Donald J. Trump Is Calling For A Total And Complete Ban On…Himself?

In the months since he first announced his un-American ban on Muslims entering the U.S. in December, Donald Trump’s regularly expanded the policy: 

May 2016: Trump refused to soften it.

June 2016: Trump expanded it to a ban on immigrants from any country “with a proven history of terrorism.”

July 2016: Trump recommitted to the June expansion, suggesting it’d also involve extreme vetting, if not a total ban, on immigration from countries like France and Germany.

Early August 2016: Trump’s running mate elaborated on a further expanded iteration of the ban, which would target Muslims but also, according to him, apply to Jewish and Christian immigrants, refugees, and presumably even tourists (?), from the banned countries.

That brings us to today, and Trump’s announcement that his latest ban expansion will also include an “ideological test for admission to the country that would assess a candidate’s stances […]

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“Friend” Speaks To Enemies (2/2)

Senator Marco Rubio claimed that the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub is what inspired him to go back on his word and run for reelection.

Less than two months later, Rubio’s done claiming the deaths and massacre at the gay nightclub motivated him to re-up his public service. After proving he remains unwilling to back commonsense gun-safety measures, Rubio’s now cozying up to an extreme anti-LGBT group, Florida Renewal Project, and headlining one of their events in Orlando.

Rubio laughably claims the event is “a celebration of faith,” but the truth is it’s a celebration of anti-LGBT hatred and marginalization, headlined by veritable who’s who of anti-gay activists. Speakers at the event have, among other things:

Claimed gay people “are to blame for Islamic terrorism”;
Described the absence of a cure for HIV and AIDS is God’s punishment of LGBT people; and,
Warned that LGBT tolerance will precipitate the United States’ “total destruction.”

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“Friend” Speaks To Enemies (1/2)

In the aftermath of the attack on the Pulse nightclub, Donald Trump journeyed to Manchester, New Hampshire and claimed that he was the “real friend” of LGBTQ Americans.

Trump is now marking the two month anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre with an appearance in Orlando–blocks away from the site of the Pulse shooting–at a meeting of the extreme anti-LGBT group, Florida Renewal Project. Trump’s kind words in the aftermath of the Pulse massacre were nothing but a display of callous political opportunism. This week, he’s getting back to his anti-LGBTQ roots.

Through his words and actions Trump has demonstrated that he is no friends of LGBTQ Americans. In January Trump appeared on Fox NewsSunday and said he would appoint Supreme Court Justices who would reverse marriage equality. A week later, Trump reaffirmed his position while on ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

Donald Trump’s political ally Marco Rubio is also set to headline a session of the gathering.

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Rubio To Mark Orlando Shooting’s Two-Month Anniversary At Anti-LGBT Hate Rally

Senator Marco Rubio claimed that the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub is what inspired him to go back on his word and run for reelection.

Less than two months later, Rubio’s done claiming the deaths and massacre at the gay nightclub motivated him to re-up his public service. After proving he remains unwilling to back commonsense gun-safety measures, Rubio’s now cozying up to an extreme anti-LGBT group, Florida Renewal Project, and headlining one of their events in Orlando — this Thursday, the two-month anniversary of the Pulse shooting.

Rubio laughably claims the event is “a celebration of faith,” but the truth is it’s a celebration of anti-LGBT hatred and marginalization, headlined by veritable who’s who of anti-gay activists. Speakers at the event have, among other things:

Claimed gay people “are to blame for Islamic terrorism”;
Described the absence of a cure for HIV and AIDS is God’s punishment of LGBT people; and,
Warned that LGBT tolerance will precipitate the […]

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Trump Supports Pat McCrory’s Job-Killing, Anti-LGBT Law

Governor Pat McCrory is receiving another pat on the back for his “fantastic record” from Donald Trump.

Trump says that he supports the HB2 law passed by North Carolina Republicans and the governor. The anti-LGBT law cost the state millions in economic revenue, threatens federal education funding, and killed thousands of new jobs from coming to North Carolina. Apparently, that doesn’t concern Trump though, whose own policies would “reduce employment by 3.5 million jobs.”

Trump has built his campaign on hateful, extreme right wing rhetoric; he gets excited about financial trouble such as the housing market and Brexit. It’s unsurprising he’s all in for Party of Trump member McCrory’s signature law and the economic and social consequences that come with it.

