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Why Will GOProud Automatically Endorse, Endow, And Elect Any Republican?



Gay Republican Tea Party Group GOProud proves their endorsement of Mitt Romney is meaningless as they have publicly stated they would endorse “any Republican” candidate for President. Why?
Guest author Ned Flaherty examines the issue.

Yesterday, the permanent battered spouses of the LGBT world — Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud — continued forsaking themselves — and 31 million others — while insipidly imagining that Republican oligarchs might toss them their first ever crumb of respect.

At least the Cabineers promise to worry (if only for a few moments) about the threat of Mormon elder Mitt Romney leading America further into theocracy.

But the GOProud clan, without a scintilla of common sense, has reached the logical equivalent of insanity. The proof? They always said that they would endorse, support, and fund “any Republican,” even when that party and candidate prop up anti-LGBT hate groups, such as Romney’s $10,000 secret donation to halt same-gender marriage rights in California. In Montana this week, Republicans adopted a new Party Platform which says that marriage is only between one man and one woman, and says that LGBT people “tear at the fabric of society and contribute to the breakdown of the family unit.” This is GOProud’s party of choice.

GOProud director Jimmy LaSalvia claims that jobs are a gay issue, but now he and GOProud blindly have endorsed Mitt Romney, who opposes a federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and wants homophobic employers in most states to continue firing their LGBT workers. LaSalvia also claims that health care is a gay issue, but now he blindly supports Romney, who says that his Massachusetts public health system — imperfect, but still the best in the nation — can never work anywhere, and he will repeal the equivalent federal program on his first day in office. LaSalvia also claims that retirement security and taxes are gay issues, but now he blindly funds Romney, who insists that he’ll change the U.S. Constitution so that widows and widowers continue getting charged thousands to millions of dollars as soon as their legally wed LGBT spouse dies and they inherit the family home.

What are these Cabineers and Pridefuls thinking? Even after 35 years of waiting, gay Republicans remain so enamored of trickle-down theocracy that they are working to elect Mitt Romney, whose church has fought to outlaw LGBT human rights since 1997, billing temple members tens of millions of dollars every year to pay for it.  Gay Republicans are working to elect Mitt Romney, who signed a published pledge promising to:  (a) outlaw same-gender marriages forever, (b) write Mormon theology into the U.S. Constitution, and (c) only appoint lifetime judges who will restrain and restrict LGBT people as if the past few centuries of civil rights progress never even happened.

Nearly a week ago, gay Republicans promised endorsements, labor, and cash to Mitt Romney and his party because he’s promised them prosperity during a depression, despite having no practical arithmetic supporting his promise. They ignore the fact that his core plan is more wars, more tax loopholes for wealthy people and firms, higher taxes for everyone else, and a permanent, constitutional theocracy — stripped of many existing human rights, and guaranteed to oppress LGBT people.

The Cabineers and Pridefuls cannot simultaneously claim the equal mantles of being responsibly both Republican and gay, so long as they continue working to elect any Republican candidate put before them, while simultaneously abdicating every major responsibility to the LGBT community.

Ned Flaherty is a Projects Manager for Marriage Equality USA, and writes from Boston, Massachusetts. He was bred and born and raised in Catholic households and schools, but the spell didn’t take.

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‘Fool or a Liar’: GOP Knives Out for ‘A–hole’ Matt Gaetz as Vote to Oust McCarthy Appears Likely to Succeed



House Republicans are expressing outrage at one of their own, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who by day’s end may succeed or come close to ousting Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy for relying on Democrats’ votes to keep the federal government from shutting down Saturday night.

“I prefer, you know, common sense over chaos,” Republican Congressman Anthony D’Esposito, who referred to Congressman Gaetz as an “a–hole,” told Fox News on Tuesday.

“I think that we should be focused on governance rather than grandstanding, and the fact that we have one a–hole that is holding us up and holding America up is a real problem,” D’Esposito added.

Far-right Republican Derrick Van Orden told CNN’s Manu Raju that Gaetz is “either a fool or a liar.”

“I’m telling you,” warned Republican Andy Barr of Kentucky, “it definitely puts the majority in jeopardy when you see disunity.”

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GOP Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas said, “I think it’s sending a terrible message to the electorate in advance of the 2024 election that this Republican majority could not govern itself.”

On camera, another Republican called Gaetz “a chaos agent,” and another said: “I don’t have tolerance for some pseudo psycho political fetish.”

