Since Monday night, the Trump campaign has been vociferously denying the very obvious fact that a section of Melania Trump’s speech to the Republican National Convention was plagiarized from a speech Michelle Obama delivered at the 2008 Democratic convention.
Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort said that he didn’t hear any plagiarism and insisted that Melania only used “fragments of words” similar to Obama's, while Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson seemed to raise doubts about the very concept of plagiarism entirely, claiming that those who observed plagiarism in Melania's speech must think that “Michelle Obama invented the English language.”
RNC strategist Sean Spicer, for his part, said that there was just as good a chance that Melania Trump's words came from the My Little Pony character Twilight Sparkle than from the First Lady.
None of this is surprising, as Donald Trump himself often doubles down on outright lies even after they have been thoroughly debunked.
But what is surprising is that the campaign eventually released a statement today from a speechwriter admitting that she plagiarized from Michelle Obama, albeit inadvertently. (Never mind that Melania had previously said that she “ wrote [the speech] with as little help as possible.”)
We wonder if Manafort will continue to insist that the plagiarism was a creation of the Clinton campaign.
Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson congratulated Donald Trump, who has repeatedly courted the televangelist's support, for officially securing the GOP nomination for president, claiming that Trump is “professing his faith” on the campaign trail.
Robertson said that Trump “understands that the evangelicals are crucial to winning this election,” which is why he has pledged to only appoint solidly conservative judges to the bench and push the Religious Right's political agenda.
“Trump is willing to say, ‘Okay, you back me on this and I’m going to back you on your issues,’ and I believe him,” Robertson said. “He looks after his friends.”
The televangelist added that the Supreme Court is “at stake” in the election, along with “all the legislation having to do with all the sexual activity of the United States people, same-sex marriage and all that stuff, plus abortion, that’s on the table. If you’re interested in guns and the Second Amendment, that’s going to be on the table without question. You can go right down the list of key issues that are going to be decided by the Supreme Court and we’re looking at at least two to maybe three vacancies on the court for the next president.”
Paul Weber, the president and CEO of the Family Policy Alliance, the political wing of Focus on the Family, praised the Republican Party's new ultra-conservative platform yesterday, saying that the platform "looks like something that was written by us and placed on our own website."
In an interview posted on the organization's website, Weber specifically praised the platform's calls for overturning Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges.
Weber also indirectly addressed the concerns of some conservative Christians in voting for Donald Trump, advising viewers to "compare the candidates" and telling them that they "have to vote."
"Seek the welfare of the state," he said. "We have two candidates. You have to choose the best of the two."
One person who was convinced by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's make-believe one-man prosecution and conviction of Hillary Clinton at the Republican National Convention last night was Frank Gaffney, who declared on his "Secure Freedom Minute" broadcast today that the only way out for Clinton now is to seek a preemptive pardon from President Obama for crimes that she has not even been charged with but for which she will eventually be "tried and convicted in the court of public opinion."
Interestingly, Gaffney once accused Christie of "misprision of treason" for appointing a Muslim-American judge to the bench.
It's now just a question of time. Specifically, when when will President Obama pardon Hillary Clinton? That question was the inevitable takeaway from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's powerful indictment, literally, of the former secretary of state in his address to the GOP convention last night.
The one-time federal prosecutor methodically laid out the litany of lies, malfeasant and other criminal activities with which Mrs. Clinton could and should be charged. The crowd found her guilty again and again. Naturally, the most politicized Justice Department ever won't prosecute the incipient Democratic presidential nominee but Gov. Christie showed how, all other things being equal, Hillary Clinton will be tried and convicted in the court of public opinion.
The only possible way out is for President Obama to pardon her preemptively and soon. It may not change the ultimate verdict but it would commute Hillary's sentence.
For months, Republicans have said that they are refusing to consider anyone President Obama nominates to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court because they are simply following a (nonexistent) Senate tradition of blocking Supreme Court nominees in the final year of a president’s term.
But yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed the obvious: Republicans just want to hold the seat open to be filled by Donald Trump.
“On that sad day when we lost Justice Scalia, I made another pledge that Obama would not fill this seat,” McConnell said in a speech to the Republican National Convention. “That honor would go to Donald Trump next year.”
