Dr. Steve Hotze Claims Caitlyn Jenner Would Have Been Locked Up 30 Years Ago for Being Transgender
Anti-LGBT Houston activistÂ Dr. Steve Hotze says ChristiansÂ need to adopt a “militant, warrior mentality” to defeat the “wicked, evil, satanic” LGBT rights movement. Hotze also says that 30 years ago, Caitlyn Jenner would have been “locked up” forÂ being transgender.Â
The rally was one of several organizedÂ across the state byÂ anti-LGBT attorney and former HoustonÂ GOP chair Jared Woodfill,Â who served as spokesman for the anti-HERO campaign. According to Woodfill, the rallies areÂ designed to “recruit, train and empower” Republicans interested in returning the Texas GOP toÂ the “core values” defined in its platform. (Among other things, the 2014 Texas GOPÂ platformÂ endorsesÂ so-called “reparative therapy” and describesÂ homosexuality as “a chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental unchanging truths that have been ordained by God.”)
In addition to Hotze and his Conservative Republicans of Texas, sponsors of the rallies include Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz and Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams.Â According toÂ The Houston Press, only about 25 people â€” mostly older and white â€” attended Monday’s rally at Greater Harvest Church in Pasadena. And althoughÂ Hotze didn’t wield a sword, as he did at an anti-gay rally this summerÂ where he declared war on “homofascists,”Â his anti-LGBT rhetoric was equally violent in nature.Â
â€œI think what weâ€™re missing in the Christian church today is a militant, warrior mentality,” Hotze told the crowd. “I know Jesus said not to take up arms, but I take the Old Testament literally. … They want to force us to celebrate homosexuality and other perverted acts â€” thatâ€™s all they think about.Â What has our society come to when Bruce Jenner puts on a dress and goes on the ESPN and gets an award for courage?â€
The Houston Press reports that Hotze then deepened his voice for an impression of Jenner:Â â€œUh, Iâ€™m Caitlyn Jenner, uh, yeah.”Â
“Thirty years ago, they would have locked Jenner up,”Â HotzeÂ said. “These people are crazy as a bedbug. This is a wicked, evil, satanic movement. They want to recruit, brainwash our children, right when the hormones start kicking in. I know, Iâ€™m a doctor. Weâ€™ve got sick, sexually perverted presidents. Then weâ€™ve got the Muslim problem, which is one thing I like about Dan, uh, Dan, uh, Dan, uh, Donald Trump. If you know about that religion, then you know they want you to do what they want you to do or theyâ€™ll cut your head off! We need people to stand up against this absurd, ungodly tomfoolery. Weâ€™re putting on a full-court press. Weâ€™re challenging 35 seats to say enough is enough. Weâ€™re going to do everything we can to take them down.â€
InÂ an email Sunday publicizingÂ the rally, Hotze attackedÂ current GOP Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, who’s frequently targeted by right-wingers for being too liberal â€” and yes, not anti-LGBTÂ enough.Â Before becoming speaker,Â Straus voted in favorÂ of bothÂ the state’s marriage amendmentÂ and a proposed ban on gay foster parents. However,Â HotzeÂ and others blameÂ Straus and his leadership team for the defeat of more than 20 anti-LGBT bills in last year’s legislative session.Â
â€œSpeaker Joe Straus and his RINO lieutenants, members of the Homosexual Political Movement (LGBT and Log Cabin Republicans), their corporate business donors and pro-Muslim sympathizers are organizing and spending millions of dollars to drive Christian conservatives and their values out of the Texas Republican Party,â€Â HotzeÂ wrote.
â€œI am not going to tell you that if this liberal, secular cabal has its way, then theÂ criminalization of Christianity will be the order of the day,â€ Hotze continued â€“Â suggesting that is exactly what he would say.Â
Woodfill, meanwhile, is running for state party chair after he lost his re-eletion bid in HoustonÂ in 2014, and for him the rallies appear to be thinly disguised campaign events. Woodfill is challenging incumbent Texas GOP chair Tom Mechler,Â who once said he’d cancel his subscription if the local newspaper published a photo of a gay couple kissing. Apparently, that’s just not “militant” enough.Â
At the end of his speech at Monday’s rally, Hotze reportedly wondered why the church wasn’t full.Â
“I sent out mail and thousands of robocalls â€¦ we gotta get more soldiers,” he said.Â
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Abortion-Banning, Voter-Suppressing, Gun-Promoting Texas Gov. Abbott Not Far-Right Enough for Pro-Trump MAGA Extremists
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the nation’s most radical abortion ban, a far-reaching voter suppression law, and legislation that allows Texans to carry handguns without a permit or training. He responded to a surge in COVID-19 delta variant cases by blocking local vaccine and mask mandates, and he mobilized state police and national guard troops to “seal” the border with Mexico. But none of that is enough for some Trump-loving Republicans. Former Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis recently declared on her radio show that Abbott is “not a real Republican” while endorsing Abbott challenger Don Huffines in the state’s Republican primary.
Ellis endorsed Huffines in a video released last Thursday and interviewed the far-right candidate on the Sept. 15 edition of the “Jenna Ellis Show,” where she declared Abbott to be a “Republican in name only” while describing Huffines as a “true, actual Republican.” Ellis also attended a Sept. 15 brunch event hosted by Huffines’ wife.
Ellis reminded listeners that she is “not a fan” of the Republican National Committee or “any of the RINOs,” adding, “And we as conservatives, as faith-based Christians, as people who just care about this country, we need to make sure that we are advocating for, supporting, endorsing the true actual Republicans.” Ellis and Huffines criticized Abbott for not taking more aggressive action on the border sooner, and Ellis claimed, not very credibly, that “it has really also concerned me to see the LGBT movement that has basically been broadly endorsed by Abbott.”
