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



‘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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‘Utter Cowardice’: Jim Jordan Blasted for Telling Reporter He Can’t Read Trump’s Violence-Threatening Post Without Glasses



Countless GOP lawmakers over the years have professed ignorance over Donald Trump’s tweets as reporters ask them to respond, often claiming they hadn’t read them, but House Republican Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan took that performance to a whole new level Friday afternoon.

NBC News senior national political reporter Sahil Kapur asked the Ohio Republican congressman to weigh in on Trump’s social media post threatening “potential death & destruction” if he gets indicted.

“Jordan said he hasn’t seen Trump’s post,” Kapur said via Twitter. “When I showed [it] to him on my phone, he said he can’t read well without his glasses.”

“He added he’s reviewing DA Bragg’s letter,” Kapur added.

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Jordan, who didn’t need glasses to appear on Fox Business just two days ago (photo) is getting blowback.

VICE News Deputy DC Bureau Chief Todd Zwillich explained the progression.

“The stages of ignoring incitement,” he tweeted. “2016: I don’t respond to tweets —> 2018: I havent seen the tweet —-> 2023: I literally can’t see the tweet.”

“Utter cowardice,” declared former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh. “Not at all the @Jim_Jordan I knew & served with in Congress 10 yrs ago. Or…maybe it is.”

“The sheer dishonesty and cowardice of these people,” lamented MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan, echoing Walsh’s remarks.

Government watchdog group Citizens for Ethics said the “extent to which Trump’s backers in Congress are going to not condemn [his] calls for violence are ludicrous.”

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Some tied Jordan’s inability to see the post to his apparent inability to see or remember all the Ohio State wrestlers who say they complained to Jordan when he was their assistant coach, about being sexually harassed or assaulted by the team doctor. To this day despite numerous reports and people publicly coming forward, Jordan denied it ever happened.

“Apparently, Jim Jordan is unable to see wrestlers being sexually abused or Donald Trump social media posts,” attorney and Republican turned Democrat Ron Filipkowski tweeted.

“Well, @Jim_Jordan has shown before that he has trouble seeing threats right in front of his nose, so this checks out,” tweeted historian Kevin M. Kruse.

But Jordan’s Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee may have served up the best response: “Why do you need your glasses to condemn violence @Jim_Jordan?”

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‘Big Shoe Drops’: Bad Day for Trump on Multiple Fronts in Special Counsel’s Grand Jury Probes



Judge Nixes Trump’s ‘Executive Privilege’ Claim, Orders Mark Meadows, Stephen Miller, Other Top Aides to Testify as Corcoran Completes Grand Jury Appearance

It’s a bad day behind the scenes for Donald Trump.

First, his own attorney, Evan Corcoran, just past noon on Friday walked out of a federal court building after completing more than three hours of testimony before Special Counsel Jack Smith’s grand jury investigating the ex-president’s unlawful retention and refusal to return hundreds of sensitive, classified, and top secret documents.

His testimony, compelled by a subpoena, is seen by a former top DOJ official as “the most critical evidence in the case,” and should “allow DOJ to make a charging decision without significant delay.”

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Prosecutors, citing the crime-fraud exception, were able to convince a federal judge that Trump likely committed a crime via his attorneys, enabling them to bypass attorney-client privilege.

Trump had strived to block Corcoran from testifying, but a federal judge and an appeals court, in an extraordinarily quick turnaround – some legal experts saying for reasons likely related to national security – ordered him to testify.

Also Friday, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell rejected Trump’s claims of executive privilege and ordered testimony before Special Counsel Jack Smith’s grand jury investigating Trump’s actions related to the January 6 insurrection from eight former top Trump White House aides.

Among them, Trump’s White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller, and former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe. Also, former national security adviser Robert O’Brien and former deputy chief of staff and social media director Dan Scavino, ABC News reports.

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Meadows is a former GOP congressman seen by many as integral to the events of January 6.

“Former Trump aides Nick Luna and John McEntee, along with former top DHS official Ken Cuccinelli, were also included in the order, the sources said,” according to ABC News.

Former U.S. Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman weighed in, saying: “Another really big shoe drops: [Judge] Howell rejects Trump’s executive privilege claim and orders Mark Meadows and others to testify before Jan 6 [grand jury]. Meadows has really been able to stay on the sidelines. No more–even if he takes the 5th, which [would] then force [question] of immunity.”


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‘Pits Parents Against Parents’: House Republicans Pass Anti-LGBTQ Florida-Style K-12 ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights’



The Republican-majority U.S. House of Representatives Friday morning passed HR 5, the “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” legislation similar to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ laws that have led to book bans and targeting of LGBTQ children.

The bill passed 213-208, with 14 Members not voting. All yes votes were from Republicans only. Five Republicans joined Democrats to vote no.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu of California warned the legislation “pits parents against parents.”

“The extreme MAGA H.R. 5 bill will let other parents dictate what books your child gets to read. It’ll make it easier for other parents to know if your child has an eating disorder, or is experiencing a mental health crisis,” Lieu warned.

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U.S> Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) warned, “H.R. 5 would codify Republican book bans all over the country. Stories of Holocaust survivors, enslaved Americans, and over 1,600 other stories have already been pulled from shelves.”

U.S. Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL) said HR5 is “a vehicle for hate and political nonsense.”

Congressman Greg Murphy, Republican of North Carolina, in a recorded statement falsely claimed the bill was needed because “Children are being taught to hate our country,” and “parents are labeled as domestic terrorists.”

In his speech before the bill passed, Speaker Kevin McCarthy declared, “We believe parents should know what your children is [sic] learning.”

CNN reports the bill would also “require elementary and middle schools that receive federal funding to obtain parental consent before ‘changing a minor child’s gender markers, pronouns, or preferred name on any school form; or allowing a child to change the child’s sex-based accommodations, including locker rooms or bathrooms.'”

Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the legislation “Orwellian to the core,” and promised it “will not see the light of day.”

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