Trump, for his part, has pledged to pick anti-choice justices from lists compiled by right-wing groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.
Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay British cultural provocateur, self-described “dangerous faggot” and senior editor at Breitbart, brought his anti-political-correctness, anti-Islam message to Cleveland this week, teaming up with conspiracy-spouting radio host Alex Jones, political dirty trickster Roger Stone, anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller and Gays for Trump.
At Monday’s America First Unity Rally, Yiannopoulos (simply “Milo” to his fans), took the stage wearing a bulletproof vest — a small group of protesters had gathered nearby but were being kept out of the park by a phalanx of police — but he theatrically peeled it off as he began his remarks. He performed the same routine at Tuesday night’s sold-out, Breitbart-supported Wake Up! party, organized by Gays for Trump, which Gateway Pundit called “the hottest ticket at the RNC.” Among the Trump supporters at the party were white nationalists Peter Brimelow and Richard Spencer, who chatted with guests and reporters.
The party venue was adorned with soft-core posters of skinny young men in Make America Great Again caps, some posing with guns, courtesy of Twinks4Trump. It gave a surreal feel to the event, which was appropriate given the surreal claims about Trump made by some of the speakers.
Chris Barron, a co-founder of GOProud, was among those welcoming people to the party, where he was also said to be acting as a surrogate for the Trump campaign. Barron said Trump is making the GOP and conservative movement more accepting of LGBT people, adding, “Donald Trump is a better friend to the LGBT community than Hillary Clinton could ever be.” Geller made a similar claim, saying, “If anyone is for gay rights, clearly it’s Trump.” Milo went even further, declaring, “Donald Trump is the most pro-gay candidate in American electoral history.”
Really? The guy who couldn’t be bothered to lift a finger to keep the Religious Right from writing discrimination into the party platform? And who has promised Religious Right leaders the Supreme Court of their dreams? Such skeptical thinking is wrong-headed, according to the speakers at Wake Up!, because it is not focusing on the real threats to gay people: Islam and those who “mollycoddle” it.
Geller, resplendent in rainbow sequins, started her remarks with a characteristically tasteful joke: “A jihadi walks into a gay bar. And the bartender says, ‘What’ll you have?’ And the jihadi says, ‘Shots for everyone.’”
She decried gay rights activists for talking about access to bathrooms for transgender people, saying, “Gay rights in the 21st century is the persecution, oppression, execution of gays living in Muslim countries under the Sharia.”
Geller said she was making her first public appearance since two ISIS-linked gunmen attacked a contest for cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed she had organized in Garland, Texas, last year, saying 25 events had been cancelled out of fear. “So you gotta love Trump!” she said, “Yes! Because he gives them all the middle finger!” As she acknowledged, Trump harshly criticized Geller for holding the Garland event, but, she said, “he’s come a long way.” She said Trump’s proposed “ban on Muslims from jihad nations is logical, sensible and reasonable.”
Like speakers at the Alex Jones rally on Monday, Geller tore into Republicans who have not fallen in line with Trump:
I’m one hundred percent behind Trump. Because if you’re not behind Trump, you’re for Hillary. Bill Kristol is for that criminal. George Will is for that criminal. We have got to overthrow the GOP elite. We have got to unite behind Donald Trump.
Joining Milo and Geller at the Wake Up! party was Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who said Islam has “no place in a free society” and said Western countries should “de-Islamize” their societies; he has called for banning the Quran and said, “I don’t want no more mosques in the Netherlands and I am proud to say so,” leading someone behind me to shout “throw them out!”
Wilders described Europe – or “Eurabia” – as having been turned into an imploding hellhole of violence and fear because of Muslim immigrants, and warned that France is on the brink of civil war. The reason, he said, is that “we have no real leaders in the Western world anymore. We have appeasers. We have Chamberlains instead of Churchills, ruling all our countries.” He called for democratic political change, saying that people feel that their leaders have abandoned them and that political parties like his are winning support all over Europe. The crowd responded to Wilders with chants of “Geert” and “Trump,” and went wild at the statement that Wilders could become the next prime minister of the Netherlands. He ended his speech with this promise: “We shall win. We must win. And we will win this war.”
