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Scott Lively: President Trump Should 'Apologize To The World' For Obama's 'Fascist LGBT Agenda'

In a piece posted on his website yesterday, extremist anti-gay activist Scott Lively recommends that Donald Trump, should he become president, set about cozying up to Russian president Vladimir Putin and follow his lead in cracking down on gay rights by allowing "the church to reclaim its rightful place in steering domestic policy norms back toward faith and family values."

Insisting once again that President Obama's "devotion to the LGBT agenda was his chief motivation for orchestrating (with the help of his pal George Soros) the Ukrainian coup," Lively warns that Obama's fealty to the "gay agenda" has pushed "the world closer to nuclear war." As such, President Trump's first order of business, Lively says, should be to "apologize to the world" for "Obama's attempt to force the fascist LGBT agenda on everyone" and for "letting Obama and the GOP establishment poison the relationship [with Russia] to further their nefarious elitist and anti-Christian agenda."

There aren’t many things about Barack Obama’s foreign policy I would want any politician to emulate, but there is one thing I would like Donald Trump to do if he becomes President: apologize to the world for the actions of his predecessor! Especially regarding Obama’s attempt to force the fascist LGBT agenda on everyone, everywhere in every possible way.

After that Mr. Trump should shut down the anti-Russian war-propaganda that the Obama/McCain/NeoCon axis relaunched in 2013 after the Russians passed their law banning homosexual propaganda to children. That law — a monumental achievement in the fight to preserve Judeo-Christian civilization — highlighted the glaring contrast of values between the now anti-Marxist Russia and the now pro-Marxist US and EU, and shifted the contest for influence in the still family-friendly nations of the former Soviet Union in Russia‘s favor. Within a few months several nations, including Ukraine, moved toward adopting a similar law and for a short while it looked like an international pro-family counterrevolution would emerge to challenge Obama’s dangerous global LGBT blitzkrieg.

Whether or not the passage of that law was a cynical political ploy by Russia (as some pundits wrongly claim), Mr. Obama and Germany’s Chancellor Merckle [sic] could have easily countered it by simply articulating and affirming America’s and Europe’s traditional family values to reassure those nations being lured eastward by Russia’s pro-family stance that we respected their beliefs. What a tremendous blessing that would have been for everyone, including those interested in building friendship instead of hostility between the US and Russia.

Instead Obama chose to abandon the “reset button” policy he had previously announced toward Russia and moved to revive the cold war. Pushing the world closer to nuclear war was deemed preferable to putting the “gay” agenda on hold.

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I suggest that Mr. Trump could do the world a great favor and dramatically ratchet down global tensions by following Mr. Putin’s example of pushing back the Marxists and the gangsters within his borders (yes, he had his own versions of the Clinton and Obama crime syndicates to deal with) and inviting the church to reclaim its rightful place in steering domestic policy norms back toward faith and family values. Then by redirecting the US State Department to promote greater family-centered cultural cooperation with the Russian people (and all the people of the world we have offended and harmed by pushing sexual deviance on their children). With a return to authentic family values would come a natural desire to steer away from war and its evils, and a new basis for seeking common ground in all geo-political affairs. And as always, the climate for doing business would improve when our goals are driven by a common desire to pursue mutual benefit rather than exploitation and control by force of will and arms.

In his run for president, Mr. Trump has seen the true face and character of America’s domestic enemies in both the “Progressive” movement and the GOP establishment. Hopefully he will (if elected) have the vision and courage to rebuild America’s moral and patriotic infrastructure in such a way as to severely diminish the influence of these anti-family Marxists and to increase cooperation with countries like Russia which are doing the same.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/27/16

  • David Kupelian of WorldNetDaily says it’s okay to vote for Trump: “Knock it off with ‘the lesser of two evils.’ The lesser of two evils is the greater good.” 
  • Accuracy In Meida’s Cliff Kincaid is happy that Trump is reviving the discredited Vince Foster conspiracy theory.
  • Poor Frank Gaffney is being smeared just for running a smear campaign against Grover Norquist and Muslim leaders.
  • Matt Barber calls for President Obama to be impeached over his administration's support of transgender rights.

