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GLAAD Takes On Anti-Gay Groups, Calls FRC ‘As Fringe As Fringe Gets’

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New GLAAD president Herndon Graddick is calling the Family Research Council (FRC) “as fringe as fringe gets,” and is chastising NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, for fundraising on last week’s shooting at FRC headquarters. Graddick, who’s been with the Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for several years and became its president in April, is spot-on when he writes in today’s Huffington Post that after the FRC shooting, while “more than 40 organizations that support LGBT equality condemned the incident and expressed our best wishes to the victim,” the “actions of anti-gay groups in the aftermath have been nothing short of reprehensible.”

In 2009, [FRC President] Tony Perkins called the man who murdered women’s health care provider (and frequent FRC punching bag) George Tiller a “vigilante” and said that we should all “look toward the end of all violence.”

But after the shooting last week, the rhetoric coming from people like Perkins is missing words like “vigilante.” Instead, Perkins and fellow anti-gay crusader Brian Brown from the National Organization for Marriage are trying to blame this inexcusable act of violence on groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, which labeled FRC a “Hate Group” for its damaging misinformation campaigns against the LGBT community. Perkins wants people to think this designation comes solely from his groups’ positions on the issues.

Unfortunately this sentiment has been seeping out into the public consciousness. Washington Postcolumnist Dana Milbank referred to FRC as a “mainstream conservative think tank.”

Trouble is, I don’t know many mainstream organizations that characterize their opponents as being in league with Satan, as Perkins did (calling LGBT advocates “pawns of the enemy”) in April of last year at the Oak Initiative Summit.

Mainstream organizations don’t advocate for criminal sanctions for the mere existence of their opponents as FRC fellow Peter Sprigg did with Chris Matthews in Feburary of 2010. If they were mainstream, Perkins wouldn’t have said that people who are born gay or lesbian have an “emptiness inside them” or that the It Gets Better campaign to prevent suicide is “disgusting.” (from AFA Radio and a letter to FRC supporters)

Look at his statements. “Pawns of the enemy?” This is not a mainstream organization. This is as fringe as fringe gets.

As for NOM — we were shocked earlier this year when internal documents revealed that NOM was proudly trumpeting race-baiting and was planning to attack equality by “fanning the hostility” between the LGBT community and the Black and Latino communities. This week we were shocked again to see it brazenly using the shooting at FRC to ask for money. Brian Brown said LGBT equality organizations were guilty of “attempted murder” and wrote “We must fight back against the violent and hateful tactics of intimidation being pursued every day by gay ‘marriage’ thugs and activists.”

Look closer at the language he used. “Fight.” “Violent.” “Hateful.” “Intimidation.” “Thugs.” And that’s just one sentence. He condemned violence in one sentence then used warlike language in his next breath.

But here’s the most important part. By their own admission, here are the “tactics” that FRC and NOM have wrongfully claimed led to last week’s unpardonable act of violence: SPLC brought more attention to FRC’s own words and actions.

That’s it.

SPLC didn’t just call FRC a hate group and walk away. It did so by citing FRC’s long history of disseminating purposeful misinformation and spreading discriminatory and harmful stereotypes.

It’s the same thing here at GLAAD, where our Commentator Accountability Project has made countless journalists aware of actual quotes from Perkins and Brown that reveal what’s truly driving these groups’ anti-gay activism. When millions of Americans see these activists on national news outlets, it’s important that they also have some context.

The shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters, as I wrote the day it happened, was wrong, evil, and cowardly. It gave our opponents more ammunition than hardly any other act could have. It hurt our progress. And it hurt every American. That’s what violence does.

So does lying. And that’s why the Family Research Council is a hate group — not because they hate, but because they lie. And as for NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, I predict they’ll appear on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of active anti-gay hate groups the next time the annually-updated list is published. And when they do, they will have earned it. They already have.

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‘Impose Gender Ideology’: DeSantis Continues Attacks on LGBTQ Equality at RNC

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Walking out beneath a banner that read “Make America Safe Once Again,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continued the GOP’s attacks on LGBTQ Americans into Tuesday night at day two of the Republican National Convention, despite the party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump, vow to unite the nation.

Parading his far-right social agenda, DeSantis, who ended his 2024 presidential bid in January, angrily attacked President Joe Biden and American principles of equality.

“Let’s be honest here. Biden is just a figurehead. He’s a tool for imposing a leftist agenda on the American people. They support open borders, allowing millions and millions of illegal aliens to pour into our country and divert in our communities. But just don’t send any to Martha’s Vineyard then they get really upset,” the two-term Florida GOP governor mockingly declared, reminding Republicans that he spent state tax dollars to pick up 48 Venezuelan asylum seekers, including children, in Texas, and transport them to the tiny island town in Massachusetts, where they discovered, one said, they had been “tricked.”

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“They have unleashed progressive prosecutors across our nation who care more about coddling criminals than about protecting their own communities,” DeSantis continued at the convention where Donald Trump, a convicted felon, was officially chosen as the party’s presidential nominee just 24 hours earlier.

“They use the unelected bureaucracy to impose their will on us without our consent,” DeSantis added, although it was unclear if he was  referring to the nation’s justice system. “And they weaponize political power to target their political opponents like they’ve done to our own nominee.”

