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Geraldo On Fox Suggests ‘Lesbian Cabal’ Running Homeland Security

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Geraldo Rivera on Fox News‘ “Fox and Friends” this morning suggested a “lesbian cabal” is involved in a “same sex takeover” of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), while a Fox News report just seconds prior had strongly suggested DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano would be resigning over a sexual discrimination “scandal.”

READ: Lawsuit Against Homeland Security’s Janet Napolitano Leads Conservative To Claim She Has A ‘Lesbian Girlfriend’

Rivera and the Fox crew are discussing a lawsuit, which The New Civil Rights Movement reported last week, in which a male DHS employee working at ICE, the Immigration and Nationalization Enforcement service, is suing Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security, claiming she hired and promoted a woman over him. That woman, Suzanne Barr, had worked with Napolitano earlier.

David Ferguson at The Raw Story reports:

The “Fox and Friends” trio were joined by Rivera, who said, “I have a question for you. Is that really what people are saying? That men are disadvantaged and that women, specifically lesbians, are ruling the roost there?”

He went on to say that everyone was “dancing around” the point, to which co-host Brian Kilmeade replied that while no one knows for sure if these women’s sexual orientations are affecting their job decisions, but that “it’s easy to come to that conclusion that there is a different type of glass ceiling separating the Homeland Security Department in this case.”

This led to an awkward “bro-off” between Rivera and Kilmeade.

“No machos need apply,” Rivera quipped.

“No English Leather cologne allowed,” Kilmeade replied.

“No Old Spice,” Rivera said.

The four chuckled at their mutual cleverness for a moment, then moved on.

So far as Raw Story has been able to ascertain, neither Sec. Napolitano nor Ms. Barr have ever gone on the record as lesbians. In 2002, when running for Arizona governor, Napolitano flatly denied rumors about her sexuality, saying simply, “I’m not gay.”

In the opening of the video, below, the Fox anchor claims Napolitano may be “stepping down” any moment because of the sexual discrimination “scandal” (which is unproven as it is merely a lawsuit, not a judgment), and referes to an interview Napolitano gave to an Arizona newspaper.

That Arizona newspaper is Arizona Central, and the interview appears in a very complimentary article titled, “Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano touts successes.”

After more than 3 1/2 years running the agency charged with protecting Americans from terrorists, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano thinks about heading home to Arizona.

“It’s certainly in my mind,” the 54-year-old former Arizona governor said during a 30-minute interview in her “bat cave,” decorated with a Mexican saddle, opera posters and a baseball signed by Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. “I don’t know if or when. … But I left a lot of my stuff in Arizona. And I’m still a registered voter there.”

It’s not clear whether her boxes will come out of storage anytime soon. If President Barack Obama wins a second term, most Washington observers believe he will ask Napolitano to stay on as head of the government’s third-largest department. For now, Napolitano won’t say what her answer would be.

But whether she is on the job a few more months or four more years, members of Congress who oversee her department say Napolitano has already left her mark on the young agency. They credit her with increasing deportations of illegal immigrants, restoring the image of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and helping create a new airport screening system that has prevented thousands of potentially dangerous people from boarding U.S.-bound planes at foreign airports.

Congressional leaders who oversee her department say she has earned the respect of lawmakers from both parties, although she continues to draw fierce criticism from Southwestern Republicans over her handling of immigration and border issues.

Truly offensive anti-gay bigotry coupled with the journalistic responsibility rating of about a two on a scale of 1 – 10.

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Florida’s Rubio Challenged Over His Past Opposition to Disaster Relief — and Gets Fact-Checked

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With Florida reeling from the massive amount of damage — estimated in the billions — inflicted by Hurricane Ian, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) was asked by CNN host Dana Bash how to reconcile his request for financial help from the federal government given his opposition to similar requests from other states following a natural disaster.

In a rare appearance on CNN, Rubio tried to explain away his complaints about other funding bills by stating he felt they were larded with pork-barrel projects that he didn’t feel were justified.

“Senator, you wrote a letter Friday to the Senate Appropriations Committee asking for disaster relief dollars for desperately needed resources to rebuild Florida communities,” host Bash began. “After Hurricane Sandy hit northeastern states in 2012, you voted no on the $50 billion relief package.”

“I know you supported a smaller version,” she continued. “But why should other senators vote for relief for your state when you didn’t vote for a package to help theirs?”

RELATED: Florida GOP senator cornered on CNN over delayed evacuation order before Hurricane Ian hit

“Oh, I’ve always voted for hurricane and disaster relief,” the Florida Republican protested. “I’ve even voted for it without pay-fors. What I didn’t vote for in Sandy is because they included a roof for a museum in Washington, d.c., for fisheries in Alaska. It had been loaded up with things that had nothing to do with disaster relief.”

