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CNN Hosts Bryan Fischer, Who Calls Gays Nazis, To Discuss Romney And Gays

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CNN’s Kyra Phillips this morning hosted Bryan Fischer and R. Clarke Cooper to debate Fischer’s repeated attacks on Mitt Romney for his recent choice of Richard Grenell as his campaign’s national security spokesperson. Grenell, who served John Bolton at the United Nations, is openly gay and Fischer has, because of that, called him a threat to national security and promiscuous, among other equally unfounded criticisms. Bryan Fischer is the public face of the certified anti-gay hate group, American Family Association, and hosts a daily radio show during which he routinely attacks gay people, and has repeatedly said gays are Nazis. R. Clarke Cooper is the head of the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay GOP organization.

During the segment this morning, Fischer said, “you cannot separate religious liberty from the issue of the homosexual agenda. In fact, the homosexual agenda represents the single greatest threat to religious liberty and association in America today.”

Clearly, Fischer is unable to edit his views for his audience, and this will be his undoing. It is not an understatement to say that a great many people who watched Fischer speak on CNN today were turned off by someone they have never heard of, and now have mentally branded him both a bigot and irrelevant. When parents are home with their children, next time they will be protecting their kids not from gay people but from Bryan Fischer and his ilk.

Think about it: Parents are totally OK with their kids watching, say, “Modern Family,” but they will turn the TV off next time Fischer is on.

In the interview, Fischer also asked why Mitt Romney would pick a “homosexual activist” to be the face of his campaign when Mormons believe homosexuality is offensive to God? Fischer also said the problem is that Mitt Romney is not “Mormon enough,” or he would have followed the dictates of his religion and discriminated against Grennell:

“My complaint about Governor Romney all the way along is not that he’s Mormon, but he’s not Mormon enough,” Fischer told Phillips. “The Mormon Church believes homosexual behavior is sinful and that homosexual acts are offensive to God. So the question that needs to be asked of Governor Romney, do you agree with the teaching of your Church? If you do — that homosexual acts are offensive to God — then why have you made the face of your campaign someone who engages in conduct that your own Church says is offensive to God?”

So much for the Catholic and Christianist religions claiming that “we are all sinners,” right, Bryan? Because then automatically no one would qualify, as they claim all sins are equal in the eyes of God. Apparently, some sins are more equal than others.

Fischer added that many “homosexual groups” came out “celebrating” Grenell’s appointment — which is false. Only the Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud, the gay Tea Party group, spoke in favor of Grenell. Most LGBT people and groups oppose him after learning of his homophobic and misogynistic attacks on MSMNBC anchor Rachel Maddow and on Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Fischer also threw in for good measure his boilerplate anti-gay rhetoric, like saying religious liberty cannot exist in a world with homosexuality, and homosexual acts are offensive to God.

Igor Volsky at Think Progress notes:

But when CNN host Kyra Phillips pointed out that Grenell served at the pleasure of conservative Bolton, Fischer found himself in the awkward position of defending Bolton’s tenure while condemning his chief spokesperson:

PHILLIPS: Did you think John Bolton did a good job when he was U.S. ambassador to the U.N.? […]

FISCHER: He did a great job.

PHILLIPS: Okay. Grenell was his spokesperson….Bryan, I just thought that was interesting, you thought Bolton did a great job, and Grenell was his spokesperson.

FISCHER: Well, the point here is that personnel is policy. Everybody in D.C. says that. Personnel is policy. When Governor Romney picks somebody who is an activist homosexual and puts him in a prominent position, he’s sending a shout out, it seems to me, to the homosexual lobby.

Fischer, who ran a train over Phillips, ignoring the anchor at every turn, tried to gett he last word, but Cooper wouldn’t have it.

“Bryan, ya’ll gotta be careful, because you are starting to sounding like George Wallace, ‘segregation today, segregation tomorrow’,” Cooper told him. “Be careful because you’re going to be left in the dust bin of history, buddy.”

