New Marco Rubio: Christians Must Love LGBT People While Still Discriminating Against Them (Video)
Same as Old Marco Rubio, but Now in Race of His Life
Marco Rubio Friday addressed attendees of an evangelical Christian conference hosted by an anti-LGBT extremist whose funding comes from an anti-gay hate group. The failed Republican presidential candidate who had promised he would not seek re-election even if he lost his White House bid is now seeking re-election and is in a tight race, just a few points away from his Democratic rival, Rep. Patrick E. Murphy.Â Donald Trump addressed the group Thursday.
Rubio on Friday spoke to hundreds attending theÂ “Rediscovering God in America” conference, hosted by anti-gay activist and religious extremist David Lane, whose American Renewal Project is funded by theÂ American Family Association.
â€œI support the traditional definition of marriage because I believe the union of one man and one woman is a special relationship with an extraordinary record of success of raising children into strong and successful people,â€ Rubio told evangelicals, reinforcing his often-stated positionsÂ against same-sex marriage.
He also repeated portions of his stump speech in which he denounces those who call people who oppose same-sex marriage “bigots” and remarks against marriage equality as “hate speech,” but Rubio surprised the audience by appearing to denounce those who have denounced LGBT people for being LGBT.
â€œTo love our neighbors we must recognize that many have experienced sometimes severe condemnation and judgment from some Christians,â€ Rubio told the audience. The Florida Republican in June used the anti-gay hate crime mass shooting terror attack at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub as a reason to seek re-election. Today’s conference is the two-month anniversary of that tragedy in which 49 people were targeted and massacred for being LGBT.
â€œThey have heard some say that the reason God will bring condemnation on America is because of them â€” as if somehow God was willing to put up with adultery and gluttony and greed and pride, but now this is the last straw,â€ Rubio said, not once admitting his own attacks on the LGBT community nor asking forgiveness.
Shame on Rubio and Trump for attending anti-LGBT conference in Orlando on 2-month anniversary of #Pulse. #ForThe49 pic.twitter.com/Uy5lCjUhyU
â€” Florida Democrats (@FlaDems) August 11, 2016
The Republican Senator who has repeatedly said same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry or raise childrenÂ â€“ or even be foster parents to the most needy of all children, told evangelicals that American history â€œhas been marred by discrimination against and rejection of gays and lesbians,â€ whom he calledÂ “our brothers and our sisters, our fellow Americans, our neighbors in the LGBT community.â€Â
But Rubio also told his audience that “we should recognize that even as we stand firm in the belief that marriage is the union between one man and one woman, there are those in that community in same-sex relationships whose love for one another is real and feel angry and humiliated that the law did not recognize their relationship as a marriage.”
“To love our neighbors we must recognize that many have experienced â€” sometimes â€” severe condemnation and judgment from some Christians.”
Among those ChristiansÂ are Rubio’s fellow speakers, hosts, and organizers of the event, includingÂ David Lane, who has called homosexuality “debauchery,” suggested that Christians should be prepared to martyr themselves in order to prevent marriage equality, and has said that homosexuality is a moral crisis that “threatened our utter destruction,” as NCRM reported last month.
Lane also wrote a 2013 op-edÂ calling for a â€œwar to restore a Christian America.â€Â
HRC President Chad Griffin posted this to Twitter in response to Rubio’s remarks:
.@marcorubio defending taxpayer-funded LGBTQ discrimination in #Orlando is disgraceful.
â€” Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) August 12, 2016
Equality Florida CEO Nadine Smith, who has been at the center of organizing support for the families and friends of victims of the Pulse terror attack, issued a statement saying Senator Rubio’s “hypocrisy is appalling,” andÂ denouncing Rubio’s attendance and speech at today’s conference, and attacked him for his positions on LGBT civil rights and opposition to common sense gun control reforms.
â€œTwo months ago 49 people were murdered by yet another angry young man embracing a hateful ideology who targeted an LGBT nightclub,” Smith said in a statement sent to NCRM. “Our gun laws are so appalling, this madman was able to purchase weapons capable of mass slaughter. Rubio wants to invoke the names of the victims to deflect criticism of him sharing the stage with notorious bigots. He used this platform to gin up anti-Muslim hatred while opposing the most basic LGBT protections and gun safety measures that have been shown to dramatically reduce gun deaths.”
