‘The Head of the Nazi SS Was a Homosexual’ Claims Sen. Jason Rapert
Arkansas Republican state Senator Jason Rapert is comparing LGBT activists to Nazis, and then fundraising off his attacks.Â
“The LGBT activists who behave as Nazis are trying to ruin anyone who ‘disagrees’ with them – even grandmothers,” Sen. Rapert wrote on his Facebook page on August 12, asÂ AmericaBlog‘sÂ John AravosisÂ noted. “Simply believing in the Bible is offensive to these activists. They can’t stand it if you disagree. They demand full compliance with their diminished morality. They clearly behave just like the ‘brown shirts’ and ‘SS’ troops that Nazis used to destroy Jews and anyone who disagreed with the Nazi ideology.”
The comparison of LGBT people to Nazis is beyond offensive. HitlerÂ arrested an estimated 100,000 LGBT people, sent up to 15,000 to concentration camps, and killed untold thousands of them, according to the U.S. Holocaust Museum.
“I don’t care what THEY believe,” Rapert continued, doing his best to dehumanize gays, “but I refuse to let them intimidate those who disagree with them. Our laws should not give special protections to people who behave this way. It is a sad time in American history.”
“I believe you should be allowed to believe as your conscience dictates – but I oppose forcing anyone to comply with your belief system and especially punishing people who believe commonly held moral standards. It’s all very un-American.”
Rapert effectively is saying LGBT people must comply with his belief system, but he is not subject to the basic idea of even respecting LGBT people as people. He’s also disrespecting the laws of a sovereign state.
What, exactly, got Rapert so angry?
An opinion piece at the far right wing website The Daily Caller, by an attorney of the anti-gay hate group Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF is representingÂ Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman, who has finally been able to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to take her case.
Put simply, Stutzman has lost her argument â€“ and her case â€“Â at every turn. She refused to sell flowers to a long-time customer who was marrying hisÂ fiancÃ©. Stutzman claims creating a floral arrangement for a wedding of two people of the same sex violates her religious beliefs. The ADF for years has wrongly been insisting Stutzman may lose her home, her business and her life savings, and has been blaming LGBT people for thatÂ â€“ while fundraising off it.
In February they told supporters they needed to raise $24 million. That was just one of the about 150 articles, press releases, and other pages on the ADF’s website that mention Stutzman.
In reality, the laws of the state of Washington, and the voters who elected the lawmakers who believe human rights laws are important in a civil society, are the ones actually responsible for the case against Stutzman. Meanwhile, Stutzman has been given several chances by Washington officials to pay a nominal fee, $1000 to $2000 to settle the case and make it disappear, yet has repeatedly refused.
In response to the hundreds of Facebook comments he received â€“Â the majority of which appear to oppose his remarks â€“Â on Tuesday afternoon Rapert again took to Facebook, this time asking for money in response to comments from people explaining to him why his beliefs are not only inaccurate, but offensive.Â
“Friends, as you can see from the hate-filled posts here the past few days, radical liberals are raging against me for standing up for Barronelle Stutzman – the little 72 year old Christian florist being targeted for ruin simply for declining to participate in a gay wedding,” Rapert wrote. “If you want to protect Religious Liberty and help me keep speaking the truth in the face of lies and anti-Christian bigotry – please help me by donating today.”
Wednesday morning Sen. Rapert announced on Facebook, his campaign fundraising was going well: “We deposited $8,200 yesterday!”
But that not the end of Rapert’s attacks on “radical liberals” and LGBT people.
In the comments on his Facebook post about Stutzman, Rapert accused LGBT activists of “using tactics of those who once targeted them,” and claimed, “it is reported that the head of the Nazi SS was a homosexual.” (ThatÂ would likely be a surprise toÂ Heinrich Himmler.)Â
Rapert also claims the people of Arkansas elected him “to stand against bigotry like this,”Â meaning to stand against ensuring business owners treat people equally.
“There is a real problem with hostility from LGBT activists that rises to the level of true intolerance and intimidation,” Rapert said, Â chastising people who made comments he felt were inappropriate or “un-American.”
