Mike Huckabee this morning posted to Twitter his presidential campaign announcement video even though he hasn’t officially announced White House run. Worse, it’s embarrassingly out of touch with America, and threatens nuclear war with “radical Islam.”
Perhaps Mike Huckabee has never heard the phrase, “What have you done for me lately.”Â
The Republican former Arkansas governor andÂ ordainedÂ Southern BaptistÂ minister this morning dropped his presidential announcement video on Twitter, and it’s embarrassingly awful.
Watch Announcement video http://t.co/rErp9tmmOG and pls retweet to share with friends!
â€” Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) May 1, 2015
Forget the fact that Huckabee hasn’t even announced if he’s runningÂ â€“ that will come next weekÂ â€“ but he pushed out early a video that reminds America he hasn’t held office in almost a decade.Â
Shot after shot after shot are of a far younger Huckabee, with a few more recent ones of him delivering speeches.Â
If Huckabee is attempting to appeal to a wider base than his former Fox News TV show, this will not do it.
The video does not look at all like America. It features not a single person of color, although there is one shot that includes a Black man, and a wide shot of a large, unrecognizable audience. There are few young people.
“I’ll protect Social Security and Medicare,” Huckabee promises. “Washington has done enough lying and stealing,” he adds in the voiceover. “I’ll never rob seniors of what our government promised them and even forced them to pay for.”
Forced to pay into Social Security and Medicare? Is that an issue now for the Tea Party?
The video begins with how Huckabee, who succeeded Bill Clinton as Governor â€“ he did not run against Bill Clinton â€“Â defeated “Bill Clinton’s Arkansas”Â after Clinton left office. And it curiously includes this image of Bill and Hillary Clinton:
“I’ll lead with moral clarity in a dangerous world,” Huckabee promises.
There’s little policy, quite understandably, but the video ends with a veiled threat by Huckabee that he would start a nuclear war with “radical Islam.”
“There’s a difference between right and wrong. There’s a difference between good and evil. I’ll keep all the options on the table in order to defeat the evil forces of radical Islam.”
“All options”? That would include nuclear weapons.
Great way to start a campaign, Governor.
Image: Screenshot viaÂ Prosperity For All Fund/YouTube
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Watch: Ben Shapiro Demands LGBTQ People Leave Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and His ‘Fragile Flying Back’ Alone
Right wing extremist Ben Shapiro is demanding LGBTQ people leave Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer alone. Shapiro, who runs the far right website The Daily Wire, says the popular children’s Christmas character has enough problems and doesn’t need any more.
“Can’t you just leave Rudolph alone?” Shapiro asked on his radio show. “Like, he’s got enough problems without you putting your own issues with sexual orientation on his fragile flying back.”
Shapiro, who is virulently anti-LGBTQ, was reading from Wednesday’s New York Times opinion piece, “‘Rudolph,’ the Queerest Holiday Special.”
“As for ‘Rudolph,’ the whole movie feels as L.G.B.T.Q. friendly to me as any episode of ‘Queer Eye’ or ‘Steven Universe’ or ‘The L Word.'”
“Except for the fact that,” Shapiro notes, “You know, Rudolph doesn’t have sex with any of the other male reindeer.”
Shapiro, like many other conservatives, boils being gay down to having sex.
“I’m particularly tired of the hijacking of children’s literature and children’s specials to promote political viewpoints on sexual matters,” Shapiro, who apparently is unfamiliar with LGBTQ people and culture, says. “Like, it’s a piece of children’s literature, cut it out.”
“The left likes to play this game a lot when it comes to TV,” Shapiro says, wrongly, accusing some LGBTQ people of “hijacking” SpongeBob SquarePants.
(It’s important to note that Shapiro is having this conversation with himself on his radio show while the U.S. House of Representatives is engaged in a debate over impeaching the President.)
He then went on to accuse “some members of ther LGBT community” in the early ’90s of “sugggesting that some of the Teletubbies were gay.”
“Jerry Falwell made a comment about, ‘Well, the Teletubbies aren’t gay,'” Shapiro insisted, falsely. “It’s silly to try and hijack children’s characters and the left was like, ‘A ha, trolled you, trolled you,” Shapiro said.
Except that’s not what happened, not at all.
Jerry Falwell is the far right religious extremist who is best remembered for these comments about the 9/11 terror attacks:
“I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.'”
And it was Jerry Falwell, not LGBTQ people, who said one of the Teletubbies was gay.
“Tinky Winky, one of four characters on the children’s TV show ‘Teletubbies,’ is gay and therefore a moral menace to American youth, the former Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell warns,” The New York Times reported in May of 1999. “Mr. Falwell said the creators of the program intended for Tinky Winky to be a gay role model.”
”He is purple — the gay-pride color; and his antenna is shaped like a triangle — the gay-pride symbol,” he wrote. He also noted that Tinky Winky carries a purse-like bag.
Seems Shapiro just can’t seem to get anything straight.
And as for “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” yes, that New York Times opinion piece is correct.
Ben Shapiro attacks the LGBTQ community for saying they relate to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: “Can’t you just leave Rudolph alone? Like, he’s got enough problems without you putting your own issues with sexual orientation on his fragile flying back” pic.twitter.com/TxoQs4DQh1
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) December 12, 2019
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Trump White House Already Scripting How Impeachment Trial Will Play Out? WH Counsel Just Walked Into McConnell’s Office
Just how much control will the Trump White House have over the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump?
The White House Counsel, Pat Cipollone, just walked into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office. Chances are good it wasn’t for a friendly game of checkers.