Walid Shoebat Won't Fly Anymore Because Pilots Might Be Muslim

Walid Shoebat, a conservative activist and the father of unhinged anti-gay vlogger Theodore Shoebat, joined One America News Network’s Graham Ledger yesterday to discuss his completely evidence-free theory that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight and the Egypt Air flight that crashed en route from Paris to Cairo last week were both taken down by Muslim pilots intent on being martyrs to the faith.

This all led Ledger to ask Shoebat if he would “get on a small airliner that’s based out of the Middle East.”

Shoebat responded that even beyond that, he quit all air travel two years ago because you can never know if the pilot of your plane will be Muslim.

“I stopped flying even in the U.S. two years ago,” he said. “I completely — I flew 3,000 flights to get my message out in this country. Finally I realized, I get into an airline where I see 20 Yemeni students, it’s terrifying. I do not know if the pilot is Muslim or not.”

He added that once a border patrol agent on the Mexican border “thought I was a Muslim because my name is Muslim and he welcomed me in an Islamic way” and let him back into the country without checking his luggage.

58 Donald Trump Conspiracy Theories (And Counting!): The Definitive Trump Conspiracy Guide

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump not only surrounds himself with conspiracy theorists, he has spent years pushing conspiracy theories himself, much to the delight of his supporters.

At times, Trump tries to remain evasive about whether he actually believes these conspiracy theories, insisting that he simply “heard” or “read” them somewhere or is just asking a question.

We found at least 58 instances of Trump promoting false conspiracy theories on everything from immigration to President Obama’s birthplace.

The number is certain to rise in the coming months.

Topics:

President Obama
Assasinations
Muslims and Terrorism
Syrian Refugees
Christian Persecution
Guns and Crime
Immigration
Science
The Media
Miscellaneous

 

President Obama

1) Birtherism

For years, Trump has suggested that President Obama fabricated his birth certificate in order to be eligible to run for president. As evidence of this, he has cited the work of Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, “Israeli Science,” the conspiracy theory clearinghouse WorldNetDaily and an unnamed “extremely credible source.”

Trump has falsely claimed that the president spent millions of dollars “to keep this quiet” and wrongly suggested that the president’s grandmother confessed to witnessing his birth in Kenya.

“He cannot give a birth certificate,” he told radio host Laura Ingraham in 2011. He added: “He doesn’t have a birth certificate or, if he does, there’s something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now somebody told me, and I have no idea whether this is bad for him or not but perhaps it would be, that where it says ‘religion’ it might have ‘Muslim,’ and if you’re a Muslim, you don’t change your religion by the way, but somebody said, ‘Maybe that’s the reason he doesn’t want to show it.’ I don’t think so. I just don’t think he has a birth certificate and everybody has a birth certificate.”

“When I hear he took an ad in the paper, his parents, these are poor people, when did you ever hear of anybody taking an ad in a paper?” Trump said in the same interview, casting doubt on the announcement of Obama’s birth in a Honolulu newspaper. “I see so much fraud in the world. An ad like that could’ve been staged. I don’t mean staged at the time. I mean could have been computer-generated five years ago, eight years ago, two years ago, it could’ve been computer-generated.”

“The Rockefeller family doesn’t buy ads in a newspaper and now you’re going to have two poor people putting an ad in a newspaper that their son was born? There’s something fishy about the whole thing. Very fishy,” he continued.

Trump went on to hail birthers as “great American people” and described himself as a “proud” birther, noting that he “went to a great college, the best” and “was a very good student” and “a very smart guy.”

“Either it’s fine, or he was born in Kenya, or, in my opinion there’s a very good chance he was born here and said he was born in Kenya,” Trump said in 2014. “Because if you were born in Kenya, you got into colleges and you got aid. Very simple.”

Trump has also claimed that Obama himself “said he was born in Kenya” and promised to “write a book” laying out his birther theory.

2) Bill Ayers Wrote ‘Dreams From My Father’

Trump has embraced the far-right conspiracy theory — which initially started as a joke — that Obama didn’t write his book “Dreams From My Father.”

In a 2012 Fox News appearance, he explained:

He had a book, whether he wrote the book or not, but that book pushed him very hard and very strongly. And then they get into who really penned that book. It would be an interesting question for people to figure out. I don’t believe — I think somebody else had a lot to do with that book. I think he wrote the second book, which was certainly not a masterpiece. I'm very good at books, and it certainly wasn't a masterpiece.

