After Two Days of Disaster Is the Third One the Charm?
The third day of the 2016 Republican National Convention broadcast begins at 5:30 PM EDT. What will we see tonight? Will Ted Cruz, who is scheduled to speak, endorse Donald Trump? Or will he use his speech to just bash Hillary Clinton and gloss over the actual reason he’s standing there? Will Trump scion Eric follow in Melania and (to a lesser extent, some say) Donald Jr.’s footsteps and deliver a plagiarized speech too? Will far right wing pundit Laura Ingraham make nasty “jokes” about LGBT people? Will Pam Bondi finally acknowledge Pride month on her website after lying to Anderson Cooper that she had?
All these scenarios could easily happen, but given the events of the past few days, we know anything is possible.
Other speakers include Newt and Callista Gingrich, vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker,Â Senior Pastor and Co-Founder of New Spirit Revival Center Ministries Darrell Scott, and others.
The broadcast starts at 5:30, the speakers are scheduled to begin at 7:
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Connolly Destroys Jim Jordan: ‘I Didn’t Vote to Overturn an Election and I Will Not Be Lectured by People Who Did’
U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) slammed his Republican colleagues for “gaslighting” during Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing on the USPS, which featured testimony by embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
Connolly spoke following U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jody Hice (R-GA). Hice defended DeJoy to the hilt, falsely attacking Democrats for what he said was their “nonsensical, insane, rabid rhetoric.”
“We’ve got to get away from the attacks and the unfounded allegations and I’m pleased to hear that you, as an admitted Democrat, understand that the allegations against Mr. DeJoy were unwarranted,” Hice told a witness.
Hice also claimed that if DeJoy had tried to “alter” the election “he miserably failed.” He also falsely claimed the postal service succeeded “with almost perfect delivery” of mail-in ballots.
That was the tenor of the hearing.
Later, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (D-OH) was the one to engage in gaslighting, and Congressman Connolly had had enough:
“All the gaslighting that we just heard does not change the facts,” he said, scorching Jordan.
“I didn’t vote to overturn an election. And I will not be lectured by people who did about partisanship.”
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) goes off on Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during USPS oversight hearing:
“I didn’t vote to overturn an election. And I will not be lectured by people who did about partisanship.” pic.twitter.com/oDWv9sETxk
— The Recount (@therecount) February 24, 2021
The full Connolly/Jordan exchange: pic.twitter.com/umbXmsGgvE
— The Recount (@therecount) February 24, 2021
Connolly later weighed in, re-tweeting the video and saying, “Sorry, you lose the right to complain about partisanship once you’ve fanned the flames of violent insurrection.”
Watch: Anti-Science GOP Senator Urges Interior Nominee to Delete Tweet Saying ‘Republicans Don’t Believe in Science’
During the 2020 vice presidential debate U.S. Congresswoman Deb Haaland responded to remarks Mike Pence made, tweeting: “They deleted the word science from their website.” She appears to have been referring to one of the first acts the Environmental Protection Agency, under newly-sworn-in President Donald Trump, took: scrubbing part of the EPA’s website of the word “science.”
Columbia University’s Law Schools’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law reported:
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), which develops clean water standards for states, removed references to “science” from a website describing its mission. A statement that the OSTP develops “science-based” standards to address water pollution was changed to indicate that the office develops “economically and technologically achievable standards.”
The following year, in 2018, Scientific American reported further erosion of adherence to science in the Trump administration:
Thousands of webpages with climate change information have been removed or buried at agencies including U.S. EPA, the Interior and Energy departments and elsewhere across the government, according to a new report.
During that VP debate, Rep. Haaland, a Democrat of New Mexico, who happens to be Native American, posted these two tweets:
Republicans 👏🏼 don’t 👏🏼 believe 👏🏼 in 👏🏼 science 👏🏼 #VPDebate
— Deb Haaland (@DebHaalandNM) October 8, 2020
She was not wrong.
She also did not know that four months later she would be sitting in front of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as President Biden’s nominee to be Secretary of the Interior, and be asked to delete her tweet by a Republican Senator – who does not believe in science.
