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Ted Nugent: Obama 'Is The Biggest Racist In America'

Last week, NRA board member and musician Ted Nugent attacked President Obama for saying that NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is “exercising his constitutional right” not to stand for the National Anthem, calling it a sign of Obama’s racism.

Nugent, who has threatened to kill Obama, referred to the president as a “chimpanzee” and “subhuman mongrel,” and claimed he’d be “dead or in jail” by 2013 if the president was re-elected, told radio host Joe Pags that Obama “is the biggest racist in America.”

“No one is oppressed in America unless you choose to be oppressed,” he added.

Later in the interview, Nugent said that there is a “triad of evil”—government, media and academia—bent on destroying America, and “if Hillary Clinton becomes elected, we are done.”

Michele Bachmann: Obama Is Scheming To Steal The Election For Hillary

On Thursday, Michele Bachmann told “Washington Watch” host Tony Perkins that President Obama is planning to steal the election for Hillary Clinton, pointing to recent comments by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about how his department can work with states “on how best to secure online data and protect individual polling places from the potential threat of hackers.”

The former Minnesota congresswoman told Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, that “every one of your listeners should worry that this administration could possibly not only seek to federalize these elections but also be aiding and abetting what effectively is stealing an election to ensure the right outcome so that in their minds Hillary Clinton wins the presidency.”

If a federal takeover of the election process occurs, Bachmann said, “we should be screaming from the housetops that the administration is trying to steal this election and put the fix in.”

Bachmann also urged members of Congress to impeach Johnson and other officials who are bent on “nationalizing these local and state elections.”

Congress should even consider shutting down the government over the matter, she said, and should explain to voters “that the president is trying to fix the outcome of this election.”

“Otherwise, why are we bothering to go through these primaries and this huge, long process of electing a president only to have it undermined by having the president steal the election by having the federal government, in an unprecedented, first-ever time, of taking over the state and local duty of running elections?” she asked.

Phil Robertson Offers To Baptize Trump On TV So 'We Would Know We Have God On Our Side'

In a speech to the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, reality TV star Phil Robertson recounted a meeting with Donald Trump in which he told the GOP presidential nominee that he would baptize him on camera to get “God on our side.”

“If you really want to see something wild, film it, Donald, film me baptizing you,” the Duck Dynasty patriarch recalled telling Trump. “The left-wingers will literally go crazy and the evangelicals will swarm you like a mighty thrall because then we would know we have God on our side.”

Robertson also told attendees to “read the Old Testament and see how many different people God worked through to accomplish His purpose.”

“Better a man who sticks his foot in his mouth every once in a while than a woman who pours out lies,” he said.

Trump: 'This Will Be The Last Election If I Don't Win'

In an interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network today, Donald Trump warned that there will be no more competitive elections if he is defeated in November because under a Clinton presidency, “you’re going to have illegal immigrants coming in and they’re going to be legalized and they’re going to be able to vote and once that all happens you can forget it.”

“You’re not going to have one Republican vote,” he said. “And it’s already a hard number. Already the path is much more difficult for the Republicans. You just have to look at the maps.”

Trump: I think it’s going to be the last election that the Republicans can win. If we don’t win this election, you’ll never see another Republican and you’ll have a whole different church structure. You’re going to have a whole different Supreme Court structure. That has to do a lot with what we’re doing because the Supreme Court, as you know with Justice Scalia gone, I think you could probably have four to five judges picked by the next president. Probably a record number, David, probably a record number of judges. If they pick the super-liberals, probably to a certain extent, people that would make Bernie Sanders happy, you will never have a Supreme Court, we’re going to end up with another Venezuela, large scale version. It would be a disaster for the country.

Brody: Just so I understand, when you say last election are you referring to what Michele Bachmann was talking about with citizenship because Hillary is talking about potentially providing citizenship for many of these illegals. Florida and Texas could be gone.

