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House Republican Leads Charge Urging Trump to ‘Protect Religious Liberty’ After SCOTUS ‘Redefinition of Marriage’



Ohio Congressman Says Action Is Needed to Protect Religious Liberty in the Light of the Supreme Court’s Recent Redefinition of Marriage’

U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) is leading a group of at least 51 Republicans, urging President Donald Trump to strip protections from LGBT people under the guise of religious liberty, which is already protected by the First Amendment. Davidson, who ran for former Speaker John Boehner’s seat in June of 2016 in a special election and won again in November, is a member of the far right wing Freedom Caucus, and a fervent Trump supporter.

Urging the signing of the draft executive order that was leaked in February, Rep. Davidson and 50 other House Republicans in a letter to President Trump say action is needed “to protect religious liberty in the light of the Supreme Court’s recent redefinition of marriage.”

The letter, dated April 5, was first reported by USA Today Monday afternoon. The paper reports Rep. Davidson “led the charge on the April letter.”

In the letter, Republicans falsely claim that rescinding any Obama-era executive orders they mention does “not take anything away from anyone,” but merely provides “a shield from federal assaults on religious freedom.”

USA Today reports Rep. Davidson and the other 50 House Republicans are calling for Trump to both rescind the Obama executive orders specifically protecting LGBT people in the workplace, and sign the leaked “religious liberty” executive order that effectively would have rescinded the Obama-era protections. 

Heralding the unconstitutional First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), a bill that is a federal license for any person, organization, company, or government agent to discriminate against not only LGBT people, but anyone they perceive as holding a belief that marriage is anything other than one man-one-woman, and that sex should only be allowed inside a man-woman marriage, the letter says signing the leaked religious liberty executive order is necessary until Congress passes FADA.

Rep. Davidson’s letter also urges President Trump to sign the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which bans most 501(c)(3) non-profits, including all churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious institutions, from donating money to political candidates or advocating for or against them. He calls it “restoring the free speech rights of charities and churches threatened by the unconstitutional nature of the Johnson Amendment.”

American taxpayers are forced to pay about $80 billion in taxes each year to make up for the tax-exempt status of religious institutions, including churches and other religious groups.

The letter, five pages including signatures, also rails agains the Obama-era contraception mandate that is part of the Affordable Care Act, and urges protections for health care workers who do not wish to take part in any activity that could be seen as supporting abortion. 

USA Today reports “on Monday, a senior White House official told USA TODAY that some sort of policy to protect religious liberty is still in the works, but that the president is trying to find middle ground. The official did not want to publicly discuss a policy that is still under development.”

In an interview with USA Today, Rep. Davidson exhibited an extremely narrow view of America.

“Fundamentally, to Christians, you can’t say ‘we’re going to protect your First Amendment rights and be the way they’ve always been.’ But now, to the Catholic church: ‘if you want to place a baby for adoption you have to also place them with same-sex couples’ and the church says ‘that’s an affront to our doctrine.’ You can’t have it both ways,” he told USA TODAY.

“It strikes me that broadly, in general, progressives have been pretty welcoming to Muslims and have been very upset with the president and his tone with Muslims. I think this could be something that could be seen as a way to reach out and say, ‘no, the First Amendment applies to everyone in America,’ ” Davidson said. 

On Facebook, Rep. Davidson today writes, “President Trump has been courageous in following through on his campaign promises. The 51 members who signed this letter have his back when he takes steps to protect religious liberty.”

Interestingly, USA Today notes that “a similar letter was sent by Senate Republicans earlier this month” to the President. That letter is dated April 3. In an April 5 article the paper says the letter is signed by 18 GOP Senators.

It seems likely a far right wing group is behind the drafting of both letters.

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‘Fool or a Liar’: GOP Knives Out for ‘A–hole’ Matt Gaetz as Vote to Oust McCarthy Appears Likely to Succeed



House Republicans are expressing outrage at one of their own, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who by day’s end may succeed or come close to ousting Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy for relying on Democrats’ votes to keep the federal government from shutting down Saturday night.

“I prefer, you know, common sense over chaos,” Republican Congressman Anthony D’Esposito, who referred to Congressman Gaetz as an “a–hole,” told Fox News on Tuesday.

“I think that we should be focused on governance rather than grandstanding, and the fact that we have one a–hole that is holding us up and holding America up is a real problem,” D’Esposito added.

Far-right Republican Derrick Van Orden told CNN’s Manu Raju that Gaetz is “either a fool or a liar.”

“I’m telling you,” warned Republican Andy Barr of Kentucky, “it definitely puts the majority in jeopardy when you see disunity.”

