Rand Paul just quietly released a video announcing his run for the presidency, but most of the clips of him speaking are from one of the most anti-gay conferences in America.
Ted Cruz chose to use a university founded by the virulently anti-gay Jerry Falwell as the backdrop for his 2016 presidential campaign announcement, and now his senatorial colleague, Rand Paul, has chosen something similar.
While the Republican U.S. Senator from Kentucky has yet to formally announce his candidacy for president, last week he announced that this Tuesday he would be making a major announcement, and late Sunday evening Rand Paul released a teaser video of the campaign.
But just like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul too is cozying up to anti-gay religious conservatives in his new “teaser” video.
In the video, Senator Paul, a 52-year old ophthalmologist wearing a Brooks Brothers’ dress shirt, positions himself as a different kind ofÂ RepublicanÂ leader. In fact, that’s the video’s title.
The video opens with clips of pundits supposedly heralding the Tea Party and libertarian hero, and then cuts to Sen. Paul stating, “to fix Washington we can’t have business as usual,” but it shows him speaking at this year’s the Conservative Political Action Convention.
CPAC is one of the nation’s most anti-gay political conventions. They won’t even allow the Log Cabin Republicans or, before they went under, GOProud, the former gay Tea Party group, to speak. The conference always attracts leaders from the far right, and Christian evangelicalÂ activists, likeÂ Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins orÂ American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, to name just a few.
Ironically, in another clip of Senator Paul speaking at CPAC, he can be heard saying “Congress should live under the laws they pass.” He calls for kicking out of Congress those who don’t.
But Senator Rand Paul’s presidential candidacy itself is technically illegal if he runs while also running for re-election.
How’s that for hypocrisy?
But wait, there’s more.
In another clip, Paul says, “Liberal policies have failed our inner cities.”
And by “inner cities,” you know he means Black peopleÂ â€“ the very people Sen. Paul thinks business owners should be allowed to discriminate against.
Rand Paul pretty much distanced himself from the “religious freedom” bills in Indiana and Arkansas last week, but he did tellÂ Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting network that AmericaÂ needs evangelical ChristianÂ “tent revivals” to heal the “moral crisis” created by same-sex marriage.
AÂ “different kind ofÂ RepublicanÂ leader”? Rand Paul just proved he’s the same old washed up anti-gay pro-discrimination religious zealotÂ â€“ and the same kind of Republican “leader” as all the rest.
The video closes with a kind of “Mad Men”-esque image, which, considering the GOP would like to take the country back a half-century or more, makes perfect sense.
One last note. On Twitter, Sen. Rand Paul is now Dr. Rand Paul. Kind of a slap in the face to all Kentuckians who voted for him.
It begins tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/exk26vFFKq
â€” Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 6, 2015
Stay tuned â€“ we’ll have Dr. Paul’s actual official announcement here tomorrow when it happens, live.
Image: Screenshot via YouTube
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‘I’m Broke’: One Day Before Shutdown and With No Plan McCarthy Says He Has ‘Nothing’ in His ‘Back Pocket’
Just 30 hours before his own Republican conference likely will have succeeded in shutting down the federal government of the United States, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy candidly admitted to reporters he’s run out of ideas.
Earlier Friday in an “embarrassing failure,” 21 House Republicans killed legislation from their own party, a short-term continuing resolution, that would have kept the federal government open.
Later on Friday afternoon, swarmed by reporters, McCarthy was asked if he was going to tell them what his plans are. He sarcastically replied, “No, I’m going to keep it all a secret.”
When pressed, he said he would “keep working, and make sure we solve this problem.”
“What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?” another reporter asked, pressing him for an answer.
“Nothing right now. I’m broke,” he admitted, apparently referring to options and ideas to avoid a shutdown.
But another reporter asked Speaker McCarthy the main question: Would he partner with House Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries to put the Senate’s bill before the House.
He refused to answer.
After Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) failed House vote to keep the federal government open…
Reporter: “What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?”
McCarthy: “Nothing right now. I’m broke.” pic.twitter.com/pB2SWhOSVr
— The Recount (@therecount) September 29, 2023
Just before 5 PM CNN’s Manu Raju reported on the ongoing House Republicans’ closed-door meeting with the Speaker, a meeting where the 21 Republicans who will likely be effectively responsible for the shutdown reportedly did not attend.