Trump: I think this will be the last election if I don’t win. I think this will be the last election that the Republicans have a chance of winning because you’re going to have people flowing across the borders, you’re going to have illegal immigrants coming in and they’re going to be legalized and they’re going to be able to vote and once that all happens you can forget it. I guarantee you, you’re not going to have one Republican vote. And it’s already a very hard number. Already the path is much more difficult for the Republicans. You just have to look at the maps and the path is much more difficult.

Trump: Scalia Will Be 'The Ultimate Example' Of My Supreme Court Picks

In a speech today to the Values Voter Summit, Donald Trump reiterated his promise to give the Religious Right the Supreme Court of their dreams while warning that if Hillary Clinton appoints new justices to the bench, “you have a country that is no longer your country, it will be a disaster.”

“Maybe we use Judge Scalia as the ultimate example of what we’re looking for, okay?” Trump continued.

Trump has often pointed to his commitment to put Scalia clones on the court as a way to shore up support from Religious Right activists.

“This will determine whether or not we remain a constitutional republic,” he said. “Frankly, that’s what’s going to happen. I have pledged to appoint judges who will uphold the constitution, to protect your religious liberty and to apply the law as written. We reject judges who rewrite the constitution to impose their own personal views on 300-million-plus Americans, not gonna have that.” (Ironically, Trump once said that as president he would order the military to follow his personal views rather than the law).

Clinton’s “extremist judges,” he said, “would allow her to completely take over the American health care, the American economy, the Americans’ religious liberty, not to mention your Second Amendment, which is on very thin ice right now, as you know, because of the fact that we’re at 4-4. If they even pick one judge who’s wrong, you can kiss the Second Amendment goodbye.”

Louie Gohmert: I Was Right That Hate Crimes Law Would Be 'Used Against Christians' (He Wasn't)

In a speech today to the Values Voter Summit, after diagnosing Hillary Clinton as “mentally impaired,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, insisted that he was right to predict that the 2009 Matthew Shepard hate crimes act would lead to the persecution of Christians.

Gohmert warned before the passage of the hate crimes bill that it would turn the U.S. into Nazi Germany and lead the way to the legalization of pedophilia, bestiality and necrophilia.

In his Values Voter speech, Gohmert conveniently failed to mention a single example of the 2009 law being “used against Christians” or of the law making it legal for people to have sex with children, animals or the deceased, but that didn’t stop him from boasting that he was right all along.

Gohmert also bizarrely claimed that the Supreme Court has established secular humanism as the official government religion and that Hillary Clinton is bent on “taking away your freedom of speech and allowing that part of the Muslim Brotherhood plan” of “subjugating the U.S. Constitution to Sharia law.”

“Your religious freedom will be gone, your freedom of speech will be gone” under a Clinton presidency, he said. “Freedom of the press, well, that’s not officially gone, it’s just if you express truth in the press, the rest of the press makes fun of you.”

Trump's Campaign Claims He Isn't A Birther, His Own Twitter Feed Proves Otherwise

Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, and Rudy Giuliani, one of his main campaign surrogates, have both claimed that Trump believes President Obama was born in the U.S.

Giuliani, bizarrely, has even claimed that Trump came out and said he believes that Obama was born in the U.S. “two years ago, three years ago.”

That would be remarkable since as recently as earlier this year Trump vowed to write a “very successful” book outlining his birther conspiracy theory.

Indeed, Trump calls himself a “proud” birther and has regularly promoted the birther conspiracy theory on his Twitter feed, even implying that Obama had a government official killed as part of a cover-up of his supposedly fake birth certificate.

Trump has also embraced the advanced birther theory that Obama neither attended Columbia University nor authored “Dreams From My Father”:

Donald Trump And The So-Called 'Values Voters'

Countless articles have been written on Donald Trump's relationship with the Religious Right, often by those who argue that his rise reveals the movement's increasing irrelevance. After all, how could social conservatives ever get behind a thrice-married failed casino mogul who is more comfortable at the Playboy Mansion than at church? He has bragged that he has never asked God for forgiveness, insisted that Jesus Christ had a massive ego (in an interview with Playboy) and, in an episode that carries obvious symbolism, threw cash on the communion plate in an Iowa church.

