A Virginia Republican county committee isn’t even trying to cloak its religious beliefs, which sound amazingly familiar…
The full-page color ad in Thursday’sÂ Staunton News-LeaderÂ shows the names and photos of theÂ Augusta County Republican Committee of Virginia’s 15 candidates running for office. In the center, it reads: “Preserve our Christian Heritage! VOTE REPUBLICAN.”
â€” The News Leader (@NewsLeaderNOW) October 29, 2015
“I’m Christian, so I don’t have a problem with it,” Martin told the News Leader. “As a prosecutor I will be guided by my Christian values. Paramount in my book, is justice, mercy, fairness and the positive values enumerated inÂ the Bible.”
Clearly, Martin is unaware that the law, and not his Bible, is what should be guiding him. If he actually means what he says, will Augusta County be seeing people stoned to death for a wide variety of infractions â€“Â should Martin be elected?
“If I were to have invented the ad, I might have substituted ‘values’ rather than heritage. But parsing words is a dangerous game. I donâ€™t distance myself from it,” Martin added, clearly having absolutely no issue with the “Christian” part of the ad.
The chairwoman of the Augusta CountyÂ Republican Committee, Georgia Long, pointed to the section of her group’s published creed that states, “faith in God as recognized by our founding fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the nation.”
â€œMaybe the word ‘Christian’ might not have been the right word to use,â€ Long said. â€œMaybe we should have said â€˜our religious heritage’ instead,â€ clearly not having an issue with the insertion of religion into electoral politics, wholly ignoring any thought of separation of church and state.
“God is a foundation of our nation,” said Larry Roller who is on the GOP committee and who created the ad, sees absolutely no problem at all with it. “If you read the histories of our founding fathers, (they say) you should not run for office if you are not a Christian.”
Of course, that’s false.
And Roller is angry.
“They have taken the TenÂ Commandments outÂ of public places, along with the Pledge of Allegiance and daily prayer out of the schools,” Roller told the News Leader. “They seem to forget the very first thing they did before writing the Constitution was pray for 3 1/2 hours.”
Of course, the elephants in the room (excuse the pun) are the very obvious facts that, aside from issues of separation of church and state, the fact that there are many people in Virginia and across the nation who do not identify as Christian, or, even if they do don’t want to see political parties endorsing one faith over another, or any faith at all.
Additionally, “preserve our Christian Heritage” is a phrase used for decades by the KKK.
Blue VirginiaÂ has a copy of the full ad, and posted this to Twitter:
â€” Blue Virginia (@bluevirginia) October 30, 2015
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Trump Is ‘Untethered to Reality’ and His Thanksgiving Rant Proves It: CNN’s Berman
CNN host John Berman on Friday lit into President Donald Trump for going on an unhinged Thanksgiving rant about the 2020 election in which he once again falsely claimed that he won.
Berman in particular zeroed in on Trump’s seething anger at Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, who asked the president on Thursday if he’d concede that he lost the election.
“He was yelling at Jeff Mason, who is the most mild-mannered reporter in America, who was asking one of the most obvious questions in America, which is, ‘Will you concede the race that you lost?’” Berman said. “I think it gave a window into where the president is this morning and how untethered to reality he may be.”
Guest Ron Brownstein shared Berman’s assessment and talked about the harm it’s doing to the United States.
“[He’s] doing real damage,” Brownstein said. “You’ve seen the polling: Three-quarters of Republicans now believe the election was stolen. We’ve never seen anything like this, an effort by a president to systemically undermine the results of the election.”
Watch the video below.
Trump Serves Up Paranoid Election Conspiracy Rant for Thanksgiving: ‘Flick of a Switch Can Change Course of History’
President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving broke weeks of refusing to answer questions from reporters, and focusing his anger on Georgia called its Republican Secretary of State “an enemy of the people” while brewing up an insane new conspiracy theory.
After praising GOP Senators in two run-off elections fighting to keep their seats, Trump said he told Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, “you have a fraudulent system.”
“You have a system where the flick of a switch or the putting in of a new chip can change the course of history.”
He also falsely claimed voting rights advocate and former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams had illegally “harvested” 850,000 ballots. In reality, Abrams says 750,000 Georgia voters have requested absentee ballots.
Watch (poor quality video):
JUST IN: President Trump calls GOP Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger the "enemy of the people" as he makes repeated false claims about the 2020 election. pic.twitter.com/1gjvZ4lMq3
— The Hill (@thehill) November 26, 2020
‘No I Can’t Say That’: Trump Says He Will Not Concede – but Will Exit White House if Electoral College Makes ‘Mistake’
President Donald Trump used the occasion of Thanksgiving, weeks after Election Day, to declare he will not concede.
Speaking to reporters after calling troops overseas – at 1:16 AM their time, several hours later than scheduled – the President was asked if he will finally concede.
“No I can’t say that at all,” Trump replied, the first time he’s taken questions from reporters in weeks.
BREAKING: Pres Trump says “its going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud…” In his first Q and A with reporters in weeks, he is insisting he won.
— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) November 26, 2020
President-elect Joe Biden has 306 Electoral College votes, against Trump’s 232.
He also said the Electoral College members will have made a “mistake” if they do not declare him the winner of the 2020 presidential election, as Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reports.
Asked if the Electoral College votes for Biden if he will concede, Trump tells press pool in 1st post-election Q&A: “It’s going to be a very hard to thing to concede.”
“If they do, they’ve made a mistake” he says of the Electoral College.
Election was 23 days ago. pic.twitter.com/2xkTdNThQ2
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 26, 2020
But he also said he would leave the White House if Biden is the official winner. (Trump frequently denies making remarks he has made.)
“Certainly I will. And you know that,” Trump tells press pool when asked if he’ll exit the White House on Inauguration Day on Jan. 20 in peaceful transition. pic.twitter.com/9ydBsF2j8p
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 26, 2020
Trump, however, is not planning on believing the results.
“I don’t know what is going to happen. I know one thing, Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,” he added.
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