“McCarthy is telling [Republicans] now there aren’t many options to avoid a shutdown, according to sources in room. He says they can approve GOP’s stop-gap plan that failed, accept Senate plan, put a ‘clean’ stop-gap on floor to dare Democrats to block it — or shut down the government.”
He adds, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) largely responsible for the impending likely shutdown and the impending possible ouster of McCarthy said: “We will not pass a continuing resolution on terms that continue America’s decline.”
At midnight Saturday Republicans will likely have succeeded in furloughing 3.5 million million federal workers – two million of them service members in the U.S. Armed Forces – and countless contractors, while financially harming untold thousands of businesses that rely on income from all those workers to keep running – unless Speaker McCarthy puts a bipartisan continuing resolution approved by at least 75 U.S. Senators on the floor, legislation every House Democrat is likely to vote for.
Should he do so, many believe he will have also signed his own pink slip.
But whether or not the government shuts down, and whether or not McCarthy puts the Senate’s CR on the floor, according to The Washington Post the far right extremists in his party are already moving to oust him “as early as next week.”
The Biden campaign is making certain Americans realize the blame for the impending shutdown sits at McCarthy’s feet.
Here is Kevin McCarthy a few months ago praising the deal he made with President Biden to avert a government shutdown, which he is now reneging on pic.twitter.com/B4rVNzNXkZ
— Biden-Harris HQ (@BidenHQ) September 29, 2023
At 6:23 PM Friday evening, Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman wrote on social media: “HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE NO PLAN TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN.”
Watch the videos above or at this link.
‘Bad News’ for Sidney Powell as First Trump Co-Defendant in Georgia RICO Case Takes Plea Deal: Legal Expert
“Under the terms of an agreement with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office, Hall pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit computer theft, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, and conspiracy to defraud the state,” NBC News reports. “Under the terms of the deal, he’s being sentenced to five years probation.”
CNN previously reported “Hall, a bail bondsman and pro-Trump poll-watcher in Atlanta, spent hours inside a restricted area of the Coffee County elections office when voting systems were breached in January 2021. The breach was connected to efforts by pro-Trump conspiracy theorists to find voter fraud. Hall was captured on surveillance video at the office, on the day of the breach. He testified before the grand jury in Fulton County case and acknowledged that he gained access to a voting machine.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, a professor of law and frequent MSNBC contributor, says Hall “was in the thick of things with Sidney Powell on Jan 7 for the Coffee County scheme involving voting machines. If he’s cooperating, it’s a bad sign for her.”
Hall’s plea deal “spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell,” says former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU Law professor of law. Goodman posted a graphic showing the overlap in charges against Hall and Powell, which he called “alleged joint actions.”
With breakthrough for Georgia DA (@TamarHallerman reporting: “SCOTT HALL has become the first co-defendant in the Fulton election interference case to take a plea deal with prosecutors.”)
That spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell.
Example of alleged joint actions.👇 pic.twitter.com/odMM5C7JtX
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) September 29, 2023
See the graphic above or at this link.
Far-Right Republicans Kill GOP Bill to Keep Government Running in ‘Embarrassing Failure’ for McCarthy: Report
With a shutdown less than 36 hours away, far-right Republicans in the House of Representatives Friday afternoon voted against their party’s own legislation to kept the federal government running. Democrats opposed the content of the bill and voted against it. Just 21 far-right members of the GOP conference were able to effectively force what appears to be an all but inevitable shutdown at midnight on Saturday.
“HARDLINE HOUSE RS take down stopgap funding bill. 21 GOP no votes. 232-198,” reported Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman just before 2 PM Friday.
NBC News reported that a “band of conservative rebels on Friday revolted and blocked House Republicans’ short-term funding bill to keep the government open, delivering a political blow to Speaker Kevin McCarthy and likely cementing the chances of a painful government shutdown that is less than 48 hours away.”
“Twenty-one rebels, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a conservative bomb-thrower and a top Donald Trump ally, voted Friday afternoon to scuttle the 30-day funding bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, leaving Republicans without a game plan to avert a shutdown. The vote failed,” NBC added. “The embarrassing failure of the GOP measure once again highlights the dilemma for McCarthy as his hard-liners strongly oppose a short-term bill even if it includes conservative priorities. It leaves Congress on a path to a shutdown, with no apparent offramp to avoiding it — or to quickly reopen the government.”
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