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CPAC Announces President Trump to Speak, Hours After Milo Scandal Erupts

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‘The Party of Morality & Values’

A day after outrage erupted over CPAC’s announcement that so-called “alt-right” figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos would be a key speaker at the ultra-conservative annual conference, the group has announced that President Donald Trump will also address attendees this weekend.

Nestled between the two announcements was the resurfacing of a video in which Yiannopoulos defends statutory rape of young teenaged boys by older men. 

In short, the President of the United States will be speaking on the same stage as a man who defends sex between teens, possibly as young as 13 or 14, and adult, sometimes older men, with full knowledge of both the White House and the American Conservative Union (ACU), the group that organizes CPAC.

To be clear, it is stunning CPAC has not rescinded its invitation to Yiannopoulos after the video again came to light, and it is stunning the organization is hiding behind a claim of “free speech” and First Amendment rights to support its decision to invite Yiannopoulos, who prefers to be called “MILO.” In years past, CPAC had banned LGBT speakers and refused to allow LGBT groups to hold breakout sessions.

This is not the first time Trump has tied himself to Yiannopoulos. Just a few weeks ago Yiannopoulos, a senior editor at Breitbart, the website formerly headed by Trump’s White House Chief Strategist, attacked the administration of the University of California, Berkeley, after a heated protest broke out over a speech Yiannopoulos was slated to deliver as part of his “Dangerous Faggot” tour of college campuses. While UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich says he “wouldn’t bet against” Yiannopoulos and Breitbart collaborating with the agitators, Trump threatened to pull the major research university’s federal funding – something the President of the United States is not empowered to do.

Now, the White House has decided it’s perfectly acceptable for America’s president to speak at a far-right wing convention that is embracing Yiannopoulos, even after his comments in the 2015 tape, which include, “I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him.”

Yiannopoulos, in a separate video, asked comedian Joe Rogan, “So you’re saying you’ve never seen a 15-year-old girl, at any point in your life, that you thought was hot?” (Rogan, for the record, very clearly responded no.)

He also says, “there are certainly people who are capable of giving consent at a younger age, I certainly consider myself to be one of them, people who are sexually active younger.”

And: “This is one reason I hate the left. This stupid one size fits all policing of culture. … This sort of arbitrary and oppressive idea of consent, which totally destroys you know understanding that many of us have.”

Some responses via Twitter:

Editor’s note: It is NCRM’s policy to not publish articles about Milo Yiannopoulos unless they involve actual and important news. It is also our policy to no longer use the term “alt-right” unless it’s in an appropriate context. We believe this article meets those standards. 

 

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‘I Will Not Stand by Silently’: Sotomayor Blasts SCOTUS Conservatives Over Their Latest Attack on Abortion Rights

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“The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed outrage at her conservative Supreme Court colleagues Thursday afternoon, after the six right wing jurists went one step further in attacking the constitutional guarantee of abortion.

Voting 6-3 against a women’s health care provider the Court denied a request by Texas Women’s Health, which provides abortion services, to change jurisdictions, which according to Justice Sotomayor the Court should have done.

“The lawsuit is now stalled with the Texas Supreme Court,” Rewire News reports.

Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, a Supreme Court expert calls Sotomayor’s dissent “stunning.”

“This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies,” Sotomayor writes. “I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee. I dissent.”

She begins her dissent by explaining the case:

“It has been over four months since Texas Senate Bill 8 (S. B. 8) took effect. The law immediately devastated access to abortion care in Texas through a complicated private-bounty-hunter scheme that violates nearly 50 years of this Court’s precedents.”

“Today, for the fourth time, this Court declines to protect pregnant Texans from egregious violations of their constitutional rights. One month after directing that the petitioners’ suit could proceed in part, the Court countenances yet another violation of its own commands. Instead of stopping a Fifth Circuit panel from indulging Texas’ newest delay tactics, the Court allows the State yet again to extend the deprivation of the federal constitutional rights of its citizens through procedural manipulation. The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

In response the Guttmacher Institute, an organization focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, accused the Supreme Court of “once again putting ideology over the rule of law.”

 

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Ivanka Trump Responds to Committee’s Invite by Saying She Called for End to Violence – Leaves Out ‘Patriots’ Part

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Ivanka Trump is responding to her invitation from the January 6 Committee by issuing a statement that is being seen suggesting she has no intention of accepting. Earlier Thursday the Committee sent the former First Daughter and White House senior advisor a lengthy 11-page letter asking for her voluntary cooperation.

A statement from her spokesperson given to CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett references a tweet posted by Ivanka Trump the day of the attack on the Capitol – a tweet she was forced to delete after massive outrage.

“As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” the statement reads. “As she publicly stated at 3:15pm, ‘any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately.”

But in the actual Ivanka Trump called the insurrectionists “American Patriots,” as CNN reported that day:

 

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Georgia Prosecutor Asks to Convene Special Grand Jury to Investigate Donald Trump’s Alleged Election Interference

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A Georgia county district attorney has requested to convene a special grand jury to assist in her investigation of Donald Trump‘s alleged election interference.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a letter to the county’s Superior Court chief judge writes that her office “has received information indicating a reasonable probability that the State of Georgia’s administration of elections in 2020, including the State’s election of the President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions,” according to the Associated Press.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (photo) was forced to release audio of then-President Trump appearing to intimidate him into fixing the election in his favor.

Trump, in the audio, can be heard berating and threatening the Republican Secretary of State, demanding he “recalculate” the losing election results and “find 11,780 votes” for him, which would have enabled Trump to falsely be declared the winner. Raffensberger refused.

“So look. All I want to do is this,” Trump told Raffensberger. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”

“There’s no way I lost Georgia,” he added, falsely. “There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”

Willis told the AP the scope of her investigation “includes — but is not limited to — a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a November 2020 phone call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021, and comments made during December 2020 Georgia legislative committee hearings on the election.”

 

 

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