“If Rubio truly wanted to make discrimination against LGBT people a thing of the past, he would support the passage of state and federal legislation that prohibits discrimination against LGBT people,” which the Florida Republican first elected to the Senate in the Tea Party wave of 2010Â does not.
“If Rubio truly represented Floridaâ€™s constituents, he would have voted for legislation requiringÂ universal background checks on all gun purchases, instead of voting it down just a few weeks after the Pulse massacre,” Smith charged, which is true. “If Rubio truly wanted the American church to ‘abandon the spirit of judgement,’ he would not share a stage with those who use hate speech as a weapon and call on people to martyr themselves to oppose equal protection for LGBT people.”
TIMELINE: Rubio’s COMPLETE disregard for LGBT community since Pulse shooting #ForThe49 @equalityfl pic.twitter.com/lfc3ddfnhi
â€” For Florida’s Future (@ForOurFutureFL) August 11, 2016
Smith charged Sen. Rubio with supporting “laws that treat LGBT people as his inferiors and deny us the same protections he demands for himself and his family. His statement at todayâ€™s extremist conference was tone-deaf and spineless, and we do not need his hollow thoughts and prayers. His cruel actions, not his pandering words, define his character.”
Watch Rubio’s speech below:
Posted by Marco Rubio on Friday, August 12, 2016
Democratic Rep. Murphy, who is challenging Rubio for his Senate seat, posted this to Twitter Friday afternoon:
Tomorrow the #LGBTQ community & gun violence prevention groups will unite for change at a #DisarmHateRally. pic.twitter.com/53MeAFxfsM
â€” (((Rep. Murphy))) (@RepMurphyFL) August 12, 2016
Image by Florida Democrats via Twitter
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'GOOD LUCK WITH THAT'
‘Trying to Have It Both Ways’: Ivanka ‘Flailing’ as Trump Indictment Slams Family
While Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump have taken to their social media platforms to viciously lash out at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for indicting their father on a reported 30 charges, Ivanka Trump posted a rather muted statement on her Instagram account which simply said, “I love my father, and I love my country. Today, I am pained for both. I appreciate the voices across the political spectrum expressing support and concern.”
According to Daily Beast conservative columnist Matt Lewis, the so-called “First Daughter,” who served in the White House with her father, is trying to stay true to her former president dad, while distancing herself from his legal problems — and it is not going to work for her.
As Lewis put it, Ivanka is “flailing” in her attempts to shed the memory of her participation in the Trump administration that reached its lowest point on Jan. 6 when supporters of Trump stormed the Capitol and sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives.
“It’s hard to argue with anything Ivanka says here, but it is not a statement of moral clarity. Nor is it (conversely) a statement of strong support for her father. She’s flailing and trying to have it both ways,” Lewis wrote before adding, “Now, it’s understandable that a daughter might not want to utterly condemn her father. Further, children are not responsible for their parents’ sins. Except, of course, if you consider the fact that Ivanka served as the primary weapon in the ‘Trump’s not such a belligerent pig as his four decades as a public figure would make you think’ propaganda push.”
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Noting that Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner — who has baggage of his own — both stuck with Trump in the White House for all four years, Lewis added, “As far as the former first daughter goes, she and her husband might be done with politics, but once you’ve been a party to an administration like Trump’s, it’s going to be a long time before politics is done with them.”
“So, Ivanka, you want to have a seat at the cool apolitical kids’ table? You want to be once again accepted by the socially liberal billionaires’ children you used to go to the Hamptons with and now have Miami Beach playdates with? You want to enjoy the privileges of being a Trump with none of the shame? Good luck with that,” he concluded.
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Dominion Wins ‘Blockbuster Victories’ Against Fox News – Last Legal Issue Will Be Decided by a Jury: Report
Dominion Voting Systems won what are being called “blockbuster victories” Friday afternoon when a judge ruled the company suing Fox News for $1.6 billion in a major defamation lawsuit had met its burden of proof that Rupert Murdoch‘s far-right wing cable channel had repeatedly made false statements.
