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Trump to Address Hundreds of Evangelical Leaders at Event Linked to Anti-Gay Hate Group

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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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“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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Trumps Could ‘Turn on One Another’ as Investigations ‘Go Up the Food Chain’: MSNBC Analyst

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Former president Donald Trump and his family are facing “existential” threats from ongoing criminal investigations in New York and Georgia, according to MSNBC political analyst and Trump biographer Tim O’Brien.

“I think you’re going to start to see this vice squeeze in,” O’Brien said Saturday. “The Trumps will happily throw underlings under the bus as this gets hotter. I think the question is whether or not the family members will turn on one another as it goes up the food chain.”

“The Manhattan DA’s case has existential consequences to it,” O’Brien added. “Donald Trump and perhaps his children could end up in orange jumpsuits if that case goes the full route. That’s not going to be the case with (New York AG) Letitia James’ prosecution, that’s a civil case. I also think the Georgia case has an existential threat. Donald Trump acting like a 19th-century ward heeler, called up the secretary of state and said find me some votes, and there’s proof of that, there’s evidence.”

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Ron DeSantis Pounded by WaPo Editorial Board for Latest Attempt to ‘Poison Democracy’

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In a scathing opinion piece on Saturday morning, the editorial board of the Washington Post trashed Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for his plan to create an “election police squad” that board suggests will be used to disrupt elections and scare voters away.

According to the board, the DeSantis proposal reeks of Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn election results at the state level with them labeling the Florida Republican’s efforts a deliberate move to “poison democracy.”

Pointing out that DeSantis wants the Florida legislature to “pony up $6 million to hire 52 people for his election police squad — which, naturally, would be under the governor’s control and would investigate allegations of election crimes submitted by “government officials or any other persons,” the editors then warned, “If Mr. Trump had his way, government investigators would no doubt be impounding Dominion Voting Systems election machines and grilling election officials in Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania based on outlandish allegations about the 2020 vote. Whether Florida’s voting cops would field tips from partisans acting in bad faith or dupes who really believe that fraud is ubiquitous in U.S. elections, it is not hard to foresee them harassing election officials or voting rights groups who are simply trying to help people to vote.”

The editors added, “Mr. DeSantis’s proposal would be similar to an anti-voting law Texas lawmakers passed recently, which would threaten election workers with criminal penalties for transgressions as mild as proactively offering voters mail-in ballot applications. In both cases, the effect is to intimidate people into thinking twice about doing anything they fear state authorities might construe as illegal.”

They then concluded, “Mr. DeSantis, trying to rise from the former president’s shadow, looks as though he is trying to out-Trump Mr. Trump. Both seek to cater to a GOP base among whom fake allegations of fraud are not just believed, but considered a critical national crisis… Proposals such as Mr. DeSantis’s would only work to poison America’s democracy.”

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‘Why Is That So Hard to Answer?’: GOP Candidate Squirms as CNN Host Forces Him to Admit Trump Lost

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A Republican congressional candidate from Alaska finally conceded that former president Donald Trump lost the 2020 election on Friday — but not until after being asked the question no fewer than four times by CNN host Alisyn Camerota.

Camerota was following up on a story about another candidate for Alaska’s only House seat, Greg Brelsford, who recently left the GOP to become an Independent, citing “attacks on democracy.”

On Friday, she interviewed GOP candidate Randy Purham.

“So you heard one of your opponents, who was saying that basically he’s tired of all the re-litigating of Donald Trump’s election loss,” Camerota told Purham. “Are you one of the Republicans he was speaking of who believes Donald Trump did not lose the 2020 presidential election?”

“I’m not going to say that he did not lose, but we realize there are some irregularities with the election,” Purham responded, before Camerota cut him off.

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“Just to be clear, do you think he lost?” the host said.

“Marginally,” Purham responded.

“But you believe that Donald Trump lost the election, and Joe Biden is the rightful president of the United States?”

“To a degree,” Purham said.

“Why is that so hard to answer?” Camerota asked.

“It’s not hard to answer,” Purham responded. “There’s a lot of issues that we’ve seen with the election, and we see how things are turning out right now with this administration, so —”

“But that’s different, Mr. Purham,” Camerota said, again cutting him off. “That’s different if you don’t like certain policies in the administration, it’s different than whether or not you can say definitively that Donald Trump lost and Joe Biden won.”

“I can, and I have,” Durham said, finally appearing to acknowledge Trump’s defeat.

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