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Trump Announces Yet Another Anti-LGBT Cabinet Pick, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney



S.C. Congressman Used Sleazy Anti-Gay Robocall In 2008 State Senate Race

President-Elect Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he plans to nominate South Carolina GOP Congressman Mick Mulvaney for budget director. 

Mulvaney is best known as an anti-establishment, obstructionist fiscal hawk, but he also happens to be a staunch social conservative. 

First elected in the tea party wave of 2010, Mulvaney has received a score of zero on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard for each of his two completed terms in the House.

Mulvaney was a relatively early co-sponsor of the so-called First Amendment Defense Act, the horrific anti-LGBT religious freedom measure Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee plans to refile in 2017. Earlier this year, when Democrats introduced an amendment to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination by federal contractors, Mulvaney called it “a political move designed to shipwreck the appropriations process.” 

In his 2008 state Senate race, Mulvaney reportedly was responsible for a fake, sleazy robocall attacking his Democratic opponent, Mandy Powers Norrell. The robocall purported to be a from a group called “The Alliance for the Advancement of Gays and Lesbians,” which didn’t exist, and touted Norrell’s support for “homosexual unions and abortion rights.” Here’s a transcript:

Hi, this is Allison calling from the Alliance for the Advancement of Gays and Lesbians.

We are a pro-gay rights, pro-choice grassroots organization.

I am calling to let you know that we are supporting Mandy Powers Norrell in the state Senate. 

A proven Democrat, Mandy Powers Norrell supports homosexual unions and abortion rights. We can count on Mandy Powers Norrell to promote a progressive agenda in the state Senate and to fight the right wing fringe at every turn.

Again, this is Allison with the Alliance for the Advancement of Gays and Lesbians asking you to vote for Democrat Mandy Powers Norrell on Tuesday, November 4. Thank you.

If Mulvaney is confirmed to oversee the Office of Management and Budget, he would be responsible for guiding Trump’s budget requests through Congress, including “a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, a tax overhaul and a huge investment in the nation’s infrastructure,” according to The New York Times. 

Mulvaney was among those who refused to back the 2011 deal to raise the debt limit, bringing the US to the brink of default and financial crisis. 

“He’s a tremendous talent, especially when it comes to numbers and budgets,” Trump said in a statement.

Trump’s other anti-LGBT picks for key cabinet posts include Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Betsy Devos for Education secretary, and Ben Carson for secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

GLAAD recently launched its Trump Accountability Project to track the many anti-LGBT actions and statements of Trump’s cabinet picks and others in his incoming administration. 



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Senior Trump Campaign Advisor and Top Fundraising Official Kimberly Guilfoyle Tests Positive for Coronavirus: Reports



Trump campaign senior advisor Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News host who is also the campaign’s top fundraising official, has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.

Guilfoyle was tested while in South Dakota, where President Donald Trump is right now, about to preside over a Fourth of July fireworks show at Mt. Rushmore.

ABC News Senior Editorial Producer John Santucci posted the news to Twitter:

The New York Times also reported Guilfoyle’s test result, and noted she is “the girlfriend of President Trump’s eldest son,” Donald Trump, Jr.

“Ms. Guilfoyle traveled to South Dakota with Mr. Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., in anticipation of attending a huge fireworks display where the president was set to speak.”

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‘Spawned,’ ‘Seeded,’ and ‘Spread’: Trump Official Spins Out-of-Control Anti-China Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory



Trump White House Trade advisor Peter Navarro used the long Independence Day weekend to spin a fantastical conspiracy theory that directly blames China for creating the deadly coronavirus, then sending “hundreds of thousands” of its people to the U.S. to infect and ultimately kill Americans.

“It is the Chinese Communist Party that is making us stay locked in our homes and lose our jobs,” Navarro, the author of the 2011 book, Death by China, told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Friday afternoon.

“They spawned the virus. They hid the virus. They sent hundreds of thousands of Chinese nationals over here to seed and spread the virus before we knew,” he continued, refusing to respond to Velshi’s questions.

“So, ah, the dateline is November. They spawned the virus, probably came out of the biological lab. For two months, they hid the virus from the world and the possibility of a pandemic, behind the shield of the World ‘Health’ Organization. While they did that, they vacuumed up the world’s protective equipment, including two billion masks, and,” said Navarro, plowing through Velshi who repeatedly asked if China did this deliberately.

“Here’s the point. While they were preventing any domestic travels from Wuhan to Beijing or Shanghai, locking down their transportation network, they freely sent hundreds of thousands of Chinese nationals on aircraft to go around the world.”

“They deliberately allowed Chinese nationals to come to the United States, Italy, and everywhere in between, who were infected, while they were locking down their own transportation network.”

“Let’s be careful and clear with the words,” Navarro said, very carefully and deliberately gaslighting viewers. “What they did, during this period of time when they knew there was a pandemic, they didn’t allow their people to travel inside of China, they allowed people inside of china who were likely infected to go around the world.”



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‘Groucho? Harpo? Chico?’: Matt Schlapp Mocked for Claim This May Be Final 4th of July Before ‘Marxists’ Take Over US



Far right wing lobbyist, Fox News contributor, Trump campaign surrogate, and provocateur Matt Schlapp is being mocked after claiming Marxists are taking over the country and warning that as a result, Saturday may be America’s final Fourth of July.

Schlapp apparently was forced to use a photo of umbrella-holding protestors fleeing what looks like tear gas, with one particularly patriotic young man donning an American flag face mask while holding up a rather large American flag.

“This Saturday, if the Marxist leaders have their way, we will celebrate #IndependenceDay for the last time as a free people,” Schlapp tweeted. “Now is the time to stand up for your country. And even more importantly, pray that the Great American Experiment survives their assault.”

At first glance, perhaps, some likely would assume the image is of Black Lives Matter activists at a George Floyd racial justice protest.

But as Vox co-founder Matt Yglesias pointed out, the photo is of protestors in Hong Kong, a region currently engaged in its own fight for freedom.

(The photo is from the Associated Press, and can be seen in this Voice of America article)

Schlapp, whose wife is a Trump campaign advisor, was double mocked – for the photo, and for the “American” protestors.

(The right recently has been labeling Black Lives Matter as “Marxist,” citing the reported beliefs of one of its co-founders, intentionally ignoring that the millions who are marching against police killings and for racial justice are not.)

Schlapp, by the way, is the chairman of the American Conservative Union, the company that hosts the annual right wing Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Several companies have recently dropped Schlapp over his comments about the George Floyd protests. Among them, these:

Here’s how some are responding to Schlapp:


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