No, Juan Williams, The Culture Wars Are Not 'Done'

Fox News political analyst Juan Williams begins his latest column in The Hill by declaring, “Call in the dogs. Pack up the tent. Culture wars in American politics are done.”

According to Williams, Donald Trump’s triumph over the Republican field has defeated the Religious Right once and for all. If only it were so.

The real estate heir’s inability to clearly articulate policy positions and his acceptance by the GOP’s base should not be mistaken for surrender.

It demonstrates a stunning degree of tone deafness or perhaps a willful blindness that Williams would make the argument that the “culture wars” are dead in the immediate aftermath of North Carolina enacting HB2. Or in the aftermath of Tennessee’s state legislature passing a bill that would allow therapists to discriminate against patients based on their sexual orientation. (Thankfully the governor vetoed it.) Or Mississippi passing legislation that would allow businesses to deny services to LGBT individuals. Or Republican lawmakers in states across the country enacting an unprecedented number of anti-abortion laws.

Women’s access to birth control is still a matter of public debate and gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals can still face discrimination across wide swaths of our country in the workplace, in housing, and even when attempting to access basic services.

Perhaps Williams is ignorant of his own employer’s coverage of phony “War on Christmas” stories every holiday season.

Furthermore, claiming Donald Trump’s candidacy represents the end of the culture wars denies the basic premise of his campaign. His attacks on women, Muslims, immigrants and political correctness as a whole are part and parcel of the culture wars. Not to mention that in speech after speech he declares that if he is president “we are going to staring saying Merry Christmas again.” He says the Bible is his favorite book, a clear message to the Religious Right.

Donald Trump might be ok with Caitlyn Jenner using the women’s room — just as he claims his ban on travel into the United States by Muslims will not apply to the newly elected mayor of London — but that doesn’t mean his White House will be friendly to groups whose rights are under assault from conservatives.

The vast majority of his policies are simply a jumble of word salad punctuated with rambling non sequiturs about “winning” and “making America great again.” His pronouncements on abortion rights are incoherent and sometimes out of step with the Right, but he has nevertheless pledged to support anti-choice legislation and appoint judges who will seek to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Many of the generals who have led the culture war for decades are rallying to Trump’s cause. Phyllis Schlafly is actively calling on Christian leaders to support the presumptive Republican nominee, announcing, “there will be only two viable candidates to choose from this fall, only one of whom will safeguard our country against immigration — and Jesus will not be on the ballot.”

Other anti-abortion warriors are now endorsing Trump following the announcement that John Mashburn, a longtime ally of the movement as a Senate staffer, has joined his campaign as policy director.

“If elected, no doubt John Mashburn will serve you well as you fulfill your campaign promises to defund Planned Parenthood, advance and sign into law the popular Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and appoint Justices to the bench who will protect and defend the Constitution,” wrote Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser.

Far from surrendering, Donald Trump represents a new front in battles that have been waged for decades. A candidate who is more than happy to use racial and religious resentment to win the Republican nomination, and who leaves no doubt he would continue to do so in the White House, does not represent the end of the culture wars.

Michele Bachmann Wishes Congress Would Impeach Obama

Upset about the New York Times Magazine profile of Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes, ex-Rep. Michele Bachmann told Family Research Council President Tony Perkins yesterday that the White House misled Congress and the American people about the “tragic” Iran nuclear agreement.

Bachmann repeated her insistence that Congress should move to impeach President Obama, among other officials, but lamented that congressional leaders will not take action because “Congress doesn’t seem to have enough of a backbone to do anything with this president.”

“There should be impeachment proceedings brought up against all sorts of people in the administration,” she said. “Certainly the president should be subject to impeachment. I don’t think we’re going to see that come from this Congress, but they should.”

Anti-Abortion Extremist Troy Newman Backs Trump

Troy Newman, the head of Operation Rescue and a driving force behind last year’s series of videos smearing Planned Parenthood, writes today that although Donald Trump “has said and done many things that most Christians would find despicable,” he will vote for him — although not formally endorse him — in the presidential election.

Newman caused some controversy when he was tapped as a leader of an anti-choice coalition on Ted Cruz’s campaign. The anti-choice activist, who has built his career around harassing abortion providers, once wrote that the government has a biblical responsibility to execute abortion providers and had linked legal abortion in the U.S. to the 9/11 attacks, AIDS and the drought in California.

Newman explains his support for Trump using a “pithy acronym” that includes his hope that Trump will “take back the Supreme Court” from one that has “mandated that we purchase a health care product, marry homosexuals, and is now poised to strike down common sense abortion laws” and his admiration for Trump’s “nationalistic fervor.”