Still another warned, “I think it’s sending a terrible signal to the electorate in advance of the ’24 election, that this Republican majority cannot govern itself.”

Watch below or at this link.

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‘Probably So’: McCarthy Says His Speakership Likely Will End After Vote



The Republican Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, is acknowledging his leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives “probably” is about to end.

“If five Republicans go with Democrats, then I’m out,” McCarthy, sounding resigned to his possible future, told reporters late Tuesday morning. The Speaker acknowledged that if all Democrats vote against him in a vote schedule for Tuesday afternoon, and just five Republicans join them, he will lose his job.

“That looks likely,” ABC’s Rachel Scott told McCarthy.

“Probably so,” he responded.

There are currently at least five Republicans who say they will vote to oust McCarthy, according to CNN’s Haley Talbot, as of last Monday night.

Democrats on Tuesday have said they will not support McCarthy.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has been on a campaign to oust McCarthy, who was elected Speaker in January but only after the House voted 15 times before granting him the gavel. That gavel came with public and private concessions, among them, that any one member of the House could initiate a “motion to vacate,” which Gaetz did Monday night.

Gaetz claims he is working to strip McCarthy of the Speakership because he reached across the aisle and accepted votes from Democrats very late on Saturday to avoid what had been an almost-certain shutdown of the federal government. But McCarthy has long contended for Gaetz it’s “personal,” because the Speaker would not intervene to save Gaetz from a re-opened House Ethics Committee investigation into possible violations including sexual misconduct, unlawful drug use, and public corruption.

if Republicans do succeed on the motion to vacate, there currently is no one named to replace McCarthy. That would leave the position that is second in line to the presidency vacant.

Watch today’s House session live below, starting at 11:45 AM, see his remarks to reporters above, or watch both at this link.

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Trump Has Now ‘Crossed the Line Into Criminal Threats’: Top Legal Scholar



As Donald Trump’s rhetoric grows increasingly menacing and threatening, experts are again sounding the alarm.

It’s been weeks since Special Counsel Jack Smith asked U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan to impose a narrow limitation on the ex-president in the case charging him with attempting to overturn the 2020 election. It likely will be weeks until that Judge Chutkan announces a decision.

In the mean time, Trump continues to make disparaging remarks and what some have suggested are thinly-veiled threats or calls to action to his supporters against those he perceives as his enemies.

Trump recently suggested that his former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, “in times gone by” would have been executed for treason.

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Milley’s perceived “treasonous” crime, according to Trump? Making a White House approved call to China to let them know Trump wasn’t planning to attack China, as the AP reported.

Last month, Trump wrote on Truth Social that General Milley “was actually dealing with China to give them a heads up on the thinking of the President of the United States. This is an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH! A war between China and the United States could have been the result of this treasonous act.”

Special Counsel Jack Smith included that post in his communication with Judge Chutkan on Friday.

Monday morning, inside a Manhattan courthouse before the start of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ $250 million civil fraud case, Trump unleashed an angry rant in front of news cameras, saying, “You ought to go after this attorney general.” He also called New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron a “rogue judge.”

He added, “now I have to go before a rogue judge, as a continuation of Russia, Russia, Russia, as a continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time. And I don’t think the people of this country are going to stand for it.”

These were just Trump’s remarks at the start of the day. He faced the cameras two other times, during the lunch break and after the day’s proceedings had ended.

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Describing Trump’s remarks, Vanity Fair’s Bess Levin wrote: “Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom, Trump called the case a ‘witch hunt’ and ‘a disgrace,’ saying, ‘You ought to go after this attorney general,’ because if there’s one thing the man loves, it’s a not-so-veiled threat against his enemies.”

Harvard University Professor Emeritus Laurence Tribe, a legal scholar and expert on the U.S. Constitution, on Monday warned Trump’s remarks “crossed the line into criminal threats.”

“Trump’s 1st Amendment freedom of speech includes the right to express his racist views about anyone, including Attorney General Letitia James,” Tribe wrote. “But he has no right to foment violence against her. He crossed the line into criminal threats when he said ‘you ought to go after this attorney general.'”

Former Chicago Tribune editor Mark Jacob, responding to the video, writes: “When Trump says “you ought to go after this attorney general,” we know what he means. Some call it stochastic terrorism, but I call it puppetmaster terrorism. He’s telling his crazed followers who the targets are.”

See the post and video above or at this link.

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