Ted Cruz Forgets His Religious Right Pals Are Calling Kim Davis ‘Rosa Parks’
As usual the religious right is trying to have it both ways. This would be funny if it weren’t so offensive.
This week the religious right has been comparing Kim Davis to Rosa Parks, the woman who refused to sit at the back of aÂ Â Montgomery, Alabama bus and landed in jail as a result.
Kim Davis is Rosa Parks.
â€” Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) September 3, 2015
Ending anti-Christian persecution is the civil rights cause of our time. And #KimDavis is our time’s Rosa Parks #Homofascism #StandWithKim
â€” Matt Barber (@jmattbarber) September 3, 2015
It’s almost comical that rich white Christian men like Bryan Fischer and Matt BarberÂ â€”Â who make their living bullying LGBT people â€”Â feel they’re being persecuted, but that’s another story.Â
Meanwhile, Ted Cruz announced Thursday that never before in history has a Christian woman been jailed for her beliefs, a ludicrous statement on its face, not only because it’s wrong â€” Rosa Parks is but one of many examples â€”Â but because Kim Davis wasn’t jailed for her beliefs, she was jailed for contempt of court and not obeying the law of the land after a federal judge, three appeals court judges, and the Supreme Court all indicated she hasn’t a leg to stand on.
“Today, judicial lawlessness crossed into judicial tyranny,” Cruz said. “Today, for the first time ever, the government arrested a Christian woman for living according to her faith. This is wrong. This is not America.”
In “Insane Things Republicans Say: Ted Cruz Edition,” New York Times editorial page editorÂ Andrew RosenthalÂ agreed, in a way.
“Heâ€™s right,” Rosenthal says.Â “Thatâ€™s not America â€“ in the real country, as opposed to his fictional version, Ms. Davis was not arrested for living according to her faith. She was arrested for using her government power to impose her religious beliefs on others. A conservative should be furious at her for violating the First Amendment.”
NCRM’s contributing editor Jean Ann Esselink also weighed in, noting Cruz “also missed the fact that Kim Davis, who up til now has claimed she just doesn’t want her name on the marriage licenses of same-sex couples, was offered an ‘accommodation’ by the judge. She was given a chance to keep her job, and get out of jail, and not be required to sign any licenses for same-sex couples. All she had to do was promise not to fire her deputy clerks who would step in and do her job for her. She had everything she wanted, but she still said no.”
Meanwhile, Twitter was only too happy to help Sen. Cruz:
Dear @tedcruz Christian women who have gone to jail for their beliefs #beforeKimDavis: Rosa Parks. https://t.co/uhGcuk5FoU
â€” Rev Daniel (@RevDaniel) September 4, 2015
Hope @tedcruz isn’t implying A) that Rosa Parks wasn’t Christian, and B) he doesn’t know who Rosa Parks was. https://t.co/pwRoHYL3nq
â€” Big Gay irishbearaz (@irishbearaz) September 4, 2015
@megynkelly @tedcruz Pretty sure Rosa Parks was Christian who was thrown in jail for Christianly believing we should all be treated equally
â€” Denali (@VictorZapat1) September 4, 2015
On Fox News last night, Cruz doubled down, with no one actually challenging him at any level:
Image: Screenshot via Ted Cruz/YouTube
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Trump Indictment Is a Massive 34 Counts: CNN
When he appears in New York next week, Donald Trump will face a 34-count indictment.
CNN’s John Miller on-air Thursday evening announced, “I am told by my sources that this is 34 counts of falsification of business records, which is probably a lot of charges involving each document, each thing that was submitted, as a separate count.”
JUST IN: CNN’s John Miller says Trump will face 34 counts related to falsifying business recordshttps://t.co/XqxXbMBcSC pic.twitter.com/oY1blHS8K0
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 30, 2023
Attorney Tristan Snell, who assisted in the successful prosecution of the Trump University case for the New York Attorney General’s Office, responded via Twitter:
“This is WAY more than expected. If this is correct, it could mean that the indictment covers FAR more than the Stormy Daniels hush money — like Karen McDougal hush money or other hush money/catch-and-kill cases.”
