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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White House Claims It Had No Advance Knowledge President’s Son Was About to Out Whistleblower
Donald Trump, Jr. Wednesday morning appears to have outed the whistleblower whose formal complaint against President Trump led directly to the start of a damning impeachment investigation. The president’s eldest son, who just began a tour to promote his new book that attacks the left, took to Twitter to engage in what some claim is an illegal act.
Trump Jr. posted a tweet linking to the website Breitbart, which used to be run by the president’s former campaign manager and former White House Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor.
The title of the article includes the name of the alleged whistleblower. NCRM will not publish that name nor will we link to tweets or articles that do.
According to a well-respected journalist, Yashar Ali, the White House is claiming it had no advance knowledge the president’s son would out the person who provided information leading to the president possibly being impeached. President Trump and his top Republican allies have publicly called for the whistleblower to be named, and even that Trump should be allowed to “face his accuser.”
The White House says the president nor any senior administration official was aware in advance that the president’s eldest son was going to tweet out the name of the alleged whistleblower.
I’ve also asked if they approve of his decision to do so.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 6, 2019
Whistleblowers are protected by federal law.
A Federal Criminal Investigation Into Rudy Giuliani Is Being Conducted: Report
The US Attorney’s Office Giuliani once headed is now investigating him.
Federal authorities are conducting a criminal investigation into the relationship between Rudy Giuliani and his two Ukrainian-born henchmen arrested Wednesday night fleeing the country with one-way tickets to Vienna. Giuliani was scheduled to travel to Vienna also hours later, until the arrests.
ABC News reports the “business relationship between President Donald Trump’s private lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the men charged Thursday in a campaign finance scheme is a subject of the ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by federal authorities in New York.”
The federal law enforcement agencies involved include the FBI’s New York field office and prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (SDNY). Giuliani, before serving as New York City Mayor had been the U.S. Attorney in that same office from 1983 to 1989.
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A source who was staying at the Trump International Hotel in Washington tells the Journal that he saw Giuliani having lunch with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman on Wednesday afternoon.
Hours later, Parnas and Fruman traveled to Dulles International Airport, where they were arrested after buying one-way tickets on an international flight and were subsequently charged with campaign-finance violations.
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