Milo reprised many of the comments he made at the Alex Jones rally, talking about a culture war in which liberals have become “traitors to the gays” by accommodating Islam. He joked about having been banned from Twitter that very day, a day before he would have access to all the national media at the RNC’s radio row, and he said, “I am going to make their lives hell.”
But he struck a defiantly hopeful tone, saying “I am not the only person who is dedicated to the destruction of liberal media in this country. I am not the only person who recognizes that after a few decades of good work, these people have now thrown us under the bus.”
At both events, Milo denounced political correctness, Islam and the left, in his intentionally button-pushing way. “I might be a dick-sucking faggot, but I fucking hate the left,” he told the crowd at the Jones rally, generating surprised laughter, and then cheers:
They do not represent me. They do not represent you. They do not represent tolerance. They do not represent understanding. They do not represent diversity, any of the things they claim to care about. The left in this country is a cancer that you need to eradicate because it is undermining the fundamental principles on which this country was founded, and for which everybody looks up to you guys.
Political correctness is not just a problem, he said at the Jones rally, it is deadly:
Political correctness killed at Sandy Hook. People knew about this guy, they knew what he was about, they knew what he was up to, and they were worried about saying anything for fear of being branded racist.
At that statement, I exchanged a puzzled look with the man standing beside me. I was puzzled because the killer of the children at Sandy Hook was white. If my neighbor was a loyal Alex Jones listener, he might have been puzzled because Jones promotes the theory that Sandy Hook was a hoax, staged as a “false flag” operation to give the government an excuse to try to seize people’s guns. Yiannopoulos may have been thinking about San Bernardino; he also said “political correctness killed” in Orlando, suggesting that the shooter hadn’t been apprehended sooner because people were afraid of being seen as racist or Islamophobic.
Yiannopoulos said he knew not everyone in the crowd was with him when it comes to homosexuality, but urged them to “stick up for your women and your gays.”
“Die on your feet or live on your knees,” he said, pausing with comic timing. “Well, I do live on my knees, but that’s alright. That’s alright. As long as I’m not facing Mecca I guess I’m alright with you guys. I mean, I might have been by accident…”
Yiannopoulos said he was appalled to find out that on American college campuses, which he thought would be the freest places in the world, people’s thoughts and language are being policed and restricted. “It seems to me as though the political left in this country is trying to destroy all of the things that made America great.”
Looking ahead, Milo said he’d be mocking criticism of concerns over “cultural appropriation” by lecturing to “the insane students at Yale” on famous cultural appropriators while dressed “in full Native American costume.” And next week, he said, he will be in Stockholm to “lead a gay pride march through the Muslim ghetto.”
The left is always telling us how homosexuals are stunning and brave. Well, the left-wing ones aren’t but ours are. And we’re going to take the fight to them. I’m taking the fight to American campuses. I’m fighting political correctness wherever I find it. I’m fighting hateful third-wave misandrist feminism wherever I find it. I am fighting Black Lives Matter, a hateful, destructive movement, wherever I find it. Donald Trump is going to fight the same things wherever he finds them, too.
Milo told the party crowd that the only thing that Breitbart ever cut from one of his columns was his response to people complaining that it was racist to put “whites only” in profiles on hook-up apps like Grindr. He asked whether his would be deemed racist for saying “blacks only.” But, he said, he wouldn’t actually put it that way. Instead he’d write, “Don’t contact me if you’re under seven inches or you know who your dad is.”
Which brings us to the end of the party and to the protesters outside with signs and flyers declaring, “There’s nothing fabulous about racism.”
On his show yesterday, conservative radio host Michael Savage criticized the media’s coverage of Melania Trump’s plagiarized Republican National Convention speech and claimed that Trump threatens Hillary Clinton’s campaign because Clinton “looks like Stalin’s housekeeper” while Trump is “a movie star” who can “garner a good percentage of Hillary’s woman vote.”