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“My hunch for a while,” Snell adds, “given [David] Pecker’s involvement and the drawn-out timetable of the indictment, plus the TWENTY interviews of Michael Cohen with the DA, showed that something far larger than Stormy might be in the works.”
“May still be wrong, of course. But 34 counts is a LOT!”
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Says It Is Coordinating With Trump to ‘Surrender’
Donald Trump’s attorneys were notified Thursday afternoon a Manhattan grand jury had voted to indict him on felony charges related to his alleged hush money payoff of a porn star he reported slept with.
The ex-president’ attorney recently said if indicted Trump would travel to New York to turn himself in.
The Office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has just issued a strongly-worded statement saying it is “coordinating” with Trump’s attorneys for his “surrender.”
“This evening we contacted Mr. Trump’s attorney to coordinate his surrender to the Manhattan D.A.’s Office for arraignment on a Supreme Court indictment, which remains under seal. Guidance will be provided when the arraignment date is selected,” the statement reads.
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The Daily Beast’s Jose Pagliery posted the statement to Twitter.
Breaking news: Manhattan DA is negotiating for Trump’s “surrender.” pic.twitter.com/9fFx7heiGA
— Jose Pagliery (@Jose_Pagliery) March 30, 2023
NBC News explains the process, noting he is expected to be arraigned next week.
“After the indictment, Trump will be arrested and taken into custody. He will likely have a mug shot and fingerprints taken,” NBC reports. “Trump will then appear in court to be arraigned, where he will hear charges and enter a plea. Two sources familiar with the situation told NBC News that the former president is likely to be arraigned next week. Trump will either be jailed or released while pre-trial hearings take place.”
'INDICTED FOR HIS BEHAVIOR'
‘You Can’t Stand on Fifth Avenue and Just Shoot Somebody’: Donald Trump Indicted – Legal Experts Respond
Just past 5:00 PM ET The New York Times broke the news that Donald Trump, the ex-president, had been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on felony charges.
It is a historic moment.
Legal experts are weighing in to help guide Americans through an event that has never before happened in this country.
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Ackerman says the fact that this is the first time in U.S. history a president is facing criminal charges is itself a problem.
“I think it would have not been a novel event,” Ackerman said on MSNBC, “if we had done this 49 years ago with Richard Nixon, and he had not been pardoned, this will not be a big event [that] it is today.”
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“Everybody should be held accountable,” Ackerman added, citing former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s earlier remarks. Cohen testified repeatedly before the Manhattan grand jury that indicted Trump late Thursday afternoon after a three-hour session.
Ackerman lamented that despite over 30 people being indicted during Watergate, “Richard Nixon was pardoned, he wasn’t held accountable.”
“I think this is very important,” Ackerman continued, “establishing a principle, a line in the sand, that even if you’re the President of the United States, and you commit a crime, you can’t stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and just shoot somebody.”
Ackerman was referring to Trump’s infamous comments during the 2016 election, when he bragged he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”
Attorney and civil rights activist Maya Wiley, also on MSNBC, said, “It’s important and sobering that we had somebody who had the highest office of this country who has now ben indicted for his behavior, his acts, in order to win that office, but also faces what are more shoes that will drop, I believe.”
“It is a sobering moment for this country, that we are witnessing this happened to somebody who was entrusted with such power who has now had a jury of his peers, because that is what a grand jury also is, say we believe he had to face the music.”
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Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, now a professor of law, called this a “moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans, because we re all so familiar with Donald Trump’s tactics.”
Fmr. federal prosecutor @JoyceWhiteVance joins “The Beat” on news of Donald Trump’s indictment – “A moment where we would do well to seriously assess who we are as Americans and who we are not as Americans.” pic.twitter.com/H4odpLre3C
— The Beat with Ari Melber 📺 (@TheBeatWithAri) March 30, 2023
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