Pence Calls It ’18 Yr Old Nonstory’ â€“ Is It?
Mike Pence overnight posted a very Trumpian tweet in his latest attempt to not take responsibility for having supported funding for anti-gay conversion therapy.
Headed to the Olympics to cheer on #TeamUSA. One reporter trying to distort 18 yr old nonstory to sow seeds of division. We wonâ€™t let that happen! #FAKENEWS. Our athletes are the best in the world and we are for ALL of them! #TEAMUSA
â€” Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 8, 2018
And while the Vice President can call it “fake news,” it’s not.
Olympic skater Adam RipponÂ last month slammed Vice President Pence for his support of the fraudulent practice of anti-gay conversion therapy, in a USA Today interview. Pence reportedly was so angered by Rippon’s remarks within an hour of the article being published his office tried to arrange a conversation with the Olympic skater, who at the time was the first openly-gay athlete to participate in the Winer Olympic Games.
Rippon refused, as USA Today’sÂ Christine Brennan reported. She spoke with CNN Thursday morning to explain the entire story.
VP Mike Pence denies trying to set up a meeting with the gay US Olympian Adam Rippon but Christine Brennan tells CNN’s @ChrisCuomo she stands by her reporting. https://t.co/5zCqMNnMyw pic.twitter.com/TxlFI8kUSH
â€” New Day (@NewDay) February 8, 2018
The Vice President “was so concerned about the criticism he received from U.S. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon that his staff went to the extraordinary length of asking the U.S. Olympic Committee to set up a conversation between the two â€“ an offer Rippon turned down,” Brennan reported.
Pence’s office is now refuting that they tried to arrange a conversation, but Brennan stands by her reporting, as she told CNN Thursday morning.
Conversion therapy, also known as reparative therapy, is aÂ dangerous practiceÂ that supposedly turns gay people straight. It does not. In fact, every major medical organization has warned of the possible harms it can bring, which noting it is ineffective. It has also been linked to suicide. Judges have ruled it is “fraud.”
Yet when running for re-election as a U.S. Congressman Mike Pence’s campaign website noted he supported funding the practice, which Pence now denies.
“The widespread belief that Pence supports gay conversion therapy,” USA Today noted, “comes from a statement he made in 2000 on his congressional campaign website: ‘Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.’ While he didnâ€™t explicitly mention gay conversion therapy, leaders in the LGBT community have said they believe thatâ€™s what Pence meant in light of his long-standing opposition to gay rights.”
Pence also tweeted directly to Rippon, basically telling the Olympic athlete what he told USA Today is fake news too:
.@Adaripp I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Donâ€™t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get â€˜em!
â€” Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 8, 2018
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Watch: Trump Declares Himself ‘The Chosen One’
President Trump just stood on the White House lawn, looked up at the sky, and declared himself “the chosen one,” mere hours after tweeting out a quote calling him “the second coming of God” and “the King of Israel.”
The American president delivered his messianic remarks while speaking to reporters about his trade war with China.
Several reporters tweeted out his comments.
What a moment.
President Trump on the WH lawn just looked up to the sky and said, “I am the chosen one.”
He was talking about the trade war with China and repeated his claim that he needs to take on China for unfair trading practice.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 21, 2019
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) August 21, 2019
President Trump today:
-"I am the chosen one" on his trade war with China.
-Retweet claiming he is like the King of Israel.
-Retweet claiming he is like the 2nd coming of god.
— Christina Ginn (@NBChristinaGinn) August 21, 2019
Video. Watch as he looks up at the sky when saying he is the chosen one.
President Trump: "I am the chosen one."
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 21, 2019
Trump May Soon Find Himself Battling 5 Republicans for Re-Election – They Could Help Democrats Win the White House
A same-party primary challenge against a sitting president is not unheard of. Five members of a sitting president’s party would be extraordinary.
Currently, only former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld has officially declared he is running for the Republican nomination for president.
But as The Washington Post just reported, there are four more Republicans in the wings, “inching” closer to declaring their candidacies.
Former Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh, whose journey over the past year has found him moving from disturbing support for Trump to joining the anti-Trump camp (while occasionally offering up some common sense takes on current issues,) is among the four. He “is preparing a Republican primary challenge to President Trump that he previewed as a daily ‘bar fight’ with the incumbent over his morality and competency.”
Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford, who lost his seat after he criticized Trump and the president’s machine went into action against him, “said he is inching closer to a bid of his own by sounding out activists in New Hampshire and other early-voting states about an insurgency focused on the ballooning deficit.”
Former Arizona senator Jeff Flake, who was also the target of the Trump machine, “said he has taken a flurry of recruitment calls in recent days from GOP donors rattled by signs of an economic slowdown and hungry for an alternative to Trump.”
