Trump-Loving Extremist Gets Backing From Trump Team
A former Republican U.S. Congressman who has a long record of anti-LGBTQ comments and positions is running to unseat a Democratic U.S. Senator. Jason Lewis, who has claimed same-sex parents may harm children announced he is running against Minnesota Democratic Senator Tina Smith.
Lewis, a conservative talk radio host for 25 years has lost two of his three congressional campaigns, but served for one term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2016 he won his House seat, only to be defeated in 2018 by Angie Craig, a lesbian and the Democrat who was his opponent in the 2016 race.
Politico calls Lewis Trump’s “Minnesota mini-me,” based on his love of President Donald Trump, and reports “two of Trump’s top political lieutenants” are guiding him.
But Lewis’ viability will be a test of just how much Minnesota voters will support a bigoted and extremist candidate who literally supports the right of people to own slaves.
“In fact, if you really want to be quite frank about it, how does somebody else owning a slave affect me? It doesn’t,” Lewis said in an update to his book on states’ rights, “If I don’t think it is right, I won’t own one, and people always say ‘well if you don’t want to marry somebody of the same sex, you don’t have to, but why tell somebody else they can’t.’ Uh, you know if you don’t want to own a slave, don’t. But don’t tell other people they can’t.”
That’s far from his only incendiary and offensive position.
On his radio show he has attacked women as, basically, stupid:
“You’ve got a vast majority of young single women who couldn’t explain to you what GDP means. You know what they care about? They care about abortion. They care about abortion and gay marriage. They care about ‘The View.’ They are non-thinking,” he said.
And he has lamented that “you can’t call” a woman “a slut” anymore.
Lewis’ bigoted and extremist positions do not end there.
Buzzfeed reported in 2018 that Lewis has “promoted extreme opinions about gays and lesbians on his radio show, comparing them to rapists, criminals, and polygamists. He contended that gay rights activists were ‘shredding the Constitution,’ and that same-sex parents ‘could harm the kid.'”
He says laws against rape are unfair because “you’re not treating a rapist equal.” H has also used a false interpretation of the 14th Amendment to make a very invalid case against same-sex marriage:
“So if the law says that we’re not going to allow three people to marry, then you’ve got to treat everybody the same way,” Lewis added. “No three people can marry. Same is true for gay marriage. It’s not discrimination. It’s not unconstitutional. The law discriminates all the time. It discriminates against behavior.”
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‘Ranting Toddler’: GOP Congressman Gets Clobbered Online After He Turns Lewandowski Hearing Into a ‘Clown Show’
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), the ranking Republican member on the House Judiciary Committee, was brutally mocked on Tuesday after he unleashed a bizarre rant during the testimony of former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Collins began his testimony by blasting Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) for hauling Lewandowski before the committee.
“Here we go again,” Collins complained in an animated opening statement. “We had Mr. Mueller here, and long day, and it did not go well for what you have proclaimed for over one year and nine months, and what you claim is impeachment criteria. And now, the members have said that the president should be impeached, and so why are we investigating?”
“So what we are going to do so drag this committee through the oversight hearings and talk about things that have been talked ad nauseam and ad nauseam and put up the filters and say what it is and is not, and then we will try to imply that this president shouldn’t be president,” the congressman ranted.
#DougCollins sounds like a southern revival preacher not a member of Congress. He should go back to GA and back to peddling religion.
— Cathy Mendola (@pinkbirdgirl) September 17, 2019
Did Rep Doug Collins have a stroke during the first sentence of his opening statement? “….akababoboo.”
— (((Sandra Barron))) (@curts1girl) September 17, 2019
Doug Collins. I reside in your district. You will never get my vote. You are trying to obstruct an investigation and you’re performance is so obviously insincere. You are a disgrace.
— Speediejohn (@Speediejohn) September 17, 2019
Rep. Doug Collins is a racing fecking lunatic!! The gallery are staring at him like he list his fecking mind. Ask a fucking question DOUG COLLINS
— Naughty Nana DUZ (@NanaDuz) September 17, 2019
Here we go again. The impeachment hearings have begun. Right now Doug Collins is talking nonsense, and on behalf of the logical citizens of Georgia, my apologies for Collins. He *does not* speak for all Georgians!
