The Daily Caller’s Matt K. Lewis really wants to have a shot of Bourbon with gay Tea Party Republican group GOProud’s chairman Chris Barron. Or so he says in yet another gushing, fawning profile published today. Lewis, fresh from publishing what appears to beÂ a flawed exposÃ© of Marcus Bachmann’s gas expenses on the campaign trail, writes, “Itâ€™s 11:03 in the morning andÂ Chris Barron, chairman of the gay conservative group GOProud, is handing me a bottle of bourbon. The fact thatÂ Dick Cheneyâ€™sÂ face is on the bottle tempts me to take a swig. But Iâ€™m a professional; I drink coffee.”
Really? It’s the Daily Caller, the rag that failed faux journalist and conservative pundit Tucker Carlson — the man whose credibility was toast the day Jon Stewart handed him his bow tie on CNN’s Crossfire in 2004 — heads, Matt, not Rolling Stone.
“We are in the stylish basement offices of GOProud…Â A Gadsden flag hangs proudly from the wall behind me â€” next to a â€œRudy!â€ yard sign,” Lewis writes.
Make no mistake, folks, the next time one of you challenges my description of GOProud as a Tea Party group.
“They are anxious to talk because, for a long time, they have been silent. Even after news broke about CPAC, they simply issued a short statement. ‘We did everything we could to avoid a fight,’ says GOProud executive director Jimmy LaSalvia. ‘Itâ€™s been like Neville Chamberlain around here. Itâ€™s been appease, appease, appease, appease’.â€
That’s Jimmy LaSalvia, a full-time media attention addict and anti-hate crime law activist, aka GOProud’s co-founder.
Lewis writes,Â â€œHalf of our membership is not gay,â€ says Barron. As if that’s a plus. (And, how would he know?) Barron, given what some describe as their “self-â€‹loathing,” might be thrilled if 100% of their membership were not gay.
Long-time LGBT activist and recent recipient of an NGLJA journalism award, Michelangelo Signorile, in May, wroteÂ in anÂ AdvocateÂ op-â€‹ed,Â â€œFirst off, denialists and elitists who believe they are superior to other gaysâ€‰â€”â€‰even if the attitude masks aÂ pitiful self-â€‹loathingâ€‰â€”â€‰are clearly as prevalent as ever in theÂ LGBTÂ movement, except that they can now be out of the closet. Perversely, the fact that we can find such people in GOProud is aÂ measure of our success.â€
Signorile wrote that GOProud â€œsupports outspokenly anti-â€‹equality public figuresâ€‰â€”â€‰from Ann Coulter, who was paid to speak to the group, to Donald Trump, who is opposed to any gay unionsâ€‰â€”â€‰and targeted gay congressman Barney Frank during the 2010 election with an ad that called him ‘catty,’ chalking it up itâ€‰â€”â€‰including GOProudâ€™s ‘self-loathing’â€‰â€”â€‰to ‘a desire to be close to power; aÂ hunger for attention andÂ GOPÂ approval; aÂ selfish devotion to Republican ‘fiscal’ policies over civil rights; and aÂ belligerence toward gay activists, whom they seem to detest.â€
Signorile added, â€œGOProud is opposed to the proposed Employment Non-â€‹Discrimination Act and the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which is now law,â€ and that GOProud and co-â€‹founder Chris Baron, â€œsupport House speaker John Boehner defending section 3Â of the Defense of Marriage Act in federal appeals court after President Obama announced he believed the law is unconstitutionalâ€‰â€”â€‰though Barron himself is legally married to aÂ man in Washington, D.C. Barronâ€™s husband, to whom he refers aÂ lot in his tweets, is aÂ D.C. teacher who wrote aÂ piece inÂ MetroWeeklyÂ about how kids learn to be bullies from adults who bully one another. But there couldnâ€™t possibly be aÂ better example of an adult bullying other adults than Barron tweeting this: ‘The gay left = the American Taliban. Hateful, angry and dumb as shit.â€™ Heâ€™s also tweeted that Andrew Sullivan is â€˜fat,â€™ â€˜pathetic,â€™ and â€˜self-â€‹importantâ€™ and that Meghan McCain is â€˜intensely stupidâ€™.â€
Back to Lewis, who quotes Barron bragging, â€œDick Cheney has a more progressive position on marriage than GOProud does.”