And Cipollone was accompanied by Eric Ueland, a former member of the Trump transition team who Trump tried to hand a top State Dept. job to but was forced to pull his nomination. A recent promotion has elevated him to now serving as the White House Director of Legislative Affairs, after spending years working for then-Senator Jeff Sessions.
Pat Cipollone and Eric Uleland just popped into McConnell’s office pic.twitter.com/FFQCOcJglO
— Alan He (@alanhe) December 12, 2019
One thing is clear: the Senate should not be working with the White House to pre-determine how the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will be conducted or will play out.
Remember, it was just six says ago that Cipollone sent this angry letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, effectively saying Trump and the White House would not participate in the House’s impeachment hearings.
WH counsel Cipollone breaks out the Sharpie and tells the House Judiciary Committee the WH will not participate pic.twitter.com/EF4A8fE48c
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 6, 2019
Cipollone called the impeachment inquiry “baseless.” He insisted it was both a waste of time and should be done “fast” so Trump could win in the Senate.
Experts say Cipollone’s December 6 letter in conjunction with his repeated refusal to hand over any documents or comply with congressional subpoenas may have forced the House to add the obstruction charge to the Articles of Impeachment.
Which apparently is where we are today.
Matt Gaetz Probably Isn’t the Best to Go After Someone’s Drug Use: Internet Cautions Republican Congressman
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) probably isn’t the best person to make an argument against driving under the influence given his own arrests. Even Rep Hank Johnson (D-GA) cautioned against “the pot calling the kettle black,” during the Thursday House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Gaetz was arrested for a DUI in 2008 on suspicion of a DUI after he refused a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test. Just two years later he was elected to the Florida state legislature and by 2016 he was in Congress.
According to the arrest report, Gaetz was driving home from a nightclub when he was pulled over for driving 48 in a 35 mile-per-hour zone, the Tampa Bay Times reported. He was driving a BMW that belonged to his father, state Sen. Don Gaetz. The case was subsequently dropped.
“I’m of the view that that is part of who I am,” said the Fort Walton Beach Republican, who in 2016 will seek the seat now held by his father, Senate President Don Gaetz. “I made bad decisions that resulted in an arrest, and that is sort of something that we all live with.”
It was something the internet cautioned should probably be addressed by anyone other than Gaetz if they’re going to somehow go after the former vice president’s son for drug use.
You can read the tweets below:
Whenever you see #DUIs trending, you just know before you click that it’s probably referring to our friend, Tipsy Matt Gaetz.
— TheRonAndBrianPodcast (@RonBrianPodcast) December 12, 2019
gaetz now attacking hunter biden for driving under the influence…irony is dead
— angrygiantsfan (@sfgiantsfangeo1) December 12, 2019
oh no gaetz lol
— trill cosby (@jay__all__day) December 12, 2019
Matt Gaetz talking about substance abuse problems.
— La Vida Loca (@VidaLoca7676) December 12, 2019
Gaetz doesn’t wanna bring up something’s substance abuse but yet he’s being it up
— Marcus Martinez (@texanfan3485) December 12, 2019
Matt Gaetz really trying to call somebody out for substance abuse???#impeachgaetz
— Mike E (@mikelus1988) December 12, 2019
Now Gaetz is using the hearing as a chance to smear Hunter Biden, a private citizen, reading an article about his crack addiction. While claiming he’s not casting aspersions on people with substance abuse problems. He’s just saying. #impeachmentDebate
— 🆘Rev Magdalen |This Machine Dismantles Patriarchy (@revmagdalen) December 12, 2019
@CNNPolitics Rep Matt Gaetz looks like he does lines too.
— tay47 (@tay4712) December 12, 2019
Gaetz should know! How many DUI’S? pic.twitter.com/PFi0xaX35G
— Vic (@SlickVicUno) December 12, 2019
Gaetz is seriously going after someone’s driving record?
— Brian (@Go_GoSox) December 12, 2019
Someone needs to introduce Gaetz’s DUIs into the record. What a shameless disgrace of a human being…
— Mike (@miketheadguy) December 12, 2019
Matt Gaetz being concerned with an elected official’s son having a conflict of interest in business deals is rich with irony. #impeachmentDebate
— Sticky Advent Bandit🎄☃️ (@JeremyBiz) December 12, 2019
Gaetz the drunk is talking about Hunter Biden#ImpeachmentMarkups
— Suzanne DJohnso🌊🌊 (@SuzanneinLGB) December 12, 2019
Someone should take matt gaetz keys just to be safe.
— Loud Voice Guy (@LoudVoiceGuy) December 12, 2019
— Jean Dunn 🐈 (@jeandunn52) December 12, 2019
Gaetz was 26, driving from a nightclub in BMW REGISTERED to his Dad, then-Florida Sen. Don Gaetz.
With watery and bloodshot eyes, swayed n staggered when he got out of the car and smelled of alcohol
Admitted he had two beers but refused field sobriety & breath tests, arrested
— AboveAvgJoe (@Joeharrison31) December 12, 2019
That was amazing! I was seriously about to spit fire when Gaetz started talking about crack and Biden. Pretty brazen for someone with his record.
— No longer accepting the things I can’t change (@tkwolfe1) December 12, 2019
Not just the gallery laughing at Gaetz, the whole world https://t.co/aWXdLmIIRP
— the heady horseman (@StinkyZeke) December 12, 2019
Gaetz is the drunk calling the coke head stoned.
— Sonny Goldreich (@sgoldreich) December 12, 2019
What did Gaetz do that his Daddy had to fix?
— MissMarple (@ValerieBrysK) December 12, 2019
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