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Rachel Maddow (Again) Mocks Franklin Graham, Now For His Explanation For Moving To A Pro-LGBT Bank

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Rachel Maddow, for the second night in a row, is quite enjoying Franklin Graham’s embarrassing anti-gay actions.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow opened Thursday night’s show with a look at various gay pride parades, including South Florida’s Miami Beach gay pride parade, which she notes “also stands out for its role in one of the most hilariously satisfying news stories of this summer so far.”

Maddow detailed the now well-know story that Franklin Graham, scion of the iconic evangelical preacher Billy Graham, last week was so enraged that Wells Fargo bank aired a TV ad showing a lesbian couple learning sign language so they could adopt a young deaf girl, he announced he was pulling his millions out of Wells Fargo.

And so he moved his accounts, including those of his father’s Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of their charity, Samaritan’s Purse, to BB&T bank, which, amusingly, is a proud supporter of, yes, South Florida’s Miami Beach gay pride parade.

In a Thursday USA Today op-ed, Franklin Graham explained why it was OK to boycott Wells Fargo while doing business with BB&T.

So why did we move from one bank to the other? Because, in our view, Wells Fargo went beyond being gay-friendly to being a public advocate — through a national TV advertising campaign — for a lifestyle we, as a Christian organization, believe to be biblically wrong,” Graham explained.

I think there is a difference between being friendly and being a public advocate. By staying at Wells Fargo, we would not only be associating with the promotion of a lifestyle we believe to be wrong, we also would actually be helping to pay for the advertisements by virtue of banking with them — because a bank has no money to advertise with other than the money its customers place in its trust and the interest earned on that money. We simply chose not to continue doing business with a bank that is promoting something that violates our conscience and beliefs.”

Calling the story “delicious” and “funny,” Maddow points out there’s no difference between airing an ad that respectfully depicts a same-sex couple adopting a special needs child, and financially supporting a gay pride parade.

Maddow moved on from Graham’s ridiculousness, to the fact that the fight for LGBT rights and equality is not over, and far from it.

She details the stories of two “really radical” losses on the equality front Thursday. 

As NCRM reported yesterday, Michigan governor Rick Snyder signed into law three bills that allow all adoption agencies, including those that are tax-funded (although Maddow did not make a point of that important fact), to refuse to let LGBT people and same-sex couples adopt children if they claim a sincerely held religious belief against it.

The second was the North Carolina legislature’s successful override of its governor’s veto of a “religious freedom” bill that allows magistrates to refuse to marry same-sex couples.

The LGBT community is gaining on the civil rights front, but make no mistake: regardless of whichever way the Supreme Court decides, there will still be a great deal more work to do.

 

Image: Screenshot via MSNBC

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THE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS

‘None Whatsoever’: US Diplomat Burns to the Ground Trump Lie That Joe Biden’s Actions Are ‘Corrupt’

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President Donald Trump’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, in bombshell testimony Wednesday destroyed the president’s lie that Joe Biden’s actions, especially toward Ukraine, are “corrupt.”

Asked if there any factual basis to support Trump’s allegations, Kent replied: “None whatsoever.”

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Taylor Staffer Overheard Trump Impatiently Asking Sondland About ‘The Investigations’ Day After Infamous July 25 Call

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The acting ambassador to Ukraine said he has learned since his closed-door testimony that President Donald Trump appeared keenly interested in the status of an investigation into Joe Biden by Ukraine.

Bill Taylor, the president’s top diplomat in Ukraine, testified Wednesday that he learned last week from a staffer, after he was deposed in a closed-door hearing, about an incident that took place a day after Trump’s call to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Last Friday, a member of my staff told me of events that occurred on July 26,” Taylor testified.

Taylor was visiting the front of Ukraine’s war with Russia at the time with Kurt Volker, then a special envoy to the country, and a member of the ambassador’s staff accompanied EU ambassador Gordon Sondland to a meeting with Andrey Yermak, an aide to Zelensky.

“Following that meeting, in the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kyiv,” Taylor testified. “The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about ‘the investigations.’”

“Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward,” Taylor added.

Taylor’s staff member asked Sondland what the president thought about Ukraine, and the acting ambassador was troubled by his State Department colleague’s response.

“Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor testified. “At the time I gave my deposition on October 22, I was not aware of this information. I am including it here for completeness.”

Taylor said he first reported that new information through the State Department’s legal adviser, and then through attorneys for both House Republicans and Democrats.

 

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Nunes Promotes Debunked Conspiracy Theories: Democrats Colluded With Russia and Are ‘Culpable’ of ‘Malfeasance’ in Ukraine

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Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) in his opening remarks on the first day of public witness testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, charged House Democrats with wholly debunked conspiracy theories. Among them, that Democrats – not Donald Trump – colluded with Russia, and Ukraine, not Russia, attacked the 2016 U.S. elections. Also, that Democrats, not President Trump, committed wrongdoing against Ukraine.

So, Nunes is claiming (falsely) that Democrats both colluded with Ukraine and attacked Ukraine (video below.)

“Democrats have a long habit of accusing Republicans of offenses they, themselves, are committing,” Nunes claimed. “For years they accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia when they themselves were colluding with Russia by funding and spreading the Steele Dossier that relied on Russian sources. And now they accuse President Trump of malfeasance in Ukraine, when they, themselves, are culpable. The Democrats cooperated in Ukrainian election meddling,” Nunes charged.

Literally every word is a lie.

Remember that the U.S. Intelligence Community unanimously decreed that Russia attacked the 2016 U.S  elections. That fact was once again proven during the Mueller investigation, and in the Mueller Report. There is literally zero proof of Nunes’ claims.

Nunes, who may be best remembered for his dramatic dark of night visit to the White House in 2017, where he was given information by the Trump administration only to claim it was from a secret source. That information was falsely framed to suggest (wrongly) the Obama administration had illegally investigated the Trump campaign.

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