Robertson Said He ‘Totally’ Agreed Gays and Lesbians Were to Blame for 9/11
A few of the details of the Christian Broadcasting Network exclusive interview minutes ago became available â€“Â but it’s not what Trump says to Robertson, but Robertson himself â€“Â that has outraged so many.Â
â€” Ben Kennedy (@BenKennedyTV) July 12, 2017
After all, Robertson is one of America’s most anti-gay Christian extremists. He literally blamed gay people for 9/11.
Here’sÂ Pat Robertson on his “700 Club” show just two days after the 2001 terror attacks, saying, “I totally concur”Â when Falwell blames the ACLU, and the “abortionists, and the gays, and the lesbians,” for 9/11.
Robertson is widely regarded as an anti-gay extremist, whose views overall are so far outside the American mainstream it’s astonishing he would be allowed to interview the President of the United States.
Not only is Trump hosting Pat Robertson in the White House this week, but on Monday he held a prayer meeting with about two dozen of America’s most anti-gay far right wing Christian extremists. That meeting was hidden from the President’s public schedule and the White House released no details. Among the attendees were Tony Perkins, Michele Bachmann, Robert Jeffress, and Ralph Reed.
Here’s how some are responding on social media:
everything is fine. trump is just doing an interview with a demon hunter today. because everything is fine.https://t.co/wZBl52kopk
â€” Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 12, 2017
Trump, who hasn’t done a press conference in ages, will face intense questioning by Pat Robertson today, per advisory. Sarah off-camera @3.
â€” Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) July 12, 2017
Donald Trump to be interviewed today by Pat Robertson, a man who said this about homosexuality: pic.twitter.com/fEWXIdDJ9J
â€” Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 12, 2017
Trump giving first non-Fox News interviews in 2 months to Pat Robertson.
Here are some things Robertson believes: pic.twitter.com/r29wNKdaIR
â€” Isaac Saul (@Ike_Saul) July 12, 2017
BREAKING: God holding a press conference in which he distances himself from Pat Robertson. pic.twitter.com/rBvGggZf2m
â€” Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) July 12, 2017
What feminism encourages women to do according to Pat Robertson pic.twitter.com/JaonnbTR9F
â€” Christian Nightmares (@ChristnNitemare) July 12, 2017
It’s significant that Trump has decided to give his first non-Fox intrvw in 2 months — *now* — to Pat Robertson on the 700 Club.
â€” Jeff Sharlet (@JeffSharlet) July 12, 2017
He’s talking to Pat Robertson today. For some reason… he needs a friendly outlet who won’t press him on #TrumpRussia
â€” J Weland (@jweland) July 12, 2017
Pat Robertson, same guy who said gay people wear rings that give you a cut when you shake hands with them…and then it infects u with gay
â€” August (@getmebadges) July 12, 2017
Pat Robertson interviews Trump.
So … a grift-off.
â€” Republican Swine (@RepublicanSwine) July 12, 2017
Pat Robertson is nothing but another extreme racist preaching the same gospel his forefathers did
â€” Keep Right ðŸ•ŒðŸ•‹ (@KeepRightX) July 12, 2017
â€” Read & Educate â„ï¸âœŠðŸ» (@67Aspirintype) July 12, 2017
One ABC News producer notes the relationship between Trump’s personal attorney and Robertson:
Bio of Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow: “Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, which was founded by CBN founder Pat Robertson” https://t.co/S4LM6FslFr
â€” Chris Donovan (@chrisdonovan) July 12, 2017
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‘A Coup in the Making’: Voting and Civil Rights Expert Says ‘No Mandate’ for Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett
Ari Berman, a civil and voting rights expert is speaking out against President Donald Trump’s nomination Saturday of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Berman is a Mother Jones senior reporter and a former senior contributing writer for The Nation magazine. He is seen as one of the country’s top voting rights experts.
He’s calling Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination a “coup in the making,” and a “farce,” and explains why there is “no mandate” for it.
“This is such a farce,” Berman tweeted just moments before President Trump stepped into the Rose Garden with Judge Barrett Saturday afternoon. “GOP blocked Merrick Garland 237 DAYS before election but rushing to confirm Barrett 38 days before Nov 3. Entire process is illegitimate. It’s a coup in the making & should be treated as such.”
“If Barrett is confirmed a majority of SCOTUS justices will have been appointed by GOP presidents who lost popular vote. Truly staggering,” Berman observes.
