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Broadway’s Audra McDonald Just Took Down Indiana Gov. Mike Pence In A Glorious Twitter Rant

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Superstar Audra McDonald’s Twitter handle isn’t @AudraEqualityMc for nothing. She just earned that “Equality” name ten times over.

Audra McDonald has won more Tony Awards than any other actor – six – and if there were a Tony for Twitter, the amazingly talented Broadway actress and singer would have just won one, too.

In response to Indiana Governor Mike Pence today signing a wide-sweeping anti-gay “religious freedom” – aka “license to discriminate” bill into law, McDonald went on a glorious Twitter rant and took down the conservative Republican governor.

Yes, she schooled him, and good.

Take a look:

(Six tweets – refresh the page if they do not all appear.)

Bam! Thank you, Audra, from the bottom of my heart.

UPDATE: Tweet of The Day: Apple CEO Tim Cook On Anti-Gay ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

By the way, that photo up top? That’s Audra McDonald in 2011:

“Broadway star Audra McDonald entertains the audience at an LGBT Obama 2012 campaign event in New York City.”

For more on the Indiana anti-gay Religious Freedom Restoration Act, read these articles from today:

George Takei Calls For A Boycott Of Indiana

$4 Billion Corp. To Indiana: We Warned You About RFRA, Now We’re ‘Forced To Dramatically Reduce Our Investment’

Breaking: Indiana Governor Mike Pence Has Signed ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Into Law

 

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Trump’s Authoritarian Movement Is ‘Determined to Restore the Original Racial and Religious Foundation of America’: Columnist

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New York Times columnist Thomas Edsall on Wednesday shined a light on the conspiratorial religious nationalism that has overwhelmed the Republican Party thanks in large part to former President Donald Trump.

In describing the Trump movement as a “chilling amalgam of Christian Nationalism, white replacement theory and conspiratorial zeal,” Edsall argued that their overall goal is “to restore what they see as the original racial and religious foundation of America.”

Edsall then quotes a series of experts on Christian Nationalism in the United States who note there are several different strands of it, and that not all of them are explicitly about white supremacy.

Ruth Braunstein, a professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut, tells Edsall that there is a difference between what she calls “white Christian nationalism,” which “explicitly fuses whiteness, Christianity, and Americanness,” and “colorblind Judeo-Christian nationalism,” which “either ignores race or uses colorblind language to describe ideal Americanness.”

READ MORE: DOJ transcript request shows criminal probe of Trump allies just moved into the open: legal expert

Robert Jones, chief executive of the Public Religion Research Institute, tells Edsall that Christian Nationalist attitudes show up most clearly in polling on immigration, where they’re mostly likely to describe immigrants as “invading” the United States.

“Among all voters, according to Jones, 29 percent believe that immigrants are invading our county; among Republicans, it’s 60 percent; among Democrats, 11 percent; among QAnon believers, 65 percent; among white evangelicals, 50 percent; and among white non-college voters, as pollsters put it, 43 percent,” writes Edsall.

Edsall concludes with a warning about Christian Nationalists potentially resorting to violence, and he cites “their ambition to restore an imagined past, by any means necessary.”

Read the whole column here.

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Madison Cawthorn Projected to Lose Seat – GOP Nominee Will Face LGBTQ Democrat

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U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn is projected to have lost his primary Tuesday night and be a one-term Congressman.

Dave Wasserman, the U.S. House editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report first made the call Tuesday night:

Business Insider also reports Cawthorn was “ousted.”

Republicans in Cawthorn’s North Carolina district had eight candidates to choose from and picked state Senator Chuck Edwards. As recently as last week Edwards was “polling a distant second at 21 percent,” Newsweek reported.

Edwards will face a formidable Democrat, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara. A Buncombe County Commissioner, Beach-Ferrara is an ordained Christian minister and the founding Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE).

Beach-Ferrara has a strong focus on policy. Unlike many modern-day candidates, especially on the right, her website lists her positions on 16 different issues: Agriculture, Children’s Issues, Choice, Climate Issues, COVID, Economic Opportunity & Job Creation, Education, Healthcare, Higher Education & Student Loan Debt, Legalizing Marijuana, LGBTQ Rights, Opioid Crisis, Racial Justice, Social Security & Medicare, Veterans, and Voting Rights & Independent Redistricting.

“Jasmine and her wife, Meghann Burke, live in Asheville with their oldest child Cal, twins Lily and Wyatt and dog, Ruggles,” her campaign website says. “They love hiking, swimming, exploring every playground in the county, and BBQ-ing. Jasmine is a fan of the UNC Tarheels, Carolina Courage, and Carolina Panthers.”

Chuck Edwards was endorsed by several Republicans, including U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, Phil Berger, the President pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate, and North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore.

But Cawthorn’s constituents reportedly had grown tired of his immaturity, including, as Newsweek noted, “being stopped by police three times since October—for alleged speeding and driving with a revoked license—being caught for the second time with a gun at airport security and accusations he was involved in illegal insider trading in relation to his ties to a ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ cryptocurrency.”

“Images have also been leaked of him wearing women’s lingerie. Another leaked video appeared to show him naked in bed thrusting against another person. Cawthorn said he was being ‘crass with a friend.'”

UPDATE: 10:24 PM ET –
MSNBC reports Cawthorn has conceded the race.

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'A SENSE OF THE TROUBLE HE IS IN'

‘Weird’ Mood at Madison Cawthorn’s HQ as He Trails in the Polls: NBC News Reporter

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Controversial Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s election party was not joyful as he trailed in the Republican primary for renomination.

“Nearly 45 minutes after polls closed on Tuesday night, Rep. Madison Cawthorn trailed challenger state Sen. Chuck Edwards,” The Charlotte Observer reported. “Cawthorn, the youngest member of the 117th Congress, had already earned national attention in his first term for his support of former President Donald Trump, his far-right beliefs and his controversial comments and behavior. But beginning in March, a series of scandals, which he called a drip campaign from his Republican colleagues, plagued the congressman.”

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis backed state Sen. Chuck Edwards, who was leading the race.

“It began when he called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ‘a thug’ and the Ukrainian government ‘evil.’ It escalated when he went on a podcast and said his congressional colleagues participated in orgies and did key bumps of cocaine. From there he was charged with driving with a revoked license, was caught at an airport for the second time with a gun, accused of insider trading, while photos of him draped in lingerie on a cruise ship and a video of him naked in bed with another person leaked,” the newspaper noted.

NBC News correspondent Antonia Hylton reported there was a “weird” mood at Cawthorn’s headquarters.

“And frankly, the mood at’s election night party behind me here is a little weird. There is about 30 or so people milling around, probably about a third of them are reporters. It’s very quiet, nobody has come out on stage and said much to us yet. and, so you get the sense that people are — they have a sense of the trouble that he is in,” she reported.

“I’m not surprised. I spent the day out of the precincts in a Republican district right near me here and I talked to Republicans all day long, who are using words to describe him like, immature, or maybe not ready to lead at 26,” she reported.

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