James Dobson Founded Two Virulently Anti-Gay Groups: Focus On The Family andÂ Family Research Council
Vice President Mike Pence is on his way to Colorado SpringsÂ to deliver the keynote address at the 40th anniversary celebration of one of America’s oldest anti-gay organizations,Â Focus On The Family. While not designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group’s founder, James Dobson, also founded another of the most virulent anti-gay hate groups,Â Family Research Council.
â€” Focus on the Family (@FocusFamily) June 22, 2017
Pence’s entire career has been landmarked by attacks on the LGBT community, so it’s no surprise he agreed to deliver the speech. The former Indiana governor and his wife are closely tied to Dobson. In October last year, Pence gave an interview to Dobson. The vice-presidential candidate told the 81-year old evangelical activist it wasÂ the “greatest honor” of his life.
You can watch Pence’s speech starting at 12:20 PM EDT here:
While Dobson projects an appearance of passivity, a kindly grandfather, he’s made clear his hatred of LGBT people.
In June of last year DobsonÂ announced he wasÂ sadÂ that fathers aren’t protecting their wives and daughters by shooting transgender people â€“Â whom he suggested are all “perverts” â€“Â when they use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.
Dobson said theÂ typical transgender woman is “a strange-looking man, dressed like a woman,” who peers “over toilet cubicles to watch your wife in a private moment.”Â
“If you are a dad, I pray you will protect your little girls from men who walk in unannounced, unzip their pants and urinate in front of them. If this had happened 100 years ago, someone might have been shot. Where is todayâ€™s manhood? God help us!”
Dobson joined Trump’s evangelical advisory board and later endorsed Trump last summer, giving the GOP candidate cover for his failings, saying the billionaire had in fact,Â accepted “a relationship with Christ” and was now a “baby Christian.”
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#25thAmendmentNow Is Now the Top Trending Topic After Trump Calls Himself ‘The Chosen One’
President Tweets He’s ‘The Second Coming of God’
President Donald Trump appeared even more unhinged on Wednesday, kicking his day off by posting tweets calling him “the second coming of God,” and the “King of Israel.” Just hours later Trump trashed the Prime Minister of Denmark, calling Mette Frederiksen’s negative response to him wanting to buy Greenland from them “nasty” – a word he generally reserves for women he does not like.
Trump says that Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comment that his idea of buying Greenland is ‘absurd’ was “nasty” and a “very not nice way of saying something.”
Via TicToc pic.twitter.com/gOZ7CAa21X
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 21, 2019
Shortly thereafter, Trump flip-flopped on his claim just 24 hours earlier that he was thinking about pushing through a payroll tax cut to help get the economy going, amid global fears of a recession. On Wednesday he told reporters he had no intention of implementing any tax cuts.
Trump also scalded veteran NBC News reporter Peter Alexander for simply asking this question: “You said Russia was kicked out of the G8 because they outsmarted Obama; in fact it was because they annexed Crimea… They’re still there, why let them back in?”
Trump shits on @PeterAlexander. “This guy is the most biased reporter — NBC. You know, I made a lot of money for NBC with ‘The Apprentice,’ & I used to like ’em, but they are the most biased. Peter is such a biased — you should be able to ask the same question in a better way.” pic.twitter.com/jneWHgOAiZ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 21, 2019
And he insisted that he would have to mollify the NRA over any changes in gun policy, while backtracking from his promise to advocate for a law ensuring complete background checks – something the NRA opposes.
But it was during that press gaggle Wednesday afternoon Trump let loose, exploding social media.
He called himself – as he looked up at the sky – “the chosen one” (photo.)
To be clear, it was in reference to his trade war with China, but the religious, messianic inference was palpable.
All this amid the President’s anti-Semitic remarks earlier in the week, when he called the vast majority of American Jews “disloyal” for not voting Republican.
“I think Jewish people that vote for a Democrat—I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,”
About 80% of Jewish Americans vote Democrat.
Oh, then Trump declared he is looking “very seriously” at signing an executive order to end the constitutionally-mandated promise of bestowing citizenship at birth to anyone born on U.S. soil.
That’s just a sample of all the insanity Trump has created in under 24 hours.
So perhaps it’s not surprise that #25thAmendmentNow is the top trending topic on Twitter right now, and has been for hours.
The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides the pathway for the Vice President to declare the President of the United States unfit to contemn serving.
Trump Says He’s ‘Very Seriously’ Looking at Changing Constitutionally-Mandated Right to US Citizenship
President Donald Trump says he is looking “very seriously” at altering a constitutional right to citizenship at birth. The president made his remarks during a press gaggle during which he also called himself “the chosen one” as he looked up at the sky. Those remarks came just hours after he tweeted praise calling him “the second coming of God” and “the King of Israel.”
“We’re looking at birthright citizenship very seriously,” Trump told reporters. Birthright citizenship is mandated by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Also known as Jus soli, it dates back to English common law.
Basically the law says that any person on U.S. soil at the time of their birth is a U.S. citizen, regardless of their parent’s nationalities.
“We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land. You walk over the border, have a baby — congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen,” Trump said, calling it “absurd.”
He told reporters if he were to end it he would do so via executive order.
It’s likely that would be unconstitutional and would absolutely be fought in court.
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside,” the Constitution reads.
Watch the president discuss birthright citizenship:
President Trump: “We are looking at birthright citizenship very seriously. … It’s frankly ridiculous” pic.twitter.com/T09WT8BaBx
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 21, 2019
In addition to likely being unconstitutional, Trump’s attempt to end birthright citizenship would be opposed by many.
Here’s a University of Texas Law professor:
Look all you want, Mr. President, but there are only two ways to end birthright citizenship in this country:
Have 2/3 of both the House and the Senate pass a constitutional amendment that 38 states ratify; or
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) August 21, 2019
Here’s a conservative, National Review writer David French:
Attempting to end birthright citizenship through an executive order (should Trump carry through with his threat) would be the most egregious attempted abuse of executive authority — outside of unilateral presidential military actions — in my lifetime.
— David French (@DavidAFrench) August 21, 2019
Watch: Trump Declares Himself ‘The Chosen One’
President Trump just stood on the White House lawn, looked up at the sky, and declared himself “the chosen one,” mere hours after tweeting out a quote calling him “the second coming of God” and “the King of Israel.”
The American president delivered his messianic remarks while speaking to reporters about his trade war with China.
Several reporters tweeted out his comments.
What a moment.
President Trump on the WH lawn just looked up to the sky and said, “I am the chosen one.”
He was talking about the trade war with China and repeated his claim that he needs to take on China for unfair trading practice.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 21, 2019
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) August 21, 2019
President Trump today:
-"I am the chosen one" on his trade war with China.
-Retweet claiming he is like the King of Israel.
-Retweet claiming he is like the 2nd coming of god.
— Christina Ginn (@NBChristinaGinn) August 21, 2019
Video. Watch as he looks up at the sky when saying he is the chosen one.
President Trump: "I am the chosen one."
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 21, 2019
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