Tea Partier Don Huffines Among Co-Authors Of Dan Patrick’s Bathroom Bill
A Republican Texas state senator on Friday linked same-sex marriage to worldwide poverty, and suggested that transgender rights pose a threat to the survival of the human race.Â
Sen. Don Huffines of Dallas, a tea partier who is rabidly anti-LGBT, made the comments during a panel discussion on legislative issues hosted by The Texas Tribune. He referenced same-sex marriage in response to a question from an audience member about the impact of poverty on public education.Â
“The No. 1 cause of poverty, not only int he United States, but worldwide â€” most people donâ€™t know this â€” [is] divorce,” Huffines said. “The traditional family between a man and a woman is what is the ministry to our health, our education and our welfare. Thatâ€™s just a statistical fact. Even the state of Texas will give you that. So if we really want to focus on poverty, letâ€™s focus on keeping the families united and together. Itâ€™s a fact.”Â
Huffines also expressed strong support forÂ Senate Bill 6, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s anti-transgender bathroom bill. One audience member who’s a student at a Dallas university told Huffines, a co-author of SB 6, that the school has gender-neutral restrooms.Â
“There has never been an incident ever of anyone violating anyone in a restroom,” the student said. “I would invite you to come to a university, take a look at what itâ€™s actually like, and maybe get the party of small government out of the restroom.”
Huffines responded by saying he’s “met with the transgender community on various occasions.”
“They do not want trangneder bathrooms, because thatâ€™s discriminatory,” Huffines said. “Let me just tell you real quick on that topic. They want to make sure we are gender-neutral. There is no gender. They donâ€™t want there to be male and female. They want it to be gender-neutral. Itâ€™s however you perceive your gender. Think of the implications of that on our society, the human race, who we are as a species. Just in the business community, how would you ever sell insurance? Everythingâ€™s about who we are, right, as a male or female. That is their goal.”Â
Huffines, a political newcomer, was elected in 2014 after he defeated longtime Republican incumbent Sen. John Carona. Carona was among the first Republican lawmakers in Texas to publicly back LGBT rights.Â
In 2015, Huffines authored an unsuccessful bill that would have nullified LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances in cites across the state. And, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality, he sent out a fundraising email featuring a rainbow-colored map of the U.S.Â
â€œIf the federal government thinks that Texas is going to go down without a fight, theyâ€™ve got another thing coming,â€ Huffines wrote in the email. â€œWe will continue to fight for our statesâ€™ rights, but I cannot do this without your support.â€
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Putin’s ‘Iron Doll’ Says Russia ‘Will Have to Think Whether to Re-Install’ Trump ‘Again’: Report
A political commentator and television host on Russian state TV appears to have suggested Russia installed Donald Trump as president in 2016, attempted to do so in 2020, and has yet to decide whether or not to do so again.
Russia “will have to think whether to re-install him again as the American president. We haven’t decided yet,” declared Olga Skabeyeva, known as the “Iron Doll of Putin TV” due to her criticism of the Russian president’s opponents.
The Daily Beast’s Julia Davis, who is the creator of the Russian Media Monitor, posted the video to Twitter, as Mediaite reported.
“The other day, Trump promised to destroy the Russian Federation,” Skabeyeva says, according to subtitles in the video Davis posted. “To destroy Putin’s hegemony, as he put it.” Skabeyeva suggested Trump might lose Putin’s support as a result.
Citing her “recent remarks about the onset of ‘World War III,'” that “raised eyebrows across the world,” Insider in April called Skabeyeva “one of Russian state media’s most prominent propagandists.”
A 158-page bipartisan and unanimous report published by the Republican majority Senate Intelligence Committee in 2020 revealed that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election to help Donald Trump win the White House.
Meanwhile on Russian state TV: annoyed by Trump reportedly promising to destroy the Russian Federation and Putin’s hegemony, state TV host Olga Skabeeva said that Russia “will have to think whether to re-install him again as the American president. We haven’t decided yet.” pic.twitter.com/EVh1o13gmI
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) July 5, 2022
Trump Endorsed Pro-Gun GOP Nominee Apologizes After Urging People to ‘Move On’ Hours After July 4 Mass Shooting
The far-right pro-gun Republican nominee for governor of Illinois has apologized “if” his remarks, telling people to “move on” from the Highland Park Independence Day massacre that left six people dead and dozens wounded, “diminished the pain being felt across our state.”
Darren Bailey, a GOP state lawmaker who won his party’s nomination and is endorsed by Donald Trump, turned the horrific July 4 shooting into a campaign event.
Surrounded by supporters holding signs featuring his logo and others that said, “Fire Pritzker” – the current governor and his Democratic opponent – Bailey posted a Facebook live video saying, “we’re just going to take a moment and pray for the families [inaudible] pray for the law enforcement and even the organizers of this parade.”
“The shooter is still at large so let’s pray for justice to prevail, and then let’s move on and let’s celebrate the independence of this nation. We know the mission,” he said. “We have got to get corruption and evil out of our government.”
Insider adds that in Bailey’s video he also linked the Highland Park mass shooting to the “tough weekend in Chicago.” Highland Park is about 30 miles from Chicago. Fox News and right-wing media often focus on gun violence in that city, despite the fact that less than half the illegal guns used in crimes in Chicago come from Illinois.
“My intent was to pray for the victims and those affected by today’s tragedy and for the shooter to be caught and prosecuted without further loss,” Bailey said in a statement, Insider reports. “I apologize if in any way we diminished the pain being felt across our state today.”
In April Bailey held a fundraiser to “win one of these great guns” and “help fuel our movement to reform Springfield and restore Illinois.”
Friends, help fuel our movement to reform Springfield and restore Illinois and enter to win one of these great guns. Winners will be drawn tomorrow at our event from 2-4 PM. You do not have to be present to win.
— Darren Bailey for Governor (@DarrenBaileyIL) April 22, 2022
“I will die on my porch before I give up my guns,” Bailey said, receiving a roar of support from the crowd. “And the (Firearm Owners Identification card) must go.” #standingwithyouin2022 #FirePritzker #baileyforillinois #RestoreIllinois #VoidTheFoid #twillhttps://t.co/Xp2recPB7Y
— Darren Bailey for Governor (@DarrenBaileyIL) December 2, 2021
‘This Is a Business’: New Footage of Trump Family Emerges From Jan. 6 Investigation
The family allowed Holder to gain exclusive access to them and the former president’s inner circle in the period between the 2020 election and the attack on the U.S. Capitol, and Politico obtained a new trailer for the upcoming documentary “Unprecedented,” which will stream on the Discovery+ network.
“Ivanka frets about a line on her dress, and jokes about covering it with a pet roaming about. ‘Can I borrow your dog?’ she asks her makeup artist,” Politico reported. “Jared nervously repositions his tie and asks, ‘Is that okay?’ Don Jr., seen at a rally, screams, ‘We will make liberals cry again!’ Eric is caught on a phone call, mysteriously saying, ‘For the sake of this country, we’re going to get these guys.'”
Those mundane moments build up to Jan. 6, and the film shows Donald Trump encouraging his supporters to march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, and Holder’s photographer joins the throng.
“We’ve got to get the roaches out, all of them,” a Trump supporter yells to the photographer.
The documentary crew also recorded scenes from the ensuing attack, and Holder has turned over the raw footage to the House select committee investigating the riot.
“Gaining power is easy,” the narrator says in the trailer. “Surrendering it is not.”
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