Wednesday night racist U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) posted video to Twitter claiming it depicted men in Honduras paying women and children to join the caravan headed to “storm the US border.” He asked if the cash was coming from George Soros, a liberal funder who has become the Republicans’ all-time favorite target.
There is exactly zero proof the video showed what Gaetz claimed it did, or that it was even filmed in Honduras. He has offered no evidence. He has not revealed the video’s source, nor is there any evidence migrants making the caravan trip to the U.S. Southern border are being paid to do so by George Soros, or Democrats, or anyone else.
In fact, conspiracy theorist researcher Travis View, whose work has been published in The Washington Post, tweets about where the video was filmed. He credits Twitter user PragmaticProgressive for figuring it out.
It wasn’t Honduras at all, so Gaetz is just plain wrong – or lying.
Update: @pragmaticleft discovered where the video was filmed with Google Maps. The location is in fact outside this building in Chiquimula, Guatemala, not anywhere in Honduras, as Congressman Gaetz’s tweet falsely claimed.https://t.co/nu31QutUbX pic.twitter.com/WoyLdwjYEX
— Travis View (@travis_view) October 18, 2018
Any casual observer who is not told what Gaetz claims the video shows likely would not say, “Footage in Honduras giving cash 2 women & children 2 join the caravan & storm the US border @ election time,” which is what Gaetz tweeted.
The Florida GOP Congressman was rightly mocked, but the damage was done.
President Trump just retweeted the video – not crediting Gaetz for it, of course – and tweeting, “Can you believe this, and what Democrats are allowing to be done to our Country?”
Anyone unfamiliar with Gaetz’s tweet would be in the dark.
But that’s how racist dogwhistles work. It’s all an “inside joke,” and Trump’s racist supporters love to feel like they’re on the inside, that their president “gets them.” The joke is on them, however, because he does.
President Trump isn’t making any effort to unite America, as he repeatedly promised. He isn’t the “president for all of our citizens,” as he promised he would be.
He is, in fact, doing everything he can to divide this nation. And it’s working.
In fact, this is, to my memory, the first time in American politics where a sitting president – and sitting elected lawmakers at the federal, state, and local level – are actively campaigning not against their political opponents, but against voters of the opposition party.
Here’s Trump’s tweet:
Can you believe this, and what Democrats are allowing to be done to our Country? pic.twitter.com/4aDpASkjIU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2018
By the way, Mr. President, when are you going to reunite the hundreds (if not more) of migrant children you ripped from their parents’ arms?
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Trump Chillingly Tells Students’ Group the Constitution Gives Him ‘The Right to Do Whatever I Want as President’
Maybe the students attending Turning Point USA’s Teen Action Summit weren’t paying attention in whatever civics or history classes they recently took, but President Donald Trump on Tuesday went unchallenged when he told attendees the U.S. Constitution gives him unlimited power.
“Then I have an Article Two, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president,” Trump said.
Article Two, which defines the executive branch, including outlining impeachment, does not in any manner suggest the President has unlimited powers or the right to do whatever he wants.
Here’s President Trump making this chilling and fascistic claim in Washington, D.C. earlier today:
TRUMP: “Then I have an Article 2, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”
(Article 2 does not in fact empower the president to do whatever they want.) pic.twitter.com/qIFP1AbHw6
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 23, 2019
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A fascism expert says America is facing an “emergency” after witnessing President Donald Trump’s “send her back” campaign re-election rally Wednesday night.
“I am not easily shocked,” Professor Stanley wrote. “But we are facing an emergency. Journalists must not get away with sugar coating this. This is the face of evil.”
I am not easily shocked. But we are facing an emergency. Journalists must not get away with sugar coating this. This is the face of evil. https://t.co/XD0OAHvZao
— Jason Stanley (@jasonintrator) July 18, 2019
Wednesday night in North Carolina Trump continued his assault on the four progressive Democratic Congresswomen, who are also women of color, after “inviting” them to leave the country.
Trump’s supporters erupted into a raucous, hostile chant of “send her back, send her back.”
Newsweek notes Trump called the four Democratic lawmakers, “hate-filled extremists.”
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HHS Being Sued Over Policy Giving Special Religious Rights to Healthcare Professionals Over LGBT People and Women
The Trump administration’s Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) is facing two separate lawsuits just filed by the ACLU and by Planned Parenthood. The filings seek to strike down a new policy that would give people of faith special religious rights to discriminate, especially against LGBT people and women.
The new policy, slated to go into effect July 22, would provide “conscience protections” to health care workers and professionals. Those protections would allow, say, a doctor to not perform an abortion, even to save the life of a mother. They would allow, for example, a physician or nurse practitioner to reject a gay man on the grounds his very being violates their religious beliefs.
Courthouse News’ Adam Klasfeld posted a portion of the lawsuit which says the Refusal of Care Rule would “allow almost any health care provider – including hospitals or individual workers in the health care setting … to refuse to provide, assist with, or refer for virtually any health service, based solely on a personal objection.”
The rule would also make it legal to withhold information from patients, and without telling them.
New: @PPFA and the @ACLU filed separate lawsuits in SDNY suing @HHSGov for issuing a rule that “would allow almost any health care provider” to deny “virtually any health service” — or withhold info on health care options — based on personal objections alone. @CourthouseNews pic.twitter.com/xVrTAjy1oy
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) June 11, 2019
The new HHS rule is merely the extension of a Trump administration plan to decimate the rights of women and minorities, under the guise of religious freedom. It is being enacted by Roger Severino (photo), a far right wing religious extremist who now heads HHS’s Office for Civil Rights.
News about the new rule first leaked in April.
“Patients want doctors who match their values,” Severino said, defending the proposed rule weeks later.
Severino once served as the CEO and counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a far right wing religious legal organization. He also worked for The Heritage Foundation, and for the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society. The Human Rights Campaign has called him a “radical anti-LGBTQ activist.”
In early 2018 Severino created the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in HHS’s Office of Civil Rights, in order to prioritize supposed cases of anti-religious discrimination among medical professionals.
“Severino is a defender of the discredited practice of conversion therapy, argued transgender service members ‘dishonors’ the military, and insisted that anti-LGBTQ discrimination is ‘based not on any sort of hatred but, in fact, out of love,'” GLAAD said in a statement at the time.
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