The final, and likely greatest legal issue Dominion will have to prove will be actual malice. That issue will be decided in a jury trial, Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric M. Davis ruled Friday, according to Law & Crime.
Unlike previous cases, Fox News will reportedly not be able to argue the on-air statements its personalities made were opinion.
CNN legal analyst and Brookings senior fellow Norm Eisen calls Friday’s decision a “huge win for Dominion on their summary judgment motion against Fox News.”
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“Dominion won partial summary judgement that what Fox said about them was false! Now they just have to prove actual malice and damages,” Eisen says. “Meanwhile Fox’s motion was totally denied.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, an MSNBC contributor adds: “Dominion’s evidence Fox made false statements with reckless disregard is as strong as any I’ve seen.”
The judge was very clear in his ruling.
“While the Court must view the record in the light most favorable to Fox, the record does not show a genuine issue of material fact as to falsity,” Judge Davis wrote. “Through its extensive proof, Dominion has met its burden of showing there is no genuine issue of material fact as to falsity. Fox therefore had the burden to show an issue of material fact existed in turn. Fox failed to meet its burden.”
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Attorney and MSNBC host and legal analyst Katie Phang points to this key passage in Judge Davis’ ruling.
Dominion has won the argument on the issue of falsity, meaning that as the Court funds below, “it is CRYSTAL clear that none of the Statements relating to Dominion about the 2020 election are true.” pic.twitter.com/7lKEspN0WI
— Katie S. Phang (@KatiePhang) March 31, 2023
Court watchers and news junkies are familiar at this point with the massive legal filings Dominion has made in which it exposed how Fox News knowingly made false statements regarding the 2020 presidential election. Those filings, each hundreds of pages, also detail internal Fox News communications and bombshell conversations between the company’s top personalities, executives, and even Chairman Rupert Murdoch.
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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
Capitol Police Issue Warning Over Possible Trump Protests ‘Across the Country’
The U.S. Capitol Police and the Senate Sergeant at Arms on Friday jointly issued a statement warning they “anticipate” Trump protests across the country. The statement is not time-specific, and it states it has no information on “credible threats,” but some Democratic offices are allowing staffers to work from home Friday and Tuesday.
“The Sergeant at Arms and United States Capitol Police (USCP) anticipate demonstration activity across the country related to the indictment of former President Trump. While law enforcement is not tracking any specific, credible threats against the Capitol or state offices, there is potential for demonstration activity. USCP is working with law enforcement partners, so you may observe a greater law enforcement presence on Capitol Hill,” the statement reads.
“The SAA and USCP are monitoring the potential nationwide impacts to Senate state offices,” it adds.
The House Sergeant at Arms was conspicuously absent from the statement. Speaker Kevin McCarthy has control over that office.
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Additionally, Axios is reporting, “several House Democrats are allowing staffers to work from home as a safety precaution,” noting that “the memory of Trump supporters ransacking the Capitol on Jan. 6 is still fresh on the mind.”
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) is allowing staff to work from home for safety reasons. She told Axios, “I don’t ever want to see a Jan. 6 again.”
“I’ve been in the Trump hate tunnel, Donald Trump has gone after me, and quite frankly I don’t have security. I don’t have entourages.”
She’s not the only Democrat to raise concerns.
“Much of the language from the former President and his devotees is similar to what inspired Jan. 6th,” U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips said. “I’m concerned about safety for my colleagues and my staff.”
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Meanwhile, House Republicans are issuing full-throated support for Trump and calling for protests.
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who was called out by name in a six-page letter Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg sent to Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan Friday morning, announced she will be in New York on Tuesday to support Trump when he is arraigned. She has posted several tweets since Trump was indicted.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy issued a statement Thursday seemingly designed to gin up rage and action in the MAGA base.
“Alvin Bragg has irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our Presidential election. As he routinely frees violent criminals to terrorize the public, he weaponized our sacred system of justice against President Donald Trump. The American people will not tolerate this injustice, and the House of Representatives will hold Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power to account.”
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