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Trump Campaign: We’re Selling ‘LGBTQ for Trump’ Shirts Because ISIS is Targeting Gays

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Human Rights Campaign Slams Merchandise as ‘Pandering,’ Says Community Needs Real Leadership

A Donald Trump spokesman said Monday the campaign is selling “LGBTQ for Trump” T-shirts because ISIS is targeting the gay community.

Trump spokesman Boris Epshteyn also claimed Democrat Hillary Clinton has “a terrible record” on LGBT rights, pointing to the fact that she didn’t support marriage equality during her 2008 presidential campaign. However, in an interview on CNN, Epshteyn was unable to say what Trump plans to do, aside from selling T-Shirts, to demonstrate his support for gay rights. 

When anchor Victor Blackwell brought up vice presidential nominee Mike Pence’s horrific record on LGBT issues, Epshteyn responded by saying Trump is at the top of the ticket and “has spoken to the LGBT community throughout his lifetime.” 

“When the horrible shooting in Orlando happened, he said that ISIS specifically is targeting the gay/LGBT community,” Epshteyn said. “So, this is a candidate who’s very open to all communities, including this one, so we should be celebrating this, because it is revolutionary almost for a Republican to be doing this kind of outreach.” 

The Human Rights Campaign’s JoDee Winterhoff responded that while Clinton now supports marriage equality, Trump has said he would appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Obergefell, and expressed support for horrific anti-LGBT legislation including North Carolina’s House Bill 2. She also said it was “amazing” for Epshteyn to bring up Orlando, given that during a recent visit to the city, rather than visiting with the families of Pulse victims, Trump attended an anti-LGBT event. 

“We’re at a time in our country where we need leadership in the White House. We don’t need to be pandered to,” Winterhoff said. “We don’t need him putting out a T-shirt or a button, we need him to lead, and so far he is not leading on any of our issues.” 

Watch the segment here. 

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Cuomo Charged With Sex Crime Months After Resigning as Governor

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Former New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor sex crime, NBC News reports.

The former governor who resigned after multiple accusations of sexual harassment resigned, leaving office August 23.

“Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor complaint in Albany City Court for a sex-crime related charge, a spokesperson for New York State courts tells NBC News,” according to NBC’s Tom Winter.

A investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James found the Democratic governor had sexually harassed at least eleven women, most of them state employees.

“Forcible Touching” is listed on the complaint:

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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Meadows ‘Will Face Consequences’ for Stonewalling Jan. 6 Committee if He Does Not Comply With Subpoena: Report

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Could former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows face criminal contempt of Congress charges like Steve Bannon?

The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack subpoenaed Meadows, a former GOP congressman, on September 23, over a month ago, and he has yet to comply.

“Our patience isn’t unlimited, and engagement needs to become cooperation very soon,” a Select Committee source told CNN. “As we’ve already made clear, anyone who tries to stonewall our effort will face the consequences.”

The committee sees Meadows, who has been by Trump’s side every step of the way even for months before exiting the House to join the Trump administration, as a “key witness.”

Jan. 6 Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) is being patient but that appears to be waning thin.

“If and when the staff says to us it’s not going anywhere, there won’t be any hesitation on the part of the committee to make the referrals” for contempt of Congress he tells CNN.

CNN adds multiple sources have “indicated” Meadows has “been ‘engaging’ in negotiations over the terms of his turning over documents and appearing for a deposition.”

Earlier this week a bombshell Rolling Stone report citing two people involved with planning the January 6 pro-Trump rallies mentioned Meadows nine times, including calling him “someone who played a major role in the conversations surrounding the protests on Jan. 6.”

That report also says those sources describe Meadows “as having had an opportunity to prevent the violence” of January 6, and that “Meadows was 100 percent made aware of what was going on.”

 

 

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Rupert Murdoch Is a ‘Domestic Threat’ Says Never-Trumper Over Tucker Carlson’s Upcoming Jan. 6 Special

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Stuart Stevens is calling out News Corp founder and chief Rupert Murdoch as a “domestic threat” in response to a stunning preview clip from Fox News’ top personality, Tucker Carlson, that falsely paints Donald Trump’s January 6 insurrection as a false flag operation by Democrats.

“If Rupert Murdoch were applying for American citizenship today, there would be ample evidence to classify him as a domestic threat and deny citizenship,” Stevens says of Murdoch, an Australian-born naturalized U.S. citizen. “He’s a dangerous man who should be treated as the anti-democratic propagandist he is.”

Stevens is known as one of the top Republican strategists who became a never-Trumper and co-founded The Lincoln Project. Murdoch owns News Corp, the parent company of Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, and numerous other outlets across the globe. He became a U.S. citizen in 1985 to meet the requirements to purchase and own TV stations.

The clip of Tucker Carlson’s three-part series on the January 6 insurrection (below) is being called “fucking insane” by fellow never-Trumper Tim Miller, a former GOP strategist.

“I’d like to focus in on the fact that Fox is hosting one of the main architects of the Stop The Steal insurrection Ali Akbar Alexander for this 1/6 special,” Miller adds. “Going full Newsmax.”

In a scathing strike against Carlson, former Obama HUD deputy assistant secretary Brandon Friedman compared the Fox News personality to a radio station known for helping to incite the Rwandan genocide in which more than one million people died and up to half a million women were raped.

Here’s the clip, which is loaded with falsehoods and anti-American, anti-democracy propaganda:

 

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