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Donald Trump's America: Bring Back The Back-Alley Abortion

Donald Trump stoked outrage yesterday when he said that if he were to be successful in making abortion illegal there would have to be “some form of punishment” for women obtain the procedure.

A campaign spokesman then said that it would be up to the states to determine what form of punishment women should receive and Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., vigorously defended his father’s comments.

As the outcry continued, Trump’s campaign released a statement from the candidate saying that he only believes the abortion provider, and not the woman, should face punishment for abortion, since the woman is “a victim in the case.” Absurdly, Trump said in the statement that “my position has not changed,” even though it was a reversal of what he had said just hours earlier.

It wasn’t the first time Trump has changed his views on abortion rights: While he said in the 1990s that he was “pro-choice in every respect,” he now says he changed his mind after a friend who was considering an abortion ended up having a “total superstar” kid.

While Trump was offering his vague, evasive and since-contradicted answer on whether he thinks women should face punishment, he also acknowledged that if abortion is banned women would to “go to a position like they had where people will perhaps go to illegal places.”

Just as women in parts of the U.S. today are already being punished for having abortions, some women are also going “to illegal places,” as Trump put it, as a result of laws curtailing access to abortion care. Rather than decrease the abortion rate, time and time again anti-abortion laws simply just make women turn to dangerous means.

As Mother Jones notes, unsafe abortions have been on the rise in Texas after state lawmakers passed a number of laws restricting access:

A new study quantifies some of those fears: At least 100,000 Texas women—and as many as 240,000—between the ages of 18 and 49 have attempted to self-induce abortions, according to a report released today by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP). The study also found that it is possible that the rate of women attempting to self-induce abortions is rising in Texas as a result of the state's additional restrictions on abortion care. The report points to previous studies that have explored the correlation between a rise in abortion restrictions and the prevalence of self-induced abortions. A 2008 national study found that about 2 percent of women reported that they tried to terminate pregnancies on their own. In 2012, a year after Texas passed several new abortion restrictions, a study of Texas women seeking care at an abortion clinic found that about 7 percent reported attempting to end their pregnancies without medical assistance before seeking clinic care.



The study identifies two populations where histories of self-induced abortion were most prevalent: Latina women living in a county that borders Mexico—a more rural area of the state that has seen several clinic closures—and women who reported difficulty gaining access to reproductive health care in the past.

The study also determined that the two broad categories of methods used by women to end their pregnancies were home remedies such as herbs, teas, vitamins, or medications—primarily misoprostol—obtained in Mexico without a prescription by women traveling there.

Indeed, women in Texas have sought drugs in Mexico that can cause miscarriages and which, according to one expert, “can cause serious bleeding or a partial birth abortion” if taken without medical guidance.

Latin America, where several countries have enacted anti-abortion laws in recent years, is experiencing a high rate of unsafe abortions:

Latin America and the Caribbean have the highest regional rate of unsafe abortions (pdf) per capita in the world at 31 per 1,000 women, aged 15 to 44. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are about 4.2m unsafe abortions each year in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Abortion is a major cause of maternal mortality in Latin America. The WHO, which calls unsafe abortion a "persistent, preventable pandemic", estimates that in 2008, 12% of all maternal deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean were caused by abortions. Many other women die as a result of complications stemming from unsafe abortions such as septic shock or perforation of internal organs.

If Donald Trump gets his way, women will still be punished for his anti-abortion views, no matter what he now says.

Donald Trump's Lawyers Debunk Donald Trump

Back in February, Donald Trump took the right-wing conspiracy theories that Christians in America are enduring severe persecution and that the Obama administration is using the IRS to target conservatives, and placed himself in the center of both, humbly declaring that he was facing an IRS audit “because of the fact I’m a strong Christian.”

Trump has said that he will not make his tax returns public because of the ongoing audit, a claim that tax experts have questioned.

Trump’s campaign shed some light on the issue yesterday when it released a letter from his lawyers confirming that the candidate is being audited.  But, at the same time, it undermined Trump’s claim that he is facing specific targeting for his well-known Christian beliefs:

As the political press focused on Donald Trump’s contradictory statements about abortion Wednesday, his campaign quietly released an unusual letter from his tax lawyers claiming the businessman has been under “continuous examination” by the IRS since 2002.



Trump’s tax returns have been under “continuous examination” by the IRS since 2002, “consistent with the IRS’ practice for large and complex businesses,” the lawyers wrote.

