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Listen: Fox News’ Erick Erickson Says Gays Are ‘Terrorists’

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Fox News’ Erick Erickson, deemed America’s “Most Powerful Conservative,” calls gay people terrorists, hours after terrorists strategically slaughtered 12 people in Paris.

Late last month, The Atlantic named RedState founder and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson the “Most Powerful Conservative” in America. Erickson is a Louisiana native who lives in Georgia. His meteoric rise to fame on the far right defies comprehension, but it likely is tied to him seemingly having no personal internal editor, allowing him to blurt out what’s on his mind without considering repercussions. The Tea Party loves that.

Yesterday, three radical Islamic extremists hunted down journalists at the iconic French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, which is known worldwide for its unrelenting mocking of religious extremism. The terrorists slaughtered its editor and staff, after asking for each by name. Just hours after that news broke, Erickson recorded and published what sounded like a commentary on the attack that left 12 dead and 11 more wounded.

“A publisher published something that offended. It mocked, it offended, and it showed the fallacy of a religion. It angered,” he told listeners. “So the terrorists decided they needed to publicly destroy and ruin the publisher in a way that would not only make that destruction a public spectacle, but do it so spectacularly that others would think twice before publishing or saying anything similar.”

Sounds just like a commentary attacking the horrific acts of terrorism in Paris, doesn’t it?Â

“The terrorist wants to sow fear,” he slowly continued, as his published text reads. “The destruction of an individual is not just meant to be a tool of vengeance, but a tool of instruction. It shows others what will happen to them if they dare do the same. It is generates self-regulating peer pressure. Others, fearing the fall out, will being to self-police and self-regulate. They will silence others on behalf of the terrorists. Out of fear, they will drive the ideas from the public square and society will make them off limits.”

Erickson concludes, “The terrorists did what had to be done to publicly destroy and ruin the offender.”

So they demanded the Mayor of Atlanta fire the Chief of the Fire Department for daring to write that his first duty was to “glory God” and that any sex outside of heterosexual marriage was a sin.

And the terrorists won in Atlanta.

You can bet Erickson was quite proud of himself for that twist.

And for calling gay people terrorists.

In case you’re unsure what happened in Atlanta, Georgia, the fire chief was fired this week after he published a religiously-themed book that among other things, calls gay people “unclean,” and likens them to pedophiles and people who have sex with animals.

Mayor Kasim Reed made clear that he fired Kelvin Cochran not for the content of the book – although that seems like sufficient grounds – but for not consulting with him before publishing it.

Erickson wants people to believe that Cochran was fired for his religious beliefs, to fit the religious right’s narrative that they are being persecuted, even if they’re not.

And it seems he’ll say just about anything to make people believe that – even that gays are terrorists.

UPDATE: Just to be 100 percent clear on Erickson’s intentions, the description for the Soundcloud audio, presumably written by Erickson since it says it was, reads: “Erick ties together the terrorist attack in France today with the firing of the Atlanta Fire Chief.”

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DHS Chief Chad Wolf and Deputy Ken Cuccinelli Invalidly Appointed by Trump – Ineligible to Serve: Top Watchdog Agency

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Dept. of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli were not legally installed into the positions they have been serving, according to the federal government’s top watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office, Politico’s Kyle Cheney reports.

Republican political strategist Liz Mair says “this probably makes a ton that both have done while in these jobs unlawful.”

Immigration attorney Aaron Reichlin-Melnick:

Vice President, Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress:

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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Trump Calls for ‘A Certain Freedom’ to Wear Masks or Not – and Lies That Biden’s Coronavirus Policies Are ‘Anti-Scientific’

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President Donald Trump tried to contrast his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to the deaths of nearly 170,000 Americans, against former Vice President Joe Biden, who has called for strong measures far earlier than Trump ever did.

On Thursday Biden called on the nation’s governors to issue across the board mask mandates. Trump, in a campaign speech delivered under the false pretense of a coronavirus news conference, attacked his Democratic rival, and falsely claimed Biden had called for a national mask mandate instituted by presidential decree.

Trump, who misuses the power of his office regularly, claimed he did not think a President has the power to mandate mask wearing (he or she does.)

“Every governor should mandate mandatory mask wearing. The estimates by the experts are that it will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months. Forty thousand lives, if people act responsibly,” former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday, referring to scientific studies. “It’s not about your rights. It’s about your responsibilities as an American.”

Trump offered a different take on mask-wearing, saying “maybe they’re great and maybe they’re good and maybe they’re not so good, but frankly, what do you have to lose?” and adding, “we want to have a certain freedom,” to wear or not masks, “that’s what we’re about.”

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Trump’s Postmaster General Removing Hundreds of Mail Sorting Machines – Before the Biggest Vote By Mail Election Ever: Report

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President Donald Trump’s Postmaster General is quietly removing mail sorting machines and has scheduled the removal of  hundreds more from USPS facilities across the country. The action, which is both unprecedented and unexplained, comes barely months before the 2020 November election, which begins in weeks when early voting starts in some states.

“In many cases, these are the same machines that would be tasked with sorting ballots, calling into question promises made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that the USPS has ‘ample capacity’ to handle the predicted surge in mail-in ballots,” VICE’s Motherboard reports. “Motherboard identified 19 mail sorting machines from five processing facilities across the U.S. that either have already been removed or are scheduled to be in the near future.”

That may not seem like a lot, and as Motherboard notes, “the Postal Service operates hundreds of distribution facilities around the country.”

But The Guardian’s voting rights reporter Sam Levine has posted what he reports is a letter and attached spreadsheets detailing where literally hundreds of USPS machines are slated to be removed, from where, and when.

NCRM examined the spreadsheets, which refer to the removal of a total of 671 mail sorting machines with names like Automated Flat Sorting Machine (AFSMs), and Delivery Bar Code Sorters (DBCSs).

These are used to sort mostly letter-sized, flat mail pieces – the exact kind that, say, voting ballots would be sent in.

The letter, which was sent to the President of the American Postal Workers Union, cites only the “reduction in letter and flat mail volume,” but does not say why the machines are being removed now. The schedule calls for all 671 machines to be removed by September 30, which in some states is when or just after early voting begins.

 

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