Governor’s Field Director Attacked LGBT, Black, and Jewish People on Social Media Site Popular With Alt-Right
Said ‘Gays Are Scum of the Earth’
Nebraska GOP Governor Pete Ricketts‘ re-election campaign statewide field director Bennett Bressman reportedly has made thousands of posts on Discord, a social media platform popular with the alt-right. Among his remarks are a “shocking trove” of homophobic, racist, and anti-Semitic remarks, as Talking Points Memo reports.
Ricketts on Monday said he was “shocked and horrified” this key member of his re-election team held such offensive beliefs.
“The posts by Bressman, as reported by the website Anti-Fascist Nebraska, joked about the Holocaust and turning Israel into ‘a crater,’ as well as posts that stated ‘gays are scum of the earth’ and that he ‘probably would’ drive his car into a Black Lives Matter crowd for the ‘lulz’ (laughs),” the Omaha World Herald reports.
“Make journalists afraid again,” Bressman also said, adding that his “whole political ideology revolves around harming journalists.”
According to Anti-Fascist Nebraska, he also made what appears to be a reference to hate violence directed at LGBT people: “frag grenades at fag parades all summer 2018.”
“Frag,” according to Google, is “military slang” that means to “deliberately kill (an unpopular senior officer) with a hand grenade.” Presumably it could have other meanings.
Anti-Fascist Nebraska pooled and characterized sets of Bressman’s remarks, such as, “Bressman’s casual endorsements of genocide,” and “Bressman confesses to committing a hate crime at an LGBT rally for which he was never held responsible, and says he would do it again.”
In one June 2018 post Bressman writes, “I had brunch with my governor today and he was telling me how the trump [sic] administration is truly transformational in ways people don’t even know.”
Anti-Fascist Nebraska, which includes dozens of screenshots in its article, notes that “it should be disturbing that a governor is having private brunches with 21 year old fascists and is one of 50 governors advising the president on policy.”
TPM adds that “the trove of chats remains searchable on Unicorn Riot’s page. In them, Bressman expresses his allegiance to white nationalist ideology, claiming that ‘the white race is dying’ and sharing memes about ‘becoming a fascist’ as a result of his ‘research.’ Bressman explicitly encourages his fellow travelers to seek posts in local government and ‘take this whole apparatus over.'”
Gov. Ricketts’ father is billionaire TDAmeritrade founder Joe Ricketts, for whom the Nebraska governor was forced to apologize for after news broke the elder Ricketts had been sending racist conspiracy theory emails.
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GOP Lawmaker Wants to Fine Transgender People in North Dakota $1500 if They Use ‘Wrong’ Pronouns
The North Dakota House of Representatives has introduced a bill that would strictly prohibit expanded use of pronouns outside of the gender that the person was assigned at birth.
House Bill 2199 restricts the definition of gender to the “individual’s determined sex at birth” and then requires that all pronoun use be reflective of that same gender. Any violation by anyone who works at an institution that receives state funding, including public schools would be subject to a $1,500 fine.
If gender is challenged, the bill puts the responsibility on the individual to prove their gender.
“Say, they’re a boy, but they come to school and say they’re a girl. As far as that school is concerned in this bill, that person is still a boy. If it becomes contested, the burden will be on the girl, the so-called girl, or the boy, to prove that he is a girl,” said North Dakota State Senator David Clemens while speaking in favor of the bill.
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The bill’s sponsor was the only testimony given in support of the bill, as nearly 100 separate forms of testimony was provided against the bill. Even the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee voted to not pass the proposed bill.
“I see no way this law would pass any sort of legal challenge based on basic legal construction principles,” North Dakota Human Rights’ Christina Sambor said in an interview with KFYR-TV of Bismarck. “It is vague, fails to advance any legitimate state interests, and not only would cause impermissible, gender-based discrimination, its very purpose is gender-based discrimination.”
The bill now moves to the Senate floor.
