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Pence Doubles Down: Pete Buttigieg’s Belief God Made Him Gay Infringes on My First Amendment Religious Freedom

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Vice President Mike Pence is accusing Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg of infringing on his First Amendment right of freedom of religion.

In an interview with CNN, the Vice President was asked about the South Bend, Indiana mayor saying that if Pence disagrees that people are born gay he has a “quarrel” with Buttigieg’s “creator,” and not with Buttigieg.

Vice President Pence for days now has been attacking “Mayor Pete,” wrongly claiming Buttigieg is attacking him and his Christian faith, which Buttigieg has not done.

On Thursday, in a just-aired interview, Pence doubled down and expanded his attack.

“I hope that Pete will offer more to the American people than attacks on my Christian faith, or attacks on the president, as he seeks the highest office in the land,” Pence, playing the victim, told CNN’s Dana Bash.

Related: Students at This Top Evangelical College Are Trying to Stop Mike Pence From Delivering the Commencement Address

“He argues,” Bash responded, “that your quarrel is with him as a gay man, and he says, ‘I was born this way, and this is the way God made me.’ That’s just not your belief?”

Pence would not answer the question directly.

“Well, I think Pete’s quarrel’s with [the] First Amendment,” Pence declared. “All of us in this country have the right to our religious beliefs,” he insisted, falsely suggesting that Buttigieg was somehow prohibiting him from holding his beliefs.

But the Vice President did not honor Buttigieg’s First Amendment rights – of religion or of free speech. He literally is attacking the Indiana mayor’s right to believe what his faith tells him, and to declare it out loud.

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Watch: Lindsey Graham Falsely Claims FBI Stopped Russia’s Attacks on Clinton Campaign During Election

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham opened up Wednesday morning’s hearing with Inspector General Michael Horowitz by falsely claiming the FBI was able to stop Russia’s attacks against the Hillary Clinton campaign, and suggested it did so early on, well before the November 2016 election.

That’s blatantly false.

Chairman Graham also appeared to imply that the FBI did so merely by contacting the Clinton campaign to warn them of Russia’s actions – and he made that claim to support his false theory that the Bureau should have told the Trump campaign it and its officials were subjects or even targets of a counterintelligence investigation to determine if they were conspiring with Russia to win the election.

“I want the American people to know there was an effort to affect Hillary Clinton’s campaign by foreign actors,” Graham says, not even mentioning Russia. “The FBI picked up that effort, they briefed her about it, and they were able to stop it.”

The FBI has not been able to stop Russian interference and attacks on the U.S. elections, which began according to the consensus of all 17 U.S. Intelligence agencies in 2013, and has to this day have not ended.

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Former chief DOJ spokesperson Matthew Miller offers this insight:

 

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Trump Trade Advisor Says Americans ‘Don’t Have a Right to Know’ if Administration Tied China Policy to Getting Dirt on Biden

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It is a stunning confrontation. Peter Navarro, the White House Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy says the American people “don’t have a right to know” if the Trump administration has tied China trade policy to getting dirt on Joe Biden. President Trump has been engaged in an extortion scheme against Ukraine, using congressionally-approved military aid to try to strong arm that country.

“You don’t have a right to know what happens behind closed doors,” Navarro, whose often referred to as President Trump’s trade advisor, tells CNN’s Jim Sciutto at a televised forum Thursday.

“I think the American people have a right to know if politics have entered trade negotiations,” Sciutto responded.

Navarro tried to deflect by decrying “too many stories reported based on anonymous sources,” despite the fact that President trump freely admitted he was engaged in an extortion scheme.

“I’m asking you a diret question,” Sciutto continued. “Did you bring up investigating the Bidens as part of the negotiations?”

Navarro refused to answer the simple and direct question that, despite his false claim, Americans absoutely do have the right to know.

“It’s not an appropriate question in my judgment,” he claimed, falsely, repeatedly raising his hands as if to say “stop.”

“Asked and answered,” Navarro concluded.

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Professor of international relations, political scientist, and journalist David Rothkopf offered this response to Navarro’s remarks:

President Trump has publicly asked China to dig up dirt on the Bidens. China, at least publicly, refused. Experts say Trump’s request is a “felony violation of law.”

 

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‘I’m in Charge of the Hatch Act’ Trump Barked at ‘Weak’ Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney – In a Room Full of Aides

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The Wall Street Journal has published an exposé about the Trump 2020 re-election campaign and how the president is “banking on base-pleasing campaign events – more meticulously produced this time – to outweigh any need for a fresh message.”

In one disturbing tale WSJ White House reporter Michael Bender relays how Trump has apparently grown frustrated with White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney – his third in under three years – and attacked him during a meeting with other aides present.

President Trump wanted to bring his Cabinet to a June rally in the critical swing state of Florida. Appropriately, Mulvaney warned the president about the Hatch Act, which prohibits executive branch employees from using their positions for political activities.

“I’m in charge of the Hatch Act,” Trump “barked” at Mulvaney, calling his chief of staff, one of the most powerful people in the nation, “weak.”

Trump is not “in charge” of the Hatch Act. It is an 80-year old federal law that was amended in 2012.

Special Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway’s violations of the law have been so egregious that the U.S. Office of Special Counsel requested the White House “remove” her from her job. President Trump refused.

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