Seeing that the lawyers called the audits “consistent with the IRS’ practice for large and complex businesses,” we are not sure how Trump can continue to say with a straight face that the audit is actually an act of anti-Christian persecution.

Not that that will stop him continuing to repeat a claim that his own campaign has debunked.

Gohmert: Supreme Court Tried To Play God In Gay Marriage Ruling

Last week, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, sat in for Tony Perkins on the “Washington Watch” radio program, where he chatted with conservative attorney Ken Klukowski about the supposed attacks on religious freedom in the U.S.

After warning that liberals are trying to stop Christians from practicing their faith openly in America, he repeated his claim that the Supreme Court justices declared themselves God when they handed down last year’s marriage equality ruling:

Last summer, the Supreme Court in the same-sex marriage case did what they have been building towards since the 1960s, for over 50 years. You take away God from the schools, prayer from the schools, the Bible from the schools; God, the Bible, things where we talk about God or Jesus in an open forum that’s in the public sector. And last summer five justices basically said, ‘Forget what God said according to the Bible, forget what Moses said, God said, forget what Jesus said when he quoted Moses verbatim and said ‘this is what marriage is.’ Basically, to my mind, they were ruling, ‘The five of us, we five Supremes, are now your God.’”

The congressman went on to suggest that the government now believes that it can compel churches to “fund abortion” and seeks to “force churches to do whatever they tell them.”

Anti-Muslim Activists Fall For Fake Story About Camp Shooting

Yesterday, anti-Muslim blogger Pamela Geller posted a report from the website “SuperStation95” about a group of armed Muslim campers “shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’” and “open[ing] fire on hikers,” lamenting that “of course there has been no reporting from the enemedia on this.”

Geller’s fans at WorldNetDaily and BareNakedIslam also ran with the story, as did radio host Michael Savage, who told his listeners that the media is refusing to report on the “twenty Mooslims with guns in the hills above San Bernardino in one of California’s forests who were doing a little target practice while chanting ‘Allahu Akbar.’” Savage claimed that the campers were only released by law enforcement agents “because they hadn’t yet killed Jewish children.”

However, as the myth-busting website Snopes pointed out, there is no evidence that the campers were firing at anybody or shouting “Allahu Akbar,” noting that the “sources” for these conservative pundits were nothing but fringe conspiracy outlets.

As the official incident report stated, no one in the area questioned by police said they had witnessed guns being fired nor reported having been fired upon. Police found and interviewed the group of men in question and discovered that their possession of firearms was in compliance with the law and that none of them had any outstanding warrants or criminal histories. While the caller who reported the men to police claimed five to seven of the men wore turbans and fired assault rifles, police didn't mention turbans or other headwear, and they noted that the men were in possession of "handguns, a rifle, and a shotgun" (but no "assault rifles"). No credible news reports made any mention of the "Allahu Akbar" claim, and no witnesses stated they had been "shot at" by the men while hiking or camping. Also, the police report described the men only as "males," not "Middle Eastern males" or "Muslim males."

The web site that started this rumor was Superstation95, which is not a "superstation" at all but rather a repository of misinformation from Hal Turner, who in 2010 was sentenced to 33 months in prison for making death threats against three federal judges. (The name listed in the site's Contact page is Turner's criminal lawyer.)

That same site similarly (and baselessly) claimed that a woman who crashed into pedestrians on the Las Vegas strip in December 2015 had shouted "Allahu Akbar" and was subsequently rebuked by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for spreading false information:

Superstation95 also falsely claimed that the December 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting occurred because the shooter was offended that pork was served at a Christmas party, that all cargo ships ceased transporting goods in January 2016, and that seafood was contaminated with "cancerous tumors" following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Secondary reporting claiming that Muslim men fired upon hikers (and that the media covered it up) appeared on a site that had previously inaccurately claimed Illinois had applied Sharia law to driver's licenses, that Target introduced "Sharia-compliant" checkout lanes, and that Muslims successfully banned Halloween at a New Jersey school.

Pat Robertson: Michelle Fields 'Could've Had A Bomb'

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson defended Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who is facing allegations that he grabbed and bruised former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at a campaign event. Lewandowski was charged with simple battery yesterday over the incident.

“The female reporter rushed the candidate,” Robertson said. “Where were the Secret Service people who were supposed to defend him? She could’ve had a knife. She could’ve had a gun. She could’ve had a bomb.”

She had a pen.

