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WATCH: Equality Florida #ForThe49 Rally Protests Trump and Rubio Headlining an Anti-Gay Conference



‘We Cannot Allow This Bigotry to Go Unchecked in Our Backyard’

Equality Florida’s “Rally to End Hate #ForThe49” began this morning in Orlando, Florida, to protest Donald Trump and Marco Rubio addressing an anti-LGBT conference hosted by Christian evangelical extremists. That conference, “Rediscovering God in America,” is a two-day event that takes place just miles from the site of the Pulse Massacre and during the tragedy’s two-month anniversary.

“Exactly two months after the Pulse Nightclub massacre, presidential candidate Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will headline a conference hosted by notorious anti-LGBTQ extremists in Orlando,” the rally’s event page reads. This mirrors the statement issued by two top Democratic National Committee leaders denouncing the Republicans for speaking at the conference.

“Rediscovering God in America” is hosted by the American Renewal Project, which Equality Florida advises, “likened gay people to Nazis and called on Christians to ‘risk martyrdom’ to block gays from marrying.” The American Renewal Project leader, David Lane penned a 2013 op-ed calling for a “war to restore a Christian America.” 

Comprised of Equality Florida members, staff, volunteers and community partners, the rally, which attracted nearly 200 progressives, according to Equality Florida, aimed to gather peacefully in opposition to the organization, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio, while also calling for common sense gun measures and fully-inclusive non-discrimination policies.

“I wonder if Marco Rubio or Donald Trump have ever lost a family member to a hate crime?,” Celia Ruiz, the sister of one of the Pulse victims, Juan Ramon Guerrero, asked when speaking to supporters today. “I wonder if they know the pain that comes from losing a family member in this manner? If they knew this pain… I doubt Marco Rubio and Donald Trump would be promoting this conference, promoting intolerance and hate.”

“Shame on you, Marco Rubio,” Ruiz told the crowd.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence posted this tweet:

Orlando Weekly posted video of the beginning of the rally via Facebook Live. Watch below:

Here at the rally against Rubio and Trump's appearance at anti-LGBT religious conference.

Posted by Orlando Weekly on Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sorry guys, my phone heated up. Here's the rally again.

Posted by Orlando Weekly on Thursday, August 11, 2016

“We cannot allow this bigotry to go unchecked in our backyard,” the rally page advised, promising that “together we will make it absolutely clear that hatred and bigotry will no longer go unchallenged, especially here in Orlando.”


Image by Equality Florida via Twitter 

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Trump Reverses on Illegal Hosting of G-7 at His Own Resort – Blames ‘Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility’



President Donald Trump late Saturday night finally reversed his decision to host the G-7 at his Doral Miami resort in June of 2020. Ignoring numerous Republican lawmakers, legal experts, and bipartisan condemnation of his unconstitutional and illegal decision the president instead blamed the “Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility.”

Curiously, Trump announced his administration would “begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.”

But on Thursday Trump’s chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters at a rare White House briefing that the administration had conducted an exhaustive search for the best space to host the G-7 leaders, and fairly decided Trump’s Doral Miami resort was “perfect.”

Earlier: Trump Mocked After Saying He Thought Violating the Constitution and Profiting From G7 Hosting Was ‘Good for Our Country’

Mulvaney went so far as to claim the White House had looked at 12 locations, including two in Utah, but decided on the Doral.

He also preemptively refused to release any emails or other items documenting the search process.

But if an actual search had been conducted, it would make sense to simply announce the 2020 G-7 would be held at the next “best” locale. Instead, Trump announced a new search would be conducted.


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Trump Mocked After Saying He Thought Violating the Constitution and Profiting From G7 Hosting Was ‘Good for Our Country’



‘Bro Tweeted Out an Ad’

After tremendous public and private  bipartisan condemnation of his decision to host the 2020 G-7 at his own Miami resort President Donald Trump Saturday night appeared to be laying the groundwork of reversing the unconstitutional and illegal decision.

In an insane series of tweets the president did what he always does: blamed the media for holding his feet to the fire in accurately reporting the consequences of his actions.

“I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms,” Trump tweeted, adding that “each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!”

Also going “crazy” are Republicans and legal experts.

Should Trump host the G-7 at any of his properties he would reportedly be violating at least one if not several laws, and the U.S. Constitution.

Many quickly took to Twitter to express their condemnation yet again.



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‘This Is a Real Warning’: Ex-Campaign Aide Bluntly States Clinton Didn’t Go Far Enough Criticizing Tulsi Gabbard



On MSNBC Saturday, former Clinton campaign official and director of SiriusXM progressive programming Zerlina Maxwell said that not only did Hillary Clinton do nothing wrong for criticizing Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), she should have if anything gone even harder.

“I think she didn’t go far enough, and we have to decide whether or not we’ll listen to Hillary Clinton, who lived through this in 2016, or whether or not we’re going to do what we did in 2016, is decide that what she’s saying is irrelevant because of how we feel personally about her, and I think that that would be a mistake,” said Maxwell.

Related: ‘Malevolent Kraken’: Tulsi Gabbard Mocked After Attacking Hillary Clinton Over Claim Russia Is Grooming a Woman Democrat

“In 2016, anchors literally laughed at Hillary Clinton when she said it was Russia,” Maxwell continued. “Robby Mook went on television and said, ‘It was Russia that was hacking our emails and releasing them on Wikileaks.’ We were laughed at. I would like everyone to listen to us now because I, on the campaign, had that red banner over my email that said, ‘Government hackers are trying to infiltrate your account.’ So, this is a real warning. And I think that we would be smart to listen before it’s too late.”

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