President Donald Trump Tuesday endorsed the as-yet undeclared congressional candidacy of former baseball great Curt Schilling, who helped lead his teams to World Series championships four times.
Schilling in his post-baseball years has become a far right wing political commentator who has endorsed Donald Trump and who even promotes the false QAnon conspiracy theory.
Despite Schilling’s horrific history, President Donald Trump felt the need to praise him on Twitter – while making it clear the president saw him on “Fox and Friends.”
Curt Schilling, a great pitcher and patriot, is considering a run for Congress in Arizona. Terrific! @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2019
Many immediately took to Twitter to provide an important background check.
Among them, Parkland massacre survivor and activist David Hogg, who alluded to, as Yahoo News reported, the fact Schilling last year retweeted “a conspiracy theory that alleges one of the survivors from the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. was actually a paid crisis actor.”
He claimed parkland was a hoax
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) August 13, 2019
Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah pointed to a 2016 Washington Post piece titled, “The radicalization of Curt Schilling,”
Trump of course praises a guy fired for his anti-LGBT comments and for demonizing Muslims – Im surprised Trump doesn’t simply hire him to be his spokesperson: https://t.co/cx2Q55Ywc0
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 13, 2019
“Let him in!” the tweet read. “To the restroom with your daughter or else you’re a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!”
— Outsports (@outsports) April 19, 2016
And here are some more responses to Trump’s endorsement of Schilling’s potential congressional run:
So, if you’re an athlete like Lebron James, you should “shut up and dribble,”
but if you’re an athlete that gets fired from ESPN for being a homophobic xenophobe, like Curt Schilling, you should run for Congress? Got it. https://t.co/80Ua6JueCH
— Brandon Besserer (@BrandonBesserer) August 13, 2019
Trump is now encouraging well known bigot, sketchy businessman and Nazi memorabilia collector Curt Schilling to infiltrate Arizona and spread his swampy message. I don’t think so. https://t.co/gzJ9kofs2u https://t.co/OWcQI4Ipob
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 13, 2019
Four years ago I came across Curt Schilling selling pieces from his Nazi memorabilia collection and wrote about it. Now @realDonaldTrump is encouraging him to run for Congress. https://t.co/8NB7CYCKOa
— ☆ 𝖧𝗂𝗅𝖺𝗋𝗒 𝖲𝖺𝗋𝗀𝖾𝗇𝗍 ☆ (@lilsarg) August 13, 2019
Considering Schilling managed to drive a video game company into bankruptcy during the height of the video game boom and then got the RI taxpayers to eat $75 million of his debt, he’s actually the perfect Trumpian candidate. Good luck, AZ! https://t.co/4SxWuHnARZ
— John Rogers (@jonrog1) August 13, 2019
<blinks in disbelief>
…the guy who basically defrauded Rhode Island for 75 million dollars?
I’ve met that guy. He’s white male privilege distilled into human form. ‘Nice’ in a ‘only if I can empathize with you due to us being the same’ kind of way and horrible to anyone else. https://t.co/9tbcVuCPQ9
— SwarmOfBeesInADress (@OMGBeesInADress) August 13, 2019
White supremacists gotta stick together, right?! https://t.co/NRn35aR9rE
— Matt Rogers 🎙 (@Politidope) August 13, 2019
You forgot “racist”. Schilling is racist just like you. https://t.co/V8BUTz2l87
— BlueJaysTwit (@bluejaystwit) August 13, 2019
Curt Schilling is a rabid conspiracy theorist, islamophobic, homophobic, transphobic, bigoted racist fraud known for being fired from ESPN in 2016 and defrauding the state of Rhode Island out of $75 Million.
Predator trump just endorsed his run for Senate.
Birds of a feather.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) August 13, 2019
Curt Schilling is a Nazi memorabilia collector, and apparently he's also pro-lynching. Maybe that's why Donald Trump wants him to run for Congress.
How much awesome Curt? pic.twitter.com/UZ84bKo3eB
— Then they came for the judges🆘 (@RWwatchMA) August 13, 2019
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Court Smacks Down Trump – Rules His Acting Immigration Chief Who Promotes White Nationalism Was Illegally Installed
A federal judge on Sunday ruled President Donald Trump illegally installed Ken Cuccinelli as his acting Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Cuccinelli, who has a history of promoting white nationalist, anti-LGBTQ, and misogynistic policies and beliefs, has ties to a hate group, is the former Virginia Attorney General who lost his bid to become that state’s Republican governor.
In his 55-page decision U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss ruled “that Cuccinelli was not lawfully appointed to serve as the acting Director of USCIS,” and therefore certain directives related to removal of undocumented immigrants seeking asylum he implemented “must be set aside.”
