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Pro-MAGA Hat Store Owner Now Attacking BLM as Brands Distance Themselves Over Her Antisemitic Anti-Vaxx Stars

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A Trump-loving, QAnon-promoting, anti-vaxx, anti-mask Nashville hat store owner who boasted she had “one of the largest selections in the world” is finding brands speaking out against the antisemitic yellow wearable “not vaccinated” stars she posted and cutting ties with her business, which she calls HatWRKS.

The Tennessee Holler first identified the antisemitic stars via Twitter. NCRM was the first publication to report on them.

The owner, identified as Gigi Gaskins by The New York Times, is now lashing out at Black Lives Matter as she tries to defend herself by claiming for more than a year she has been fighting tyranny and authoritarianism.

By Monday, several hat manufacturers announced they would no longer sell to HatWRKS, with some explaining their reasons.

These two tweets from Saturday came about nine hours apart, from arguably the most recognizable name in hats:

Gaskins, who uses her company’s Instagram page to attack transgender people, the coronavirus vaccine, liberals, Democrats, and President Joe Biden’s legitimate election, among many other issues, appears to believe the left is engaging in “totalitarianism,” as she claimed in a post over the weekend.

In her unique style she writes, “for the last 15mos i have been pushing back on the government overreach, standing up to groupthink, trying to find reason in a sea of irrational.”

“it has been 100% fighting the totalitarian march and power grab we are seeing play out across the globe,” she writes.

She appears to be attacking the Black Lives Matter protests nationwide that erupted over the police murder of George Floyd, and other police killings, mostly of unarmed Black men.

“we have watched this play out for over a year … from the protests, the burnings, the lootings, taking cities hostage, desecrating monuments, desmantling [sic] our police, watching people get murdered in the name of justice.”

She says she is “not alone in being a target of the mob,” but admits to “insensitivity” for creating the yellow Jewish stars that say “unvaccinated.”

In an earlier post on Sunday she wrote, “i sincerely apologize for any insensitivity.”

Among Gaskins’ Instagram posts is this, in which she appears to admit to being part of the January 6 insurrection:

In other posts she echoes the falsehoods found in QAnon.

In addition to Stetson, Dorfman Pacific, Goorin Bros., kangol_headwear, New York Hat & Cap Co., and others have announced they are terminating their relationships with hatWRKS.

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Texas Attorney General Says He’s ‘Willing and Able’ to Defend Law Banning Sodomy if Supreme Court Reverses Ruling

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Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton says he is “willing and able” to defend his state’s law banning sodomy, which was struck down in 2003 by the U.S. Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas, should the court revisit it as at least one conservative justice has urged.

Responding to several questions about Lawrence v. Texas Tuesday on News Nation, Paxton said, “look my job is to defend state law and I’ll continue to do that. That is my job under the Constitution and I’m certainly willing and able to do that.”

Attorneys General are not required to defend laws they believe are discriminatory or unconstitutional, as then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in 2014, before the Supreme Court found same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage.

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Asked if he would go even further, perhaps providing a test case for the Supreme Court to test the state’s sodomy ban, Paxton said, “I’d have to take a look at it,” as the Houston Chronicle reports.

“This is all new territory for us so I’d have to how the Legislature was laid out and whether we thought we could defend it. Ultimately, if it’s constitutional, we’re going to go defend it.”

On Friday Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas appeared to target LGBTQ people.

“In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” Thomas wrote on Friday, as NBC News reports. “Because any substantive due process decision is ‘demonstrably erroneous,’ we have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents.”

NBC News explains that “Griswold was a 1965 Supreme Court decision that established the right for married couples to buy and use contraceptives. It became the basis for the right to contraception for all couples a few years later. Lawrence was a 2003 Supreme Court decision that established the right for consenting adults to engage in same-sex intimacy. Obergefell was a 2015 Supreme Court decision to establish the right for same-sex couples to be married.”

 

 

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Mississippi House Speaker Wants 12 Year Old Rape Victims of Incest to Give Birth to their Father’s Children

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The Mississippi Republican Speaker of the House says there should be no exception to the state’s ban on abortion now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the five-decade-old Roe v Wade ruling. Asked specifically about 12-year-old girls who are victims of incest, Speaker Philip Gunn repeatedly stated his “personal belief” is “life begins at conception.”

“What about the case of a 12-year-old girl who was molested by her father or uncle?” an Associated Press reporter, Emily Wagster Pettus, asked the Speaker on Friday, as the Mississippi Free Press reports.

Mississippi’s ban on abortion “does not include an exception for incest,” Gunn replied, as the Free Press’ Ashton Pittman reports. “I don’t know that that will be changed.”

Asked if “the Legislature should revisit” that part of the law, the Speaker responded, “Personally, no. I do not.”

“I believe life begins at conception. Every life is valuable. And those are my personal beliefs,” Speaker Gunn insisted.

Another reporter pressed Gunn further.

READ MORE: 13 Devastating Abortion Facts to Know If SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade

“So that 12-year-old child molested by her family members should carry that pregnancy to term?” Daily Journal reporter Taylor Vance asked.

“That is my personal belief. I believe life begins at conception,” the Speaker repeated.

Gunn concluded by saying he did not want his remarks to overshadow the significance of the Supreme Court’s nearly unprecedented decision, reversing a civil right. He said members of the Mississippi House of Representatives were “going to celebrate that today.”

Watch the Speaker’s remarks below or at this link.

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Teachers Told to Remove Rainbows, Photos of Same-Sex Spouses as DeSantis’ ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law Goes Into Effect

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Teachers in Orange County, Florida are being told to scrape rainbow stickers off doors and windows, take photos of their families off their desks if they have a same-sex spouse, and are being directed to report if a student comes out as LGBTQ, as Governor Ron DeSantis‘ “Don’t Say Gay” law goes into effect July 1, according to a teachers’ organization.

Attorneys for the district held meetings with administrators last week, and “advised principals what behaviors would and would not be legal under the law during a ‘Camp Legal’ presentation,” ABC affiliate WFTV reports.

The Orange County Teachers’ Association (CTA) says teachers are also being told they cannot wear rainbows on their clothing, “including lanyards distributed by the district last year.” Elementary school teachers are also being told to not even discuss their families if they have a same-sex spouse.

Stickers denoting a particular classroom is a “safe space” for LGBTQ students and others are to be removed, and “teachers will have to report to parents if a student ‘comes out’ to them and they must use pronouns assigned at birth, regardless of what the parents allow, the CTA reported.”

“It will be alarming if our district chooses to interpret this law in the most extreme way,” CTA President-Elect Clinton McCracken told WFTV. “We want them to protect student privacy. We want them to make sure that they’re creating and helping to create safe classrooms. We believe our school board supports that.”

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