Despite being turned out of office by voters in 2018, Huffines, a wealthy Dallas-area developer and former state senator, announced his candidacy for governor in May. Huffines’ campaign website is a parade of far-right rhetoric on “election integrity,” “critical race theory,” “social media censorship,” and more. In a section labeled “Texas Values,” Huffines declares:
We will stop bowing down to the federal courts. This is Texas. We don’t care what John Roberts thinks. He and other sellouts on the Supreme Court have proven that they cannot be trusted to protect our liberty or state sovereignty.
“The Marxists and the socialists have taken over our education system, our seminaries, our politics, and our media, of course,” Huffines said, adding that “the real fundamental role of government is to protect the citizens from government.” He told Ellis, “We’ve got to awaken the sheep.”
Huffines told Ellis that the flow of migrants across the U.S.-Mexico border is “a premeditated attack on Texas by the Biden administration.”
“The power of the governor is almost unlimited if you’re willing to use it for our Constitution,” Huffines told Ellis, pledging to stop all inbound commercial traffic from Mexico until that country secures its side of the border.
Ellis asked Huffines to talk about the importance of pastors and churches being involved in politics. “If we can get everyone out of the pews and vote their faith, we will never lose an election,” Huffines said, adding that “this is a battle of good versus evil.” He claimed that Democrats want to bring tyranny to the U.S. “today” and that “RINO Republicans” are headed in the same direction.
Huffines’ website pledges that he will “reject any attempts to mandate, force, or coerce any medical test, procedure, or product, including vaccines or masks, on Texans,” calling it an “insult” to even suggest that vaccines be made mandatory. He said Abbott’s initial COVID-19 shutdowns were an assault on liberty and a “catalyst” for Huffines getting into the race.
Huffines spoke at the American Conservative Union’s July 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, where he made similar claims and said that “almost all” Republicans who call themselves conservatives are “liars.”
Ellis is far from the only Trump-loving wing of the GOP to support Huffines. Another former Trump staffer, Katrina Pierson, is backing Huffines, who has also been endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul, with whom he traveled on a “private” trip to meet with Russian officials in 2018. Huffines may have to compete for support from the Trumpist wing of the party with the former Texas GOP chair, Allen West, who also announced his candidacy for Texas governor this July.
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
Image: Gov. Abbott celebrating after signing a near-total ban on abortion.
McConnell Refuses to Commit to Confirming a Biden Supreme Court Nominee if GOP Takes Back the Senate
Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to say he will not “mount a blockade” against a possible Supreme Court nominee put forth by President Joe Biden, should the opportunity arise, if Republicans take back the Senate after the 2022 elections.
McConnell, as Majority Leader, infamously refused to even allow then-President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee to have any confirmation hearings, keeping the seat open if a Republican won the White House in 2016, which Donald Trump did.
In an interview with Politico’s Burgess Everett, the Kentucky Republican who has been in the U.S. Senate since 1984 was asked if he would again “mount a blockade.”
“Cross those bridges when I get there, we are focusing on ‘22,” McConnell said, Everett reports. “I don’t rule anything in or out about how to handle nominations if I’m in the majority position.”
Politico’s Anthony Adragna opines that “progressives will freak”over McConnell’s remarks.
“Liberal groups have ratcheted up the pressure on Justice Stephen Breyer to consider retirement, fearing McConnell would simply keep the seat open if he regains power in the midterms…. These comments will only add fuel to those fears.”
The U.S. Supreme Court currently has a 6-3 conservative majority, with three of those six justices being placed on the Court by Donald Trump. Many Democrats believe it’s time to expand the court to 11 or 13 justices to better represent the American people. The Court has had nine justices since 1869. The 1870 census reported the population of the United States at just 38 million people. Today, the total U.S. population is 332 million, nearly nine times that number.
Fox News Goes Full White Supremacist With Republican Who Says ‘Hope and Change’ Means ‘Replace the American Electorate’
Fox News has gone full white supremacist. The right wing cable network’s top primetime host, Tucker Carlson, has been promoting the racist “great replacement” conspiracy theory since April, doubling down on it this week. But now Fox News’ daytime programming is totally on board, embracing that racist rhetoric.
On Friday “Fox & Friends” hosted U.S. Rep Brian Babin, who spewed the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, adding a new racist twist.
According to the Texas Republican, former President Barack Obama’s “Hope and Change” slogan means “change America” by replacing “the electorate with third-world immigrants that are coming in illegally, many of them COVID-positive.”
Babin repeatedly said “change America,” honing in on the white supremacist conspiracy theory of “replacement,” a concept seared into the minds of many Americans who saw the tiki-torch wielding neo-Nazis marching through Charlotte chanting, “You will not replace us.”
“We know what the grand strategy of the Democratic Party is,” Congressman Babin declared. “They want to change America, ‘hope and change,’ and it started under Obama and now it’s really going to just racehorse speed.”
“They want to change America, they want to they want to replace the American electorate with third-world immigrants that are coming in illegally, many of them COVID-positive, drug resistant tuberculosis, I’m a health care provider, I can tell you it’s a disaster down there from a public health standpoint, and they are just want to change the electorate and put these people on a path to citizenship and franchise them with a vote and have a permanent majority. On every phase we can see every aspect the Democrats are trying to change America, from what we know what we love and what we have enjoyed for 244 years, right, it’s despicable.”
Fox News, largely through Tucker Carlson, has turned the white nationalist “great replacement” conspiracy theory into Republican orthodoxy.
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