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‘Your Lies Are Causing Violence’: Activists Directly Confront Tony Perkins at Trump Evangelical Meeting

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GetEQUAL Leaders Tells Hate Group Head He’s Responsible for Anti-LGBTQ Violence, Demand a Response

At the end of Donald Trump’s seven-hour meeting with hundreds of the nation’s top evangelical Christians, organizers held a press conference, which was interrupted by LGBTQ activists. GetEQUAL Co-Director Heather Cronk confronted Tony Perkins directly, demanding the Family Research Council president answer for the damaging hate and lies his organization has been spreading about the LGBTQ community for decades.

“Your lies are causing violence against the LGBT community,” Cronk charged inside the room filled with journalists and evangelical leaders. “Your hatred is causing violence. We need for you to take responsibility,” Cronk demanded.

She immediately was asked to leave, and responded, “I’m happy to leave, but I’m looking for answers,” she warned Perkins.

Cronk left, but GetEQUAL Co-Director Angela Peoples was waiting for Perkins at the building’s exit. Peoples also directly confronted Perkins, demanding he answer for the lies and hate he and his anti-gay hate group cause. 

“You are responsible for hate and lies, a culture that has fueled violence against our community,” Peoples told Perkins as he tried for a quick exit. “What do you have to say for yourself Tony Perkins?,” Peoples demanded to know. 

“Your organization has created a culture of violence, those lies that you tell – anti-LGBT hate speech. What do you have to say for yourself, sir?,” Peoples hounded, unwilling to let Perkins walk out without being told how damaging his work is to millions of people.

“You are responsible for all of this violence,” she charged, telling him he created the environment that led to the violence in Orlando. 

“You, you are responsible, you and your organization for decades. What do you have to say for yourself, sir? Say something!,” Peoples demanded.

Perkins all but refused to respond, although it was clear he wanted to. He began to say something, but someone walking with him interrupted.

As Peoples was still accusing him of lying about the LGBT community, and telling him he his lies have led to violence, murder, and suicide, Perkins mouthed something but it was inaudible.

“We don’t want your prayers, Tony Perkins,” she continued. “We want you to stop being homophobic, we want you to stop the hate speech.”

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Afterward, Cronk, who has been with GetEQUAL since its founding in 2010, told NCRM by telephone that there was “no way” she could sit in the room with Perkins and not confront him on his “hate speech,” and the “hate culture” he has helped create. 

This article has been updated to note Angela Peoples correct last name.

 

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Image: Screenshots via video posted by GetEQUAL/Twitter

 

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Bernie Sanders Reverses – Announces He Will Not Release His Full Medical Records Even After Heart Attack

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‘I Don’t Think We Will’

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont, has announced he will not be releasing his full medical records after suffering a heart attack late last year. Sanders, 78, is currently seen as the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic nomination for president.

“We have released, I think, quite as much as any other candidate has,” Sen. Sanders said, defending his decision to reverse his promise of releasing a full set of medical records just after his October heart attack.

But in October, after the heart attack, Sanders said releasing his medical records was “the right thing to do.” He also had promised to release them “before the first votes are cast,” a deadline he’s missed.

“People do have a right to know about the health of a senator and someone running for president,” Sanders told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta on October 10. “At the appropriate time we’ll make all the medical records public for you or anyone else who wants to see them.”

Here’s Sanders just after his heart attack promising to release his full medical records:

Tuesday night he gave a very different response.

“We released two rather detailed letters from cardiologists and we released a letter that came from the head of the U.S. Congress medical group, the physicians there. So I think we have released a detailed report, and I’m comfortable with what we have done,” Sanders told Anderson Cooper Tuesday night at a CNN town hall.

“If you think I’m not in good health come on out with me on the campaign trail and I’ll let you introduce me to the three or four rallies a day that we do,” Sanders joked.

Cooper pressed the three-term Senator if he would be releasing his full medical records in the future.

“I don’t think we will, no,” Sanders responded.

President Donald Trump was largely decried and mocked for his refusal to release his full medical records when he was running in 2016. He has never released a full set, and his White House physician’s reports have been largely received as fictive.

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MSNBC analyst and DailyBeast columnist Jonathan Alter called Sanders’ move “Trumpish.”

Talking Points Memo founder and publisher Josh Marshall weighed in:

 

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New Report Claims Barr Has Said He Is Considering Quitting if Trump Continues to Tweet About DOJ: WaPo

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The Washington Post Tuesday night reports Attorney General Bill Barr has told multiple people “close to President Trump” inside and outside the White House that he is considering quitting if the President continues to tweet about Dept. of Justice investigations.

“He has his limits,” said one person familiar with Barr’s thinking, speaking on the condition of anonymity, like others, to discuss internal deliberations.

The new report comes on the heels of what many believe to be a disinformation campaign coordinated by the DOJ and the White House last week, when Barr told ABC News that Trump tweeting about investigations makes it “impossible” for him to do his job.

Trump dismissed Barr’s remarks, and has continued to tweet about DOJ matters.

Many experts have gone as far as to say Barr believes his job is to protect the President, and Trump’s tweets just make that harder.

 

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Family of One of the Felons President Pardoned Donated Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars to Trump Campaign: Report

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Out of the blue President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned or commuted the sentences of eleven people. One of those who received a full pardon from the president is Paul Pogue, the founder of a large Texas construction company.

Pogue pleaded guilty to underpaying his taxes over a three-year period by $473,000. The White House published a long list of the charitable giving Pogue has made to support Trump’s decision to issue the pardon.

“For more than 30 years, he has provided significant humanitarian aid to countries around the world, including Africa, India, and Mexico, all while continuing to help his fellow Americans in times of need,” the White House stated. “Mr. Pogue is the founder of two non-profit organizations.  One constructs churches, clinics, schools, and orphanages in developing countries.”

What the White House neglected to mention are donations to the Trump campaign made by his family after his conviction.

“According to FEC filings, Pogue’s family has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct contributions and in-kind air travel to the Trump Victory Fund,” The Daily Beast’s Justin Baragona and Asawin Suebsaeng report. “Beginning in August 2019, Ben Pogue—CEO of Pogue Construction and son of Paul Pogue—and his wife Ashleigh made over $200,000 in contributions to the campaign.”

The Daily Beast notes that just this past August, “Ben Pogue donated $85,000 to Trump Victory while Ashleigh Pogue contributed $50,000 that month. The following month, Ben Pogue made an in-kind air travel contribution of $75,404.40. The couple also made several large donations to the Republican National Committee and each donated $5,600 to Donald Trump for President Inc.”

Along the way the Pogues a few made smaller political donations, including to Rick Santorum’s 2016 presidential campaign. Now a CNN contributor, Santorum argued for Pogue’s pardon.

“In 2015, Pogue and his family contributed $11,000 to Santorum’s 2016 campaign,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, making clear that Santorum “helped secure a pardon” for Pogue.

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