On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck and his co-hosts mocked Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump for looking like an "orange racoon" and wondered how he obtained his unnatural hue. In an attempt to figure it out, they planned an experiment for today in which they would smear crushed-up Cheetos on their faces "to see if we can get our face close to the face of Donald Trump."
The American Family Association has been leading the fight against Target's policy of allowing transgender customers and employees to use the bathroom or fitting room that matches their gender identity, and Bryan Fischer has been doing his part on his daily radio program to whip up opposition to the policy in increasingly absurd ways.
On his radio program yesterday, Fischer read an email sent to the AFA-affiliated organization One Million Moms from a woman who was outraged to discover a man in the dressing room area with her daughter on a recent trip to Target.
According to this email, as read by Fischer, this woman and her teenage daughter visited a local Target store last week and her daughter went into the dressing room to try on some clothes. When the mother went to check on her, she heard a man's voice coming from the dressing room area, so she rushed in to find that the man "was in the same dressing area but not the same stall" as her daughter.
She immediately went to Target management to complain, Fischer said, "but the supervisor just pointed her to a sign that says 'Family Dressing Room.'"
Glenn Beck spent a segment on his radio program yesterday ripping the foreign policy speech that Donald Trump recently delivered in which he declared that "'America First' will be the major and overriding theme of my administration," because the phrase "America First" also happens to be the name of an anti-Semitic, isolationist political party that opposed U.S. involvement in World War II and urged appeasement of Adolf Hitler.
Beck said that this is the sort of information that can be learned through a simple Google search and the fact that nobody on the Trump campaign knew this or bothered to look it up means that Trump is totally unqualified to be president.
"You would think that someone would do a little bit of homework," Beck said. "Can somebody Google search? ... That is the bare minimum everyone should do. Google search."
"If you can't do a simple Google search, you're not qualified to be president," he continued. "You're really not."
Earlier this month, we noted that Ted Cruz has been trying to rewrite the history regarding his appearance last year at a conference organized by radical anti-gay activist Kevin Swanson, who openly advocates imposing the death penalty for homosexuality, by falsely claiming that he was not aware of Swanson's views before he attended and that he immediately denounced them once he learned about them:
When Beck's own daughter confronted Cruz about his appearance with Swanson, Cruz lied to her face and feigned ignorance, claiming that he chewed out his staff for allowing him to appear with someone like Swanson, at least according to Beck's account of the conversation.
As we said before, "if nobody on the Cruz campaign was aware of Swanson's extreme views, it is only because they didn't bother to check since Swanson's long history of unrepentant bigotry has been well documented."
A simple Google search would have easily allowed anyone on the Cruz campaign to discover Swanson's extremism, but apparently nobody bothered to "do a little bit of homework," which makes Cruz, according to Beck's own standard, unqualified to be president.
Phyllis Schlafly is totally unconcerned about Donald Trump's position on abortion because "the grassroots is not looking to Trump for their guidance for a lot of these moral issues."
Bobby Knight has endorsed Trump because Trump is "the most prepared man in history to step in as president of the United States."
Conversely, Ted Cruz supporter Ken Cuccinelli says that Trump is "the biggest whiner in American political history."
The National Organization for Marriage is vowing to defeat three Missouri lawmakers who voted against an anti-LGBT bill: "This act of betrayal by three cowardly Republicans will not be tolerated."
Finally, MRC's Dylan Gwinn goes after ABC's television program "Blackish" for apparently suggesting that white people are racist ... or something: "Is that why so many white people vote to have their money taken away from them by the government, and spent on often-useless and wasteful, but well-meaning government programs to improve health care and education in black neighborhoods?"
Ted Cruz's announcement yesterday that he would name Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate despite the fact that he is trailing badly in the Republican presidential primary race was widely seen as a desperate move to boost his struggling campaign.
And since Glenn Beck has transformed his daily radio program into little more than an arm of Cruz's presidential operation, it was entirely predictable that he would kick off today's program by conducting a softball interview with Fiorina, which he introduced by admitting that the campaign's unusual move was indeed an act of desperation ... "because Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina are desperate to save the Constitution."
"They are desperate to save the economy. Desperate to create jobs. And so am I," Beck said. "They are desperate to stop the crucifixion of Christians by ISIS. And so am I. I think you are, too ... They are desperate. Indeed, they are. They are desperate to make sure that our children aren't spied on and listened to. They are desperate to make sure that the IRS isn’t used as a weapon anymore."
