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MSNBC Invited a Right Wing Extremist to Discuss America’s ‘Toxic Political Environment’ – It Didn’t Go Well

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Erick Erickson is among the most divisive pundits in America. Over the past few years he has compared gay people and liberals to ISIS and called gay people terrorists. He has said “comparing gay rights activists to the Nazis is fitting.” He has called former Supreme Court Justice David Souter a “goat fucking child molester.” Then-First Lady Michelle Obama he called a “marxist harpy wife.” And perhaps most importantly for today’s purposes, Erickson once asked, “At what point do the people … march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp?” and said: “‘It is and has always been the left’ that resorts to violence.”

Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours after the nation was consumed by what has now become a series of ten pipe bombs sent to top Democrats – including two former Presidents, a former Vice President, a former Secretary of State, and two sitting Congresswomen – MSNBC saw fit to invite Erickson on to comment during a segment about America’s “toxic political environment” and political violence.

It didn’t go well.

Not surprisingly, Erickson, an anti-gay, racist, sexist, misogynistic, theocratic fear-monger, tried to take over the segment. Host Katy Tur was forced to tell him, “I’m still going,” that it was her show, and demand he let her finish.

“Have you ever heard a politician,” Tur continued, “other than Donald Trump say, ‘I’m so proud,’ or give a kudos to another politician who bodyslammed a reporter? Have you heard that from anybody else other than Donald Trump?” she asked, after Erickson condescendingly tried to compare comments President Obama had made with President Trump’s rhetoric.

Erickson told Tur her blood pressure is going up because she’s talking about Trump.

Tur responded by saying that Trump advocates and celebrates violence, while Erickson insisted “both sides” do.

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Video via Talking Points Memo

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House Intel Chair Consults With Sergeant at Arms After Republicans ‘Storm’ Secure Impeachment Deposition Room (UPDATED)

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Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Schiff (D-CA) is consulting with the Sergeant at Arms after dozens of House Republicans who are not assigned to any of the committees involved in the impeachment inquiry of the president stormed a secure room in an unauthorized attempt to gain access to the proceedings.

The unprecedented attempt to obstruct the impeachment inquiry delayed the testimony of several witnesses who were in the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), as Politico reports. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper was just about to begin her testimony when Republicans struck.

“It was closest thing I’ve seen around here to mass civil unrest as a member of Congress,” a source in the room told CNN. The several dozen Republicans “stormed through the three different doors,” and refused to leave.

Politico adds that “some GOP lawmakers brought their cell phones into the secure area — a significant violation of House rules. Another person said the room had to be fully swept for potential security breaches.”

Schiff is reportedly threatening those GOP lawmakers with ethics violations.

This was not a rogue group of Republicans acting on their own. They were led by one of the top Republicans in the House, Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), and right wing extremist Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

“They basically ran over a member of the staff” to get in the room, said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.). “They just came into the room and started shouting about the president. Literally some of them were just screaming … saying that the process is wrong.”

Politico referred to the attack as a “stunt,” but Democrats are following the House rules.

“In reality,” Politico adds, “more than 45 House Republicans — nearly a quarter of the House GOP conference — already have full access to the depositions via their membership on one of the three committees leading the impeachment inquiry. And during the depositions, Republican counsel is given the same amount of time to question witnesses as Democratic counsel.”

Chief Political Correspondent for Sinclair at WJLA posted video:

NEW:
National Security Expert Appalled by Rep. Gaetz Storming House SCIF: ‘I Cannot Emphasize Enough How Serious This Is’
Trump Knew and ‘Backed’ House Republicans’ Storming SCIF: Report

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Bonkers Fox News Segment Blames Mass Shootings on God-Hating Liberals Who Teach Kids About Evolution

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Fox News calls anti-gay hate group head a “former police officer.”

Tony Perkins, head of the conservative Family Research Council, on Sunday said that liberals were to blame for mass shootings because they have allegedly taken God out of the public square.

Perkins appeared on Fox & Friends where he was identified as a “former police officer.”

According to Perkins, the shooting near Odessa, Texas that left seven dead was “just tragic.”

“At some point, we have to realize that we as a nation have a problem,” he continued. “And the problem is not the absence of laws, it’s an absence of morality.”

According to Perkins, the “absence of morality” had been caused by a “decades-long march through the institutions of America, driving religion and God from the public square.”

Perkins said he was “willing” to talk to liberals about ending the epidemic of mass shootings.

“I agree, praying alone is not enough,” Perkins opined. “It’s time to act. It’s not just about having a conversation about restricting those who should not have guns, criminals. But it’s also a discussion of a absence of a moral core in our culture today.”

Perkins said that teaching children about evolution is one cause of mass shootings.

“We’ve taught our kids they come about through chance through primordial slime and then we’re surprised they treat their fellow Americans like dirt!” he exclaimed. “It’s time we talk about the result of the left’s systematic march through our institutions, driving religious expression from the public square.”

Perkins complained that children are not being taught that they are “created in the image of God.”

“We’ve driving religion from our public life and we’re shocked that we no longer have morality and we no longer value human life,” he remarked.

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Unrepentant, YouTube Reverses Course, Apologizes to Far-Right Channels and Unbans Them

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YouTube has shown itself to be particularly susceptible to pressure campaigns organized by the far-right

YouTube has undone actions taken against two far-right YouTube accounts and one white nationalist YouTube account after banning those accounts earlier this week.

Right Wing Watch reported on Monday that YouTube had removed at least four YouTube channels that produced white nationalist and racist content from its platform, including channels used by The Right Stuff, American Identity Movement (formerly Identity Evropa), VDARE, and James Allsup. On Tuesday night, VDARE tweeted that its YouTube channel had been reinstated.

Right Wing Watch asked YouTube for comment via email on its reinstatement of VDARE TV on Wednesday, but did not receive a response.

Yesterday, Boing Boing noted that YouTube reinstated two other far-right YouTube channels, “The Iconoclast” and a channel used by far-right activist Martin Sellner, and that YouTube told reporters it made the “wrong call” when it decided to remove those channels but failed to elaborate further. BuzzFeed reports:

YouTube’s reactivation of Sellner’s channel comes two months after the video platform joined with Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter to make a commitment they called the “Christchurch Call to Action”. YouTube and the other tech companies said they were committed to “fight the hatred and extremism that lead to terrorist violence.”

The Iconoclast has more than 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. In an interview with Defend Europa last year, the YouTuber spoke extensively about the white nationalist conspiracy theory of “ethnic replacement.” He describes himself as a “British nationalist” who is “anti-mass migration.”

The decision comes a few days after YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki posted her quarterly letter to YouTube creators, which talked about how the company sometimes would leave up “controversial or even offensive” videos.

After Buzzfeed published its story, YouTube spokesperson Farshad Shadloo released a statement, claiming that although “many may find the viewpoints expressed in these channels deeply offensive,“ that YouTube had “determined the videos on their channels do not violate our Community Guidelines and so the channels were reinstated.”

Yesterday, Motherboard reported that YouTube had briefly reinstated and then re-banned the Infowars show “War Room” from its platform. Infowars was banned across nearly all tech platforms last year after we documented the numerous blatant violations of community guidelines committed regularly by Infowars personalities on social media platforms.

YouTube has shown itself to be particularly susceptible to pressure campaigns organized by the far-right. Last year, the site apologized and retracted strikes against far-right “philosopher” Stefan Molyneux’s YouTube account after he urged his fans to contact YouTube on his behalf.

 

This article was originally published at Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.

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