In One of the Greatest Examples of Pandering Ever, Trump Stretches Beyond the Bounds of the Believable
Donald Trump is now trying to position himself as pro-gay, pro-LGBT, and pro-equality â€“ just three days after he promised hundreds of evangelical Christians he will “defend Christian Americans.”Â The presumptive Republican nominee Monday afternoon delivered an angry speech in the wake of the terror attack that killed 49 people at anÂ Orlando gay nightclub, and injured another 53.Â
Despite having just told one of the most anti-LGBT crowds in America, Ralph Reed’sÂ Faith & Freedom Coalition, on Friday that he will “restore faith to its proper mantle in our society,” and his administration “will respect and defend Christian Americans. Christian Americans,” he repeated for emphasis, Trump on Monday claimed to now be more pro-LGBT than Hillary Clinton.
Also on Friday Trump offered these pandering words to the Christian evangelicals at the Faith & Freedom Coalition: “Itâ€™s really the people who go to church, who work and who work in religious charities. And share their values. These are the foundations of our society,” Trump claimed. â€œMarriage and family as the building block of happiness and success â€” so important,â€ Trump added.
By contrast, on Monday Trump proclaimed that “who we are as a nation,” our “heart and soul,” is being pro-LGBT.
To be clear, Trump is opposed to same-sex marriage.
Monday afternoon, Trump offered manyÂ statements in which he claimed to be pro-gay â€“Â which, if they were not coming from a man who has repeatedly denounced same-sex marriage, said he would appoint judges to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the ruling that madeÂ same-sex marriage legal, and supports theÂ First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which gives carte blanche to anyone who wishes to invoke a sincerely-held religiousÂ belief to discriminate against LGBT people â€“Â might be make someone believeÂ he cares about LGBT people.
He does not.
“A radical Islamic terrorist targeted the nightclub not only because he wanted to kill Americans, but in order to execute gay and lesbian citizens because of their sexual orientation,” Trump told the audience in Manchester, New Hampshire. “It is a strike at the heart and soul of who we are as a nation.”
“It is an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want and express their identity. It is an attack on the right of every single American to live in peace and safety in their own country.”
Trump is of course correct, but few if any actually believe he means what he says.
“Radical Islam is anti-woman, anti-gay and anti-American,” he continued. “I refuse to allow America to become a place where gay people, Christian people, and Jewish people, are the targets of persecution and intimidation by Radical Islamic preachers of hate and violence.”
“Itâ€™s not just a national security issue. It is a quality of life issue. If we want to protect the quality of life for all Americans â€“ women and children, gay and straight, Jews and Christians and all people â€“ then we need to tell the truth about Radical Islam.”
Trump then turned his attack to his Democratic opponent.
“Hillary Clinton can never claim to be a friend of the gay community as long as she continues to support immigration policies that bring Islamic extremists to our country who suppress women, gays and anyone who doesnâ€™t share their views,” he claimed. “She canâ€™t have it both ways. She canâ€™t claim to be supportive of these communities while trying to increase the number of people coming in who want to oppress them.”
Trump of course isn’t talking about radical Islam when he says “radical Islam.” He’s talking about Islam, period. And if you doubt it, remember his call to ban all Muslims from entering the country, which even included Muslims who currently live in the U.S. but were out of the country, say, on vacation or on a business trip.Â
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” Trump said December 7, and has repeated since.
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The Religious Right Poured Millions Into This Group’s War on Same-Sex Marriage. Now Even Its Website Doesn’t Exist.
In the years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the same rights and responsibilities to marriage that different-sex couples do, the National Organization For Marriage, known to many simply as “NOM,” was a recognized leader in the fight against equality.
The religious right poured millions of dollars into the tiny organization, despite its ludicrous efforts to battle equality. Some said it was the Catholic Church. Others said it was the Mormon Church. At one point, investigations into NOM’s taxes revealed the vast majority of its funding came from a tiny handful of anonymous donors sinking a few million into the group’s coffers.
Though never officially declared an anti-gay hate group NOM crossed the line into wild, baseless fear-mongering, supporting those who spread falsehoods against marriage equality, same-sex couples and LGBTQ people, and the impact marriage would have on society.
Despite ever-increasing and ever-desperate fundraising emails, their funding was drying up even before the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision. Their leaders found jobs elsewhere, and today it’s unclear if NOM really even exists anymore – and if so, to what degree.
And now, Joe Jervis of Joe.My.God. has just reported that NOM’s website has expired.
Visitors to the once-infamous NOMblog.com are now greeted with a GoDaddy screen declaring: “NOTICE: This domain name expired on 7/25/2019 and is pending renewal or deletion.”
Domain owners are sometimes given a few weeks to renew in case of an accidental lapse, but at some point the owners lose any rights to the domain and someone else can snatch it up, via auction or just trying to register it once it goes dead.
And someone has.
“I’ve put in the required whopping $12 bid to snap up the domain,” Jervis announces, noting he’ll forward any traffic from visitors to NOMblog to his own site.
In Insane Tweet Trump Baselessly Accuses Democratic Lawmaker of ‘Violence’
“Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long,” Trump tweeted. “Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!”