"And if you're not desperate," Beck concluded, pointing directly into the camera, "then you're not in the real world. If you're not desperate, then they have no chance of winning. But if you believe this is our last call, if you believe we are in deep trouble, you're damn right you're desperate. You should be desperate."
Right-wing pastor Jim Garlow, one of the organizers of last night's "Washington — A Man Of Prayer" event at the U.S. Capitol, closed out the gathering by declaring that future historians just might look back on the prayers that had been offered by dozens of members of Congress and conclude that they had caused a "shift in the heavenly realm" that led to nationwide revival.
"This is such a sacred moment," he stated. "If we could see into the realm of the heavenlies what has been accomplished by the declarations that have been made by our congressional leaders, we would have reason to be profoundly encouraged."
"I feel like we're standing before a burning bush," Garlow continued, in awe of the fact that only America would have "this many people at the highest level of leadership call on God the way we just heard," predicting that this event will lead to a "restoration" that will sweep across the nation.
"This is your place, this is your moment," Garlow said, leading the gathering in one final prayer. "Who knows what future historians might write about what began those days in April when people began to gather, called congressmen, and began to worship you and praise your name and call on your name and ask for you to give us mercy when we really deserve judgment. Who knows but what this is actually the turning point, it may not be manifested in every way quite yet, but who knows if in the realm of the heavenlies, what's been declared here might some day be identified as the moment when things began to shift in the heavenly realm and the name of Yeshua was lifted up again and God is honored in this place, this city and around this nation. Thank you, Father God, for what you are doing and what you have just done."
Garlow has previously claimed that his prayer gatherings led to the passage of California's Proposition 8, the anti-gay amendment that was later overturned by the courts.
Last night, several members of Congress joined Religious Right activists in Washington, D.C., for the annual "Washington – A Man of Prayer" event, which seeks to be a "spiritual turning point for the nation as Americans witness Senators and members of Congress reaching out to God in penitent prayers from inside the nation’s Capitol."
House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Louie Gohmert, and Sen. James Lankford were among the dozens of members of Congress who participated in the event as they lined up and delivered short prayers, one after another, from the podium for nearly an hour and a half.
As in previous years, the prayer gathering was closed out by messianic End Times rabbi Jonathan Cahn who, just like last year, warned that America is on the verge of destruction for having legalized gay marriage nationwide.
In fact, Cahn has spent the last year repeatedlywarning that all sorts of cataclysms are about the befall this nation, not one of which has actually happened, but for some reason organizers thought it prudent to bring him back to issue a similar warning again.
America, Cahn warned, "founded for the purpose and glory of God, drove God out of its government, out of its culture, out of its public squares. It celebrated ungodliness and called evil good and good evil" through legal abortion and marriage equality.
"It must be asked," he said, "Supreme Court justices, where did you get the authority to overrule the rulings of the Most High? And by what authority did you strike down the laws of the Almighty? You are neither the highest court nor the final authority. There is a supreme judge with a supreme justice that does not sleep forever."
"And Mr. President," he continued, "when you assumed the office of your presidency, did you not lay your hand on the word of God and swear to before Him, 'So help me God'? And yet, on the day that the Supreme Court struck down the order of God, you issued the order that the White House be illumined by the colors of the rainbow to celebrate that striking down. Mr. President, by what authority did you take the sacred colors of God's covenant, the colors of His throne and the sign of His mercy in the face of judgment and turn them against the purposes of God and the word of God on which you swore your oath?"
Linda Harvey calls on Target employees to rise up: "Some may lose jobs if there’s a downturn in sales. So, why not band together and approach management to stop such foolishness? Or, better yet: Work hard and become management. And then end the promotion of deviance."
Glenn Beck says that Ted Cruz's decision to announce Carly Fiorina as his running mate will be a game changer because she is the "first female" with a chance to become vice president. That must come as news to Sarah Palin and Geraldine Ferraro.
Liberty Counsel brags of scoring "another victory for religious freedom in Tennessee schools" by helping impose regulations designed to block an LGBT club.
Finally, Gordon Klingenschmitt says that he's known for "being the friendliest and funniest member of the [Colorado] Legislature."