President Barack Obama surprised guests at the annual White HouseÂ LGBT Pride Celebration today with a brand new, previously unannounced Executive Order to protect all federal workers from gender identity discrimination.
The White House was an exciting place today, as it is every year when invited notables join the President and First Lady to celebrate Pride. Today, President Barack Obama told his guests that in addition to signing an executive order to protect employees of federal contractors from anti-LGBT discrimination, he will sign an executive order protecting all federal workers from gender identity discrimination. That act is designed to help protect transgender workers.
“Last year, I promised to implement the Affordable Care Act so this community could get quality, affordable health care like you deserve,” President Obama told his audience. “And we did that, too. And thanks to that law, you can no longer be denied health insurance on the basis of your sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Weâ€™ve still got a little more work to do.Â Iâ€™ve repeatedly called on Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.Â Â Right now, there are more states that let same-sex couples get married than there are states who prohibit discrimination against their LGBT workers.Â We have laws that say Americans canâ€™t be fired on the basis of the color of their skin or their religion, or because they have a disability.Â But every day, millions of Americans go to work worried that they could lose their job -â€“ not because of anything theyâ€™ve done — (baby cries) — I know, itâ€™s terrible — (laughter) — but because of who they are.Â Itâ€™s upsetting.Â It is wrong.
“The majority of Fortune 500 companies already have nondiscrimination policies to protect their employees because itâ€™s the right thing to do and because many say it helps to retain and attract the best talent.Â And I agree.Â So if Congress wonâ€™t act, I will.Â I have directed my staff to prepare an executive order for my signature that prohibits discrimination by federalÂ contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.Â (Applause.)
“And Iâ€™ve asked my staff to prepare a second executive order so that federal employees â€“- who are already protected on the basis of sexual orientation â€“- will now formally be protected from discrimination based on gender identity as well.Â (Applause.)Â
“So weâ€™ve got a lot to be proud of, but obviously we canâ€™t grow complacent.Â Weâ€™ve got to defend the progress that weâ€™ve made.Â Weâ€™ve got to keep on reaching out to LGBT Americans who are vulnerable and alone, and need our support â€“- whether itâ€™s teenagers in rough situations to seniors who are struggling to find housing and care.Â (Baby cries.)Â I know, itâ€™s tough.Â (Laughter.)”
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In First Interview Since Loss, Trump Goes Off the Rails and Suggests FBI Is ‘Involved’ in Stealing Election
In his first interview since losing to President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump repeated false claims about voter fraud and suggested that the FBI was “involved” in stealing the election.
Trump made the claims while speaking to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.
“They send millions and millions and millions of mail-in ballots,” Trump opined. “I’m sure you know people that got two, three, four — because I do. They got four ballots. They got one at a country home. Dead people were seeing ballots. But even worse, dead people were applying to get a ballot. They were making applications to get ballots. Many. And we’re not talking about 10 people, we’re talking — there are a lot of dead people that so-called voted this election.”
“This is total fraud,” he continued. “And how the FBI and Department of Justice — I don’t know, maybe they’re involved. But how people are allowed to get away with this stuff is unbelievable. This election was rigged. This election was a total fraud.”
Trump also suggested that the judicial system had been rigged against him.
“We go to judges and people don’t want to get involved,” Trump remarked to Bartiromo. “The media doesn’t even want to cover it. I mean, you’re doing something. You’re actually very brave.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Trump’s ICE Is Using Torture to Quickly Deport Africans Back to a Deadly War-Torn Country
The central African country of Cameroon is currently experiencing a four-year separatist conflict that has killed over 3,000 people and displaced half a million more with “extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, arbitrary and unlawful detention and torture.”
But Cameroonians who fled to the U.S. to seek political asylum here as refugees are experiencing torture as well from private prison guards and agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Louisiana and Mississippi.
A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center and Freedom for Immigrants includes six Cameroonians who say they were physically forced to sign deportation documents that they didn’t understand and threatened with choking, pepper spray, physical pain and prolonged detention if they refused.
One accuser said that ICE agents and private guards stripped him naked from the waist down, exposing his genitals and buttocks to a room of 10 people, while forcing him to sign. Others said they and other refugees were fed substandard food, subject to a humiliating full-body strip search, and housed alongside federal prisoners while waiting for their court proceedings.
If true, the actions would violate Louisiana state and federal law, the international Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, which the U.S. has ratified, as well as ICE’s own policies within its 2011 Performance Based National Standards, Newsweek reports.
Trump has deported anywhere from 94 or 116 Cameroonians back to their home country since October. The Cameroon government has detained refugees who return to their shore to interrogate them for any separatist ties.
Trump Is Already Planning a 2024 Run Just So Biden Won’t Get All the Press Attention
President Donald Trump is reportedly discussing launching his 2024 re-election campaign kickoff event on January 20 just to overshadow President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Yes, really.
The Daily Beast has cited three officials who Trump has reportedly discussed the idea with. He is assessing which big-dollar donors would support his bid and which political underlings would remain loyal to him just to benefit from whatever happens.
“Trump’s scheming about a future White House run is both an implicit recognition that he views his own current legal efforts as longshots and a reflection of his inherent desire to maintain political power and public attention,” The Daily Beast writes.
According to Bloomberg News, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, reportedly told Trump, “If you do that—and I think I speak for everybody in the room—we’re with you 100 percent.”
Trump still has yet to officially concede. On Thursday he told reporters, “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud.” Trump has been unable to prove his repeated claims of “massive fraud” in over 30 lawsuits which have either failed, been dismissed or withdrawn by his own re-election campaign.
Unfortunately for Trump, two comedians have already snatched up DonaldJTrump2024.com and are using the site to repeatedly call Trump a loser. They offered to give Trump the URL if he’ll concede and call himself a sad loser via Twitter.
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