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Texas Lt. Governor Announces Boycott of Trans-Friendly Businesses, Gets Slammed on Twitter (Video)



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.

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. 

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.”  

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. 

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.” 

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. “Asking a man not to follow you in the bathroom, I really don’t think that’s too much controversy.” 

‘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.” 

“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.” 

“Men don’t want their women to be subjected to” transgender women in women’s restrooms, Patrick said.

In fact, Patrick is rabidly anti-LGBT. He once attacked Houston Mayor Annise Parker for marrying her longtime partner in California. He also requested an opinion from then-Attorney General Greg Abbott in 2013 about whether domestic partner benefits were legal. And the day before the 2014 GOP primary, Patrick appeared at a “Stand for Marriage” press conference in Houston, which was billed as a rally against “sodomite marriage.”

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. 

“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 that’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.”

More than 20 anti-LGBT bills were introduced in the Texas Legislature in 2015, but none passed — largely due to opposition from the business community. 

Steve Rudner, chair of the board of Equality Texas, responded to Patrick’s comments with the following statement: 

“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. 


Image: Screenshot via NBC Channel 5

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‘Squashed Like a Bug’: Gaetz Smacked Down After ‘Rage-Tweeting a Slander on America’s Entire Military History’



“Buddy the only war you fought is against age of consent”

Congressman Matt Gaetz attacked the U.S. Armed Forces on Wednesday, suggesting America doesn’t win wars because of Generals like the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley. General Milley, who has worn an Army uniform since before the Florida Republican congressman was born, is being heralded for delivering a strong and intelligent rebuke of Gaetz’s attack on critical race theory and criticizing the U.S. Military for being “woke.”

Gen. Milley told Gaetz during a House committee hearing that he would like to better understand both critical race theory and “white rage,” which he implied was connected to Donald Trump’s January 6 insurrection.

“I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned and noncommissioned officers of being quote ‘woke,’ or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there,” Milley told Gaetz.

Gaetz, whose district has a huge military presence including one of the largest air bases in the world, did not wait long to strike back, attacking  General Milley:

Attacking Americans who believe systemic racism is real:

Attacking the U.S. Armed Forces:

And praising the Chinese Communist Party (CCP):

It did not go well for him:



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Watch: Joint Chiefs Chairman Incinerates Matt Gaetz With Epic Lecture on Critical Race Theory



Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley blasted U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz for mocking and  opposing critical race theory during what was supposed to be a budget hearing. He left the Florida Republican Congressman speechless and only able to shake his head.

Milley, a General in the U.S. Army who has been in uniform since 1980 decimated Rep. Gaetz, his supporters, and conservatives in general for mocking the idea that systemic racism exists, while adding that he would like to better understand both critical race theory and “white rage.”

“First of all, on the issue of critical race theory, etc,.” Milley began. “A lot of us have to get much smarter on whatever the theory is, but I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform, to be open minded and be widely read, and the United States Military Academy is a university, and it is important that we train, and we understand, and I want to understand white rage, and I’m white, and I want to understand it.”

“So, what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building, and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out,” Milley, who has degrees from Princeton, Columbia, and the Naval War College, declared. “I want to maintain an open mind here, and I do want to analyze it, it’s important that we understand that because our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Guardians, they come from the American people. So it is important that the leaders, now and in the future, do understand it.”

“I’ve read Mao Tse Tung, I’ve read, I’ve read Karl Marx, I’ve read Lenin: that doesn’t make me a communist. So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?”

“I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned and noncommissioned officers of being quote ‘woke,’ or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there. That was started at Harvard Law School, years ago, and it proposed that there were laws in the United States, antebellum laws prior to the Civil War that led to a power differential with African Americans that were three-quarters of a human being, when this country was formed, and then we had a civil war and Emancipation Proclamation to change it, and we brought it up to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – took another 100 years to change that. So look it I do want to know, and I respect your service and you and I both Green Berets, but I want to know. And it matters to our military in the discipline and cohesion of this military, and I thank you for the opportunity to make a comment on that.”




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‘Pray for the Christians’: Graham Urges School Boards to Fight the ‘Godless Socialist Agenda’ of CRT



Evangelical and anti-LGBTQ activist Franklin Graham is urging Americans to “pray for the Christians” who are fighting what he calls a “godless socialist agenda,” an agenda he says now includes critical race theory and “concerning transgender policies.”

Pointing to an article about Loudon County, Virginia, currently a hotbed of controversy over transgender students’ rights and the teaching of critical race theory (which is not actually being taught in public schools, only in colleges and universities,) Graham patted himself on the back for traveling to all 50 states in 2016 to urge Christians to run for office, especially school boards.

He says those local boards’ decisions “impact our children and our grandchildren’s lives, and they impact the future of our country, so it is vitally important. I’m thankful for the parents in Loudoun County, Virginia, who are speaking up and working to keep things like critical race theory and concerning transgender policies out of their schools.”

“We have to stand up against the godless socialist agenda trying to divide us and take over this country,” he claimed.

“Pray for the Christians in Loudoun County, that they would stand strong and speak the truth in love. And pray about how you can get involved in your city and make a real difference. Will you?” Graham urged.

Conservatives have been infiltrating local school boards, where they have the opportunity to indoctrinate children at a young age into far right wing extremism, the pro-Trump MAGA movement, white nationalism and white supremacism, and an anti-science agenda.

In April TIME reported, “QAnon Candidates Are Winning Local Elections,” and asked, “Can They Be Stopped?”

And earlier this month the National Education Association (NEA) asked: “Is QAnon Radicalizing Your School Board?

“Proponents of QAnon allege that Satan-worshipping pedophiles are secretly running the country, and they also have spread false information about COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, the recent election and more,” the NEA article revealed. “When they get elected to local offices, they endanger citizens because their potential decisions—around budget, safety, school curriculum and more—aren’t grounded in reality.”

And in 2017 Media Matters reported on “How The Hate Group Alliance Defending Freedom Is Infiltrating Public Schools.”

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