He goes on to say there is “Absolutely no mandate” for Barrett’s nomination or confirmation.
Absolutely no mandate for Amy Coney Barrett replacing RBG:
-Trump lost popular vote by 2.9 million
-Senate GOP represents 15 mil fewer Americans than Senate Dems
-Senate Dems got 18 million more votes than Rs in 2018
-By 20 points public says next pres should fill seat
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) September 26, 2020
“866,000 people have already voted in 2020 elections,” Berman concludes. “Millions will have voted by the time Barrett hearings begin. Absolutely no reason to confirm her before election except for Trump to ensure she throws out enough votes to keep him in office.”
Federal Agencies Tapped Phones of Portland’s Racial Justice Protestors to Prove They’re Terrorists
Two current officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have confirmed that the DHS and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) during this summer’s racial justice protests in Portland, Oregon for a covert operation focused on “extracting information from protester’s phones.”
The officials told The Nation that a DHS colleague with expertise in electronic surveillance was sent to Portland as part of “an interagency task force” using a classified cell phone cloning attack to “intercept protesters’ phone communications.”
“Cell phone cloning involves stealing a phone’s unique identifiers and copying them to another device in order to intercept the communications received by the original device,” The Nation explains. It’s a tactic conducted to better understand your target, their network and their planning. The DEA is believed to have had a “special key” to help carry out the surveillance.
While it’s unclear who specifically was targeted by the surveillance, “They were abusing people’s rights,” one official said. The DHS hasn’t responded to congressional calls to explain the program either.
The officials quoted in The Nation’s article say that colleagues from the DHS were asked to “volunteer” to participate in the program, something departments do to conduct operations outside of the department’s official and legal capacity.
The overall goal, the officials state, was to substantiate thin claims by Attorney General William Barr that Antifa (anti-fascist) activists are receiving foreign sponsorship, something that is a necessary criterion to formally designate the group as a terrorist organization, something Trump vowed to do as recently as yesterday.
Considering that the U.S. has a long history of surveilling, harassing and possibly even killing racial justice activists since before the Civil Rights era, this newest program is hardly surprising, albeit still frightening.
“Armed Militias to Intimidate Voters”: Donald Trump Jr.’s New Ad Recruits GOP “Army” to “Secure” Election
The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., appears in a social media video ad asking people to join an “army” to stop the “radical left” and their plan to “steal” the election. Nevermind, that Trump Sr. has already refused to ensure a peaceful transfer of power if he loses and has also said he can only lose if the vote is rigged.
Here’s the ad itself:
Stark language in Don Jr.’s new “defend your ballot” ad: “We need every able-bodied man and woman to join Army for Trump’s election security operation…we need you to help us watch them” pic.twitter.com/qJwaQApptr
— Vera Bergengruen (@VeraMBergen) September 25, 2020
In the ad, Trump Jr. says:
“The radical left are laying the groundwork to steal this election from my father, President Donald Trump. They are planting stories that President Trump will have a landslide lead on election night but will lose when they finish counting the mail-in ballots. Their plan is to add millions of fraudulent ballots that can cancel your vote and overturn the election. We cannot let that happen.”
“We need every able-bodied man and woman to join Army for Trump’s election security operation at defendyourballot.com. We need you to help us watch them, not just on Election Day but also during early voting and at the counting boards. President Trump is going to win. Don’t let them steal it. Go to defendyourballot.com and enlist today.”
These posts, by a president’s son, should rank among the most worrisome threats to American democracy in our history. Calling for an “army” to prevent the election from being stolen?!? This should be disowned by the GOP—but we know it won’t be. https://t.co/9dCqOc2eXB
— Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) September 25, 2020
While the actual website DefendYourBallot.com is just a Trump campaign get out the vote effort that doesn’t actually instruct supporters to monitor polling places or post offices, one tech culture website said the “ads incite armed militias to intimidate voters.” Keep in mind, Trump Sr. has already promised to deploy thousands of law enforcement officials to polling places on Election Day, a move that will discourage voting by people with a distrust of police.
Considering the numerous armed protesters at anti-lockdown rallies during the start of the COVID-19 epidemic and Trump Sr.’s repeated lie that Democrats want to abolish the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, it’s easy to see how Donald Jr.’s appeal could inspire right-wing gun nuts to “monitor” polling places and post offices by scaring voters, poll workers, and postal delivery people by challenging anything that looks even remotely suspicious to them.
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