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US Congressman Slams NYC Gay Hotel Owners: Don’t Support People ‘Who Believe We’ll Burn In Hell’

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A Democratic U.S. Congressman just penned an open letter to the LGBT community slamming the two gay NYC real estate developers who hosted a Ted Cruz fundraising dinner.

Rep. Mark Pocan, Democrat of Wisconsin, today wrote a letter to the LGBT community commenting on last week’s dinner for Sen. Ted Cruz, held by Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner. The two businessmen are wealthy real estate developers who make their living  by creating and running gay-focused businesses, like the gay hotel they named The OUT NYC. They also lease space to other LGBT businesses, like gay bars, whose customers’ money helps fatten their wallets. 

The LGBT community has been up in arms over the dinner, not because it was a “conversation,” but because it put money and contacts into the hands of one of the Senate’s most virulently anti-gay lawmakers. Senator Cruz, literally that same week, after sitting in the Manhattan home of two gay men, turned around and filed two bills that would halt same-sex marriage, one of which would make banning it constitutional.

LOOK: Over 100 Surround NYC’s Gay OUT Hotel To Protest Owners’ Hosting Ted Cruz (Photos And Video)

“People, we need to get ourselves together,” Pocan writes in the Huffington Post today. His letter is in direct response to Reisner and Weiderpass, whom he says, “seemed unaware of Cruz’s disgusting views as they gleefully hosted and posted pictures of Cruz at their event last Monday.”

“I know there are Republican members of the LGBT community,” Rep. Pocan, who took Senator Tammy Baldwin’s seat when she was elected to the Senate. “And there are Republican legislators who support equality, albeit not many. Fine, go ahead and throw them a fundraiser they will remember for a long time. But let’s not support those who believe we’ll burn in hell because of who we are and who we love,” he urged.

Pocan labeled the dinner event for Cruz as “ridiculous” and “counterproductive” for the LGBT community, asking, “how can you provide financial and political support to a candidate whose views are completely at odds with your very being?” 

“It just doesn’t make sense,” he surmised. “And we should not support people who’d rather see us without any equality at all.”

 

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Ted Cruz: My Fundraiser With Rich Gay NYC Real Estate Developers Proves I Am A ‘Big Tent Republican’

 

Image by WisPolitics.com via Flickr and a CC license

 

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4 Top Trump-Supporting House Republicans ‘Demanding Answers’ on ‘Treatment’ of January 6 ‘Prisoners’

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The U.S. Dept.  of Justice arrested and charged over 500 people who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many in a coordinated effort to overturn a free and fair election. DOJ expects to charge about 100 others as well.

“The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence,” the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. wrote in March, when the list of people to be charged was estimated at about 400, The Washington Post reported at the time.

On Tuesday, as the newly-minted U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack launches, holding its first day of events, four far right wing House Republicans – some of whom has been linked to white nationalists – will be holding a different type of event.

Instead of working to uncover and piece together all the information about what happened on Jan. 6, including what led up to the attempted coup, four GOP representatives – Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene – will hold a press conference on the “treatment” of the January 6 “prisoners,” suggesting they are “political prisoners,” which is false.

The four extremists will hold that press conference Tuesday at 1 PM, “demanding answers on the treatment of Jan. 6 prisoners” from Attorney General Merrick Garland, per a press release.

“This is taking place on the same day as the Jan. 6 select committee’s first hearing,” Forbes’ Andrew Solender reports. House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “is also holding a presser ahead of that to counterprogram.”

“The lawmakers have all pushed a baseless conspiracy theory that federal agents were behind the attack, with Gosar also casting slain rioter Ashli Babbitt – who was shot by law enforcement while trying to breach the House chamber – as a martyr,” Solender says in a Forbes article.

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‘Groveling Before White Supremacists’: GOP Senate Candidate Slammed for ‘Going Fully Anti-Semitic’

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A Republican candidate for the seat currently held by retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was both criticized for antisemitism and mocked for accidentally yet accurately linking extremism with conservatism on Monday.

Venture capitalist J.D. Vance, whose former boss, billionaire PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel has invested $10 million in a PAC supporting him, posted the strange tweet attacking the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL is a civil rights organization dedicated to “monitoring, tracking and responding to antisemitism in the United States.” Vance is the author of “Hillbilly Elegy.”

He retweeted this post from disclose.tv and called the ADL “a joke of an organization that just goes after conservatives.”

Some slammed Vance’s tweet as antisemitic:

Others just mocked him for accidentally speaking the truth about “extremist and hate movements.”

 

 

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Psaki Forced to Explain COVID Basics to Fox News Reporter Asking ‘Whose Fault’ Is It Pandemic Cases Spiking

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday was forced to explain the basics of the coronavirus pandemic to Fox News reporter Peter Doocy after he tried to blame the increase in COVID-19 cases on President Joe Biden, bt asking, “whose fault” is it that the numbers are “going in the wrong direction.”

Naturally, the answer is those who could be vaccinated yet are still refusing to do so.

“On COVID Dr. Fauci says we’re going in the wrong direction. Whose fault is that?” Doocy asked.

“Well,” Psaki replied, “I would say first what he was referring to is the fact that because there are still a large population of people in this country who were unvaccinated. And we have the most transmissible variants that we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic that more people are getting sick with COVID, and that’s not, those numbers are not moving in the right direction. I think that’s accurate and you can see it by data.”

Doocy works for one of the top conservative cable channels that possibly has spread more coronavirus and vaccine disinformation than almost any other.

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