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GOP Bill Banning Existing Federal Civil Rights Laws From Protecting Transgender People Advances to Subcommittee

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Would Ban “The Word ‘Sex’ or ‘Gender’ From Being Interpreted to Mean ‘Gender Identity'” in Federal Law

A bill that would ban all federal civil rights laws from specifically protecting people because of their transgender status that was introduced last month has now been advanced to a House subcommittee.

The “Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017,” would ban federal civil rights laws from treating gender identity or transgender status as a protected class, and would ban “the word ‘sex’ or ‘gender’ from being interpreted to mean ‘gender identity,’ and requires ‘man’ or ‘woman’ to be interpreted to refer exclusively to a person’s genetic sex,” according to the bill’s summary.

The only exclusions would be for any federal civil rights law that “expressly designates ‘gender identity’ or ‘transgender status’ as a protected class.”

The legislation, HR 2796, is sponsored by Texas Republican Rep. Pete Olson (photo), and has five co-sponsors, including Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), who just yesterday saw her anti-transgender amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act die by a narrow margin on the House floor after being fast-tracked through committee. It was so expected to pass that Hartzler didn’t even address the committee before it was rushed to the floor for a full House vote. 

In a press release announcing the bill’s introduction last month, Rep. Olson said his legislation will “remove lawmaking authority from unelected federal bureaucrats and reinstate that power to Congress,” and blasted Obama-era policies.

“The Obama Administration strongly overreached by unilaterally redefining the definition of ‘sex’ with respect to the Civil Rights Act outside of the lawmaking process,” Olson said, ignoring that federal courts and federal agencies across the nation for years have repeatedly expressed transgender people are protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“We must reject the notion of false power stolen from Congress by a White House seeking to impose social policy on America,” Olson continued. “The Founding Fathers never intended unelected bureaucrats in federal agencies to make sweeping changes to the definition of gender. While we have a new president in office, we must restore the voice of the people given to them by our Constitution and put an end to this dangerous precedent of removing Congress’ power to make laws.”

Again, the Constitution gives federal courts jurisdiction and the courts have already spoken.

Also among Rep. Olson’s bill’s co-sponsors are Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Rep. Steve King (R-IA). King is a white nationalist and anti-LGBT extremist who happens to chair the House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, the committee Rep. Olson’s anti-transgender bill has been assigned to. Also on the committee are Rep. Franks, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), and newly-elected Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA). Democrats on the committee include Ranking Member Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

The bill was introduced June 7, and assigned to the House Committee on the Judiciary. On Wednesday, it was referred to Rep. King’s committee. 

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Trump Reverses on Illegal Hosting of G-7 at His Own Resort – Blames ‘Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility’

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President Donald Trump late Saturday night finally reversed his decision to host the G-7 at his Doral Miami resort in June of 2020. Ignoring numerous Republican lawmakers, legal experts, and bipartisan condemnation of his unconstitutional and illegal decision the president instead blamed the “Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility.”

Curiously, Trump announced his administration would “begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.”

But on Thursday Trump’s chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters at a rare White House briefing that the administration had conducted an exhaustive search for the best space to host the G-7 leaders, and fairly decided Trump’s Doral Miami resort was “perfect.”

Earlier: Trump Mocked After Saying He Thought Violating the Constitution and Profiting From G7 Hosting Was ‘Good for Our Country’

Mulvaney went so far as to claim the White House had looked at 12 locations, including two in Utah, but decided on the Doral.

He also preemptively refused to release any emails or other items documenting the search process.

But if an actual search had been conducted, it would make sense to simply announce the 2020 G-7 would be held at the next “best” locale. Instead, Trump announced a new search would be conducted.

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Trump Mocked After Saying He Thought Violating the Constitution and Profiting From G7 Hosting Was ‘Good for Our Country’

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After tremendous public and private  bipartisan condemnation of his decision to host the 2020 G-7 at his own Miami resort President Donald Trump Saturday night appeared to be laying the groundwork of reversing the unconstitutional and illegal decision.

In an insane series of tweets the president did what he always does: blamed the media for holding his feet to the fire in accurately reporting the consequences of his actions.

“I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms,” Trump tweeted, adding that “each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!”

Also going “crazy” are Republicans and legal experts.

Should Trump host the G-7 at any of his properties he would reportedly be violating at least one if not several laws, and the U.S. Constitution.

Many quickly took to Twitter to express their condemnation yet again.

 

 

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‘This Is a Real Warning’: Ex-Campaign Aide Bluntly States Clinton Didn’t Go Far Enough Criticizing Tulsi Gabbard

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On MSNBC Saturday, former Clinton campaign official and director of SiriusXM progressive programming Zerlina Maxwell said that not only did Hillary Clinton do nothing wrong for criticizing Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), she should have if anything gone even harder.

“I think she didn’t go far enough, and we have to decide whether or not we’ll listen to Hillary Clinton, who lived through this in 2016, or whether or not we’re going to do what we did in 2016, is decide that what she’s saying is irrelevant because of how we feel personally about her, and I think that that would be a mistake,” said Maxwell.

Related: ‘Malevolent Kraken’: Tulsi Gabbard Mocked After Attacking Hillary Clinton Over Claim Russia Is Grooming a Woman Democrat

“In 2016, anchors literally laughed at Hillary Clinton when she said it was Russia,” Maxwell continued. “Robby Mook went on television and said, ‘It was Russia that was hacking our emails and releasing them on Wikileaks.’ We were laughed at. I would like everyone to listen to us now because I, on the campaign, had that red banner over my email that said, ‘Government hackers are trying to infiltrate your account.’ So, this is a real warning. And I think that we would be smart to listen before it’s too late.”

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