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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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Videos by Mark Winston Griffith, Brooklyn Deep
Image: Screenshots via video posted by GetEQUAL/Twitter

 

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Top GOP Senator Calls on Trump to Wrap It Up: ‘People Remember the Last Thing You Do’

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U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who has served in politics for nearly four decades, on Monday issued likely the strongest call from the upper congressional chamber to President Donald Trump: it’s over, wrap it up.

“When you are in public life, people remember the last thing you do,” the 80-year old Tennessee Republican told Trump in a statement he just released.

“The presidential election is rapidly coming to a formal end,” Sen. Alexander wrote. “Recounts are being completed, Courts are resolving disputes. Most states will certify their results by December 8.”

“Since it seems apparent that Joe Biden will be the President-elect, my hope is that President Trump will take pride in his considerable accomplishments, put the country first, and and have a prompt and orderly transition to help the new administration succeed.”

Alexander, highly-respected in conservative America, is retiring in January.

On Friday Sen. Alexander called on Trump to allow the transition to begin, including releasing the millions of dollars Congress has approved.

He has served as Governor of Tennessee, Chair of the National Governors’ Assoc., Secretary of Education, Chair of the Senate Republican Conference, Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and was first elected to the Senate in 2002.

Alexander was just listed by Carl Bernstein as one of the 21 GOP Senators who despise Trump but won’t say so publicly.

 

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Biden’s First 7 Cabinet Picks: ‘All-Star’ ‘Dream Team’ of Experienced Policymakers and ‘Genuinely Good People’

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President-elect Joe Biden has announced several of his top cabinet picks and by far the response has been overwhelmingly positive from experts in their fields.

The Transition Team has just put out a short video on the first set of nominees:

And minutes ago the Biden Transition Team also announced former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen will be the Biden administration’s nominee for Secretary of the Treasury, leading one journalist to declare her “the most experienced economic policymaker we’ve ever had.”

The Biden Office of the President-Elect announced the six nominees for top national security, foreign policy, and law enforcement roles:

Tony Blinken as Secretary of State
Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security
Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Jake Sullivan as National Security Advisor
Secretary John Kerry as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

It’s critical to note that Biden has elevated climate change to an issue of national security.

Some responses to the nominations:

Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama:

former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama:

Former HUD Secretary under President Obama:

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia under Obama:

Lawfare Executive Editor, CNN National Security and Legal Analyst, Former Intel Community attorney:

Former acting United States Deputy Secretary of State and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs:

Former Senior Advisor and Foreign Language Spokesperson at the State Department and a Senior Director of Cabinet Affairs in the White House under Obama:

Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce under Obama:

 

 

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Katie Porter Did Not Question Emily Murphy Because the GSA Head Blew Off Today’s Biden Transition Briefing

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Add General Services Administration administrator Emily Murphy to the long list of Trump administration officials who have decided respectfully honoring a lawful congressional request is optional.

Many Americans on Monday were excited to see Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) question the GSA head, but it was not to be. Tweets like this one went wild on Monday morning:

But Murphy did not show despite a letter demanding she brief Congress.

Instead, the GSA told Congress that next week – next Monday – deputy GSA administrator Allison Brigati will brief congressional committee chairs and ranking members, for just 30 minutes, The Hill reports. Not GSA administrator Emily Murphy.

It’s been more than two weeks since Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election by every major news organization, including Trump-supporting Fox News.

Experts warn that every hour that goes by without the Trump administration formally recognizing the Joe Biden is the “likely” winner of the 2020 presidential election, puts more Americans – and American national security – at risk. Murphy doesn’t even have to be certain that Biden won the election. The law is clear: her job is merely to “ascertain” the “likely” winner – and then release the millions of congressionally-appropriated funds to support the transition to a Biden presidency.

The outrage has been palpable.

 

 

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