Ladies And Gentlemen, The Man Who Claimed He Would Be South Carolina’s Next GOP Senator
Bruce Carroll, aka @GayPatriot, earlier this year claimed he was going to be South Carolina’s next Republican U.S. Senator. Carroll, who supposedly was a co-founder of the do-nothing gay Tea Party group, GOProud, runs a little-read blog, also named GayPatriot. There, on March 11 of this year, Carroll wrote that he was resigning from the GOProud Board to take time for “serious deliberations” about opposing Lindsey Graham for his U.S. Senate seat. Carroll added:
Over the next few weeks, I will be studying the resources, time and effort it would take to do my part in holding Lindsey Graham accountable for his voting record and his attitude toward the voters in South Carolina.
This is important: I do not make major decisions hastily; I will take adequate time to realistically look at all of the evidence (pro and con) and consult with a diverse group of people that I trust and that also have the best interests of South Carolina at heart as I do.
Almost immediately, Carroll changed his Twitter bio to this:
Ultimately, Carroll a few weeks later decided to not run.
The bottom line is that my partner John and I made a mutual decision that we didnâ€™t want our entire lives invaded in a way that we couldnâ€™t control. On the show tonight, I discuss the fact that a gay leftist activist harassed me at my place of private employment in 2005 shortly after this blog was born. My job was in jeopardy for a while then and other people at my company of employment were threatened. The magnitude of those type of attacks would only have increased exponentially had I chosen to move into a role seeking public office. The Gay Left concerns me the most; Iâ€™ve witnessed good peopleâ€™s lives and families destroyed over public policy differences. They are beyond the pale.
About an hour ago, Carroll sent off a few tweets, in response this photo…
…and commentary tweeted by Dan Savage:
This act of sexist buffoonery comes just a few short days after Gregory T. Angelo, the new Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans — what was considered the reasonable and formerly, sometimes effective gay GOP organization — sent a tweet wrongly blaming “liberal gays” for violence at Seattle Pride.
Generally, The New Civil Rights Movement prefers to stay away from all this silliness, but I have to say, enough.
You can put both these events into the “who cares?” category, or you can see them as more evidence of unfortunate bad behavior by GOP activists who claim to be leaders in the LGBT community. And add them to the long list of ludicrous attacks on the left by the bad boys formerly of GOProud, Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia — making a very long list of bad decisions and poor policy by a handful of gay Republican activists. Fortunately, there are gay Republicans, like Fred Karger, and even Ken Mehlman, and countless others, who today are working hard for the LGBT community.
This isn’t about gay Republicans. This is about immaturity and bad behavior by those who supposedly are leaders in our community.
Perhaps Carroll and Angelo can explain how their immature outbursts help the LGBT community, help the people they claim to be working for, help the perception by outsiders of the LGBT community, or move LGBT issues forward in any respect whatsoever?
It’s time for the LGBT community to work together, and to work with other minorities, to help solve this nation’s problems. And it’s time for maturity.
Stupid, immature, partisan bickering isn’t going to help us pass ENDA — which I assume most gay Republicans support — and isn’t going to make life any easier for the thousands of same-sex parents raising many thousands of children, isn’t going to make immigration reform any easier, isn’t going to help LGBT people one iota.
It’s time for Bruce and Gregory to grow up, or stop claiming to be trying to help the LGBT community — because juvenile attacks like these, are not.
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Trump Indictment Is a Massive 34 Counts: CNN
When he appears in New York next week, Donald Trump will face a 34-count indictment.
CNN’s John Miller on-air Thursday evening announced, “I am told by my sources that this is 34 counts of falsification of business records, which is probably a lot of charges involving each document, each thing that was submitted, as a separate count.”