‘I Made Juneteenth Very Famous’: Trump Raged Against ‘These People’ After Being Forced to Reschedule Tulsa Rally
Donald Trump bristled at moving his comeback rally in Tulsa due to a scheduling conflict with Juneteenth.
The former president had scheduled his first rally since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic for June 19, 2020, but he was notified — by a Black Secret Service agent, he says — of the date’s historical significance and the extra weight it carried in the days following the Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd, according to excerpts from a new book published by The Hill.
Can you imagine “changing the day of the rally in Oklahoma to accommodate these people?” Trump groused, according to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. “Have you ever heard of such a ridiculous thing?”
Murphy and his wife had joined Trump for dinner at his golf club in Bedminster, where the former president told the couple that he was looking forward to packing the arena to show off his electoral strength, but he ultimately agreed to reschedule for a day later — and then claimed credit for popularizing the day marking the end of slavery in the U.S.
“I did something good,” Trump said. “I made Juneteenth very famous. It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.”
The rally ultimately drew a much smaller crowd than had been expected, with at least a third of the seats empty at BOK Center, and a spokesman for his campaign later blamed the paltry attendance on “radical protesters.”
Meanwhile, Trump is scheduled to speak tonight at a rally at 9pm ET tonight in support of embattled Nebraska Gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster.
After Herbster, a businessman endorsed by former President Donald Trump, was accused of sexually assaulting eight women, including a state senator, Republicans throughout the state washed their hands of him, and sitting Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts told him to end his campaign and “get help.”
But according to POLITICO on Thursday, Trump himself is still all in on Herbster’s candidacy.
“Trump did not withdraw his support for Herbster, or scrap plans to hold a Friday evening rally for the candidate in Nebraska. Instead, he doubled down: The former president relayed word that Herbster wasn’t fighting back hard enough, backing plans for Herbster to hold a press conference aggressively denying the allegations and pushing back at his adversaries,” reported Alex Isenstadt.
Watch: Newsmax Host Wants to Know Why Movies ‘Have to Be About LGBTQ People?’ in Anti-Gay Rant
Newsmax propagandist Greg Kelly is jumping on the right’s rapidly growing anti-LGBTQ extremism by denouncing movies with LGBTQ people in them, while likening being LGBTQ to having a hobby – like trains – that he says no one needs to know about.
“I don’t get this be your whole self routine at work or even in art, even in products that you are creating for other people to consume,” Kelly said on Newsmax Wednesday. “For instance, take me, I love model trains. Did you know that? I actually do.”
“I love trains. I love them,” he continued. “I don’t talk about a lot on TV because it’s a pretty niche hobby and not a lot of people are into it. Alright, especially at my age. That’s my thing. I’ll do it on my time and I’m not going to bother you about it fair? You get it? I think that’s a pretty good analogy.”
It’s actually not. What Kelly is talking about is called a hobby. Being LGBTQ is not.
The Newsmax host who, coincidentally is a former Fox News correspondent and host, and the son of former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, then played what appeared to be an internal Walt Disney Company video of an employee talking about including LGBTQ characters in her work.
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The segment included her stating: “Like I was just wherever I could just basically adding queerness to like, if you see anything queer in the show [undiscernable] no one would stop me and no one was trying to stop me.”
Kelly, who, according to Vanity Fair, has a history of “very racist-seeming tweets,” jumped on that immediately.
“Just have fun with your not-so-secret gay agenda,” he said. “And queerness and putting it in movies and cartoons and where is it been so far? I watch this stuff from time to time. I guess over the years. These are movies you’ve heard of I’ve heard of is this what they’ve been up to all along?” he asked, as the camera pans over classic Disney works like “Mary Poppins.”
(LGBTQ people have been creating Disney classics for decades, or longer. )
“Is this what they will be up to from now on? I don’t think it’s going to help the plotline. You know, movies are about people. Uh, why do they have to be about LGBTQ people or anything like, is the orientation really all that?”
(Full anti-LGBTQ segment on YouTube.)
Newsmax host: “You know, movies are about people. Why do they have to be about LGBTQ people?” pic.twitter.com/y39ycxvXwM
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