Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel Wednesday evening posted a tweet wishing the LGBTQ community “Happy #PrideMonth.”
It did not go over well.
Happy #PrideMonth!@GOP is proud to have doubled our LGBTQ support over the last 4 years, and we will continue to grow our big tent by supporting measures that promote fairness and balance protections for LGBTQ Americans and those with deeply held religious beliefs.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 2, 2021
The GOP has been at war with the LGBTQ community at every turn, and considerably ramped up their attacks this year.
“2021 has officially surpassed 2015 as the worst year for anti-LGBTQ legislation in recent history,” the Human Rights Campaign reported in early May.
More than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in state legislatures in 2021, including:
At least 35 bills that would prohibit transgender youth from being able to access best-practice, age-appropriate, gender-affirming medical care
At least 69 bills that would prohibit transgender youth (and in some cases college students) from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity
At least 43 bills that would allow people to assert a religious belief as justification for failing to abide by the law or provide services to people of whom they disapprove
At least 15 bills that would prohibit transgender people from having access to restrooms or locker rooms consistent with their gender identity
As of May 4, one month ago, 17 of those bills had already been signed into law – more than in the last three years combined.
There are more.
For example, Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis celebrated the start of Pride Month by signing into law June 1 an anti-trans bill banning transgender girls from participating in women’s sports, and he chose a private Christian school – which does not need a law to ban trans girls from sports – as the venue to sign the bill into law, sending a very strong message as to whom he is trying to please.
DeSantis, a top Trump supporter who is believed to be a 2024 presidential hopeful, followed that up with vetoing pro-LGBTQ legislation on June 2.
“Just days from the five-year remembrance of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub massacre,” The Orlando Sentinel reports, “DeSantis on Wednesday vetoed $150,000 in state funds that would have provided counseling for survivors — despite a budget that has $9.5 billion in reserves. And in what advocates describe as ‘war’ on LGBTQ+ Floridians, the governor also eliminated $750,000 approved by the Florida Legislature for the Orlando-based Zebra Coalition to create housing for homeless gay and transgender youth.”
McDaniel’s tweet makes clear the GOP is only interested in even claiming to support LGBTQ protections as long as the “rights” of conservative Christians are not touched. The hundreds of bills stripping those protections and imposing even worse restrictions on LGBTQ people, especially minors, expose her tweet as a lie, but it’s revealing to know the Republican Party is willing to prioritize the civil rights of LGBTQ Americans over the religious right.
Here’s how some are responding to the GOP Chair’s tweet.
The official party platform calls for overturning Obergfell https://t.co/PM9KZo9K4t
— Drew Savicki 🦖🦕🦖 (@DrewSav) June 3, 2021
Literally the first thing the Trump administration did was to erase all LGBTQ content from all federal websites.
Your party is anti-LGBTQ
Your party’s platform is anti-LGBTQ
— Brion Neeley-Ryder 🏳️🌈 (@brionneeley) June 3, 2021
“We at @GOP will balance protections for LGBTQ Americans and those who want to discriminate against them like it’s 1939 Germany.”
— Frank Wells (@FrankTracy) June 2, 2021
GOP leader says her party will “balance protections for LGBTQ Americans and those with deeply held religious beliefs.”
Doesn’t she know that many LGBTQ Americans have deeply held religious beliefs? https://t.co/S7eFGPTh4o
— davidrlurie (@davidrlurie) June 3, 2021
— agent of chaos ☃️ (@jhtweets_) June 3, 2021
Is this the party of diversity equity and inclusion now? I’m gonna need a better class of pandering than this.
— Matt Youngblood🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@_TheYoungBlood) June 3, 2021
Curious: is the “protections” the wave of anti-trans legislation by Republican legislatures? The fondness for conversion therapy by Mike Pence and his ilk? The lack of funding for health and stability support for LGTBQIA+ youth? The attacks on trans military members?
— Craig Newman (@craignewman) June 3, 2021
Keep the words “Happy Pride” out of your mouth.
You’ve done nothing to stop the wave of anti-trans legislation this year.
You did nothing to stop Trumps anti-LGBTQ actions during his ONE term Presidency.
We SEE you, Ronna.
— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) June 3, 2021
Like forcing young children to get traumatized by a coerced “genital verification” inspection to play youth sports bc some nutso thinks they don’t look “right?!” @GOPChairwoman? https://t.co/nSaD8gWud0 pic.twitter.com/IcL046JNao
— Rachel Bitecofer 📈🔭🍌 (@RachelBitecofer) June 3, 2021
My goodness, the cognitive dissonance is staggering. Day 1 of Pride Month, DeSantis signed a bill taking away rights…but cool
— Kevin Kindelberger (@KevinKindelber2) June 2, 2021
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‘Smoking Gun’: Nicolle Wallace Says New Evidence Spells Trouble for Trump and ‘Coup Accomplices’
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Friday offered her analysis after a bombshell new report by The New York Times detailing former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
“On December 27, 2020 — just 11 days before his supporters would storm the U.S. Capitol with the stated goal of hanging Mike Pence and disrupting the certification of Joe Biden’s win, Donald Trump engaged in an insurrection of his own, calling the acting attorney general of the United States and directing him to declare the election corrupt and then, ‘leave the rest to me,'” Wallace reported.
She then went over DOJ officials’ notes in which the document how Trump asked them to declare the 2020 election “corrupt” as a pretext for staying in power.
“The notes pointing to Trump’s perceived coup accomplices are now in the hands of those members’ peers in the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn his defeat,” she explained. “The notes also illuminate a well worn theme of the Trump presidency, the ex-president’s imperviousness to facts.”
Wallace interviewed former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman, who teaches law and is a legal columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
Litman said, “it couldn’t have been more flagrantly improper. The exact thing the Department of Justice never can do is simply announce something corrupt without taking action, they must file a lawsuit based on evidence.”
“This is going to be amplified and a lot more where this came from,” Litman predicted.
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“In his retelling, Ashli Babbitt—who was shot and killed trying to enter the House chamber on Jan. 6—wasn’t so much a rioter as she was an ‘innocent, wonderful, incredible woman.’ And, in Trump’s mind, some of the police officers who defended the Capitol that day aren’t the real heroes, calling them liberal ‘p*ssies’ who loathe MAGA, and outliers within a broadly pro-Trump law enforcement community,” The Beast reported.
The report was based on two sources who spoke with reporters Asawin Suebsaeng and Sam Brodey under the condition of anonymity,
“Trump has also maintained that these men seem ‘broke[n]’ by the events of Jan. 6, and that they do not have the supposed toughness or character of the law enforcement officers who, on the whole nationally, still widely support Trump and his policies,” The Beast reported. “According to these two people, and another source with knowledge of the matter, the twice-impeached former president has also alleged that these particular police officers are letting themselves be used as pawns by anti-Trump Democrats, like Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), or simply despise Trump and are Democrats themselves.”
D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, who testified on Tuesday before the House select committee to investigate the insurrection, has said publicly that he voted for Trump in 2016.
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After falsely blaming Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the newly-announced mask mandate on the House side of Congress, dozens of Republicans Thursday afternoon engaged in a performative protest, not against the coronavirus but against efforts to end the pandemic. What appeared to be 50 or so House GOP lawmakers marched over to the Senate side of the Capitol Hill building for what one called a “taste of freedom.”
The Attending Physician of the United States Congress, following updated CDC guidance this week ordered anyone on the House side of the Capitol to wear a mask if in a group, regardless of vaccination status, but did not make the same order for the Senate side.
While Dr. Brian Monahan did not explain why the rules were different, at last cxount only about half of the Republicans on the House side have said they are vaccinated. Almost every Republican on the Senate side is. All Democrats on both sides are fully vaccinated. Dr. Monahan’s office announced fines and possible removal for repeat offenders.
Among those in the maskless pack making their way to the Senate side were Reps. Madison Cawthorn, Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Chip Roy.
Roll Call’s Chris Cioffi and The Hill’s Scott Wong posted video:
NOW: large maskless group of House GOP members has just crossed onto the Senate side and asked to enter the Senate Chamber. pic.twitter.com/gfmEAQMWbj
— Chris Cioffi (@ReporterCioffi) July 29, 2021
House Republicans are protesting the mask mandate by walking to the Senate, where masks are not mandated by Capitol physician pic.twitter.com/sFD6AVnbr3
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) July 29, 2021
GOP Massie: says the House GOP members are over here “for a taste of freedom.”
“You don’t have to wear a mask on the Senate side.”
Massie said they have the same attending physician, but he’s given different directives to each chamber.
Here’s video of them asking to enter. pic.twitter.com/A79S38d9UE
— Chris Cioffi (@ReporterCioffi) July 29, 2021
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