Patrick Is a National Anti-LGBT Activist
In an affront the the legacy of the great American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., Texas Republican Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Thursday afternoon, mentioning and loosely quoting Dr. King, unveiled a North Carolina styled bill that would ban transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. The offensive irony did not go unnoticed.
â€” Latinos Matter (@LatinosMatter) January 5, 2017
Patrick’s wide-reaching bill applies to all public accommodationÂ areas in all Texas government buildings, including public education campuses, from elementary schools to colleges and universities. It also would affect transgender people traveling in and out of publicly owned airports, likeÂ Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, town and city halls across the state, judicial buildings, and other Texas government buildings.
Like North Carolina’s HB2, The TexasÂ â€œPrivacy Protection Act,â€ also known as SB6, strips the right of local towns, cities, and other municipalities from enacting or retaining their own LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances.
“We know weâ€™re on the right side of the issue,” Lt. Governor Patrick told reporters at a press event held in the Texas Capitol. Weâ€™re on the right side of history. You can mark today as the day Texas is drawing a line in the sand and saying no.â€Â
Lt. Gov. Patrick noted he has been working with one of Texas’ most anti-LGBT organizations, Texas Values, and mentioned them by name. The group posted tweets during the event:
â€” Texas Values (@txvalues) January 5, 2017
The bill’s sponsor, Texas Republican State SenatorÂ Lois Kolkhorst provided details of the bill, as protestors’ booing grew louder, causing her to momentarily pause before ignoring them.Â
â€” Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (@loiskolkhorst) January 5, 2017
Asked if the state would be hiring “bathroom police,” Sen.Â Kolkhorst said “no,” but added that the legislation “allows an individual who feels uncomfortable to report that.” In a disturbing statement,Â Kolkhorst also said, “the responsibility falls on all of us to protect citizens and ensure that their personal and private rights are secured,” suggesting, if not advocating for, “concerned” citizens to take matters into their own hands.
“After our success in stopping President Obamaâ€™s bathroom rules in court, states are now free to enact legislation of their choosing to protect privacy,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement adding his support for the discriminatory legislation. “Texans should feel safe and secure when they enter any intimate facility, so I applaud the work of Lieutenant Governor Patrick and Senator Kolkhorst for fighting to protect women and children from those who might use access to such facilities for nefarious purposes.”
The ACLU opposes the bill and posted a response:
â€” ACLU of Texas (@ACLUTx) January 5, 2017
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‘Political Hack’ Kellyanne Conway Destroyed for Condescendingly Comparing Standing in Line to Vote to Buying Cupcakes
White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway for the second time on Wednesday is drawing outrage for her offensive remarks. After painting a target on the back of the Twitter executive responsible for preventing disinformation and hoaxes, she’s now under fire for comparing standing in line to vote to standing in line to buy cupcakes.
On Wednesday, Conways remarks drove her to the number two slot on Twitter’s top trending items, just below the SpaceX launch.
“People are very proud to show up and go to the polls,” Conway told reporters. “They really are. I mean they wait in line at Georgetown Cupcake for an hour to get a cupcake,” she said, somewhat condescendingly.
“So I think they can probably wait in line to do something as consequential and critical and constitutionally significant as cast their ballot.”
Kellyanne: If you can stand in line for a cupcake, you can stand in line to vote pic.twitter.com/iTEvPZjNu7
— Peter Wade 🤦♂️ (@brooklynmutt) May 27, 2020
Not all of America waits in line to buy cupcakes in Washington, D.C. And those who wait in line the most to vote generally live in poor and minority neighborhoods.
Americans can and do wait in line, often for hours, to vote. They shouldn’t have to. In the middle of a pandemic Americans want the opportunity to not contract – or spread – the deadly virus the President she works for has made even worse.
One American, U.S. Congressman Mark Pocan, Democrat of Wisconsin, had the perfect response to Conway’s condescension.
To be clear, Georgetown Cupcakes in D.C. right now is delivery only.