As we have been reporting, anti-abortion leaders who previously criticized Trump have been gradually falling in line behind the candidate.

To explain my reasoning, I’ve created a pithy acronym out of Trump’s name. These are the reasons I can vote for Trump, and against Hillary Clinton.

T ake back the Supreme Court. In order for this country to survive, we must dial back the Supremes. In just the last few years the Court has mandated that we purchase a health care product, marry homosexuals, and is now poised to strike down common sense abortion laws. Hillary has promised more of the same; Trump has promised the opposite. So, Trump wins the SCOTUS vote.

R emove and Replace. Trump has pledged to remove and replace the Abortion Cartel Bailout AKA ObamaCare, and the countless bad laws created by Obama and far-left enablers in Congress. Hillary will absolutely maintain and further them.

U ndo! Undo it all. I know Obama ran on “change.” I say change it back! Undo all that “change” and bring America back to some form of sanity. Undo the HHS mandates on abortion subsidies. Undo the EPA mandates that are crippling businesses. Undo the countless, and dare I say illegal, executive orders made by Obama. Trump has a mind to do this.

M ake America Great Again. Trump’s nationalistic fervor is appealing. And, I have to admit I like it. Pro-life legislation will help put America back on track. Obama has been making terrible deals all over the world, and the good ol’ U-S-of-A gets the short end of the stick every time. That must stop. Together, we can make America great again – but not under Hillary. Never under Hillary.

P rosecute Planned Parenthood. We have helped expose the dreadful practice of harvesting and selling baby body parts for a large profit. It’s high time these people are taken off the Federal welfare dole, and Trump, for what it’s worth, has promised to prosecute these monsters. Yes, sir, I’ll take that too. Hillary, on the other hand, we already know is Cecile Richards’ BFF. Absolutely nothing doing if she wins.

These are my five very pragmatic reasons why I can vote FOR Donald Trump and AGAINST Hillary Clinton. I know these reasons don’t take into account whether or not Trump is saved, if he is a good father, or even if he is totally honest in his business deals. But, at least he knows how to make money and balance a checkbook. Something Hillary Clinton has never done.

Newt Gingrich Warns Obama Will Deliver A 'Mindless Anti-American Apology' To Japan

In an interview today with “Breitbart News Daily,” Newt Gingrich attacked President Obama over his planned trip to Hiroshima.

Gingrich, who has dubbed Obama “the first anti-American president” and criticized his “Kenyan” worldview, said the president has jeopardized global security by undermining Pax Americana. While the White House said there is no plan to apologize to Japan for the use of nuclear weapons in World War II, Gingrich said “Obama will have some kind of mindless anti-American apology at some time.”

Unlike Obama and Hillary Clinton, Gingrich says, Donald Trump will finally put the country first and prioritize what is good for America.

Ted Nugent Fantasizes About Hillary Clinton Being Shot; GOP Still Wants His Org To Vet Supreme Court Nominees

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that the Senate won’t confirm any Supreme Court nominee unless that nominee has the support of the National Rifle Association, which has been stretching the truth in its efforts to oppose the nomination of Merrick Garland.

The absurdity of this position was reinforced yesterday when, as Media Matters reported, NRA board member and perpetual loose cannon Ted Nugent posted on his Facebook page a fake video of Hillary Clinton being shot, with the caption “I got your guncontrol right here bitch!”

This is who McConnell wants in charge of vetting Supreme Court justices?

This sort of gleeful violence is nothing new to Nugent, who in a 2007 onstage rant relished the prospect of killing Clinton and then-candidate Obama:

Decked out in full-on camouflage hunting gear, Nugent wielded two machine guns while raging, "Obama, he's a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun. Hey Hillary," he continued. "You might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch." Nugent summed up his eloquent speech by screaming "freedom!"

Earlier this year, Nugent engaged in a week-long anti-Semitic meltdown, including posting a Facebook meme alleging that Jewish politicians and activists are “behind gun control.”

Stunningly, there seems to be no organized effort within the NRA to fire Nugent, even as some NRA members have been waging a campaign to oust anti-tax activist Grover Norquist from the organization’s board because they claim he is a Muslim Brotherhood agent.

Nugent, not surprisingly, is enthusiastically backing Donald Trump in the presidential race.

So, Senate Republicans are refusing to so much as hold a hearing on Garland’s nomination in the hope that Trump will become president and nominate someone who has been approved by Nugent and his organization? Sounds reasonable.

Jim Bakker: Buy Food Buckets Now Because Of Zika

Televangelist Jim Bakker will find any reason to pressure his viewers to buy his ministry’s survival food buckets.

