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‘That’s Just Not Right’: Tim Kaine Blasts Mike Pence’s Anti-LGBT Record, Links Him to HB2 at NC Rally

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Democratic Veep Hopeful Notes Gov. Pence Once Said Same-Sex Marriage Would Lead to ‘Societal Collapse’

Saying the country needs to go “forward, not back” on LGBT rights to achieve “a more perfect union,” Democratic vice presidential nominee and Virginia U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine slammed GOP adversary Mike Pence on Wednesday for signing legislation similar to North Carolina’s House Bill 2 as governor of Indiana. 

Speaking at a rally in Greensboro, Kaine also noted that as a congressman in 2006, during a speech in support of a proposed federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, Pence said “the deterioration of marriage and family” would lead to “societal collapse.” 

“That’s just not right, folks, just not right,” Kaine said. 

HB2, which prohibits cities like Greensboro from protecting LGBT people against discrimination and restricts restroom access for transgender people, has cost North Carolina hundreds of millions of dollars, including the loss of a major PayPal expansion, as well as the cancellation of several marquee events including the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. 

Indiana experienced similar backlash in the wake of Pence’s decision to sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015, prompting the Legislature to pass an emergency fix saying the law could not be used to discriminate against LGBT people. 

“Now, I know in North Carolina, there’s been some pain over this issue,” Kaine said. “They snuck through in the legislature this HB2, and they tried to introduce it kind of in the dead of night. ‘Can we do an end run and make it happen really fast, and maybe people won’t notice and maybe people won’t complain?’ You all have stood up in a major way and you’ve said this is not who we are. This is not who North Carolina is. These are not our values. And that’s one of the reasons why North Carolina is so intensely focused on this race.”

“The vice presidential nominee on the Republican side, Mike Pence, did something like the North Carolina bill,” Kaine added. “Found that immediately, discriminating against LGBT people immediately companies started to pull out. You’re seeing those announcements in North Carolina too, whether it’s the All-Star game or PayPal. Same thing happened in Indiana and he had to kind of do a U-turn.” 

As governor of Virginia, Kaine signed an executive order protecting LGBT state employees against discrimination. He’s also an original sponsor of the Equality Act, the federal law that would add LGBT people to the Civil Rights Act, and he received a score of 90 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s most recent Congressional Scorecard. 

“We’ve just been making progress and overcoming our imperfections and becoming that more perfect union, and one of the most recent battles that’s been really powerful is the battle for LGBT equality,” Kaine told the crowd in Greensboro. “It’s just been one more wall that we had to knock down to be all we can be.”

Also speaking at the rally was North Carolina Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Cooper, who pledged to repeal HB2. Republican incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory, who’s running against Cooper for re-election and has been an ardent defender of HB2, responded to Kaine and Cooper by hypocritically accusing them of using trans restroom access as a political wedge. 

“It’s amazing that all Roy Cooper and Tim Kaine want to talk about is bathrooms,” McCrory spokesman Ricky Diaz said in a statement. “They continue to spew the same false, negative talking points because they want North Carolina to fail to boost their election prospects.”

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In First Interview Since Loss, Trump Goes Off the Rails and Suggests FBI Is ‘Involved’ in Stealing Election

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In his first interview since losing to President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump repeated false claims about voter fraud and suggested that the FBI was “involved” in stealing the election.

Trump made the claims while speaking to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.

“They send millions and millions and millions of mail-in ballots,” Trump opined. “I’m sure you know people that got two, three, four — because I do. They got four ballots. They got one at a country home. Dead people were seeing ballots. But even worse, dead people were applying to get a ballot. They were making applications to get ballots. Many. And we’re not talking about 10 people, we’re talking — there are a lot of dead people that so-called voted this election.”

“This is total fraud,” he continued. “And how the FBI and Department of Justice — I don’t know, maybe they’re involved. But how people are allowed to get away with this stuff is unbelievable. This election was rigged. This election was a total fraud.”

Trump also suggested that the judicial system had been rigged against him.

“We go to judges and people don’t want to get involved,” Trump remarked to Bartiromo. “The media doesn’t even want to cover it. I mean, you’re doing something. You’re actually very brave.”

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Trump’s ICE Is Using Torture to Quickly Deport Africans Back to a Deadly War-Torn Country

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The central African country of Cameroon is currently experiencing a four-year separatist conflict that has killed over 3,000 people and displaced half a million more with “extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, arbitrary and unlawful detention and torture.”

But Cameroonians who fled to the U.S. to seek political asylum here as refugees are experiencing torture as well from private prison guards and agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Louisiana and Mississippi.

A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center and Freedom for Immigrants includes six Cameroonians who say they were physically forced to sign deportation documents that they didn’t understand and threatened with choking, pepper spray, physical pain and prolonged detention if they refused.

One accuser said that ICE agents and private guards stripped him naked from the waist down, exposing his genitals and buttocks to a room of 10 people, while forcing him to sign. Others said they and other refugees were fed substandard food, subject to a humiliating full-body strip search, and housed alongside federal prisoners while waiting for their court proceedings.

If true, the actions would violate Louisiana state and federal law, the international Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, which the U.S. has ratified, as well as ICE’s own policies within its 2011 Performance Based National Standards, Newsweek reports.

Trump has deported anywhere from  94 or 116 Cameroonians back to their home country since October. The Cameroon government has detained refugees who return to their shore to interrogate them for any separatist ties.

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Trump Is Already Planning a 2024 Run Just So Biden Won’t Get All the Press Attention

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President Donald Trump is reportedly discussing launching his 2024 re-election campaign kickoff event on January 20 just to overshadow President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Yes, really.

The Daily Beast has cited three officials who Trump has reportedly discussed the idea with. He is assessing which big-dollar donors would support his bid and which political underlings would remain loyal to him just to benefit from whatever happens.

“Trump’s scheming about a future White House run is both an implicit recognition that he views his own current legal efforts as longshots and a reflection of his inherent desire to maintain political power and public attention,” The Daily Beast writes.

According to Bloomberg News, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, reportedly told Trump, “If you do that—and I think I speak for everybody in the room—we’re with you 100 percent.”

Trump still has yet to officially concede. On Thursday he told reporters, “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud.” Trump has been unable to prove his repeated claims of “massive fraud” in over 30 lawsuits which have either failed, been dismissed or withdrawn by his own re-election campaign.

Unfortunately for Trump, two comedians have already snatched up DonaldJTrump2024.com and are using the site to repeatedly call Trump a loser. They offered to give Trump the URL if he’ll concede and call himself a sad loser via Twitter.

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