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Anti-Gay Bigot Mike Pence: I Applauded Trump’s Mention Of LGBTQ Community At Convention

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Vice President Won’t Say If Trump Will Sign Sweeping Anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Order

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Vice President Mike Pence, who as Indiana governor signed the state’s horrific anti-LGBT “religious freedom” law, boasted Sunday that he applauded when President Donald Trump mentioned the LGBTQ community at the GOP convention last year. 

Pence also claimed Trump opposes LGBT discrimination because “in the patriot’s heart, there’s no room for prejudice.” But the vice president would not say whether Trump plans to sign a sweeping anti-LGBT “religious freedom” executive order. 

Pence has vigorously opposed LGBT rights throughout his political career, including supporting the dangerous, discredited practice of ex-gay “conversion therapy.” 

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, host of “This Week,” asked Pence about Trump’s decision not to repeal — at least thus far — President Barack Obama’s executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors. Stephanopoulos noted that anti-gay activist Bob Vander Plaats said this week, “Our base is wondering why Obama’s executive order is allowed to stand.” 

“What’s the answer?” Stephanopoulos said, according to a transcript of the exchange.  

“I think throughout the campaign, President Trump made it clear that that discrimination would have no place in our administration,” Pence responded. “I mean, he was the very first Republican nominee to mention the LGBTQ community at our Republican National Convention — and was applauded for it. And I was there applauding with him.

“I think the generosity of his spirit, recognizing that — that in in the patriot’s heart, there’s no room for prejudice — is part of who this president is,” Pence added.

Trump opposes marriage equality and has expressed support for anti-LGBT legislation, including the so-called First Amendment Defense Act and North Carolina’s House Bill 2. This week, it was widely reported that it was Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who convinced him not to repeal Obama’s executive order. 

As a nod to social conservatives, Pence went on to reference Trump’s speech Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, in which the president vowed to repeal the Johnson amendment, which prohibits churches from endorsing political candidates. Pence falsely claimed the Johnson Amendment has “put a chilling effect on free speech by religious institutions,” adding that the president’s “reiterated commitment to religious liberty are all a part of the kind of leadership that people are gonna welcome from President Trump.” 

Stephanopoulos then asked Pence whether Trump plans to sign a new “religious freedom”executive order that would allow widespread anti-LGBT discrimination, as many advocates fear. 

“Well, I think that’ll be the purview of the president to determine whether any of that’s necessary,” Pence responded. “The focus of this administration will continue to be to have a safer America, to have a more prosperous America, and to continue to advance the president’s agenda, both on Capitol Hill and through executive action and carry that message all across the country.”

Watch the exchange about LGBT issues shortly after the 6:00 mark in the video above. A few responses from Twitter below.   

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Florida’s Rubio Challenged Over His Past Opposition to Disaster Relief — and Gets Fact-Checked

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With Florida reeling from the massive amount of damage — estimated in the billions — inflicted by Hurricane Ian, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) was asked by CNN host Dana Bash how to reconcile his request for financial help from the federal government given his opposition to similar requests from other states following a natural disaster.

In a rare appearance on CNN, Rubio tried to explain away his complaints about other funding bills by stating he felt they were larded with pork-barrel projects that he didn’t feel were justified.

“Senator, you wrote a letter Friday to the Senate Appropriations Committee asking for disaster relief dollars for desperately needed resources to rebuild Florida communities,” host Bash began. “After Hurricane Sandy hit northeastern states in 2012, you voted no on the $50 billion relief package.”

“I know you supported a smaller version,” she continued. “But why should other senators vote for relief for your state when you didn’t vote for a package to help theirs?”

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“Oh, I’ve always voted for hurricane and disaster relief,” the Florida Republican protested. “I’ve even voted for it without pay-fors. What I didn’t vote for in Sandy is because they included a roof for a museum in Washington, d.c., for fisheries in Alaska. It had been loaded up with things that had nothing to do with disaster relief.”

“I would never put out there we should use a disaster relief package for Florida as a way to pay for all kinds of other things people want around the country,” he continued. “So I think that’s that’s the key at moments like this. In Sandy, unfortunately, they loaded it up, they really did, with a bunch of things that had nothing to do with Sandy. I voted for every disaster relief package especially that’s clean and I’ll continue to do so. When it comes to Florida, we’ll do that again and make sure the package is clean and doesn’t have stuff for other people in there.”

