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RNC Chair Just Praised Hate Group Head On Gay Marriage: ‘Tony Perkins Is Right’ (Video)

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Stunning. The Chairman of the Republican National Committee minutes ago praised not one but two leaders from certified anti-gay hate groups: the Family Research Council and the American Family Association, as being “right” about marriage.

Exactly 24 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not hear any of the seven same-sex marriage cases before it, and with the nation quickly embracing the rights of same-sex couples to marry — at least 55 percent of the nation does — with soon 30 states extending marriage equality to LGBT people, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee just aligned himself with two of thew nation’s most anti-gay political activists and strategists.

On MSNBC minutes ago (video above), Reince Priebus said, “People like David Lane, and people like Tony Perkins are right, to be concerned about what’s happened here in this country over the past couple of years.”

David Lane‘s American Renewal Project is funded by the American Family Association. The AFA is a certified anti-gay hate group listed and tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center. So is Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council.

But Lane isn’t just a GOP strategist.

Last year Lane wrote an op-ed that called for “war” against the “pagan onslaught imposing homosexual marriage.”

“You ask, ‘What is our goal?’ To wage war to restore America to our Judeo-Christian heritage with all of our might and strength that God will give us,” Lane wrote. “You ask, ‘What is our aim?’ One word only: victory, in spite of all intimidation and terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, America will ultimately collapse.”

“Where are the champions of Christ to save the nation from the pagan onslaught imposing homosexual marriage, homosexual scouts, 60 million babies done to death by abortion and red ink as far as the eye can see on America?,” Lane asked. “Who will wage war for the Soul of America and trust the living God to deliver the pagan gods into our hands and restore America to her Judeo-Christian heritage and re-establish a Christian culture?”

The op-ed appeared at the radical right wing religious website World Net Daily. It was so offensive the site removed it. 

(Political Research Associates wrote about it and Lane this year in “Rumblings Of Theocratic Violence.”

Lane is also a Christian evangelical theocrat who is working hard to drive evangelical voters to the polls. Recently, he has teamed up with Senator Ted Cruz, Governors Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry, and former Gov. Mike Huckabee. All recording radio ads that emphasize the religion in attempts to get right-wing Christians to vote in November.

“The Bible is full of stories of men and women whose faith in God led them to take action during difficult times, trusting in Him for His glory,” Ted Cruz says in one. “Today God’s people are once again being called to action as we seek to restore the values our nation was founded upon and to honor the legacy of those who have given their lives in defense of our freedom.”

Tony Perkins, of course, needs no introduction. His lies and hate are well documented, not only here at The New Civil Rights Movement but by GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project.

Stunning.

Praising hate leaders. The Republican Party will never change.

Some on Twitter were not pleased:

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Busted: White House Counsel Worked to Keep Whistleblower Report From Congress – WaPo

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President Donald Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.

“The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president,” The Washington Post reported Friday. “The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint.”

In addition to confirming the WSJ report, The Post also furthered the story with new reporting on the role of the White House in the scandal.

“White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has been engaged in the matter since shortly after the whistleblower action surfaced, officials said, helping to identify legal obstacles to the sharing of information that could be politically damaging to Trump,” The Post reported. “Cipollone’s involvement reveals a more direct White House role in the dispute than has previously been reported.”

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Trump Urged Ukraine President ‘About Eight Times’ to Work With Giuliani to Get Dirt on Biden’s Son: WSJ

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Donald Trump “repeatedly pressured” the president of Ukraine to work with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to get dirt on the son of his top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

In a July phone call Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky “about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani,” the Wall Street Journal says.

But the Journal’s reporting in the second paragraph offers details that appear to minimize what experts have been suggesting actually happened. The Journal’s report also does not name sources or even suggest if they are White House or intelligence community officials.

“Mr. Trump didn’t mention a provision of foreign aid to Ukraine on the call, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on an investigation,” the Journal says.

That would lessen the magnitude of the allegations against President Trump, although they would still be impeachable offenses.

Related: Trump to Meet With Ukrainian President Amid Bombshell Whistleblower Allegations

The Trump team has become expert at controlling the national conversation and forging a narrative that bends most elements of truth, then getting the conservative base to believe them.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Some Among Democratic Base Grow Increasingly Frustrated as Pelosi Issues Statement Chastising Trump Over Whistleblower

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Statement  Does Not  Say ‘Impeachment’

Some among the Democratic base appear frustrated with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who has not been supportive of the majority of House Democrats who want to impeach President Donald Trump. Friday afternoon the Speaker quietly issued a lengthy statement responding to the bombshell news that a whistleblower has filed a “credible” and “urgent” complaint with the intelligence community.

Pelosi’s statement, which was not posted to her social media accounts as of this writing, made its way through Twitter via a handful of reporters.

“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy,” Pelosi said, as a Politico congressional reporter pointed out:

Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats support impeaching Trump, or beginning a formal impeachment inquiry at the very least, according to Politico. But the majority of the nation does not, nor do a majority of Democratic voters, according to recent polls.

“Only 37 percent support beginning impeachment proceedings, while half oppose it,” Politco reports, citing its own polls.

Speaker Pelosi’s statement concludes with this:

“We will continue to follow the facts and explore every possible option to ensure the American people get the truth. We would hope that Republicans would join us in supporting the Constitution.”

Some online are calling her statement “weak,” while others are disappointed with the lack of specific threats of action, and others are expressing exasperation with the Speaker not supporting impeachment:

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