“Bill Ayers wrote the book,” Trump said in 2011, explaining that “Barack Obama wouldn’t be president” if it weren’t for the “super-genius” Ayers. “A lot of people have said he wrote the book.”

“Now it’s coming out that Bill Ayers wrote it,” he told Ingraham in 2011.

3) Hawaii Official Was Murdered In Birth Certificate Cover-up

Detective Trump is on the case.

4) Obama Was ‘Born Barry Soetero’

On different occasions, Trump has referred to the president as “Barry Sotoro,” “Barry Soetoro” and “ Barry Sowoto.”

Indeed, Trump claims that “Soetoro” was Obama’s last name since his birth.

“Look, he was born Barry Soetero, somewhere along the line he changed his name,” Trump told Sean Hannity in 2011, despite the fact that, as Eric Kleefeld points out, Soetero is the “surname of Obama’s mother’s second husband, Lolo Soetoro, whom she married four years after Obama was born.” Soetoro came to Hawaii in 1962. Obama was born in 1961.

5) Obama Never Attended Columbia

In 2014, Trump offered “$50 million for charity” if Obama released his college records, arguing that Obama “came out of nowhere” and “the people that went to school with him, they never saw him.”

He may have been referring to the claim posed by his friend and campaign surrogate Wayne Allyn Root, a right-wing pundit who simultaneously claims that Obama never attended Columbia University and that he was radicalized at Columbia by the school’s left-wing professors.

Oddly, Trump has also said that Obama was a “terrible student” at Columbia.

He urged hackers to find the truth:

6) Obama May Start A War To Win Re-election

Just weeks before the 2012 election, Trump predicted that Obama, upset about his “really bad” poll numbers, would “start a war or major conflict to win.”

After the election, Trump predicted that Obama would “do something really bad and totally stupid to show manhood” or “do something irrational and dangerous for our country in order to save face.”

7) Obama Is Persecuting Me

Trump tried to make himself a victim of the debunked conservative conspiracy theory that the IRS targeted conservative groupssuggesting that President Obama urged New York State Attorney General Eric Schneidermann to sue him for political reasons:

He appears to be referring the ongoing lawsuit over the Trump University scam.

8) Obama Will Target Conservative Websites

Conflating net neutrality with the Fairness Doctrine, Trump made the bogus claim that somehow Obama will “attack” the internet to “target conservative media.”

Net neutrality has been a focus of many conservative conspiracy theories that have no basis in reality.

9) Obama Doesn’t Want To Fight Terrorism

In one of his regular interviews with right-wing talk show host Michael Savage this year, Trump thundered that the president may not want to fight terrorism.

“It’s radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said. “We have a president that won’t even use the words and if you don’t use the words, you’re never going to get rid of the problem. We have a — maybe he doesn’t want to get rid of the problem. I don’t know exactly what’s going on.”

Savage read between the lines: “Ah ha. Now you’re going as close to the board as a hockey player can go without hitting the puck into the stands. I get it.”

10) Obama Wears An Arabic Ring

In 2012, Trump posted on Twitter a WorldNetDaily article claiming that Obama wears a secret Muslim ring.

“Why does Barack Obama’s ring have an arabic [sic] inscription?” he asked. “Who is this guy?”

In the article, birther investigator Jerome Corsi claimed that Obama’s wedding ring states “There is no God but Allah” in Arabic. Corsi believes that Obama was previously secretly married to a male Pakistani roommate.

The design on Obama’s ring is actually just a series of loops.

11) Obama Is Aiding ISIS

Trump has falsely accused Obama of arming ISIS terrorists, citing a discredited claim that the administration was running guns from Libya to Turkey.

He has also claimed that the U.S. tried to stop Russia from bombing ISIS.

The U.S., in reality, has been arming rebels that fight against ISIS, and has questioned why the majority of Russian targets in Syria are anti-ISIS rebels.

12) Obama Is A Muslim

Trump has tied his birther conspiracy theory to the related right-wing allegation that Obama is a secret Muslim.

“People have birth certificates,” he told Bill O’Reilly in 2011. “He doesn't have a birth certificate. He may have one but there's something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim. I don't know. Maybe he doesn't want that. Or he may not have one. But I will tell you this. If he wasn't born in this country, it's one of the great scams of all time.”

