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Trump White House Announces Obama LGBT Nondiscrimination Orders ‘Will Remain Intact’

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Trump Takes Credit for Not Gutting LGBT Protections

Less than 24 hours after news broke that the President Donald Trump was planning to sign an executive order rolling back all of President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive orders protecting workers from anti-LGBT discrimination, the White House issued a statement announcing they will remain in place. 

“President Donald J. Trump Will Continue to Enforce Executive Order Protecting the Rights of the LGBTQ Community in the Workplace,” the White House statement, sent to NCRM early Tuesday morning, reads.

“President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community,” the announcement states. “President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election. The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression. The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump.”

There are actually two Obama executive orders.

The New York Times, which first broke the news of Trump’s retreat Monday night, notes, “Gay rights advocates seemed unimpressed. Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said Mr. Trump was setting a low bar by claiming credit for not overturning the actions of his predecessor.”

“L.G.B.T.Q. refugees, immigrants, Muslims and women are scared today, and with good reason,” Griffin told the Times. “Donald Trump has done nothing but undermine equality since he set foot in the White House.”

It’s important to note that the Trump administration used the word “enforce” in the statement, which may come in handy for attorneys if it in fact is not actively enforced.

It is also imperative that the LGBT community takes this threat as real. The Trump White House has the power, at any moment, to rescind President Obama’s orders. LGBT people are also included in all of the groups the Trump administration is targeting, including women, as well as immigrants, refugees, people of color, Muslims, and other minorities. 

There were rumors President Trump would announce his decision to rescind the Obama LGBT orders at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast, a confab attended by thousands and organized annually by a shadowy far-right group of Christian extremists known as “The Family,” whose members include high-profile members of Congress. For decades every American President has often attended and delivered a speech.

It is still possible Trump could sign an order that would allow anti-LGBT discrimination by allowing people of faith special rights to discriminate. Candidate Trump promised to sign a sweeping anti-LGBT “religious freedom” bill, the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that allows a person of faith the “right” to discriminate against anyone who violates their belief that marriage is reserved for only man-woman unions, and that sex can only take place in a man-woman marriage. That bill is expected to be re-introduced shortly.

Trump has also promised to nominate conservatives to the Supreme Court who oppose the right of a woman to choose, and who oppose same-sex marriage.

UPDATE: 8:13 AM EST –
Via The Washington Post:

A draft of a potential executive order that began circulating in Washington over the weekend that would overturn then President Obama’s directive barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the federal workforce and by federal contractors.

The draft order included multiple provisions, including possible exemptions that would adoption agencies and groups receiving federal funds to deny services to LGBT Americans based on their beliefs.

 

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‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection

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Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.

Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”

“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”

“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.

“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”

He later added, “This is a serious moment.”

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‘Something That’s Under Way’: Trump Aims to Use Russian Tactic to Be ‘Installed Without Winning’ in 2024 Says Yale Historian

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Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that’s common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.

“As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the ‘administrative resource,'” author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. “What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource.”

Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.

“Historically speaking, what we know about a ‘big lie’ is that because of its very scale, it’s not about truth or not truth; it’s about living in a kind of alternative reality,” Snyder added. “What we’re looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you’re basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that’s very concerning.”

He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.

“The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election,” Snyder said. “I don’t think it’s something that could happen. I think it’s something that’s under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?”

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.

Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:

The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:

A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:

This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:

And many others:

 

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