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Virulently Anti-Gay Ted Cruz To Announce Presidential Run Monday At Christian Right University

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Republican Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz will make a major announcement at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University on Monday.

There are currently 20 Republicans getting ready to run for the White House, and Ted Cruz on Monday will be the first nationally recognized right wing politician to formally announce his 2016 candidacy. The son of a Cuban-born fire-and-brimstone evangelical baptist preacher, Cruz has attacked the LGBT community and marriage equality as “a real danger to our liberty,” and is working in the Senate to ban same-sex marriage in the U.S. Constitution.

The theatrical Tea Party Republican will announce his candidacy as he delivers the convocation Monday at Jerry Fallwell’s Liberty University, which is closely affiliated with Liberty Counsel, a right-wing law firm that has spent years fighting same-sex marriage.

“By selecting the school, a private Christian college founded by fundamentalist preacher Jerry Falwell, as the site for his announcement, Cruz is also sending a clear signal to conservative Republican primary voters about his candidacy and his political positioning heading into the race,” the Washington Post reports. “He has assiduously courted evangelicals and other social conservatives as part of an attempt to build a coalition of conservatives frustrated with Republican Party elders in Washington.”

The choice of venue also underscores Cruz’s move to actively court young conservatives. Last month he told a group of mostly 20- and 30-somethings at CPAC to be “entrepreneurs for liberty” and spread his message of conservatism with a smile.

“If we carry young people, we can turn this entire country around,” he said.

Liberty Counsel appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of active anti-gay hate groups.

Cruz himself is quite comfortable rubbing elbows with anti-gay hate groups. He has participated in events with the American Family Association, the Family Research Council, and its president, Tony Perkins. Perkins in 2013 awarded Cruz with the label of “de facto leader of the Republican Party.”

Last month, as NCRM has reported, Cruz, a Canadian-born 44-year old freshman Senator, reintroduced legislation which would strip federal recognition of same-sex marriages, and thus, federal benefits.

And in January, Cruz announced his plan to introduce an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would prohibit judges from overturning state same-sex marriage bans, as he believes that same-sex marriage isn’t protected under the Constitution.

Sen. Cruz has been working closely with political kingmaker David Lane, whose American Renewal Project is run under the auspices of the American Family Association.

 

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Bill Barr, the former Attorney General who served as then-President Donald Trump’s top protector, has spoken with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.

Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), asked by CBS News about a bombshell draft executive order directing the Secretary of Defense to seize voting machines after Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, said: “We’ve had conversations with the former attorney general already. We have talked to Department of Defense individuals.”

“We are concerned that our military was part of this big lie on promoting that the election was false,” Thompson said Sunday morning on “Face the Nation.”

“So, if you are using the military to potentially seize voting machines, even though it’s a discussion, the public needs to know. We’ve never had that before.”

The draft memo was never formalized or enacted, and it is unknown who wrote it, but it was part of a massive, hard-fought document collection given to the Jan. 6 Committee by the National Archives after the Supreme Court refused to block its release. Trump tried for months to keep his official White House records from being released.

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According to a report from Business Insider, Michael Cohen admitted on Saturday that Donald Trump instructed him in 2012 to make sure that Don Trump Jr. be the one to take the fall instead of Ivanka Trump during an investigation by Manhattan’s district attorney into lying about property sales.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Alex Witt, Cohen recalled that the former president was concerned about Ivanka’s well-being if she was sentenced to jail and that Don Jr. would handle it better.

According to the report, Cohen told the MSNBC host, “You may recall that there was the district attorney’s case here for Trump Soho where it was either Don or Ivanka was in very big trouble as a result of lying about the number of units that had been sold.”

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“And Donald said it to me – I mean I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t said directly to me – he goes ‘if one or the other has to go to prison, make sure that it’s Don because Don would be able to handle it, ” he continued.

Cohen later said that he doesn’t expect Ivanka to willingly appear before the House committee investigating the Jan 6th insurrection and claimed the first daughter would likely plead the 5th before explaining, “Ivanka is only interested in Ivanka.”

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Former president Donald Trump and his family are facing “existential” threats from ongoing criminal investigations in New York and Georgia, according to MSNBC political analyst and Trump biographer Tim O’Brien.

“I think you’re going to start to see this vice squeeze in,” O’Brien said Saturday. “The Trumps will happily throw underlings under the bus as this gets hotter. I think the question is whether or not the family members will turn on one another as it goes up the food chain.”

“The Manhattan DA’s case has existential consequences to it,” O’Brien added. “Donald Trump and perhaps his children could end up in orange jumpsuits if that case goes the full route. That’s not going to be the case with (New York AG) Letitia James’ prosecution, that’s a civil case. I also think the Georgia case has an existential threat. Donald Trump acting like a 19th-century ward heeler, called up the secretary of state and said find me some votes, and there’s proof of that, there’s evidence.”

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