Really, any reason at all.

Last week, the televangelist urged viewers to purchase food buckets from his ministry because of the Zika virus.

While we’re not sure how stocking up on freeze-dried sliced potatoes could help someone avoid Zika virus-infected mosquitos, he explained that the virus is a sign that the End Times are near“The Bible is very clear that there is going to be massive disease that will kill a fourth of the world’s population.”

After Spending All Day Trashing The GOP, Glenn Beck Says It Was All A Misunderstanding

On his television show last night, Glenn Beck continued his campaign to convince conservatives to abandon the Republican Party after he was reportedly snubbed by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.

As Beck explained it, Priebus had scheduled a meeting with Beck several weeks ago, only to blow him off after Beck's preferred candidate, Ted Cruz, dropped out of the presidential race, which Beck took as proof that the GOP has no interest in making any effort to reach out to conservatives in the party and is, instead, simply ordering them to fall in line and support Donald Trump.

Beck, of course, is having none of it, telling his audience last night to leave the party.

"The first thing that has to happen is you need to say, 'Republicans, I'm done with you. You're not doing anything to earn my vote,'" Beck said. "And you know this is true. You know this is true! They're ashamed to stand with you. They're ashamed of the pro-lifers, they're ashamed of the religious people. Look at how the religious people, me in particular and Ted Cruz, were handled from the Republican Party from the get-go. They don't like you bringing God up. They're ashamed of people who believe in God. They're ashamed of people who actually believe in the Constitution."

The Republicans have ignored conservatives for years, Beck said, and so it's time for conservatives to leave the party.

Interestingly, late last night, after spending all day trashing the GOP, Beck posted a message on his Facebook page suggesting that it was all a big misunderstanding:

Today, I blasted the RNC for reaching out to spend time with me, making it seem like it was a real priority, and then, ‘coincidentally’ not following up after Senator Cruz dropped out. After the show, it became known that there was a misunderstanding. I think my staff (and I) jumped to conclusions that were unfair to them.

As you all know, I trust virtually no one in politics. So when I feel someone is using me to get to you, my audience, my shields go up. The RNC assures me that their goal in trying to set up a meeting was to build a bridge between our respective organizations – nothing more and nothing less. We will agree on some things, disagree on others but we don’t have to be disagreeable. I look forward to sitting down with Reince, whenever that is, and see where we can find common ground and look forward to him addressing our great audience.

As always, we will strive to do better tomorrow.

Phil Robertson: God May Punish America As We 'Priss Around And Parade Our Perversion'

Phil Robertson, controversial patriarch of the “Duck Dynasty” family, joined Breitbart’s Stephen K. Bannon on his radio program this morning to discuss a new documentary that Bannon directed exploring Robertson’s views on everything from the Holocaust to Kim Kardashian West.

Robertson told Bannon that he hopes the movie will “change the hearts of some people” since the United States is “swimming in a sea of depravity” and risks the wrath of God.

“Depravity has become mainstream,” he said. “Murder is mainstream, we slaughter our own children, we priss around and parade our perversion. It’s being done in front of our very eyes. I mean, depravity, literally, and I never thought I’d see it in my lifetime, but it has literally become mainstream.”

Citing a quote from Thomas Jefferson, Robertson warned, “His wrath is coming.”

Robertson, who endorsed Ted Cruz for president, said that he wasn’t yet sure about Donald Trump but that he was sure that a Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders presidency would lead us “further down into the abyss.”

“So basically I’m calling the United States of America, beginning with the government, they need to just repent, turn back to God and heed the warnings of our founding fathers,” he said. “I think there is a chance. I don’t think there will be a chance with people like Hillary Clinton on the other side or Bernie Sanders. We just go further down into the abyss. But I don’t know about Donald Trump, he seems to be the one that the people have elected.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/10/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/10/16

  • According to Armstrong Williams, Ben Carson and Donald Trump "have become very trusted allies; brothers."
  • Anne Graham Lotz will vote for Trump and "hope that he can change and become a man of God like King Nebuchadnezzar in the Bible."
  • Religious Right activists are threatening to sit out the election unless Trump picks a running mate that they can support. 
  • Frank Gaffney warns that transgender nondiscrimination policies will force colleges to "create conditions in which rape is virtually inevitable."
  • Dana Loesch is not a fan of pro-Trump commentator Kayleigh McEnany: "Baby cakes, this was more than just going on television and flashing your pearly whites and your flat chest, red dress, over-sprayed bleach blond hair while you sit and preach all this stuff about who is or isn’t a conservative?"
  • Finally, Janet Porter declares that "it’s time to hit Target even harder."
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