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WATCH: Karen Handel Cites Her Faith to Tell Mom of LGBTQ Child She’s Against Gay People Adopting, Having Families

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‘My Faith Calls Me to a Different Place on the Issue’ of Letting Gay People Be Parents

Karen Handel says she is opposed to LGBTQ people being able to adopt children and start families because of her “faith.” The Republican nominee is facing Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s June 20 special election to fill the seat held by former Rep. Tom Price, now President Donald Trump’s HHS Secretary.

On Thursday Handel sat down with locals at Wright’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop, as the Georgia Voice explains, where one woman told her that while she personally leans conservative, she has an LGBTQ daughter and fears what will happen when she wants to adopt children or start a family.

As you watch this video, note how quick Handel is to cut the woman off when the conversation moves to civil rights and equality for LGBTQ people. Handel politely nods as the mother begins to talk about wanting to support her child, asking the Republican candidate, “what protections do I have for her having a family in the future, wanting to adopt a kid?”

“Sure. Sure,” Handel says, interrupting.

“I have to be honest,” Handel says, bringing her hand to her heart. “My faith calls me to a different place on the issue.”

Handel, who once served as Georgia’s Secretary of State and unsuccessfully ran for governor, adds that her faith calls her to be “compassionate,” as if LGBTQ people need pity. “So, I always try to do that,” she says, as if it’s a challenge.

“I don’t,” she continues, “I’m not aware of anything in the law, right now, that I’m aware of, that’s going to be impactful, from a discriminatory standpoint, against your daughter,” Handel said.

MSNBC earlier Friday reported that about 150 anti-LGBT bills have been filed across the nation at the state level. Just yesterday Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law legislation that allows adoption and foster care agencies to cite their religious beliefs, as Handel just did, to bar same-sex couples and LGBT people from adopting. And right now in the state of Georgia, for which Handel wants to be a Member of Congress, a bill is in the legislature that would do the exact same thing. But she is “not aware of anything in the law, right now … that’s going to be impactful, from a discriminatory standpoint,” against LGBT people.

Handel, almost appearing frustrated, went on to tell the mother, “the issue’s been decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, so…”

The mother, speaking about Vice President Mike Pence, responds by saying, “I’m worried he’s going to try and make changes –”

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Using her hands to chop on the table, Handel repeats herself in a staccato fashion, says: “It’s the U.S. Supreme Court!”

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And then outstretching her arms, as if the mom just isn’t understanding her, Handel says, “so, so,” as she grabs the arms of her chair, gets up, and leaves.

The mother is still talking. Handel responds: “I hear ya.”

No, no she did not. Nor did she care to.

The Georgia Voice notes Handel had nearly the exact same response the same day at Wright’s Sandwich Shop, telling longtime Georgia journalist Dyana Bagby of Reporters’ Newspapers, her “faith” calls her “to a very different place on these issues.”

“My faith at the same time calls me to be compassionate and what I have always believed is that what has to be paramount is what is the best interest of the child,” she said.

Asked to explain further, she said, “The best interest of the child. Period, end of paragraph. That’s not for you to decide. That’s not for me to decide. It’s for the child advocates to decide, whether that be the court or the child’s guardian. The child’s best interest must be paramount.”

Handel is known nationwide as the high-powered Komen for the Cure executive who almost single-handedly destroyed the reputation of the once highly-respected breast cancer non-profit when she moved to defund the group’s support of Planned Parenthood. She has told supporters she wants America to become a nation where “the very idea of an abortion is unthinkable.” 

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Busted: White House Counsel Worked to Keep Whistleblower Report From Congress – WaPo

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President Donald Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.

“The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president,” The Washington Post reported Friday. “The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint.”

In addition to confirming the WSJ report, The Post also furthered the story with new reporting on the role of the White House in the scandal.

“White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has been engaged in the matter since shortly after the whistleblower action surfaced, officials said, helping to identify legal obstacles to the sharing of information that could be politically damaging to Trump,” The Post reported. “Cipollone’s involvement reveals a more direct White House role in the dispute than has previously been reported.”

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IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES

Trump Urged Ukraine President ‘About Eight Times’ to Work With Giuliani to Get Dirt on Biden’s Son: WSJ

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Donald Trump “repeatedly pressured” the president of Ukraine to work with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to get dirt on the son of his top political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.

In a July phone call Trump urged President Volodymyr Zelensky “about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani,” the Wall Street Journal says.

But the Journal’s reporting in the second paragraph offers details that appear to minimize what experts have been suggesting actually happened. The Journal’s report also does not name sources or even suggest if they are White House or intelligence community officials.

“Mr. Trump didn’t mention a provision of foreign aid to Ukraine on the call, said this person, who didn’t believe Mr. Trump offered the Ukrainian president any quid-pro-quo for his cooperation on an investigation,” the Journal says.

That would lessen the magnitude of the allegations against President Trump, although they would still be impeachable offenses.

Related: Trump to Meet With Ukrainian President Amid Bombshell Whistleblower Allegations

The Trump team has become expert at controlling the national conversation and forging a narrative that bends most elements of truth, then getting the conservative base to believe them.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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IMPEACH

Some Among Democratic Base Grow Increasingly Frustrated as Pelosi Issues Statement Chastising Trump Over Whistleblower

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Statement  Does Not  Say ‘Impeachment’

Some among the Democratic base appear frustrated with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who has not been supportive of the majority of House Democrats who want to impeach President Donald Trump. Friday afternoon the Speaker quietly issued a lengthy statement responding to the bombshell news that a whistleblower has filed a “credible” and “urgent” complaint with the intelligence community.

Pelosi’s statement, which was not posted to her social media accounts as of this writing, made its way through Twitter via a handful of reporters.

“If the President has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his Administration and our democracy,” Pelosi said, as a Politico congressional reporter pointed out:

Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats support impeaching Trump, or beginning a formal impeachment inquiry at the very least, according to Politico. But the majority of the nation does not, nor do a majority of Democratic voters, according to recent polls.

“Only 37 percent support beginning impeachment proceedings, while half oppose it,” Politco reports, citing its own polls.

Speaker Pelosi’s statement concludes with this:

“We will continue to follow the facts and explore every possible option to ensure the American people get the truth. We would hope that Republicans would join us in supporting the Constitution.”

Some online are calling her statement “weak,” while others are disappointed with the lack of specific threats of action, and others are expressing exasperation with the Speaker not supporting impeachment:

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