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Tony Perkins: Gunman Given ‘License To Shoot’ By Southern Poverty Law Center

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Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins in an interview this afternoon with Fox News blamed the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for what he claimed was a “license to shoot an unarmed man” by labeling his organization a “hate group.” Yesterday, a man named Floyd Corkins allegedly shot an FRC employee initially identified as a security guard in the arm. Corkins, according to police reports, was carrying 15 Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in his backpack and was heavily armed.

”Let me be very clear here that Floyd Corkins was responsible for the wounding of one of our colleagues and one of my friends yesterday here at the Family Research Council,” Perkins told Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. ‘”But Corkins was given a license to shoot an unarmed man by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center that have been reckless in labeling organizations hate groups because they disagree with them on public policy.”

“And I believe the Southern Poverty Law Center should be held accountable for their reckless use of terminology that is leading to the intimidation and what the FBI here has categorized as an act of domestic terrorism,” Perkins added.

“And in those stories where it says the Family Research Council it says they’re a certified hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center,” Perkins continued. “We’ve seen that term used increasingly over the last two years and it marginalizes individuals and organizations, letting people feel free to go and do bodily harm to innocent people who are simply working and representing folks all across this country.”

In fact, the Southern Poverty Law Center did not add the Family Research Council to its list of Active Ant-Gay Hate Groups in 2010 “because they disagree with them on public policy.”

Perkins habitually uses the term “public policy” to stand for issues like same-sex marriage and adoption of children by gay parents.

And Perkins clearly rejected any responsibility whatsoever for helping to create and foster a climate of hate, which does “marginalize” LGBT people.

Perkins went on to say the the Southern Poverty Law Center “did this up in Minnesota with a parents group that was defending a policy that the school board had adopted.”

That “parent’s group” is a conservative religious group of parents from the Anoka-Hennepin school district called the Parents Action League (PALS), which was “defending” a “don’t say gay” policy, a clear violation of students’ First Amendment rights. PALS, as The New Civil Rights Movement reported in January, also demanded that the school board teach students about “ex-gay” and “ex-transgender therapy” — which have been deemed harmful by major medical associations — and teach children that homosexual sex has “medical consequences,” and teach students about, as their resolution stated, “Gay-Related Immunity Deficiency Syndrome.” GRIDS is the name given in 1982 to what is now referred to as AIDS, and has been since 1986.

The Southern Poverty Law Center responded to Perkins’ shocking statement, that they gave the gunman a “license to shoot an unarmed man” with a lengthy statement, including this salient explanation:

Perkins’ accusation is outrageous. The SPLC has listed the FRC as a hate group since 2010 because it has knowingly spread false and denigrating propaganda about LGBT people — not, as some claim, because it opposes same-sex marriage. The FRC and its allies on the religious right are saying, in effect, that offering legitimate and fact-based criticism in a democratic society is tantamount to suggesting that the objects of criticism should be the targets of criminal violence.

As the SPLC made clear at the time and in hundreds of subsequent statements and press interviews, we criticize the FRC for claiming, in Perkins’ words, that pedophilia is “a homosexual problem” — an utter falsehood, as every relevant scientific authority has stated. An FRC official has said he wanted to “export homosexuals from the United States.” The same official advocated the criminalizing of homosexuality.

Perkins and his allies, seeing an opportunity to score points, are using the attack on their offices to pose a false equivalency between the SPLC’s criticisms of the FRC and the FRC’s criticisms of LGBT people. The FRC routinely pushes out demonizing claims that gay people are child molesters and worse — claims that are provably false. It should stop the demonization and affirm the dignity of all people.

In the video interview, below, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly admits that Corkins had “15 sandwiches of Chick-Fil-A on him,” but refuses to allow the possibility that Chick-Fil-A’s support of anti-gay organizations like the Family Research Council could be the motivation for Corkins.

Perkins, too, mentions the Chick-Fil-A link, but, shockingly, doesn’t allow that maybe, just maybe, Corkins was angry about Chick-Fil-A’s support of the Family Research Council and that was maybe his motivation.

