PayPal CEO Clearly Stated Decision to Cancel Expansion Was ‘A Result’ of HB2, So Who’s Not Telling the Truth?
Republican State Representative Dan Bishop says CharlotteÂ Mayor Jennifer Roberts, and not his anti-LGBT bill, is to blame for PayPal’s decision to cancel a planned $3.6 million expansion in North CarolinaÂ that would have created 400 new jobs.Â
Bishop is the lead sponsor and author of HB2, the anti-LGBT bill that voids all local LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances in North Carolina and removes local power over minimum wage and employment discrimination laws â€“Â handing control over to state lawmakers. On Tuesday, he told the News & Observer PayPal’s decision to cancel their planned expansionÂ was â€œnot about HB2.â€
â€œIt is instead about a frenzy that the mayor and her allies on City Council have whipped up,â€ Rep. Bishop told the newspaper. â€œI think she might consider that she stop calling in airstrikes on her own position.â€
Rep. Bishop is lying, plain and simple. And that’s easily proven. As NCRM reported Tuesday, PayPal CEO and PresidentÂ Dan Schulman on PayPal’s website wrote that HB2 “perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPalâ€™s mission and culture. As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte.”
Schulman clearly wanted there to be no question about his decision or about the reasons for it.
“Our decision is a clear and unambiguous one,” he wrote.
It really cannot be any clearer than that. There’s no room for interpretation. Schulman was 100 percent clear and specific. Someone’s lying, and it’s either the CEO who made the decision, or the politician who authored the unconstitutional bill.
Given Rep. Bishop’s performance in an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on March 25, it’s apparent he’s comfortable twisting truth and spreading falsehoods, especially about HB2.
But Bishop isn’t the only one playing fast and loose with the truth. The News & Observer also quoted a joint statement by top North Carolina Republican state lawmakers.
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore called it â€œa radical bathroom policyâ€ by the Democratic mayor and City Council.
â€œThe governor warned her the legislature would take immediate action to protect North Carolina families,â€ they said in a joint statement. â€œIf Jennifer Roberts, (state Attorney General) Roy Cooper and the far-left Political Correctness Mob sheâ€™s unleashed really care about the economic future of her city, theyâ€™ll â€¦ start telling the truth about this commonsense bathroom safety law.â€
Christopher Sgro,Â Executive Director ofÂ Equality North CarolinaÂ told The New Civil Rights MovementÂ these comments “absurd.”
“Statements from Representative Dan Bishop, Senator Berger, and other extremist legislators claiming that fault for the backlash to House Bill 2 lies with Charlotte are absurd,” Sgro told NCRM via email today. “These are the same legislators who manufactured a crisis, wasted $42,000 of taxpayer money to stage a political stunt, and rammed through negligent legislation in under 12 hours without a second thought to consequences.”
“Charlotte spent almost a year crafting and considering a non-discrimination ordinance which mirrors those in 100+ other cities across the nation,” Scro continued, calling their efforts “a best practice,” and the North Carolina General Assembly’s “a worst possible practice.”
“It is not the fault of Charlotte’s leaders that Mr. Bishop and a few others did not carefully consider their actions. What Bishop and Berger are claiming is akin to a child breaking the cookie jar and blaming it on the dog. The loss of Paypal and potential loss of many, many other businesses is squarely on the backs of the legislature and Governor McCrory. They’ve made a mess of North Carolina, and they must fix it in the short session of the legislature by repealing HB2,” Sgro concluded.
NCRM Wednesday morning emailed Rep. Bishop, offering him the opportunity to change or clarify his statement. NCRM did not receive a response by the time this article was published.
Image: Screenshot via Dan Bishop/YouTube
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Franklin Graham Cries ‘Discrimination’ as UK Venues Ban Him Over His ‘Divisive’ Anti-LGBTQ Extremism
Franklin Graham‘s planned tour of the UK has run in to a snag: It appears few in the UK want him there. The far right evangelical Christian leader with strong ties to President Donald Trump had announced a UK tour starting in June, but as word spread venues started canceling on him, or pulled out of negotiations. At issue: Graham’s anti-LGBTQ extremism.
ACC Liverpool, a convention center adjacent to the John Lennon Peace Monument has blocked Graham, calling him “divisive” and saying he is “incompatible” with their values.
“Over the past few days we have been made aware of a number of statements which we consider to be incompatible with our values,” the ACC Liverpool said in a statement, as The Guardian reports. “In light of this we can no longer reconcile the balance between freedom of speech and the divisive impact this event is having in our city. We have informed the organizers of the event that the booking will no longer be fulfilled.”
The mayor of Liverpool supports the decision:
Our City is a diverse City and proud of our LGBTQ+ community and always will be. We can not allow hatred and intolerance to go unchallenged by anyone including by religious groups or sects. It’s right we have banned from the M&S Arena Franklin Graham.#Love conquers hatred always
— Joe Anderson (@mayor_anderson) January 26, 2020
A London venue has also backed out of negotiations in the wake of “an All Out petition calling on The O2 to refuse to host Graham, with the petition gaining more than 8,500 signatures by early Tuesday morning,” Newsweek reports.
