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24 Hours! Missouri Democratic Senators Have Now Been Filibustering An Anti-Gay Bill for a Full Day

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‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Would Amend Constitution to Enshrine Anti-LGBT Hate Into Law

Missouri’s seven Democratic senators have now been filibustering a “religious freedom” bill to amend the state constitution for a full 24 hours. The bill would allow anyone or any business that claims a sincere religious objection to same-sex marriage or LGBT people the “right” to not serve them.

Lawmakers took up SJR 39 Monday at 4:00 PM local time. The debate turned into a filibuster several hours later, and overnight senators teamed up, working in groups of two, to help each other stay standing and talking. 

They were not required to speak directly on the bill, although conversation and commentary always came back to the anti-gay ordinance. For many hours lawmakers read a list of 1500 local Missouri individuals and businesses who oppose the legislation, chatting when they saw the name of a familiar coffee shop or constituent. A discussion of the taste of protein bars took place after one storeowner opposed to the bill offered to donate some energy bars to hep keep the senators going.

The Missouri state legislature has a record of the longest filibuster: 30 hours. The Democratic lawmakers have promised to break it. One even promised he would keep going through Thursday.

At another point Tuesday morning, lawmakers speaking on the bill talked about all the LGBT people in their lives and how much they love them.

Republicans were allowed to ask questions and there was plenty of debate on SJR 39. 

The seven Democrats are Senators Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Jill Schupp, Jason Holsman, Scott Sifton, Jamilah Nasheed, Kiki Curls, and Gina Walsh.

You can listen here, and follow PROMO Missouri on Twitter, and hashtag #SJR39 for all updates.

UPDATE:
Former Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, who bravely filibustered an anti-choice bill, sent this tweet:

 

 

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GOP Lawmaker Says Black People Are Glad Their Ancestors Were Brought Over as Slaves

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Terry Jones

Terry Jones, a Republican lawmaker in North Dakota, has submitted a bill that would require state forms to list “American” as a racial choice option because he’s “disgusted” with how race is used by bad actors to divide the country, he says.

In trying to explain how his bill would unite Americans by focusing “on commonalities rather than differences,” he told the press that “citizens of all backgrounds are proud to be American,” adding that Black Americans are “glad their ancestors were brought here as slaves.”

InForum reports: “Jones said he believes in this sentiment because he read a Reader’s Digest article from the 1980s in which a Black doctor visited an African country during a period of civil conflict and made remarks about being grateful that his ancestors had been taken to America. Forum News Service’s attempts to find the article were unsuccessful.

Jones’ ignorant comment are just part of a long history of racist lawmakers saying that people of color should be grateful for their ill-treatment in this country just because it’s better than living in poorer nations — hardly an endorsement of great living under the American system.

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Poll Shows “One-Quarter of Americans Approve of Trump Inciting a Murderous Insurrection”

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A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that 23 percent of Americans rate President Donald Trump’s behavior since the November 3, 2020 presidential election as “good” or “excellent.”

As MSNBC analyst and DC bureau chief of Mother Jones David Corn wrote on Twitter, “One-quarter of Americans approve of Trump inciting a murderous insurrection.”

Put another way, nearly a quarter of Americans approve of Trump’s repeated lies about the election being stolen from him, lies which have been thrown out nearly 60 times over from courts for lack of evidence, even by judges that he himself appointed. And nearly a quarter of Americans think it’s “good” or “excellent” that Trump’s lies compelled his followers to stage an attempted coup at the Capitol where insurrectionists sought to execute lawmakers for not declaring Trump as the election winner even though he lost by over 7 million votes.

The poll does have a couple of bright spots though: “Donald Trump is leaving the White House with the lowest job approval of his presidency (29 percent),” Pew states, adding, that 76 percent of respondents view Trump’s behavior since the election as either “fair” or “poor.” Also, 68 percent of respondents said they never wanted to see Trump play any role in political life ever again.

Lastly, 75 percent of Americans also think that Trump bears “some” or “a lot” of responsibility for the Capitol riots that he incited, and that includes 52 percent of Republicans. However, 64 percent of Republicans also think that Trump won the election (compared to the 33 percent of all Americans who believe that lie).

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Trump’s Loyal Insurrectionists Wanted to Kill This Police Officer With His Own Gun

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In a recent interview, Capitol police officer Michael Fanone shared a frightening moment when Trump’s mob of insurrectionists began tearing apart his uniform and took his radio and gun and one shouted “Kill him with his own gun!”

Fanone says he only escaped with his life because he began shouting that he had kids to try and appeal to the rioters’ humanity. Eventually, some of the rioters surrounded him, forming a protective shield until his partner was able to pull him to safety.

Still, his entire two-minute interview below is worth listening to. Here’s a transcript:

I try to fight as best I could. I remember like guys were stripping me of my gear. These rioters pulling my badge off my chest. They ripped my radio off my vest, started pulling like ammunition magazines of my belt from thir holder on my belt. And then some guy started getting a hold of my gun, and they were screaming out, You know, “Kill him with his own gun.”

At that point you know it was just like self-preservation. You know, how do I survive this situation? And I thought about, you know, using deadly force. I thought about shooting people. And then I just came to the conclusion that, you know, if I was to do that, I might get a few but I’m not gonna take everybody, and they’ll probably take my gun away from me and that would definitely give them the justification that they were looking for to kill me, if they already hadn’t have made that up in their minds.

So, the other option I followed was you try to appeal to somebody’s humanity. And I, I just remember yelling out that I have kids. And it seemed to work. Some people in the crowd started to encircle me, and try to offer me some level of protection. And that provided me with like enough time for other officers, specifically my partner Jimmy Albright enough time to get to me and get me the hell out of there and back into the west front of the capital.

A lot of people have asked me you know my thoughts on the individuals in the crowd that helped me or to tried to offer some assistance. And I think kind of the conclusion I’ve come to is like, “Thank you, but fuck you for being there.”

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