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Breaking: Arkansas Lawmakers Send ‘Right To Discriminate’ Bill To Governor’s Desk

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The Arkansas legislature has just passed a sweeping pro-discrimination bill, and is sending it to their Republican governor’s desk.

On Monday the Arkansas Senate passed a sweeping bill that bans every town, city, and municipality in the state from passing or enforcing non-discrimination ordinances. The legislation just passed the House today, and now is on its way to Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson’s desk, where it is expected to be signed into law.

The legislation, billed as an “emergency” bill, is being masqueraded as a commerce bill, designed to make doing business across the state easier, and more inviting to out-of-state companies.

“This bill creates uniformity for business, and citizens for that matter, that our employment laws will be the same throughout the state,” GOP Rep. Bob Ballinger said today, as Buzzfeed reported. “There are some things on a statewide basis we deal with all the time, such as murder and fraud — a variety of things that need to be uniform.” 

Arkansas State Senator Bart Hester, whom NCRM profiled yesterday, defended his legislation, saying, “civil rights need to not be a volatile situation.”

LOOK: ‘Singled Out’ GOP Lawmaker To End All LGBT Protections ‘Because I Am Married To One Woman’

He also, now infamously said, “I am singled out as a politician. I am singled out because I am married to one woman,” he told Buzzfeed. “I want everyone in the LGBT community to have the same rights I do. I do not want them to have special rights that I do not have.”

What it actually does is strike down all local ordinances that prohibit discrimination, effectively amounting to a war on the LGBT community, which already faces serious discrimination in The Natural State. 

Sen. Hester, who last year spoke at an anti-gay marriage rally, had said he was “infuriated” that local cities and towns were passing legislation to protect their LGBT citizens from being discriminated against in housing, employment, and education.

 

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Trump-Loving ‘True Victim of the Pandemic’ Nikki Haley Slammed for Complaining Her Birthday Popcorn Order Was Late

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Nikki Haley is once again being widely mocked for a tweet. A few weeks ago it was this tweet, which basically was a very effective ad for Joe Biden:

Now, it’s something far less political – or is it?

Monday morning President Donald Trump’s former U.S. Ambassador to the UN complained about… late birthday popcorn.

This one tweet seems to sum up the opinions of many:

Many mocked Haley for being tone deaf to Trump’s destruction of the U.S. Postal Service.

Many reminded the former Republican governor of South Carolina that we’re in the middle of a pandemic.

Many mocked her for her horrible record or priorities:

Many mocked her for her support of President Donald Trump:

And some, well, just mocked her for being cheap:

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Fox & Friends Furious ‘Gym Owners Are Dying,’ Because ‘Politicians’

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“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade expressed anger Monday morning over gyms that are not allowed to re-open, or have to restrict the number of people allowed inside during the coronavirus pandemic. The number of COVID-19 cases in the country has doubled in just a few weeks to over 5 million.

“They’re dying. These gym owners are dying,” Kilmeade told his Fox News viewers, with not even a shred of understanding that in reality, 165,000 Americans have literally died from the virus.

“They have small margins anyway and they can’t do anything because these politicians won’t let ’em,” Kilmeade, clearly angry, snarled.

Kilmeade’s guest, “Body by Jake” creator Jake Steinfeld, told viewers, “Don’t quit,” and “be dilligent.”

But as soon as he started to give tips on how to stay healthy at home, which he said is “so important,” Kilmeade tried to cut him off.

“Gotcha,” Kilmeade said.

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Trump Calls Mt. Rushmore Story ‘Fake News’ — but Then Says It ‘Sounds Like a Good Idea’

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President Donald Trump attacked CNN and the New York Times for their story that the White House reached out to the governor of South Dakota about Trump being added to Mt. Rushmore. He claimed it was “fake news” but then proceeded to mischaracterize what the report actually said.

“This is Fake News by the failing @nytimes & bad ratings @CNN. Never suggested it although, based on all of the many things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me!”

The report doesn’t say that he or the White House suggested the idea, it reported that the South Dakota governor created a mock-up of Mt. Rushmore with Trump’s face on it.

Still, Trump pivoted to suggest it’s “a good idea,” and posted a White House photo from July 3, of his face aligned with the others on the mountain.

 

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