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Ann Coulter Blames Never Trump Movement On Atheism

Ann Coulter joined conservative radio host Eric Metaxas, a fellow Donald Trump fan, on his radio program yesterday, where the two criticized Never Trump conservatives such as Thomas Sowell, Erick Erickson, George Will and Charles Murray and warned that America will collapse if Trump doesn’t win the upcoming election.

Coulter said that Will and Murray may have refused to get behind Trump because they are atheists who care about the opinions of others rather than God’s opinion.

“They are both atheists,” she said. “I guess status matters. As I always say, the reason status doesn’t matter to Christians is we’re looking up. If you have nothing to look up to, if you’re not getting your standard from God, then you have to look around. It’s either lateral or horizontal or vertical. You’re looking around and it matters to you—the opinion of other people.”

Metaxas, for his part, said Will and Murray are out-of-touch, “hyper-preppy” elitists who find it too “embarrassing” to support for the self-proclaimed billionaire. “I think that a lot of the unwashed ‘boob-geoisie,’ the ‘deplorables,’ are going to vote for Trump,” he said, “but right now the media is pushing so hard in the other direction that I’m actually wondering for the first time whether it’s possible for Trump to win this election. And if he doesn’t win the election, then I think it’s a sign that we are done as a country.”

“It’s over,” Coulter said.

Earlier in the program, Metaxas asked if it was “possible” that Hillary Clinton was wearing a “battery pack or something” and an earpiece during the last week’s debate with Trump and “had people feeding her stuff.”

Coulter said she doubted Metaxas’ conspiracy theory, but then suggested that Clinton, due to poor health, “had a lot of pep pills before that debate so whatever that pack was, it could’ve had something to do with her health.”

“She is Tracy Flick in the election and oh she has all of her little facts and figures and deflections and talking points and I think she could’ve reeled off talking points for another hour,” she said. “She looked shockingly, surprisingly healthy.”

Metaxas then joked that Clinton might have been using heroin.

Rick Joyner: 'We Haven't Had Any' Big Hurricanes Since Katrina

Last week, televangelist Rick Joyner took to “The Jim Bakker Show” to attack climate change as a hoax created by the Communist Party, reviving the myth that fears of “global cooling” once dominated the scientific community.

Joyner, who once claimed that Hurricane Katrina was “judgment from God” for homosexuality, mocked those who linked Katrina to global warming, claiming that “we went 11 years without another hurricane.”

“You lied to us,” he said, “you said there were going to be more and bigger—we haven’t had any.”

Of course, several hurricanes made landfall in the U.S. in the years following Katrina, including Hurricanes Ike, Irene and Sandy. And just this week Hurricane Matthew is moving through the Caribbean and towards the Atlantic Coast.

Trump Helped Finance Religious Right Groups Before Presidential Bid

Donald Trump’s efforts to cozy up to the Religious Right started well before he announced his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

According to a report today from Real Clear Politics, Trump used his personal foundation, which he has not donated to since 2008 and is “funded by outside donors,” to make donations to prominent conservative groups, including Religious Right organizations, as far back as 2011.

Trump’s foundation contributed to social conservative groups in key GOP primary states such as South Carolina’s Palmetto Family Council and Iowa’s The Family Leader. Other beneficiaries included the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, led by Franklin Graham; the Citizens United Foundation, run by future Trump campaign official David Bossie; and the American Conservative Union Foundation, which hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

“Such contributions, if they were made solely for Trump’s benefit, could violate federal self-dealing laws for private foundations,” RCP’s Rebecca Berg notes.

From 2011 through 2014, Trump harnessed his eponymous foundation to send at least $286,000 to influential conservative or policy groups, a RealClearPolitics review of the foundation’s tax filings found. In many cases, this flow of money corresponded to prime speaking slots or endorsements that aided Trump as he sought to recast himself as a plausible Republican candidate for president.

Although sources familiar with the thinking behind the donations cautioned that Trump did not explicitly ask for favors in return for the money, they said the contributions were part of a deliberate effort by Trump to ingratiate himself with influential conservatives and brighten his political prospects.



If the Trump foundation sent its money to The Family Leader and not its affiliated nonprofit, it did not properly note it in the filing and might have failed to earmark the money for charitable purposes, a violation of IRS rules. If the money was sent to the Family Leader Foundation, it was not recorded as such.



