on when making these claims so that Alharbi's lawyers can depose them:

U.S. District Court Judge Patti Saris ruled that Beck must disclose the names of two Department of Homeland Security employees who allegedly gave a Beck producer information backing up the radio and TV host's claim that Alharbi was the "money man" behind the attack.

The judge said deposition testimony from Beck and two of his top deputies at the time — Joel Cheatwood and Joe Weasel — was "vague and often contradictory" about what the sources said and when they said it. She also noted that the key sources spoke directly only with Weasel, who claimed to record the information on Post-It notes "which he then discarded."

Saris said she ordered the production of records from several government agencies, but they were not of help in confirming what the Beck aides were allegedly told. "None of the documents supports the idea that Alharbi was the 'the money man' financing the Boston Marathon attacks," the Boston-based judge wrote in her 61-page ruling.

As the judge's ruling makes clear, there is no evidence to back up Beck's assertion that Alharbi was "the money man" behind the bombing other than the say-so of Beck's confidential sources. And that is bad news for Beck, as the judge also dismissed his legal team's effort to assert that Alharbi was a "limited-purpose public figure," which would have required Alharbi to prove that Beck knew that the allegations that he was making against Alharbi were false or that he made them with reckless disregard for the truth. Instead, the judge ruled that Alharbi was merely a private figure who was thrust into the news by events beyond his control and therefore he simply needs to prove that Beck was negligent in leveling these public allegations.

And, according to the judge, Alharbi looks to have a strong case since Beck's legal team was unable to produce any documentation to support Beck's claim that Alharbi financed and orchestrated the terrorist bombing, which he continued to make long after claims about Alharbi's involvement in the attack had been debunked by the government, investigators and even reporters from Beck's own network:

As a private figure, Alharbi is only required to prove negligence as opposed to malice. See Ravnikar, 782 N.E.2d at 510-11. Under the negligence standard, “the defendants are required to act reasonably in checking on the truth or falsity of the communication before publishing it.” Jones v. Taibbi, 512 N.E.2d 260, 269 (Mass. 1987) (internal quotation marks and alterations omitted). At this stage, the plaintiff has put forward enough evidence for a reasonable jury to conclude that the defendants did not act reasonably in verifying the truth of the broadcasts about Alharbi, particularly the May 8 statement that Alharbi was the “money man.”

To begin with, the defendants have put forth no admissible evidence that the statements are true. At the summary judgment hearing, the plaintiff highlighted an email from Weasel to Cheatwood on April 22, which states that another staff member of TheBlaze, Sara Carter, was “getting a very different picture” about Alharbi’s connection to the Boston Marathon bombing from her sources. Weasel Decl., Docket No. 117, Ex. 18, at 84. According to Weasel, Carter reached out to the FBI and ICE on the record to ask about the plaintiff’s involvement and the government documents provided by Source 2. Her sources allegedly responded that “Alharbi is considered innocent and not connected to the bombings or the suspects.” Id. at 85. Her sources also corroborated Secretary Napolitano’s testimony that Alharbi was temporarily placed on the terror watch list as a “precaution” before the government “determined whether he was more than a witness from the scene of the crime.” Id. at 84. 

According to the defendants, TheBlaze’s determination that Alharbi was involved in the Boston Marathon bombing was ultimately based on the two government documents they received from Source 2, and Source 1’s and 2’s explanation of these documents. The documents themselves are dated April 15 and 16, and the defendants agree that they were created in the immediate  aftermath of the bombing. Although the documents refer to Alharbi as a “suspected terrorist,” who is “armed & dangerous,” and mention the § 212(a)(3)(B)(i)(II) designation, they do not say anything about Alharbi being the “money man” or otherwise funding the attacks. 

When asked specifics about what Sources 1 and 2 told the defendants at his deposition, Weasel testified that the sources did not explain when the alleged financing took place, how any funds were transferred, the amounts of financing, what the financing was used for, or how the financing was otherwise accomplished. See Weasel Dep., Docket No. 109, Ex. H, at 160. Thus, the plaintiff has put forward enough evidence to demonstrate a genuine issue with respect to whether the defendants were negligent. 

Larry Klayman: Hillary 'Likely Responsible' For Iranian Scientist's Death Since '80 People Died' Mysteriously In Clinton Admin

The latest right-wing conspiracy theory being promoted by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is that the recent execution of an Iranian nuclear scientist who had worked with Americans was the result of emails about him that had been compromised by going through Hillary Clinton’s private server.

It’s not true, but that didn’t stop right-wing attorney and conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Larry Klayman from using the case to drive home his claim that 80 people connected to Clinton “scandals” mysteriously wound up dead during Bill Clinton’s administration.

When Detroit radio host Frank Beckmann asked Klayman about the conspiracy theory surrounding the Iranian scientist yesterday, Klayman eagerly piled on, linking the case to the death of former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown in a 1996 plane crash and, of course, to the 2012 attack on Americans in Benghazi. (Klayman is representing the parents of two Benghazi victims in his latest lawsuit against Clinton.)

