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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With Legal Immigration Cuts, Trump Somehow Finds Room To Run Further To The Right

In search of a right-wing immigration policy that will allow him to call far-right Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio “weak” on immigration policy, Donald Trump is — like Scott Walker and Rick Santorum before him — calling for hard limits on legal immigration.

Yes, Donald Trump’s latest maneuvering to the right on immigration is straight out of anti-legal immigration “torch-bearer” Rick Santorum’s playbook

Trump’s left behind his days of pretending its just undocumented immigrants he has a problem with — now he’s going after immigrants who come to the U.S. legally, promising to “get immigration numbers under control.”

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Shorter Rubio: Why Is It Important That I Do My Job Or Accomplish Anything In The Senate?

Team Rubio’s flailing efforts to come up with any successes Marco Rubio has had in the Senate have been on center stage this week after his new-found surrogate Rick Santorum failed — multiple times — to name a single accomplishment that Rubio’s had on the job.

From Morning Joe:

SCARBOROUGH: Can you name his top accomplishment in the Senate? Actually working in the Senate, doing something that tilted your decision to Marco Rubio?

SANTORUM: You know, here’s what I would say about that. My feeling on Marco is someone that has tremendous potential, tremendous gifts. If you look at being a minority in the United States Senate, in four years where nothing got done I guess it’s hard to say there are accomplishments. You tell me, what happened in those four years that were an accomplishments for anybody? It was complete gridlock.

SCARBOROUGH: I could list some things that got happened but I’m not defending the Congress. I’m […]

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Not-So-Happy Hour Debaters Renew Support For Trump Nomination

All four happy hour debaters set the bar for the prime time debate when they renewed their support for Donald Trump if he wins the Republican nomination. Wolf Blitzer put Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and the rest of the prime time wolf pack on notice that they will have to defend their pledge to support Trump.

We can’t say we’re surprised by Huckabee, Santorum, or Pataki (who?), but Graham’s fire-breathing had us hoping for something more from the little league debate.

Take a look at their promises to support the xenophobic demagogue and get ready for more of the same at the main debate:

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What The Donald Made You Miss In Ames

The headlines out of this weekend’s Family Leadership Summit in Ames were dominated by Donald Trump’s tranformation into an insult comic, but he was just one of nine Republican candidates addressing the crowd. Here’s a look at what the rest of the field was saying:

Marco Rubio 
 
Raising the retirement age, privatizing Medicare:  Video
 
President Obama is killing too many terrorists:  Video
 
Donald Trump
 
Ripping Common Core:  Video
 
Quadrupling down on his comments about Mexicans:  Video
 
Leaving the door open for a third party run:  Video
 
Jeb Bush would have no chance negotiating against China:  Video
 
Ben Carson
 
Calling for troops on the ground to fight ISIS:  Video
 
Calling for an across the board federal spending cut:  Video
 
Ted Cruz 
 
Burning Frank Luntz by asking who wants a conservative president:  Video
 
Standing ovation for defunding Planned Parenthood:  Video
 
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New GOP Marriage Equality Position Will Be Constitutional Amendment

Now that the Supreme Court has recognized marriage equality nationwide, the race is on to stake out the far right fringes of the Republican Party. Scott Walker and Ted Cruz have an early lead with their support for a constitutional amendment to allow states to ban marriage equality.

Sure Marco Rubio called homosexuality a sin. Jeb Bush thinks the fight against marriage equality should continue because “we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.” And Ben Carson thinks being gay is a choice because “a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay.”

But now that conservatives lost yet another Supreme Court case, GOP candidates are going to have to appease the Tea Party and support a constitutional amendment. Scott Walker saw the writing on the wall and took the extreme position before he needed to. Who will be next?

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Republicans Fight Losing Battle With Pope On Climate Change

Republicans like Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum — and the Koch brothers — ignored the writing on the wall when they fought a losing battle with Pope Francis and the reams of science behind human-caused climate change. Instead, they took on more than they could chew and made sure their climate change denialism will be a major issue this election.

Here’s what happens when you’re on the losing side of an argument with the pope:

Washington Post: How Climate-Change Doubters Lost a Papal Battle. “Yet the battle lost over climate change also suggests how hard it may be for critics to blunt the power of a man who has become something of a juggernaut in an institution where change tends to unfold over decades, even centuries. More than anything, to those who doubt the human impact of global warming, the position staked out by Francis in his papal document, known as an encyclical, means a major defeat…

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Professional Political Loser Rick Santorum Joins the Bloated GOP Field

With all the momentum of a sloth moving up a branch, Rick Santorum is announcing his formal bid for the presidency today. Coming off of losing his Senate seat in 2006 by a crushing 17 points and an ill-fated run for the White House in 2012, Santorum is back to squeeze out the last vestiges of support he has from the Tea Party. The former Pennsylvania senator has already been pushing his particular brand of social conservatism on the GOP 2016 field and the spotlight-seeking politician won’t be letting up anytime soon. While the poll numbers might exclude him from the “big-league” debates, Santorum’s knack for extreme stances proved enough to win him Iowa in 2012 and will keep the rest of the field watching their right this time around.

Take a look at Santorum in his own words:

On limiting legal immigration: 

“Medium income in going down. Why? Part of the Reason is that we’re bring in floods of legal — not illegal — legal immigrants into the country.”

“We need to take the 1,050,000 people legal immigrants to this country – almost all of whom are unskilled – who are competing against the 74 percent of Americans who don’t have a college degree.  We need to reduce that.”

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SRLC Day One Roundup: Racing to the Right on Immigration

The Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City isn’t as fun as SNL’s version, but the American Bridge team is making the best of it, documenting a deeply damaging race to the right with video and audio clips from across Oklahoma City.  Yesterday, Bridge cameras captured Scott Walker and Rick Santorum continuing to beat their xenophobic drums and Rick Perry attacking Common Core in a clear shot at one of today’s speakers, Jeb Bush.  Take a look at the highlights here:

Scott Walker

“Wake up” that immigrants have “other movies” than jobs: 

Bragging about defunding Planned Parenthood.

Bragging about passing Voter ID.

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