Miss Pennsylvania USA just resigned from the Miss Universe competition, afterÂ Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo — crowned Miss USA last week — was asked if she supportedÂ transgender contestants in the pageant, and totally said yes, she does. Apparently,Â Miss Pennsylvania, aka Sheena Monnin, took a week to figure out what this meant, and this week resigned in protest that theÂ Miss Universe Organization would support transgender contestants, even though the transgender contestant,Â Â Jenna Talackova, “sought to compete for Miss Canada. She ultimately finished in the Top 12 and was wasÂ named Miss Congeniality,” as Zack Ford at Think ProgressÂ wrote. HeÂ explains:
In an email to the Miss Universe Organization she explained just how she really felt about trans people:
[I refuse to be]Â part of a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles as to allow and support natural born males to compete in it.Â This goes against ever moral fiber of my being. I believe in integrity, high moral character, and fair play, none of which are part of this system any longer.
Were these comments not offensive enough, she thenÂ posted false statementsÂ about her resignation on Facebook, claiming that the real reason she quit was because she believed the pageant was rigged.Â Donald Trump respondedÂ that he believes â€œher primary issue is that she lost and sheâ€™s angry about losing. And frankly, in my opinion, I saw her barely a second and she didnâ€™t deserve to be in the top 15.â€
To boot, as the Daily News just reported, “Miss Pennsylvania will likely not be getting the Miss Congeniality award.” The Post adds:
On Wednesday, the organizationâ€™s co-owner, Donald Trump, said he planned to sue Monnin over her remarks.
â€œShe said some really strong things. When sheâ€™s using the word â€˜fraud,â€™ thatâ€™s pretty strong, so weâ€™re going to be suing her on that basis,â€ he said in an appearance on NBCâ€™s â€œTodayâ€ show, and dismissed her claims as merely â€œloserâ€™s remorse.â€
Monnin also alleged on her Facebook page that she â€œwitnessed another contestant who said she saw the list of the Top 5 BEFORE THE SHOW EVER STARTED.â€
Monnin claims she knew the show was rigged when the top five was announced in the same order she had seen it before the show.
That post has also since been deleted.
Of course, all this brouhaha means thatÂ Sheena Monnin is now on the top of the acquisition chart ofÂ the National Organization For Marriage, whose published corporate policy — as we all know thanks to HRC’s publishing of previously-sealed court documents including NOM’s corporate strategy — is toÂ use â€œartists, athletes, writers, beauty queens and other glamorous non-cognitive elitesâ€ to advance their message that anything except “traditional” bigoted values, is wrong.
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Anti-LGBTQ Religious-Right Christian Nationalist Home-School Activist and Anti-Masker Launches Congressional Bid
Christian nationalist home-schooling advocate, author, and podcaster Heidi St. John launched a run for U.S. Congress Sunday in Washington state’s 3rd Congressional District, where incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler became a target of supporters of former President Donald Trump after voting for his impeachment in January and revealing damning details about a phone call between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that took place during the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.
A week prior to the launch of her congressional bid, St. John took to Facebook to post, “Trump now knows who his enemies are in the REPUBLICAN party. And so do we. Silver lining of the shampeachment. The RINOS need to GO!! #acquitted.”
St. John calls herself “The Busy Mom” on Facebook, hosts a daily “Off the Bench” podcast, publishes a blog, and runs a ministry for mothers that promotes her book “Becoming Mom Strong.” She is an ally of Alliance Defending Freedom President Michael Farris and has spoken at the church of religious-right activist pastor Jack Hibbs in California. Rick Green, host of the “WallBuilders Live!” radio program, was a recent guest on her podcast, which she said gets about a million downloads per month.
St. John urges parents to pull their children out of public schools, which she refers to as “government indoctrination centers” that promote “garbage sexual ideologies” and a “weird era of transgenderism.” She said on a recent podcast that gender confirmation surgery should be illegal and that doctors who perform it are “criminals.”
St. John charges that the COVID-19 coronavirus was “weaponized” to create fear by the media and Democrats who saw the virus as an opportunity to hurt Trump’s reelection chances. She urges people not to be mask-wearing “sheep” and to take off their masks. In a Jan. 18 video, she said that Christians’ job is to proclaim truth, adding, “That’s why I don’t do the mask. It’s B.S. of the highest order.”
