Tony Perkins’ certified anti-gay hate group Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit kicks off Friday morning, and runs all weekend long, October 7-9. Watch live streaming video here, now. Also, C-SPAN has live coverage online, or on C-SPAN 3 on cable.
See every major GOP presidential candidate speak. The list of attendees is sickening.
Catherine Adair Former Planned Parenthood Clinic Worker
Rep. Michele Bachmann U.S. House (R-Minn)
Gary Bauer President, American Values
Glenn Beck Radio & TV Host
Bill Bennett Best-selling Author and Host, “Morning in America”
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
Speaker John Boehner U.S. House (R-OH)
Gen. William Boykin (U.S. Army-Ret.), Former Commander, Delta Force
L. Brent Bozell III Founder & President, Media Research Center
Kiki Bradley The Heritage Foundation
Brian Brown President, National Organization for Marriage
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle U.S. House (R-NY)
Stuart Butler Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
Herman Cain Host, “The Herman Cain Show”
Rep. Eric Cantor U.S. House (R-VA)
Joe Carter Web Editor, First Things
Patrick Coyle Vice President, Young America’s Foundation
Ted Cruz Former Solicitor General of Texas
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
Marjorie Dannenfelser President, SBA List
Ed Feulner, Ph.D. President, The Heritage Foundation
Newt Gingrich Former Speaker of the U.S. House
Vicky Hartzler U.S. House (R-MO)
Laura Ingraham Host, The Laura Ingraham Show
Bishop Harry Jackson President, High Impact Leadership Coalition
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
Rep. Jim Jordan U.S. House (R-OH)
Rep. Steve King U.S. House (R-IA)
Mark Levin Host, “The Mark Levin Show”
Kathryn Jean Lopez Jason Mattera Editor, Human Events
Derek McCoy President, Maryland Family Alliance
Ed Meese III Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, U.S. Attorney General under President Reagan
Gen. Benjamin Mixon (U.S. Army-Ret), Former Commander, Multi-National Division, Iraq
Rev. Johnnie Moore Vice President & Campus Pastor, Liberty University
Ed Morrissey HotAir.com
Nina Owcharenko Health Care Policy Director, The Heritage Foundation
Star Parker Author and President of CURE
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)
Tony Perkins President, Family Research Council and FRC Action
Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kans.)
Robert Rector The Heritage Foundation
Gov. Mitt Romney Former MA Governor
Lila Rose President, Live Action
Sen. Rick Santorum Former U.S. Senator (R-PA)
Phyllis Schlafly Author and President, Eagle Forum
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala)
Bobby Schindler Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network
Rep. Linda Smith Founder, Shared Hope International
Dr. Matt Spalding The Heritage Foundation, Author, We Still Hold These Truths
Erick Stakelbeck CBN News
Dr. Josh Straub American Association of Christian Councelors
Mathew Staver Chairman, Liberty Counsel Dean, Liberty University School of Law
Victory Strysky Christians United for Israel
Ed Vitagliano Director of Research, American Family Association
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Dozens of House Republicans Refusing to Wear Masks March to Senate Side for ‘Taste of Freedom’
After falsely blaming Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the newly-announced mask mandate on the House side of Congress, dozens of Republicans Thursday afternoon engaged in a performative protest, not against the coronavirus but against efforts to end the pandemic. What appeared to be 50 or so House GOP lawmakers marched over to the Senate side of the Capitol Hill building for what one called a “taste of freedom.”
The Attending Physician of the United States Congress, following updated CDC guidance this week ordered anyone on the House side of the Capitol to wear a mask if in a group, regardless of vaccination status, but did not make the same order for the Senate side.
While Dr. Brian Monahan did not explain why the rules were different, at last cxount only about half of the Republicans on the House side have said they are vaccinated. Almost every Republican on the Senate side is. All Democrats on both sides are fully vaccinated. Dr. Monahan’s office announced fines and possible removal for repeat offenders.
Among those in the maskless pack making their way to the Senate side were Reps. Madison Cawthorn, Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Chip Roy.
Roll Call’s Chris Cioffi and The Hill’s Scott Wong posted video:
NOW: large maskless group of House GOP members has just crossed onto the Senate side and asked to enter the Senate Chamber. pic.twitter.com/gfmEAQMWbj
— Chris Cioffi (@ReporterCioffi) July 29, 2021
House Republicans are protesting the mask mandate by walking to the Senate, where masks are not mandated by Capitol physician pic.twitter.com/sFD6AVnbr3
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) July 29, 2021
GOP Massie: says the House GOP members are over here “for a taste of freedom.”
“You don’t have to wear a mask on the Senate side.”
Massie said they have the same attending physician, but he’s given different directives to each chamber.
Here’s video of them asking to enter. pic.twitter.com/A79S38d9UE
— Chris Cioffi (@ReporterCioffi) July 29, 2021
Far Right Republican Concocts Fundraising Scheme to Bail Out Mask Rule-Breakers — but the Cash Goes to His Campaign
Right-wing Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is asking for donations so that he can pay for the fines for Congressional members and their staff who refuse to wear a mask in the Capitol. But when clicking the link to donate, it takes you to his campaign page.
Typical members of Congress are paid $174,000 annually, so it’s unclear why they would need donations to cover their own rule-breaking. Staffers certainly make much less, however, Washington, D.C. has mandated face masks in public places again. So, they would be in violation of the Capitol rules as well as D.C. rules. It’s unclear if their Republican members would be willing to pay their fees themselves if the staffer follows their boss’s lead.
While the Capitol has instituted fines, the Capitol Police released a statement that seemed like a veiled threat to those anti-maskers refusing to follow the rules.
“Regarding the House mask rule, there is no reason it should ever come to someone being arrested. Anyone who does not follow the rule will be asked to wear a mask or leave the premises. The Department’s requirement for officers to wear masks is for their health and safety,” said the statement.
See Cawthorn’s fundraising tweet below:
Cawthorn’s fundraising to bail out Republicans congressional staffers who won’t wear masks in the Capitol.
Background: Speaker Pelosi reinstated masks mandates earlier this week and now the mayor of DC has also. https://t.co/TLbLPPOUZx
— Kadia Goba (@kadiagoba) July 29, 2021
‘We’re in Marxist Territory’: Gaetz, Gohmert, and Greene Outraged for Being Blocked From Visiting Jan. 6 Defendants
U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) staged a press conference immediately after being denied entry to a corrections facility allegedly holding defendants facing charges related to the January 6 insurrection.
“We’re in totalitarian, Marxist territory here. This is the way third-world people get treated,” Congressman Gohmert declared for the cameras.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) after this ridiculous, see-through, political theater stunt to get into the corrections facility holding January 6th prisoners:
“We’re in totalitarian, Marxist territory here. This is the way third-world people get treated.” pic.twitter.com/gRvIg47wd1
— The Recount (@therecount) July 29, 2021
The three far right Republicans delivered their remarks after a guard told them they were “trespassing” and “obstructing entrance into this facility.”
TRESPASSING: GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Louie Gohmert, and Matt Gaetz are denied entry to a corrections facility holding January 6th prisoners. pic.twitter.com/DCxUkvamzC
— The Recount (@therecount) July 29, 2021
The videos above come from the far right website Right Side Broadcasting Network, which falsely deems the defendants “political prisoners” in its chyrons.
As the members of Congress spoke two protestors held up signs reading: “Where is due process” and “Free Biden’s political prisoners,” which is rhetoric similar to that made by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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