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Congressional Nominee Likened His Work to Allow Anti-LGBTQ Religious Discrimination to Helping Save Jews in the Holocaust

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North Carolina State Senator Dan Bishop, the Republican party’s nominee for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, compared his work of trying to enable anti-LGBTQ religious discrimination to the efforts of German industrialist Oskar Schindler, who worked to save Jews during the Holocaust.

Bishop is the author of North Carolina’s discriminatory “bathroom bill” known as HB2. It was designed to force transgender people to use restrooms that align with their assigned sex at birth and not their gender identity. He made his self-congratulatory remarks in a series of emails in 2017.

“In one email, Bishop referenced an Oskar Schindler quote to clarify he wants to allow as many people as possible to discriminate against LGBTQ North Carolinians,” Real Facts NC first reported.

Bishop’s emails show he was “working on what appears to be an attempt to add ‘religious exemptions’ language to HB142, the HB2 repeal bill.”

HuffPost notes “the activists with whom Bishop was communicating worried that the exemption would be too narrow.”

“Whom are we attempting to protect here?” asked Kellie Fiedorek, legal counsel at the Alliance Defending Freedom, which the Southern Poverty Law Center designates an anti-LGBT hate group. “Just creative professionals?” 

“As Oscar Schindler said, as many as we can,” Bishop replied, comparing his wish to see the maximum number of people exempted from local anti-discrimination laws to Schindler’s professed desire to hire, and therefore save, as many endangered European Jews as possible during World War II.

Bishop has an extremely controversial record.

In 2016 Bishop likened opponents of his “bathroom bill” to the Taliban, and characterized LGBT people as a danger to freedom.

He was an investor in Gab, the social media platform seen as an alternative to Twitter that’s been called a “haven for white nationalists.”

Bishop will face Democrat Dan McCready, a former Marine, in the September 10 special election.

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Trump Administration Orders Military Police to Prepare to Deploy to Minneapolis

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Concern is quickly growing on news the Trump administration has ordered U.S. Military Police to prepare to deploy to Minneapolis after four nights of protests. Federal law, specifically the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, makes it illegal in many cases to use the U.S. Military within the borders of the United States, especially for law enforcement.

Early Saturday morning the Associated Press reported “the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests.”

Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours.

President Donald Trump in a 1 AM Friday morning tweet threatened to call up the National Guard and shoot “thugs” in Minneapolis if state and local officials did “bring the City under control.”

Trump also tweeted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

The President promised he would “assume control” and “get the job done right.”

Trump hours earlier, according to the AP, had “asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.”

National security attorney Bradley Moss weighed in:

Online many are referring to the Posse Comitatus Act to support their belief Trump’s actions might be illegal.

Former Bush chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter, now a law professor, fired off such a warning on Friday before the AP’s report:

The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe apparently disagrees:

ABC News adds: “Under the post-Civil War law known as Posse Comitatus, the U.S. active duty military is forbidden from carrying out law enforcement duties. That ban can only be waived if a President declares a national emergency.”

 

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Watch: Protester Scales DC Federal Government Building to Spray-Paint Profane Anti-Trump Message

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On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing “F**K TRUMP” on the edifice.

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One of Four Fired Police Officers Taken Into Custody in Killing of George Floyd

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Derek Chauvin, one of the four now-fired police officers involved in the killing of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man, George Floyd, has been taken into police custody, according to multiple reports.

It is unclear if he has been arrested and charged, and if so with what violations.

It’s unclear why the other three officers involved were not taken into custody as well.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

 

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