Absolutely. I mean, look, this is a woman who, whether she was responsible for it or not, that during the administration of Bill Clinton over 80 people died, vanished. And I’m not saying that she was responsible for all 80 people, but people have asked questions. Why did 80 people die, material witnesses in the cases? I was involved with Ken Starr in going against her. Ron Brown died in a mysterious plane crash in Croatia. Maybe it was an accident, but you know what, when 80 people die questions are going to be asked.

And bad things have happened in our system and, in this case, Hillary Clinton, whether she intended it or not, is likely responsible for the death of this double American agent spy with Iran and she’s undoubtedly responsible for the death of Sean Smith and also Tyrone Woods.

David Barton: Christians Who Refuse To Vote For Donald Trump Will Have To Answer To God

Last night, My Faith Votes, the Religious Right effort overseen by Ben Carson that seeks to mobilize millions of Christians to vote in 2016, hosted another teleforum, this one featuring Religious Right activist and pseudo-historian David Barton, who told participants that they will answer to God if they fail to vote for Donald Trump.

Barton ran a pro-Ted Cruz super PAC during the Republican primary, but quickly shifted his support to Trump once it was clear that he would be the GOP nominee, even going so far as to declare that Trump is obviously "God's guy" in this election. As such, it came as no surprise to hear Barton tell caller after caller last night that Christians must vote for Trump and will have to answer to God if they don't. 

Barton said that Christians who refuse to support Trump are just looking for "excuses" and would probably have refused to vote for biblical leaders like King David because he was a murderer and adulterer or Noah because "he had trouble with drunkenness" or Lot, who slept with his own daughter.

Christians who won't vote for Trump, Barton said, need to realize that "maybe God's got a different standard than what we do. Maybe at a national leadership level, there are people who do good things for the nation who have character flaws ... What God calls great leaders wouldn't fit your litmus test, but maybe you need to catch up with where God is rather than expecting God to catch up with where you are."

"Voting is not a right, it is a responsibility," Barton said. "God wants you to be locked in that room with a ballot box and don't come out until you vote. And if you have that approach, then you're going to have to find the best you can of what is there and vote for it."

"We will stand before God one day and answer for everything we've said and thought and done," he continued. "[God will say,] 'I gave you your country, what did you do that with?' 'Well, I didn't do anything because I didn't like any of the candidates.' Really? You think God is going to buy that? In Matthew 25 and Luke 19, the guy who was given something to do and didn't do anything with it, he's the one who got in trouble with the master. He's going to say, 'I gave you a vote. What did you do with that vote I gave you?' 'Well, I couldn't use it for anybody.' And again, we're back to Matthew 25 and Luke 19 where Jesus turned to him and said, 'Wait a minute, you didn't do anything with what I gave you, at all?' And that is the one who got thrown into outer darkness."

"That mentality that this is my choice is the wrong choice," Barton said. "It should be this is my accountability; I will account to God and I have to vote because He put that ballot in my hand and I'm going to have to account to Him for what I did with it. And I can't use the false standard of I have to have somebody perfect because there is nobody perfect except for Jesus and, by the way, when He was on earth, they didn't think He was perfect; we only think He's perfect now. Back then, they called him a winebibber and a glutton; he had all sorts of campaign ads run against him. So nobody is going to fit the criteria, so let's get God's mind on this thing instead of finding excuses ... [because] you will answer to God for what you do with that ballot and what you do with this country."

Right Wing Round-Up - 8/9/16

  • PFAW: PFAW Statement on Trump Appearance at Orlando Event Organized By Anti-LGBT Extremists.
  • Dylan Matthews @ Vox: Susan Collins, a 4-term GOP senator, says Trump is "unworthy of being our president".
  • Eric Hananoki @ Media Matters: Trump Ally Roger Stone: The Clintons Recently Had Four People Murdered.
  • Warren Throckmorton: The Futility of Donald Trump’s Johnson Amendment Promise: Most Pastors Don’t Want to Endorse Political Candidates.
  • Josh Feldman @ Mediaite: Here’s How Newt Gingrich Answered a Question About Trump’s ‘Mental Fitness’ for Office.
  • Nicole Hemmer @ U.S. News & World Report: Dinesh D'Souza's latest right-wing conspiracy film exemplifies the rise of Trumpism in the GOP.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/9/16

  • Burt Prelutsky explains that "the liberal brain has a very difficult time discerning between truth and lies [and] once it figures things out, it definitely prefers lies because they’re so much more comforting. Clearly, there is something haywire about the way the damn things are wired."
  • Janet Mefferd will fit right in with the anti-gay bigots at American Family Radio when her radio show begins airing on Monday.
  • Don Boys says that allowing Muslims to pray at the Democratic and Republican conventions "was a kick in the face to all decent, lawful, sane Americans by leaders of the once respected Republican and Democrat parties."
  • Why won't Hillary Clinton stop killing people?
  • Finally, David Lane is "fed-up with the doublespeak from moderate, establishment Republicans, who run as conservatives in order to be elected, but then govern as irreligious progressives. Lies unleash misery on a nation. Saying one thing to be elected but doing the opposite has a name: deceit."

