Connect with us

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Accused of ‘Freezing Out’ LGBT News Organization

Published

on

‘The Washington Blade Has Effectively Been Iced Out’

The Chief Political and White House Reporter for the Washington Blade is accusing Sarah Huckabee Sanders of allowing her personal anti-LGBT animus get in the way of her duties as White House press secretary. Chris Johnson, in a rare move for the credentialed White House reporter, on Monday afternoon wrote, “the Washington Blade has effectively been iced out from asking questions in the White House briefing room under the Trump administration.”

For those who regularly watch the White House daily press briefings, Johnson was frequently called on by press secretaries in the Obama administration. “President Obama called on me himself during his final press conference,” Johnson writes. Even in the Trump administration, as Johnson notes, Sean Spicer would call on him. 

That’s changed since Sarah Huckabee Sanders took over.

Many times during the briefings, I see Sanders look directly at me as I raise my hand for a question, but she nonetheless skips me for another reporter, usually from a conservative, Trump-friendly outlet like Breitbart or Newsmax,” Johnson observes. 

He says he hasn’t been able to get a question answered at the podium for five months.

Why does it matter?

The White House refuses to take inquiries from the only LGBT publication in the White House at a time when the administration continuously rolls out anti-LGBT policies,” Johnson writes. “Among them is a ban on transgender military service; a rollback of LGBT civil rights protections at the Justice Department; sending an attorney to a federal court in New York to argue firing people for being gay is perfectly legal; and new ‘religious freedom’ guidance that essentially green lights the denial of services to LGBT people.”

LGBT Americans deserve to have our questions answered at the White House regardless of which administration is in power — and this freezing out of our publication must stop,” Johnson adds.

What’s behind the Blade being ignored?

Johnson says “there might be something more to ignoring the Blade: Sanders herself, as documented by the LGBT media watchdog GLAAD, has an anti-gay record. Is that influencing her decision on whom to call on during the briefings?”

He notes that Huckabee Sanders previously had “headed the American Principles Fund, a Super PAC with ties to the anti-LGBT National Organization for Marriage that essentially attacked Republican candidates for not being anti-gay enough.”

Blade readers may remember in 2013 the very public feud between Liz Cheney when she was running for a U.S. Senate seat in Wyoming and her lesbian sister Mary Cheney over same-sex marriage. To Mary’s chagrin, Liz opposed same-sex marriage — even though the candidate stopped short of endorsing a Federal Marriage Amendment to ban it nationwide.

But that opposition wasn’t good enough for Sanders and the American Principles Fund, which aired a 30-second TV attack ad against Liz Cheney and accused of her abandoning the GOP on social issues for declining to support a Federal Marriage Amendment.

“The unilateral truce on social issues within the GOP is bad for our party and wrong for our country – our core values are under attack, and we will stand for those who stand for what’s right,” Huckabee Sanders said in a statement at the time.

The Blade has been published for nearly five decades, longer than many of the far right wing media outlets from which Huckabee Sanders often takes questions. It’s time this White House took the LGBT community seriously.

To comment on this article and other NCRM content, visit our Facebook page.

If you find NCRM valuable, would you please consider making a donation to support our independent journalism?

Continue Reading
Click to comment
 
 

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. The New Civil Rights Movement depends on readers like you to meet our ongoing expenses and continue producing quality progressive journalism. Three Silicon Valley giants consume 70 percent of all online advertising dollars, so we need your help to continue doing what we do.

NCRM is independent. You won’t find mainstream media bias here. From unflinching coverage of religious extremism, to spotlighting efforts to roll back our rights, NCRM continues to speak truth to power. America needs independent voices like NCRM to be sure no one is forgotten.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure NCRM remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to NCRM, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

News

‘Not a Good Start’: Judge Slams Trump’s ‘Offensive’ Recusal Claims as a ‘Loose End’

Published

on

New York State Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan responded to Donald Trump‘s motion he recuse himself from overseeing the first criminal trial of a former U.S. president on day one of the trial. Trump is facing 34 criminal charges of falsifying business records in what’s been called an election interference cover-up case alleging he paid an adult film actress “hush money” then attempted to hide those payments to protect his 2016 presidential campaign.