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GOP Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas said, “I think it’s sending a terrible message to the electorate in advance of the 2024 election that this Republican majority could not govern itself.”

On camera, another Republican called Gaetz “a chaos agent,” and another said: “I don’t have tolerance for some pseudo psycho political fetish.”

Still another warned, “I think it’s sending a terrible signal to the electorate in advance of the ’24 election, that this Republican majority cannot govern itself.”

Watch below or at this link.

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‘Probably So’: McCarthy Says His Speakership Likely Will End After Vote



The Republican Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, is acknowledging his leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives “probably” is about to end.

“If five Republicans go with Democrats, then I’m out,” McCarthy, sounding resigned to his possible future, told reporters late Tuesday morning. The Speaker acknowledged that if all Democrats vote against him in a vote schedule for Tuesday afternoon, and just five Republicans join them, he will lose his job.

“That looks likely,” ABC’s Rachel Scott told McCarthy.

“Probably so,” he responded.

There are currently at least five Republicans who say they will vote to oust McCarthy, according to CNN’s Haley Talbot, as of last Monday night.

Democrats on Tuesday have said they will not support McCarthy.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has been on a campaign to oust McCarthy, who was elected Speaker in January but only after the House voted 15 times before granting him the gavel. That gavel came with public and private concessions, among them, that any one member of the House could initiate a “motion to vacate,” which Gaetz did Monday night.

Gaetz claims he is working to strip McCarthy of the Speakership because he reached across the aisle and accepted votes from Democrats very late on Saturday to avoid what had been an almost-certain shutdown of the federal government. But McCarthy has long contended for Gaetz it’s “personal,” because the Speaker would not intervene to save Gaetz from a re-opened House Ethics Committee investigation into possible violations including sexual misconduct, unlawful drug use, and public corruption.

if Republicans do succeed on the motion to vacate, there currently is no one named to replace McCarthy. That would leave the position that is second in line to the presidency vacant.

Watch today’s House session live below, starting at 11:45 AM, see his remarks to reporters above, or watch both at this link.

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Trump Has Now ‘Crossed the Line Into Criminal Threats’: Top Legal Scholar



As Donald Trump’s rhetoric grows increasingly menacing and threatening, experts are again sounding the alarm.

It’s been weeks since Special Counsel Jack Smith asked U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan to impose a narrow limitation on the ex-president in the case charging him with attempting to overturn the 2020 election. It likely will be weeks until that Judge Chutkan announces a decision.

In the mean time, Trump continues to make disparaging remarks and what some have suggested are thinly-veiled threats or calls to action to his supporters against those he perceives as his enemies.

Trump recently suggested that his former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, “in times gone by” would have been executed for treason.

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Milley’s perceived “treasonous” crime, according to Trump? Making a White House approved call to China to let them know Trump wasn’t planning to attack China, as the AP reported.

Last month, Trump wrote on Truth Social that General Milley “was actually dealing with China to give them a heads up on the thinking of the President of the United States. This is an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH! A war between China and the United States could have been the result of this treasonous act.”

Special Counsel Jack Smith included that post in his communication with Judge Chutkan on Friday.

Monday morning, inside a Manhattan courthouse before the start of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ $250 million civil fraud case, Trump unleashed an angry rant in front of news cameras, saying, “You ought to go after this attorney general.” He also called New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron a “rogue judge.”

He added, “now I have to go before a rogue judge, as a continuation of Russia, Russia, Russia, as a continuation of the greatest witch hunt of all time. And I don’t think the people of this country are going to stand for it.”

These were just Trump’s remarks at the start of the day. He faced the cameras two other times, during the lunch break and after the day’s proceedings had ended.

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Describing Trump’s remarks, Vanity Fair’s Bess Levin wrote: “Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom, Trump called the case a ‘witch hunt’ and ‘a disgrace,’ saying, ‘You ought to go after this attorney general,’ because if there’s one thing the man loves, it’s a not-so-veiled threat against his enemies.”

Harvard University Professor Emeritus Laurence Tribe, a legal scholar and expert on the U.S. Constitution, on Monday warned Trump’s remarks “crossed the line into criminal threats.”

“Trump’s 1st Amendment freedom of speech includes the right to express his racist views about anyone, including Attorney General Letitia James,” Tribe wrote. “But he has no right to foment violence against her. He crossed the line into criminal threats when he said ‘you ought to go after this attorney general.'”

Former Chicago Tribune editor Mark Jacob, responding to the video, writes: “When Trump says “you ought to go after this attorney general,” we know what he means. Some call it stochastic terrorism, but I call it puppetmaster terrorism. He’s telling his crazed followers who the targets are.”

See the post and video above or at this link.

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