Head of Law Firm That Has Drafted Anti-LGBT Bills in 20 States Says She Carries a .45 Into Restrooms
Mocking transgender people and suggesting she needs protection from them, Anita Staver says she carries a Glock .45 wth her in to restrooms.Â
“I’m taking a Glock .45 to the ladies room. It identifies as my bodyguard,” Staver tweeted.
â€” Liberty Lawyer (@AnitaStaver) April 22, 2016
Staver is the president of Liberty Counsel, a Christian activist law firm which appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-gay hate groups. The group gained national sttention last year when they represented Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis. Her husband, Liberty Counsel’s Founder and ChairmanÂ Mat Staver, recently admitted that their firm has drafted and is advocating for anti-LGBT bills in 20 states.Â Â
Liberty Counsel says it is a “Christian ministry,” whose mission “is to preserve religious liberty and help create and maintain a society in which everyone will have the opportunity to discover the truth that will give true freedom.”
Image via Liberty Counsel Action/FacebookÂ
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Internet Disgusted After Trump Retweets Gross Video of Texas Mayor in Bathroom: ‘I Think You Have Hit a New Low’
For some reason Donald Trump decided on Saturday to retweet a video of a Texas mayor who was unaware he was still wearing a hot mic when he went to the bathroom, which stunned even Trump’s regular critics on Twitter.
Trump pushed out the tweet with the video that stated, “THIS IS HILARIOUS. Mayor of Georgetown in the US excused himself to go & use the washroom in the middle of a meeting & forgot to switch off his mic on his tie & this is what happened.”
Not everyone agreed, with one commenter pointing out the putative Leader of the Free World “… has too much time on his hands.”
You can see a sampling below:
No class at all.
— Deirdre Robinson (@DeirdreDrdr) February 15, 2020
His moral degeneracy is accelerating.
— Greg Boggis (@BoggisNews) February 15, 2020
Absolutely disgusting for the leader of a country to retweet and humiliate like @realDonaldTrump is doing. If that doesn’t snow lack of respect I don’t know what does.
— Marcus Olofzon (@olofzonmarcus) February 15, 2020
I think you have hit a new low, if that is at all possible.
— Deb (@deb_tableforben) February 15, 2020
This goes to show that the POTUS has way too much time on his hands.
— Brother Tee (@BroTeeRadioShow) February 15, 2020
— bobbystone (@bobbystonemusic) February 15, 2020
We have been told that these tweets are official records of the president of the United States.
Like pretty much everything Mr. Trump does, this re-tweet is not hilarious. It is inappropriate.
— Jean L.P. Jaurès 🌎🔬📚⚖️ (@larsp2740) February 15, 2020
To the fact that @realDonaldTrump just retweeted this, If this is not the most degrading and desecrating act, then tell me what it is…
— Specially Chosen (@olamopic) February 15, 2020
President of the United States retweeted this… A 70+ year old man.. Thinks THIS is important. Smfh.
— Big G’s (@imnmc401) February 15, 2020
— ThisGrannyResists (@Heart4WI) February 15, 2020
Trump Deploying Border Patrol’s Highly-Armed Elite Tactical Agents to Round Up Undocumented Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities
Continuing his attacks on his enemies one week after being acquitted on articles of impeachmenmt President Donald Trump on Friday ordered a group of the Border Patrol’s elite tactical agents to deploy in major sanctuary cities to round up and arrest undocumented immigrants, The New York Times reports.
Agents from the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tactical Unit, BORTAC, are being sent to sent to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, N.J.
BORTAC “acts essentially as the SWAT team of the Border Patrol.”
These are top border patrol agents, who use stun grenades and other weapons usually reserved for warfare “in the most rugged and swelteringly hot areas of the border.”
BORTAC agents receive “enhanced Special Forces-type training, including sniper certification,” and “the officers typically conduct high-risk operations targeting individuals who are known to be violent, many of them with extensive criminal records.”
“Their presence could spark new fear in immigrant communities that have been on high alert under the stepped-up deportation and detention policies adopted after Mr. Trump took office,” the Times notes.
Former CBP commissioner Gil Kerlikowske calls the decision a “significant mistake.”
“If you were a police chief and you were going to make an apprehension for a relatively minor offense, you don’t send the SWAT team. And BORTAC is the SWAT team,” Kerlikowske, a former chief of police in Seattle, told the Times. “They’re trained for much more hazardous missions than this.”
Image by Kristoffer Grogan/U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Flickr
Trump Raged and Swore at Aides Because His Enemies Aren’t Being Prosecuted: Report
There are two key ways a president can abuse the Justice Department and federal prosecutorial powers: he can protect his friends, and he can go after his enemies.
In recent days and months, especially with developments around the Michael Flynn and Roger Stone cases, observers have been deeply concerned that President Donald Trump is engaging in the first kind of abuse. But according to a new report from the Washington Post, what Trump really cares about — and what he is really furious hasn’t happened yet — is the prosecution of his enemies.
The report explained:
Behind that public fight, according to people familiar with the discussions, is a deeper tension between Trump and Barr’s Justice Department over the lack of criminal charges against former FBI director James B. Comey and those close to him.
The flare-up over the Stone case comes against a backdrop of growing behind-the-scenes anger from the president toward the Justice Department — more about whom the department has not charged with crimes than about whom it has charged, according to people familiar with the discussions
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz referred Comey’s handling of the memos to prosecutors for possible criminal prosecution, but lawyers quickly determined it was not a close call and did not seek to build a case.
That sent Trump into a rage, according to people briefed on his comments. He complained so loudly and swore so frequently in the Oval Office that some of his aides discussed it for days, these people said. Trump repeatedly said that Comey deserved to be charged, according to their account.
“Can you [expletive] believe they didn’t charge him?” Trump said on the night of the decision, these people said.
It’s not just Comey. The report noted that Trump has also been eager to see charges against Comey’s former deputy, Andrew McCabe. And Trump also reportedly became enraged when the Washington Post reported in January that U.S. Attorney John Huber’s investigation into vague allegations about Hillary Clinton came up dry. (Trump had asked former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to look into Clinton, according to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.)
The Post continued:
Separately, Barr has tapped U.S. Attorney John Durham in Connecticut to investigate whether any crimes were committed by FBI and CIA officials in the pursuit of allegations in 2016 that Russia interfered in the election to benefit Trump’s campaign.
After learning that the Huber investigation is not likely to produce charges, Trump has become more insistent that Durham finish his work soon, according to people familiar with the discussions. Trump, these people said, wants to be able to use whatever Durham finds as a cudgel in his reelection campaign.
All of that frustration has fed into the public fight over the Stone case.
What’s not clear from the report is how much Trump has directly expressed this anger and desire for prosecutions to Barr himself. On Thursday, Barr claimed in an interview with ABC News that Trump hasn’t asked him to do anything in a criminal case. It’s not clear if that’s true — but even if Trump hasn’t made his demands explicit to Barr, there’s no doubt the attorney general knows what’s expected of him.
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