Judge Merchan “fiercely” and “defiantly” pushed back against Trump’s allegations, MSNBC’s Vaughn Hillyard reported Monday as the trial began (video below).

“Merchan says it’s the opinion of the court that Trump is using a ‘series of inferences, innuendos and unsupported speculation’ to make his claims for recusal,” according to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.

Denying Trump’s motion, Judge Merchan included his response in what he called “loose ends,” and blasted what be labeled the “offensive” allegations made by Trump and his attorneys, as The Guardian’s Hugo Lowell reports.

READ MORE: ‘Scared to Death’: GOP Ex-Congressman Brings Hammer Down on ‘Weak’ Trump

“Not a good start for Trump,” Lowell begins, noting the judge also said he has no agenda.

Speaking to the allegations in Trump’s recusal motion, Lowell reports in a series of posts on social media that “Merchan starts w his recent interview w AP, which Trump complained about, in which he explicitly said he wouldn’t discuss the case. He then tells Trump that his complaints do not ‘reasonably or logically’ explain how these statements reflect bias.”

Lowell adds that Judge Merchan “then moves on to his daughter’s podcast interview from 2019, in which she said he disliked politicians using Twitter. Merchan says that does not reflect a bias against any party. Trump’s second recusal motion is DENIED.”

“There is no basis for recusal,” Merchan said from the bench, according to MSNBC executive producer Kyle Griffin.

Watch below or at this link.

READ MORE: ‘Staged Photo Op’ of Trump With Black Chick-fil-A Patrons Was ‘True Retail Politics’ Says Fox News

 

Continue Reading

News

‘Scared to Death’: GOP Ex-Congressman Brings Hammer Down on ‘Weak’ Trump

Published

on

Amid Republicans – including Donald Trump – claiming over the weekend Iran would never have attacked Israel if Donald Trump were president, and saying Trump never got America into a war, Republican former U.S. Congressman Adam Kinzinger blasted the ex-president and his allies while serving up a series of damning facts and urging them to stop “rewriting history.”

“It’s really easy not to get in a war, if you just surrender everything,” Kinzinger said Sunday evening in what he called an “emergency” video (below). He called the ex-president now on day one of the first criminal trial of any former U.S. president, “the worst foreign policy president of my generation,” and “a week, small, tiny man who was scared to death.”

Kinzinger has strong bona fides to back up his remarks. He is a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, where he has served since 2003. (He reportedly is no longer on active duty, but is a member of the Air National Guard.) He fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Congress, he served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on the Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism, and was the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment.

He praised Trump for killing Qasem Soleimani, a top Iranian commander who was deemed “Iran’s second most powerful man.”

READ MORE: ‘By Design’: Johnson Falsely Claims Democrats Are Trying to Turn ‘Illegals’ Into Voters

“That was a good hit,” he said, before reminding Americans what happened after that.

“Iran responded by launching a whole bunch of missiles at a U.S. base in Iraq. A hundred soldiers were injured with traumatic brain injuries. Remember, Donald Trump said, ‘Oh, they’re just some headaches?’ Yeah, not to those people. It’s serious.”

“How did we respond to that missile barrage against our base? We did nothing,” Kinzinger lamented.

“Do you remember when they shot down a 100 million something dollar drone, which by the way, is not like a little drone? It’s about the size of an airliner. And we responded by – oh, that’s right: Trump did nothing. Do you remember when they attacked the Saudi oil field with a massive barrage? Trump responded by, that’s right: he didn’t do anything.”

“Do you remember when he said we were going to leave the Kurds behind? Remember when he kept talking about leaving Syria and leaving Syria to Iran? Yeah, let’s be clear about Donald Trump. I have my disagreements with this administration. But let’s quit pretending Donald Trump was anything but the worst foreign policy president of my generation, because he was.”

READ MORE: ‘Staged Photo Op’ of Trump With Black Chick-fil-A Patrons Was ‘True Retail Politics’ Says Fox News

“He gave Russia everything they needed. He gave Iran everything they needed, And basically was just absolutely surrendering American interests around the world.”