Lewis adds, “Privately, some conservatives who might have been open to the possibility of working with GOProud tell me they doubt the groupâ€™s sincerity. As evidence, they note that Barron (who is a media consultant, a self-described practicing Catholic, and aÂ Herman CainÂ donor) worked for Planned Parenthood in 2005. This is an inconvenient truth.”
As are so many things about GOProud.
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A ‘Close Ally’ With ‘Strong Ties’ to Marjorie Taylor Greene Was Part of the Capitol Attackers: Report
CNN’s K-File reported Wednesday that someone Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) called a “friend” was part of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Anthony Aguero, who does live streaming conservative commentary, confessed on video that he had been among those who entered the Capitol. He also contradicted false claims that the Capitol attack was done by “Antifa.”
“We were all there. It was not Antifa and it was not BLM. It was Trump supporters that did that yesterday. I’m the first to admit it, being one myself,” said Aguero in a Jan. 7 video.
“A message was sent,” Aguero said in a streaming video during the Jan. 6 attack as he walked away from the Capitol. “These politicians are not going to continue to get away with the abuse as they’ve been doing. We will continue to press on these individuals.”
According to the report, Greene and Aguero “have worked closely together over the years on causes such as immigration and the border wall and have attended pro-Trump rallies together.”
Many of the videos have been deleted, but CNN captured Greene repeatedly calling Aguero “amazing” and a “friend.”
“On social media, Aguero has called Greene ‘one of my closest friends,'” the report said.
AOC Smacks Down QAnon Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene Over LGBTQ Equality Act
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-NY) just slammed “QAnon Congresswoman” Marjorie Taylor Greene over her opposition to the LGBTQ Equality Act. The House will vote on the legislation this week, and is currently engaged in determining the rules for the vote.
Rep. Greene, Republican of Georgia, has been waging war against the bill, falsely claiming it “destroys women’s rights and religious freedom,” and is “evil.”
Greene on Wednesday bragged on Twitter that she had just made a motion to adjourn, in a lame attempt to derail the legislation from moving forward.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) February 24, 2021
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez blasted and mocked her, saying, “You could just vote ‘no’ instead of trying to get out of work early.”
And she reminded Greene that trans women are women.
You could just vote “no” instead of trying to get out of work early.
And you should probably stop using those hashtags because women’s rights include trans women. ✌🏽🏳️⚧️💜 https://t.co/iJzA5BrLZF
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 24, 2021
AOC did not stop there.
We’re gonna pass the #EqualityAct today, protect our LGBTQ+ family and make the world a little bit better. 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️
Nothing is going to stop that.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 24, 2021
Last week AOC made headlines after raising over $5 million for the people of Texas harmed by the deadly storm and lack of power and running water.
Biden Moving Quickly to Fire Postmaster General as DeJoy Tells Dems to ‘Get Used To Me’
President Joe Biden is moving quickly to fire Louis DeJoy. Or rather, since the President does not have the power to fire a Postmaster General, he is moving quickly to have him terminated.
Biden is set to nominate three candidates to the Postal Service’s Board of Governors, giving Democrats a majority, The Washington Post reports.
The President “will nominate Ron Stroman, the Postal Service’s recently retired deputy postmaster general; Amber McReynolds, the chief executive of National Vote at Home Institute; and Anton Hajjar, the former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union,” the Post reports.
McReynolds’ inclusion was hailed, given her work as a voting rights advocate.
Earlier Wednesday DeJoy snarkily told Democrats they will have to “get used to” him, saying he has no plans to resign despite the millions of dollars of damage to postal machines he caused, and despite the massive delays in mail delivery times he created. Many believe those actions were taken after President Donald Trump waged war on mail-in voting which Democrats advocated for to save lives during the coronavirus pandemic. It was, many say, a concerted effort to undermine the election.
“Get used to me.”
— Postmaster General Louis DeJoy rejects the notion he’s “a political appointee” and plans to stay in his role “for a long time.” pic.twitter.com/VQTEGx07Zu
— The Recount (@therecount) February 24, 2021
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