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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Trump Could Face 20 Years Behind Bars for ‘Serious Felonies’ at Mar-a-Lago: Legal Analyst
A legal analyst for ABC News pointed out that former President Donald Trump is potentially facing 20 years in prison for “serious felonies” after the search of his Mar-a-Lago home.
Dan Abrams told ABC host Jonathan Karl that the Department of Justice could indict Trump for multiple crimes after finding classified documents during the search.
“They’re very serious,” Abrams said of the charges. “And the one that’s being talked about most is this espionage act because it has the word espionage in it. But the truth is that when it comes to potential criminal sentences, the obstruction of justice statute is the one with the most potential prison time.”
“There you’re talking about up to 20 years behind bars,” he added. “So these are not sort of minor crimes we’re talking about here. We’re talking about the potential for serious felonies with regard to all three of the crimes being investigated.”
But Abrams threw cold water on the idea that a Trump prosecution would be easy.
“The fundamental question is going to be intentionality,” he opined. “How much do they believe that they did this on purpose? Were they intentionally ignoring subpoenas? Were they literally destroying documents?”
Watch the video below from ABC.
.@danabrams breaks down what unsealed search warrant papers for former Pres. Trump’s estate suggest about federal investigation.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 14, 2022
New Analysis Breaks Down GOP’s Flawed Response to the Mar-a-Lago Search
Republican lawmakers are reportedly at an impasse on whether or not they should be defending former President Donald Trump amid his latest flurry of legal woes. The party is also facing challenges with navigating some lawmakers’ critical assessments of law enforcement over the Trump investigation.
A new analysis is breaking down Republicans’ seemingly flawed response and how it underscores the cracks in the political party’s foundation.
According to Axios, the analysis comes shortly after documents released on Friday, August 12, offered details about the search which reportedly involved “highly classified materials believed stored in violation of the law at the ex-president’s private residence.”
Prior to the release of those documents, Republicans serving on the House Intelligence Committee participated in a press conference where they continued to criticize the investigation, describing it as being politically motivated.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) scrutinized the investigation deeming it a “complete abuse” of authority as she suggested it was being conducted because the former president is considered to be “Joe Biden’s most likeliest political opponent in 2024.”
However, some Republicans on the committee have offered a more leveled approach to the situation. Per The New York Times, “Trump allies have told top Republicans to tone down their criticism of the Justice Department ‘because it is possible that more damaging information related to the search will become public.'”
“It’s incumbent upon everybody to act in a way that’s becoming of the office they hold,” said Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), a former FBI agent, “And that’s not casting judgment on anything until you know all the facts.”
Others have attempted to defend the former president. Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) said, “You can say nuclear weapons, but there are things that are highly, highly classified, there are things that are not extremely classified.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is now selling merchandise on her website in support of a call to “defund the FBI” while Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) tweeted, “I will support a complete dismantling and elimination of the democrat brown shirts known as the FBI.”
Image: Elise Stefanik with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago via Facebook
Trump Makes False Claims About Classified Documents – And Obama
Donald Trump is responding to news reports he is under FBI investigation for actions covered by the Espionage Act by making apparently false claims about his mishandling of classified documents and about former President Barack Obama.
“Number one, it was all declassified,” Trump says in a post on his Truth Social site, a claim legal experts say is incorrect. For any president to declassify documents, experts say, there is a process that involves actions being taken on each individual document. They also say the president does not have legal authority to declassify documents related to nuclear weapons.
“Number two,” Trump continues, “they didn’t need to ‘seize’ anything. They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago. It was in secured storage, with an additional lock put on as per their request.”
Again, according to reports, that too is false. DOJ issued a subpoena after the National Archives tried to get all the documents back and Trump still did not comply.
“They could have had it anytime they wanted—and that includes LONG ago,” he continues in a separate post on Truth Social. “ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK.”
Again, multiple reports say they did, numerous times.
None of his responses explain why he had at Mar-a-Lago what we now know were at least 35 cartons – 20 retrieved on Monday and 15 earlier this year – of items including confidential, classified, and top secret documents that were required by law to have been handed over to the National Archives.
“The bigger problem is,” Trump says, “what are they going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of which are classified, that President Obama took to Chicago?”
That is also false.
The National Archives on Friday issued a statement after Trump repeatedly spread the false claim that former President Barack Obama had 33 million documents in his possession.
“President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!” was one of Trump’s false attacks on his Truth Social site.
“The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) assumed exclusive legal and physical custody of Obama Presidential records when President Barack Obama left office in 2017, in accordance with the Presidential Records Act (PRA),” the Archives said in a statement posted to its website Friday.
“NARA moved approximately 30 million pages of unclassified records to a NARA facility in the Chicago area where they are maintained exclusively by NARA,” the Archives added. “Additionally, NARA maintains the classified Obama Presidential records in a NARA facility in the Washington, DC, area. As required by the PRA, former President Obama has no control over where and how NARA stores the Presidential records of his Administration.”
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