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Tony Perkins: Violence Against Women Act A “Slush Fund” Unfair To Men

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Tony Perkins, head of Family Research Council, today called the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) currently under debate in the Senate a “slush fund” that’s unfair to men, and, after months of headlines about transvaginal probes, anti-abortion laws, attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, the politicization of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Perkins actually writes that the “the real record of protecting women is on the conservatives’ side.” But conservatives like Tony Perkins, who runs an SPLC-certified hate group, don’t like the VAWA because it uses taxpayer dollars to fund shelters for women, rape crisis centers and hotlines, provides programs and services for victims with disabilities, violence prevention programs, and protections for victims who are evicted from their homes because of events related to domestic violence or stalking.*

READ: The GOP War On Women Demands A New Women’s Rights Agenda for America

Calling Democrats the “real architects behind the ‘war on women,” and claiming the Left is trying to paint “Republicans as a party of sexist Neanderthals,” Perkins misogynistically cites the most anti-feminist woman alive, Phyllis Schafly and says she “explains how the bill discriminates against men and violates basic legal protocol. Even if a woman has no proof of the abuse, ‘any man who is accused of domestic violence effectively loses a long list of constitutional rights accorded to ordinary criminals’.”

Because it’s so easy to have proof of domestic violence when you’re running out the door of your home, possibly with your children, in fear for your life. It’s amazing Perkins doesn’t get this.

18 years ago, the Violence Against Women Act  was called “the greatest breakthrough in civil rights for women in nearly two decades.” Now, Perkins claims it is unfair to men, “a cheap political trick,” and a “fundraising ploy.”

“Instead of asking senators to reauthorize the original legislation, which cruised through Congress with bipartisan support, Sens. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) intentionally loaded the bill with provisions the GOP cannot support–like loopholes for immigration, millions more in spending, special homosexual protections, and more big government bureaucracy,” Perkins writes. “Their goal was to make the legislation so objectionable that Republicans would be forced to oppose it and fuel the lie that the GOP is anti-woman.”

Actually, the goal is to strengthen the law and recognize that in essence it applies to more than those who it originally covered. The update rectifies these wrongs. The problem Perkins and the Right have, is they just don’t like gays, lesbians, transgender and bisexual American, the undocumented, and, quite frankly, the poor — or those in need. In fact, Perkins calls the extension of protections to these groups “gratuitous add-ons.”

*VAWA description via Wikipedia.

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‘Performative Drivel’: Marco Rubio Mocked and Schooled After Taking MLK Quote Out of Context

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Washington Post National Political Reporter Eugene Scott set the stage Sunday evening:

Sure enough, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was only too happy to oblige, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Florida Republican, who almost daily posts a Bible passage to Twitter, is notorious for being among the many conservatives who are battling Critical Race Theory, the right’s latest non-existent boogey man.

Rubio has introduced legislation with far right extremist U.S. Senators Mike Braun (R-IN) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), to “prohibit federal funding to promote divisive concepts, such as Critical Race Theory.” A companion bill was introduced in the House by U.S. Representatives Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC).

Just as Scott warned, Senator Rubio posted a tweet that reads:

“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.” Dr. Martin Luther King (1963)

It’s from the third paragraph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and it exposes Rubio’s ignorance and hypocrisy.

New York Times opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie was among those who asked, “so, uh, what’s the next line?”

Bouie offered Rubio the answer:

He was far from the only one to chastise and expose Rubio.

Equality Florida’s Press Secretary Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub anti-LGBTQ hate crime massacre (which Rubio used to reverse his promise to never run for office again):

“And yet you filibuster his dream over and over,” tweeted American Independent Senior Writer Joshua Israel.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, the award-winning New York Times journalist and creator of “The 1619 Project”:

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Lara Trump Thinks Microsoft Office Assistant ‘Clippy’ Is a Real Person Spying on Everything She Writes

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Fox host Lara Trump either has a new conspiracy theory, or she is very confused.

Hosting the 5 p.m. EST hour, Trump was ranting about Microsoft Word’s Clippy and the suggested changes to words like “postman” into “letter carrier” and “mankind” into “humankind.” It’s part of the right’s latest attack on “wokism,” which they define as anything done in polite society that makes them uncomfortable.

“Someone is reading this?! And assessing what I’m writing?” Trump said, assuming that a person was actually watching and reading what she was typing in Word instead of an AI programed into what they call “office assistant.” It was once named Clippy, and it was never a real person.

According to Trump, the “office assistant” is a lot like her fancy new car that doesn’t require a key, just a push-button to start it. She said that the car wouldn’t start if she didn’t jingle the keys around. That’s false. Push-button start cars use safety technology that requires your foot on the break, the car in park, and the key fob in the car with you. It’s essentially a small low-frequency transmitter. So if the car won’t start, it’s likely that you need to replace the batteries.

According to Microsoft, the assistant doesn’t have to be turned on.

“The checker can be turned on and off in a menu called ‘Grammar & Refinements’, which lists everything it checks: Age bias, Cultural bias, Ethnic slurs, Gender bias, Gender-Neutral Pronouns, Gender-Specific Language, Racial Bias, Sexual Orientation Bias and Socioeconomic Bias,” said the statement.

See Lara Trump’s rant below:

 

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Die-Hard MAGA Trump Supporters in Arizona Think ‘It’s Very Possible’ States Will ‘Decertify’ the 2020 Election

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Donald Trump’s most recent rally in Arizona brought many opportunities for his supporters to explain why they think the former president will be back in office any day.

Politico spoke to a few MAGA folks on the ground at the event and got their thoughts on what’s next in the Trump movement.

“I hope states decertify the election. I want to hear him say it’s over, we are ready to move on and hold a new election,” Politico cited Ray Kallatsa from Tucson. “I do think it’s possible, very possible.”

His thoughts echo those of pillow mogul Mike Lindell, who spoke to the crowd ahead of the former president. He cited QAnon language.

“Can you feel the storm building? It’s America,” he said using the allusion of “the storm” which is part of the conspiracy group’s messaging.

The storm, “refers to excessive social conflict that is predicted to occur prior to society reaching the point of ‘The Great Awakening,’ explained Murray State University.

See the photos from the event at Politico.

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