It’s unclear what the president was referring to when he accused the Michigan Congresswoman of violence, but his other remarks appear to be directed at a press conference she held Monday.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, first Palestinian-American woman in Congress, tears up while recounting her experiences visiting her family: “All I can do … as the granddaughter of a woman living in occupied territory is to elevate her voice by exposing the truth.” https://t.co/BflAp7aeir pic.twitter.com/0RbFwNoibO
— ABC News (@ABC) August 19, 2019
Rep. Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar “appeared at the news conference with Jewish leaders from their districts and called on all members of Congress to visit Israel and the West Bank,” Haaretz reports, noting the President’s Tuesday tweet. “Tlaib said that ‘all Americans should be distrubed’ [sic] by the decision not to let them enter.”
Trump publicly advocated for Israel to block Rep. Tlaib and other Democratic lawmakers from entering the country. Israel complied, although later said Tlaib could visit her elderly grandmother if she obeyed certain restrictions. She rejected the offer.
Susan Sarandon Scorched for Throwing Shade at Elizabeth Warren During Bernie Sanders Event (Video)
Susan Sarandon is still a pariah to many Democrats who believe her very active support of extremist Jill Stein during the 2016 presidential election helped elect Donald Trump president. And she’s under fire once again.
The Academy Award winning actress and activist on Monday spoke at an event supporting Senator Bernie Sanders, who is once again running for president as a Democrat. Sarandon appeared to throw shade at Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is currently battling the Vermont independent lawmaker for the number two slot in the polls.
“He is not someone who used to be a Republican,” Sarandon told Sanders supporters as she introduced him at an Iowa ice cream social, according to a Politico reporter.
“He is not someone who used to be a Republican,” says Susan Sarandon while introducing Bernie Sanders at an ice cream social in Iowa, talking about how he’s fought for the same issues for years.
She doesn’t name names, but Elizabeth Warren was formerly a registered Republican. pic.twitter.com/3R2hR2aRLw
— Holly Otterbein (@hollyotterbein) August 19, 2019
The Bernie Sanders campaign posted this video that includes Sarandon’s remarks:
Many on the left were furious with Sarandon in the run up to the 2016 election, and definitely after Trump took the White House. Some said she was an example of white privilege run amok: She would be inoculated from whatever policies Trump would institute, given her vast wealth.
Those feelings surfaced again, as Democrats blasted Sarandon, especially since Sanders is not a Democrat, and Warren cemented her allegiance to the Democratic party decades ago.
It takes some serious gall to try to shade someone for being a Republican years ago when you yourself habitually waste your vote on the Green Party, thus handing the election to a Republican horror show of an administration.
— HawaiiDelilah™ (@HawaiiDelilah) August 19, 2019
Speaking of, here’s Susan Sarandon advocating a Trump presidency: https://t.co/8X4whAAnLl
— Jeremy Thomas (@hey_itsthatguy) August 19, 2019
He’s also never been a Democrat, except during the specific times he is running for president, so not sure how this is a useful argument. I would be (mildly) interested In knowing if this particular celebrity still thinks Trump is a better president than Clinton would have been. https://t.co/vSM1TBSguh
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 20, 2019
I’m all for Susan Sarandon backing Bernie Sanders, but her rhetoric about Warren, Clinton, Trump, etc is incredibly harmful and comes from the same liberal white privilege that helped Trump win the 2016 election. Send tweet.
— renata klein stan account (@salrus__) August 20, 2019
He was for a few months in 2016
— Randy (@censoredmm) August 19, 2019
Sarandon helps elect Republicans.
— femalepersuasion.net (@femalep) August 19, 2019
Oh, the woman who insulted Hillary voters by saying they were voting with their vaginas and then urged everyone to vote for Jill Stein. https://t.co/anNSIc8Uzx
— Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) August 19, 2019
Never Forget when she supported this grifter
White Feminism at its finest
— Warlock of Blackbird Pond (@wondermann5) August 19, 2019
Susan Sarandon and followers campaigned for Stein in 2016. Stein had zero chance in 2016 and everyone knew it. Sarandon helped Trump get elected. And she’s back at it.
— Diane Toucan (@DianeToucan) August 19, 2019
Sarandon is as insufferable as she was in 2016. The woman who voted for the useless Russia tool, Jill Stein, can shut the fuck up about Warren, who is not confused about her Democratic loyalties.
— HawaiiDelilah™ (@HawaiiDelilah) August 19, 2019
“He is not someone who used to be a Republican,” Susan Sarandon while introducing Bernie Sanders at an ice cream social in Iowa
She doesn’t name names, but Elizabeth Warren was formerly a registered Republican
In 2015, Sarandon wrote a letter begging Warren to run for President pic.twitter.com/N5vul6JOKZ
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) August 20, 2019
Here is the letter that Susan Sarandon sent to Putin’s second favorite clown Jill Stein.
This is the letter where Susan Sarandon instructed everybody to go out and vote third-party and not for the Democrat.
Sarandon is a pompous self-indulgent clown. https://t.co/26EjuHCjmt
— American Putz (@american_putz) August 19, 2019
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