In a Jan. 9 Facebook video, she declared, “This nation is a Christian nation” while denouncing people who criticized Trump’s religious-right supporters as Christian nationalists or as being part of a Trump-worshiping cult. She said the idea that Trump incited the Jan. 6 violence at the Capitol was “a lie that the left is pushing.” She also said that “social justice is a lie from the pit of hell.”
Before Inauguration Day, St. John appeared to be hoping for a miracle that would keep Trump in power. A Jan. 12 Facebook post read, “’It’s all over’? Then along came David with his sling shot. God decides when it’s over.”
In an Inauguration Day blog post she wrote, “My heart is breaking for our Republic today. I know many of you are grieving with me. I am still in disbelief that the left pulled off the greatest vote heist in American history.”
St. John appeared on Wisconsin pastor David Fiorazo’s “Stand Up for the Truth” podcast on Feb. 4, where she said, “I’m hoping that in 2022 there’s a red wave in this country like we’ve never seen, and not just a red wave—a Christian red wave.”
Senate Committee Postpones Confirmation Hearing on Biden OMB Pick After Manchin Leads Revolt Over Mean Tweets
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is postponing its Wednesday confirmation hearing for Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s pick to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), after Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced he will vote against her, based on her record of posting mean tweets.
Axios, first reporting the news, calls it “a potential death knell” for Tanden’s confirmation, although it could give the Biden White House time to try to shore up support among Republican Senators.
Tanden would be the first woman of color to head OMB.
Manchin’s stunning announcement Friday has led to three Republicans jumping on board, also announcing their opposition.
None of the opposition is on qualifications – Tanden, a policy expert has led the Center for American Progress for nearly a decade, and worked in both the Clinton and Obama White Houses.
“We are postponing the business meeting because members are asking for more time to consider the nominee,” an unnamed committee aide told Axios. “The president deserves to have a team in place that he wants, and we’re going to work with our members to figure out the best path forward.”
But many Democrats see Manchin’s opposition as nothing more than sexism, misogyny, and racism. He has voted for far less qualified candidates with far greater issues than Tanden, all of whom happened to be men, and mostly white men. Among them, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was not only credibly accused of sexual assault, but engaged a shocking on-camera attack promising revenge during his confirmation hearing.
“Other supporters have accused Tanden’s opponents of hypocrisy, noting Manchin and many Republican senators voted to confirm nominees of President Trump who also had posted caustic tweets,” Axios adds.
Manchin followed up his opposition to Tanden with a suggestion he might not support Biden’s nominee to head the Dept. of the Interior, a sitting U.S. Congresswoman who is Native American, Deb Haaland.
‘Oh Come On’: Joe Manchin Insists His Opposition to First Woman of Color OMB Nominee ‘Is Not Personal’
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is responding to massive criticism of him over the past few days, culminating in allegations of sexism and racism, over his announcement he is opposed to President Joe Biden’s pick to head the Office of Management and Budget.
“Oh come on,” Manchin, who heads the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, told NBC News’ Garrett Haake when asked about his opposition to Neera Tanden, “it’s not personal at all. No, no.”
Manchin announced his opposition to Tanden on Friday, opening the door for three Republicans to almost immediately follow: Senators Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, and Rob Portman and subsequently declared their opposition.
Tanden is a woman of color. Born to Indian immigrants, she has been president of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress for nearly a decade. She also served in both the Clinton and Obama White Houses and as an advisor to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Manchin and Republicans have been attacking her over her admittedly mean tweets, many of which she chose to delete in an apparent effort to show contrition. She’s also repeatedly apologized.
But Tanden isn’t the only woman Manchin opposes, nor the only woman of color.
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) is President Biden’s pick to be Secretary of the Interior. She would be the first Native American to run the $20+ billon agency, and the first Native American Cabinet Secretary.
Manchin declared he was unsure of her nomination on Monday.
That would be two of President Biden’s picks Manchin seemingly opposes, both women of color, and neither of grounds they are not qualified.
Manchin late last month also reportedly “sniped” at Vice President Kamala Harris, after she visited West Virginia to drum up support for the administration’s coronavirus relief package.
Many say they are starting to see a pattern with Manchin, a Democrat so conservative there are three Republicans to the left of him. That pattern involves giving Republican presidents and male nominees, especially white male nominees, great deference, as his voting history proves.
Sexism isn’t “personal,” it is a pattern. There is always “justification” for treating someone any way you want, but the pattern of @Sen_JoeManchin treating Trump’s white male nominees with more deference and respect than Tanden is what makes it discriminatory.
— Snowflake In Chief (@SJDoubleYeah) February 23, 2021
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