Governor Mike Pence says the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act “isn’t about discrimination.” He’s lying. And he’s literally surrounded by professional anti-gay activists. Here’s how you can prove it.
On Thursday when Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed his Religious Freedom Restoration Act in to law, he did so in a private ceremony that was closed to the press and the public. Minutes after he signed the discriminatory bill into law, he or his staff posted a photo of Governor Pence surrounded by what the press was told were religious and faith leaders:
â€” Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) March 26, 2015
â€œThis bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it,” Pence said in a statement announcing the signing.
As it turns out, that photograph is damning evidence Governor Pence is lying about the intent behind his Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
So is this one. It was posted by Micah Clark, a professional anti-gay activist:
â€” Micah Clark (@AFAofIndiana) March 26, 2015
This afternoon, GLAAD posted an image (above) revealing that not everyone surrounding Gov. Pence in the signing photo is a religious or faith leader.
“Some of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s guests at the signing of the state’s ‘license to discriminate’ bill look familiar to us,” GLAAD writes on Facebook.
This image was created by Twitter user @seamonkey237.
It reveals three of the people surrounding Gov. Pence are professional anti-gay activists. Here are excerpts from their rÃ©sumÃ©s, thanks to GLADD’s Commentator Accountability Project:
Micah Clark,Â Head of the American Family Association of Indiana:
ClaimsÂ that “homosexuality has no societal benefit…and its individually destructive and dangerous.”
Curt Smith,Â President of Indiana Family Institute:Â
Admits: “…I believe homosexuality is harmful to all, including society, and is against the teachings of the God of the Bible…”
Equates homosexualityÂ with bestiality and adultery
Eric Miller,Â Exec. Director of Advance America, Indiana’s leading anti-LGBT org.:
ClaimsÂ â€œ[b]anning same-sex marriages and civil unions will prove to be the greatest moral battle of this generation.â€
Distributed fear flier falselyÂ claiming that pastors could be jailed for preaching against homosexuality once same-sex marriage passes
Here’sÂ seamonkey237’s tweet with the image:
â€” JetBelly (@seamonkey237) March 29, 2015
And another version:
Mike Pence says Indiana’s RFRA isn’t about discrimination. Yet look who he invited to the (private) bill signing. pic.twitter.com/hhx95efLci
â€” Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) March 29, 2015
Share these images far and wide, and tag them with #RFRA.
Image via Twitter
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President Donald Trump’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, in bombshell testimony Wednesday destroyed the president’s lie that Joe Biden’s actions, especially toward Ukraine, are “corrupt.”
Asked if there any factual basis to support Trump’s allegations, Kent replied: “None whatsoever.”
Kent debunks Trumpworld’s argument that Joe Biden’s dealings in Ukraine were somehow corrupt pic.twitter.com/B3NDloJWIO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 13, 2019
Taylor Staffer Overheard Trump Impatiently Asking Sondland About ‘The Investigations’ Day After Infamous July 25 Call
The acting ambassador to Ukraine said he has learned since his closed-door testimony that President Donald Trump appeared keenly interested in the status of an investigation into Joe Biden by Ukraine.
Bill Taylor, the president’s top diplomat in Ukraine, testified Wednesday that he learned last week from a staffer, after he was deposed in a closed-door hearing, about an incident that took place a day after Trump’s call to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Last Friday, a member of my staff told me of events that occurred on July 26,” Taylor testified.
Taylor was visiting the front of Ukraine’s war with Russia at the time with Kurt Volker, then a special envoy to the country, and a member of the ambassador’s staff accompanied EU ambassador Gordon Sondland to a meeting with Andrey Yermak, an aide to Zelensky.
“Following that meeting, in the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kyiv,” Taylor testified. “The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about ‘the investigations.’”
“Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward,” Taylor added.
Taylor’s staff member asked Sondland what the president thought about Ukraine, and the acting ambassador was troubled by his State Department colleague’s response.
“Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor testified. “At the time I gave my deposition on October 22, I was not aware of this information. I am including it here for completeness.”
Taylor said he first reported that new information through the State Department’s legal adviser, and then through attorneys for both House Republicans and Democrats.
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So, Nunes is claiming (falsely) that Democrats both colluded with Ukraine and attacked Ukraine (video below.)
“Democrats have a long habit of accusing Republicans of offenses they, themselves, are committing,” Nunes claimed. “For years they accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia when they themselves were colluding with Russia by funding and spreading the Steele Dossier that relied on Russian sources. And now they accuse President Trump of malfeasance in Ukraine, when they, themselves, are culpable. The Democrats cooperated in Ukrainian election meddling,” Nunes charged.
Literally every word is a lie.
Remember that the U.S. Intelligence Community unanimously decreed that Russia attacked the 2016 U.S elections. That fact was once again proven during the Mueller investigation, and in the Mueller Report. There is literally zero proof of Nunes’ claims.
Nunes, who may be best remembered for his dramatic dark of night visit to the White House in 2017, where he was given information by the Trump administration only to claim it was from a secret source. That information was falsely framed to suggest (wrongly) the Obama administration had illegally investigated the Trump campaign.
Nunes: Democrats colluded with Russia, not Trump. pic.twitter.com/SFy53dL2MC
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 13, 2019
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