“Creatures that are smaller than marsupials, they have names like Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blinky Blitzer, they’re the small creatures underneath the leaf droppings of the jungle floor,” Savage said. “Instead of focusing today on all of the damage around the world done by the Obamas, instead they’re focusing on a speech given by the newest first lady to appear on the stage, as fresh as Jackie O on her first appearance.”
“You know, she’s so appealing that she’s liable to garner a good percentage of Hillary’s woman vote simply because she’s so appealing,” Savage said. “Now, regarding Melania’s speech, yes, there’s some overlap, but that’s of course not the issue.”
Savage repeated the bogus Trump campaign allegation that Clinton’s campaign was behind the plagiarism charges:
The issue is that she is so appealing that the Hillary Clinton camp went insane fearing that Melania has, in fact, captured the attention of the women of America who don’t like Hillary very much. Hillary is not attractive. Hillary is unattractive. This is a country that lives on movie stars. Melania’s a movie star, Hillary looks like a maid. She looks like Stalin’s housekeeper gussied up, that’s number one. And number two, of course, the reason the creatures underneath the leaf droppings of the jungle floor called the media are obscuring, doing this is to obscure all the problems that Hillary has created. Have you forgotten the email scandal? Have you forgotten Benghazi? Have you forgotten the Clinton Foundation cash scam? Somehow that didn’t make it to the geniuses who are worried about a few lines of overlap from a speech that Moo-chelle Obama gave a number of years ago, which she lifted from someone else.
"Stalin's housekeeper" is apparently a favorite misogynist insult of Savage's; he used the same description for Bernie Sanders' wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders.
On “Newsmax Prime with J.D. Hayworth” on Monday, right-wing activist Wayne Allyn Root declared that it was about time for white men to have their voices heard in the political system, calling on white men to finally speak out on the 2016 election so that Hillary Clinton doesn’t bring about “the end of America.”
“We won’t survive another term of Barack Obama and Hillary has said she wants to be an extension of Barack Obama, except from their campaign rhetoric, she’s headed toward Bernie Sanders, which is even more spending than Barack Obama, even more socialism than Obama,” Root said. “So anyone who stays home and sits on their hands and won’t vote for Trump, you get what you deserve. You’re gonna have a socialist nation and the end of America, in my opinion.”
Root, who has campaigned alongside Donald Trump, said white men will be the new “soccer moms.”
“Look at Nice, which just happened days ago,” Root continued. “What a tragedy. And according to Barack Obama, we need some sort of a truck ban, some sort of truck confiscation, truck-free zones. It’s so ludicrous to think the reaction to terrorism is to ban guns in the hands of good people like me and you, JD, and most of middle class America. That’s why I wrote a book called ‘Angry White Male.’ It’s time we spoke out. We’re the soccer moms of the 2016 election.”
- Paul Gordon @ PFAW: Senate Republicans, Exhausted From Not Doing Their Jobs, Take a 7-Week Vacation, the Longest in 60 Years.
- Gabriel Sherman @ New York Magazine: Sources: Megyn Kelly Told Murdoch Investigators That Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Her.
- Adele Stan @ AlterNet: Dirty Trickster and Trump Adviser Roger Stone Speaks at Conspiracist 'America First' Rally at RNC.
- Sara Jerde @ TPM: Carson Takes Time At RNC To Share Thoughts On Transgender ‘Absurdity.’
- Josh Feldman @ Mediaite: RNC Spox Invokes ‘Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony‘ to Dismiss Melania Plagiarism.
- Dave Jamieson @ Huffington Post: Melania Trump Plagiarism Scandal Was Hardly The Craziest Thing To Happen On Day 1 Of The RNC.
- Franklin Graham warns that “our country is beginning to implode” as we are “on the precipice of anarchy.”
- Jason Benham is thrilled with the GOP platform: “What God wants is for us to join his side, and when we looked at the Republican Party platform, you know it’s getting closer to being on God’s side.”
- Eric Metaxas hails Donald Trump: “I think he loves America and I don’t think he wants to line his own pockets.”
- Dan Popp, on the other hand, says that “we’ll know by the end of July whether God has finally abandoned us to our own devices. If it’s between Hillary and Trump, we’ll know that divine patience has run out.”
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