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Two-Day Event Falls on Two Month Anniversary of Pulse Terror Attack

Donald Trump on Thursday will address 700 evangelical leaders at a private two-day conference in Florida organized by a group funded by the American Family Association, a certified anti-gay hate group. The event, “Rediscovering God in America,” is organized by David Lane, who runs the American Renewal Project and penned a 2013 op-ed calling for a “war to restore a Christian America.”

Despite his recent claims that he would be the best president for LGBT Americans, Trump has actively courted the religious far right, and has embraced the heads of anti-gay hate groups, like Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. Perkins helped Trump write the speech he delivered to Liberty University. Trump later won the endorsement of Liberty’s President, Jerry Falwell, Jr.

David Lane told Bloomberg News that Trump’s promise to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which bans churches and other religious organizations from promoting political candidates, lest they lose their tax-exempt status, is a “good first step” in gaining the support of evangelicals.

“Homosexual totalitarianism is out of the closet, the militants are trying herd Christians there,” Lane said, lamenting what the far right sees as attacks on Christians by same-sex couples who want to be treated equally in the marketplace.

“But what about the religious liberty of Christian photographers, Christian bakers, Christian retreat centers, and pastors who believe same-sex intercourse and marriage is sin?,” Lane asked. “These Christians were simply living out their deeply held convictions of their Christian faith when they politely refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding. Doesn’t the First Amendment give us all a right to our beliefs?”

Also speaking at the event, which falls on the two-month anniversary of the anti-gay terror attack on the Pulse nightclub, also in Florida, is Senator Marco Rubio. The failed Republican presidential candidate used the hate crime mass shooting terror attack as an excuse to run for re-election after promising he would not serve another term as Senator.

Right Wing Watch reports other speakers include Mat Staver, head of Liberty Counsel, the Christian law firm that is currently defending Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and defended Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. Also, pseudo-historian and right wing activist David Barton.

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Via The Washington Post:

“Evangelical pastors must move their parishioners into the public square this fall,” Lane said in an interview with The Washington Post. “Staying home is not an option, or transgender bathrooms is just the beginning.”

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Mark Meadows Retweets Trump’s Denial He Tested Positive for COVID Before Debate – a Fact That Appears in Meadows’ Book

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Less than 24 hours after former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appeared to agree to cooperate with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, news broke that The Guardian had obtained a copy of his new book, and from it the revelation that three days before appearing on stage with Joe Biden at the Sept. 26 presidential debate the then-president, Donald Trump, had tested positive for coronavirus.

Never mind that a second test showed a negative result – one Harvard epidemiologist says that merely meant Trump was not yet infectious but he was, by the debate, “blazing positive” but decided to go on a potentially infect countless others. That act, the noted disease specialist and professors says, “was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision.”

Trump, as usual, especially in recent days, issued a quick statement via his spokesperson, this time denying the revelation in Meadows’ book, a revelation The Washington Post Wednesday afternoon reported it had confirmed with two other former Trump aides.

What is stunning is that, as Politico National Political Correspondent Meridith McGraw notes, Meadows himself retweeted Trump’s statement of denial:

The Washington Post also notes that at least six people close to Trump tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the debate, including Melania Trump, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller, and Kayleigh McEnany.

“Trump on Wednesday was furious that Meadows revealed the anecdote in his forthcoming book and that it was published via the liberal-leaning Guardian website, according to a person familiar with the former president’s reaction, who requested anonymity to reveal a private conversation,” the Post adds. “Meadows through an emissary has offered to put out a statement ‘clarifying things,’ but that offer was rejected, the person said.”

Which is likely why he decided to retweet Trump’s statement.

Writer and political activist Don Winslow has another take on the day’s events:

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Watch: Stacey Abrams Announces She’s Running for Governor of Georgia

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Stacey Abrams has just announced she is running for governor of Georgia. Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives for more than six years ran for governor in 2018, losing by a slim margin to then Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in a race many saw as tainted by his voter suppression actions.

Abrams went on to become a highly-effective voting rights advocate and activist, and many credit her with helping elect Joe Biden president by helping him win the state by registering an estimated 800,000 more voters.

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‘The Former President Was Suggesting People Inject Bleach’: Psaki Smacks Down Doocy Over COVID Deaths

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was quick to scuttle Fox News’ president anti-Biden propagandist after he tried to turn today’s news about then-President Donald Trump hiding the results of his positive COVID test barely days before standing on stage with Joe Biden at a Sept. 2020 debate into a story about President Joe Biden’s success in scuttling the pandemic.

“There’s a lot of talk about the first Trump-Biden debate today,” Doocy began. “But at the second one in 2021, roughly 220,000 Americans had already died of COVID. Joe Biden said about Trump, ‘anyone who was responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America.’ Is that still the standard now that more Americans have died under President Biden?

“I think the fundamental question here is what are you doing to save lives and protect people?” Psaki responded, with a tinge of anger. “And the former president was suggesting people inject bleach. He apparently, reportedly didn’t even share with people he was going to interact with that he had tested positive for COVID himself. He continued to provide a forum for misinformation, which probably led to people not getting, not taking steps forward to get to protect themselves, to wear a mask, to eventually get vaccinated. This President has made the vaccine widely available. He’s relied on the health – the advice of his health and medical experts, and he is trying to be a part of solving this crisis, getting the pandemic under control. And I think there’s a pretty stark difference between their approaches. ”

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