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Both Members of GOP Ticket to Speak Friday at Annual Values Voter Summit

Both GOP nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will speak at Friday’s 11th annual Values Voter Summit — the first time both members of a major party presidential ticket have addressed the confab hosted by the Family Research Council, an anti-LGBT hate group. 

Trump and Pence will share the stage with several activists who’ve called for the criminalization of homosexuality, along with others who’ve falsely linked it to pedophilia or bestiality and denigrated LGBT service members, Right Wing Watch reports. Other bastions of anti-equality infamy will speak as well.

Among the confirmed guest speakers are Michele Bachmann, the Benham Brothers, Kirk Cameron, James Dobson, Reince Priebus, Rick Santorum, Todd Starnes, and members of “Duck Dynasty.”

It marks the second consecutive month in which Trump, who’s claimed he would be better on LGBT rights than Democrat Hillary Clinton, has appeared at an anti-LGBT event. On Aug. 12, the two-month anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre, Trump spoke at a gathering for evangelical pastors in Orlando. 

Trump’s choice to attend the event makes him the first presidential nominee of either party to do so in person. In previous presidential election years, only one candidate – Mitt Romney – gave the far right wing gathering any credibility, and only by sending in a pre-recorded video.

Meanwhile, one day after Trump and Pence address the Values Voter Summit, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine will address the National Dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group. Both events are in Washington, D.C. 

Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson writes, “the Republican presidential nominee will demonstrate his commitment to social conservatives seeking to undermine LGBT rights while the Democratic vice presidential nominee will address a largely LGBT audience seeking to advance and protect those rights.” 

Trump recently gave $100,000 to the church led by Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. In a statement on Saturday’s summit, Perkins said “there is a growing realization among voters that the future of our freedoms and even our identity as Americans hangs in the balance” in the November election. 

“I am certain that Donald Trump and Mike Pence will underscore not only the importance of this election, but the important role conservative Christian voters have in influencing the outcome of the November election,” Perkins said. “The fact that this is the first GOP presidential ticket to attend since the Summit’s inception in 2006, demonstrates an understanding of the importance of values voters in the general election and a desire to work with them in addressing the critical issues facing our nation.” 

 

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This article has been updated to note Trump’s address is now Friday.

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Only nine House Republicans joined with every Democrat in voting to hold Trump ally Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress. Thursday afternoon’s final vote was 229-202.

Bannon refused to obey a lawful congressional subpoena ordering him to hand over documents and to submit to congressional investigators for a deposition. His legal defense was mocked by experts after he tried to invoke executive privilege.

Minority Whip Steve Scalise had directed House Republicans to vote against the motion.

Top voting rights attorney Marc Elias warns against praising the nine Republicans for doing the right thing in this one instance: “all nine of them voted against voting rights legislation,” he tweeted.

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Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former president, on Thursday issued what is being called a “chilling” statement on the election and the insurrection he incited.

“The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!” Trump said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh simply and clearly calls it an “act of war.”

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) during debate on the House floor has “repeatedly” been “calling on Republicans to denounce the Trump statement,” according to reporter Jamie Dupree.

“All my colleagues were elected on November 3,” McGovern said. “If you believe that Election Day was an insurrection, then your election results are illegitimate.”

McGovern is not the only one to blast the Trump statement:

Some journalists are also slamming the former president’s latest remarks.

S.V. Dáte, the White House correspondent at HuffPost weighed in, saying, “Donald Trump tried to overthrow American democracy after he lost his election by 7 million votes, but nearly a year later, he’s still lying. About all of it.”

Washington Post national political reporter Felicia Sonmez called it a “chilling statement … that makes clear his stance on peaceful democracy vs. violent insurrection.”

Washington Post White House bureau chief Ashley Parker pointed to the statement and said: “In which Trump’s shamelessness continues to be his political super power.”

ProPublica Senior Reporter Peter Elkind says: “This is the position of the widely embraced leader of the GOP. Republicans all behind that?”

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U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland Thursday morning was forced to respond to repeated Republican false claims about his memo directing the DOJ to hold “discussions” with local leaders about threats of violence made against school board members, and several times had to push back hard against false accusations made by GOP Congressmen.

Franklin Graham, Stephen Miller, and countless others on the right for weeks have been falsely claiming that Garland has ordered DOJ to investigate parents merely for opposing school board decisions, mostly on mask mandates and what they claim is “critical race theory.”

U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) on Wednesday during a Judiciary Committee hearing falsely suggested Garland was calling parents’ challenging school boards domestic terrorists.

“One example of a so-called terrorist incident was a parent, merely questioning whether school board members had earned their high school diplomas. Now that might have been rude, but does that seem like an act of domestic terrorism that you or your Justice Department ought to be investigating?” Chabot asked.

“Absolutely not,” Garland replied. “And I want to be clear the Justice Department supports and defends the First Amendment right of parents to complain as vociferously as they wish, about the education of their children, about the curriculum taught in the schools. That is not what the memorandum is about at all, nor does it use the words ‘domestic terrorism’ or ‘Patriot Act.’ Like you, I can’t imagine any circumstance in which the Patriot Act would be used in the circumstances of parents complaining about their children, nor can I imagine a circumstance where they would be labeled as domestic terrorism.”

As NCRM has previously reported, school board members and educators in at least nine states this year have been targeted with threats, death threats, and often racist death threats, including in Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Vermont, according to local news reports.

Ironically, it was Congressman Chabot who, a decade ago, was legitimately accused of violating the First Amendment when his staffers directed local police to confiscate video cameras at the Congressman’s town hall event, held in a public school.

Chabot, ruffled and rebuffed by Garland’s response, decided to end the inquiry there.

“Thank you I’m nearly out of time.”

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