Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin, has invited a physician known for opposing vaccines and promoting hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 to testify before the Senate on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday.
Dr. Jane Orient “will be the lead witness at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday, prompting criticism from Democrats who say Republicans should not give a platform to someone who spreads conspiracy theories,” The New York Times reports.
She is the head of two fringe medical groups, the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons and Doctors for Disaster Preparedness.
Orient and her groups oppose vaccine mandates, support the false claim being gay reduces life expectancy, and warned in a 2018 article of “tattooed MS-13 gang members, rapists, jihadists, human traffickers, and other criminals intent on harming Americans. Such people also infect, molest, assault, or murder people in their own countries and in the caravan.”
Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) rejects the scientifically-proven theory of man-made climate change, and supports debunked quackery known as AIDS denialism. At its 2015 annual meeting, Bloomberg reported, one speaker, a “retired heart surgeon from Seattle spent almost an hour arguing that HIV does not cause AIDS; rather, he said, the link was invented by government scientists who wanted to cover up other health risks of ‘the lifestyle of homosexual men.'”
In an interview with the Times she criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci, the federal government’s most-respected public voice on the coronavirus pandemic, asking, “Why is he dictating care for 340 million Americans?”
Orient has called vaccine mandates “a serious intrusion into individual liberty, autonomy and parental decisions,” the Times notes, and has “resisted being cast as an ‘anti-vaxxer'” but “opposed the government’s push for all Americans to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.”
“Her selection as a witness as federal health officials are trying to promote a vaccine as a way to end a pandemic that has killed more than 281,000 Americans prompted harsh criticism from Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the minority leader.”
Orient is funded by extremist Robert Mercer, Bloomberg added in its prescient January, 2016 article.
“Working with his daughter Rebekah, he’s spent tens of millions more to advance a conservative agenda, investing in think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, the media outlet Breitbart.com, and Cambridge Analytica, a data company that builds psychological profiles of voters.”
Cambridge Analytica was the scandal-plagued political consulting firm that helped place Donald Trump in the white House.
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‘Straight Pride’ Group Sent Hundreds to Capitol Hill Insurrection: ‘It’s Our Right to This Government’ Director Says
A Massachusetts woman who is a director of the anti-LGBTQ Super Happy Fun America, known for its “Straight Pride” march in Boston, says she helped the far right group organize busses to carry hundreds of Trump supporters to last Wednesday’s Capitol Hill insurrection that quickly turned violent and deadly.
“Sue Ianni said she doesn’t understand why those who attended Wednesday’s protest in Washington, D.C., that resulted in violent clashes inside the U.S. Capitol are being called ‘domestic terrorists,'” reports MetroWest Daily News. “Ianni organized 11 buses to ride down to D.C. for the protest. She is concerned she, and all Trump supporters, are targets of retribution.”
The number of busses seems very fluid, with AFP reporting Super Fun Happy America “chartered six buses carrying about 300 protesters for the demonstration in the US capital.”
The group has proudly been advertising their trip to D.C.
SHFA will be in DC once again on January 6th to get wild
— SuperHappyFunAmerica (@SuperHappyFunA) December 29, 2020
Bus 1 of 11 coming to Washington DC. See you there! pic.twitter.com/66ktWpwZKL
— SuperHappyFunAmerica (@SuperHappyFunA) January 6, 2021
Five people, including a police officer, died, countless others were injured, and President Donald Trump is expected to be impeached for inciting insurrection this week as a result of the domestic terror attack.
“Ianni said she is one of the organization’s directors, and falsely described Super Happy Fun America as ‘a civil-rights organization that peacefully protests the leftist cabal taking over this country.'”
Super Happy Fun America’s leaders have described straight Americans as “an oppressed majority.” The Daily Beast last year reported one of the “straight pride” group’s leaders has been linked to a white-nationalist hate group, has been called a front for the far-right group Resist Marxism, and “has endorsed the far-right ‘helicopter’ meme, which calls for liberals to be thrown from helicopters as in Augusto Pinochet’s Chile.”
Meanwhile, Ianni is claiming Super Happy Fun America was merely “expressing our First Amendment rights to protest an illegal election,” and the thousands of pro-Trump extremists, many of whom illegally breached the walls of the Capitol, were “very moving, very inspiring,” and “what America is all about.”
Getty Images published this photo purportedly of Ianni at the Capitol on Wednesday.