JUST IN: CNN’s John Miller says Trump will face 34 counts related to falsifying business recordshttps://t.co/XqxXbMBcSC pic.twitter.com/oY1blHS8K0
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 30, 2023
Attorney Tristan Snell, who assisted in the successful prosecution of the Trump University case for the New York Attorney General’s Office, responded via Twitter:
“This is WAY more than expected. If this is correct, it could mean that the indictment covers FAR more than the Stormy Daniels hush money — like Karen McDougal hush money or other hush money/catch-and-kill cases.”
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“My hunch for a while,” Snell adds, “given [David] Pecker’s involvement and the drawn-out timetable of the indictment, plus the TWENTY interviews of Michael Cohen with the DA, showed that something far larger than Stormy might be in the works.”
“May still be wrong, of course. But 34 counts is a LOT!”
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Says It Is Coordinating With Trump to ‘Surrender’
Donald Trump’s attorneys were notified Thursday afternoon a Manhattan grand jury had voted to indict him on felony charges related to his alleged hush money payoff of a porn star he reported slept with.
The ex-president’ attorney recently said if indicted Trump would travel to New York to turn himself in.
The Office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has just issued a strongly-worded statement saying it is “coordinating” with Trump’s attorneys for his “surrender.”
“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D.A.’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal. Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected,” the statement reads.
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The Daily Beast’s Jose Pagliery posted the statement to Twitter.
Breaking news: Manhattan DA is negotiating for Trump’s “surrender.” pic.twitter.com/9fFx7heiGA
— Jose Pagliery (@Jose_Pagliery) March 30, 2023
NBC News explains the process, noting he is expected to be arraigned next week.
“After the indictment, Trump will be arrested and taken into custody. He will likely have a mug shot and fingerprints taken,” NBC reports. “Trump will then appear in court to be arraigned, where he will hear charges and enter a plea. Two sources familiar with the situation told NBC News that the former president is likely to be arraigned next week. Trump will either be jailed or released while pre-trial hearings take place.”
'INDICTED FOR HIS BEHAVIOR'
‘You Can’t Stand on Fifth Avenue and Just Shoot Somebody’: Donald Trump Indicted – Legal Experts Respond
Just past 5:00 PM ET The New York Times broke the news that Donald Trump, the ex-president, had been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on felony charges.
It is a historic moment.
Legal experts are weighing in to help guide Americans through an event that has never before happened in this country.
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman says the fact that this is the first time in U.S. history a president is facing criminal charges is itself a problem.
“I think it would have not been a novel event,” Ackerman said on MSNBC, “if we had done this 49 years ago with Richard Nixon, and he had not been pardoned, this will not be a big event [that] it is today.”
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“Everybody should be held accountable,” Ackerman added, citing former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s earlier remarks. Cohen testified repeatedly before the Manhattan grand jury that indicted Trump late Thursday afternoon after a three-hour session.
Ackerman lamented that despite over 30 people being indicted during Watergate, “Richard Nixon was pardoned, he wasn’t held accountable.”
“I think this is very important,” Ackerman continued, “establishing a principle, a line in the sand, that even if you’re the President of the United States, and you commit a crime, you can’t stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and just shoot somebody.”
Ackerman was referring to Trump’s infamous comments during the 2016 election, when he bragged he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
Attorney and civil rights activist Maya Wiley, also on MSNBC, said, “It’s important and sobering that we had somebody who had the highest office of this country who has now ben indicted for his behavior, his acts, in order to win that office, but also faces what are more shoes that will drop, I believe.”
“It is a sobering moment for this country, that we are witnessing this happened to somebody who was entrusted with such power who has now had a jury of his peers, because that is what a grand jury also is, say we believe he had to face the music.”
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Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now a professor of law, called this a “moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans, because we re all so familiar with Donald Trump’s tactics.”
Fmr. federal prosecutor @JoyceWhiteVance joins “The Beat” on news of Donald Trump’s indictment – “A moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans.” pic.twitter.com/H4odpLre3C
— The Beat with Ari Melber 📺 (@TheBeatWithAri) March 30, 2023
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