— J. Walker Sanderson (@JwSanderson2019) September 17, 2019
Doug Collins sure preaches a weak argument. He obviously does not understand that history is recording his stand for all time. He and the rest of his GOP comrades will be the cockroaches under Trump’s heel just like Hitler’s henchmen are remembered today. The GOP is dead.
— American Patriot #VetsResistSquadron (@MyDogNose) September 17, 2019
Doug Collins is like a worn out record. What a piece of crap. Remember when this is all over history will remember you for what you are.
— Rick Prewitt (@rick_prewitt) September 17, 2019
What language is Doug Collins speaking?
— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) September 17, 2019
Doug Collins is drunk. #ImpeachmentHearings
— Power VO (@PowerVoiceOver) September 17, 2019
Rep. Doug Collins is a masterful bullshit artist.
— Ben (@Bensvoice) September 17, 2019
Fuck you Doug Collins and your fake outrage. Shut the fuck up already.
— Shannon (@Baconnaise13) September 17, 2019
Can I just say what an absolute idiot Doug Collins comes off as whenever he speaks? Seriously…people like him, Jordan, Gohmert, and so many others, have turned the House Republicans into a traveling sideshow. I’m embarrassed for them, and for anyone they represent. #Lewandowski
— Dawn (@Alba_Dawn) September 17, 2019
Rep doug Collins is shrieking bitch. What a whiny fuckface. SHUT THE FUCK UP.
The American people see a lot of shit and when the current administration is out and people are having to atone for their covering up trump crimes, you’ll be there babe. @RepDougCollins
— Ergo Sum (@Graveflower7) September 17, 2019
— Sarah Finley (@Myrkrida) September 17, 2019
I’d like to smack Doug Collins.
— Lucy 👛 and Roger🐾 (@Harmonytoo) September 17, 2019
seriously can someone tell Doug Collins its time to lay off the speed… this guy is seriously unhinged
— Brittany (@BrittanyEnd) September 17, 2019
Doug Collins voice could be used as an effective means of birth control.
— Lil Edie (@edie_lil) September 17, 2019
I need the brand of coffee Doug Collins has been drinking all morning.
— Nick Penzenstadler (@npenzenstadler) September 17, 2019
Whoa! Doug Collins (rank member of Judiciary Committee) sounds like an hysterical blowhard. Somebody’s off his meds.
— Cubbie50 🇺🇸🇨🇦 (@ebcola) September 17, 2019
OMG I’m embarrassed by the ranking member Doug Collins. He’s making a complete ASS out of himself. A complete and utter ass. Why is he acting like a shrill church woman. #ImpeachmentHearingsNOW
— Mata Hari (@Socratic1) September 17, 2019
Doug Collins is out of his mind. What an embarrassing waste of tax payer dollars
— Auti75 (@Auti1975) September 17, 2019
There is a toddler ranting on C-SPAN right now. #dougcollins
— cousin ernie (@hifivingMF) September 17, 2019
That Doug Collins mfer is a prick. Jesus Christ…
— appalledvoter (@appalledvoter) September 17, 2019
…Doug Collins is such a flaming asswipe! He’s spoken for less than 5 minutes and I’ve already thrown-sh*t at my flat screen…😠! These Republican criminals are bad for my BP!
Tell me, the 8-years of Clinton/email hearings that went on “ad nauseum.”
— KennZuke (@KennZuke137) September 17, 2019
Why isn’t Rep. Doug Collins using his inside voice? Someone tell him to use his inside voice.
— Farrah Rochon (@FarrahRochon) September 17, 2019
Corey Lewandowski ‘Filibusters’ House Judiciary Committee as Republicans Stonewall – and Trump Tweets Praise
Former – and fired – Trump campaign director Corey Lewandowski is testifying before the Judiciary Committee in the House’s first official impeachment inquiry. Lewandowski played his part perfectly: a clown, an obfuscator, a disruptor, a disrespectful buffoon, and an instigator.
