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Protesting at a Vigil? LGBT Activists to Turn Backs on San Antonio Mayor at Orlando Remembrance

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Mayor Ivy Taylor, Who Voted Against Nondiscrimination Ordinance, To Appear at LGBT Event for 1st Time

Is it appropriate to protest at a vigil for victims of the Orlando terror attack if an elected official with an anti-LGBT record is speaking? 

That question has become the subject of debate among LGBT activists in San Antonio, the nation’s sixth-largest city, where Mayor Ivy Taylor is set to appear Thursday night at the Pride Center San Antonio Vigil to Honor Lives of Orlando Shooting Victims. According to OutinSA, it will mark the first time in her political career that Taylor has appeared at an LGBT event. 

Taylor voted against San Antonio’s LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination as a member of the City Council in 2013. After becoming mayor, Taylor referred to the ordinance as “a waste of time.” Taylor later apologized for the comment, but the Human Rights Campaign called her apology “incredibly weak.” 

Since then, Taylor has created a Department of Diversity and Inclusion and appointed a mayoral LGBT advisory committee, OutinSA reports. However, she continues to oppose expanding the nondiscrimination ordinance — which currently covers city employees and contractors, housing and public accommodations – to include private employers. 

Now, some LGBT activists in San Antonio are planning to turn their backs on Taylor when she speaks Thursday night. From the private Facebook page for the protest, called You Have Our Backs, Ivy Taylor:

Mayor Ivy Taylor has NEVER had the backs of the LGBT community. She was one of 3 council member who opposed the non-discrimination ordinance, along with Carlton Soules and Elisa Chan. She said that she could not support us and she also said that we had the wrong sister in the seat for LGBT equality. She has NEVER accepted an invitation to speak or march in previous LGBT Pride events.

However, when 49 of our brothers and sisters are slaughtered in Orlando, she finally accepts an invitation to speak (an invitation that many in our community oppose} at a vigil to honor and remember those 49 LGBT souls. To Ivy Taylor; we say NO! Not now! This is not the time or place for you to be reachng out to OUR community. You have had your chance. 

My Brothers and sisters, when Ivy Taylor speaks, we encourage you to turn your backs to her; just as she turned her back on us. Attend the Thursday night candlelight vigil at 7:00 pm and honor those who perished, but turn your backs on IVY. She should not even be speaking on behalf of our community or those 49 souls. Stand up against political opportunism in OUR time of mourning.

Plans for the protest have met with mixed reactions on social media. 

“I am shocked and appalled that this event was created,” one person wrote in the FB group. “I cannot condone this kind of behavior and am embarrassed by this kind of acting out. Truly in poor taste at a time where we should be trying to build bridges rather than expanding the gulf between us and others.”

Robert Salcido, who serves as board chairman for the Pride Center, which is organizing the vigil, said he feels Taylor “is meeting us on our side.” 

“How can we change the hearts and minds of people, if we don’t even take the time to try to educate and sit with them to find a mutual understanding in hopes that we can create change?” Salcido said, according to OutinSA. “I’ve never been happy with the mayor’s vote, but I respect her because she is my mayor. I’ve gotten to know her over the last 18 months, and she’s an intelligent and compassionate person who happens not to see eye to eye on our issues. This isn’t a reason to shut her out but more of a reason to embrace her and find common ground. This is the only way to build allies and we must realize that it takes time.”

 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Demonstrating ‘The Depth of Power She Has Over Kevin McCarthy’: Politico Reporter

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Appearing on CNN on Saturday morning, Politico’s Rachael Bade explained that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s overwhelming desire to become the leader of a Republican Party-dominated House has put him at the mercy of the demands and whims of extremist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

As the plans for the 2022 midterm elections ramp up, and political prognosticators are saying a GOP House takeover is highly likely, McCarthy’s path to staying leader is not certain with the far-right wing of the party balking at just handing the California Republican the gavel.

As Bade explained to CNN’s Christi Paul, Taylor Green is just now starting to feel her power over McCarthy grow.

“What is the takeaway for Kevin McCarthy?” Paul asked. “Particularly, I have to point out that after last night, Marjorie Taylor Greene said she tweeted that she got off a good call with him. spent time talking about problems not only for the country. ‘I like what he has planned ahead.’ Two different — two different points of view from her and in a 24 to 48-hour period. What do you make of that?”

“Look, I think Kevin McCarthy has a really long year ahead of him,” Bade suggested. “You’re right, the midterms are far away. That vote for him to become speaker is a long way off, but Marjorie Taylor Greene is just starting to realize the depth of power she actually has over Kevin McCarthy.”

“This is a man who has wanted to be Speaker for a decade,” she continued. “He needs her vote, he needs her support in order to get the gavel. I think what you’ll be seeing for the next few months, for a year, anytime Kevin McCarthy does anything to infuriate Marjorie Taylor Greene or infuriates [Donald] Trump — they’re going to be lording it over his head.”

“He’s got this real bind right now, he’s going to be in this pickle for a very long time,” she later added.

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Fauci Warns: ‘It’s Not Going to Be Possible to Keep’ Omicron ‘Out of the Country’

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The World Health Organization addressed the new COVID-19 “variant of concern” Friday night, naming it “Omicron” and issuing an ominous warning about the future.

“This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning,” the statement said. “Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant.”

Omicron was initially referred to as B.1.1.529.

Earlier on Friday, the European Commission issued a similar warning and proposed that its member countries activate the “emergency brake” on travel from countries in southern Africa and other affected countries to limit the spread of the variant, The New York Times reported.

Tulio de Oliveira, director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform, said Omicron has 10 mutations and many more entry points than the highly contagious Delta variant.

“All air travel to these countries should be suspended until we have a clear understanding about the danger posed by this new variant,” Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Union’s executive arm, said in a statement. “And travelers returning from this region should respect strict quarantine rules.”

In addition to the U.S. and Canada, the following governments have halted or restricted flights from South Africa to try to curb the spread of Omicron: Bahrain, Belgium, Britain, Croatia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Singapore.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the travel restrictions would “buy us some time” and that “it’s not going to be possible to keep this infection out of the country. The question is: Can you slow it down?”

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Wallace Skewers Christie for Trying to ‘Save’ the GOP and Favoring Fox News

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MSNBC news host Nicolle Wallace skewered former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie while he was promoting his book, “Republican Rescue: Saving the Party from Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden.”

“Is bias more dangerous to the country than conspiracy theorists?” Wallace asked.

“No, but that’s the third section of the book where I talk about the movement forward. In the second portion of the book, we talk about the conspiracy theories and the truth-denying that went on with things like Qanon, Pizzagate, the election situation, John Birch Society… that’s what I talk about. There’s two sections of the book and I’m sure you’re conflating them,” Christie answered.

“I’m not conflating them,” Wallace said. “I don’t think it’s an intellectually honest case to make against conspiracy theories without taking on Fox News.”

During the interview, Wallace also asked Christie if he thought former President Donald J. Trump gave him COVID-19. He denied naming Trump specifically in the contraction, but ultimately said he didn’t know who gave it to him.

See below for how Twitter has responded to the interview, which originally aired Tuesday night, and also to the news of Christie’s potential run for president in 2024.

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