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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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‘Vice Superspreader’ Pence Accused of ‘Criminal Disregard’ for Campaigning After 5 Advisors Test Positive

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Vice President Mike Pence is under fire for continuing to campaign for re-election despite five of his close advisors, including his Chief of Staff, Marc Short, have tested positive for coronavirus over the past few days.

ABC News reports “at least 5 individuals in the Vice President’s orbit have tested positive as of last night.” The New York Times has reported “up to five” have tested positive. Fox News reports “5 close to Pence test positive for coronavirus.”

The latest COVID-19 outbreak in the White House was exposed once again by Bloomberg News’ Jennifer Jacobs, who first reported Hope Hicks was positive. That report led to President Donald Trump having to admit he and the First lady had also tested positive in an outbreak that infected at least 34 people who had attended the White House Rose Garden celebration of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

But unlike Senator Kamala Harris, who was exposed to an individual who tested positive and immediately self-quarantined, Vice President Pence will not. He is back on the campaign trail, with the White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, saying doctors have cleared him to campaign.

On Sunday, Meadows claimed the Vice President is an “essential worker” and therefore must continue to campaign, which is false – campaigning is not part of his job as vice president.

Meadows admitted on Sunday the Trump administration has no intention of even attempting to control the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re not going to control the pandemic,” he told CNN. “Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu.”

Meadows also tried to hide that Pence’s Chief of Staff had tested positive. The White House claimed he first tested positive on Saturday, but Meadows on Sunday slipped, admitting “he’s been quarantining these last few days.”

Americans are furious that Pence, the head of the White House coronavirus task force, is ignoring CDC
guidelines – and basic common sense – after coming into contact with five of his close advisors who are positive.

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‘We Are Not Going to Control the Pandemic’: Trump Top Aide Meadows Makes Damning Confession During CNN Interview

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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows waved the white flag on Sunday morning, admitting the administration has all but given up on trying to “contain” the coronavirus pandemic, saying they are directing their efforts to “vaccines and therapeutics.”

With “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper pointing cases of COVID-19 are on the rise, Meadows attempted to attack CNN over their coverage of the pandemic, to which Tapper replied, “It’s coming from all sorts of places because the pandemic is out of control.”

“So here’s what we have to do,” Meadows attempted. “We’re not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation.”

“Why aren’t we going to get control of the pandemic?” Tapper pressed.

“Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu,” Meadows shot back with Tapper insisting, “But why not make efforts to contain it?”

“We are making efforts to contain it,” said Meadows at which point the CNN host interrupted with, “By running all over the country and not wearing masks? That’s what the vice president is doing.”

Saying the administration needs to focus on “therapies or vaccines or treatments,” Meadows then changed the subject to attacking presidential frontrunner Joe Biden.

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Court Slaps Down Trump’s Attempt to Intimidate Pennsylvania Voters

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At a Friday night rally, Republican President Donald Trump talked about his attempts to have “poll watchers” in the swing state of Pennsylvania, an attempt that a local court recently ruled as illegal.

“I think we’re leading everywhere,” Trump said at the rally. “We think in Pennsylvania doing great. We got to be very careful Philadelphia. They play games in Philadelphia, and they won’t let us watch the count in Philadelphia… So we’re watching Philadelphia.”

Trump then told his White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to “please watch Philadelphia … because I don’t like what I’m hearing about Philadelphia…. I don’t like what I see going on in terms of what’s gone on over the past, and probably what’s going on. Think of it. They fought like hell that we can’t watch them. Count the vote, what’s wrong with watching? why can’t we have poll watchers? And so we’re in court right now poll watches in Philadelphia. But we’re doing great in Pennsylvania, gotta watch Philadelphia.”

First off, the so-called poll watchers are needless seeing as there’s zero evidence of voter fraud at polling places, so Trump’s “watchers” are little more than intimidators meant to make Democratic voters nervous.

Second off, it’s not Meadows’ job to handle poll monitoring, election monitors or lawsuits. The White House Chief of staff serves as a “liaison among members of the President’s cabinet and the White House [and is] is responsible for directing, managing and overseeing all policy development, daily operations, and staff activities for the President.”

Third off, on Friday, local Judge Gary Glazer ruled that the Trump campaign’s attempt to have poll-watchers at the state polls isn’t allowed under state law. The Trump campaign had sent unauthorized poll watchers into satellite poll offices where local election officials register voters and help people fill out their mail-in ballots, but the officials kicked the watchers out.

Trump said his watcher should be allowed to monitor such offices, but a bipartisan Philadelphia City Commission said that the satellite locations don’t qualify as official polling stations and therefore don’t qualify as a place allowed by state law to have poll watchers. Judge Glazer agreed.

On September 27, Politico wrote that Trump had hired dozens of lawyers from three major law firms and recruited thousands of volunteer attorneys to contest election results in 17 key states considered vital to his re-election.

In response, Biden campaign spokesperson Michael Gwin told the publication, “The Biden campaign has assembled the biggest voter protection program in history to ensure the election runs smoothly and to combat any attempt by Donald Trump to create fear and confusion with our voting system, or interfere in the democratic process.”

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