He also seized on the news that Madonna jokingly called Obama a Muslim, tweeting: “Does Madonna know something we all don't about Barack? At a concert she said 'we have a black Muslim in the White House.'”

Following Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, he similarly tweeted:

Assassinations

13) Was Scalia Murdered?

Days after Scalia’s death, Trump spoke with Savage, who asked him if he agreed that the justice was likely “murdered” and that a Warren Commission-type panel should investigate his passing.

Trump, naturally, was happy to raise suspicions about the justice’s death: “Well I just heard today, just a little while ago actually, I just landed and I’m hearing it’s a big topic, the question, and it’s a horrible topic but they say they found the pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow.”

14) Was Vince Foster Murdered?

Just as Trump has found Obama’s birth certificate to be “fishy,” he has alleged that the 1993 death of Vince Foster, an aide to then-President Clinton, was “very fishy.” Trump insists that he doesn’t necessarily believe that Bill and Hillary Clinton were involved in Foster’s death, merely noting that “there are people” who “think it was absolutely a murder.” TPM reports:

“He had intimate knowledge of what was going on,” Trump told the Post about Foster’s relationship with the Clintons before his death. “He knew everything that was going on, and then all of a sudden he committed suicide.”

Trump also said about Hillary Clinton: “It’s the one thing with her, whether it’s Whitewater or whether it’s Vince or whether it’s Benghazi. It’s always a mess with Hillary.”

But in his typical fashion, the billionaire mogul claimed he didn’t know enough about Foster’s death to bring it up in the first place.

“I don’t bring [Foster’s death] up because I don’t know enough to really discuss it,” Trump said. “I will say there are people who continue to bring it up because they think it was absolutely a murder. I don’t do that because I don’t think it’s fair.”

Several investigations have found that Foster’s death was a suicide.

15) Was Rafael Cruz Involved In The JFK Assassination?

In at least three separate interviews this year, Trump has claimed that Rafael Cruz, the father of his GOP presidential rival Ted Cruz, was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Trump said he got this information from the National Enquirer, hailing the supermarket tabloid as a reliable source of information. He even argued that neither Cruz denied the story (they both did).

Finally, when Cruz dropped out of the race, Trump told CNN host Wolf Blitzer that he never actually believed that the elder Cruz was involved in the assassination.

The National Enquirer has consistently praised Trump and gone after his opponents. Trump is close friends with its CEO.

 

Muslims And Terrorism

16) 9/11 Attackers Had Girlfriends Who Fled To Saudi Arabia

Trump defended his plan to commit war crimes by murdering the family members of terrorists by falsely claiming that the girlfriends of the 9/11 plotters left the U.S. shortly before the attacks occurred.

Trump said in a GOP debate last year that “people were put into planes that were friends, family, girlfriends, and they were put into planes and they were sent back, for the most part, to Saudi Arabia. They knew what was going on. They went home and they wanted to watch their boyfriends on television.”

At another event, Trump made a similar but slightly different claim.

“The wife knew exactly what was happening,” he said. “They left two days early with respect to the World Trade Center and they went back to where they went and they watched their husband on television flying into the World Trade Center, flying into the Pentagon and probably trying to fly into the White House except we had some very, very brave souls on that third plane.”

As PolitiFact makes clear, the 9/11 Commission found that “not a single hijacker had a wife, girlfriend or family member in the country in the days and months before the terrorists executed their plan. Only two of the 19 hijackers were married and only one had a girlfriend. Ziad Jarrah had a girlfriend in Germany, and hijackers Marwan al-Shehhi and Abdul Aziz al-Omari were married” to women who were not living in the U.S. The commission also “found no evidence that any of these women knew about the plot in advance,” as the terrorists had “broken off regular contact with their families.”

17) Thousands Of Muslim-Americans In New Jersey Celebrated On 9/11

Trump has repeatedly asserted that “thousands and thousands of people were cheering” were cheering in Jersey City, New Jersey, as “the World Trade Center came tumbling down,” making it clear he was referring to the city’s Muslim residents.

“I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down, as those buildings came down, and that tells you something,” he said last year. “It was well covered at the time.”

Trump cited as sources a blog post on the conspiracy theory outlet InfoWars, his fans on Twitter and an activist and a reporter who both contradicted his claim. His campaign also released a video that ended up debunking the claim.