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‘Stop the Attacks’: 1400 Black Women Leaders Demand DNC Support Biden and Harris

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Amid reports of multiple top Democrats telling President Joe Biden he should end his reelection campaign, largely based on polling, more than 1400 Black women leaders and allies have sent Democratic Party leaders a letter demanding they support Biden, the presumptive nominee, and his running mate, Vice President Kamala Harris.

Calling the efforts to oust President Biden “unjust and undemocratic,” the letter states: “The Biden-Harris Administration is running on a solid record of historic legislative accomplishments and a commitment to finish their agenda to improve the lives of all Americans, protect our rights, freedoms and democracy. Further, we believe it is unfair and disruptive to judge President Biden for having a bad 90-minute debate performance against a serial liar who wants to destroy our democracy and be a dictator-in-chief.”

“Now is the time for the Democratic Party to stop the attacks against their own presidential nominee that ‘we the people’ voted for and focus on defeating the real threat to our democracy and that is Donald Trump,” they say.

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The Hill reported on the letter Thursday afternoon.

No political affiliation was indicated.

Its signatories include attorney Keisha Lance Bottoms, the former Atlanta mayor and former Biden Director of the Office of Public Engagement, and former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun, the first Black American woman elected to the Senate.

The letter also states the women “are writing to share our deep concern and dismay at the lack of unity being displayed by some of our elected democrats and Democratic Party leadership, who are not standing firmly and resolutely for the re-election of President Joseph Biden and his running mate, Vice President Kamala Harris.”

“During the primary election process held across the country earlier this year, 14 million Americans cast ballots for President Biden and Vice President Harris. They are the duly elected democratic party nominees for the 2024 Presidential election. We reject all efforts to disregard this fact or to circumvent the will of millions of voters who participated in a democratic process. The primaries held earlier this year were the appropriate time to challenge candidates for the nomination and press arguments about qualifications. The suggestion that any candidate who won their primary should simply step aside because victory appears difficult at the moment is disrespectful to the voters, unjust and undemocratic.

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A small selection of other signatories include:

Political strategist and former acting DNC chair Donna Brazile

Former NAACP national president Hazel Dukes

LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter

Actress and producer Vivica Fox

Attorney CK Hoffler, former Chair of the National Bar Association

Star Jones, former co-host of “The View”

Tennessee state Rep. Karen Camper, the Democratic Minority Leader

Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune, Chief Operating Officer of the National Council of Churches

North Carolina State Senator Kandie Smith

Regina Goodwin, Oklahoma state Rep. from 2015 to 2024, now state Senator-elect

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‘Democratic Machine’ Strategists Behind Move to Oust Biden: Ex-Congressman

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Former Republican U.S. Congressman David Jolly says the people trying to push President Joe Biden out of the 2024 election are not the voters but the “Democratic Machine,” political operatives like strategists and pollsters, and he warns that the “Biden coalition” is not just “transferable” to another candidate.

“What they have done is kneecap their own nominee,” Jolly, no longer a Republican, said Thursday on MSNBC. “And so is it past the point of no return? Maybe? Maybe not.”

Revealing he spoke with “someone exceedingly close to the President himself just last night,” Jolly says, “the message was very much what you heard from Quentin Fulks, nothing had actually changed.” Fulks is the Biden-Harris Principal Deputy Campaign Manager.

He says “the final chapter” of the effort to oust President Biden came “yesterday with the Adam Schiff release. Adam Schiff, somebody who will win his Senate race by 30 points had no reason to comment on this race, like [Senators] Jon Tester in Montana or Sherrod Brown in Ohio,” who are at risk of losing re-election.

Schiff on Wednesday publicly called for President Biden to exit the race.

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“They had Adam Schiff use his political capital, because he can lose ten points by walking the plank a bit on this, and then they increase leaks around Speaker Pelosi and around Schumer and then the Obama story today.”