“Yeah, it’s really easy not to get in a war, if you just surrender everything, so let’s quit rewriting history on Donald Trump became he was not some master of foreign policy, he was a week, small, tiny man who was scared to death.”

Watch below or at this link.

READ MORE: ‘Spoiler’ Questions Swirl as Trump Says He Would Vote for RFK Jr. ‘If I Were a Democrat’

Continue Reading

OPINION

‘By Design’: Johnson Falsely Claims Democrats Are Trying to Turn ‘Illegals’ Into Voters

Published

on

Embattled Republican Speaker of the House Mike Johnson traveled nearly 1000 miles on Friday afternoon to appear with Donald Trump in a live joint press conference at Mar-a-Lago to promote legislation banning non-U.S. citizens from voting, which has been a federal law, and a felony, since 1997.

But Johnson used the event to attack Democrats, falsely accusing them of a conspiracy to increase the number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. for the direct and distinct purpose of pushing them to vote illegally in U.S. elections.

The Speaker offered no proof of the existence of this conspiracy.

“We only want U.S. citizens to vote in U.S. elections,” Johnson said, standing next to Trump (video below), “but there are some Democrats who don’t want to do that. We believe that one of their designs, one of the reasons for this open border, which everybody asked all around the country, why would they do this? Why would they allow all this chaos? Why the violence? Because they want to turn these people into voters.”

READ MORE: ‘Staged Photo Op’ of Trump With Black Chick-fil-A Patrons Was ‘True Retail Politics’ Says Fox News

Non-citizens voting in a U.S. election is punishable by deportation, massive fines, and/or numerous years in prison.

“Right now the administration is encouraging illegals to go to their local welfare office to sign up for benefits,” Johnson, one of the top election deniers in the country, claimed as he explained his conspiracy theory. He did not state how the Biden Administration is communicating with undocumented immigrants, nor did he offer proof of these communications.

He also did not state that the vast majority of undocumented immigrants are ineligible for any government welfare program.

“Well, guess what? When you go to a welfare office, they also ask you if you would like to register to vote, and so many people, we think are going to do that.”

Again, Johnson offered no proof of undocumented immigrants doing that, and in fact, as the Brennan Center for Justice reported just this week, that is not happening.

“States have multiple systems in place to deter noncitizen voting. Those who violate the law face prison time and deportation,” the Brennan Center reported.

If you were undocumented, the Brennan Center asked, “Would you risk everything — your freedom, your life in the United States, your ability to be near your family — just to cast a single ballot?”

Johnson went on to state, “there’s so many millions of illegals in the country, that if only one out of 100 voted, they would cast potentially hundreds of thousands of votes in the election. That could turn an election.”

It could, but it isn’t happening.

RELATED: Johnson Moves for Trump Protection Against Greene With Mar-a-Lago Joint Press Conference

“President Biden has created a catastrophe and he did it by design,” Johnson alleged. “Why invite everybody from around the world to come here, including hardened criminals and dangerous persons?”

Neither President Biden nor his administration invited “everybody from around the world to come here,” but what if he did? Why shouldn’t he, if America is the greatest country on earth, why shouldn’t the President invite, urge people from other countries to lawfully come to America, the land of opportunity, the land of the free, the home of the brave, where immigrants have been called the “backbone” of the nation.

Federal laws can help keep “hardened criminals and dangerous persons” out, and federal border agents could do a better job if Donald Trump had allowed a vote on the Senate bipartisan border bill.

Johnson also claimed that immigration “has all sorts of terrible effects on the American people. We know that fentanyl is the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 49.”

Most of the fentanyl flooding the country is smuggled in by Americans, not “across the border” but through U.S. ports of entry. Nearly nine out of ten fentanyl smugglers are U.S. citizens, according to the right wing Cato Institute.

Watch a portion of Speaker Johnson’s remarks below or at this link.

READ MORE: ‘Bless Those Who Persecute You’: Johnson Invokes Bible Amid Greene’s Ouster Threat

 

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 AlterNet Media.