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‘Marriage Was Ordained By God Almighty’: Ted Cruz Preaches At ‘Pro-Family’ Rally (Video)

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Ted Cruz brought the full preacher’s son persona with him to South Carolina this weekend, where he bellowed against same-sex marriage and the Supreme Court.

This weekend’s We Stand With God political-religious rally was held on the steps of the South Carolina state house where several thousand Christians braved the hot sun to hear GOP rivals Senator Ted Cruz and former Governor Rick Perry deliver sermons preaching against same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court, and in favor of “pro-family” values.

WATCH: ‘What Are You Willing To Die For?’: Rick Perry Wants Christians To ‘Rise Up And Stand For God’

Falsely calling the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage in Obergefell “fundamentally illegitimate,” and “lawless,” Cruz won cheers from the audience of conservative Christians. “Let me tell you something,” he said. “Marriage existed long before the United States Supreme Court. Marriage existed long before the United States of America. Marriage was not ordained by any law in this country,” Cruz preached, neglecting to add that marriage existed before Jesus Christ, and even before the Old Testament.

“Marriage was ordained by God Almighty, and Caesar has no jurisdiction over the pulpit,” Sen. Cruz preached. He also promoted his bill that would add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow states to outlaw same-sex marriage.

“I’ll make a promise to you that every justice I appoint to the United States Supreme Court will follow the law and follow the Constitution and not impose their radical views on the people of America,” Cruz said, stopping short of an anti-gay marriage litmus test for judicial nominees.

Last week, the National Organization for Marriage boasted that Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, and Ben Carson all signed their marriage pledge that would tie them to overturning the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling – a nearly impossible task.

And Cruz tried his best to get the what he said were the “54 million evangelical Christians” who “stayed home” at the last election, as Right Wing Watch reports, to come to the polls next year to vote – presumably for him.

“If you ask ourselves why do we live in a country where life is under assault, where marriage is under assault, where faith is under assault,” Cruz continued, “the last election, 54 million evangelical Christians stayed home. Fifty-four million. Is it any wonder we have the country we have when believers are not honoring the commands of the Scripture? We’re told to be salt and light. You can’t be salt if you don’t come into contact with that which you are to preserve. You cannot be light if you’re hidden under a bushel.”

And Cruz claimed, “there is a spirit of revival and awakening sweeping this country today.” He insisted evangelicals “will stay home no longer,” promising God will “heal our land,” if evangelicals come out to vote.

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Image: Screenshot via Debra Carmona/YouTube
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‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection

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Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.

Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”

“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”

“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.

“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”

He later added, “This is a serious moment.”

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‘Something That’s Under Way’: Trump Aims to Use Russian Tactic to Be ‘Installed Without Winning’ in 2024 Says Yale Historian

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Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that’s common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.

“As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the ‘administrative resource,'” author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. “What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource.”

Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.

“Historically speaking, what we know about a ‘big lie’ is that because of its very scale, it’s not about truth or not truth; it’s about living in a kind of alternative reality,” Snyder added. “What we’re looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you’re basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that’s very concerning.”

He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.

“The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election,” Snyder said. “I don’t think it’s something that could happen. I think it’s something that’s under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?”

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‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.

Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:

The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:

A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:

This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:

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