“If what he talked about was promoting his candidacy or fundraising for his campaign, it is not only self-dealing but potentially involves the foundation in making a grant to support political activity,” said [Rosemary] Fei. “That’s prohibited.”

Robert Maginnis: Obama Has A 'More Islamic' Worldview

While chatting last week with televangelist Jim Bakker, Family Research Council senior fellow Robert Maginnis suggested that President Obama is biased against Christianity because of his “Islamic” worldview.

“The man had a Muslim father, he grew up part of his life in Indonesia,” Maginnis said. “When he is amongst a Muslim population, he is incredibly sympathetic, and apologetic for our Christian nation.”

“His worldview is that of being more Islamic than he is being Christian,” he continued, “so that explains to me why he would favor giving them a pass and coming down hard on a Christian, western civilization.”

Jim Bakker: The Devil Wants To Kill Donald Trump

Televangelist Jim Bakker warned last week that the devil is out to “kill” Donald Trump because of his opposition to abortion rights.

Bakker boasted about a 1979 interview he conducted with Ronald Reagan, in which the future president reportedly said that “America will become Sodom and Gomorrah” if the country doesn’t change its ways.

“They were saying the same things about him that they are saying about Trump today,” Bakker said. “The reason I mention Trump is because he is pro-life. He believes in protecting our borders.”

Trump, he said, now faces satanic attacks as a result of his opposition to abortion rights and desire to overturn Roe v. Wade: “They will kill for that. They will kill him for that. The devil, the demons of hell, will come out to protect the killing of babies. The devil loves to kill—tried to kill Jesus, tried to kill Moses at birth.”

RNC Attacks Tim Kaine For Being A Lawyer In 'Willie Horton' Style Ad

One day before the vice presidential debate, the Republican National Committee released an ad attacking Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine for his time as a criminal defense attorney.

Today, the RNC tweeted a Roll Call story that compares the ad to the Willie Horton ad, which was widely viewed as an example of racist dog whistle politics when it aired in the 1988 presidential campaign. The RNC later deleted its tweet.

RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer also tweeted the article but later deleted it.

“Long before Tim Kaine was in office, he consistently protected the worst kinds of people,” the narrator intones ominously before describing several cases that Kaine worked on when he was a pro bono attorney for defendants in death penalty cases. “Tim Kaine—he has a passion for defending the wrong people,” the narrator says.

When Kaine ran for governor of Virginia in 2005, he faced similar attacks, and Hillary Clinton has also endured criticism for representing a man accused of rape when she worked as a defense attorney in Arkansas.

The fact that the RNC would tout its ad’s similarities with the racist Willie Horton ad is bad enough, but the attack also strikes at the heart of the Sixth Amendment guarantee that in “all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial” and “have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”

It seems the RNC believes that people accused of crimes, or at least vicious ones, simply shouldn’t have legal representation and/or that defense attorneys should not zealously represent their clients.

The RNC probably would have put together a great ad attacking John Adams, the lawyer who represented the British soldiers implicated in the Boston Massacre.

Trump: Veterans Who Are 'Strong' And 'Can Handle It' Don't Need Mental Health Treatment

Today in Virginia, Donald Trump stumped with Tony Perkins and Jerry Boykin of the far-right Family Research Council at an event hosted by a newly formed group called Retired American Warriors PAC.

Trump, who has a history of mocking and insulting veterans and prisoners of war, offered his characteristically vague and meandering responses to questions about foreign policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

When asked how he would approach mental health issues such as PTSD and if he would support spiritual counseling for veterans affected by them, Trump implied that veterans who are “strong” don’t suffer from such afflictions.

“When you talk about the mental health problems,” he said, “when people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in the room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it.”

Matt Drudge Revives Conspiracy Theory He Once Called A 'Debunked' 'Hoax'

Today, Matt Drudge posted on the Drudge Report a January 12 interview between conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Alex Jones and informal Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone in which they claim that Bill Clinton has an illegitimate child named Danney Williams.

Back in 1999, the Drudge Report breathlessly hyped the “DNA showdown” over Williams’ parentage …only to then declare that the story was “a cruel hoax by the boy's mother” and that the tale had been “debunked and flunked by science.”

