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GOP Congressman: It Should Be Legal To Fire Someone Because They Are Gay

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A GOP Congressman says it should be perfectly legal to fire someone because they are gay. Rep. James Lankford, the Republican U.S. Congressman from Oklahoma, says that he is perfectly fine with firing people for their sexual orientation. Sadly, laws often agree with Rep. Lankford. You can be fired for being gay in 29 states,  and in 34 states, you can be fired for being transgender. This is why we need an inclusive ENDA.

READ: ENDA: One Of The Greatest Jobs Bills Never Passed

Annie-Rose Strasser and Scott Keyes at Think Progress report:

STRASSER: Would you support a law that says you can’t fire someone for their sexual orientation –
KEYES: Similar to protections for people on race or gender?
LANKFORD: Well, you’re now dealing with behavior and I’m trying to figure out exactly what you’re trying to mean by that. Because you’re dealing with — race and sexual preferences are two different things. One is a behavior-related and preference-related and one is something inherently — skin color, something obvious, that kind of stuff. You don’t walk up to someone on the street and look at them and say, “Gay or straight?”
KEYES: But you think that even if you can’t see they’re that way, you don’t think someone is born gay necessarily?
LANKFORD: Do I personally? No. I don’t. I think it’s a choice issue. Are tendencies and such? Yes. But I think it’s a choice issue.

Strasser  and Keyes add:

Being gay is actually not a choice, according to the American Medical Association, the American Association of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association, and all other accredited medical organizations. A large percentage of LGBT workers have experienced discrimination at work and many have been fired because of their sexual orientation.

 

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Last month, notoriously anti-gay hypocrite GOP Congressman Steve King said gays should lie about their sexuality unless they want to risk being fired for being gay, which the government can’t stop.

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Biden Slams Trump: If the President Had Any Confidence He Was Likely to Win the Election He Wouldn’t Be Doing This

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Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed President Donald Trump in a CNN town hall Thursday night.

“The president just this morning,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper told Biden, “tweeted that the results from the November election ‘may never be accurately determined.’ Given everything that we’ve been hearing from the president I’m wondering what you expect the days and weeks after the election to look like.”

“Look,” Biden responded, “if the president had even remote confidence he was likely to win the election he wouldn’t be doing this.”

“Remember,” Biden continued, “I said some months ago, I predict the president is going to try to move the election date. Everybody said he’d never do that. Guess what, he suggested maybe we should move the election date, postpone the election.”

“I mean,” Biden concluded, after slamming the postmaster general, “it’s just, it’s all about trying to de legitimize the effort.”

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‘It Was Terrifying’: Former Top Pence Coronavirus Staffer Slams Trump – and Says He Calls Supporters ‘Disgusting’

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A lifelong Republican says she’s voting for Joe Biden after witnessing first hand how President Donald Trump appreciated the coronavirus pandemic. Olivia Troye was Vice President Mike Pence’s homeland security, counterterrorism and coronavirus adviser. And she says she’s voting for Joe Biden.

Troye says Trump didn’t want to hear about the coronavirus “because his biggest concern was that we were in an election year, and how was this going to affect what he considered to be his record of success.”

Trump, she says, “doesn’t actually care about anyone else but himself.”

“You know I’ve been on the COVID task force from day one,” Troye says in a video recorded for Republican Voters Against Trump.

“I mean the virus was very unpredictable, at the beginning there were a lot of unknowns but towards the middle of February, we knew it wasn’t a matter of if COVID would become a big pandemic here in the United States, it was a matter of when. But the President didn’t want to hear that because his biggest concern was that we were in an election year, and how was this going to affect what he considered to be his record of success.”

She calls it “shocking to see the president saying that the virus was a hoax, saying that everything’s okay when we know that it’s not. The truth is, he doesn’t actually care about anyone else but himself. He made a statement once that was very striking. I never forgot it because it pretty much defined who he was, when we were in a taskforce meeting the president said, ‘maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don’t like shaking hands with people, I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people.'”

“Those ‘disgusting people’ are the same people that he claims to care about. These are the people still going into his rallies today, who have complete faith in who he is. If the President had taken this virus, seriously, or if he had actually made an effort to tell how serious it was, he would have slowed the virus spread, he would have saved lives.”

“It was the opportunity in honor of a lifetime, to be able to serve in the White House, I put my heart and soul into this role, every single day, but at some point I would come home at night, I would look myself in the mirror and say are you really making a difference? Does it matter because no matter how hard you work in what you do. The President is going to do something that is detrimental to keeping Americans safe, which is why you signed up for this role. It was awful. It was It was terrifying. I have been a Republican for my entire life. I am a McCain Republican, I am a Bush Republican, and I am voting for Joe Biden because I truly believe we are at a time of constitutional crisis. At this point it’s country over party.”

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Noam Chomsky: The World Is Facing the Most Dangerous Moment in Human History

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Born in Philadelphia on December 7, 1928, left-wing author and activist Noam Chomsky has seen a lot in his lifetime — from the Great Depression and World War II to the social unrest of the 1960s to Watergate to 9/11. And during an interview with the New Statesman this month, the 91-year-old Chomsky explained why he finds the events of 2020 especially perilous.

“There’s been nothing like it in human history,” Chomsky told the Statesman. “I’m old enough to remember, very vividly, the threat that Nazism could take over much of Eurasia — that was not an idle concern. U.S. military planners did anticipate that the war would end with a U.S.-dominated region and a German-dominated region…. But even that, horrible enough, was not like the end of organized human life on Earth, which is what we’re facing.”

Chomsky spoke to the Statesman before the first summit of the Progressive International, an organization founded by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis in response to the increase in far-right authoritarian movements in different parts of the world.

In 2020, Chomsky has been sounding the alarm about a variety of perils: climate change, the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump’s authoritarian response to the George Floyd protests. And he told the Statesman, “We’re at an astonishing confluence of very severe crises. The extent of them was illustrated by the last setting of the famous Doomsday Clock. It’s been set every year since the atom bombing, the minute hand has moved forward and back. But last January, they abandoned minutes and moved to seconds to midnight, which means termination — and that was before the scale of the pandemic.”

Chomsky has vivid memories of the bombing of Hiroshima in August 1945 — he was 16 at the time — as well as the Cold War, which ended with the end of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc in the early 1990s. And Chomsky believes that in 2020, the “threat of nuclear war” is “growing” and is “probably more severe than it was during the Cold War.” Adding to the peril, Chomsky told the Statesman, are “the growing threat of environmental catastrophe” and “the sharp deterioration of democracy.”

A key figure in that deterioration, according to Chomsky, is Trump — and other troubling examples of authoritarianism he cited range from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to Hungarian President Viktor Orbán, who Chomsky said is “creating a proto-fascist state.”

Chomsky, the Statesman’s George Eaton notes, has “lived through 22 U.S. presidential elections” — and he pointed out that Trump has said that he might not concede if former Vice President Joe Biden wins in November.

“He’s already announced repeatedly that if he doesn’t like the outcome of the election, he won’t leave,” Chomsky told the Statesman. “And this is taken very seriously by two high-level military officers, ex-military leaders — who’ve just sent a letter to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reviewing for him his constitutional duties if the president refuses to leave office and gathers around him the paramilitary forces that he’s been using to terrorize people in Portland.”

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