“I read the congressional research report and the roof was damaged.” Bash corrected him. “In any event, my question is about the future. Are you telling me that if Hurricane Ian relief contains anything that smells like pork, you’ll vote no?”

“Sure. I’ll fight against it having pork in it– that’s the key,” he responded.

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‘Thinly-Veiled Incitement to Violence and Overt Racism’: Trump’s Truth Social Post Sparks Outrage

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Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” but on Friday night took his social media approach to his Truth Social website.

Trump accused Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of having a “death wish” after a government shutdown was averted.

“Must immediately seek help and advise (sic) from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!” he said of Elaine Chao, who served in his cabinet for four years as Secretary of Transportation.

Trump’s post generated outrage online.

“Nothing to see here,” conservative lawyer George Conway tweeted. “Just a former president of the United States seeking to incite violence against the minority leader of the United States Senate and launching a racist verbal attack on the leader’s wife.”

Former federal prosecutor Shanlon Wu wrote, “Donald Trump using blatant racist tactics in his desperate attacks on McConnell by trying to ridicule Asian American former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s name calling her ‘Coco Chow’ — [McConnell] and [GOP] should call him out and reject his racist hate — will they do it?”

“Hardly shocking that Trump would threaten Mitch McConnell by capitalizing the words ‘death wish’ — dog whistle invitation to Trump’s extremist supporters — same Trump who believed his own VP Pence deserved to be lynched by the angry Jan. 6 mob Trump incited to violence,” Wu added.

Janai Nelson, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, wrote, “I double dare all major media outlets to call this what it is: thinly-veiled incitement to violence and overt racism.”

Podcaster Fred Wellman said, “Elaine Chao was Trump’s Secretary of Transportation for 4 years and he just called her the ridiculously racist nickname ‘Coco Chow.’ Yes…you are a racist if you still support this broken *sshole.”

Jonah Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, wrote, “Look, I think the gross bigotry, stupidity, dishonesty, and demagoguery of this is obvious on so many levels and I’m embarrassed for the country. But, because no one else will, I feel I have to point out he also misspelled advice.”

 

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Republicans suggest defunding Veteran Affairs even though it helps 9 million vets

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Republican legislators are starting to suggest defunding the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the office founded in 1989 to assist with veteran needs. The VA assists with getting veterans mental and physical healthcare, educational opportunities, community support, and other everyday housing and living needs.

An Arizona legislator, captured on video participating in a mock congressional hearing, said he supported shutting down the department.

“That’s sort of what I’m thinking because … I hear no good stories. I had zero in my district,” the legislator said in a video posted by the far-right watchdog group Patriot Takes. “So I guess it’s a matter of us leading the fight to defund it.”

A second video, posted by the same account, showed Republican Florida Representative Matt Gaetz advocating for defunding the VA while speaking at an event held by FreedomWorks, a conservative and libertarian advocacy group.

“This is my question to the group. Is it savable? Why not abolish the VA, take all of the money that we are otherwise spending and go to an any willing provider system inside of our communities?” Gaetz says in the video. “And then, if people get bad care, they can vote with their feet and you don’t have a two-tier system of healthcare in this country with our veterans and then with everyone else.”

Generally speaking, Republican policies favor the privatization of all government functions, thinking that a “small government,” “free-market,” “for-profit” privatization provided by a corporation can solve any market ill.

In reality, if entire communities are deprived of VA access, U.S. military veterans will be left largely on their own to get their life needs met after military service. Those who lack money or transportation won’t be able to “vote with their feet” and find a local care provider to handle their specific issues… they’ll either have to spend massive amounts to get such essential care or just go without.

In late July, 41 Senate Republicans voted against a bill aimed at protecting veterans exposed to toxic materials during their military service. The legislation would have expanded care to 3.5 million veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. It would have also added 23 toxic and burn pit exposure-related illnesses to the VA database, Newsweek reported.

After massive blowback, Senate Republicans re-voted on the bill and helped it pass.

Patriot Takes posted the video hoping that it would encourage veterans and military members to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections.

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