At The Height Of The Great Recession, Mike Pence Wanted The Fed To Stop Focusing On Unemployment

Donald Trump delivered a speech to the Detroit Economic Club yesterday in which he promised to lay out his plan to improve the economy and encourage job growth. Unsurprisingly, Trump’s proposals were nothing more than the GOP’s standard offerings of tax cuts for the wealthy and the elimination of regulations. Casting even more doubt on the idea that a Trump administration would place any focus on jobs are the policy preferences that his vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence, expressed at the height of the great recession.

The unemployment rate in November, 2010 was 9.8 percent, near its peak level. However, joblessness was not Pence’s concern at the time. That month he went to the floor of Congress and called on the Federal Reserve to stop focusing job growth and proposed legislation to enshrine this change into law. In a speech titled “End The Dual Mandate At The Fed,” he called on Congress to alter the bank’s role in the economy.

“It is time, once again, to demand that the Federal Reserve focus exclusively on price stability and protecting the dollar,” he said.

Pence made similar statements in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club later that month.  

The “dual mandate” refers to a requirement that the Federal Reserve focus both on achieving full employment and controlling inflation. In May 2016, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. John Conyers Jr. and more than 100 of their congressional colleagues wrote a letter to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen thanking her for placing “renewed emphasis on the importance of building a full employment economy,” while criticizing the lack of minority representation at the institution. In response, Hillary Clinton’s campaign pledged that she would “defend the Fed's so-called dual mandate — the legal requirement that it focus on full employment as well as inflation — and will appoint Fed governors who share this commitment.”

On the other hand, Pence has made clear that he would like inflation to be the only focus of the Fed, leaving job growth to Congress, a change that would allow Republicans to limit economic stimulus plans to tax cuts and regulatory rollbacks.

What Pence’s speeches reveal was that at a time when Americans were hurting from a lack of jobs, he wanted the Federal Reserve to ignore the present problem of unemployment in favor of the theoretical problem of inflation. His reverence for conservative economic orthodoxy led him to want to pull out the rug from one agency whose mission it was to help put people back to work at a time when it was critically necessary.  

Trump Adopts Language Of Gun Extremists With 'Second Amendment' Remedies Comment

Donald Trump has spent his presidential campaign parroting things that he “hears” from others, often with no regard to the reliability of the source or the extremism of his role models.

This afternoon, Trump created yet another controversy when he suggested that violence might be an option if Hillary Clinton is allowed to nominate Supreme Court justices.

If Clinton “gets to pick her judges,” he said, there’s “nothing you can do.”

“Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is,” he added. “I don’t know.”

While Trump may have concocted this idea all on his own, his comment sounds like it could have come straight from the mouth of a certain segment of anti-government, anti-gun-regulation extremists.

A key proponent of the idea that elected officials and judges must always be on the lookout for armed citizens taking matters into their own hands is Larry Pratt, the executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, who was a key figure in the rise of the militia movement in the 1990s.

Back in May, Pratt expressed basically the same sentiment as Trump, saying that conservatives might have to resort to the “bullet box” to reclaim the courts if they can’t “solve this matter at the ballot box.”

Pratt made similar comments in March about President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, saying, “the Second Amendment is all about people like Judge Garland, so there is a limit to how far he can go.”

As Brian wrote at the time, this was part of a long pattern for Pratt:

Pratt has a history of saying that the Second Amendment is meant to give people the right to assassinate or intimidate leaders they don’t like.

In Pratt’s view, the Second Amendment was created in order to instill in politicians “a healthy fear” in “the back of their minds” that they will be assassinated so “they’ll behave.”

He explicitly told Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., that she “should do her job in constant trepidation,” knowing that if she tries “to disarm Americans the way the British crown tried 240 years ago, the same sovereign people who constituted this government using the cartridge box someday may need to reconstitute it, as clearly anticipated by the Declaration of Independence.”

When Alan Colmes asked him if he really does believe that politicians “should have a healthy fear of being shot,” Pratt replied: “Sure, that’s what the Second Amendment is all about.

The sentiment of “Second Amendment remedies” is essential to the militia movement’s view of freedom – that they get to impose their own idea of liberty on everybody else using the threat of violent force.

Mike Vanderboegh, who ran a militia group called the Three Percenters, used this talking point at a 2014 rally against new gun regulations in Washington state, saying that the gun rights movement may need to fall back on “Second Amendment remedies.”

Trump has already shown his willingness to embrace this kind of anti-government extremism with his courting of Sheriff David Clarke, a frequent Fox News guest who is involved with the Oath Keepers and other insurrectionist groups.

The language is nothing new for Trump’s campaign, either. One of his advisers, Roger Stone, recently said that people should protest in the streets if Trump is defeated in November, predicting that it could be a “ bloodbath.” In the past, Stone has said that Hillary Clinton should be “executed.” Another adviser said last month that “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”

The violent words were all his own, but they followed a well-worn path.

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