 

Watch Trump say he supports HB2: 

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Trump and the Western Conservative Summit, A History Of Hate

Donald Trump and the Western Conservative Summit is a match made in heaven: Both have a long history deeply tied to the worst strains of right-wing extremism.

Trump is speaking at WCS today, and we can only expect that his racist, anti-immigrant, xenophobic, and anti-gay tendencies will shine through. Though Donald Trump has been exceedingly clear in his opposition to same-sex marriage— vowing to appoint Supreme Court Justices that would overturn marriage equality–he runs the risk of being outperformed by his opening act, Sarah Palin. Palin has been a staunch supporter of a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

Senator Bill Armstrong, who leads the summit, has an anti-LGBT record Trump would be proud of. Armstrong claimed that a pro-gay Republican group isn’t, “a very good fit with our group” and refused to let the Log Cabin Republicans have a presence at the event in 2015, even though they had already paid for a booth.

Not only were pro-gay voices […]

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Off The Prompter, Off His Rocker: Trump Goes Old School Unhinged In Georgia

Donald Trump was off the prompter and way off-message today in Atlanta, Georgia. For an hour and ten minutes, Trump meandered aimlessly through his favorite talking points: Polls (which are now “false”), anti-immigrant sentiments, eating hamburgers in lieu of state dinners, tent safety, and railing on Republican leadership.

Noticeably missing from Trump’s blathering was any mention of efforts to prevent those on terrorist watch lists to purchase firearms. In fact, the only mention of guns made by Trump was to suggest that more people should carry them in bars (and a brief aside to make some gun sounds.)

Enjoy the “highlights”!

On his poll numbers going up after Orlando shooting YouTube
Making gun sounds YouTube
The LGBT community has been in favor of what he’s saying YouTube
Belgium is a beautiful city YouTube
On the Orlando shooter: “He was born here but his parents weren’t”  YouTube

“If some of the people in […]

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Burr Continues His Bumbling HB2 Backtrack

Senator Richard Burr can’t keep his position on HB2 straight. 

Last week, Burr began backtracking his support for Governor Pat McCrory’s job-killing law after polls showed him in a tight race for re-election. Burr previously claimed HB2 wasn’t affecting North Carolina’s business community (despite the millions of lost economic and tourism revenue) and said the law didn’t discriminate.

He’s continued his bumbling attempt to distance himself this week. Unfortunately, Burr can’t seem to decide why he doesn’t like HB2.

Is it because “it was far too expansive?” Does he not like the “bathroom” part of the legislation? Or does he agree with “every aspect” of the law except for taking discrimination cases out of state courts?

Maybe the reason Burr can’t get his story straight is because he doesn’t actually disagree with the discriminatory HB2. Up until it hurt him politically, Burr was content to stand by the economically damaging law. One look at his […]

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Burr’s Political Posturing On HB2 Is Too Little, Too Late

Senator Richard Burr is attempting to backtrack on his support of Governor Pat McCrory’s discriminatory HB2 law, saying that North Carolina Republicans went “too far” when they passed the anti-LGBT legislation.

Apparently Burr has seen the latest polls because up until this point, he’s been very supportive of HB2 and laws that hurt the LGBT community in general. Burr claimed that HB2 does not discriminate and “doesn’t involve federal issues.” He even went as far as to say that the job-killing law wasn’t affecting North Carolina’s business community.

In addition to the millions in economic and tourism revenue the state has lost to HB2, the Republicans’ law is putting $4.5 billion in federal education funding at risk. But only now, when it’s politically convenient, is Senator Burr ready to eat his words.

A look at his record on anti-LGBT legislation makes it clear, Senator Burr’s backtrack is political posturing:

SB 1598: Senator Burr signed on as a co-sponsor of SB 1598–the “First […]

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Richard Burr, Blocker Of Judge Confirmations, Says Courts Should Decide HB2

Senator Richard Burr won’t be competing for a profile in courage any time soon. 

Last night, Burr refused to condemn Gov. Pat McCrory’s discriminatory HB2 that is hurting the people and economic well-being of North Carolina, instead saying the courts should decide the law. In and of itself, the deflection might seem harmless, but Burr has a record of preventing the courts from deciding anything.

Burr is currently holding up two important court vacancies: joining his party in Supreme Court obstructionism and perpetuating a decade long vacancy by blocking the president’s nominee in the U.S. Eastern District of North Carolina, the same district that the HB2 suit will be heard. 

It’s time for Senator Burr to stand against job-killing laws like HB2 and do his job and fill the courts.

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