Rapert also misrepresented a June Rolling Stone article on LGBT activist and mega donor Tim Gill, who has spent hundreds of millions of his own money to support LGBT equality.Â
Former OutServe-SLDN board member Josh Seefried, whose activism helped repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, weighed in on the Facebook post. Rapert responded with a false claim about LGBT equality activist Tim Gill.
“When the largest donor to the LGBT movement declares that they are going to target Christians and punish them as the ‘wicked’, doesn’t that sound just like the Nazis who changed the definition of Jews to be something lower than human so they could getÂ away with killing them?” Rapert asked.
He’s referring to a June RollingÂ Stone article, in which Gill says:Â “We’re going into the hardest states in the country,” and, “We’re going to punish the wicked.”
So egregious was the response from the far and religious right that the article’s author was forced to pen a follow up, blasting the them for falsely asserting that “the wicked” refers to ChristiansÂ â€“ and noting that Gill has received death threats as a result.
Not once in my profile does Gill talk about “targeting” Christians. Not once does Gill so much as hint at singling out Christians or adherents of any other religion. Not once does the word “Christian” appear.
“The wicked” is anyone who stands in the way of progress on equal rights for LGBTQ people: politicians, activists, lawyers, some people of faith, and plenty more with no religious affiliation whatsoever.
On Sen. Rapert’s Facebook page, many of the comments scolded or criticized him (see screenshot below). Here’s one good example:
You actually believe Nazis committed genocide-murdering 6 million Jews-because Jews “disagreed with Nazi ideology”? Nazi ideology is: “murder Jews.”Â
To suggest LGBTQ people, who simply want to be treated as equal and to be allowed public lives & theÂ same rights & securities as everyone else, are Nazis is the height of stupidity & is truly dangerous rhetoric. Nazis do exist in our country – they marched in Charlottesville and murdered a young woman – and they exist in our White House. They must be denounced & defeated. LGBTQ people must be respected & protected under our Constitution-and because it’s the ethical and moral thing to do.
You should denounce your own statement, get educated, and rethink what makes you such a hateful person.
Meanwhile, back to the senator from Arkansas.
“All of you better wake up. God defines who is and is not wicked – not gay marriage supporters,” Rapert continued in his screed about the Rolling Stone article. “I will not be silent in the face of these threats against Christians just as I have not been silent in the face of the same people who devalue babies lives and kill them by the millions. Our country is very sick within our soul. We need God.”
Actually, Senator, you need reading comprehension and to spend some time better educating yourself. Because almost nothing you’ve written in your Facebook post was correct.
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Watch: Boebert’s Mic Cut After Going Over Time and Refusing to End Lie-Filled Rant
U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) refused to end her remarks attacking popular Democratic legislation known as the Inflation Reduction Act, and after being repeatedly warned – four times – she was over time as she ranted and delivered falsehoods on the House floor her microphone was finally cut.
Congresswoman Boebert, part of the far-right fringe that has taken over the Republican Party, yelled and wagged her finger as she spread misinformation.
In an ironic twist the pro-gun activist and former owner of Shooters Grill angrily – and falsely – claimed the bill mandates the hiring of 87,000 armed IRS agents.
“What are we doing here? What are we passing this so-called Inflation Reduction Act if inflation is at zero percent?” she asked.
Inflation in fact for the month of July was flat, coming in at zero percent, which brought the annual inflation rate down from 9.1% to 8.5%.
“Well in fact it’s the inflation enhancement act,” Boebert, a spreader of conspiracy theories falsely argued, calling it “just another con game by the Democrats,” which also is false.
She then went on to claim the IRS would have more “armed agents” than the Defense Dept.
After being warned four times she had gone over time her mic was cut, but she was subsequently granted additional time.
The Colorado Congresswoman, a pro-gun extremist, went on to lie that the Inflation Reduction Act “hires 87,000 IRS agents and they are armed and the job description tells them that they need to be required to carry a firearm and expect to use deadly force if necessary,” she shouted, calling it “armed robbery.”
The bill will enable the IRS to hire new employees, but nowhere near 87,000. Only a tiny fraction, about 300, would be armed, and not for nefarious purposes like “armed robbery.”