Just minutes into the hearing, Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler accused Lewandowski – who is still close to President Trump and considering a run for the U.S. Senate – of filibustering.
Happening now: Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the House Judiciary Committee is a low budget way of cutting an ad for his upcoming New Hampshire Senate race.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 17, 2019
President Trump loved it. About a half hour into the proceedings, Trump tweeted out praise for his friend and former advisor.
Such a beautiful Opening Statement by Corey Lewandowski! Thank you Corey! @CLewandowski_
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2019
Lewandoweski refused to answer questions, standing by the White House counsel’s letter which claims that Lewandowski’s “conversations with the President and with senior advisers to the President are protected from disclosure by long-settled principles protecting Executive Branch confidentiality interest.”
Legal experts disagree, given that Lewandowski has never been a White House or even a federal government employee.
This is exactly what it means to be prepared for obstructing Congress. https://t.co/5qgIPevAPl
— Maya Wiley (@mayawiley) September 17, 2019
Indeed, Lewandowski refused to answer questions, saying, “I am respecting the White House’s decision” to invoke executive privilege.
Watch these clips:
This hearing is a complete farce. Trying to play nice with Trump and his GOP enablers will not work pic.twitter.com/DKpEcpz3Gq
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 17, 2019
Corey Lewandowski almost explodes with glee as his shouts out Tom Brady and his favorite NFL team, the Patriots pic.twitter.com/pFyaGrpESO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 17, 2019
Some more responses:
Lewandowski is now sparring with Rep. Jackson Lee.
“I’d be happy to answer your question or you can just have a conversation by yourself,” he says.
She’s not impressed. “This is the House Judiciary, not a house party.”
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) September 17, 2019
Lewandowski now asking Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) to read the portion of the Mueller report she’s referring to, even though it’s projected on a screen for him to read.
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) September 17, 2019
Trump just cheered Corey Lewandowski’s stonewalling on his behalf.
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) September 17, 2019
Pence Said Being Gay Is ‘Learned Behavior’ or a ‘Choice’ as He Opposed Granting LGBT People Rights in the ’90s
Despite the White House’s recent false claims that Vice President Mike Pence is not anti-gay, a new investigation by CNN proves the conservative Christian Republican politician has a record of anti-gay comments and policies even worse than previously known.
In the early 1990’s Pence not only advocated against a Lafayette, Indiana city council referendum that would have been the first in his home state to grant anti-discrimination protections to gay people, but Pence went even farther than just opposing the proposed ordinance.
Falsely calling homosexuality is a “choice” or a “learned behavior,” Pence – then president of a conservative think tank, Indiana Policy Review Foundation – advocated against allowing gay people to be given any minority status at all.
“Once you identify homosexuals as a minority, then by definition they would need to be afforded constitutional protection,” Pence wrote. “Up to this point, our legal tradition in America has drawn a line over those things. I do not choose whether I am a black American … the great vast majority of the psychological community says homosexuality at a very minimum is a choice by the individual, and at the maximum, is a learned behavior.”
Pence also argued that claiming gay people are worthy of protecting would unlock “a Pandora’s Box of legal rights and legal difficulties.”
CNN notes that in the early 1990’s public opinion was about evenly split on whether gay people should be granted civil rights protections. And the American Psychological Association “said in 1992 that data did not support the view that homosexuality was a choice and studies at the time in the 1990s suggested homosexuality was biological and genetic.”
Pence called granting gay people protections “a very bad move in public policy.”
Later, as a U.S. Congressman, Pence would go on to advocate for harmful conversion therapy and against funding programs to help people with HIV/AIDS.
And as vice president, Pence played a “leading role” in drafting President Trump’s ban on transgender service members.
Meanwhile, as recently as 2016, then-governor Pence questioned whether LGBT protections were “necessary or even possible.”
Image by Office of Congressman Mike Pence via Wikimedia
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