Not a single Republican presidential candidate even acknowledged, much less denounced the domestic terrorism at Planned Parenthood today â€“ at least on Twitter â€“Â but several did take time to ask supporters to go shopping.Â
Three people, including a police officer, were shot and killed today during a five and a half hour shooting standoff between one man armed with a “long gun” and several propane tanks, and 123 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers. The man surrendered and was taken into custody. Many Americans talked about his act of domestic terrorism, and in addition to the people who were held by him and hiding in the Planned Parenthood clinic, many are now likely fearful of accessing the important health care and legal services Planned Parenthood provides.
“We don’t yet know the full circumstances and motives behind this criminal action, and we don’t yet know if Planned Parenthood was in fact the target of this attack,” Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said in a statement, CNN reported.
“We share the concerns of many Americans that extremists are creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country. We will never back away from providing care in a safe, supportive environment that millions of people rely on and trust.”
Was it domestic terrorism?
“Domestic terrorism includes acts within the territorial U.S. that are dangerous to human life, violate federal or state criminal laws, have no actual connection to international terrorists, and appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, influence domestic government policy through intimidation or coercion, or affect the conduct of our government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping,” the U.S. Dept. Of Justice website states.
“Current domestic terrorism threats include animal rights extremists, eco-terrorists, anarchists, antigovernment extremists such as ‘sovereign citizens’ and unauthorized militias, Black separatists, White supremacists, anti-abortion extremists, and other unaffiliated disaffected Americans, including ‘lone wolfs.’ Domestic terrorism cases often involve firearms, arson or explosive offenses, crimes relating to fraud, and threats and hoaxes.”
Republicans for months have been engaged in a fact-less attack on Planned Parenthood, fed by the debunked and discredited videos that purport to “prove”Â Planned Parenthood is selling baby parts. They’re not, of course, but facts to the GOP are unimportant.
For months, Republican presidential candidates have used those videos and every other opportunity to weigh in on the women’s health care provider â€“Â except today, when one man committed a horrific act of domestic terrorism.
ThatÂ â€“ including the deaths of three innocent peopleÂ â€“ went wholly ignored by every single GOP presidential candidate.
What did the Republican presidential candidates talk about today instead?
Well, while the attack was still in progress, three sent out tweets asking supporters to go shopping.
Stay warm this winter with our new cold-weather bundle. Shop now and save! https://t.co/ciXinNZaIo
â€” Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 28, 2015
â€” Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 27, 2015
Lindsey Graham wanted his supporters to go “shopping” for his free e-book:
â€” Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 27, 2015
Others sent out inane tweets.
This was from the Jeb Bush campaign, during the attack:
â€” Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 27, 2015
Marco Rubio also sent out this tweet attacking Obamacare:
Republican leaders should make ending Obamacare bailouts one of our highest priorities to end this year. https://t.co/lBxB9Bx1bM
â€” Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 27, 2015
Ted Cruz sent this out during the attack:
â€” Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 27, 2015
John Kasich posted this tweet about terrorism of a different kind:
Hereâ€™s a first look at our new TV ad thatâ€™ll begin airing tonight, â€œDefending Our Way of Lifeâ€ – Watch it here. https://t.co/YMjkL8Rxj4
â€” John Kasich (@JohnKasich) November 27, 2015
Mike Huckabee promised to never apologize for America:
â€” Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 28, 2015
Donald Trump posted a tweet about his standing in the polls and several retweets from his supporters.
Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, and Chris Christie haven’t tweeted since Thanksgiving.
So, what about the Democratic candidates?
Hillary Clinton posted this tweet of support, linking to a statement by the regional Planned Parenthood CEO:
â€” Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 27, 2015
Bernie Sanders posted tweets about crumbling infrastructure and working familiesÂ â€“ nothing about today’s attack.
And Martin O’Malley, hours before the attack on Planned Parenthood began, posted a tweet about shopping.
Before the end of Friday, both Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley responded to the attack at Planned Parenthood:
We proudly #StandWithPP of Colorado Springs and the brave law enforcement personnel who fought to protect it.
â€” Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 28, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with those in Colorado. #StandWithPP
â€” Martin O’Malley (@MartinOMalley) November 28, 2015
Hat tip: Charles Clymer/Twitter
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Catholic Archbishop Defies Vatican by Banning Speaker Nancy Pelosi From Holy Communion – via Twitter
Calling her stance on abortion a “most serious scandal,” and a “grave evil” San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone publicly announced Friday that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, whose district encompasses his diocese, is now banned from taking Holy Communion.
Archbishop Cordileone, a far right activist who repeatedly has challenged Pope Francis, is now in violation of directions from the Vatican to not politicize the Sacraments. Cordileone’s very public decree – made via Twitter – comes just weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on a case that is expected to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, an the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion,” Cordileone tweeted, an apparent attempt to embarrass to the greatest degree possible the Democrat who is second in line to the Presidency,
After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, an the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion. https://t.co/l7M85CyG86
— Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (@ArchCordileone) May 20, 2022
“I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publically [sic] repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance,” Cordileone wrote in that letter to the Speaker.
Fox News calls it “an escalation in a decades-long tension between the Roman Catholic Church and liberal Democratic politicians on abortion,” but in fact other extremist archbishops have taken the same stance against other notable Democrats.
Catholics believe the Pope is God’s infallible representative on earth. Last fall Pope Francis chastised far right Catholic bishops in America who were gearing up to ban President Joe Biden from receiving Holy Communion. In June the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) overwhelmingly voted to move toward chastising Biden for his abortion stance, despite the Vatican issuing a clear warning they were not to do so.
