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Right-Wing Podcaster Smears School Board Members as ‘Predators’ and ‘Child Abusers’ Over Trans-Inclusive Policy



Alliance Defending Freedom, a massive religious-right legal group, streamed live video of a protest rally outside a Loudoun County school board meeting in northern Virginia Tuesday night, at which local parents and teachers opposing the school district’s transgender-inclusive policy were joined by representatives from the right-wing political groups FreedomWorks and Heritage Action, along with right-wing author and podcaster Matt Walsh.

National right-wing groups and activists have made the Loudoun County school district a target of their hostility over a transgender-inclusive policy that requires, among other things, teachers to address trans students using their preferred pronouns. ADF is representing teachers who call the policy a violation of their religious freedom and freedom of speech.

Tuesday’s rally speakers promoted an array of right-wing causes beyond denying transgender rights, from anti-vaccine conspiracies to opposition to “critical race theory” to the upcoming statewide elections in Virginia. “We need [Glenn] Youngkin,” said one speaker, urging rallygoers to vote early for the Republican candidate for governor of Virginia and for Republicans for other statewide offices. Another called the school superintendent a communist. A few local officials and candidates signed a “Virginia Parents Bill of Rights.”

The right-wing Media Research Center sent a TV crew to interview attendees, including a parent who said, “They took God out of schools, and the devil took his place.” Another parent put the effort in spiritual warfare terms, saying, “This is not our battle. This is God’s battle, and he wins this battle.”

A FreedomWorks representative talked about the group’s efforts to help people run for office and “take back the school boards one seat at a time.” Heritage Action’s Melody Clarke slammed teachers unions and the infrastructure and jobs bill moving through Congress before promoting a website that encourages students and parents to report school materials that demonstrate the teaching of “critical race theory.” Clarke said it was a bad thing that the Build Back Better bill would include $8 billion earmarked for education, asking, “Can you imagine how much worse it would be if they had an additional $8 billion to play with for their leftist agenda?”

Right Wing Watch reported yesterday that Daily Wire podcaster Matt Walsh said he had leased property in the school district in order to comply with new school board rules requiring public speakers to be from the district. At the rally, Walsh mocked the rule, saying that he is renting the basement of an activist who served as rally emcee for one dollar.

Walsh closed out the rally with a focus on the transgender-inclusive policy, vowing, “The days of polite cooperation with evil and falsehood are over, they’re completely over.”

“The infiltration of gender ideology into the school system is a direct assault on our kids,” he claimed, describing it as part of a plan “to sexualize children and to shape them, to mold them.”

“We’re not gonna sit in silence while our kids, while any kids, are ripped to shreds by these damned vultures, these monsters,” he said, vowing that activists will not drop the issue. More from Walsh’s comments at the rally:

You know, the old tricks are not going to work on us. I want the other people on the other side of this to understand this: Your old tricks are not going to work. You could call us bigots. Doesn’t mean anything coming from you. You could call us hateful. And you’re right about that. We are. We hate what you are doing to kids. We hate that. We hate your attack on truth, and on science and on moral decency. We hate that too. And you can call us intolerant. And that’s also true because we’re not going to tolerate it anymore.

This is the line in the sand that we have drawn. We’re not going to surrender our kids to this darkness. We’re not going to do it. We’re not going to give up on truth. Not now. Not ever.

In his brief but incendiary remarks to the school board itself, Walsh called school board members “abusers” and “predators” and charged, “You prey upon impressionable children and indoctrinate them into your insane ideological cult.”


This article was first published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission. 

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Tom Cotton Told Reporters to ‘Get Your Popcorn Ready’ Before Demanding ‘Shameful’ Merrick Garland’s Resignation



U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) put on a show for the Fox News cameras Wednesday afternoon, repeatedly calling Attorney General Merrick Garland “shameful” and demanding his resignation.

Retweeting video of the Arkansas Republican’s performance, CNN’s congressional reporter Manu Raju revealed Cotton had told him and Punchbowl News co-founder Jake Sherman to “Get your popcorn ready.”

“This is, judge, this is shameful,” declared Cotton, referring to Garland as a judge instead of as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.