“They want to ban gas automobiles, eliminate Second Amendment rights and impose gender ideology on everyone from our infantry men to kindergarteners. They stand for DEI, which really means ‘division, exclusion and indoctrination’ and it is wrong.”

DEI stands for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“They mandated that you show proof of a COVID vaccine to go to a restaurant, but they oppose requiring proof of citizenship to cast the vote,” he claimed before adding, “They can’t even define what a woman is.”

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DeSantis originally had not been scheduled to speak at the convention, despite having endorsed Donald Trump when he ended his presidential campaign. On Tuesday it was announced both DeSantis, and Trump’s other top rival for the nomination, his former Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, would both speak to the delegates.

As DeSantis praised Trump, the nominee was in the audience, standing next to his son Eric, his new vice presidential running mate, U.S. Senator JD Vance, and U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.

CNBC reported Tuesday the second day of the Republican National Convention saw Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz “bend the knee.”

“The primary campaign is a distant memory now,” Florida Politics noted.

Watch DeSantis’ speech below or at this link.

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‘Release Your Medical Records’: No Report on Trump’s Health 3 Days After Assassination Attempt

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Exactly 72 hours after the attempted assassination of Donald Trump, neither his campaign nor his doctors have released any relevant information about the extent of his injuries, or any update on the health of the 78-year old man who just became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

While seeing apparent blood on his ear and dripping across his face, Americans have not been seen a medical report about the effects of the shooting that did take a supporter’s life and seriously wounded two other people.

Nor have Americans been told the extent of his injuries, how serious they were, if they were caused by a bullet, shrapnel, or shards of glass. No one has been told if any material entered the ex-president’s skull or brain, or if there is any lasting damage – cosmetic or otherwise.

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According to Eric Trump on Monday at the RNC, “my father got shot at. Somebody took off half his ear.”

There are far more questions than answers, and the questions are growing.

“As an investigative journalist, I notice missing evidence & ask why,” writes former Forbes reporter Jonathan Greenberg, who exposed Trump’s “John Barron” con. “Why is Trump hiding medical report/ear imagery? Where are bullet forensics of shooter to Trump & 3 victims? Where was Trump & what was he doing for 10 days prior to shooting? Where was shooter past month?”

Greenberg’s question about the convicted ex-president’s whereabouts for ten days also has also gone unanswered. After the damning debate with President Joe Biden, but before Saturday’s shooting that could have taken Trump’s life, some expressed wonder about the convicted ex-president’s apparent 10-plus day disappearance. That wonder, for some, has turned into baseless conspiracy theories including one that alleges the assassination was staged and Trump disappeared for over a week to “rehearse” the plot.

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Attorney and former congressional special counsel John P. Flannery II, a frequent cable news guest, declared, “hey Don release your medical records.”

“I am in no way saying anything wasn’t as it seemed but can we at least get an official medical report on Trump’s ear?” asked professor of law Eric Segall on Tuesday.

“You would think someone would inquire about Trump’s medical report if for no other reason than Trump has not provided any medical updates or information, neither has the hospital that treated him,” remarked former Republican Party chairman Michael Steele. “Outside of Trump telling us he’s ‘fine’, how severe was the wound? Did he loose part of his ear (bullets do terrible things to flesh)? How long for recovery? Will the wound require cosmetic surgery? What about reports that it may not have been a bullet which wounded him but glass from the shattered teleprompter?”

“I mean isn’t fair to ask Trump to release the medical records? What was the extent of the injury? Is he healing? How is his health? What did the doctors say? This is a 78-year-old man who survived a shooting and is running for President after all,” commented Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali.

Watch the video above or at this link.

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Secret Service Arrests Florida Man Threatening to Kill President Biden ‘Today!’

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The U.S. Secret Service has arrested a man in Florida who allegedly made repeated threats to kill President Joe Biden, including saying he would “kill joe biden today!!”

Late Monday, according to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seamus Hughes, “the Secret Service arrested a Florida man, Jason Alday, for threatening to ‘slit Joe biden’s throat.’ ”

Hughes wrote at Lawfare about Saturday’s attempted assassination of Donald Trump: “We Should Have Seen the Attempted Assassination Coming.”

“The assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump on Saturday was not a surprise to anyone paying attention. By almost every measure, the warning bells were sounding at a decibel level that should have been audible from the cosmos,” Hughes reported. “The attempted murder of a former president should be a wakeup call. Threats against public officials have been steadily rising for some time.”

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Hughes is also “a senior research faculty member and policy associate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha-based National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE),” according to his bio at Lawfare.

On social media Hughes posted a screenshot of the affidavit, and a link to the original.

According to the affidavit, an account on Twitter/X  that appears to be Alday’s posted on July 11: “I’ll kill joe biden today!!”

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Other posts reportedly read:

“sources: Joe biden’s health is declining rapidly. Not doing too good at all. Should I finish him off?”

“The secret service sent a special agent n*gg*r to my house with gadsden county officers. I’Il still slit joe biden’s throat.”

“I want special agent matthews dead, too. stupid n*gg*r has gotta go!!”

“Where you at special agent matthews ? come arrest me n*gg*r!! this is Jason Alday!!”

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