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Trump Claims He Is Now The Most Pro-Gay Candidate for President In Speech on Orlando Terrorism

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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 – just three days after he promised hundreds of evangelical Christians he will “defend Christian Americans.” The presumptive Republican nominee Monday afternoon delivered an angry speech in the wake of the terror attack that killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub, and injured another 53. 

Despite having just told one of the most anti-LGBT crowds in America, Ralph Reed’s 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: “It’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. “Marriage and family as the building block of happiness and success — so important,” 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 many statements in which he claimed to be pro-gay – 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 made same-sex marriage legal, and supports the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which gives carte blanche to anyone who wishes to invoke a sincerely-held religious belief to discriminate against LGBT people – might be make someone believe 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.”

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“It’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 – women and children, gay and straight, Jews and Christians and all people – 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 doesn’t share their views,” he claimed. “She can’t have it both ways. She can’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. 

“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.

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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.

 

 

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In Insane Tweet Trump Baselessly Accuses Democratic Lawmaker of ‘Violence’

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President Donald Trump, in a strangely giddy and unhinged tweet on Tuesday baselessly accused Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib 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. 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.

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Susan Sarandon Scorched for Throwing Shade at Elizabeth Warren During Bernie Sanders Event (Video)

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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.

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.

Related: Susan Sarandon Still Glad She Voted for Jill Stein, Told Her Gay Friends Hillary Has ‘Been Terrible to Gay People’

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.

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