Chris Barron Once Said, ‘If You Support Trump You Are an Idiot’
Christopher R. Barron, former co-founder and president of the gay Tea Party Republican andÂ now-defunct group, GOProud, has a long history of voicing his opinion on Donald Trump.
On March 21, he wrote for The Guardian that he “helped create Donald Trump the politician,” certainly a braggadociosÂ claim, but lamented that the billionaire businessman â€œhas played the political cheap seatsâ€¦ Instead of offering Republicans a positive vision for the future, he chose to play on some of our most base fears.â€
“I expected that Trump would push the envelope, indeed I hoped he would break the rules,” Barron continued. “I did, however, believe that Trump would be guided by some sense of common decency. Instead his campaign has been more Andrew Dice Clay than Ronald Reagan â€“ belittling POWs, women and the disabled.”
CNN now reports, however, that Barron is â€œcoordinating an effort to mobilize a coalition of conservative lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) voters in support of Donald Trump,” noting it’sÂ “a project that has intensified in the wake of a terrorist attack at a gay club in Orlando, Florida.”
The terrorist attack, it should be noted, left 49 dead, 53 injured and has become the countryâ€™s deadliest mass shooting, and the worst terror attack since 9/11.
The LGBT community is no longer a stranger to Trump-pandering, though it may surprise some that one of the newest advocates for Trump 2016 is the same man responsible for these tweets:
We are keeping lists of you Trump people. You will never live this shame down.
â€” Chris Barron (@ChrisRBarron) August 16, 2015
Want someone to “tell it like it is” ok here goes, if you support Trump you are an idiot.
â€” Chris Barron (@ChrisRBarron) August 16, 2015
The giant police state Trump supports would make Hitler blush.
â€” Chris Barron (@ChrisRBarron) August 17, 2015
â€œElections are always about choices,â€ Barron, who was a Herman Cain donor, told CNN. â€œThe choice this election is that either Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president of the United States or Donald Trump is, and for me, thatâ€™s a no-brainer, thatâ€™s an easy one. It should be Donald Trump.â€
He told CNN that the presumptive Democratic nominee â€œwants to continue a reckless foreign policy that has made the world less safe for all Americans, including LGBT Americans.â€ And that upon referring to what he describes as â€œMuslim states â€¦ prescribing the death penalty for people who are gay,â€ he continued that he would believe this â€œwould be something that a friend of the LGBT community would be able to speak out on, and [she] finds it unable to do so.â€Â
An attack on LGBT Americans is an attack on all Americans.https://t.co/q4Z3kWOcPR
â€” Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 14, 2016
Barron, who has begun actively attempting to convince the LGBT community into voting for Trump, has â€œno doubt that Donald Trump would be better for LGBT Americans.â€ He has, of course, long held many opinions on LGBT Americans:
The gay left = the American Taliban. Hateful, angry and dumb as shit.
â€” Chris Barron (@ChrisRBarron) January 27, 2011
Barron’s GOProud said it would support any Republican presidential candidate who became the 2012 nominee. It ultimately supported Mitt Romney, but didn’t support same-sex marriage until after the 2012 election.
A group of gay Republicans argue that Donald J. Trump will be better for LBGT Americans than Hillary Clinton. http://cnn.it/1VYUc8d
Posted by CNN Politics on Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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Nearly Half the Country Supports FBI Mar-a-Lago Search – Only Republicans Are Opposed, New Poll Shows
Americans on the right are so outraged the FBI, having probable cause and a federal judge’s signature on a legal and valid search warrant, showed up at Mar-a-Lago Monday to confiscate what we now know were between ten and 12 cartons of federal government property, including classified documents.
Trump supporters upon hearing the news almost immediately began calling for civil war, with right wing media including Fox News and other far right outlets reinforcing those attacks.
But a brand new poll just released finds that, as with most issues, Republicans stand alone in their opposition and outrage.
“Just about half of registered voters approve of the FBI search of Trump’s Florida compound,” reveals Politico’s Morning Consult polling, published Thursday afternoon.
Specifically, 49 percent of registered voters support the raid. 37 percent, slightly more than one-third, oppose it, and 13% don’t know.
But the political breakdown reveals what many would expect.
84% of Democrats support the FBI’s execution of the search warrant on the former president’s home.
47% of independents also support the raid, with just 33% opposed.
