The Hillary Clinton campaign did a major push on LGBT issues this month, finishing with an unrivaled LGBT policy plan.Â
In the lead up to Saturday night’s Democratic presidential debate,Â Hillary Clinton this month has sought to outdo her opponent on LGBT issues, perhaps to counter charges from Bernie Sanders supporters that he was for marriage equality before she was.
The campaign released an adÂ featuring several same-sex couples from previous campaign videos thatÂ renewed her promises to the LGBT community. It also reminded themÂ that back in 2011Â as Secretary of State sheÂ announced that “Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights.” Clinton made that declaration before she or any top Obama administration official announced support for same-sex marriage.
â€” Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 6, 2015
The 60-second spot also focused on some of the ten promises Clinton made to the LGBT community at a speech she delivered to the Human Right Campaign (HRC) in September.
Those promises are the foundation of a major policy plan Clinton released Thursday, that Kate Kendell, the Executive DirectorÂ forÂ the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) embraced as “a bold vision.” Â
The Washington Blade’s Chris JohnsonÂ reports the Human Rights CampaignÂ “said the proposal ‘puts in stark relief whatâ€™s at stake in this coming presidential election.'”Â
Johnson notes that Clinton’s “document announces a few new initiatives, including ending ‘ex-gay’ conversion therapy for minors; expanding the utilization of HIV prevention medications, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); and supporting efforts in the courts and federal government to clarify under federal statutes ‘sex discrimination’ constitutes discrimination on the basis of ‘gender identity’ and ‘sexual orientation.'”
For transgender rights, Clinton pledges to protect transgender people from violence in a record year record forÂ murders throughout the country; streamline processes to allow transgender people to change their gender marker on identification documents; and educate police officers on identifying bias-motivated crimes.
Clinton’s broad LGBT policy, titled, “Fighting for Full Equality for LGBT People,” also includes the promise to “Work with Congress to pass the Equality Act” by amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “Continue President Obamaâ€™s LGBT equality executive actions,” and “Combat youth homelessness.”Â
The Clinton campaign also posted several LGBT related tweets this month, including these:
How this teen became the first openly transgender elected official in her state: https://t.co/oUdOG7HH4B
â€” Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 17, 2015
Marriage equality is the law of the landâ€”but there are so many more fights to be won for LGBT rights. https://t.co/PVLJWhOeKU
â€” The Briefing (@TheBriefing2016) December 15, 2015
â€” Hillary for Iowa (@HillaryforIA) December 14, 2015
â€” Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 14, 2015
â€” Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 13, 2015
Sandwiched in between Clinton’s LGBT ad and her LGBT policy, the campaignÂ this week launched LGBT for Hillary. In a conference call,Â Ricky Martin and Billie Jean KingÂ announced their support for Clinton and her work on LGBT issues.
Martin said,Â â€œlistening to the Republican Party is the scariest thing that me as a gay man and a Latino man is facing at the moment,â€ the Washington Blade reported.
â€œWhat happens with Hillary is that she makes me feel comfortable, she makes me feel protected,â€ Martin said. â€œI listen to her on the debates, and sheâ€™s just real, sheâ€™s honest, sheâ€™s classyâ€¦and it makes me feel completely at ease when I listen to her speak. As a gay man, what she brings to the table is what I want for me, for my kids, for my family.â€
Billy Jean King called it “an opportunity to bring all of ourselves, our heads, our hearts and our guts to making sure Hillary Clinton wins on Nov. 8.â€ King said. â€œIt is so important. We cannot take this lightly. We can never, ever underestimate our opponents, the Republicans, others, and any time you start to sit back and think itâ€™s going to be easy, itâ€™s not.â€
â€” Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) December 14, 2015
Jane Lynch also advocated for LGBT for Hillary:
â€” Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) December 14, 2015
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Embattled Trump-Appointed DHS Inspector Was Given Phones of Secret Service Agents in July, Raising ‘New Questions’: Report
Senior Secret Service leadership confiscated the cell phones of 24 agents and handed them over to the embattled Trump-appointed Inspector General of the Dept. of Homeland Security as he was launching his criminal investigation into the deleted text message scandal. The Secret Service, DHS, and former Trump officials at the Pentagon have been under fire after the IG, Joseph Cuffari, belatedly revealed texts from January 5 and 6, 2021, had been deleted.
“The agency handed over the phones ‘shortly after’ a July 19 letter was sent by Inspector General Joseph Cuffari’s office,” NBC News reports.
“The revelation that Cuffari’s office has had access to the phones since late July or August raises new questions about the progress of his criminal investigation into the missing text messages and what, if anything, the public may be able to learn about communications between agents on Jan. 6, 2021,” NBC adds.