“Though the job is really about sniffing out income and accounting irregularities to build legal cases,” CBS News reports, “one of the potential duties is ‘conduct[ing] or participat[ing] in surveillance, armed escorts, dignitary protection, undercover operations, execution of search and arrest warrants, seizures, etc.,’ the job listing states.”
Boebert began by calling “supporters of this legislation insane,” falsely implied the Inflation Reduction Act increases taxes on ordinary middle-class Americans, while mocking “Green New Deal initiatives.”
Seconds after her “armed robbery” remarks Boebert again ran into overtime. Her mic was cut after the second warning.
Kentucky Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth, who spoke immediately after her, blasted the Colorado Congresswoman.
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Right-Wing Dark-Money Group Gives Trump Timely Political Cover With $1 Million Attack on Merrick Garland
Just days after FBI agents carried out a search warrant for secret documents wrongly being held at former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, a right-wing dark-money group that helped secure a far-right majority on the Supreme Court launched a $1 million digital and cable ad campaign attacking Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The Judicial Crisis Network has been at the core of the massive and secretly funded dark-money campaign by right-wing funders and groups like the Federalist Society to secure ideological domination of the Supreme Court and federal judiciary. The group backed former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s abuse of power to prevent the Senate from considering former President Barack Obama’s nomination of Garland to the Supreme Court, and then spent tens of millionspromoting confirmation of Trump’s nominees. More recently, JCN led attacks on the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and dishonest smears against several of President Joe Biden’s Justice Department nominees.
The new JCN ad seeks to undermine Garland’s credibility, accusing him of “cowering to the woke mob.” A press release announcing the ad buy claimed that Garland has “consistently bowed to the radical left’s agenda.” In a statement, the group’s president Carrie Severino repeated a false right-wing talking point accusing Garland of “calling concerned parents ‘domestic terrorists.’”
The ad also claims that Garland has betrayed his former judicial colleague Brett Kavanaugh by not stopping activists from protesting outside the Supreme Court justice’s home. As CNN noted, the rarely enforced law that JCN and right-wing politicians are demanding Garland use against protesters could also be interpreted to forbid the kind of protests at the Supreme Court that anti-abortion groups mobilized for years. The JCN ad notably does not mention that Garland supportedrecent legislation to beef up security for Supreme Court justices and their families.
Right-wing media outlets have given JCN’s campaign a boost, with Fox News reporting JCN’s assertion that the Garland ad is part of a broader $10 million campaign attacking Democrats over the court that will include “paid advertising, earned media, research, grassroots activity, and a coalition enterprise.”
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DeSantis’ Divisive Press Secretary Christina Pushaw Resigns to Work on His Campaign
Christina Pushaw, the divisive far right press secretary to Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has submitted her letter of resignation as she moves to head rapid response on his re-election campaign.
The Florida Standard, first to break the news, published her resignation letter.
“You gave me latitude to respond to media narratives in direct and often unconventional ways, allowing me to redefine this role for a leader whose actions speak for themselves,” she wrote.
Among those unconventional ways was to popularize against LGBTQ people the dangerous label of “groomer,” during the heated debate over the governor’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which he later signed into law.
“The bill that liberals inaccurately call ‘Don’t Say Gay’ would be more accurately described as an Anti-Grooming Bill,” Pushaw tweeted in March.
“If you’re against the Anti-Grooming Bill, you are probably a groomer or at least you don’t denounce the grooming of 4-8 year old children. Silence is complicity. This is how it works, Democrats, and I didn’t make the rules,” she added.
Just one month later the “groomer” label had been weaponized to such a degree it was prevalent across many social media sites and being used to attack LGBTQ people.
Her two-page resignation letter takes a long trip down her short 15 months in office.
She calls it “unconscionable that anyone would be required to get Covid jabs to eat at a restaurant, enroll in college, keep a job, or compete in the Special Olympics.”
She also claimed that “Florida fought back against the biomedical security state and won. If not for our Governor daring to lead with evidence-driven policy and stand up for freedom – amid relentless attacks from legacy media and ‘experts’ – our country would have remained under perpetual threat of lockdowns and vaccine passports, a two-tiered feudal dystopia,” which is false.
Earlier this year Pushaw was forced to retroactively register as a foreign agent.
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