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Op-Ed: Trump Ignored More Than ‘Just’ Pride Month, He Ignored It After Marriage Equality and Pulse

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‘Trump’s Silence on Pride Month now That he’s Become President Isn’t Just Telling, it’s Dangerous’

As the first week of June draws to a close, Donald Trump and his White House still have yet to acknowledge LGBT Pride Month. And while that may not come as a surprise, that doesn’t mean it’s trivial.

Four days ago, the White House took the time to issue five proclamations about June on May 31st. First, that June would be known as “Great Outdoors Month,” but others included “National Ocean Month” and even—because why not?—“National Home Ownership Month.”

That same day, Donald Trump doubled that amount in his own, 140-character-or-less personal proclamations—with ten tweets in total, ranging from his ridiculous attempt at disguising a typo to, as if we hadn’t held an election, attempting to slander Hillary Clinton.

Four percent of Americans reportedly identify as LGBT, a figure that grows ever-closer to Kinsey’s “1-in-10” scale. With our allies, a much larger number of Americans understand the importance of recognizing June as Pride Month because of that fact.

But not Donald Trump, who promised to be a leader for “all” Americans.

There would not only be no White House proclamation this year recognizing Pride Month, there will be no White House events honoring it. And that matters.

We can’t let this lack of recognition go unnoticed. Because yes, although Pride Month is “just” symbolic, so too is the White House’s silence. Even McDonald’s and Britney Spears have spoken up.

Yes, in today’s political climate, it’s easy to move from what feels like one American tragedy to the next. The dust never forms on one grievance or scandal from this administration before the next appears, and arguably by design, things of great impact are glossed over as yesterday’s less-terrifying, less-gut-wrenching news.

And it’s true that no Republican has recognized June as Pride Month, though only one Republican President has held office since Bill Clinton first recognized it in 1999. 

But it’s also true that Donald Trump is the first Republican president to hold office following the Supreme Court’s decision to view our community as equal, recognizing marriage equality as the law of the land.

And truer still that in eight days, we’ll mark the one-year anniversary of the Pulse Massacre, the hate crime targeting the LGBT community that claimed the lives of 49 people in Orlando, injuring 68 more. A tragedy which remains the worst terror attack on American soil since 9/11 and the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Barack Obama declared June 2016 as Pride Month prior to the attack in an eloquent display—making this Pride Month the first since the tragedy.

Following the attack in Orlando, then-candidate Donald Trump sought desperately to position himself as pro-gay, pandering for the LGBT vote and lying to the American people about the Obama administration’s policies on LGBT rights. (Pro-LGBT policies that Trump has since actively been working to dismantle.)

But the silence on Pride Month now that he’s president isn’t just telling, it’s dangerous. The LGBT community has finally been recognized as equal in the eyes of the law, at least on the front of marriage equality, but in 2017 alone, more than 100 anti-LGBT bills in 20 states have been introduced.

Transgender people are being slaughtered in modern America, particularly transgender women of color. Slaughtered. Decimated.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24, and the rate of suicide attempts is four times greater for LGB youth and two times greater for questioning youth than that of their heterosexual peers. And one in six—one in six—students grades 9-12 have seriously considered killing themselves.

The LGBT community is here. We exist. Some of us, somehow, even voted for Donald Trump, who has been all but silent on these matters. (But we’re all human and we all make mistakes, I guess.)

Marriage equality may have confirmed for the United States that love is love, but Pulse reaffirmed that hate can be hate. We’re in danger. The statistics above only prove that, to say nothing of LGBT people being targeted across the globe.

(And no, Ivanka Trump’s well-wishes for Pride on Twitter do not excuse the silence. She isn’t the president, and it only amplifies her silence on the matters above.)

If marriage equality and Pulse have taught us anything, it’s that while Donald Trump may be silent, and may remain so, we can’t afford to. We must use our voices now, louder than ever before. 

It’s our duty to speak for those that can’t. For the LGBT men and women who fought for our right to marry but never saw it, and for those that died at the hands of a madman in Orlando. For the transgender women dying in our streets and for the LGBT children facing an onslaught of attacks by our government.

His silence is his acceptance. Ours would be our undoing. Speak up. Be heard. Be proud. Resist.

And Happy Pride.

 

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COMMENTARY

‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection

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Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.

Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”

“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”

“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.

“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”

He later added, “This is a serious moment.”

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‘Something That’s Under Way’: Trump Aims to Use Russian Tactic to Be ‘Installed Without Winning’ in 2024 Says Yale Historian

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Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that’s common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.

“As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the ‘administrative resource,'” author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. “What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource.”

Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.

“Historically speaking, what we know about a ‘big lie’ is that because of its very scale, it’s not about truth or not truth; it’s about living in a kind of alternative reality,” Snyder added. “What we’re looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you’re basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that’s very concerning.”

He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.

“The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election,” Snyder said. “I don’t think it’s something that could happen. I think it’s something that’s under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?”

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.

Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:

The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:

A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:

This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:

And many others:

 

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