President Biden is a devout Catholic who personally opposes abortion but knows as President it is his role to uphold a woman’s right to choose, something has has worked strongly to support and strongly believes in.
“What must the pastor do?” Pope Francis said, The New York Times reported last September when a reporter asked him about President Biden and abortion. “Be a pastor, don’t go condemning. Be a pastor, because he is a pastor also for the excommunicated.”
“I have never refused the eucharist to anyone,” Pope Francis told reporters. The Times aded Francis said bishops should be pastors not politicians.
The Pope also told reporters, “communion is not a prize for the perfect,” and “the eucharist is not the reward of saints but the bread of sinners.”
The San Francisco Chronicle adds that Pope Francis “welcomed Biden for a private meeting at the Vatican last fall and Biden said the Pope told him he was a ‘good Catholic.’ Biden received Communion at St. Peter’s during that trip.”
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.
‘Sordid, Corrupt, Lawless’: Experts Call New Ginni Thomas Revelations ‘Breathtaking’ and Ask ‘What Did Her Husband Know?’
The latest revelations about the actions of Ginni Thomas, the far right wing activist, lobbyist, and spouse of a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice who had unprecedented access to the Trump White House are leading experts to demand Clarence Thomas’ recusal while calling the combination of their actions “breathtaking corruption,” and noting the Justice’s extraordinary hypocrisy.
Later Friday morning The Washington Post reported that Ginni Thomas pressed two Arizona lawmakers to overturn the will of Arizona’s voters in the 2020 presidential election by choosing a “clean” slate of electors, representing Donald Trump and not Joe Biden. The Post notes Thomas did not mention any candidate by name but reports “the context was clear.”
“Before you choose your state’s Electors … consider what will happen to the nation we all love if you don’t stand up and lead,” an email bearing Ginni Thomas’ name, sent to the Arizona lawmakers, reads.
It included a link to a video of a man delivering a message meant for swing-state lawmakers, urging them to “put things right” and “not give in to cowardice.”
“You have only hours to act,” said the speaker, who is not identified in the video.
Thomas also pressed Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to work to overturn the election, as has been widely reported.
Her efforts, combined with Justice Thomas’ actions on the Supreme Court, amount to “breathtaking corruption,” writes Slate’s legal expert Mark Joseph Stern.
“The conflict of interest between Ginni and Clarence Thomas has never been greater. While Clarence was applying the ‘independent state legislature doctrine’ from the bench, Ginni was using the exact same theory to try to overturn the 2020 election. Just breathtaking corruption,” Stern says.
Clarence Thomas’ continued service on the Supreme Court is a scandalous and appalling breach of judicial ethics. He is implementing the exact same theories that his wife used to try to steal the 2020 election for Trump. It is sordid, corrupt, and lawless in the extreme.
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) May 20, 2022
To be clear, I put “independent state legislature doctrine” in quotes because it’s a baseless theory that shouldn’t be taken seriously. It is precisely what Ginni Thomas describes in that email, though she didn’t use the academic name for it. Read more: https://t.co/6Hwvb1Q6ES
— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) May 20, 2022
Former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance, now an NBC News/MSNBC legal analyst and law professor, issued a strong warning:
“Either Justice Thomas recuses in every case that comes to the Court where his wife is heavily involved in the action or the public’s confidence in the Court will be damaged beyond repair.”
Reuters reporter covering the U.S. Supreme Court, Lawrence Hurley:
“I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them,” Justice Clarence Thomas, Ginni’s husband, said last week https://t.co/MQNH8YDupn
— Lawrence Hurley (@lawrencehurley) May 20, 2022
Former federal corruption prosecutor Noah Bookbinder, who is president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) says it is “outrageous” Justice Thomas has refused to recuse:
“New evidence that Ginni Thomas’s participation in efforts to overturn the 2020 election was even greater than we knew; in this case pressure on AZ legislators to overturn that state’s vote. Makes it even more outrageous that Justice Thomas did not recuse.”
“Wow!” exclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. “Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pressed Arizona legislators to overturn Biden’s win and choose a ‘clean slate of electors.’ In other words, she supported a coup to overthrow an elected president. What did her husband know?”
Economist and frequent political commentator David Rothschild observes, “Ginni Thomas was conspiring with high ranking Republicans to overturn [the] republic, and her husband was either privy to or actively involved in this conspiracy before using his position to coverup his wife’s role.”
Former SDNY Asst. U.S. Attorney Richard Signorelli sums up:
“clean slate of Electors” = sedition
Ginni Thomas = psycho https://t.co/UGygIBpaPu
— Richard Signorelli (@richsignorelli) May 20, 2022
Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license
Ginni Thomas Also Pressed Arizona Lawmakers to Overturn 2020 Election: ‘Stand Strong’
Far right wing activist, lobbyist, and spouse of a U.S. Supreme Court justice, Ginni Thomas pressed lawmakers in Arizona to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. In emails she urged them to “stand strong in the face of political and media pressure,” and send a “clean slate” of electors, falsely claiming the choice is “yours and yours alone.”
“The emails, sent by Ginni Thomas to a pair of lawmakers on Nov. 9, 2020, argued that legislators needed to intervene because the vote had been marred by fraud. Though she did not mention either candidate by name, the context was clear,” reports The Washington Post, which broke the news Friday. “In sending the emails, Thomas played a role in the extraordinary scheme to keep Trump in office by substituting the will of legislatures for the will of voters.”
Thomas also pressed then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to overturn the election in an exchange of text messages that spanned several months.
Justice Clarence Thomas has also come under fire for not recusing himself in matters related to his wife’s actions.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.
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