President Barack Obama has heckled by a transgender woman this afternoon, but quickly won support from his guests.
President Barack Obama has had more than his fair share of heckling. Usually it’s at a campaign event, but today was different.
During his annual LGBT Pride Month celebration, when the President invites leaders from the LGBT community for an afternoon of speeches and horsÂ d’oeuvres, an undocumented transgender woman interrupted him.
â€œPresident Obama,” she repeated,Â “release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention and stop all deportations.”
â€œOK, you know what? No, no, no, no,” Â Obama responded. “Hey,” he said, as Vice President Biden, apparently embarrassed, bent over. “Listen. Youâ€™re in my house,” the President scolded, to laughter from the crowd, then cheers and applause.
“It’s not respectful when you get invited to somebody,” President Obama said, trailing off.Â “Youâ€™re not going to get a good response from me by interrupting me like this,” a noticeablyÂ frustrated Obama continued.
“I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” Obama continued, as the Vice President put both hands over his face. “Shame on you, you shouldnâ€™t be doing this.”
The crowd began to chant, “O-bam-a!, O-bam-a!”
The President told her she could stay if she quieted down, but apparently she refused and was then escorted out, saying, “Not one more deportation.”
Obama joked, “My attitude is, when you’re eating theÂ horsÂ d’oeuvres…,” to which the crowd laughed. “You know what I’m saying? And drinkin’ the booze.”
Afterwards, the PresidentÂ said, “Anyway, where was I?” to which a guest replied, “We love you!”
“I love you back!,” Obama responded.
The heckler was later identified asÂ JennicetÂ GutiÃ©rrez, a member of LGBT and immigration rights groupÂ GetEQUAL, andÂ NotOneMoreDeportation, which says it is “a campaign made of individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.”
GutiÃ©rrezÂ said she could not celebrate while some 75 transgender detainees were still being exposed to assault and abuse in ICE custody at this very moment.
On any given day there are about 267,000Â LGBT immigrants subject to deportation. For many if not most of them, deportation back to their native country can literally be a death sentence.
As it was happening, attendees and others responded via Twitter:
The president is being heckled at a gay rights reception at the White House.
â€” Byron Tau (@ByronTau) June 24, 2015
This was not Obama’s coolest response to a heckler that I’ve seen. pic.twitter.com/tWQndlOlst
â€” Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) June 24, 2015
If there’s one group within LGBTQ circles that needs to be heard it’s trans women of color.
â€” Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) June 24, 2015
“Not one more deportation,” protestor chants as their being taken away. Crowd tries to drown out with “O-Bama! O-Bama!”
â€” Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) June 24, 2015
â€” GetEQUAL (@GetEQUAL) June 24, 2015
â€” GetEQUAL (@GetEQUAL) June 24, 2015
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Right-Wing Dark-Money Group Gives Trump Timely Political Cover With $1 Million Attack on Merrick Garland
Just days after FBI agents carried out a search warrant for secret documents wrongly being held at former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, a right-wing dark-money group that helped secure a far-right majority on the Supreme Court launched a $1 million digital and cable ad campaign attacking Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The Judicial Crisis Network has been at the core of the massive and secretly funded dark-money campaign by right-wing funders and groups like the Federalist Society to secure ideological domination of the Supreme Court and federal judiciary. The group backed former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s abuse of power to prevent the Senate from considering former President Barack Obama’s nomination of Garland to the Supreme Court, and then spent tens of millionspromoting confirmation of Trump’s nominees. More recently, JCN led attacks on the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and dishonest smears against several of President Joe Biden’s Justice Department nominees.
The new JCN ad seeks to undermine Garland’s credibility, accusing him of “cowering to the woke mob.” A press release announcing the ad buy claimed that Garland has “consistently bowed to the radical left’s agenda.” In a statement, the group’s president Carrie Severino repeated a false right-wing talking point accusing Garland of “calling concerned parents ‘domestic terrorists.’”
