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Donald Trump's Extremist Allies: Who's Who At The Values Voter Summit 2016

Donald Trump is slated to join conservative activists and a number of GOP elected officials at next weekend’s Values Voter Summit, the annual Washington, D.C., event sponsored by the Family Research Council.

The GOP nominee has been busy recruiting Religious Right leaders, often while waving the Bible in the air and boasting about his plans to appoint conservative jurists to the bench and end the “War on Christmas.”

The activists joining Trump at the Values Voter Summit are some of the country’s most extreme opponents of LGBT rights, vocal conspiracy theorists and outspoken critics of the separation of church and state:

Tony Perkins

As the president of the Family Research Council, the summit’s main sponsor, Tony Perkins heads the organization’s efforts to erode gay rights, reproductive rights and the separation of church and state.

Perkins himself frequently reflects the extreme views of his organization. He has:

  • Warned that LGBT rights advocates will launch a holocaust against Christians, placing those who oppose same-sex marriage into “boxcars.”
  • Denied that there is a correlation between anti-gay bullying and depression and suicide, saying instead that gay and lesbian teens know they are “abnormal” and therefore “have a higher propensity to depression or suicide because of that internal conflict.
  • Warned that lawmakers who voted to repeal the military ban on openly gay service members would have “the blood of innocent soldiers on their hands.”
  • Predicted that marriage equality would “create a revolution” that would “break this country apart.” and lead to “the dissolution of the republic.”
  • Called Islam “evil.”
  • Said Obama is paving the way for the Antichrist.

Jerry Boykin

Family Research Council vice president and retired Army Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin sparked a controversy when, as a high-ranking official in the Bush Defense Department, he framed the fight against terrorism as a holy war between Christianity and Islam. He has since built a career as a Religious Right speaker, specializing in anti-Muslim rhetoric and anti-Obama conspiracy theories. He has:

  • Suggested that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell led to the “absolute destruction” of our military.

Peter Sprigg

Peter Sprigg is a senior fellow for policy at the Family Research Council, where he supports policies including criminalizing homosexuality and exporting homosexuals. Sprigg:

  • Advocated for gay relationships to be outlawed and met with “criminal sanctions,” calling homosexuality “objectively harmful to the people who engage in it and to society at large.”
  • Defended Uganda when it sought to make homosexuality a crime warranting long jail sentences and in some instances the death penalty, saying that Uganda was under attack from those trying to force the “homosexual agenda down the throats of other countries.”
  • Insisted that homosexuality can “go away” once “the underlying psychological problems are addressed.”

James Dobson

James Dobson is the founder of the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family and currently hosts the “Family Talk” radio program. Recently, he signed on to advise Trump as part of the GOP nominee’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board. Dobson:

  • Alleged that Obamacare would deprive the elderly of life-saving treatments.
  • Insisted that bisexuality means “orgies.”

Todd Starnes

Fox News commentator Todd Starnes has become notorious for filing false reports based on right-wing conspiracy theories, especially about the supposed persecution of Christians in America, which of course makes him a favorite “journalist” among conservative activists. Starnes has also:

  • Speculated that public school officials oppose abstinence-only programs in order to protect their “condom profits” from the “free condoms” they distribute.
  • Asserted that Obama refuses to take action against ISIS because he wants to “accommodate the Islamic faith at the expense of all other faiths.”
  • Blamed Obama for “orchestrating” the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, in an effort to exacerbate racial tensions.
  • Baselessly accused the University of Wisconsin of intentionally inflating grades to boost the academic performance of minority students.
  • Said that defeats for anti-gay activists are a sign of “the end of days.”
  • Compared officials who back the removal of Confederate symbols from government property to ISIS terrorists.

Phil Robertson

“Duck Commander” Phil Robertson and his family were already reality TV celebrities when they were launched into a new role as right-wing activists after Robertson made racist and homophobic comments in a 2013 magazine interview. Since then, Robertson has appeared at Republican events and in campaign ads, including one for Ted Cruz, and he is now starring in a “Christian war film” called “Torchbearer,” directed by Trump campaign CEO Steven Bannon. Robertson has:

  • Claimed black people during Jim Crow were not mistreated but were “singing and happy.”
  • Described marriage equality as “wicked” and “evil” and said of its supporters: “We have to rid the earth of them.”
  • Suggested that AIDS is God’s “penalty” for “immoral conduct.”
  • Attacked secular government as Satanism.

