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Trump’s Anti-Gay Nominee for Religious Freedom Ambassador Just Can’t Come Up With a Good Reason Why He Killed LGBT Protections

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In 2009 Brownback Refused to Comment When Asked if ‘Homosexual Conduct’ Should Be Criminalized

Sam Brownback was grilled by Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Kaine Wednesday morning on why the Republican Governor had killed protections for state LGBT workers in Kansas. Brownback, currently the Kansas governor and an anti-LGBT religious extremist, is President Trump’s nominee to become the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

Senator Kaine asked Governor Brownback during his confirmation hearing (video) why he revoked an executive order, written by his predecessor, at the start of his second term in office. That executive order had made it illegal to discriminate against LGBT state employees.

“That was an order that created a right by the executive branch that wasn’t available to other people that wasn’t passed by the legislative branch,” Brownback explained as his reason for leaving the entire state workforce without protection from discrimination or even firing for being or even being perceived as LGBT. 

In 2015 Gov. Brownback rescinded the order, signed by then-Governor Kathleen Sebelius. 

Brownback defended his actions to Sen. Kaine, who refused to accept his reasoning.

Kaine reminded Brownback that within his first ten minutes of becoming governor of Virginia, he signed an executive order protecting LGBT state employees, because it was the right thing to do and set the proper example of what he stood for.

Sen. Kaine also asked Gov. Brownback if he was aware that there are countries in which being LGBT is illegal, and in some the penalty is death. He also asked him if he was aware that the justification for the criminalization of being LGBT was often a religious justification.

Brownback sidestepped the question by announcing that he had just had a conversation with Randy Berry, the first and current U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. 

By Brownback rescinding the executive order, an LGBT professor, for example, at the University of Kansas who during the eight years the order was in place could have come out, and after Brownback rescinded the order, could have been fired.

One year later Brownback signed an anti-gay “religious liberty” bill into law, calling groups that discriminate against LGBT people the “building blocks of society.” He also has ties to the anti-LGBT organization, known as The Family, that promoted Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill. In 2009 Brownback refused to comment when asked if “homosexual conduct” should be criminalized.

The Kansas governor went on to tell Sen. Kaine that he could not see any reason why the current State Dept. policies toward LGBT people would change if he were to be confirmed.

Senator Kaine clearly was not convinced.

The Washington Correspondent for the Kansas City Star noted on Twitter that Senator Kaine “tells me after the hearing that he’s very troubled by Brownback’s answers on LGBT discrimination.”

The Wichita Eagle notes that Brownback will likely be confirmed, thanks to the GOP majority in the Senate. He will have a $7.7 million budget.

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First Capitol Riot Hearing ‘Is Going to Be a Disastrous Day for Kevin McCarthy’: Politico Reporter

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The first Capitol riot select committee hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, and Politico reporter Rachel Bade predicted it would create major headaches for GOP leader Kevin McCarthy.

Specifically, Bade pointed to the fact McCarthy pulled all of his nominees out of the committee, which means that he will have no one to challenge the narrative that gets established.

“Tomorrow is going to be a disastrous day for McCarthy on both ends of the spectrum,” she said. “You are going to have men and women in uniform testifying about the violence they witnessed on January 6th. McCarthy is still sticking with Trump. That… is going to be tough for the party and tough for him. He decided to withdraw all his members from this committee, so he is not going to have anybody to push back on anything that is being said.”

Additionally, Bade said that the four far-right lawmakers who are planning to hold a press conference highlighting the alleged mistreatment of jailed Capitol rioters are also likely to create a public relations nightmare for McCarthy.

“These people were rioters. [They’re] calling them [political] prisoners now?” she said. “It’s going to be impossible for McCarthy.”

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4 Top Trump-Supporting House Republicans ‘Demanding Answers’ on ‘Treatment’ of January 6 ‘Prisoners’

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The U.S. Dept.  of Justice arrested and charged over 500 people who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many in a coordinated effort to overturn a free and fair election. DOJ expects to charge about 100 others as well.

“The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence,” the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. wrote in March, when the list of people to be charged was estimated at about 400, The Washington Post reported at the time.

On Tuesday, as the newly-minted U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack launches, holding its first day of events, four far right wing House Republicans – some of whom has been linked to white nationalists – will be holding a different type of event.

Instead of working to uncover and piece together all the information about what happened on Jan. 6, including what led up to the attempted coup, four GOP representatives – Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene – will hold a press conference on the “treatment” of the January 6 “prisoners,” suggesting they are “political prisoners,” which is false.

The four extremists will hold that press conference Tuesday at 1 PM, “demanding answers on the treatment of Jan. 6 prisoners” from Attorney General Merrick Garland, per a press release.

“This is taking place on the same day as the Jan. 6 select committee’s first hearing,” Forbes’ Andrew Solender reports. House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “is also holding a presser ahead of that to counterprogram.”

“The lawmakers have all pushed a baseless conspiracy theory that federal agents were behind the attack, with Gosar also casting slain rioter Ashli Babbitt – who was shot by law enforcement while trying to breach the House chamber – as a martyr,” Solender says in a Forbes article.

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‘Groveling Before White Supremacists’: GOP Senate Candidate Slammed for ‘Going Fully Anti-Semitic’

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A Republican candidate for the seat currently held by retiring U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) was both criticized for antisemitism and mocked for accidentally yet accurately linking extremism with conservatism on Monday.

Venture capitalist J.D. Vance, whose former boss, billionaire PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel has invested $10 million in a PAC supporting him, posted the strange tweet attacking the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL is a civil rights organization dedicated to “monitoring, tracking and responding to antisemitism in the United States.” Vance is the author of “Hillbilly Elegy.”

He retweeted this post from disclose.tv and called the ADL “a joke of an organization that just goes after conservatives.”

Some slammed Vance’s tweet as antisemitic:

Others just mocked him for accidentally speaking the truth about “extremist and hate movements.”

 

 

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