“Secret Service did nothing so now the aide is being sued,” he lamented.

Robertson’s claim that Fields, a credentialed reporter, rushed Trump conflicts with a police report that found that the presidential candidate was taking questions from the press and signing autographs at the time.

According to the police report, rather than valiantly trying to save Trump from an assailant, Lewandowski, who initially claimed he “never touched” Fields, was just trying to get closer to the candidate:

The video parallels what Fields told me, in that Trump was walking towards the exit of the ballroom, taking questions, and signing autographs. Fields is seen on video, holding her phone up to Trump, appearing to ask him a question. Trump had looked in her direction, and then Lewandowski extended his left arm out, stepping between Trump and another male subject believed to be U.S. Secret Service. After extending his arm out, Lewandowski appeared to reach for Field’s left arm with his left hand, allowing him to get closer to Fields.

Lewandowski then grabbed Fields left arm with his right hand, causing her arm to turn and step back. This motion cleared a path for Lewandowski to walk past Fields, allowing him to “catch up” and get closer to Trump, who was walking during this entire incident.

Michael Savage: Michelle Fields Could've Been A Suicide Bomber

Conservative talk radio host and outspoken Donald Trump supporter Michael Savage lashed out yesterday at former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields after Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, faced charges for grabbing and bruising Fields while she was asking the GOP presidential candidate a question at a campaign event in Florida.

Savage called the incident a “set-up” and said that the reporter’s bruises could have come from her boyfriend, who happens to be another conservative journalist.

“You know the reporter who said that Trump’s aide ‘attacked’ her with a little mark on her arm? How do we know her boyfriend didn’t put the mark on her arm?” Savage said. Trump has similarly claimed that Fields faked her bruises

Savage repeatedly attacked Fields as a deranged fame-seeker who wants to get on television, calling her a “narcissistic maniac” who “makes Megyn Kelly look like Mother Theresa.” He even urged Trump to press charges against Fields and warned that Fields “could have been a terrorist.”

“She could’ve stabbed him, she could’ve shot him, she could’ve blown herself up,” he said. “If I were running Donald Trump’s campaign, I would bring action against her for assault for assaulting a presidential candidate.” Trump himself said last night that a pen Fields was carrying during the incident could have been a “little bomb.”

Later, Savage said that “the chick reporter” is “out of control” and just one of the “sick people out there looking to make a name for themselves.”

Savage even took credit for Trump’s statement that he may press charges against Fields for assault, boasting that “many of his ideas are exactly my ideas.” Indeed, Trump has been a frequent guest on Savage’s radio program and their close relationship was profiled yesterday by the New York Times.

He then added to his conspiracy theory by arguing that Lewandowski was only charged because the police in Jupiter, Florida, who brought the charges “obviously are puppets of the Cruz campaign.”

Some goofy girl in a weird outfit with eyeglasses on — she could’ve been a terrorist, the goofball could’ve had a suicide vest on, she could’ve had a knife, she could’ve had a gun, who knows who she is? The Secret Service failed Donald Trump. Lewandowski did the right thing. But because Florida is so anti-Trump and owned by the Cruz people, the Jupiter police obviously are puppets of the Cruz campaign, they brought charges against Lewandowski today. I think that Donald Trump is right when he says, ‘Can I press charges?,’ because I said it before he tweeted it. I say it’s ‘talk radio for the thinking person.’ Apparently Trump is a thinking person.

Then, Savage baselessly called Fields “a whiney little Cruz supporter” who “worked for the Cruz campaign.”

Savage even said that “Lewandowski should be given a medal by the U.S. government” for yanking Fields away from Trump because “she could’ve had a knife, could’ve had a gun, could’ve had an explosive vest.”

Assault charges against “the maniac narcissist” will “teach her a good lesson,” he said.

Linda Harvey Floats Boycotts Of NFL & NBA For Supporting LGBT Rights

Mission America’s Linda Harvey is preparing to launch more boycott campaigns, this time against the NFL and NBA for criticizing anti-LGBT legislation passed in Georgia and North Carolina, respectively.

In a WorldNetDaily column today titled “Will GOP Run or Stand Against Pink Goliath?,” the Religious Right activist and radio host blamed the leagues’ “spiteful lesbian lawyers” for their reactions, urging “real men” to stand up to them.

“Time for some boycotts, sports fans,” she said.

What happened to real men in pro sports? Or are their spiteful lesbian lawyers calling the shots? Time for some boycotts, sports fans.

