On Day Gays Were Targeted for Death Very Few Republican U.S. Senators or Congressmen Even Mention LGBT Community
Almost no national Republican lawmaker, as far as NCRM has found, could bring themselves to offer condolences to the LGBT community, which was the target of the nation’s deadliest mass shooting and terror attack since 9/11. A terrorist shot to death 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, and injured another 53 people, very early Sunday morning.
One of the few NCRM could find who even mentioned LGBT people, surprisingly, was Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who spoke directly to Buzzfeed’s Dominic Holden:
â€” Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) June 12, 2016
Here are some responses to the attack from other Republicans:
Most powerful Republican in America, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan:
We pray for those brutally attacked in Orlando. While we must learn more about the attacker, the victims & families will not be forgotten.
â€” Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 12, 2016
He later tweeted a longer statement, still no mention of the victims being targeted because they were LGBT:
My statement on the Orlando terrorist attack: pic.twitter.com/tiJX2yysK1
â€” Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 12, 2016
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:
â€” Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) June 12, 2016
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), who has a gay son:
Praying for the victims and families of this horrific terror attack in Orlando #PrayforOrlando
â€” Rob Portman (@senrobportman) June 12, 2016
Just one hour ago on Facebook Portman almost mentioned LGBT people in a Facebook post:
Jane and I extend our condolences to the victims and the families impacted by this horrific attack in Orlando. Violence…
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), nothing about LGBT people:Â
Horrific and tragic news out of Orlando, Florida. Kelley and I join the rest of the nation in praying for the victims.
â€” Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 12, 2016Â
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), nothing about LGBT people:
My heart goes out to the family and loved ones of those killed in last nightâ€™s horrific act of terror. — Sen. Alexander
â€” Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) June 12, 2016
Sen.Â Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), nothing about LGBT people:
“My heart goes out to the victims of this horrific attack and their families, those who were injured, and the brave first responders who saved lives. My thoughts and prayers are with the Orlando community in the wake of this terrible tragedy.”
Sen. John Barasso (R-WY), again, nothing:
Our hearts go out to Orlando today. Our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones.
â€” Sen. John Barrasso (@SenJohnBarrasso) June 12, 2016
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), absolutely nothing:
My statement on the Orlando shooting: pic.twitter.com/GNOLK0Cjui
â€” Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) June 12, 2016
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) didn’t even release a statement, or post on social media at all, completely ignoring the terror attack, as if it didn’t even happen.
Senator Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, whose own state just a year ago experienceÂ horrific tragedy when a terrorist targeted nine Christians at a Bible study, posted six tweets, no mention of the victims today being LGBT:
My prayers are with the victims and their families following this morning’s horrific attack in Orlando. ðŸ™ðŸ¿ðŸ™ðŸ¿ðŸ™ðŸ¿
â€” Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) June 12, 2016
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), no mention of the LGBT victims:
â€” John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 12, 2016
Senator Ted Cruz issued an extensive statement, attempting to “unite” Democrats and Republicans “to come together, abandon political correctness, and unite in defeating radical Islamic terrorism.”
â€œISIS doesnâ€™t just target soldiers. They donâ€™t just target Republicans. Or Jews,” Cruz wrote. “They also target Christians and fellow Muslims. They target each and every one of us. As we saw this morning, they target the gay and lesbian community. Their objective, which they broadcast worldwide, is to murder or forcibly convert every single American.”
Few Florida GOP U.S. Congressmen mentioned the LGBT community.
One who did: Rep. Carlos Curbelo:
Rep. David Jolly mentioned the name of the nightclub:
We join together today as a nation to pray for the Orlando victims and their loved ones. 1/2 #PulseNightclub
â€” David Jolly (@USRepDavidJolly) June 12, 2016
Some of Congress’ more anti-LGBT Representatives, including Florida’s Rep. Ted Yoho,Â couldn’t even bring themselves to issue any statement at all, not even a tweet.
And finally, Donald Trump did this.
