Lawmakers Blast Records Requests Seeking Links To National Hate Groups
Anti-LGBT Texas officials claim they’re being bullied by a Washington, D.C.-based organization that’s filed records requests in an effort to determine whether they’ve conspired with national hate groups.Â
The Campaign for Accountability, a pro-civil rights watchdog group, wants to establish a link between anti-LGBT Texas lawmakers and groups such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, the Liberty Counsel and the National Organization for Marriage.
But Texas officials who’ve received the records requests, including tea party state Rep. Debbie Riddle (photo), apparently don’t think the public has a right to know the public’s business. Either that, or maybe they just have something to hide. Riddle filed two bills this year that would have made it illegal for transgender people to use public restrooms in accordance with their gender identity.Â
â€œI am proud of my legislative record, and I am proud to work side by side with people and organizations in defense of Texasâ€™ heritage and tradition of religious liberty,” Riddle said in a release responding to the records requests. “We cannot be bullied by groups who would shame us for standing up for our faith. This coming legislative session I will continue to stand strong on these issues and will file legislation to keep men out of womenâ€™s bathrooms in Texas. This is clearly a politically motivated attack because of my staunch opposition to the HERO ordinance in Houston.”Â
Daniel Stevens, deputy director of the Campaign for Accountability, said the group sent records requests to numerous state legislators in Texas, where more than 20 anti-LGBT bills were filed this year, the most in the history of any state. Â
â€œFrankly, I find it sort of laughable that this would be considered bullying,” Stevens told The New Civil Rights Movement. “These records are public, and the public should have access to them.â€Â
In its request to Riddle, the Campaign for Accountability cited media reports suggesting national hate groups are shopping model anti-LGBT bills to legislators across the country.Â
â€œThese organizations appear to be coordinating directly with elected officials and public employees to push so-called ‘religious freedom’ laws in states like Texas as part of their nationwide effort to codify discrimination under the guise of ‘religious freedom,'” the group wrote. “The public deserves to know the extent of this coordination and the extent to which its elected officials are doing the bidding of outside organizations seeking to advance their own agenda.”
The Campaign For Accountability also sent records requests to Houston City Council members who voted against the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance last year.Â
On Tuesday, Houston council members Michael Kubosh and Dave MartinÂ staged a press conference outside City Hall, where they blasted the records requests, which they claimed are being orchestrated by Mayor Annise Parker, according to The Houston Chronicle. (The press conference was conveniently timed four days before the Houston city election runoff.)Â
“I felt like when we received this open records request for over tens of thousands of emails and 51 names of individuals and organizations that we’re going to have to search through, this is a type of bullying,” Kubosh said, calling the requests a “lump of coal” from the mayor.
Stevens called Kubosh’s allegation “outlandish,” and Parker spokeswoman Janice Evans said the notion that the mayor is behind the requests is “totally unsubstantiated.” (Indeed, if Parker were coordinating the effort, it seems doubtful she would have included state legislators.)
The US Pastor Council, which worked to repeal HERO and is also named in the records requests, said they amount to “harassment.”
â€œIt is clear that the false front of â€˜accountabilityâ€™ this organization works behind is a thin veneer for an activist LGBT advocacy group that is now attempting to intimidate a Texas legislator for sponsoring legislation which would protect the privacy, safety and freedom of Texas women in particular,â€ Pastor Council Executive Director Dave Welch said in a release. “We will stand firmly with Rep. Riddle and other legislators who stand for decency, religious freedom and the rights of all people, not cater to a radical, tiny fragment defined by sexual behavior and gender confusion represented by Campaign for Accountability.”Â
Welch is also named individually in the requests along with other anti-LGBT activists including Dr. Steve Hotze, Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz, Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams and others.Â
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Trump Reverses on Illegal Hosting of G-7 at His Own Resort – Blames ‘Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility’
President Donald Trump late Saturday night finally reversed his decision to host the G-7 at his Doral Miami resort in June of 2020. Ignoring numerous Republican lawmakers, legal experts, and bipartisan condemnation of his unconstitutional and illegal decision the president instead blamed the “Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility.”
