GOP Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick Backs North Carolina-Style Anti-LGBT Legislation HB2 For Texas
Republican Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce a boycott of businesses that allow transgender people to use restrooms according to their gender identity.
â€” Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) April 27, 2016
Later, in a TV interview (above), Patrick expressed support for North Carolina’s hateful anti-LGBT House Bill 2, suggesting he would back similar legislation if it’s introduced in the Lone Star State next year.Â
Patrick’s support for such laws is hardly surprising, given that he spent more than $50,000 for a disgusting TV ad opposing Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance. He also has a petition on his website, calling for people to “Say No To Men In Women’s Restrooms.” Â
But Patrick’s latest tweet about the subject didn’t go over too well. In fact, all of the roughly 20 responses were critical of Patrick’s boycott, even though he later told NBC Channel 5 in Dallas that he believes more than 90 percent of the station’s viewers support his position.Â
@DanPatrick then get off Twitter and Facebook bc they promote non-discrimination against LGBT people.
â€” dom hernandez (@dom_solo15) April 27, 2016
In the TV interview, Patrick called the idea of allowing transgender people to use restrooms according to their gender identity “asinine,” adding that business backlash over HB2 in North Carolina is “nonsense” and “big bluff and bluster.”Â
North Carolina has lost thousands of jobs and about a billion dollars in revenue because of HB2.
“This is such an easy issue, of all the issues we deal with,” Patrick said. â€œAsking a man not to follow you in the bathroom, I really donâ€™t think thatâ€™s too much controversy.”Â
@DanPatrick Then get the hell out of Austin. Bigots are not welcome here.
â€” Clayton Strickland (@MottdeWitt) April 27, 2016
‘Men Don’t Want Their Women Subjected To’ Transgender Women in Restrooms, Says Patrick
After reporter Julie Fine pointed out that transgender women aren’t men, Patrick said it “doesn’t matter,” and that he shouldn’t subject his mother and grandaughter to “figuring out the psychology of a man who just followed them into the restroom.”Â
“This is not about equal rights. I’m totally in favor of equal rights,” Patrick said. “I’m not prejudiced against anyone, but I don’t want any man for any reason going into a woman’s bathroom or a woman’s locker room, and I don’t think that 90 percent plus of your audience disagrees.”Â
“Men don’t want their women to be subjected to” transgender women in women’s restrooms, Patrick said.
@DanPatrick waiting for the day when foster children, school funding and women’s health get your attention as much as who’s in the toilets.
â€” me me me (@houstonpeat) April 27, 2016
In fact, Patrick is rabidly anti-LGBT. He onceÂ attacked Houston Mayor Annise ParkerÂ for marrying her longtime partner in California. He alsoÂ requested an opinionÂ from then-Attorney General Greg Abbott in 2013 about whether domestic partner benefits were legal. And the day before the 2014 GOP primary,Â Patrick appearedÂ at a â€œStand for Marriageâ€ press conference in Houston, which was billed as a rally against â€œsodomite marriage.â€
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, Patrick called for county clerks and judges to be allowed to opt out of participating in them. And he recently directed lawmakers to study anti-LGBT religious freedom legislation prior to next year’s session, including a proposal to bar cities from enacting nondiscrimination ordinances.Â
“Does a woman not have a right to be able to walk into a bathroom and feel comfortable? And the way these ordinances are written, any man could walk into a bathroom if thatâ€™s the way they feel that day,” Patrick told NBC 5. “This is how far we have shifted in this connote of being so politically correct. This is just asinine. This is nothing about rights of gays and lesbians and transgender people. This is about respecting women and keeping women safe.”
@DanPatrick Where has this been a problem Dan? Have you found one case?
â€” Kimberly Bozman (@KimberlyBozman) April 27, 2016
More than 20 anti-LGBT bills were introduced in the Texas Legislature in 2015, but none passed â€” largely due to opposition from the business community.Â
Steve Rudner, chair of the board of Equality Texas, responded to Patrick’s comments with the following statement:Â
“Texans know which restroom to use; they don’t need any help from the Texas Legislature. Transgender Texans have been using restrooms matching their gender identity for years. Equality Texas knows that any policies proposed as ‘gender policing’ are just new laws searching for a problem.”
Watch Patrick’s full interview above.Â
Image: Screenshot viaÂ NBC Channel 5
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Republicans suggest defunding Veteran Affairs even though it helps 9 million vets
Republican legislators are starting to suggest defunding the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the office founded in 1989 to assist with veteran needs. The VA assists with getting veterans mental and physical healthcare, educational opportunities, community support, and other everyday housing and living needs.
An Arizona legislator, captured on video participating in a mock congressional hearing, said he supported shutting down the department.
“That’s sort of what I’m thinking because … I hear no good stories. I had zero in my district,” the legislator said in a video posted by the far-right watchdog group Patriot Takes. “So I guess it’s a matter of us leading the fight to defund it.”
Republicans held an offsite, mock Congressional hearing where they plotted to defund and shutdown the VA.
Healthcare for veterans is on the midterms ballot. pic.twitter.com/PAKFCQZk7Y
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) September 30, 2022
A second video, posted by the same account, showed Republican Florida Representative Matt Gaetz advocating for defunding the VA while speaking at an event held by FreedomWorks, a conservative and libertarian advocacy group.
“This is my question to the group. Is it savable? Why not abolish the VA, take all of the money that we are otherwise spending and go to an any willing provider system inside of our communities?” Gaetz says in the video. “And then, if people get bad care, they can vote with their feet and you don’t have a two-tier system of healthcare in this country with our veterans and then with everyone else.”
Generally speaking, Republican policies favor the privatization of all government functions, thinking that a “small government,” “free-market,” “for-profit” privatization provided by a corporation can solve any market ill.
