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Tony Perkins Using Disastrous Buzzfeed Article Targeting HGTV Couple as Marketing Tool to Gain Supporters

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Family Research Council Urging Americans to ‘Stand With Chip and Joanna Gaines’s Pastor’

A disastrous and ill-conceived Buzzfeed article that attempted to link HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” couple Chip and Joanna Gaines to their extremist anti-gay pastor’s beliefs is being used as a marketing tool to gain supporters for an anti-gay hate group that masquerades as a Christian lobbying organization.

The Buzzfeed article may be one of the few things most Americans agree on in this hyper-polarized nation. It was bad. By now, many have heard about or read Kate Arthur’s hit piece, which notes the Gaines have never had a same-sex couple on their show after four seasons, and that’s a valid question as to why, given the entire channel’s demographics seem to include gays and lesbians. HGTV issued a statement insisting none of their shows discriminate.

But now Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council is actually using the Buzzfeed piece to collect email addresses, which it can use for future fundraising efforts. FRC, which appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of active anti-gay hate groups, is urging people who ordinarily might not join them to “Stand with Chip and Joanna Gaines’s pastor who is under fire for preaching the truth.”

Perkins also penned a lengthy post on the Buzzfeed article, writing, “Bullying Christians may be a favorite strategy of the Left — but it’s not necessarily an effective one. Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s popular show ‘Fixer Upper’ may be sending that message without ever opening their mouths!

FRC holds the same dangerous views as the Gaines’ pastor, that homosexuality is a sin, marriage is only between a man and a woman, and, the most harmful one of all, that gay people can undergo therapy to convert them into being straight. Every major medical organization along with some courts have made clear this is both false and harmful.

The Family Research Council head also managed to use his missive to attack same-sex marriage, of course. He posted the false claim that only 37 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, using a poll from a company headed by the former Executive Director of the Republican Party of Texas to support his claim, one that every major poll over the past six years disproves.

 

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Trump Is ‘Untethered to Reality’ and His Thanksgiving Rant Proves It: CNN’s Berman

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CNN host John Berman on Friday lit into President Donald Trump for going on an unhinged Thanksgiving rant about the 2020 election in which he once again falsely claimed that he won.

Berman in particular zeroed in on Trump’s seething anger at Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason, who asked the president on Thursday if he’d concede that he lost the election.

“He was yelling at Jeff Mason, who is the most mild-mannered reporter in America, who was asking one of the most obvious questions in America, which is, ‘Will you concede the race that you lost?’” Berman said. “I think it gave a window into where the president is this morning and how untethered to reality he may be.”

Guest Ron Brownstein shared Berman’s assessment and talked about the harm it’s doing to the United States.

“[He’s] doing real damage,” Brownstein said. “You’ve seen the polling: Three-quarters of Republicans now believe the election was stolen. We’ve never seen anything like this, an effort by a president to systemically undermine the results of the election.”

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Trump Serves Up Paranoid Election Conspiracy Rant for Thanksgiving: ‘Flick of a Switch Can Change Course of History’

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President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving broke weeks of refusing to answer questions from reporters, and focusing his anger on Georgia called its Republican Secretary of State “an enemy of the people” while brewing up an insane new conspiracy theory.

After praising GOP Senators in two run-off elections fighting to keep their seats, Trump said he told Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, “you have a fraudulent system.”

“You have a system where the flick of a switch or the putting in of a new chip can change the course of history.”

He also falsely claimed voting rights advocate and former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams had illegally “harvested” 850,000 ballots. In reality, Abrams says 750,000 Georgia voters have requested absentee ballots.

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‘No I Can’t Say That’: Trump Says He Will Not Concede – but Will Exit White House if Electoral College Makes ‘Mistake’

 

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‘No I Can’t Say That’: Trump Says He Will Not Concede – but Will Exit White House if Electoral College Makes ‘Mistake’

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President Donald Trump used the occasion of Thanksgiving, weeks after Election Day, to declare he will not concede.

Speaking to reporters after calling troops overseas – at 1:16 AM their time, several hours later than scheduled – the President was asked if he will finally concede.

“No I can’t say that at all,” Trump replied, the first time he’s taken questions from reporters in weeks.

President-elect Joe Biden has 306 Electoral College votes, against Trump’s 232.

He also said the Electoral College members will have made a “mistake” if they do not declare him the winner of the 2020 presidential election, as Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reports.

But he also said he would leave the White House if Biden is the official winner. (Trump frequently denies making remarks he has made.)

Trump, however, is not planning on believing the results.

“I don’t know what is going to happen. I know one thing, Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,” he added.

 

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