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Era Detergent Ads Boast Anti-Gay ‘Chuck Norris Approved’ Seal

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Era detergent, far from a controversial product, has waded into the culture wars big time, with a re-newed ad campaign from 2011 that boasts a “Chuck Norris Approved” seal. Era’s Chuck Norris ads are now running in major markets. You know who else is “Chuck Norris Approved”? Mike Huckabee, the Southern Baptist Minister and former presidential candidate who spent the past month actually defending Congressman Todd “legitimate rape” Akin, and who called anti-gay Americans to action by chowing down on Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches to show their hatred of gay marriage, in partnership with anti-gay hate groups.

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Chuck and Huck, by the way, are a perfect match. Norris and his wife Gena just recorded a video, promoted by the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, urging the 30 million Evangelical Americans whom, they claim, didn’t vote in 2008, to vote against Barack Obama, lest America face “1000 years of darkness.” No, seriously, they said that.

“We can no sit quietly or stand on the sidelines and watch our country go the way of socialism, or something much worse,” adds Chuck, a radical conservative, fear-mongers, in his video released last week.

Norris is so anti-gay he’s even supported the Boy Scouts kicking gay children out of Scouting. Norris, by the way, is also a columnist at World Net Daily, which is the anti-Obama home for the Birther movement.

Era is owned by Proctor & Gamble (NYSE:PG), manufacturers of iconic American home, health, and beauty products, from Swiffer and Tampax to Crest and Charmin. Why P&G, a 175-year old corporation with annual sales of $83 billion, would want to take a stand by supporting an active anti-gay religious radical is surprising, and why P&G would want to renew the “Chuck Norris Approved” Era detergent ad campaign — and run it immediately after the close of the Democratic National Convention — makes clear they’re pandering for the anti-gay, anti-immigrant, radical religious right vote.

Apparently, consumers agree. Era Detergent’s Facebook page has many comments by consumers angered by the Chuck Norris endorsement:

“If you want a homophobic, racist, misogynist to hawk your soap, thats your choice, but I ain’t buyin’ it!!”

“Wow, glad to know your product is “Chuck Norris approved”. Now, I won’t waste any more of my money on a product endorsed by a vicious, homophobic, hatemongering, violence promoting, theocratic fascist Republican. I’m sure the rest of the bottle I have will clean my garbage can nicely.”

“Chuck Norris approved? You just lost my business.”

“If Era is “Chuck Norris” approved, will the detergent go down with the rest of us for 1000 years when Obama is reelected or will it have the blessing of Mr. Norris? Wouldn’t buy Era either way – just asking.”

“Chuck Norris to promote ERA??? really, you are going to use a guy who promotes hate and discrimination to sell your product? Any one who believes in only ‘allowing’ rights to be given to ‘certain’ people instead of all people is clearly UN-American and I won’t be using your product. And before, anyone says that we all stood behind Ellen, she wasn’t spreading hate!”

“ERA has decided to use Chuck Norris to promote its product. Seriously, the man is a raving lunatic. No more ERA for me!!!”

“I just saw your commercial on Morning Joe, and noticed your “Chuck Norris Approved” seal. I really like ERA and bought it regularly, but this really turns me off. Please don’t give Chuck Norris any more money.”

“I’m boycotting ERA because Chuck Norris!”

“BOYCOTT!”

 

In an era (no pun intended) when everything and every choice consumers make is political, from coffee to chicken to search engines to computers to restaurants, why would anyone make the choice to buy into anti-gay hate?

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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.”

READ MORE: ‘Not a Good Start’: Judge Slams Trump’s ‘Offensive’ Recusal Claims as a ‘Loose End’

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.”

READ MORE: ‘Scared to Death’: GOP Ex-Congressman Brings Hammer Down on ‘Weak’ Trump

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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