Overwhelming Support for Anti-LGBT Discrimination
The Republican National Committee’s platform committee on Monday passed a wide swath of anti-LGBT amendments that were even more extreme than many of their own members had anticipated. Among them was a vote for an amendment calling for the First Amendment Defense Act to become law. FADA, as the bill in Congress is called, coincidentallyÂ is the subject of a hearing by the powerful House Oversight committee Tuesday morning at 10 AM.
The Amendment was easily passed by the GOP platform committee. AÂ Family Research Council vice president tweeted the news:
â€” JP Duffy (@JPDuffy) July 11, 2016
The legislation is a so-called “religious freedom” bill that would give any person, along with most companies and corporations the right to discriminate against LGBT people, especially same-sex couples, if they say the have a deeply-held religious belief against LGBT people.Â
Drafted in response to the Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage ruling, theÂ First Amendment Defense Act would also gut protections LGBT people and same-sex couples have. It would allow employers to deny spousal and parental rights, including those given under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. It would allow non-profits and even government contractors the right to discriminate against anyone who is LGBT, if not doing so would violateÂ their sincerely held religious beliefs.
Along with passing the amendment calling for FADA to become law, the GOP platform committee passed aÂ plank that effectively says children raised in a “traditional” family are better off than children raised by same-sex parents or single parents.
SubcommitteesÂ voted for amendmentsÂ that call for to the Bible being taught in schools and voted for transgender people to use the restroom of the gender they were assigned at birth. The full platform committee voted toÂ keep a call for a ban on same-sex marriageÂ in their 2016 national platform, and voted toÂ supportÂ anti-LGBT conversion therapy.Â They also voted toÂ defineÂ marriageÂ the union of one man and one woman, only.Â
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Trump ‘Honors’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By Visiting His DC Memorial – for 30 Seconds
President Donald Trump decided to “honor” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. late Monday afternoon by dragging his vice president to Washington, D.C.’s MLK Memorial. The two top executives spent all of 30 seconds there, on Martin Luther King Day, without saying a word. They then left. Both were back in the White House ten minutes later.
CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins documented the curious event:
President Trump and Vice President Pence just made an unannounced trip to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington. They stood in front of it for approximately 30 seconds with their heads bowed before turning and leaving without making remarks.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 20, 2020
Reuters’ Steve Holland posted this photo of Trump and Pence:
President Trump and Vice President Pence at the MLK Memorial pic.twitter.com/lH4vzsKTOg
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) January 20, 2020
The Hill posted video of Trump and Pence getting booed and cheered.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 20, 2020
By any standard Monday’s visit was astonishingly short. Last year Trump and Pence made the same visit – and stayed just 94 seconds.
Trump and Pence spent a whopping 94 seconds at the MLK memorial on MLK day in 2019 — and never uttered his name pic.twitter.com/GqOVbqcIHn
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 20, 2020
Earlier Monday Trump “honored” the civil rights icon by posting a tweet making the holiday all about himself. Trump suggested his own inauguration was a more important event than the celebration of Dr. King’s life, while Kellyanne Conway claimed his impeachment was akin to the battles Dr. King fought.
McConnell’s Impeachment Rules Package Fails by His ‘Own Standard’: CNN Legal Analyst
On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” national security and legal analyst Susan Hennessey excoriated the rules proposal for the Senate impeachment trial put forward by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
“Look, Mitch McConnell has gone all in on the notion that this is going to be the same as the Clinton impeachment, that that was sort of the standard of fairness here,” said Hennessey.
This fails pretty plainly by McConnell’s own standard, forcing the presentation of the House managers’ case in 12 marathon hours that are going to stretch well into the middle of the night.”
“The American people are going to understand exactly what is going on here, which is that Mitch McConnell is hoping to exhaust the House managers, to exhaust the Senate, such that whenever it actually gets to the point that they have the choice to maybe call witnesses, there are going to be incentives against that,” continued Hennessey. “He’s also racing against other witnesses and other information that might come out.”
‘Racist White Man’ Donald Trump Destroyed for Making MLK Day About Himself
President Donald Trump supposedly was “preparing for Davos” on Monday but spent an extraordinary amount of time tweeting. It was bound to happen: he made Martin Luther King Day about himself.
Although King’s actual birthday is January 15, the federal holiday falls on the third Monday in January of each year, which this year happens to be January 20, when America’s presidents are sworn in to office every four years.
Trump couldn’t resist.
“It was exactly three years ago today, January 20, 2017, that I was sworn into office,” he tweeted. “So appropriate that today is also MLK jr DAY. African-American Unemployment is the LOWEST in the history of our Country, by far. Also, best Poverty, Youth, and Employment numbers, ever. Great!”
Note how not only did Trump make the day about himself, he made his inauguration more important than honoring Dr. King’s birth.
Earlier in the day Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway linked Trump being impeached to the injustices Dr. King fought.
We’re not going to challenge Trump’s economic assertions, but many took a moment to challenge how offensive it is to equate one’s self with the American civil rights icon.
And of course, Trump makes MLK Day about himself.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) January 20, 2020
hey remember when you and your Klansman father were fined by the federal government in 1973 for refusing to rent any of your crappy apartments to black people? good times, right? now what were you saying about Martin Luther King my dude
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) January 20, 2020
You’ve got to laugh when Donald Trump makes a play for the Black and Hispanic vote with employment statistics. President Obama took black unemployment from 17% to 7% and Hispanic unemployment from 13% to 5% but Donald Trump tries to fool everyone and take credit
— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) January 20, 2020
“How can I make MLK Jr. Day about me, a racist white man? I’VE GOT IT” https://t.co/1My26oDHqa
— Wesley Moncrief (@wrmoncrief) January 20, 2020
Only Trump could make MLK day all about him.
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) January 20, 2020
Your inauguration crowd was *tiny* compared with Obama’s. #MLKDay
— Adrian Wapcaplet (@AdrianWapcapIet) January 20, 2020
Alexa, show me an example of narcissism: https://t.co/qBMfmEYVU2
— Jim (@JimmyHumps) January 20, 2020
A tale of two Presidents. pic.twitter.com/W9AP3OR9dz
— Morten Øverbye (@morten) January 20, 2020
Florida man makes day commemorating the life of Civil Rights leader about himself. https://t.co/9LM7vCISXW
— x – Michael Welchans (@mwelchanshfa) January 20, 2020
Extremely inappropriate, even by the standards of this imbecile https://t.co/H37vWzTeft
— Carl Ritter (@CarlWRitter) January 20, 2020
“Today is also MLK Day” https://t.co/hS53g1v3JS
— Francesco Fontemaggi (@ffontemaggi) January 20, 2020
Racist birther who lost the popular vote couldn't help himself today. https://t.co/FG9YfUwPvC
— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) January 20, 2020
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