Probable GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee spent the weekend attacking Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and didn’t mince a single word.
In repeated and stunning attacks on Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Mike Huckabee spent the weekend positioning himself as the defender of religious freedom in America. The former Arkansas governor has been at the top of nearly every poll of likely GOP presidential candidates this year, thanks no doubt to his not infrequent attacks on the LGBT community and his consistent “religious liberty” flag-waving.Â
(By the way, Clinton consistentlyÂ beats Huckabee by an average of nearly 10 percentage points.)
On Thursday evening, HuckabeeÂ visited with Fox News Business anchor Lou Dobbs and unleashed his fury and outrage over the city of Houston issuing subpoenas to a handful of local pastors. Pastors in Houston have been exceptionally active in attempting to derail HERO, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which finally passed in May. The City issued subpoenas to just five pastors, requesting communications with their congregations, emails, and yes, sermons, surrounding Houston’s attempts to pass an anti-discrimination bill, and their subsequent efforts to place the law on there November ballot via a petition drive in which nearly two-thirds of the signatures gathered were invalid.
Why did the pastors get subpoenaed?
“All officials want to know is what kinds of instructions the pastors gave out with respect to collecting petition signatures, and whether what they said agrees with what they’re arguing in court while appealing the referendum,” New York Magazine succinctly explains.
But Huckabee charges Mayor Parker with trying “to stop speech, stop religion, stop the free assembly” by issuing the subpoenas. Of course, subpoenaing documents is not an attemptÂ “to stop speech, stop religion, stop the free assembly,” and subpoenas are issued every day in America as a means to obtain information and evidence. It’s an integral part of the legal system, not an assault on the First amendment.
“I would say, ‘Earth to Mayor, there’s something called the First Amendment,'” Huckabee quipped.Â
And that’s where Huckabee’s comments took a decided turn intoÂ Falsehood Land.
An ordained Southern Baptist minister himself, Huckabee strongly suggested that Mayor Parker was telling pastors what they can and cannot say from the pulpit — which of course she never did. “You don’t get to run the churches of your city,” Huckabee insisted.
“Separation of church and state has never meant that the church is to shut up, be still, and go away,” he clamored.
And then Huckabee got even more heated.
Calling the subpoenas “an unbelievable outrage,” the church, Huckabee insisted, should “say to the government, ‘Keep your filthy government hands off of religious liberty.”
Mayor Parker has been a favorite target of Huckabee’s for years. In May, he slammed Parker’s Equal Rights Ordinance on Facebook. InÂ 2011 he attacked her for wanting churches to be included in paying a nominal tax for aÂ street and drainage improvement program. And Media Matters has detailed Huckabee’s repeated attacks on non-discrimination ordinances around the country.
Dobbs disgustingly claimed that it was “pertinent” to point out that “the mayor of Houston is the first openly-gay mayor to serve in that office.”Â
Actually, Mayor Parker being a lesbian has nothing to do with the lawsuit, as much as Fox News would like to presume.
Dobbs then wrongly characterized the non-discrimination ordinance as “very restrictive of those who would express an opinion about the LGBT community.”
Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (full text) protects against discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and housing.Â
Speech has nothing to do with the ordinance, as much as Lou Dobbs might like his audience to believe.
Huckabee vented his outrage from morning to night on Thursday.
Meanwhile, on Friday the City of Houston removed the request for sermons from the subpoenas.
But on his Fox News “Huckabee” show on Saturday, the likely Republican presidential candidate went one step further.
Totally ignoring the fact that Houston amended the subpoenas to exclude sermons, Huckabee continued to drive deep intoÂ Falsehood Land.
“Should the government demand that pastors hand over their sermons, sermon notes and even correspondence with their members?,” Huckabee asked as an opener to his Fox News show. “Sure it happens in North Korea, China and Iran, but should churches in America just sit back and shut up when their religious liberty, free speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion is directly threatened?”
What ever happened to “thou shalt not bear false witness“?
“The Houston mayor and her ilk, like mayors in Chicago and Boston who tried to prevent businesses opening in their cities because the business owners were Bible-believing Christians, well, she needs to apologize, start respecting all citizens, or at least have the integrity to resign,” Huckabee continued.
“They shouldn’t expect the taxpayers to fund their hate-filled, Gestapo-like actions to openly attempt to shut down the free exercise of religion and their attempt to establish a religion of godless secularism.”
Oh dear God.
Image: Screenshot via Fox News
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‘This Is Insane’: Experts Blast McCarthy After He Approves George Santos Attending Classified Briefing on China
U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY), under multiple state and federal investigations, and even a criminal fraud investigation in Brazil, recently stepped down from his committee assignments pending House ethics investigations, but on Thursday he will be allowed to attend a classified briefing by the Pentagon on threats from China.
Santos is facing numerous investigations, including ongoing, pending, or possible investigations from the U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Nassau District Attorney, the Queens District Attorney, the New York State Attorney General, along with the House Ethics Committee.
CNN’s Manu Raju Wednesday afternoon reports: “Asked Speaker McCarthy if he’s OK with George Santos attending tomorrow’s classified briefing on China. ‘Yes,’ he told me.”
Experts are expressing outrage, and are calling allowing Santos to gain access to classified information a “threat to our national security.”
“George Santos should not be getting access to classified information,” the government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) immediately responded.
Last month CREW published a report that states: “George Santos should not get intelligence information.”
“Santos’s misrepresentations of large swaths of his background have proven his tendency to lie for power and personal gain. It is clear that he has not demonstrated the trustworthiness necessary to guard our country’s most closely guarded secrets,” it reads.