The turn in the story came when the supermarket tabloid Star Magazine conducted a DNA test and discovered that Williams was not, in fact, Clinton’s son.

“There was no match, nothing even close,” Star editor Phil Bunton said.

But the fact that he once called the story a discredited “hoax” hasn’t stopped Drudge from promoting the claim 17 years later:

Indeed, Drudge has been at the center of countless right-wing conspiracy theories, which often end up on the lips of Donald Trump.

Joseph Farah: I Will Fear For My Life If Hillary Clinton Is Elected

WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah wrote today that while he has felt the burden of persecution under President Obama, “I never once feared for my life because Obama was president.”

That will change, however, if Hillary Clinton is elected president, he said.

Farah claimed that Clinton critics in the 1990s experienced all forms of abuses: “Offices were broken into, some were harassed in their homes, pets were killed, threats were made, careers were ruined and some died under mysterious circumstances. The Clintons got away with it all. Therefore, we can be sure it will be worse if they are allowed back into power.”

“I don’t see how America could survive as anything remotely reminiscent of a self-governing free society,” he wrote. “If Hillary wins, we’re done.”

I’ve endured the inevitable Internal Revenue Service audits and watched in shock as Republicans did nothing to hold him accountable. In fact, I watched as they rolled over and authorized Obama to borrow and spend endlessly to his heart’s content.

But, during those eight years, I never once feared for my life because Obama was president.

Let me take you back to the 1990s and tell you what it was like being a dissident, a critic, a political adversary of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Yes, you could expect to be audited. But that was just the warning shot.

People like me who investigated and exposed the Clinton administration scandals could expect much, much worse.

Offices were broken into, some were harassed in their homes, pets were killed, threats were made, careers were ruined and some died under mysterious circumstances.

The Clintons got away with it all.

Therefore, we can be sure it will be worse if they are allowed back into power.

Expect a scorched-earth policy.

I don’t see how America could survive as anything remotely reminiscent of a self-governing free society.

If Hillary wins, we’re done.

Larry Klayman: Why Won't Hillary Clinton Come Out Of The Closet?

Anti-Clinton warrior Larry Klayman, the conservative legal activist and conspiracy theorist, wrote this weekend that now that marriage equality is legal nationwide, it is high time that Hillary Clinton come out of the closet:

At the outset of what I am going to say in this column, let me make one thing clear. I totally respect a person’s right to live his or her life as he or she may choose, so long as no one is hurt as a result. And, that goes for someone’s sexual preference, even though homosexuality is not endorsed in the Bible, and it is not my “cup of tea.” But gay and lesbian people, I have found in my lifetime, are generally very nice and kind, and they have a right to be treated equally, not discriminated against. They should be frankly left alone to be what they want to be. That’s called “freedom.”

In today’s world, it is no longer a social stigma to be gay or lesbian, and as a result the Supreme Court has even ruled that they constitutionally are to be accorded the right to marry each other. As a result, I have much less respect for those gays and lesbians who continue to live in the closet and hide their lifestyle, particularly when this happens for partisan political purposes. Case in point, one Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has apparently lied about her sexual preference for decades to help pave the way for her presidential candidacy.



While I knew the names of some of these “women,” I never revealed them publicly, although rumors abound. In recent years, Huma Abedin, the Palestinian wife of pervert Anthony Weiner and one of Hillary’s top aides, has been one of those rumored to be “in bed” with Hillary. Indeed, this might help explain her marriage to disgraced former Rep. Weiner and why it did not end sooner for political reasons. But I do not make any accusations.

The real issue is why, in this age of widespread acceptability of the gay and lesbian lifestyle, and as Hillary asks for the vote of gays, lesbians and transgender people, would she, by material omission, continue to appear to hide her sexual preference? Is she ashamed of it, and if so, is she worthy of claiming to be the champion of gays, lesbians and transgenders?

I do not endorse any candidate for elective office and never have. But gays, lesbians and transgenders have to wonder why Hillary would call Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a “racist” against people of an alternative lifestyle, and then continue to lie about her own sexuality. For gays, lesbians and transgenders, this is an affront to them personally. This continued deceitful hypocrisy by Hillary has to call into question her own commitment to gay, lesbian and transgender rights.
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