“I would never put out there we should use a disaster relief package for Florida as a way to pay for all kinds of other things people want around the country,” he continued. “So I think that’s that’s the key at moments like this. In Sandy, unfortunately, they loaded it up, they really did, with a bunch of things that had nothing to do with Sandy. I voted for every disaster relief package especially that’s clean and I’ll continue to do so. When it comes to Florida, we’ll do that again and make sure the package is clean and doesn’t have stuff for other people in there.”

“I read the congressional research report and the roof was damaged.” Bash corrected him. “In any event, my question is about the future. Are you telling me that if Hurricane Ian relief contains anything that smells like pork, you’ll vote no?”

“Sure. I’ll fight against it having pork in it– that’s the key,” he responded.

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‘Thinly-Veiled Incitement to Violence and Overt Racism’: Trump’s Truth Social Post Sparks Outrage

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Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” but on Friday night took his social media approach to his Truth Social website.

Trump accused Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of having a “death wish” after a government shutdown was averted.

“Must immediately seek help and advise (sic) from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!” he said of Elaine Chao, who served in his cabinet for four years as Secretary of Transportation.

Trump’s post generated outrage online.

“Nothing to see here,” conservative lawyer George Conway tweeted. “Just a former president of the United States seeking to incite violence against the minority leader of the United States Senate and launching a racist verbal attack on the leader’s wife.”

Former federal prosecutor Shanlon Wu wrote, “Donald Trump using blatant racist tactics in his desperate attacks on McConnell by trying to ridicule Asian American former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s name calling her ‘Coco Chow’ — [McConnell] and [GOP] should call him out and reject his racist hate — will they do it?”

“Hardly shocking that Trump would threaten Mitch McConnell by capitalizing the words ‘death wish’ — dog whistle invitation to Trump’s extremist supporters — same Trump who believed his own VP Pence deserved to be lynched by the angry Jan. 6 mob Trump incited to violence,” Wu added.

Janai Nelson, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, wrote, “I double dare all major media outlets to call this what it is: thinly-veiled incitement to violence and overt racism.”

Podcaster Fred Wellman said, “Elaine Chao was Trump’s Secretary of Transportation for 4 years and he just called her the ridiculously racist nickname ‘Coco Chow.’ Yes…you are a racist if you still support this broken *sshole.”

Jonah Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, wrote, “Look, I think the gross bigotry, stupidity, dishonesty, and demagoguery of this is obvious on so many levels and I’m embarrassed for the country. But, because no one else will, I feel I have to point out he also misspelled advice.”

 

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Republicans suggest defunding Veteran Affairs even though it helps 9 million vets

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Republican legislators are starting to suggest defunding the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the office founded in 1989 to assist with veteran needs. The VA assists with getting veterans mental and physical healthcare, educational opportunities, community support, and other everyday housing and living needs.

An Arizona legislator, captured on video participating in a mock congressional hearing, said he supported shutting down the department.

“That’s sort of what I’m thinking because … I hear no good stories. I had zero in my district,” the legislator said in a video posted by the far-right watchdog group Patriot Takes. “So I guess it’s a matter of us leading the fight to defund it.”

A second video, posted by the same account, showed Republican Florida Representative Matt Gaetz advocating for defunding the VA while speaking at an event held by FreedomWorks, a conservative and libertarian advocacy group.

“This is my question to the group. Is it savable? Why not abolish the VA, take all of the money that we are otherwise spending and go to an any willing provider system inside of our communities?” Gaetz says in the video. “And then, if people get bad care, they can vote with their feet and you don’t have a two-tier system of healthcare in this country with our veterans and then with everyone else.”

Generally speaking, Republican policies favor the privatization of all government functions, thinking that a “small government,” “free-market,” “for-profit” privatization provided by a corporation can solve any market ill.

In reality, if entire communities are deprived of VA access, U.S. military veterans will be left largely on their own to get their life needs met after military service. Those who lack money or transportation won’t be able to “vote with their feet” and find a local care provider to handle their specific issues… they’ll either have to spend massive amounts to get such essential care or just go without.

In late July, 41 Senate Republicans voted against a bill aimed at protecting veterans exposed to toxic materials during their military service. The legislation would have expanded care to 3.5 million veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. It would have also added 23 toxic and burn pit exposure-related illnesses to the VA database, Newsweek reported.

After massive blowback, Senate Republicans re-voted on the bill and helped it pass.

Patriot Takes posted the video hoping that it would encourage veterans and military members to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections.

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