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‘To Hell With Gay Pride’: Trump-Loving Florida Politician Running Viciously Homophobic Campaign

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Says Gay People ‘Choose to Be a Homosexual’ and Claims They “Love” Being in Jail

A Florida man is running for a non-partisan seat on the St. Petersburg city council, and he’s running on an extremely homophobic platform.

Chico Cromartie says being gay is not part of the “American principles.”

He says being gay is a choice.

And he says “to hell with gay pride,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“He doesn’t honor the Pride flag, promises he won’t bow to ‘their agenda’ and thinks the LGBTQ community is thriving in St. Petersburg at the expense of the black community,” the Tampa paper adds.

“It makes me more popular as a leader,” Cromartie says about his beliefs. “Because people understand I’m going to lead based on American principles. Not because they choose to be a homosexual.”

Claiming his “policies are all-inclusive” he’s offering this apparently unconstitutional policy:

“The idea that the homosexuals should be considered to receive taxpayer dollars, based on the fact that they choose to be a homosexual, to me is not fair to the other citizens who choose not to be homosexual,” Cromartie says. “And if I’m elected, I’m going to dismantle all those policies.”

Good luck with that, because doing so likely would be illegal.

On social media Cromartie attacks the LGBTQ community and speaks in biblical terms on what appears to be his campaign page (he does not seem to have a separate functioning campaign website.)

In this post he refers to gay people as “vicious, hateful and intolerant,” suggests they are harmful to children, and talks about “the true character of the homosexual agenda.”

Here, he suggests LGBTQ people are “anti-American.”

And here, he again speaks in biblical terms, writing, “Jesus was betrayed by Judas for 30 pieces of silver. The residents of South St. Pete have been betrayed by local politicians and advocates alike, for much less!”

On what appears to be his personal Facebook page, which is linked to the campaign Facebook page, Cromartie has many pro-Trump photos and articles. And he suggests prisons have a high rate of LGBTQ incarceration, but says many gay people say they “love” being in jail.

He says, “I will always protect and defend traditional marriage, American families and their values!”

He claims he’s “receiving personal threats from homosexuals,” and “I’m the only candidate who doesn’t give a damn how homosexuals feel and I’m fighting to secure a home and future for your children in South St. Pete!”

He has a photo of a burning gay pride flag on his personal Facebook page.

And then there’s this:

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‘Seriously Unbalanced’ Tucker Carlson Sparks Internet Outrage Declaring He Is Rooting for Russia – Before Backtracking

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson delivered stunning remarks Monday night, just days before America’s Thanksgiving holiday.

“Why do I care what is going on in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia?” an untethered Carlson asked his guest, former Clinton advisor Richard Goodstein.

“I’m serious,” Carlson declared. “Why shouldn’t I root for Russia? Which I am.”

Goodstein had been saying that Russia attacked Ukraine, explaining that “people are dying on the front lines.”

14,000 Ukrainians have been slaughtered in the war with their next door neighbor, Russia.

Carlson, at the end of the show, claimed he had been kidding when he said he was “serious.”

“Before we go, earlier in the show I noted I was rooting for Russia in the contest between Russia and Ukraine,” Carlson told his Fox News viewers, The Daily Beast noted, after social media outrage. “Of course, I’m joking. I’m only rooting for America—mocking the obsession many on the left have. Ha!”

Watch:

Reaction on social media to Carlson’s disturbing remarks was quick:

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Republicans Confirm Anti-LGBTQ Extremist Who Never Tried a Case to Lifetime Appointment as Federal Appeals Court Judge

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Every Republican in the U.S. Senate but one just voted to hand Steven Menashi, an anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, anti-Islam, misogynistic right wing extremist, a lifetime appointment as a judge on the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

No Democrat voted for Menashi. Senator Susan Collins of Maine was the only Republican to vote against his nomination. The final vote was 51-41.

Menashi, who is just 40 years old, is not only unqualified to sit on a federal appeals court because he has never tried or argued a case, his history should have been deemed automatically disqualifying.

HuffPost’s Jennifer Bendary reports Menashi, “currently Trump’s White House legal aide, compared race data collection in college admissions to Germany under Adolf Hitler; denounced women’s marches against sexual assault; opposed the ‘radical abortion rights codified in Roe v. Wad’; accused the Human Rights Campaign of having ‘incessantly exploited the slaying of Matthew Shepard’ for political benefit, and claimed that a Dartmouth fraternity wasn’t being racist when it held a ‘ghetto party’ attended by white students donning Afros and carrying toy guns.”

If that weren’t enough, Menashi “also spread the Islamophobic myth that in 1913, Gen. John Pershing executed Muslim prisoners in the Philippines using bullets dipped in pig fat.”

That last one is a favorite of President Donald Trump’s – except he prefers the tale told with “pig’s blood.”

There’s actually more.

Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that Menashi also helped devise an illegal Education Department effort to use private Social Security data to deny debt relief to thousands of students cheated by for-profit colleges.

Despite – or more likely, because of – all this, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McxConnell on Thursday called Menashi “impressive.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) had a different perspective.

Former Obama DOJ official Vanita Gupta, now the President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights:

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR):

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Anti-LGBTQ Extremists, Right Wing Activists and Establishment Republicans Pen Letter Urging Trump to Not Fire Mulvaney

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A Who’s Who of Anti-LGBTQ Extremists

An assortment of 79 prominent hate group leaders, anti-LGBTQ activists, and far right wing activists representing a swath of the religious right and the establishment GOP have penned a letter praising Mick Mulvaney and urging President Donald Trump to not fire him as acting chief of staff – and to make his role permanent.

It’s no secret the far right and religious right have not just won a foot in the Oval Office door, but a proverbial key to the White House. They helped get Trump elected and have enjoyed a warm open-door policy with the president ever since.

Now they’re taking advantage of that special relationship to make their desires known, this time, publicly.

Signatories to the letter (which is published at the Conservative Action Project) include the head of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, Tony Perkins. Tea Party activist and prominent DC lobbyist Ginni Thomas, who also just happens to be the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. (Both have worked together to achieve their dream of a ban on transgender service members.)

Others who have signed the letter praising Mulvaney as the “most successful Chief of Staff in this administration to advance the Trump pro-America agenda,” are former Ohio Secretary of State  Ken Blackwell, who has served at Perkins’ Family Research Council as the hate group’s “Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment.”

Washington Times columnist and Tea Party Patriots cofounder Jenny Beth Martin has signed the letter. So has long-term veteran anti-gay activist Cleta Mitchell, an attorney who has represented many far right Republicans, and the NRA.

Also, former U.S. Senator (R-SC) and former Heritage Foundation president, Jim DeMint, an anti-gay activist and right wing religious liberty extremist. Former U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), also an anti-LGBTQ activist and religious extremist. And failed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” activist Elaine Donnelly.

“As director of the Office of Management and Budget and as acting White House chief of staff, Mulvaney has overseen the office most responsible for implementing the Trump agenda throughout the government,” the letter says, according to Politico. “His attention, vision, and commitment to the president’s policies have been evident from the beginning of the administration to today. We believe the president should make him permanent in the chief of staff role.”

 

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