David and Jason Benham

Twin brothers Jason and David Benham were catapulted to national attention when an HGTV show that they were set to star in was canceled following revelations about their anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-Muslim activism. Since the show’s cancellation, the brothers have become martyrs in the eyes of the Religious Right, which has lifted them up as an example of the supposed persecution of conservative Christians in America. One or both of the brothers have:

  • Urged the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, to deny permits to an LGBT Pride event, calling it a “vile” and “destructive” activity that “should not be allowed in our city.”
  • Called an Islamic community center a “den of iniquity” and referred to Muslims as “the enemy attacking" America.
  • Organized a prayer rally to coincide with the 2012 Democratic National Convention, declaring that America must repent for “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation.”
  • Led protests outside of abortion clinics, praising anti-choice demonstrators for taking a stand at “the gates of hell” and confronting the “altars of Moloch.”

William Federer

William Federer is a conservative author, columnist and media commentator who focuses on the role of Christianity in American history. He has been embraced by many Republican leaders such as Ben Carson, who plagiarized from Federer’s writings without attribution. Federer has:

Michele Bachmann

While she is no longer a member of Congress, having retired in the midst of a campaign finance scandal, Michele Bachmann has continued to be a vocal conservative activist and End Times forecaster. Bachmann, who recently became a member of Donald Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, has:

Allen West

Former congressman Allen West has remained active in conservative politics since losing his re-election bid in 2012, joining Fox News as a contributor and becoming executive director of the National Center for Policy Analysis. West has:

  • Demanded that Khizr Khan seek God’s forgiveness for his “stunt” at the Democratic National Convention.
  • Said feminists were making men “subservient” and denounced the “women that have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness.”
  • Wondered if Obama was waging “biological warfare” against Americans through enterovirus D68 or the Ebola virus.

Star Parker

Star Parker is a longtime Religious Right activist who is particularly active in anti-gay and anti-choice advocacy. She has called legal abortion a “genocide” on par with slavery and the Holocaust and blamed “sexual promiscuity” for nearly all financial and societal problems. At previous Values Voter Summits, she claimed that God was getting ready to punish America for marriage equality and legal abortion, urged gay people to “keep it private” and lamented that “homosexuality is now dividing us and bringing horrible hostility into the public square.” Parker has also:

  • Said LGBT-inclusive rules in schools amount to the “molestation” of children.
  • Tied same-sex marriage to failing public schools.
  • Mused that family life for African Americans was “more healthy” under slavery than it is today.
  • Referred to the Congressional Black Caucus as “the overseer today” that wants to torture black people and keep them “uneducated” and “on the plantation.”

Elaine Donnelly

A veteran of social conservative campaigns such as the successful effort to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment, Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness is an outspoken critic of attempts to include LGBT people and women in the military. She has:

  • Criticized a Pentagon office focusing on preventing sexual harassment, saying it would become the “Office of Male Bashing.”
  • Insisted that the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell “could put remaining troops in greater danger, and break the All-Volunteer Force.”
  • Called on the military to ban same-sex wedding ceremonies on bases.

Kirk Cameron

Actor Kirk Cameron has emerged as a favorite on the Religious Right speaker circuit, where he publicizes his movies about the War on Christmas and preaches about how he is persecuted for being conservative. Cameron also styles himself as a historian, although he is not very good at it. He has:

  • Made a film about how bananas disprove the theory of evolution.
  • Said of homosexuality: “I think it's unnatural, I think it’s detrimental and ultimately destructive to so many foundations of civilization.”
  • Urged voters to oppose Obama in order to “hold back the flood of moral and spiritual evil that has been pouring into the country.”

David Duke: Trump Has Sent 'A Very Implicit, Almost Explicit' Message To White Nationalists

David Duke and other white nationalists loved the speech Donald Trump delivered last night about immigration and the former KKK leader continued to shower praise on the GOP presidential nominee on his radio show today.

And who better to discuss it with than Andrew Anglin, the editor of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer and a vocal Trump supporter.

Trump’s speech, according to Duke, “was a very implicit, almost explicit” signal “that we’ve got to take America back and that we’ve got to defend the heritage of the people that created America” because “there is a purposeful effort to ethnically cleanse us from the land our forefathers created and built.”

Duke, who is running for U.S. Senate in Louisiana, said that he has worked against “massive immigration” throughout his entire career and promised that, if elected, he will immediately work to curb immigration and “restore this country to the heritage of the people who created this nation—respect for all races but damn well we are going to make sure that our people survive and prosper and we preserve America as fundamentally a nation of Western, Christian civilization where the people of Western, Christian descent have a right to be preserved and promoted and go to the stars.”

