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Ted Cruz Releases Video Supporting Anti-Gay Couple Who Refused To Let Gays Marry In Their Gallery



Ted Cruz continues his campaign of hate against LGBT people in the name of “religious liberty.”

Ted Cruz has just released a video of him speaking with an Iowa couple who have decided to stop renting their art gallery out for weddings after refusing to let a same-sex couple marry there in 2013. Cruz is using the couple’s story to reinforce his anti-gay bonafides and as an advertisement for his presidential campaign’s “Rally for Religious Liberty” event next month.

Dick and Betty Odgaard, a Mennonite couple, bought an unused Lutheran church and in 2008 turned it into an art gallery called the Görtz Haus. They also used it as an event space and bistro and rented it out for weddings. In 2009, Iowa became one of the first states to find same-sex couples have a right to marry, but it wasn’t until 2013 that a same-sex couple tried to rent the space for their wedding. The Odgaards refused, based on the religious faith, and the couple filed a discrimination complaint which the Odgaards settled by paying a $5000 fine.

In the video below, Cruz speaks gently and softly, but last month the 2016 presidential candidate took a far different tone.

“Today, the modern Democratic party has decided their devotion to mandatory gay marriage in all 50 states is so unforgiving that there is no longer room for defending religious liberty,” Cruz said last month in Iowa, heralding the Odgaards’ story, just six days before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage.

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“It was inconsistent with their faith to host a gay wedding, so they declined,” Cruz said of the Odgaards. “They found themselves enmeshed in legal proceedings and persecution. Finally, they had to write a check for $5,000 and to promise to never again host another wedding,” he added, twisting the facts – the Odgaards themselves admit they chose to stop hosting weddings.

“So, the Odgaards livelihood has been taken away by this liberal fascism, this extreme view that if you hold a biblical teaching of marriage that is the union of one man and one women that the modern Democratic Party will persecute you and try to drive you out of civilized society,” Cruz continued.

Here’s the video Cruz just released, a shameless political usurpation of the anti-gay couple’s case:

“Your story is powerful, your story is inspirational,” Cruz says to the couple, whose story he is co-opting in the video. “It inspires me and it inspires millions of believers, believers of many faiths across this country who want to live in a land where we are free to live out according to our faith and our convictions and it’s not second guessed by the government stepping in saying ‘we don’t share your faith and we’re going to shut you down.'”

Cruz talks about America being founded by people wanting to “be free to live out our faith,” but ignores the Declaration of Independence that states, “all men are created equal.”



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Image: Screenshot via Ted Cruz/YouTube


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Trump’s Mental Decline Compared to Reagan’s Hidden Alzheimer’s in Brutal MSNBC Assessment



On Saturday morning a deadly serious MSNBC panel took up Donald Trump’s increasingly erratic behavior of late, which led one panelist to sincerely suggest the president needs to be evaluated by mental health officials because she believes the White House is covering for him.

Speaking with host David Gura, MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley admitted that she is no doctor, but that there are signs of the president’s decline that reminded her of how Ronald Reagan’s White House hid his Alzheimer’s from the public.

“This is the man last week said he was the second coming, the ‘chosen one,’” Wiley began. “It is very, very difficult to not have a conversation about whether or not he’s competent to serve as president. I say that because there were actually objective measures this week.”

“So there’s the possibility, of course, he is just a president without a platform and, therefore, he’s not going to stick to one position and he’s going to waiver based on whoever is influencing him because he doesn’t stand for anything,” she elaborated. “That’s one narrative. The other possibility is, as we saw with Ronald Reagan, who actually did have Alzheimer’s and it was kept under wraps. I just don’t understand why we not actually ask and have a confrontational conversation about whether or not there’s something more going on here with his health, because there are certain statements and behaviors that simply require some analysis because he is the leader — supposedly the leader of the free world.”

“I just want to say that it’s both those things, I don’t know which one is true,” she cautioned. “I’m not making a statement of fact, but this week was a new chapter in bizarre.”

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Former Dem Senator Hilariously Nails Perfect Impression of ‘Pouting’ Trump at G7 Because Nobody ‘Likes Him’ There



During the “Overtime” segment of HBO’s Real Time, former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) made fun of Donald Trump before he arrived at the G7 summit in France, saying he will pout his way through the weekend because the other world leaders loathe him.

With host Bill Maher asking how the Trump will conduct himself, Heitkamp immediately went into a very recognizable arms-crossed pout, which caused the audience to burst into laughter.

After the two posed as Trump and German leader Angela Merkel from the last get together, Heitkamp had a few things to say about the president.

“Pouting, the president will pout,” she smirked. “Because people don’t like him. and he knows they don’t like him. And when people don’t like him, he pouts.”

“It’s embarrassing, it’s not just ridiculous,” she added. “And it’s dangerous, it’s dangerous with everything that is going on.”

Host Maher added, “He shouldn’t even go, he doesn’t even want to be there.”

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‘A Monumental Fraud and Failure’: Trump Had a Plan to ‘Blow Up’ the G7 and Give the ‘Middle Finger’ to Our Allies: Report



President Donald Trump’s plan was to bully our G7 allies on a range of issues by touting the strong U.S. economy. As The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent wrote Friday morning, “Trump will proclaim his ‘America First’ agenda a smashing success, and throw that in the faces of our European allies.”

That plan will have to be changed now that his trade war with China just exploded.

China imposed tariffs of $75 billion of U.S. goods on Friday. Trump launched a tweetstorm causing the DOW to drop more than 600 points (at several times during the day more than 700 points.)

The president apparently found wiping out the value of millions of Americans’ 401(k)s amusing:

And just an hour after the markets closed, Trump once again took to Twitter, announcing he is increasing tariffs against China on $250 billion of goods.

“Trump’s appearance [at the G7] will in reality demonstrate that the very nationalist agenda he will be touting is, thus far, a record of deep fraudulence and failure, covered up with lies,” Sargent added. “Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, particularly the trade war with China, is a key reason the U.S. economy is now at greater risk of tipping into recession.”

“It’s important to appreciate just how heavily Trump’s political mystique relies on the constant middle finger he gives to allies and international leaders. It’s central to the story he told in 2016 and the one he’ll tell in 2020.”

Last year President Trump promised winning trade wars is “easy.”

Read the entire piece at The Washington Post.


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