Attorney General Garland tried to defend himself, telling Cotton “that’s wrong” but the performative lawmaker refused to allow him to speak, repeatedly calling him “shameful.”

Further disparaging Garland, Cotton said: “Thank God you are not on the Supreme Court,” reminding him how Sen. Mitch McConnell blocked him from even having a hearing after then-President Barack Obama nominated him to the nation’s highest court.

Then, pointing at Garland, Cotton continued his attack, saying, “You should resign in disgrace.”

Cotton wasn’t apparently interested in anything Garland had to say, departing as soon as he finished his performance:

Public Notice founder Aaron Rupar notes Cotton succeeded in immediately getting on Fox News:

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New Video of Pro-Trump Lawyer Is ‘Completely Damning’: Legal Expert



Conservative Claremont Institute lawyer John Eastman made an “incredibly damning” admission in a new video, a former federal prosecutor explained on CNN on Wednesday.

“The House select committee investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection expected to hand down another subpoena today, this time for John Eastman, a conservative lawyer who worked with former President Trump’s legal team,” CNN’s Erica Hill reported.

“The committee says Eastman tried to convince then Vice President Pence that he could overturn — overturn — the election results which, of course, Pence could not, legally, and ultimately decided not to do,” CNN’s Jim Scuitto said. “But now, in a conversation, caught-on-camera by a Democratic activist posing as a Trump supporter, Eastman admits — admits — on tape that was indeed the plan.”

For analysis, the co-hosts interviewed CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig.

“Eastman, after the memo that he drafted describing exactly this plan as to how the president could overturn the election, he then did an interview with the National Review online saying that’s never intended to do that,” Scuitto said. “Here you have him on tape saying that’s exactly what we intended to do, in effect, and the only reason Pence stood in the way is he is, in Eastman’s terms, ‘an establishment guy.’ You’re a lawyer, how damning is this video for both for the investigation or any other investigation into the 2020 election?”

“Well, it is completely damning for John Eastman, Jim,” Honig replied.

“Let’s step back and remember who John Eastman is,” he continued. “He’s this lawyer who Trump discovers when he’s in the process of trying to steal the election. Eastman starts telling Trump these really lunatic ‘legal theories’ — I put ‘legal theories’ in scare quotes here — on which Mike Pence can reject the electoral count.”

“This tape really brings us back to reality, which is Eastman meant what he said in the memo, he was right there with Trump, trying to lead him down this very dangerous path,” he concluded.



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McConnell Backs GOP Candidate Who Called for ‘Total Cleansing’ and Allegedly Threatened to Blow His Wife’s ‘Brains Out’



Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday endorsed Herschel Walker, who is being strongly backed by Donald Trump in his 2022 run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Raphael Warnock of Georgia, Politico reports.

Saying that Walker, a retired NFL player, “is the only one who can unite the party, defeat Senator Warnock, and help us take back the Senate,” McConnell ignored the allegations against Walker, including from his now-ex-wife who said that when they were married he repeatedly threatened violence against her.

“I’m going to blow your f’ing brains out,” Cindy Grossman, Walker’s ex-wife, told ABC News her then-husband said to her as he pointed a pistol at her head, the AP reports. She was forced to obtain a protective order against him. Her sister in an affidavit said Walker“stated unequivocally that he was going to shoot my sister Cindy and her boyfriend in the head.”

In that same July article the AP reported “Walker, now 59, has at times been open about his long struggle with mental illness, writing at length in a 2008 book about being diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, once known as multiple personality disorder.”

CNN adds that Walker “has been particularly prolific and specific in his election-related dishonesty.”

Two days before the January 6 insurrection, Walker tweetedAmerica needs a total cleansing” that only Donald Trump “can do with the help of TRUE PATRIOTS.”

Walker has falsely claimed Joe Biden did not get even 50 million votes, when he won the White House with over 81 million. And on January 6 Walker tweeted that the election had been “stolen” and called on Donald Trump “to find out who these people are as they do not look like MAGA!”

In addition to McConnell’s endorsement, Politico reports “Walker has also received endorsements from GOP Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri, Steve Daines of Montana, Roger Marshall of Kansas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Graham has played a key role in helping to guide Walker’s candidacy.”




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