Former Ohio governor John Kasich, who ran for president in the 2016 primaries and earned The New York Times’ endorsement for the GOP nomination, “will head to New Hampshire next month to ‘take a look at things’ after experiencing ‘an increase’ in overtures this summer.”
While the chances of any Republican winning the Republican nomination over Trump are slim, primary challengers take up a campaign’s time, money, energy, and focus, and that can help the opposing party unseat an incumbent.
For example, in 1992 Pat Buchanan’s primary challenge against sitting President George H.W. Bush led to the 41st president losing the White House to then-governor Bill Clinton. In 1980 Senator Ted Kennedy challenged sitting Democratic President Jimmy Carter, helping put Ronald Reagan into the Oval Office.
As Business Insider noted in May, “Throughout the 20th century, sitting presidents who faced challenges from within their own party went on to lose in the general election after being severely weakened.”
‘Was Goebbels Unavailable?’: ABC Blasted for ‘Normalizing Fascism’ by Putting Sean Spicer on Dancing With the Stars
“Remember when Spicer talked about ‘Holocaust centers’ and defended Hitler, saying he didn’t use chemical weapons?”
Disney and ABC Television must have known that putting former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer on “Dancing With the Stars” would draw condemnation, but the outrage over the just-announced news is palpable.
Spicer will go down in history for the massive lies he told, starting with his vicious and attacking falsehoods about the size of the crowd at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The lies seemed to continue daily, only to be outdone by, at one point, Spicer actually appearing to defend Hitler for not gassing his people – which he clearly did.
Spicer appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday to join in the announcement that he’ll be among the “stars” to dance on the 14-year old primetime reality TV show. One of the co-hosts of the show, popularly known as just “DWTS,” made a joke of Spier’s day one lies:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 21, 2019
Spicer’s lies are so ingrained in the Trump administration’s history they even appear in the Mueller report.
On Spicer’s exit from the Trump White House The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza wrote: “Sean Spicer Will Be Remembered for His Lies.”
Many are furious that ABC is “normalizing” a “pathological liar” and normalizing fascism by placing him on national television in a reality TV show.
Take a look:
S. SPICER: Hitler didn’t even sink to the level of using chemical weapons… he was not using the gas on his own people
NETWORK EXECS: Can you dance, though?
— Eric Rauchway (@rauchway) August 21, 2019
tee hee, get it, cause he turned a taxpayer-funded position into a propaganda arm, lying to our faces every single day in order to aid a white supremacist administration, hilarious!
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) August 21, 2019
Intentionally and gleefully lying to the American public is not something to joke about. Disgusting.
— Kevin Maisto (@kevinmaisto) August 21, 2019
Was Joseph Goebbels unavailable?
— Daniel Malmer (@danielmalmer) August 21, 2019
I’m old enough to remember when Sean Spicer said Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons on his own people and then when backtracking called concentration camps “Holocaust centers”.
Not a good look ABC. pic.twitter.com/RFMMpFAyUC
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) August 21, 2019
— Sharon Ringel (@sharon_ringel) August 21, 2019
Remember when Spicer talked about ‘Holocaust centers’ and defended Hitler, saying he didn’t use chemical weapons? That should have had actual repercussions. And should now too. https://t.co/jDWSTX8OdR
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) August 21, 2019
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) August 21, 2019
None of this is funny. This man knowingly and blatantly lied to the American people in his official capacity as a government servant of the people. He helped create the atrocity that is still in office. Shame on ABC.
— Amanda Hammar (@AHammar_esq) August 21, 2019
Nicely done, Tom!
But I’d be more impressed if you walked out of hosting this season to boycott his selection.
— Sean Ryland (@sean_ryland) August 21, 2019
it’s funny because his job was to help a dangerous psychopath constantly lie to the country
— Lindsey Barrett (@LAM_Barrett) August 21, 2019
— kristywoods (@kristywoods) August 21, 2019
This is a seriously bad look on @DancingABC for casting this man.
— Tim (@mickeyshy12) August 21, 2019
Normalize fascism with the wash ups
— Orange President, Yellow King (@DYCTree) August 21, 2019
Why is DWTS promoting a pathological liar?#BoycottDWTS
— Elizabeth Squires (@esquires1215) August 21, 2019
you know how you sit in history class learning (hopefully they teach u) about the Holocaust and various genocides and you think “how on earth do good ppl let this happen?” When Spicer showed up on the Emmy’s was the first time I really truly understood how.
— Christine Nangle (@nanglish) August 21, 2019
I am a super loyal @dancingabc viewer who will not be watching this season. #DWTS is about growth, fun, escapism — and Sean Spicer and the Trump Administration are what we need to escape from. This is so disappointing. https://t.co/Rh1rCQA6gP
— Jess Morales Rocketto (@JessLivMo) August 21, 2019
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