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Called 2014 Killing Spree ‘Attack on Natural Marriage’ 

The head of domestic issues for the Donald Trump presidential transition team is Ken Blackwell, a senior fellow with the anti-gay hate group 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 said there is “nothing more Christian” than gutting America’s food stamps program.

A religious extremist, Blackwell has repeatedly attacked same-sex marriage, which he linked to the 2014 Isla Vista killing spree that left six people dead and 14 injured. 

Blackwell pointed to “the crumbling of the moral foundation of the country” and “the attack on natural marriage and the family… that have been a part of the teaching of sexual roles and the development of human sexuality in our culture,” as reasons for the murders.

Last year, ahead of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell, Blackwell claimed there is no Civil Right to same-sex marriage, but Christians, he said, must respond to it like the Civil War.

And on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Blackwell once tried to suggest that a gay high school teen was crowned Prom Queen 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.”

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“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:

Posted by Ken Blackwell on Thursday, November 10, 2016

Posted by Ken Blackwell on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Ok, this is funny…

Posted by Ken Blackwell on Friday, August 5, 2016

Posted by Ken Blackwell on Friday, October 14, 2016

Posted by Ken Blackwell on Monday, October 31, 2016

 

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‘Avalanche of Lies’: Trump’s Arizona Speech Smacked Down by CNN Host

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The morning after Donald Trump rehashed all of his complaints about the 2020 presidential election that saw him lose to President Joe Biden and then attacked fellow Republicans, a CNN host dismissed his words as an “avalanche of lies.”

During the speech, the president also asserted that his “Stop the Steal” rally crowd was massive, telling the crowd, “They talk about the people that walked down to the Capitol, They don’t talk about the size of that crowd. I believe it was the largest crowd I’ve ever spoken before, and they were there to protest the election.”

After sharing clips of Trump’s ranting about critics within his own party who aren’t buying into his election lies, host Abby Phillip cut to the chase and also noted the former president’s defense of the Capitol insurrectionists.

“I don’t actually recommend people listen to the avalanche of lies last night,” she stated, “but it’s notable how much effort went into defending these January 6th defendants and saying that they were being held as political prisoners. It’s a window into where this is all headed for Republicans.”

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Sedition Indictments Reveal the DOJ Is Looking Beyond the Jan 6th Insurrection: Former US Attorney

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Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday morning, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance explained that a deep reading of the federal seditious conspiracy indictments filed against eleven members of the Oath Keepers revealed that the Department of Justice is looking at more than the Jan 6th insurrection.

Speaking with host Ali Velshi, Vance suggested more indictments are likely to follow.

“One of the keys to understanding this indictment is it doesn’t look at January 6th as just one day,” she began. “The conduct starts shortly after the election and continues to January 6th. We now seemingly have a more firm answer to the direction whether the DOJ is looking at January 6th as a standalone day or is this continuing course of conduct surrounding the big lie.”

“The fact they are looking at the longer spectrum of conduct is good news for people who want to see people who were involved in the day’s events held responsible for all of the efforts to interfere with the election, not just the violence that manifested on January 6th” she continued. “This is prosecutors continuing to move up that ladder of responsibility. They’ve now hit a point with people involved in a definitive way and the violence on that day. The question is whether some of these individuals and other people who have been indicted will decide to cooperate with prosecutors and if they decide to cooperate, what information they may have to share.”

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Virginia’s Republican Attorney General-Elect Fires Dozens of Lawyers Including in Civil Rights Division

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He has yet to be sworn in but Virginia’s Republican Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares has already fired dozens of lawyers, including those working in the Office of Civil Rights, and including those who are not political appointees but career civil servants.

Miyares campaigned on enforcing the law while promising to refuse to allow coronavirus mitigation efforts including masks and vaccine requirements, despite the surging pandemic.

But enforcing the law – certainly specific aspects like civil rights – will be much harder when he is sworn into office on Saturday.

I’ve been told incoming AG @JasonMiyaresVA just FIRED the entire civil rights division in the Attorney General’s office,” tweeted Virginia Democratic state Senator L. Louise Lucas, the President Pro tempore. “My bill helped create and expand the authority that this division uses.”

This whole campaign we had to listen to @JasonMiyaresVA whining about local prosecutors choosing not to prosecute certain crimes- then he gets elected and eliminates an entire division dedicated to enforcing civil rights law. Total hypocrisy and it needs to be SEEN,” she added.

It’s unclear if Miyares has fired the entire civil rights division but the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports he has fired 30 attorneys including “Helen Hardiman, an assistant attorney general who focuses on investigating and litigating against housing discrimination in the Office of Civil Rights.”

“I am not a political appointee. I don’t have a political job,” she says, adding she has 20 cases that are in court or going to trial.

“I don’t want those people who have been discriminated against to be left hanging,” Hardiman said. “I also felt like a cursory email with 24 hour notice was unprofessional. And I’m disappointed that the new administration seems to be signaling that they care less about civil rights issues like fair housing than the current administration.”

On his Twitter page Miyares posted numerous platitudes and promises like, “My oath of allegiance is to follow the law, to respect the code of Virginia, and the people of Virginia As AG, I am going to go back to calling balls and strikes and we are going to enforce the law.”

He also posted tweets attacking coronavirus mitigation policies, saying, “no Virginian should be forced to choose between their job and the vaccine.”

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