Duke said that if he makes it into the Senate, he will be the lone voice for white people and a vocal opponent of the “Jewish establishment in this country, the Jewish mafia, that controls media, banking and politics.”

“They are leading our country to disaster,” he said. “That doesn’t mean every single Jew is doing it, but there’s no question that the Jewish establishment is doing this. It’s not anti-Semitic to simply tell the truth that this powerful Jewish economic, political and banking establishment is absolutely the driving force for the destruction of western civilization.”

“Well, the truth is anti-Semitic,” Anglin added.

Michael Savage: Obama Will Steal The Election From Trump

Michael Savage expressed outrage yesterday over reports that the Department of Homeland Security is trying to work with states to combat potential security risks, which the conservative radio host said amounts to “an absolute coup.”

He alleged that President Obama is addicted to criminal behavior much like a drug addict, describing him as “a man who is seeking a greater thrill to see what he can get away with next” who “has to escalate his crimes against America.”

Savage, a fervent supporter of Donald Trump, said that Obama administration officials “are basically telling us that if Trump wins, they’ll suspend the election because something is going to happen, or they’re going to take control of the election to make sure Trump can’t win.”

Trump himself has similarly claimed that if he loses the election, it will be because it was “rigged” against him.

Alex Jones And Jerome Corsi Warn Of 'October Surprise False Flag Attacks'

Confident of Donald Trump’s imminent victory, Alex Jones speculated wildly yesterday about “October Surprise false flags” meant to dislodge Trump and put Hillary Clinton in the White House.

Jerome Corsi, a right-wing author and vocal promoter of the birther conspiracy theory, warned that “there’s going to be some unexpected wars, there’s going to be another terrorist attack, there’s going to be possibly even an assassination attempt.”

After Jones wondered if the government “could activate their jihadi forces they brought in,” Corsi said liberals could release “stories about sex,” such as Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting scandal, as part of a “false flag manipulation of the news” that covers up other, more significant scandals.

“Donald Trump is the last real hope we have to preserve any freedom in this country,” Corsi said. “The possibility of losing the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, you go on, with Hillary Clinton is real. There will be no religious freedom, no gun freedom, no Second Amendment.”

Ironically, Corsi told Jones back in 2011 that he believed that “Donald Trump was subterfuge” and “working with Obama” to discredit the birther movement.

Trump Hispanic Adviser Distances Himself After Immigration Speech, Calls Hispanic Advisory Board 'A Scam'

Update: In an email to the RNC, Peña said he will continue to support Trump and “remain an active member” of his Hispanic advisory team.

Less than two weeks ago, Texas pastor Ramiro Peña was named a member of Donald Trump’s Hispanic advisory board.

Soon afterward, Peña appeared on “The Jim Bakker Show,” where he explicitly endorsed Trump and said on several occasions that God is using Trump to save the country and will judge America if we don’t elect him president.

Peña, however, changed his tune yesterday after Trump gave a speech on immigration in which he reiterated the same policies on mass deportation and building a border wall that he has promoted throughout his presidential bid.

According to Politico, Peña called the Hispanic advisory council “a scam” that is “simply for optics,” declaring that Trump “lost the election last night” and explaining that he now finds it “difficult” to “continue to associate with the Trump campaign.”

Pena delivered a harsh condemnation in an email to senior Trump and Republican National Committee leaders, obtained by POLITICO.

"I am so sorry but I believe Mr. Trump lost the election tonight," said Pena, a pastor at Waco's Christ the King Church. "The 'National Hispanic Advisory Council' seems to be simply for optics and I do not have the time or energy for a scam."

Pena addressed his message to Jennifer Korn, the RNC's national director for Hispanic Initiatives, along with Karen Giorno and Alan Cobb, both senior Trump advisers. Helen Aguirre Ferre and Lourdes Aguirre, both RNC Hispanic outreach officials, were copied as well.

"I will pray over the next couple of days but it is difficult to [imagine] how I can continue to associate with the Trump campaign," he wrote. "I owe my national audience an explanation."

Alex Jones: 'I Cannot Believe The Effect We're Having. It Is Biblical.'

Yesterday, Alex Jones heralded the growth of his InfoWars conspiracy theory outlet, which has gained more attention thanks to one of its biggest fans: Donald Trump.

InfoWars’ “reporting” has also been increasingly embraced by Fox News.