Meet U.S. Senator Steve Daines of Montana.
Daines is anti-LGBT:
#SCOTUS is overriding the will of the people of Montana who have defined marriage as between one man and one woman.
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) June 26, 2015
He is pro-coal and fossil fuels and doesn’t believe in green energy or that climate change is real:
Mr. President, coal keeps the lights on and it will continue to power the world for decades to come. #SOTU
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) January 13, 2016
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) June 25, 2013
He killed the Keystone XL pipeline, re-entered the disastrous Paris Climate Agreement, and now, he’s trying to freeze oil, coal and gas leases on federal land. This is an outright attack on American energy and union jobs.
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) January 21, 2021
The #GreenNewDeal would leave our rural communities in the dark, literally. When it’s -40 out, our wind turbines stop turning. What picks up the slack and keeps the heat on for our families and businesses? COAL!
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) March 26, 2019
Daines, according to a local Montana news report, is the “most conservative U.S. House member in Montana history.”
Another local Montana news outlet asked why Sen. Daines is “Supporting the Anti-Science, Anti-Public Health Turning Point USA?” TPUSA is a far right wing organization very closely tied to both President Donald Trump and his son, Don Jr. Its former communications director once suggested the only problem with Adolph Hitler was he was globalist.
Senator Daines is so anti-science he believes in creationism – or at least thinks it should be taught in science classes.
“What the schools should teach is, as it relates to biology and science is that they have, um, there’s evolution theory, there’s creation theory, and so forth. I think we should teach students to think critically, and teach students that there are evolutionary theories, there’s intelligent-design theories, and allow the students to make up their minds,” he said, as Mother Jones reported.
He’s also anti-abortion and supports an anti-LGBT hate group:
.@JoeBiden is rewarding the abortion industry and using taxpayer dollars to create a slush fund to line their pockets. It’s shameful.
We must fight back and do all we can to protect the unborn, the most vulnerable and ALL life. https://t.co/J3X0ybuiyI
— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) January 28, 2021
The fact that Daines has a degree in chemical engineering does not mean he believes in science. And if he does, he hides it very well, as his record shows.
Here’s Sen. Daines asking Congresswoman Haaland to delete her tweet, seemingly as a prerequisite to getting approved to become Interior Secretary.
Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) asks Interior Secretary nominee Rep. Deb Haaland to consider “retracting” her tweet saying “Republicans don’t believe in science.” pic.twitter.com/egTyYJH4tB
— The Recount (@therecount) February 24, 2021
Large Increase in Americans Who Now Identify as LGBTQ – Especially Among Gen Z – But Few Republicans
Over the past three years, a very short time period, there has been a large increase in the number of Americans who identify as LGBTQ, or any designation other than heterosexual.
According to a just-published report from Gallup, 5.6 percent of Americans identify as LGBT, or non-heterosexual, up from 4.5 percent in 2017. The report covers all of 2020. (Note: Gallup uses the term “LGBT,” a far narrower construct than many Americans observe today. These numbers reflect that specific designation.)
Among Generation Z, which Gallup defines as those 18-23, nearly 16 percent – about one in six – identify as LGBT. That’s almost three times the national average.
About one in eleven Millennials (those born between 1981-1996) or 9.1 percent, say they identify as LGBT.
Gallup also reports more than half of LGBT Americans (54.6%) identify as bisexual. That’s 3.1 percent of the total U.S. adult population.
One in four (24.5%) of LGBT Americans say they are gay, 11.7 percent lesbian, and 11.3% transgender. 3.3 percent “volunteer another non-heterosexual preference or term to describe their sexual orientation, such as queer or same-gender-loving.”
There is also a political component to the study.
13 percent of liberals, but just 2.3 percent of conservatives say they are LGBT. In stricter party terms, “8.8% of Democrats, 6.5% of independents and 1.7% of Republicans identifying as LGBT.”
In related news, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a Republican of Maine who just last June was the only GOP co-sponsor of the LGBTQ Equality Act, has refused to demonstrate similar leadership this year, when she could cast the deciding vote. President Joe Biden has committed to signing the legislation into law.
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