The court also appeared to deliver a lesson in law and history to the Trump administration, saying almost directly that the constitutional requirement of “advice and consent” is not optional. Citing a legal precedent Judge Moss wrote obtaining the Senate’s approval is “more than a matter of ‘etiquette or protocol’; it is among the significant structural safeguards of the constitutional scheme.”
Cuccinelli, who sits on Trump’s coronavirus task force, was just in the news – and mocked – a week ago for this tweet:
Has the Johns Hopkins map of the coronavirus stopped working for other people, or just me? https://t.co/36uda8fm6P
— Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli (@HomelandKen) February 24, 2020
Some experts weigh in on today’s ruling:
Trump’s repeated circumvention of Constitution’s requirement that the Senate confirm top officials is dangerous assault on checks & balances. https://t.co/xy1Z8AgG8l
— Ian Bassin (@ianbassin) March 1, 2020
In a nutshell, Judge Moss holds that Cuccinelli was not legally the “first assistant” to the Director of USCIS, and so could not lawfully be named Acting Director of USCIS under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act: pic.twitter.com/uxH4rqzqYg
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) March 1, 2020
“the court concludes that Cuccinelli was not lawfully appointed”
— RAICES (@RAICESTEXAS) March 1, 2020
Limbaugh: ‘Nice Guy’ Trump Called and Told Me to Not Apologize for My Anti-Gay Comments About Pete Buttigieg
Rush Limbaugh, who recently was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, days later turned around and made nasty, homophobic comments about Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his marriage to his husband Chasten.
According to the 69-year old Limbaugh who has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, President Trump quickly heard his remarks or heard of them, and called him to tell him to not apologize.
“Hell, the president even called me about this,” Limbaugh told listeners of his syndicated radio show on Monday, as Media Matters reports. “The president checks in every now and then to see how I’m doing. He’s such a nice guy. And he called. It’s uncanny. I’m — Do I respond to him? Yeah. No, I try to reply to all of them, Dawn. I’m not going to be able to, but he calls, and yeah — powerful, influential member of the media, folks. I have got the White House private number in my phone, so when the White House calls, it says there on my phone,” Limbaugh said, making sure his supporters know just how “powerful” and “influential” he is.
“And so, invariably, it’s uncanny. He calls when I am moments away from commencing a medical procedure,” Limbaugh continues. “And I had to tell doctors, ‘You’ve got to give me a half-hour, the president’s calling.’ ‘OK, we’ll wait a half-hour.’ Then I told the White House, “Look, I’ve got a medical procedure in 10 minutes. Can you have the president call me back in 35?’ And they did. So, he called back, and he said ‘Rush, I just got to tell you something. Never apologize, don’t ever –‘ and I said, ‘For what?'”
Of course, the timing doesn’t seem to add up. If the doctors gave him a half hour for a “medical procedure” why would he tell the White House to have Trump call him back in 35 minutes? Also, the level of gall is tremendous – who tells the President of the United States to call them back later?
But the point is clear: Trump supports anti-LGBTQ hatred and bigotry – according to Rush Limbaugh, Medal of Freedom honoree.
HUD Employees ‘Shell-Shocked’ After Ben Carson Makes Vile Transphobic Remarks – Staffer Walks Out in Protest
“This sounded like a slur to me.”
Secretary Ben Carson has been making vile, unprompted, transphobic remarks to Housing and Urban Development employees, some of whom were “shell-shocked” by the brain surgeon’s bigotry. Agency officials also say Carson repeatedly mocks transgender people.
Carson, who frequently presents himself as a deeply Christian man of faith, called transgender women “big, hairy men,” and claimed they are trying to access women’s homeless shelters to cause occupants harm.
“While visiting HUD’s San Francisco office this week, Carson also lamented that society no longer seemed to know the difference between men and women, two of the agency staffers said,” according to an extensive report in Thursday night’s Washington Post. “Carson’s remarks visibly shocked and upset many of the roughly 50 HUD staffers who attended Tuesday’s meeting, and prompted at least one woman to walk out in protest, the staffers said.”
Carson, during the San Francisco meeting, addressed HUD employees in “a rambling hour-long speech about HUD initiatives that they described as ‘stream of consciousness.'”
During that speech Carson said “transgender people should get the same rights as everyone else, but they don’t get to change things for everybody else.” Those remarks echo ones he has made before.
He also told San Francisco HUD employees women’s shelters should turn away transgender women. One staffer told The Post, “this sounded like a slur to me.”
“For him to come to San Francisco and say this, it was unbelievable. People were just shell-shocked,” one staffer added.
One HUD official described Secretary Carson’s comments about transgender people as “dismissive and joking,” and called it “disrespectful of the people we are trying to serve.”
The Post’s lengthy report includes actions Carson has taken against transgender people during his tenure at HUD, and transphobic comments he has made in the past as well.
Read the entire article here.
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