“Santos’s serial misrepresentations of the truth about a vast array of subjects have demonstrated an astonishing level of untrustworthiness,” CREW President Noah Bookbinder says in the report. “It would be a threat to our national security to allow him to serve on any committee where he would gain access to national intelligence.”
Retired U.S. Naval War College professor Tom Nichols, an academic specialist on international affairs including Russia, nuclear weapons, and national security affairs, tweeted: “This is insane.”
Just last month Speaker McCarthy banned two top House Democrats, Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff, from returning to the Intelligence Committee. While he claimed it was for national security reasons, some believe it was retribution for their roles in prosecuting Donald Trump’s impeachments.
“I cannot put partisan loyalty ahead of national security, and I cannot simply recognize years of service as the sole criteria for membership on this essential committee. Integrity matters more,” McCarthy wrote in a letter.
Marjorie Taylor Greene During House Hearing: It’s ‘Against the Law’ to Ban My Twitter Account
Members of Congress have access to vast resources to conduct the people’s business, including on-staff attorneys and the ability to contract experts, yet on Wednesday U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) appeared to shun those assets while appearing before the TV cameras while misrepresenting federal law. She falsely declared that Twitter banning her personal account was “against the law,” and a violation of her First Amendment rights as she made clear she will use her newly-restored committee assignments to spread falsehoods, misinformation, and disinformation.
Greene now sits on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee. During its third hearing of the year, “Protecting Speech from Government Interference and Social Media Bias: Twitter’s Role in Suppressing the Biden Laptop Story,” Greene appeared determined to extract vengeance for her personal Twitter account being permanently “suspended” – banned –before Elon Musk purchased the company and restored accounts of countless extremists.
At the beginning of her remarks Greene mentioned the witnesses, including former Twitter executives, and said: “You can consider your speech canceled during my time because you permanently canceled mine.”
“You see, you permanently banned my personal Twitter account, and it was my campaign account also, so let’s talk about election interference, shall we?”
“Let’s explain 52 United States law 10101: ‘No person shall intimidate, threaten or coerce or attempt to stop any other person for the purpose of interfering with their rights to vote or to vote as you may choose,'” Greene said, reading inaccurately from 52 U.S.C. 10101.
For reasons unknown, Congresswoman Greene decided that federal voting rights law applies to Twitter. It does not.
“You didn’t shadow ban or permanently ban my Democrat opponent,” Greene charged. “No, you did that to me. And that was wrong and it was against the law.”
It is not against the law for Twitter to shadow ban or permanently ban anyone, even a Member of Congress and their personal Twitter account.
“You see, not only that, was it was it me, that you violated my First Amendment rights, you violated countless conservative Americans,” she said, which again is false. The First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Greene pushed forward.
“These were doctors that were trying to tell the truth about COVID,” she said, of people spreading false or misleading information and disinformation. “Doctors that were having success treating people with ivermectin that you all would not allow to be talked about.”
The FDA has made clear ivermectin is not a treatment for COVID-19: “The FDA has not authorized or approved ivermectin for use in preventing or treating COVID-19 in humans or animals. Ivermectin is approved for human use to treat infections caused by some parasitic worms and head lice and skin conditions like rosacea.”
“These were parents complaining about their school boards, teaching gender lies in their schools, biological males entering their daughter’s bathrooms and sports,” she complained. “These were also people questioning the 2020 election. And guess what? That’s Americans’ First Amendment right. These were people talking about voting machines. You know what? Democrats did that in 2019 before the 2020 election,” she claimed.
Watch below or at this link.
Marjorie Taylor Greene thinks (wrongly) that Twitter broke the law by suspending her account for violating the terms of service pic.twitter.com/xKugHRHZ1F
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 8, 2023
‘Let’s Be Blunt’: Bannon Blasts Huckabee Sanders as ‘Not Intellectually Capable’ After ‘Insulting’ SOTU Response
Arkansas Republican Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders delivered the Republican Party’s official response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address and was panned from all sides.
Many on the left were angered and outraged as she attacked LGBTQ and Black Americans in a lengthy speech that was tall on culture war rhetoric and extremism and short on policy or vision.
But even those on the right seems exasperated with her remarks.
Lou Dobbs, the far-right-wing culture warrior and former Fox Business anchor, told former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon that Huckabee Sanders’ speech was “unacceptable,” and, “an insult to President Trump” for “not mentioning his name,” as Media Matters reports.
“Sarah Huckabee went to Iraq with the President,” Dobbs recalled, which the former White House press secretary spent an unusually large portion of her remarks discussing, “and the First Lady in the dark of night, for Christmas, with our troops.”
“To not mention is name, to talk about ‘new leadership’ – it looked like the Governor’s Association had written much of that speech, and aligned themselves with Ron DeSantis,” Dobbs lamented, calling it a “lack of respect to POTUS.”
Bannon, convicted on two federal criminal contempt charges, agreed that her remarks were “an insult to Trump.”
“She does not exist, politically, if it’s not for President Trump,” Bannon continued. “I thought the speech was terrible.”
“If you’re going to give a counter speech, you’ve got to talk about important issues. Don’t get me wrong, the wokeism is very important. But it’s not quite the heart of the matter right now, right? It’s not the heart of the matter. She is not — the reason is she’s just not — she’s not intellectually capable of going to the heart of the matter, right? Let’s be blunt.”
“This was like written by Ron DeSantis and the entire RGA,” Bannon said, referring to the Republican Governors’ Association.
Watch below or at this link.
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