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Read: WH Memo Urging Trump to Fire SECDEF Included Opposition to ‘Diversity’ and to Using Troops to ‘Put Down Riots’

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Trump was told to fire Defense Secretary for his opposition to committing war crimes, the transgender ban, violating federal law, and focusing on Russia.

ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl has just released a copy of a memo written by Trump White House Director of the Presidential Personnel Office, Johnny McEntee (photo) urging the firing of then-Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.

McEntee, a Trump devotee, previously had served as only Trump’s “body man,” before being fired for for reasons related to national security, before being re-hired to run an office he was totally unqualified to oversee. firing the head of the nation’s Armed Forces.

The reasons McEntee – who was subpoeaned by the Jan. 6 Committee Tuesday – gave in his memo supporting his urging of firing Esper are stunning – and almost entirely political.

Karl, who is previewing his new book, “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show,” on Wednesday posted the memo to Twitter.

It begins by claiming Esper “Consistently breaks from POTUS’ direction, and has failed to see through his priorities,” but quickly devolves into political issues, including:

Approved the promotion of Lt. Col. Vindman, the start [sic] witness in the
sham impeachment inquiry, who told Congress that the President’s
call with Ukraine “undermined U.S. national security.”

McEntee trashed Esper for publicly opposing “the President’s direction to utilize American forces to put down riots just outside the White House in the nation’s capital.”

Utilizing U.S. forces against U.S. citizens inside the U.S. has been called illegal in most instances.

“The law generally prevents the president from using the military as a domestic police force,” The Brennan Center for Justice says.

McEntee offered other reasons, including that Esper “Issued a policy that bars the display of the Confederate flag on military installation, after the President supported such displays as freedom of speech.”

He also listed Esper’s opposition to “the Soleimani strike, and subsequently stated he would ‘rule out’
military attacks on cultural sites in Iran if the conflict escalated, despite the President wanting to keep that option open.”

It is a war crime to attack cultural sites. The New York Times called it “illegal” and “barbaric.”

McEntee also decried Esper for having “focused the Department on Russia,” which Trump spent four years largely protecting.

McEntee also criticized Esper for having “been actively pushing for ‘diversity and inclusion,'” and “Expressed disinterest in supporting the President’s transgender ban. Did not show support for President’s decision to issue Directive-type Memorandum- 19-004 (the military trans-ban). He stated the issue ‘really hasn’t come up’ and had found the Perspectives of ‘six or seven’ active-duty transgender soldiers’ perspectives ‘helpful’ as he thought through the issue.”

Read the entire memo here:

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Chasten Buttigieg Slams Florida GOP’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill for ‘Pushing LGBTQ Families Back Into the Closet’

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Former school teacher Chasten Buttigieg is slamming Florida legislation dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would ban discussion of LGBTQ issues in public schools under the guise of “parental rights,” saying it will “kill kids.”

Appearing on CNN Buttigieg asked, “what kind of country we’re building, or in Florida, what kind of state are you building where you’re essentially pushing kids back into the closet, you’re saying we can’t talk about you? We can’t even talk about your families.”

“And you know, as a kid who grew up for 18 years, being told, ‘you don’t belong, something about you is wrong.’ Sometimes you take that trauma to heart and unfortunately there are a lot of kids in this country who do the worst because we tell them, ‘something about you is twisted and you don’t belong here.'”

Buttigieg railed against the bill over the weekend, posting a tweet pointing to a Trevor Project study that he says found “42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide last year.”

The bill, sponsored by freshman Republican state Rep. Joe Harding, in part reads: “A school district may not encourage classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”

Buttigieg, who is married to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, said, “if kids come into the classroom Monday morning, and they’re all talking about their weekends, and hypothetically a kid like mine says, ‘I had the best weekend with my dad. We went to the zoo, we went and got ice cream,’ is the teacher supposed to say, ‘hey, we don’t talk about things like that in this classroom’? You know, and not only what does that do to kids like mine, but also do to a kid in the classroom [who is] starting to realize that they’re different.”

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Psaki Schools Doocy on Trump’s Infamous Twitter Tantrums After He Whines About ‘Hashtag’ Diplomacy

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question from Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy on Tuesday by reminding him that former President Donald Trump had a history of conducting diplomacy through tantrums on Twitter.

At a White House press briefing, Doocy asked why Secretary of State Antony Blinken had expressed support for Ukraine on Twitter with the hashtag “#IStandWithUkraine.”

“Has that ever worked in stopping an authoritarian regime from doing anything, a hashtag?” Doocy wondered.

“I will have to say that, unlike the last administration, we don’t think Twitter is the only means of engaging or negotiating or discussing important topics,” Psaki replied. “But it is important for us to convey to the Ukrainian people who do view commentary through a range of forums.”

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‘Worse Than Ignorant’: ‘Troll’ MAGA Congressman Slammed Over Claim Biden Is ‘Maligning the Free Press’

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U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), a far right-wing extremist who forged multiple congressional documents sent to federal agencies and voted to not certify the 2020 election, is under fire after criticizing President Joe Biden for maligning the free press while suggesting President Donald Trump never attacked the media.

Banks is an anti-LGBTQ activist, anti-science climate change denier, and opposes a woman’s right to choose, Obamacare, and same-sex marriage.

On Monday during a hot mic moment, President Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a bitch.” He almost immediately called Doocy directly to apologize.

But Banks retaliated by asking on Twitter, “Have we ever seen a President attack and malign the free press like Joe Biden has??”

The list of attacks on the free press by other presidents, but especially by Donald Trump, is almost endless. Trump’s attacks were so dangerous an MSNBC embedded reporter had to have Secret Service agents escort her to her car as one of Trump’s MAGA rallies came to a close after he directed his anger at her by name.

Even conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg criticized Banks, calling him a “troll.”

And conservative journalist Charlie Sykes tweeted at Banks: “Beyond fuqqing parody.”

Podcaster Andrew Wortman reminded Banks that Trump called a different reporter a “son of a bitch,” too:

Many others vented their fury at Banks, offering a multitude of examples in response to his question.

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