In reality, if entire communities are deprived of VA access, U.S. military veterans will be left largely on their own to get their life needs met after militaries service. Those who lack money or transportation won’t be able to “vote with their feet” and find a local care provider to handle their specific issues… they’ll either have to spend massive amounts to get such essential care or just go without.
Republican leaders are now floating abolishing the VA and stealing veterans’ health care. And if you think that’s unlikely remember that 84% of republicans in Congress voted against veterans’ cancer care this year. https://t.co/BV1msdniP5
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@BillPascrell) September 30, 2022
In late July, 41 Senate Republicans voted against a bill aimed at protecting veterans exposed to toxic materials during their military service. The legislation would have expanded care to 3.5 million veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. It would have also added 23 toxic and burn pit exposure-related illnesses to the VA database, Newsweek reported.
After massive blowback, Senate Republicans re-voted on the bill and helped it pass.
Patriot Takes posted the video hoping that it would encourage veterans and military members to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections.
Red states are lining up to stop Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan
Six red states — Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Carolina — are suing the administration of Democratic President Joe Biden over Biden’s plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student loan debt for individuals making less than $125,000 a year.
The Biden administration based its plan on a 2003 law. According to the Justice Department, the law, initially meant to help military members, says that Biden can reduce or erase student loan debts during times of national emergency.
The red states’ lawsuit, filed Thursday in Missouri, said that Biden’s plan was “not remotely tailored to address the effects of the pandemic on federal student loan borrowers.” The lawsuit adds that, since Biden recently declared the COVID-19 pandemic as over, he can’t use it as a justification for his wide-scale debt relief plan, ABC News reported.
“It’s patently unfair to saddle hard-working Americans with the loan debt of those who chose to go to college,” Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said of her state’s lawsuit. “The Department of Education is required, under the law, to collect the balance due on loans. And President Biden does not have the authority to override that.”
The states argued that Biden’s plan inflicted a “number of ongoing financial harms” to student loan providers and also “will ultimately disrupt revenue to state coffers.” They also argued that Biden’s plan violates the Administrative Procedure Act, a law regulating how federal agencies ensure that presidential policies are well-reasoned and explained, the aforementioned publication reported.
Despite these claims, the White House has said it will continue with its plan, confident it can survive a court challenge.
“Republican officials from these six states are standing with special interests, and fighting to stop relief for borrowers buried under mountains of debt,” White House spokesman Abdullah Hasan said Thursday. “The president and his administration are lawfully giving working and middle class families breathing room as they recover from the pandemic and prepare to resume loan payments in January.”
Alex Jones declares that he’s Hitler and a child murderer in unhinged interview
Alex Jones, the host of the conspiracy theory show InfoWars declared that he himself is Hitler and that he shot kids to death in an interview on Channel 5 with Andrew Callaghan.
When Callaghan asked Jones if he felt responsible for what happened to the Sandy Hook parents, meaning the harassment and death threats they faced after Jones told his millions of viewers that they were “crisis actors” who helped fake a 2012 school shooting in order to help the government confiscate people’s guns.
Jones responded, “I went to that school. I pulled the gun out. I shot every one of myself. I mean, I’m guilty.” Later on, he repeats over and over again, “I killed them. I’ll admit it. I did it. I’m the bad guy…. I murdered those children. I did. I did it myself.”
The December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting left 26 people dead, including 20 children ages 6 and 7. Jones was not the shooter.
“We should bow five times a day to New Haven, Connecticut for the kids that died,” Jones said, before saying that people have been hypnotized into believing that they should give their guns to George Soros, a Jewish billionaire that anti-Semites think controls left-wing politics.
“I was actually Hitler. It wasn’t actually Hitler,” Jones said. “I did it. I was in a time machine in Germany. I did all that.”
Later in the interview, Jones said, “I was being sarcastic earlier. I didn’t kill the children. I’m not Jeffrey Dahmer. I didn’t invent hemorrhoids. I simply questioned things and they’re trying to demonize me to say questioning things is a bad deal.”
That’s a lie though. Jones himself said the shooting was fake, and he has said in court that he believed it was, though he now believes otherwise. He has also claimed that his company is broke, despite raking in millions in online sales.
“Nobody thinks you killed the kids,” Callaghan told Jones during their interview. “Nobody thinks that oh, it’s what you did. What you killed is [the parents’] ability to get over the death of children.”
Jones responded, “Everyone’s like yeah, ‘We’re gonna get him immediately.’ Like, they’ve built me up and like I’m this giant creature like all-powerful, like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and none of it’s real. So it’s like it’s funny, actually. It’s actually comical. I mean, it’s, it’s actually hilarious.”
Jones is being sued for defamation by several parents of Sandy Hook victims who said they experienced hardship stemming from his claims. In court, Jones said he was tired of apologizing for his statements about the shooting being a hoax.
In August 2018, Jones and InfoWars were both banned from YouTube, Apple, Facebook and Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) for repeatedly violating their policies forbidding hate speech and glorifying violence. Twitter banned him a month later for “abusive behavior.”
Jones said his banning was political censorship because the mainstream is afraid of “the truth.”
Jones has claimed on InfoWars that the government is controlling the weather; Democratic politician Hillary Clinton runs a child sex ring out of a gay-owned D.C.-area pizza restaurant (something known as Pizzagate); that the transgender rights movement is a plot to allow people to have sex with their cars; and that millions of undocumented immigrants illegally voted in the 2016 presidential election (echoing a baseless claim repeated by then-President Donald Trump).
In a child custody case, Jones’ lawyer said that he is an actor whose words shouldn’t be taken seriously.
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