But a whopping 72% of Republicans are opposed to the FBI’s actions, and just 15% are in support.
The Morning Consult poll also finds that a “majority of voters believe Trump either ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ broke the law while he was president.”
That includes 90% of Democrats, 59% of independents, and 24% of Republicans.
We’ve got an exclusive snap poll with Morning Consult that was conducted on Wednesday with some early reaction to the FBI’s search of DONALD TRUMP’s Mar-a-Lago compound. See the findings in today’s Playbook PM: https://t.co/WG3q4dEL7X pic.twitter.com/HS57ErPw9q
— POLITICO Playbook (@playbookdc) August 11, 2022
Gunman Threatens and Tries to Break Into FBI Field Office in Ohio – Armed Suspect on the Loose: Reports
An armed man tried to break into an FBI field office in Cincinnati, Ohio Thursday morning, and is still on the loose. Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are in pursuit, according to the Wilmington News Journal.
“Troopers in Wilmington area in pursuit of man who tried to break into FBI building in Cincinnati,” the Journal adds.
“Unconfirmed reports say his [sic] now firing at police from a corn field,” reports NBC 15 News.
The “police pursuit and ongoing police situation in Clinton County has shut down two highways and prompted an area lockdown. It all started after a potential threat was made at a FBI building in Cincinnati,” WLTW reports. “Officials with the Cincinnati FBI field office confirmed the situation began after a potential threat was made at an FBI building in Cincinnati.”
The Ohio suspect’s motivation is unknown but the news comes just days after the FBI executed a search warrant on the Mar-a-Lago home of Donald Trump, drawing massive right wing outrage including calls for “civil war.”
UPDATE: 12:16 PM ET –
FBI Cincinnati confirms earlier reporting:
“At approximately 9 AM this morning an armed subject attempted to breach the Visitor Screening Facility at #FBI Cincinnati. After an alarm and a response by FBI special agents, the subject fled north onto Interstate 71.”
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.
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DOJ Served Trump With Grand Jury Subpoena for Classified Documents Months Before FBI Raid: Report
The U.S. Dept. of Justice served Donald Trump with a grand jury subpoena months before the FBI raided the former President’s Mar-a-Lago home Monday, according to a right wing media outlet.
News of the existence of the grand jury subpoena being served on Trump months ago comes from Just the News, a website created by John Solomon. Solomon is a longtime journalist who in 2019 was labeled by The Daily Beast as “the Trumpian right’s favorite ‘investigative reporter,'” and the “Trump-friendly scribe” whose “Biden-Ukraine conspiracies were cited multiple times in the whistleblower memo.”
“Many of his co-workers are ashamed to be associated with him,” The Daily Beast reported, citing “his questionable reporting, which often seems specifically tailored to stoke the flames of right-wing paranoia.”
Solomon on Thursday writes: “Two months before his Florida home was raided by the FBI, former President Donald Trump secretly received a grand jury subpoena for classified documents belonging to the National Archives, and voluntarily cooperated by turning over responsive evidence, surrendering security surveillance footage and allowing federal agents and a senior Justice Department lawyer to tour his private storage locker, according to a half dozen people familiar with the incident.”
If accurate, that’s news.
“Very clearly not the intention of that John Solomon article, but it inadvertently reflects very well upon the Justice Department,” NBC News Justice reporter covering the DOJ, Ryan J. Reilly observes. “A subpoena was issued to the former president of the United States and it held for nearly three months, until Trump’s own team publicly disclosed it!”
National security and civil liberties journalist Marcy Wheeler adds: “Here’s what propagandist John Solomon says FBI had reason to believe Trump didn’t turn over in the original 15 box collection of stolen documents: Correspondence with foreign leaders.”
She points to this section of Solomon’s article:
“The subpoena requested any remaining documents Trump possessed with any classification markings, even if they involved photos of foreign leaders, correspondence or mementos from his presidency.”
According to multiple news outlets, FBI agents carted away an additional 10 to 12 cartons on Monday, in addition to the 15 the National Archives was forced to travel to Mar-a-Lago to retrieve earlier this year.
Even Rupert Murdoch’s Trump-friendly New York Post on Tuesday reported a “showdown over the materials first erupted back in January when the National Archives said it had retrieved 15 boxes of White House records — including classified information — from Mar-a-Lago that Trump should have turned over when he left office. The feds took another 12 boxes of material on Monday.”
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