It's almost as if the Religious Right cares more about gaining political power than defending Christian teachings.

Trump is slated to make an appearance today at the Values Voter Summit, the annual Washington, D.C., convention organized by the Family Research Council that's the marquis event on the Religious Right's calendar. Trump's appearance at the summit isn't discordant; as his campaign has progressed, it has become clear why the movement has rallied behind him and why he has relied on its support.

Trump once told a crowd at a Christian university not to forgive their enemies but to "get even." The leaders of today's Religious Right have been preaching that message for years, treating politics as a no-holds-barred battle against opponents who they regard not just as people with different points of view, but as spiritual enemies.

For instance, Tony Perkins, the president of Family Research Council (FRC), has described supporters of LGBT rights as pawns of Satan.

Just as Trump championed the birther movement, arguing that President Obama is neither an American nor a Christian, Perkins has suggested that Obama is not a true Christian (and is most likely a Muslim) and raised questions about his birthplace. Obama supporters, according to Perkins, must repent for voting for him. One past Values Voter Summit speaker even told the crowd that Obama would shut down all of the country's churches before leaving office.

Trump's demagogic, hateful rhetoric has nothing on the Religious Right, whose leaders have been belittling and denigrating LGBT people, religious minorities and Christians who don't agree with their right-wing political ideology for years.

It wasn't surprising that most Religious Right leaders who talk a big game on religious liberty either stayed silent or were openly supportive when Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the country. A spokesman for the American Family Association, a cosponsor of the Values Voter Summit, had called for a Muslim ban long before Trump ever did.

While many evangelicals, along with Roman Catholics and mainline Protestants, have worked tirelessly to reform the country's immigration system, conservative Religious Right groups like the FRC and the AFA have denounced immigration reform.

Trump and Religious Right groups have also joined together in portraying American Christians as a marginalized group under constant persecution thanks to the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits houses of worship and other nonprofits from explicitly endorsing candidates if they want to maintain their tax-exempt status, and injustices like the "War on Christmas," with Trump even claiming that he was personally a victim of anti-Christian persecution because he was subject to a routine IRS audit.

And above all, the movement's leaders are thrilled that Trump has promised to give them the Supreme Court of their dreams, even letting conservative activists hand-pick his nominees.

The Religious Right, with its constant talk of the country's imminent undoing by evil anti-American actors, promotion of conspiracy theories and patently hateful rhetoric, paved the way for Trump's success in the GOP primaries. Now, Trump needs the movement to help put him over the top in November, and will be more than happy to further its agenda if he makes it into the White House.

At the Values Voter Summit, Trump will surely pander to the Religious Right. But he should also thank them.

(This post also appears on the Huffington Post)

Right Wing Round-Up - 9/8/16

  • Brad Reed @ Raw Story: Top Trump adviser: Bill Clinton’s embrace of gays in the military paved the way for 9/11. 
  • Bill Morlin @ SPLC: Eagle Forum's Phyllis Schlafly Leaves A Legacy Tied to Conspiracy Theories.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 9/8/16

  • Donald Trump Jr. cites Alex Jones’ outlet to claim Hillary Clinton cheated during last night’s presidential forum. 
  • Robert Jeffress says it’s unfair to describe Donald Trump as “a xenophobe” and “a racist.”
  • Sandy Rios laments that Hillary Clinton has “a tremendous advantage” in the upcoming election “because of this influx of immigrants from Third World countries who were accustomed to socialism—who came to our shores and got lots of benefits, and the Democratic Party made sure they knew where those benefits came from.”
  • Linda Harvey wants parents to withdraw their children from “these gross” sex-ed classes or “or remove kids from public schools altogether.”
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