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Trump May Deliver Convention Speech and Accept GOP Nomination From the South Lawn of the White House
President Donald Trump may make yet another move to obliterate longstanding norms and the separation of politics from matters of state by accepting the GOP nomination for president and delivering his convention speech, all televised across the nation, live, from the vaunted South Lawn of the White House.
“Republican National Convention planners are considering the White House South Lawn,” The Washington Post reports.
It is yet another unprecedented move, one that fits in well with Trump’s usurpation of the power and trappings of the Oval Office for personal and political gain, and his equating of the Office of the Presidency with himself.
“Every White House staff member who participates in this violates the Hatch Act,” law professor and former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter says.
The Hatch Act “does not apply to ‘rooms in the White House or in the residence of the Vice President, which are part of the residence area or which are not regularly used solely in the discharge of official duties,'” the Post notes.
The New York Times reported Monday the interior of the White House is also being considered by the RNC.
Trump Nominee Has Called to ‘Shoot People’ at the Border and Warned About Allowing ‘Wrong Culture’ Into the US
President Donald Trump’s nominee to become the next Ambassador to Germany has repeatedly called for martial law at the U.S.-Mexico border, and has called for “shooting people” there if necessary, along with ensuring people bringing the “wrong culture” cannot be allowed into the United States.
His focus is not just on the U.S.-Mexico border. Germany may take issue with him too.
Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, CNN reports, “has a history of making xenophobic and racist comments about immigrants and refugees in both Germany and the US.”
Macgregor has “referred to Muslim refugees in Germany as ‘unwanted invaders,'” while advocating to not protect Germany from Russia – a policy that aligns well with Trump.
“The Germans, like the Koreans and the Japanese, are tired of this American troop presence on their soil. And I think that if you want the Germans to step up and assert themselves as the great power that they are, one of the first steps in that direction is to change our relationship with Germany in terms of military power. Make it clear to them that we are not going to be the first responder,” said Macgregor in 2019. “We will continue to be allied and we will support, but we’re not going to rush hundreds of thousands of troops to the Polish border to deal with the Russians.”
He also claimed “The Germans, thanks to us, don’t feel obligated to defend themselves.”
While he doesn’t want active U.S. troops protecting Germany, he does want them in the United States, protecting us from immigrants and asylum seekers.
“Macgregor warned that the most serious threat to US national security was in Mexico and that the country undermined ‘the very strengthened cohesion of our society,'” CNN reports. “He claimed that ‘hostile Islamist cells’ operating out of South America were coming into the US through the US border.”
“Well, the only solution is martial law on the border, putting the United States Army in charge of it and closing it off would take about 30, 40,000 troops. We’re talking about the regular army. You need robust rules of engagement. That means that you can shoot people as required if your life is in danger,” he said in 2019.
Macgregor also “often demonized immigrants and refugees. He warned Mexican cartels were ‘driving millions of Mexicans with no education, no skills and the wrong culture into the United States, placing them essentially as wards of the American people.’ He repeatedly advocated to institute martial law at the US-Mexico border and ‘shoot people’ if necessary.”
Read CNN’s entire report here.
Watch: Trump Dangerously Claims Beirut Explosion That Killed Dozens Was a ‘Bomb’ Despite No Official Confirmation
The world has been stunned by a massive explosion in Beirut that has caused the deaths of at least dozens of people, and thousands more wounded.
No cause has been announced, but during his coronavirus press briefing President Donald Trump declared it was a “bomb” and an “attack.”
This video is one of many showing the blast.
Video captures horrific sound of Beirut blast pic.twitter.com/yMGLvhQ01e
— Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒 (@borzou) August 4, 2020
“I met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel it was” an attack, Trump told reporters. “This was not a, uh, some kind of a manufacturing a explosion of event. This was a, uh, seems to be according to them, they would know better than I would but they seem to think it was a, uh, attack. It was a bomb of some kind.”
The President says he met with the generals and they “seem to think” what happened in Lebanon was an attack. pic.twitter.com/7CxywTB7iu
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 4, 2020
CNN fact checker Daniel Dale urges caution:
Note of caution: The president has repeatedly fabricated alleged conversations with “generals” and many others.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 4, 2020
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