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Log Cabin Republicans Have Been Cheerleaders for Trump but on His Revoking Transgender Guidance, Crickets

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‘I’m Willing to Give Jeff Sessions a Chance’ Said Log Cabin’s President 

The Log Cabin Republicans just haven’t found the time to comment on – much less denounce – the Trump administration’s decision to effectively tell every public school district in the country they can ignore civil rights law when it comes to children who are transgender. 

Hours before the Trump administration officially revoked President Barack Obama’s guidance directing schools to protect the civil rights of transgender students, an interview with Log Cabin Republicans’ president Gregory T. Angelo appeared in Quartz. 

“I always go back to the fact that we have a pro-LGBT president and leadership starts from the top,” Angelo told Quartz.

“Every time Trump has had an opportunity to distance himself from the LGBT community he’s actually done quite the opposite,” he said.

“Newt Gingrich said ‘transgender’ on the main stage of the GOP convention!” Angelo also told Quartz.

“I’m willing to give Jeff Sessions a chance,” it says, quoting Angelo. 

Attorney General Sessions was the force behind the administration’s decision, 33 days into office, to rescind the guidance. And to be clear, it’s not the guidance from the Obama administration that directly protects trans students – Title IX, a federal civil rights law does – but the guidance made it very clear to schools they have a legal obligation to protect transgender students, and made it exceptionally clear if they did not the full weight of the Dept. of Justice and the Dept. of Education would ensure they did. The Trump move telegraphs to schools the executive branch will look the other way, despite its statement LGBT students must be given a safe environment.

“I think this is a tremendous opportunity for LGBT Republicans. We really are in a unique position, because we are coming from a place of conversation, dialogue and advisement—as opposed to unrelenting opposition, which seems to be the battle cry of the LGBT left,” Angelo said.

The GOP official 2016 platform, by the way, was the most anti-LGBT in history. It’s clear the Log Cabin Republicans have accomplished – what, exactly? The platform opposes same-sex marriage, rights for transgender people, and endorses conversion therapy. It also calls for passage of the unconstitutional First Amendment Defense Act, a sweeping “religious liberty” bill that gives anyone, including individuals, religious groups, corporations, and non-profits, the right to discriminate against LGBT people by claiming they have a “religious belief or moral conviction” that requires them to do so. FADA also gives that same right to discriminate against anyone they believe has ever had pre-marital sex, regardless of gender.

Trump has promised to sign it.

The Log Cabin Republicans, while not endorsing Trump, made clear they support him and will work with him. Their tweets make their position quite clear. A few examples:

In his Quartz interview, Angelo continued to applaud Trump.

“Trump put out a formal statement, saying that preservation of LGBT rights and support for the LGBT community were a hallmark of his campaign, and that he would continue to do that in his presidency. To my knowledge, this is the first time we’ve had a sitting Republican president specifically issue a statement of affirmation in support of the LGBTQ community.”

America is well-aware that Donald Trump’s words are meaningless. He literally lies every day. Literally. The Washington Post this week noted President Trump lies on average four times a day. “There hasn’t been a single day of Trump’s presidency in which he has said nothing false or misleading,” the Post’s Chris Cillizza wrote. 

Let’s get back to Jeff Sessions, Trump’s man at the Dept. of Justice, the man who pushed to have the Obama transgender guidance gutted.

After saying he was willing to give Attorney General Sessions a chance, Angelo told Quartz:

“This comes from my perceptions of what it means to be an attorney general. I believe liberals feel it is the job of the attorney general to interpret the law, and conservatives feel it’s the job of the attorney general to uphold the law. There’s a key difference there,” Angelo said.

“All of the opposition to Sessions from the LGBT left was born from questions about ways he’d interpret law. And time and again during his hearing, Sessions said that he would faithfully execute the laws of the country. In his opening statement, he said explicitly that he recognized the fight for equality that the country’s LGBT community values.”

OK, well, Sessions’ predecessor – and the courts – have “interpreted” Title IX to include transgender students.

The law is the law, regardless of who sits in the Oval Office. 

Yet Sessions chose to go against the law, falsely claiming the confusion supposedly surrounding it warranted revoking the Obama guidance. That’s like saying “people who don’t know they have to file their taxes shouldn’t have to.” That’s not how the law works. 

Yet here is Angelo, the head of the Log Cabin Republicans, supporting Sessions and Trump. And what have the Log Cabin Republicans said in response to the Trump administration’s revocation of the Obama guidance?

Nothing.

Not a thing.

Crickets.

 

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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?”

RELATED: Florida GOP senator cornered on CNN over delayed evacuation order before Hurricane Ian hit

“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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