After today’s CNN debate, it’s clear the AFA should not let Fischer out of the barn anymore — not in polite circles, where children are around, or where any reasonable person might hear his hate mongering. I have a strong feeling today may be seen in years future as the day anti-gay hate died and hate of anti-gay religious wing nuts grew in America.

 

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Here are 10 posts about Bryan Fischer we’ve published, just since November. For more, check out our Bryan Fischer archive.

Fischer: America Couldn’t Live With Slavery And Cannot Live With Gays

JC Penney Responsible For More Women Getting Breast Cancer Says Fischer

“Thugs At Planned Parenthood” Are “Bullying” Susan G. Komen Says Fischer

Jesus Does Not Support Obama’s “Tyrannical” Agenda Of Theft Says Fischer

Fischer: 96% Of Gays Are Drug Users, Have Up To 1000 Sex Partners

AFA: HIV To AIDS Link A “Scam” And People With AIDS “Reap What They Sow”

All Gays Pose “Heightened Security Risk” To America Says AFA’s Fischer

All Sex Not Between Married People Should Be Criminalized Says AFA Host

Fischer: Clicking “Dislike” On Rick Perry’s Anti-Gay Ad Means You Like Bestiality

Barney Frank Caused Millions To Contract HIV/AIDS, Says Brian Fischer

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‘Your Client Is a Criminal Defendant’: Judge Denies Trump Request to Skip Trial for SCOTUS

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Barely hours after New York State Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan gave Donald Trump the same set of rules requiring him to appear in court as all other criminal defendants, the ex-president’s attorney requested his client be allowed to skip trial next Thursday to attend the U.S. Supreme Court arguments on his immunity claim.

“If you do not show up there will be an arrest,” Judge Merchan had told Trump Monday at the start of his criminal trial, according to MSNBC’s Jesse Rodriguez. Trump is facing 34 felony charges for falsification of business records related to his alleged attempts to cover up hush money payments in an effort to protect his 2016 presidential campaign.

Judge Merchan had read from the same rules that apply to all defendants, but right at the end of day one of trial Trump attorney Todd Blanche made his request.

MSNBC’s Lisa Rubin reports, “after the potential jurors are gone, the fireworks start after Blanche asks Merchan to allow Trump to attend the SCOTUS argument on presidential immunity next Thursday, 4/25.”

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“The Manhattan DA’s office opposes the request, saying they have accommodated Trump enough,” MSNBC’s Katie Phang adds, citing Rubin’s reporting.

Judge Merchan “acknowledges a Supreme Court argument is a ‘big deal,’ but says that the jury’s time is a big deal too. Blanche says they don’t think they should be here at all, suggesting that the trial never should have been scheduled during campaign season.”

“That comment appeared to trigger Merchan, who asked, voice dripping with incredulity, ‘You don’t think you should be here at all?'” Rubin writes.

“He then softly asks Blanche to move along from that objection, on which he has already ruled. Merchan then got stern, ruling that Trump is not required to be at SCOTUS but is required, by law, to attend his criminal trial here.”

“Your client is a criminal defendant in New York. He is required to be here. He is not required to be in the Supreme Court. I will see him here next week,” Judge Merchan told Blanche, CBS News’ Scott MacFarlane reported.

That was not the only request Trump’s attorneys made to have their client excused from the criminal proceedings.

Lawfare managing editor Tyler McBrien reports, “Blanche says that the campaign has taken pains to schedule events on Wednesdays and asks Merchan if Trump be excused from any hearings that take place on Wednesdays, when the jury is in recess. Merchan says he will take this into consideration.”

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Blanche also asked Judge Merchan to allow Trump to skip trial to attend his son Barron’s high school graduation. While the judge has yet to rule, Trump told reporters at the end of day one of trial, “it looks like the judge will not let me go to the graduation.”

The judge told Trump, “I cannot rule on those dates at this time.”

But Trump told reporters, “It looks like the judge isn’t going to allow me to escape this scam, it’s a scam trial.”

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‘What Will Happen in the Situation Room?’: Trump Appearing to Sleep in Court Fuels Concerns

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Donald Trump’s apparent sleeping in court on day one of his criminal trial for alleged business fraud related to a cover-up of “hush money” election interference has critics concerned.

