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‘Just Me, Mike’: Pompeo Unabashedly Kicks Off New Year With Religion-Tinged Tribute to Himself – and His ‘Swagger’



U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, long accused of mapping out a 2024 presidential run by using his office for political gain, kicked off the new year with a religion-tinged tribute to himself, and his “swagger,” in a series of tweets.

“My New Year’s Resolution: give the American people the full story about our foreign policy. You may not read it elsewhere,” Pompeo tweeted in the first of more than a dozen tweets from his official U.S. government account.

“We’re so much safer today than four years ago,” tweeted Pompeo, a claim many experts find false. “Over the coming days, I’m going to lay out the mission set, the huge wins, personal stories, and a lot more. Just me, Mike.”

The tweets are clearly meant to position him as the next Republican president, while paying homage to President Donald Trump.

This one disturbing tweet sums up Pompeo. He writes: “I’ve tied our foreign policy back to our noble founding.”

The image is from Pompeo’s 2018 swearing in. At the podium is his mentor, Mary Ann Glendon, an anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion author and professor whom he would choose one year later to head his “Commission on Unalienable Rights.”

That commission, he promised, would take a “fresh look” at human rights through the lens of “natural law.” Pompeo, a far right religious extremist who “talks about the rapture,” The New York Times has reported, and says the Bible informs everything he does, sees “natural law” as an opportunity to attack LGBTQ people and issues like abortion.

Pompeo here effectively is saying being anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion is part of America’s “noble founding.”

To be clear, Pompeo is telegraphing what a Pompeo presidency would focus on by including this image of Glendon and his talk of “noble founding.” He has long spoken about far right religious concepts, like the rapture, and claimed America is in a battle to advance Christianity.

From The Times:

Mr. Pompeo talks about the rapture. “We will continue to fight these battles,” he said at a “God and Country Rally” in 2015, because there is a “never-ending struggle” until “the rapture.”

“Be part of it,” he said at the meeting, at the Summit church in Wichita, Kan. “Be in the fight.”

At a speech in Cairo, Pompeo described himself as an “evangelical Christian” and said: “In my office, I keep a Bible open on my desk to remind me of God and his word, and the truth.”

Observers found it remarkable that Mr. Pompeo would open a speech in a majority-Muslim country by highlighting his Christianity. And some critics have pointed out that Mr. Pompeo, before becoming secretary, made us-versus-them statements about Christians and Muslims while talking about terrorism and war.

Pompeo appears to be continuing his tweets, but for now the last two highlight what he calls his “swagger.”

UPDATE: 5:52 PM ET –
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance:

Related: Hundreds of Orgs, Political and Religious Leaders Demand Pompeo Abolish His Anti-LGBTQ ‘Commission on Unalienable Rights’


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Gaetz Gets Summit Speaking Slot at Trump Club Hosted by Group That Held Pre-Insurrection Rally



Embattled Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) appears to be getting some support from the Trump camp and from the far right Trump-aligned group that hosted the January 6 pre-insurrection rally where the former president ginned up the MAGA marchers who stormed the Capitol.

“Join me at Trump Doral Friday!” Gaetz tweeted Tuesday. “Thank you to ‘Women for America First’ for the invitation to share my vision for our great nation.”

Gaetz will be speaking at this weekend’s Save America Summit, hosted by Women for America First, a group founded by far right political (and former Tea Party) activist Amy Kremer.

The event will be held at the Trump National Doral in Miami.

Ticket prices vary from $500 to $5000 but those who want to see Gaetz speak Saturday have to pony up an extra $500 for the “BBQ, Boots & Bluegrass” shindig with “Keynote Speaker Congressman Matt Gaetz.”

“We are not going to sit back and let the Left define who we are and what we stand for in 2021,” the Summit’s website reads. “Our nation is at a tipping point. If we want to SAVE AMERICA and our freedom, it’s time to fight back. It’s time to stop looking in our rearview mirror and start looking forward.”


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Tucker Carlson Compares Asian-American Senator to the KKK in Unhinged Rant



Earlier in the week, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), frustrated at the relative lack of Asian-Americans in senior positions in the Biden administration, threatened to vote down non-diverse nominees until she got an assurance of better representation in the executive branch. Ultimately, President Joe Biden promised her he would address the problem, and she dropped her objection.

But to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson — who perpetually sees any attempt to center people of color as an attack on America — this whole episode was something far more sinister. It was, in his view, a plot to oppress white people, as evil as the white supremacist terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan.

“Robert Byrd was the Tammy Duckworth of his day,” said Carlson. “Quote, ‘I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side,’ Byrd wrote, amazingly. ‘Rather, I should die a thousand times and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt, never to rise again, than to see this beloved land be degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.’ That’s real. Robert Byrd wrote that. At the time he did write it, Robert Byrd was working as a recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan, which was very much the Yale University of the time, a source of so much poison in our society.”

Republicans have commonly invoked Byrd, who went on to become a Democratic senator in senior leadership, to absolve themselves of their modern support for racially discriminatory policies, although it is worth noting that Byrd went on to renounce his segregationist past, supported Black voting rights, and died with honors from the NAACP.

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Blackburn: Equality Is ‘Constitutional Guarantee’ and I Oppose ‘Regressive’ LGBTQ Equality Act



U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) attacked the LGBTQ Equality Act on Wednesday, wrongly claiming it “regressive,” harms women, sets back women’s rights, and suggested that because the Constitution already offers “equality” there’s no reason to enact this legislation.

Blackburn, a far right Republican who very closely aligned herself with now-former President Donald Trump and to this day continues to defend him, began her remarks to the Judiciary Committee by claiming she shares “great compassion for anyone who feels diminishment or discrimination.”

“I believe that all people should be treated with dignity and respect,” Blackburn continued, despite having a long history of public statements and especially tweets that suggest otherwise.

Blackburn went on to say, that everyone “should be treated equally, this is a constitutional guarantee in here in the United States women have fought hard for equal treatment. The Equality Act is drafted undermines the fight.”


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