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Trump Now Opposes LGBT Equality Act

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The year was 2000.

Real estate mogul Donald J. Trump, in an interview with The Advocate, said “it’s only fair” that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 be amended to include gay people.

“I like the idea of amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include a ban of discrimination based on sexual orientation,” Trump told the publication. “It would be simple. It would be straightforward. We don’t need to rewrite the laws currently on the books, although I do think we need to address hate-crimes legislation. But amending the Civil Rights Act would grant the same protection to gay people that we give to other Americans — it’s only fair.”

Fast forward to 2019.

Real estate mogul Donald J. Trump is President Donald Trump.

The House of Representatives is set to vote on the Equality Act on Friday, which would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include a ban of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

And President Donald Trump opposes the Equality Act.

As Chris Johnson at The Washington Blade exclusively reports, President Trump indeed has come out against the Equality Act – legislation that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include a ban of discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Equality Act would go further, also amending the 1968 Fair Housing Act to protect LGBTQ people in areas such as housing, credit, employment, education, jury service, and public accommodations.

A senior Trump administration official has told Johnson that the Trump administration “absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all.”

That senior Trump official, adds, “however, this bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to undermine parental and conscience rights.”

Parental and conscience rights likely refer to harmful “ex-gay,” “reparative,” or “conversion” therapy, which Trump’s evangelical base supports.

Those parental and conscience rights also likely refer to special rights for Christians to be able to legally refuse service to LGBT people and same-sex couples, as America has seen in cases involving Christian bakers, florists, photographers, and county clerks, among others.

In explaining details of the Equality Act, Johnson notes: “In addition to transgender inclusion, the bill seeks to update federal law to include sex in the list of protected classes in public accommodation and expands the definition of public accommodations to include retail stores, banks, transportation services and health care services. Further, the Equality Act would establish that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — a 1994 law aimed at protecting religious liberty — can’t be used to enable anti-LGBT discrimination.”

All of which means that as long as Donald Trump is President there will be no legal equality for LGBTQ people.

 

This article has been expanded to include more details about the Equality Act.

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Ivanka Trump Is ‘In Trouble’ Whether She Testifies or Not: Former Aide

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Ivanka Trump will “get herself in more trouble” as the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol probes her actions as a senior White House advisor.

“This morning, former President Trump kind of whining about the January 6th select committee after it asked his daughter Ivanka to speak with them,” CNN’s John Berman reported.

Berman noted Trump told the Washington Examiner, “It’s a very unfair situation for my children. Very, very unfair.”

For analysis, he interviewed Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former close friend of Melania Trump who worked on the 2017 inauguration and as a senior advisor to the first lady.

READ MORE: Ivanka Trump falling under scrutiny shows ‘puzzle pieces coming together’ in Jan. 6 probe

“Ivanka and his children have always played a large part in the falsification and fabrication of everything going on around Donald,” she said.

“And in this case, he is referring to her as a child, where in other cases she’s a senior adviser inside the White House. Which one is it?” Berman asked.

“You know, I think whatever plays best to which discussion you’re having or what role Ivanka wants to play, you can’t have it both ways,” he replied. “This time, unfortunately, it is going to catch up to them.”

“This is an insurrection, a coup attempt, this is something with a lot of evidence behind it. I mean, I always say, if things are in black and white, the truth will catch up to you and there is no way for Ivanka to distance herself from this with her role in the White House,” she explained.

“Do you think if she speaks to them voluntarily she will help her cause or get herself in more trouble?” Berman asked.

“I think Ivanka will get herself in more trouble regardless of whether she speaks or not,” she replied. “She doesn’t seem to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, whether under deposition or not. Either way, she is not turning against her father and her father is definitely not going to take the blame for Ivanka.”

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Trump Instructed Michael Cohen to Make Sure Don Jr. Went to Jail Instead of Ivanka

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According to a report from Business Insider, Michael Cohen admitted on Saturday that Donald Trump instructed him in 2012 to make sure that Don Trump Jr. be the one to take the fall instead of Ivanka Trump during an investigation by Manhattan’s district attorney into lying about property sales.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Alex Witt, Cohen recalled that the former president was concerned about Ivanka’s well-being if she was sentenced to jail and that Don Jr. would handle it better.

According to the report, Cohen told the MSNBC host, “You may recall that there was the district attorney’s case here for Trump Soho where it was either Don or Ivanka was in very big trouble as a result of lying about the number of units that had been sold.”

RELATED: ’She took that West Wing office!’: Ivanka Trump blasted for trying to ‘blow off’ Jan. 6 probe

“And Donald said it to me – I mean I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t said directly to me – he goes ‘if one or the other has to go to prison, make sure that it’s Don because Don would be able to handle it, ” he continued.

Cohen later said that he doesn’t expect Ivanka to willingly appear before the House committee investigating the Jan 6th insurrection and claimed the first daughter would likely plead the 5th before explaining, “Ivanka is only interested in Ivanka.”

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Revealed: GOP Officials Made Damning Admissions Before Signing Forged Election Documents

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Some of the Republican officials who signed phony electoral certificates made damning admissions to a reporter in the days after Donald Trump lost the presidential election.

The House select committee is investigating efforts by state-level Republicans, overseen by Rudy Giuliani and other Trump campaign officials, to send “alternate” slates of electors to Congress, and those GOP officials told Politico’s Kyle Cheney they understood what they were doing was probably against the law.

“What I might want to do can be completely different from what we are legally capable of doing, does that make sense?” Michigan GOP elector Meshawn Maddock told Cheney by email in November 2020.

However, Maddock — who’s now co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party — ultimately joined other Michigan Republicans who signed the unofficial certificates, and a Georgia elector also suggested that she knew the scheme was sketchy.

READ: Republican who signed forged 2020 certification ran Russian-style troll farm that paid teens to post pro-Trump propaganda

“Bahahaha you think I’m going to respond to you?” Georgia GOP elector Cathy Latham told Cheney by email in late 2020. “You don’t know GA law. Read the Constitution.”

However, when pressed, Latham admitted she would go along with the scheme.

“I am [a] Republican elector for Trump,” Latham said. “I serve at the pleasure of the President and the GAGOP. I will serve when called and directed to cast my vote for Trump.”

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