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School Board Members Blast Parents for Applauding ‘Racist’ Trump Supporter Saying Kids Should ‘Grow a Pair’

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Bernards Township, New Jersey Board of Education members blasted several parents who spent Monday night complaining about what they claimed was “critical race theory” training for teachers and one person in particular, a Trump supporter who said students need to “grow a pair,” and the education system is “all about hating Donald Trump”  – and was applauded by the same parents complaining about “critical race theory.”

“What is the most upsetting part is someone did come up here and make racist comments and basically said, ‘You know what, our children should learn to grow a set,'” school board member Ruchika Hira, according to Patch, declared at the end of Monday night’s meeting. “And you know what the community members did? They clapped. And that to me, is appalling. Because this is the town that I live in. I have two young children, and this is the school district that my kids go to, and these are the parents that are clapping.”

Hira, and other school board members who criticized parents at the end of the meeting were referring to a man who only identified himself as “Mark from Gladstone,” but did not identify himself as a parent.

“Whatever happened to ‘sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me’?” the man asked. “What happened to just washing your hands? And what happened to protecting the children? I see men up here. Men sitting on this panel, why aren’t you guys doing anything to protect these children and to get this stuff out of our schools? Sexual deviance in our schools really? This is horrible. Teaching our kids about race, how to hate each other,” he added, echoing Fox News and right wing talking points.

“Teach white kids that ‘Oh, you got to give up your opportunity if you, if you get one and give it to somebody of color?” he accused.

“And then we teach the kids of color, doesn’t matter how good you are. You’re brown so you just get. This is how we’re going to teach our kids? I think it’s disgusting. I think it’s disgusting that I’m here listening to this sexual deviant crap that’s going on and how it’s being allowed and nobody’s listening to these parents,” he said.

He urged them to “start organizing, because nobody up here and it doesn’t seem like anybody in the public system cares about your kids. You need to start caring about ’em and you need to start getting more involved.”

“Mark” claimed “nobody seems to care about these kids anymore. It’s all about virtue signaling. It’s all about politics, and it’s all about hating Donald Trump. And anyone that’s a conservative or a Republican, you want to talk about bullying. asked me how I know what bullying’s like. And so everybody knows I grew up in Perth Amboy, a white kid in a predominantly Spanish town. You want to talk about racism and being called names? It’s called ‘toughen up.’ It’s called ‘grow a set’. It’s called ‘Life is never going to stop being bullies.’ There’s never going to stop being bullies. They’re going to be there every waking minute of your life. People need to start sucking it up. People need to start growing up. And parents need to start doing their jobs and the school boards need to start doing their jobs because this is getting out of control. Put your politics down and start taking care of the kids. Good night.”

“Mark from Gladstone’s” remarks start at the 1:12:30 mark:

 

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Newsmax Host Falsely Attacks Biden and Entire Democratic Party for Declaring ‘War on Christianity’

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A host on the far right wing cable and streaming TV channel Newsmax has declared the entire Democratic Party, including its devoutly-Catholic President, has “declared war,” not on just Christmas, but on “Christianity” itself. That would be extremely surprising to the majority of Democratic registered voters who self-identify as Christian.

The revelation of a “war on Christianity” comes in a wide-ranging attack on the left from the Newsmax host Friday morning, who decided to attack the White House’s highly-praised Christmas decorations this year, which were designed by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

“This week is about Christmas at the White House,” the host declared. “I love Christmas decorations. But this looks a little like a Carnival Cruise especially from an administration and political party as a whole that has declared war on Christianity for a while now.”

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‘What Wannabe Totalitarian, Fascist Dictators Do’: Alarm Over DeSantis Move to Form His Own ‘Personal Militia’

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Critics are responding with alarm to news Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis is asking for millions of taxpayer funds to create his own militia force, separate from the existing National Guard.

CNN calls it “a World War II-era civilian military force that he, not the Pentagon, would control.” And while the law allows for the move, it was created “as a temporary force to fill the void left behind” when the state’s National Guard was deployed overseas, and “disbanded after the war ended.”

But the highly-controversial Florida Republican, seen as one of the top 2024 GOP presidential candidates, is also making clear his motives are a further escalation in his war of words against the Biden administration.

“DeSantis also said this unit, called the Florida State Guard, would be ‘not encumbered by the federal government.’ He said this force would give him ‘the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible.'”

It’s also being seen as one more potential attack on science during the coronavirus pandemic era. All National Guard members must be vaccinated. DeSantis opposes all vaccine and mask mandates and has invited unvaccinated, fired police officers from others states to move to Florida – and offering them a $5000 payment.

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, now a U.S. Congressman but running to unseat DeSantis, called DeSantis’ militia a “handpicked secret police” force.

Perhaps one of the strongest warnings comes from SiriusXM Progress host Dean Obeidallah, who calls it “the beginning of a ‘Red Army’ as the GOP prepares for war.”

“The same Republicans who claim Jan 6 was not a terrorist attack but just a ‘tourist visit’ now tell us not to be concerned with Ron DeSantis forming a personal militia that he says will ‘not encumbered by the federal government,'” Obeidallah adds. “This is a Red Army!!!”

MSNBC’s Joy Reid likened the move to fascism, asking: “So… y’all know this is fascisty bananas, right…?”

Attorney and DeSantis critic Daniel Uhlfelder noted the governor’s “classic authoritarian move” on bringing his son to the announcement.

“More setting up for 2024 coup!” tweeted Amy Siskind, The New Agenda founder and author of The Weekly List.

Research and strategic communication CEO Fernand Amandi describes DeSantis’ move as “What wannabe totalitarian, fascist, authoritarian dictators do.”

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Watch: Bigoted NC Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson Berates Democratic Lawmaker for Denouncing His Anti-LGBTQ Hate Speech

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North Carolina’s Republican Lt. Governor Mark Robinson lashed out at a Democratic state lawmaker after she delivered a speech urging elected leaders to try to understand and equally represent all their constituents, including people of color and LGBTQ people.

“Next time before you get ready to say something on that floor come see me,” Robinson barked at state Sen. Julie Mayfield after her speech, suggesting he had power over her and she needed his permission to speak about him, as video shot by Democratic state Senator Natasha Marcus shows:

Mayfield did not mention Robinson by name during her speech.

Robinson has been criticized for months over his repeated remarks attacking LGBTQ people, including calling them “filthy,” calling transgender people “pure lunacy” and “demonic,” and claiming they want to molest children, describing straight relationships as “superior” to gay ones – and saying even cow manure has more purpose than same-sex marriage. Robinson, who uses the church as a shield for his bigotry, last month appeared to “jokingly” threaten any IRS agents who might come to his home.

“Robinson ‘berated’ state Sen. Julie Mayfield,” The News & Observer reports, “and wagged his finger in front of her face, saying he didn’t appreciate her ‘equating Black people with gay people,’ according to Mayfield and another lawmaker who witnessed the encounter. Robinson’s comments were in response to a speech Mayfield gave,” in which she “highlighted deadly violence against Black people and discrimination against LGBTQ people.”

“It is convenient fiction that we can say something in a particular forum and not expect to be held accountable for those words in another,” Mayfield said, referring to several instances in which Robinson has made anti-LGBTQ comments and made national headlines. “We are elected officials. And if we can’t respect our constituents rather than viciously attack some of them, then maybe we’re in the wrong job.”

Sen. Marcus described Robinson’s attack on Mayfield as “a rant.”

“He berated her, and he yelled as loudly as he could,” Marcus added. “Sen. Mayfield’s remarks speak what’s in the hearts of most North Carolinians, and the fact that it set the lieutenant governor off that much is shocking to me.”

 

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