While initial reactions to the news largely mocked him as “Sleepy Don,” or “Drowsy Don,” political and legal experts are wondering if the 77-year old ex-president would be able to stay awake during times of crisis, when an alert president would be critical to the nation’s security.

The New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman, the longtime “Trump whisperer,” reported the ex-president “seemed alternately irritated and exhausted Monday morning,” “appeared to nod off a few times, his mouth going slack and his head drooping onto his chest.” She added the ex-president’s attorney “passed him notes for several minutes before Mr. Trump appeared to jolt awake and notice them.”

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Haberman followed up her Times article with a CNN appearance detailing more of what she saw. The Guardian‘s Victoria Bekiempis, MSNBC’s Katie Phang, and others also reported Trump was seen nodding off.

Critics raised concerns that question Trump’s ability to perform the duties of President.

“If Trump is too old and weak to stay awake at his own criminal trial, what do you think will happen in the Situation Room?” asked former senior advisor to President Barack Obama Dan Pfeiffer.

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Will Bunch invoked Hillary Clinton’s famous “3 AM phone call” ad from the 2008 campaign, and wrote:

“2008: Which candidate can handle the 3 a.m. phone call?

2024: Which candidate can handle the 3 p.m. phone call?”

Several also noted that Clinton, the former U.S. Secretary of State, testified for 11 hours on live television before a congressional committee and did not fall asleep. Some also noted that President Joe Biden sat for a five-hour deposition with Special Consul Robert Hur and did not fall asleep.

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Calling it “simply incredible,” professor of law, MSNBC/NBC News legal contributor and former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance asked, “If he can’t keep his eyes open when his own liberty is at stake, why would Americans have confidence he’s capable of focus when our country’s interests require sound presidential leadership?”

MSNBC contributor Brian Tyler Cohen commented, “To be clear, ‘Sleepy Joe’ is awake and criss-crossing the country, while Trump is literally asleep at his own criminal trial.”

Former journalist Jennifer Schultz observed, “Moment of truth for all the legacy media outlets who hyped the Biden age stories. Now we have actual evidence of the other candidate falling asleep at a critical time.”

 

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Fox Personality’s Tweet Called ‘Jury Tampering’ by US Congressman

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A Fox personality and Fox News contributor’s social media post on Monday is raising eyebrows, as one U.S. Congressman calls it “jury tampering” and a legal expert suggests it could be “conspiring to commit jury tampering.”

Clay Travis is an attorney and the founder of the conservative “sports and American culture” website Outkick, which was purchased by Fox Corporation in 2021.

His Fox News bio calls him “the founder of the fastest-growing national multimedia platform,” and, “One of the most electrifying and outspoken personalities in the industry,” who “provides his unfiltered opinion on the most compelling headlines throughout sports, culture, and politics.”

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On Monday, Travis’ account on X, formerly Twitter, displayed a post that reads: “If you’re a Trump supporter in New York City who is a part of the jury pool, do everything you can to get seated on the jury and then refuse to convict as a matter of principle, dooming the case via hung jury. It’s the most patriotic thing you could possibly do.”

“Jury tampering. That’s what they do. *It’s a felony,” wrote U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) in response.

National security attorney Bradley Moss weighed in, writing, “Clay is arguably conspiring to commit jury tampering here by encouraging someone to deliberately engage in jury nullification. Not a wise move by Clay.”

Former federal and state prosecutor Ron Filipkowski, now the editor-in-chief of MediasTouch, wrote simply, “This is MAGA.”

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Sirius XM host Dean Obeidallah, also an attorney, commented, “Hoping Manhattan DA is aware of this attempted jury tampering by Fox News regular Clay Travis.” He also wrote: “This is the exact type of juror tampering I knew Trumpers would engage in. Next Clay will tell Trumpers to bribe jurors or witnesses. MAGA is a cancer!”

Travis, responding to Congressman Swalwell, denied the allegation:

“This isn’t jury tampering you imbecile. I would nullify if I were seated on this jury as a matter of principle. I think all Americans with a comprehension of basic justice should do the same.”

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