The North Carolina politicians did the right thing. GOP officials in South Dakota and Tennessee should act with similar courage. American has witnessed a few recent examples of GOP spine, standing against the rabid homosexual lobby, but still way too many RINO Republicans yield to “sextremists” under growing pressure from business, Hollywood and professional sports.



Gender confusion is not everyone else’s problem. It’s your problem. It is not the responsibility of the world to rearrange itself to hide mental illness. And while we should extend compassion to such confused people, our tolerance ends at the normalization of instability and perversion, and risk to children.



Disney, Marvel and Viacom said they wouldn’t make films in Georgia if the bill became law. The NFL was hinting that Atlanta wouldn’t be considered to host a future Super Bowl if the bill became law. Where are the real men? Come on, players; you don’t all agree with this position by the league! Someone speak out and say so.

Trump Campaign Manager: We Don't Tear Down Our Opponents

Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, spoke with Virginia talk radio host John Fredericks yesterday morning about the feud between Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, insisting that Trump was on the moral high ground because his campaign doesn’t engage in “tearing down our opponents.”

The interview took place shortly before he Lewandowski was charged with battery for allegedly grabbing a reporter who was trying to interview Trump, leading Trump to spend the entire day attempting to discredit the reporter who said Lewandowski grabbed her.

Lewandowski vociferously denied Cruz’s claim that Trump’s campaign orchestrated a National Enquirer story accusing the Texas Republican of having several extramarital affairs. That’s because, according to Lewandowski, attacking an opponent would be out of character for Trump!

“You can speak to any reporter who has covered this campaign and we will tell you that we are probably the only campaign that has consistently not put out an opposition research file on all of our opponents,” he said. “The reason for that is, you know what, we are running a campaign for Donald Trump. We are not running a campaign against anybody. We are running to allow Mr. Trump to put his vision forward of how to make America great again and that doesn’t mean tearing down our opponents, unlike all the other campaigns who put out oppo files on everybody, we’ve never done that.”

Trump doesn’t need to “put out oppo files” on anybody, as the candidate himself has been relentlessly negative, from lying about his opponents to criticizing their wives and releasing their cell phone numbers.

Trump: Reporter Wasn't Hurt Because She Didn't Scream, Possibly Faked Bruises

In a press conference today, Donald Trump defended his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who was charged with battery today for manhandling journalist Michelle Fields at a campaign event.

While the GOP frontrunner’s campaign initially denied that the incident ever occurred, a video corroborated the reporter’s account of the events.

Trump continued to dismiss the charges leveled against Lewandowski while maligning Fields.

“I looked at the tape, there’s not even a change of expression on her face,” Trump said. “Then I looked at Internet, and you take a look at the tweets, and people are saying, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”

When asked about the bruises on Fields’ arm, Trump said that they could’ve been “there before” as she would have “yelled out a scream or something” if she was actually hurt.

“I don’t know if there were bruises from that, who says there were bruises from that?” he continued. “How do you know those bruises weren’t there before? I don’t know what the police said. How do you know those bruises weren’t there before? I’m not a lawyer, but she said she had a bruise on her arm. To me, if you’re going to get squeezed, wouldn’t you think that she would’ve yelled out a scream or something if she has bruises on her arm?”

“You say ‘bruises on her arm,’ how did they get there? Who put them there? I don’t know that he put them there,” he added.

Alex Jones: Ted Cruz Is 'Quite The Pepé Le Pew'

InfoWars broadcaster Alex Jones brought on Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone to his program yesterday to attack Ted Cruz for mentioning Stone’s name in his press conference rebutting a National Enquirer story alleging that he has had several affairs.

Jones said that Stone, who was the only on-the-record source for the National Enquirer story, would never plant such allegations in the press because he doesn’t deal with “personal stuff” and was only interested in pursuing stories about Marco Rubio’s alleged gay sex parties.

“You learned about it a couple of months ago when they called you,” Jones told Stone. “You told me about it at dinner but said, ‘Let’s not go there, we’re not going into personal stuff.’ You said, ‘I will go into Rubio and his bubble baths with other guys because that’s interesting to the base.’”

Jones went on to make his own claims about Cruz having affairs: “The truth is he was moved out for years. His daughters don’t even like him. He’s down here with all these women, it’s well-known. I even know people that talked about Ted Cruz in Austin and I just ignored it but reportedly he’s quite the Pepé Le Pew.” 

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