The White House is hosting a forum Thursday afternoon its calling “Generation Next,” and it will feature some anti-LGBT speakers and panel members.
(The event has already begun and you can watch live below. Ivanka Trump is currently on stage.)
The anti-gay hate group Alliance Defending Freedom will be in attendance, and is sending Tyson Langhofer, an attorney who will be part of a panel discussion about the “crisis” of what conservatives are calling a lack of free speech in college campuses.
Moderating the panel will be White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway. Also in attendance will be Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
Also in attendance during Thursday’s event will be Mercedes Schlapp, the White House Director of Strategic Communications.
Schlapp, as GLAAD notes, has “[c]riticized LGBTQ rights activists for protesting anti-LGBTQ Vice President Mike Pence, saying Pence was ‘tagged as the enemy because he is Christian and believes in traditional values on marriage and supports religious freedoms’ and that LGBTQ people ‘shove their liberal ideology in the face of others, in our schools and in the public square.'”
President Trump is slated to attend the forum, and will be interviewed by far right wing activist and Trump supporter Charlie Kirk.
Kirk has made a name for himself by founding a college student nonprofit called Turning Point USA, which has been funded by conservative billionaire Foster Friess. Kirk is anti-LGBT, and, according to GLAAD again, has said “it is ‘fascism’ that a baker has to equally sell a cake to a same-sex couple, then wrongly claims it is ‘exactly the same thing’ as forcing a Jewish artist to print neo-Nazi materials.”
Kirk is a frequent user of social media, often tweeting his thoughts, as these examples show:
The Masterpiece Cakeshop case isn’t about gay marriage. It’s about whether government can force artists to create art at the point of a gun
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) December 5, 2017
To all the #EqualityMarch participants:
Donald Trump is the first incoming President to ever support gay marriage
Celebrate & thank him!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 11, 2017
(Trump does not support same-sex marriage.)
Watch live now below. Trump is slated to appear at 2:15 PM ET but expect that to be fluid.
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Mike Pompeo Called on to Resign – or Be Impeached Himself
After Ambassador Gordon Sondland implicated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Ukraine scandal during his impeachment testimony on Wednesday morning, calls arose for him to resign — or to be impeached himself.
“Sondland puts Pompeo right in the middle of Trump’s bribery scheme,” former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance told Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post. “And, Pompeo, who listened in on the July 25 call, knew what was at stake — Trump was forcing [Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into the Bidens that was politically valuable to Trump’s 2020 campaign.”
Vance added: “Pompeo, top of his class at West Point and a graduate of Harvard Law, knew it was wrong.”
Rep. Adam Schiff: “[Pompeo] was aware of the connections that you were making between the investigations and the White House meeting and security assistance?”
— The Hill (@thehill) November 20, 2019
Rubin agreed, and observed that unlike the president, Pompeo has no protection from legal exposure.
“The House Intelligence Committee should make a criminal referral, subpoena Pompeo for testimony and proceed with impeachment proceedings if he doesn’t comply,” she wrote. “The message to future secretaries of state must be that they must [not] participate in illegal schemes and that their oath is to the Constitution, not a president.”
Sondland: ‘We Followed the President’s Orders’
Gordon Sondland will say in sworn testimony before Congress that he “followed the President’s orders” to extort a quid pro quo and engage in a bribery scheme with Ukraine, according to the text of his opening remarks his attorney has released ahead of his testimony Wednesday morning.
“Mr. Giuliani’s requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit,” Sondland will say, CNBC reports.
“Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the President of the United States, and we knew that these investigations were important to the President.”
Sondland will also say, “we followed the president’s orders” to work with Giuliani, Bloomberg adds.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
Revealed: Nikki Haley Sent Confidential Information About North Korea Nuke Scare Over System Meant Only for Unclassified Communications
“Convenience is not an acceptable reason to skirt information security rules. She should be held to the same standard as everyone else,” said Austin Evers, executive director at American Oversight, upon hearing the news that former UN ambassador Nikki Haley used a Blackberry smartphone to communicate with staff regarding North Korea’s July, 2017 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US.
“For an administration obsessed with security lapses others have committed, and for a still-rising star in the Republican party, this could be more than a little embarrassing,” The Daily Beast notes in their exclusive report on Haley’s security violation:
Haley was in a rush as she headed to her office—“On my way in”—shooting emails back and forth with top aides who’d been with her since she was governor of South Carolina. She needed to make a statement, and they were drafting it for her. “Let’s clean this up,” she writes after looking at some of the copy. “Pretty this up for me,” she says, then, “Can’t find my password for the high side.”
Long story short, Nikki Haley violated procedure because she couldn’t remember her password.
Haley’s emails were part of a trove of classified documents secured by a FOIA request by American Oversight, a non-profit watchdog organization engaged in investigating the Trump administration.
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