Jones, who believes he has been under attack from Satan, aliens, liberals determined to flee to “off-world colonies,” Hillary Clinton and Jimmy Kimmel, said on his radio program yesterday that InfoWars is currently subject to a “sickening behind-the-scenes attack” but that God is leading him through.

“God’s taken me through it,” he said. “It’s been very painful. We’ve made it through it. Other waves are coming. Still, I cannot believe the effect we’re having. It is biblical.”

Michael Savage: EPA Head 'Looks Like The Type That Stuffed The Ovens In Bergen-Belsen'

Far-right radio host Michael Savage had a meltdown yesterday over reports that the Environmental Protection Agency will begin collecting “voluntary, self-disclosed sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) workforce data” from its employees.

Savage even compared “the mean-faced, clipped-hair” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to a Nazi death camp worker: “Take a look at her picture on my website, it makes your blood boil, she looks just like, to me, personal answer, the woman looks like the type that stuffed the ovens in Bergen-Belsen.”

“That’s all that’s on their mind, that’s all that’s on their mind: sexual orientation!” Savage raged. “It’s sickness. When your mind is in the sexual gutter, that’s all you think about.”

“Day and night, day and night, day and night, day and night, gender, gender, gender, sex, sex, sex, that’s all these sickos do!”

Savage said that once he’s elected president, Donald Trump should immediately begin “cleaning the house out, cleaning the garbage out of the White House, taking it down to the studs, getting the infection out of the White House, cleaning it down to the studs, redoing the entire government, throwing these sickos out, arresting some for sedition.”

Kirk Cameron And Ben Carson Team Up For Pre-Election 'Revival'

Three weeks before the election, Kirk Cameron and Ben Carson will host an event featuring “storytelling, worship, inspirational speakers and musical performances that will awaken audiences to return home engaged and committed to making a difference in the real world.”

While the October 18 “Revive Us” event is officially nonpartisan, it is being sponsored by My Faith Votes, a group that Carson chairs that sponsored a meeting between Donald Trump and hundreds of Religious Right leaders back in June. My Faith Votes also promotes conservative activists like Carson, Robert Jeffress, David Barton and Pat Boone who haven’t been shy about their support for Trump.

On a recent My Faith Votes conference call, which also featured Cameron, Carson explicitly called for listeners to back Trump, albeit in his typically perplexing way. In a video for My Faith Votes earlier this year, Carson, a Trump campaign surrogate and adviser, said that the election is a “life or death” moment for America.

“We don’t need a king, we already have a King,” Cameron told CBN in an interview about the “Revive Us” event today. “What we need is to remember who we are and whose we are and begin electing leaders who will represent the King’s ways in our land because they’re good for everybody.”

Surely Trump’s belief that “I alone can fix it” will reassure Cameron that he doesn’t intend to rule like a king.

Michael Savage: President Trump Must Violate The Civil Rights Of Liberals To Save America

Conservative radio host Michael Savage has high hopes for a Donald Trump presidency, urging the GOP nominee yesterday to “rule by decree” and to pick Savage for a post in his administration if he is elected.

Savage said Trump should launch a “crusade” against the “radical left-wing fringe controlling this country,” even if it means undermining their civil rights. Savage said that Trump should launch inquiries into “treasonous” organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, “the head of the serpent” that “must be broken apart,” with a renewed “House of Un-American Activities Committee investigation.”

“The left wing will go insane,” he said. “They’ll say, ‘Savage, you’re violating our civil rights.’ They’ll say, ‘You do not have probable cause to bring people in to investigate them.’ They might be right. But we need to do exactly that for our survival.”

He continued: “Tell me how a society that is open like ours, that is democratic like ours, can survive when enemies of freedom, enemies of democracy are destroying society by using the very freedoms we have in place because of the U.S. Constitution?”

Alex Jones: Hillary Clinton And Jimmy Kimmel Are Trying To Kill Me!

Far-right radio host Alex Jones claimed yesterday that Hillary Clinton and comedian Jimmy Kimmel have directly threatened his life, warning viewers that if he were to die, it would be the work of the Clintons.

“Understand something, Hillary,” he said. “If anything happens to me, you and your controllers are the prime suspects. I know now you think you’re above the law, so why do you care? Maybe you want to send a message by getting rid of old Alex Jones?”

Jones was upset that Clinton mentioned Jones in her speech denouncing Donald Trump’s ties to the alt-right movement and conspiracy theorists and that Kimmel, who he suggested works for the New World Order and the Clinton family, made fun of him for his pickle jar conspiracy theory.

Naturally, Jones ended his diatribe by comparing himself to the Founding Fathers who fought King George III.

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