Ianni refused to tell MetroWest if she was one of those who illegally breached the Capitol building.
Massachusetts based Trump supporters and insurrectionists Mark Sahady, Brandon Navom and Suzanne Ianni on their way to the Capitol and then inside the capitol. Pretty easy one here.
You might know Mark Sahady from organizing the bigoted Straight Pride Parade last year in Boston pic.twitter.com/zmkV6zBzeF
— Gregg Housh (@GreggHoush) January 9, 2021
Ianni says they will never stop fighting.
“We will fight tooth and nail,” she told AFP. “This isn’t over just if Biden gets inaugurated, if that happens. We’ll never stop fighting. And Trump will be our president for the next four years, no matter who they inaugurate.”
“The media is portraying us as a bunch of domestic terrorists,” Ianni told MetroWest, and “showing the same video clips over and over. What you’re not seeing is a bunch of people walking around. It’s our right to this government, and the Capitol police waved them in.”
‘Out-and-Out Communists’: Fox & Friends Host Has a Fit Over Joe Biden’s ‘Centrist’ Label
Fox News host Rachel Campos-Duffy on Sunday called the Democratic Party “out-and-out communists” after The New York Times noted that President-elect Joe Biden has picked a “centrist” cabinet to lead his government.
Campos-Duffy began the segment by defending President Donald Trump’s delay in signing a bill that provides money to keep the government running and to help with COVID-19 relief.
“Nothing good happens with bills when you’re up against deadlines like this,” she opined. “You’re saying, if you want your measly $600 of crumbs, you’ve got to pass all these other special interest projects that Nancy Pelosi loves. All these stupid foreign policy programs that are about gender, you know, relief and all these other things that are in there.”
According to Duffy, “most common sense Americans” are on Trump’s side.
Fox News co-host Will Cain took issue with The New York Times, which published a report that claims Biden “leans centrist” with his cabinet picks and governing philosophy.
“Our political future, our country’s future is not going to look like it did 10, 15, 20 years ago,” he insisted. “Simply returning to the Joe Biden of 2010 and the Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney Republican Party of 2012 and calling things centrist isn’t going to work. It quite simply isn’t going to exist in 2022, in 2021.”
“Business as usual is over,” Cain said. “Donald Trump has scrambled that idea. Joe Biden will not, cannot be who he was — what was it — six years ago, eight years ago. We’re now headed into a new America.”
Campos-Duffy argued that the Times had failed to recognize “just how much the Democrat [sic] Party has changed.”
“There is a very powerful and growing wing of radicals,” she asserted. “I would challenge you to say they’re not even socialists, many of them are out-and-out communists on the left.”
“There is a reason why he picked Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate because she is actually the most left-wing senator that the Democrats have,” Campos-Duffy added. “There was clearly a need to make a bridge to that left-wing radical side.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
‘This Is a Political Cult’: Jonestown Survivor Sees Parallels Between Trump and Cult Leader Jim Jones
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) survived the Jonestown massacre, and she’s finally ready to admit that President Donald Trump leads a cult like the one that nearly killed her.
The California Democrat was shot five times by cult followers and played dead to survive the 1978 massacre in Guyana, where she and her boss Rep. Leo Ryan, who was killed, had gone to investigate, and as recently as two years ago she was unwilling to compare Trump to cult leader Jim Jones, reported The Daily Beast.
“I recoiled from the question,” she said. “I wasn’t prepared to think this was a parallel. Now, four years into this nightmare of melodrama and manipulation, the parallels are pretty clear.”
Trump dominates the Republican Party, and even the powerful Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is forced to go along with his lies, and Speier said the dynamic is clearly similar to the Peoples Temple, where followers feared they would be cast out for challenging Jones.
“Community had become their family,” Speier said, “and like the 70 percent of Republicans today who think the election was filled with fraud, those that had some sense of independence couldn’t express it. Once you get deep into something like this, even if you know it’s not right, you stay there, you’re transfixed.”
Jones persuaded his followers to turn over their assets to him, which created pressure on others to do the same, and Speier compared that to Trump raising $200 million since losing re-election.
“If you’re a true believer, you will show your allegiance, your faith, by providing your world possessions to the family,” Speier said.
“He’s created a cult of personality — and as hard as it is for me to say, he exudes charisma and people want to follow him,” she added. “When you see the Proud Boys on the street knifing people and inciting violence, it’s a little chilling. This is a political cult. The other is a religious cult.
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