So if that’s your arbitrary standard Kellyanne, I think it’s time that our country has national vote-by-mail. https://t.co/AyNttIxJTC
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) May 27, 2020
His remarks were echoed by others:
— Janet Johnson (@JJohnsonLaw) May 27, 2020
And still others had a few words to share about Conway’s comments:
It is so glaringly obvious they want to create two voting systems, one for them and their voters and one for the rest of us. Similar to the legal system they’ve created for themselves. Rest assured, Kellyanne and everyone in the WH will vote-by-mail. Because it is convenient. https://t.co/GhHt3FvJdB
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) May 27, 2020
If you can mail people checks you can mail people ballots.
Is she living in a fantasy world where criminals don’t want to steal checks but really want to vote?
— JRehling (@JRehling) May 27, 2020
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) May 27, 2020
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) May 27, 2020
.@KellyannePolls assumes that those in line for a cupcake are those hesitant to vote in person. Numerous immuno-compromised individuals aren’t buying cupcakes & they would like to vote.
— Indivisible NE Iowa (@IndivisibleNEIA) May 27, 2020
.@KellyannePolls is a paid propagating debunked BS, with the gall of comparing vote by mail to cupcakes from the party who believes guns are just like cars.
This is a transparent effort to suppress & disenfranchise your constitutional right to vote bc they fear it https://t.co/oJlAAcKYoz
— Trinity (@TrinityResists) May 27, 2020
Voting is a constitutional right.
Eating fancy cupcakes is a luxury
There’s a big difference Kellyanne
But you knew that already. pic.twitter.com/gyOBX2FKFC
— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) May 27, 2020
‘Objective Is to Destroy Democrats’: Trump-Loving MAGA Broadcaster Admits He Doesn’t Care About ‘Being Factual’
MAGA “life coach” and right-wing broadcaster Brenden Dilley admitted during his program today that he doesn’t care about the truth of the things he says and that he has no problem “making shit up” because his “objective is to destroy Democrats” and “anything that opposes President Trump.”
“I don’t give a fuck about being factual,” Dilley said. “I make shit up all the time.”
“I don’t give a fuck,” he continued. “My objective is to destroy Democrats, OK? To destroy liberals, liberalism as an idea, Democrats, and anything that opposes President Trump. That’s my goal. I’ve never made any bones about that.”
“You don’t have to fact check me because I don’t give a fuck,” Dilley added. “I fucking make up shit sometimes, from time to time. I don’t care. I don’t care. Democrats know it. Republicans know it. I don’t mind admitting it. I don’t give a shit … When I get a chance to shit on the left, I don’t mind making shit up. No, not at all.”
On Tuesday, Dilley praised the president’s baseless accusation that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough had something to do with the 2001 death of a woman who worked in Scarborough’s congressional office and urged his listeners to start “investigating” whether Scarborough may have also been involved in the 1996 death of JonBenét Ramsey.
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
Trump Press Secretary Warns of ‘A Lot of Fraud’ in Mail-In Voting – but Voted by Mail 11 Times in 10 Years
WH Press Sec. McEnany declined to answer questions on what Trump believed was illegal about Michigan’s absentee ballot policies.
— POLITICO (@politico) May 20, 2020
As The Tampa Bay Times reports, McEnany “has voted by mail in every Florida election she has participated in since 2010, according to a Tampa Bay Times review of her voting history. Most recently, she voted by mail in the state’s March 2020 presidential primary, just as Trump did after he made Florida his new permanent home.”
Sticking with her usual combative and misleading stance, McEnany attacked the Tampa Bay newspaper for its accurate reporting, in a statement packed with falsehoods.
“Absentee voting has the word absent in it for a reason. It means you’re absent from the jurisdiction or unable to vote in person. President Trump is against the Democrat plan to politicize the coronavirus and expand mass mail-in voting without a reason, which has a high propensity for voter fraud. This is a simple distinction that the media fails to grasp.”
But Florida does not have “absentee voting.” Anyone can request a mail-in ballot for any reason, or none.
There is an “infinitesimally small” percent of vote by mail fraud, studies show. The Brennan Center did the math: “Rounded to the seventh decimal point, that’s 0.0000001 percent of all votes cast.”
Contrary to claims by the President and his press secretary, Trump was in Florida, at Mar-a-Lago, this year on March 7, 8, and 9, and could have voted in the Florida primary in person if he wished, as the Sun Sentinel reported.
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