Cuffari reportedly learned in December of 2021 that the cell phones of Secret Service agents directly involved in protective operations on the day of the insurrection, had been wiped and text messages deleted. He did not report this to Congress until July of 2022, despite his staff taking action.
CNN, however, has reported Cuffari actually learned of the deleted texts in May of 2021, which if accurate would mean he waited more than a year to inform Congress. Nor did he inform the National Archives, which is required by law to retain those records.
Cuffari has been seen by some as covering for Trump loyalists. His own staff is calling for his firing.
“Department of Homeland Security (DHS) watchdog staff recently called on President Joe Biden to remove their boss, Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, according to a blistering letter obtained by the Project On Government Oversight,” POGO reported last week. “‘The highest priorities of an inspector general are integrity and independence,’ states the letter. ‘IG Cuffari and his inner circle of senior leaders have fallen short in these areas time and time again.'”
In April of 2021 The Washington Post reported Cuffari “blocked investigations proposed by career staff last year to scrutinize the [Secret Service’s] handling of the George Floyd protests in Lafayette Square and the spread of the coronavirus in its ranks, according to documents and people with knowledge of his decisions.”
Noted political scientist Norman Ornstein, who sits on the POGO board, in late July called the situation a “coverup of treason.”
POGO, he wrote, “has been calling for a long time for the resignation of DHS IG Joseph Cuffari. He sat on the information of missing texts from the top DHS ‘acting’ officials, put there by Trump to do his bidding. Stinks to high heaven. Coverup of treason.”
DOJ Demands Return of Emails Peter Navarro Sent From Private Account for Government Business
The Department of Justice is seeking a court order to compel Peter Navarro to return government documents he took after leaving the Trump administration.
Investigators are seeking the return of emails he sent while working on the White House coronavirus response, which they say were sent from a private account for government business to discuss ventilators, activating National Guard units, and the use of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment, reported CNN.
“There is no genuine dispute of fact that Dr. Navarro used at least one unofficial email account to conduct official business, that those records are the property of the United States, and that Dr. Navarro has refused to return the records to the United States. Indeed, his counsel has expressly admitted as much,” wrote Justice Department lawyers.
“Because Dr. Navarro remains in possession of property that belongs to the United States,” the lawyers added, “this Court should issue a writ of replevin requiring Dr. Navarro to return what he wrongfully continues to possess.”
The National Archives discovered the emails were missing after the DOJ sued Navarro earlier this year in a records dispute related to a House investigation.
Fox News Host Claims ‘Whites Are a Minority in California’ So Dems Want ‘On-Ramp’ for Undocumented Immigrants to Vote
Fox News personality Jesse Watters is making undocumented claims about undocumented immigrants and voting in California, the nation’s most-populous state, along with false claims about voter ID and precisely which race is the majority in the Golden State.
“Many Americans do not have one of the forms of identification states acceptable for voting,” the ACLU says. “These voters are disproportionately low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Such voters more frequently have difficulty obtaining ID, because they cannot afford or cannot obtain the underlying documents that are a prerequisite to obtaining government-issued photo ID card.”
That’s very different from falsely claiming Black Americans are “incapable of handling an ID.”
Watters went on to say, “But, I guess illegal aliens are perfectly capable of having a state-issued ID to use it for welfare.”
That too is false.
Undocumented immigrants are almost exclusively ineligible for federal government welfare programs.
“What I think is going on here is, right now, whites are a minority in California. Hispanics are the majority race in that state,” Watters claims.
Depending on your definition, that’s false, according to the U.S. Government.
Those who reported being “white alone or in combination” with another race is listed as 54.6% for California for the actual 2020 Census. “White alone” is listed as 41.2%.
“Hispanic or Latino” is listed as 39.4% of the population in California. “Not Hispanic or Latino” is listed at 60.6%.
“And white Democrat politicians like Gavin Newsom see the writing on the wall and they’ll do anything they can to cling to the political machine,” Watters claimed. “Now, this looks like an on-ramp to voting, if I was just being suspicious. But, being suspicious has made me very, very successful.”
The segment began with “Judge’ Jeanine Pirro saying “Liberal states and cities from coast to coast putting illegal immigrants over their own residents.” Pirro was lamenting a bill Newsom signed into law she says that will allow “illegal immigrants to acquire a government-issued state ID.”
Just before the 2016 election Watters did a man-on-the-street segment in New York City’s Chinatown and for nearly five minutes engaged in racist, anti-Asian, and downright offensive behavior. Vox’s Libby Nelson put it this way: “Fox News fit an impressive number of offensive Asian stereotypes into 5 minutes.”
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