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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s Approval Ratings Crash, Burn After ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Firestorm

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OK. Right now, guess how many points GOP Gov. Mike Pence’s approval rating has dropped since his “religious freedom” law disaster? Five? Ten? Twenty?…

On paper, no one can disagree that Mike Pence is a Hoosier if ever there were one. Born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, Pence earned his undergraduate degree from an Indiana private, Presbyterian liberal arts college and his law degree from Indiana University. He worked for an Indiana think tank, had a gig as an Indiana radio talk show host, served the people of Indiana as a U.S. Congressman, and then, as their governor.

Indiana is a conservative state. Gallup ranks it number 21, with number one, Mississippi, being the most conservative. Mitt Romney won the state over Barack Obama by ten points. 

In January, Hoosiers gave their beloved governor a 66 percent approval rating. That’s pretty huge. In February, that dropped a bit, to 62 percent. 

In a new poll commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign and conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, Hoosiers now give their Republican governor an approval rating of just 39 percent.

That’s a 23 point plunge from February, and a 27 point drop from January.

“As you may have heard, Governor Mike Pence recently signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which (Some people say) allows business owners to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and (Other people say) protect business owners from acting against their own religious beliefs,” Indiana voters were told in the poll. “Generally speaking, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Governor Mike Pence for signing this bill into law?,” they were then asked.

A solid majority, 53 percent, said the issue gave them a less favorable opinion, while only 38 percent said it gave them a more favorable one.

There was also a 30-point drop in voters saying they felt the state under Pence was on the right track.

Another important marker is how they felt about the “religious freedom” law.

“Do you think businesses should or should not be allowed to refuse service to someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity?,” voters were asked. A whopping 70 percent said they thought businesses should not be allowed to discriminate. Even among Republicans, 58 percent, a clear majority, said no to discrimination.

“Elected officials, and governors specifically, who experiment with these anti-LGBT bills that allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people do so at their own peril,” JoDee Winterhof, HRC Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs, said in a statement summing up the polling.

 

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Hat tip: HRC

 

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Trump Reverses on Illegal Hosting of G-7 at His Own Resort – Blames ‘Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility’

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President Donald Trump late Saturday night finally reversed his decision to host the G-7 at his Doral Miami resort in June of 2020. Ignoring numerous Republican lawmakers, legal experts, and bipartisan condemnation of his unconstitutional and illegal decision the president instead blamed the “Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility.”

Curiously, Trump announced his administration would “begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.”

But on Thursday Trump’s chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters at a rare White House briefing that the administration had conducted an exhaustive search for the best space to host the G-7 leaders, and fairly decided Trump’s Doral Miami resort was “perfect.”

Earlier: Trump Mocked After Saying He Thought Violating the Constitution and Profiting From G7 Hosting Was ‘Good for Our Country’

Mulvaney went so far as to claim the White House had looked at 12 locations, including two in Utah, but decided on the Doral.

He also preemptively refused to release any emails or other items documenting the search process.

But if an actual search had been conducted, it would make sense to simply announce the 2020 G-7 would be held at the next “best” locale. Instead, Trump announced a new search would be conducted.

Why?

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Trump Mocked After Saying He Thought Violating the Constitution and Profiting From G7 Hosting Was ‘Good for Our Country’

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After tremendous public and private  bipartisan condemnation of his decision to host the 2020 G-7 at his own Miami resort President Donald Trump Saturday night appeared to be laying the groundwork of reversing the unconstitutional and illegal decision.

In an insane series of tweets the president did what he always does: blamed the media for holding his feet to the fire in accurately reporting the consequences of his actions.

“I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms,” Trump tweeted, adding that “each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!”

Also going “crazy” are Republicans and legal experts.

Should Trump host the G-7 at any of his properties he would reportedly be violating at least one if not several laws, and the U.S. Constitution.

Many quickly took to Twitter to express their condemnation yet again.

 

 

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‘This Is a Real Warning’: Ex-Campaign Aide Bluntly States Clinton Didn’t Go Far Enough Criticizing Tulsi Gabbard

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On MSNBC Saturday, former Clinton campaign official and director of SiriusXM progressive programming Zerlina Maxwell said that not only did Hillary Clinton do nothing wrong for criticizing Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), she should have if anything gone even harder.

“I think she didn’t go far enough, and we have to decide whether or not we’ll listen to Hillary Clinton, who lived through this in 2016, or whether or not we’re going to do what we did in 2016, is decide that what she’s saying is irrelevant because of how we feel personally about her, and I think that that would be a mistake,” said Maxwell.

Related: ‘Malevolent Kraken’: Tulsi Gabbard Mocked After Attacking Hillary Clinton Over Claim Russia Is Grooming a Woman Democrat

“In 2016, anchors literally laughed at Hillary Clinton when she said it was Russia,” Maxwell continued. “Robby Mook went on television and said, ‘It was Russia that was hacking our emails and releasing them on Wikileaks.’ We were laughed at. I would like everyone to listen to us now because I, on the campaign, had that red banner over my email that said, ‘Government hackers are trying to infiltrate your account.’ So, this is a real warning. And I think that we would be smart to listen before it’s too late.”

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