He added, “we can quickly dismiss polls and we should, but at the same time, they reflect a certain sentiment. Many Democrats are concerned, they’re worried, and so the Democratic machine will say, ‘look, three out of four Democrats want him out.’ But again, the head to head says, ‘Well, if he’s still our guy, still our guy. and we’re going all the way.’ ”

Jolly continued, saying, “there are voters that are going to be angry about what the machines are doing and here would be my biggest caution to the Democrats that are pulling off this fix: The Biden coalition is not fully transferable. The Biden coalition emerged out of the anti-Trump coalition. And what Democratic operatives believe today is that the anti-Trump coalition will be enough that whomever succeeds Biden can beat Trump. I don’t know that that’s the case. Because there are enough independents and unaffiliated voters who are proudly part of the Biden coalition today, who as you just pointed out, are watching the Democratic machine say that Democratic voters, ‘your voice doesn’t matter. ‘That’s hard to attract people back to the Democratic coalition after you implode.”

Jolly concluded, “the party is controlled by the machine. They controlled the machine to nominate Biden, and now they’re using the machine to control his exit. And my point is the members of the Biden coalition that performs, the non-Democratic Biden coalition members, are now looking at this saying, ‘what is different about a Democratic machine that controls the outcome, everything, versus a Republican machine that controls it?’ I agree. I think the fix was in before and I think the fix is in now.”

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‘Have to Stop This Psychopath’: Conway Launches PAC Focused on Trump ‘Mental Instability’

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Attorney George Conway, well-known for his anti-Trump commentary and analysis, has just launched the Anti-Psychopath political action committee, “dedicated to highlighting Donald Trump’s mental instability, bringing it to the forefront of national discussion.”

“I’m sorry to say,” Conway declares in the launch video below, which is interspersed with clips of Trump speaking, “the most important issue in [this] election isn’t being addressed: Donald Trump has never been right in the head. We’ve all seen videos of Trump slurring words  …  rambling nonsensically about sharks and electrocution … Hannibal Lecter. Trump’s problem is, he’s just nuts.”

The video goes on to quote others who, like Conway, know Trump.

“He’s a populist, authoritarian narcissist.” (Former GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan)

“He is a consummate narcissist.” (Former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr)

And from a news report: “Governor Chris Sununu called Trump ‘crazy.’ Adding, ‘I don’t think he’s so crazy he should be in a mental institution, but if he were in one, he ain’t getting out.’ ”

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“He goes and he starts to say these wacky things, that’s what scares everybody about him.” (Former Trump UN Ambassador Nikki Haley)

“The country can’t be a therapy session for a troubled man like this.” (Barr again)

“Trump,” Conway continues, “is not simply eccentric or odd in a good way. He’s unwell, mentally unwell, in a dangerous way. He is indeed a pathological narcissist on a level we have never before seen. He’s malignant narcissist who is also a sociopath or psychopath. What these terms mean, is a Trump is a man who cares about nothing but himself, not you, not the country, not the laws and Constitution that a president swears to faithfully execute. And it also means that Trump is a pathological liar and that he lacks any moral conscience or capacity for remorse. These are the psychological characteristics of dangerous cult leaders and dictators. They shouldn’t be the traits of an American president.”

Conway also notes in the video and on social media he is donating over $340,000 of his own money to the organization, which is accepting donations.

On Wednesday Conway posted what he described as “the official psychiatric diagnostic criteria for two very severe personality disorders,” and asked voters to decide if they fit candidate Trump.

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Conway is also blasting the mainstream media:

“Now, you haven’t heard any of this discussed very much in the media. And that’s because too many people are afraid of talking about mental health issues, particularly Donald Trump’s, and that’s the problem we’re here to address. To understand Donald Trump, why he’s unfit for office there why he’s a danger to the Republic, you have to understand his psychological disorders. Trump’s malignant narcissism explains everything about it.”

“It explains his pathological lying.”

“His misogyny.”

“His racism.”

“His authoritarianism.”

“His endless quest for vengeance, his love for dictators. It may even explain his recent praise of Hannibal Lecter. It certainly accounts for his criminality.”

Watch the video below or at this link.

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