Called 2014 Killing Spree ‘Attack on Natural Marriage’Â
The head of domestic issues for the Donald Trump presidential transition team is Ken Blackwell, a senior fellow with the anti-gay hate groupÂ Family Research Council. Blackwell has suffered several ethics and conflict of interest accusations during his time as Ohio’s Secretary of State. He is also on the Board of Directors of the NRA. Politico has published a document detailing the structure of the transition team in charge of federal agencies.
Blackwell will oversee policy for the Departments of Energy, Labor, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Education, Interior, and Agriculture. He will also oversee policy for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
As the head of policy for the Dept. of Agriculture, Blackwell will be in control of the incoming administration’s positions on food stamps, also known as SNAP. In 2013 Blackwell saidÂ there is â€œnothing more Christianâ€ than gutting Americaâ€™s food stamps program.
A religious extremist, BlackwellÂ has repeatedly attacked same-sex marriage, which he linked to the 2014 Isla Vista killing spree that left six people dead and 14 injured.Â
Blackwell pointed toÂ â€œthe crumbling of the moral foundation of the countryâ€ and â€œthe attack on natural marriage and the familyâ€¦ that have been a part of the teaching of sexual roles and the development of human sexuality in our culture,â€ as reasons for the murders.
Last year, ahead of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell, Blackwell claimed there is noÂ Civil Right to same-sex marriage, but Christians, he said, must respond to it like theÂ Civil War.
And on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Blackwell once tried to suggest that a gay high school teen was crowned Prom QueenÂ because of Sesame Street indoctrination.
In 2013 Blackwell wrote an indignant letter to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, in which the FRC Senior Fellow referred to same-sex marriages as “counterfeit,” and supporters of marriage equality “Marriage Enders.”
“If two men can marry, why not three?,” Blackwell asked. “If gays and lesbians can marry, what about bi-sexual persons and persons who have sought to change their sex? Why can’t they have one spouse of either sex? After slavery, after Jim Crow, after the KKK, it is fair to say that among the worst things visited upon black Americans have been the targeting of our families by abortionists and the effort to end marriage. That is why we are in a crisis. This is what happens when a major party rejects God.”
In addition to being an anti-gay activist, Blackwell apparently spends a good deal of time on Facebook. Here are some of his postings:
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7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies
Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.
Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.
Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.
“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”
Giuliani, Graham, Eastman, Others Tied to Trump Subpoenaed by Grand Jury in Georgia Criminal Election Investigation
Rudy Giuliani, Lindsey Graham, John Eastman, Jenna Ellis, and several others including Cleta Mitchell have been subpoenaed by a Fulton County special grand jury convened to investigate possible criminal actions or interference in Georgia’s 2020 elections.
Giuliani, Eastman, Ellis, and Mitchell, along with Kenneth Chesbro, are all members of Donald Trump’s legal team or advised the former president “on strategies for overturning Democrat Joe Biden’s wins in Georgia and other swing states,” and are now being subpoenaed, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Senator Graham (R-SC) has publicly admitted to contacting the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Also subpoenaed is attorney and podcast host Jacki Pick Deason.
“The 23-person special grand jury has heard testimony in recent weeks from a parade of witnesses, including some who had direct contact with Trump and his associates. But Tuesday’s subpoenas are the closest jurors have gotten to the inner circle of the former president,” the Journal-Constitution adds.
Eastman, the infamous author of the “coup memo,” is a former law professor and the current chairman of the anti-LGBTQ group National Organization For Marriage (NOM), which has never disavowed his actions.
“A federal judge in March,” the AJC adds, “argued that ‘it is more likely than not that President Trump and Dr. Eastman dishonestly conspired to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.'”
In the days after the November 2020 election, The Washington Post reported, Sen. Graham “questioned Raffensperger about the state’s signature-matching law and whether political bias could have prompted poll workers to accept ballots with nonmatching signatures, according to Raffensperger. Graham also asked whether Raffensperger had the power to toss all mail ballots in counties found to have higher rates of nonmatching signatures, Raffensperger said.”
‘Planned for Weeks’: Highland Park Massacre Suspect Purchased Weapons Legally, Walked to Mother’s House After Shooting
The 21-year-old man suspected of being the shooter in Monday’s Highland Park, Illinois massacre planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting, police said in a Tuesday press conference.
Six people died and over thirty others were wounded.
The “high-powered rifle” Robert Crimo used is “similar to an AR-15,” Christopher Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County major crimes task force told reporters. He used it to “fire more than 70 rounds into the crowd.”
Crimo later borrowed his mother’s car.
Police say there was no one else involved. They add they were aware of him through previous interactions but those were not violent.
Law enforcement announces that they believe that Robert Crimo “preplanned this attack for several weeks” and that during “during the attack he was dressed in women’s clothing” to help conceal his facial tattoos and identity so he could flee during the chaos. pic.twitter.com/GCruC12276
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