….Therefore, based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020. We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2019
Curiously, Trump announced his administration would “begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.”
But on Thursday Trump’s chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters at a rare White House briefing that the administration had conducted an exhaustive search for the best space to host the G-7 leaders, and fairly decided Trump’s Doral Miami resort was “perfect.”
Mulvaney went so far as to claim the White House had looked at 12 locations, including two in Utah, but decided on the Doral.
He also preemptively refused to release any emails or other items documenting the search process.
But if an actual search had been conducted, it would make sense to simply announce the 2020 G-7 would be held at the next “best” locale. Instead, Trump announced a new search would be conducted.
Trump Mocked After Saying He Thought Violating the Constitution and Profiting From G7 Hosting Was ‘Good for Our Country’
‘Bro Tweeted Out an Ad’
After tremendous public and private bipartisan condemnation of his decision to host the 2020 G-7 at his own Miami resort President Donald Trump Saturday night appeared to be laying the groundwork of reversing the unconstitutional and illegal decision.
In an insane series of tweets the president did what he always does: blamed the media for holding his feet to the fire in accurately reporting the consequences of his actions.
“I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms,” Trump tweeted, adding that “each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!”
Also going “crazy” are Republicans and legal experts.
Should Trump host the G-7 at any of his properties he would reportedly be violating at least one if not several laws, and the U.S. Constitution.
Many quickly took to Twitter to express their condemnation yet again.
bro tweeted out an ad lmao https://t.co/EQfDBXjNfs
— Beckett (@Beckarumba) October 20, 2019
i ThOuGhT i WaS dOiNg SoMeTHiNg VeRy GoOd FoR oUr COuNtRy By UsInG tRuMp nAtIoNAl DoRaL, iN mIaMi, FoR HOsTiNg ThE g-7 LeAdErS. iT iS bIg, GrAnD, on HUnDrEdS oF aCrEs, NeXT tO mIaMi InTerNatIoNaL aIRporT, hAs TrEmEnDoUs BaLlROoMs & MeEtInG rOoMs, AnD eAcH dElEgAtIoN wOulD hAvE… https://t.co/d2PokaRegi
— dONaLd j. tRuMP 🇸🇴 (@realSpongeTrump) October 20, 2019
I have used
you had probably
it is conspicuous
and avarice https://t.co/0VJpE6rXJ5
— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) October 20, 2019
Dude is just literally advertising his hotel right now. https://t.co/353STP5hUT
— Vincent Rivas-Flores (@vincentrivasfl) October 20, 2019
It’s official. Donny Trump is an idiot. An amoral unethical entitled stupid person with serious psychological problems.
What a mess. https://t.co/N8lFIILp66
— Not On My Watch (@NotOnMyWatch9) October 20, 2019
You’re corrupt as fuck. Everyone knows it whether they are in denial or not. https://t.co/EFKzEya02n
— Ghost of Poe 👻 (@BenStancliff) October 20, 2019
2 words… EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE https://t.co/ZGZwiK6w0R
— Dan in the Midwest (@ray_gull) October 20, 2019
You thought wrong https://t.co/Oh3TmuMjBR
— Marion Eicker (@EickerMarion) October 20, 2019
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“I think she didn’t go far enough, and we have to decide whether or not we’ll listen to Hillary Clinton, who lived through this in 2016, or whether or not we’re going to do what we did in 2016, is decide that what she’s saying is irrelevant because of how we feel personally about her, and I think that that would be a mistake,” said Maxwell.
“In 2016, anchors literally laughed at Hillary Clinton when she said it was Russia,” Maxwell continued. “Robby Mook went on television and said, ‘It was Russia that was hacking our emails and releasing them on Wikileaks.’ We were laughed at. I would like everyone to listen to us now because I, on the campaign, had that red banner over my email that said, ‘Government hackers are trying to infiltrate your account.’ So, this is a real warning. And I think that we would be smart to listen before it’s too late.”
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