The ad also claims that Garland has betrayed his former judicial colleague Brett Kavanaugh by not stopping activists from protesting outside the Supreme Court justice’s home. As CNN noted, the rarely enforced law that JCN and right-wing politicians are demanding Garland use against protesters could also be interpreted to forbid the kind of protests at the Supreme Court that anti-abortion groups mobilized for years. The JCN ad notably does not mention that Garland supportedrecent legislation to beef up security for Supreme Court justices and their families.
Right-wing media outlets have given JCN’s campaign a boost, with Fox News reporting JCN’s assertion that the Garland ad is part of a broader $10 million campaign attacking Democrats over the court that will include “paid advertising, earned media, research, grassroots activity, and a coalition enterprise.”
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DeSantis’ Divisive Press Secretary Christina Pushaw Resigns to Work on His Campaign
Christina Pushaw, the divisive far right press secretary to Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has submitted her letter of resignation as she moves to head rapid response on his re-election campaign.
The Florida Standard, first to break the news, published her resignation letter.
“You gave me latitude to respond to media narratives in direct and often unconventional ways, allowing me to redefine this role for a leader whose actions speak for themselves,” she wrote.
Among those unconventional ways was to popularize against LGBTQ people the dangerous label of “groomer,” during the heated debate over the governor’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which he later signed into law.
“The bill that liberals inaccurately call ‘Don’t Say Gay’ would be more accurately described as an Anti-Grooming Bill,” Pushaw tweeted in March.
“If you’re against the Anti-Grooming Bill, you are probably a groomer or at least you don’t denounce the grooming of 4-8 year old children. Silence is complicity. This is how it works, Democrats, and I didn’t make the rules,” she added.
Just one month later the “groomer” label had been weaponized to such a degree it was prevalent across many social media sites and being used to attack LGBTQ people.
Her two-page resignation letter takes a long trip down her short 15 months in office.
She calls it “unconscionable that anyone would be required to get Covid jabs to eat at a restaurant, enroll in college, keep a job, or compete in the Special Olympics.”
She also claimed that “Florida fought back against the biomedical security state and won. If not for our Governor daring to lead with evidence-driven policy and stand up for freedom – amid relentless attacks from legacy media and ‘experts’ – our country would have remained under perpetual threat of lockdowns and vaccine passports, a two-tiered feudal dystopia,” which is false.
Earlier this year Pushaw was forced to retroactively register as a foreign agent.
Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss – Trump Org and Ex-CFO Weisselberg Criminal Fraud and Tax Evasion Case Will Proceed
Former Trump Organization longtime Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg‘s request to dismiss his case on charges that include conspiracy, grand larceny, criminal tax fraud, and falsifying business records has been denied by a New York State judge. The Judge ruled Friday morning the criminal fraud and tax evasion case against Weisselberg and The Trump Organization will proceed.
“Weisselberg and the company CBS News reports. “The Trump Organization and Weisselberg accused prosecutors of targeting them ‘based on political animus’ toward former President Donald Trump.”to dismiss all 15 counts charged against them. Judge Juan Merchan dismissed one of several tax fraud counts against the Trump Organization, but allowed all others to remain,”
“Prosecutors accuse Weisselberg of a 15-year scheme to defraud federal, New York State, and New York City tax authorities of $1.76 million in ‘off-the-books’ compensation. These included $359,058 in tuition expenses for multiple family members, $196,245 for leases on his Mercedes Benz automobiles, $29,400 in unreported cash, and an unspecified amount in ad hoc personal expenses, according to his indictment,” Law & Crime adds.
Weisselberg, who was Trump’s top accountant, handled a large portion of his business interests, and was co-trustee of the trust set up when Trump became president, will have his next hearing September 12. Jury selection will begin October 24.
Weisselberg began working for Trump’s father, Fred Trump, in 1973.
Indicted ex-Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg has walked into the Manhattan criminal courthouse. pic.twitter.com/BhbFW5dYYa
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