Graham is accusing his UK opponents of discrimination – while falsely suggesting all Christians support him and his beliefs.
“We feel that we are being discriminated against because of our religious beliefs,” Graham said. “Cancelling venue contracts based on the demands of one very vocal group, without consideration for the views and rights of the Christians who contracted for the venue, including the views of thousands of other Christians who support it and who would be negatively impacted, does far more to harm and divide society than simply letting the events go on as planned.”
He also called it “wrong for venue managers and local officials to make a decision that disadvantages Christians,” as if all LGBTQ people are not Christian.
“The rub, I think, comes in whether God defines homosexuality as sin. The answer is yes,” he told his 8 million Facebook followers. “But God goes even further than that, to say that we are all sinners—myself included. The Bible says that every human being is guilty of sin and in need of forgiveness and cleansing. The penalty of sin is spiritual death—separation from God for eternity.”
“I invite everyone in the LGBTQ community to come and hear for yourselves the Gospel messages that I will be bringing from God’s Word, the Bible. You are absolutely welcome,” he claimed.
Trump Attacks CNN’s Don Lemon for Laughing as Rick Wilson Mocks President Who ‘Couldn’t Find Ukraine on a Map’ (Video)
In the wee hours of the morning, just past midnight, President Donald Trump launched an attack against CNN’s Don Lemon, calling him “the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!).”
In a segment on Lemon’s show from Saturday, Lemon laughed so hard at Republican strategist and Never-Trumper Rick Wilson that at one point he banged his head on his desk.
It was too much for the thin-skinned Leader of the Free World.
Wilson was talking about Mike Pompeo’s egregious attack on an NPR reporter, who he lied about by claiming she “lied twice” and accusing her of agreeing his Ukraine remarks were off the record, when she did not – which emails prove. After the interview the Secretary of State forced her to identify Ukraine on an unmarked map. A two-decade veteran of covering the State Dept., and with a masters in European studies from Cambridge, the reporter had no trouble pointing to the country on a map.
Pompeo, Wilson said, “also knows deep in his heart that Donald Trump couldn’t find Ukraine on a map if you had the letter ‘U’ and a picture of an actual crane on a map.”
Wilson called Trump’s base “the credulous boomer rube demo that wants to think that ‘Donald Trump’s the smart one and y’all elitists are dumb,'” he said in a mocking drawl.
“‘You elitists with your geography, and your maps, and your reading,'” NY Times and CNN contributor Wajahat Ali added, also mocking Trump’s base.
“‘Your math and your reading,'” Wilson chimed in.
“‘Yeah, your reading, your geography, knowing other countries, sipping your latte,'” Ali added, continuing to mock Trump’s base.
"You elitists with your geography and your maps and your spelling…sipping your latte…" pic.twitter.com/qy1FVIY7fs
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) January 28, 2020
Trump furiously tweeted out his attack:
Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!). https://t.co/iQXCc7lvCt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2020
Interestingly, Trump went after Lemon, who was only laughing – and not Wilson or Ali, who were the ones really mocking him.
About two hours after Trump posted his attack, Ali revealed, “Friends are now concerned about my safety.”
Trump tweeted our CNN clip from 2 days ago. Friends are now concerned about my safety. I refuse to be intimidated & bullied by bad faith actors who cry fake victimhood, whining about a harmless, silly 30 second clip while endorsing Trump, a cruel vulgarian who debases everyone.
— Wajahat "Some Muslim…I've Never Heard Of" Ali (@WajahatAli) January 28, 2020
GOP Senator Accidentally Admits Real Reason Trump Targeted Biden in His Ukraine Extortion Scheme
In a press conference with reporters on Monday, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) gave the game away by implying she hopes that President Donald Trump’s scheme to dig up foreign dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden successfully sinks his candidacy and causes him to lose the Democratic caucuses in her state.
“Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening. And I’m really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic caucus goers. Will they be supporting Vice President Biden at this point?”
The remarks came after White House lawyers spent hours trying to change the subject from Trump’s attempts to extort the president of Ukraine with military aid, to the conspiracy theory surrounding Biden’s son’s work in Ukraine that he had been demanding they pursue.
“Senator Ernst just said the quiet part out loud: Republicans are terrified that Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee, defeat Donald Trump, and help progressives gain seats in the House and take the Senate,” Biden spokesperson Andrew Bates said. “Donald Trump himself was so afraid of running against Joe Biden that he became the only president in American history who tried to force a foreign country to lie on behalf of his struggling re-election campaign. We are in a battle for the soul of this nation, and the GOP can’t stop revealing that Vice President Biden is the best candidate to win it.”
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) January 28, 2020
ERNST: “IA caucuses are this next Monday evening. And I’m really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Demcaucus goers. Will they be supporting VP Biden at this point?”
— Alan He (@alanhe) January 28, 2020
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