All assessments of what happened in Jersey City found that Trump’s allegation was completely inaccurate.

Nonetheless, Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has insisted that there is footage of the (nonexistent) celebrations but every single media outlet refuses to air it because they all want to hurt Trump.

18) 100 Percent Of Mosques Preach Hate

In March, when CNN host Chris Cuomo asked Trump if he believes that all Muslims are “part of the hatred,” Trump responded, “If you look at the mosques and you go to various places and you look at what’s going on there and it’s virtually 100 percent. Certainly you can say radical Islam is a disaster right now, it’s causing tremendous problems worldwide, not just here. But the question was asked about Islam and there’s a great hatred, there’s no question about it.”

“I think Islam hates us,” Trump said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “There is an unbelievable hatred of us.” He went on to say that it is impossible to separate radical versions of Islam from the faith as a whole.

While Trump didn’t mention how he knows this, there have long been right-wing rumors claiming that most mosques in America preach hatred.

19) Around One-Third Of Muslims Would Wage War Against America

While speaking with Fox News host Chris Wallace in March, Trump alleged that studies have found that anywhere from 27 to 35 percent of the world’s Muslims “would go to war” against the U.S.

Trump, in this case, did cite a group: The Pew Research Center.

A Pew spokeswoman told FactCheck.org, however, that the group “has not issued a survey saying that 27 percent of Muslims would go to war with the US, nor has the Center asked a question of Muslims about ‘going to war.’”

Trump later cited “an unscientific, opt-in online poll conducted by the Center for Security Policy,” a far-right anti-Muslim group, to substantiate his claim that a large segment of the Muslim community in the U.S. supports anti-American violence.

20) Philippines Massacre

On several occasions, Trump has regaled audiences with the chain-email-inspired tale of an American general in the Philippines who supposedly solved the country’s “tremendous” terrorism problem by massacring a large group of Muslim detainees with bullets washed in pigs’ blood. Trump likes to tell the story to fondly recall a better time when American leaders were “tough” and didn’t stand for political correctness and rules against committing war crimes, rules that Trump wants to change.

Aside from the fact that it is troubling to see the presumptive GOP nominee praise a massacre, the story isn’t even true.

But that hasn’t stopped Trump from telling it. In fact, he has relished the fact that journalists have called the story into question, urging his supporters to trust his historical expertise: “The press was saying it was a rumor; it’s not a rumor, it’s a true story.”

21) ISIS Tried To Attack Me

After a man tried to rush the stage of a Trump rally in Dayton, Ohio, in March, the candidate immediately claimed that the man “has ties to ISIS,” citing what Jim Dalrymple II of BuzzFeed described as “an old, fake video meant to mock the man.” For example, the “alleged ISIS video” includes “badly garbled” Arabic that “appears to say ‘Tommy D’ was trying to look ‘cool,’” and the footage was taken from a separate video where the man was at a protest.

When asked on “Meet the Press” why he was so quick to cite a “hoax” video, Trump didn’t back down: “He was playing Arabic music; he was dragging the flag along the ground; and he had Internet chatter with ISIS and about ISIS... He's dragging the flag, the American flag, which I respect.”

“All I know is what's on the internet,” he said.

 

Syrian Refugees

22) Syrian Refugees Are Mostly Young Men

Trump has repeatedly claimed that Syrian refugees are typically “young, strong men” who “look like prime-time soldiers,” suggesting they are part of an ISIS “Trojan Horse” as there are “very few” women and children refugees.

In fact, the majority of refugees are women in children.

23) Syrian Refugees Bill ISIS For Their Phones

Trump apparently believes that ISIS pays the cell phone bills of Syrian refugees, using his typical just asking the question style of speaking to wonder: “So they don’t have money, they don’t have anything. They have cell phones. Who pays their monthly charges, right? They have cell phones with the flags, the ISIS flags on them. And then we’re supposed to say, ‘Isn’t this wonderful that we’re taking them in?’”

24) Syrian Refugees Aren’t Vetted

At a Rhode Island rally, Trump warned supporters that they should be afraid of the Syrian refugees being resettled in the state:

We don't know who these people are. We don't know where they're from. We don't know where they're from. They have no documentation. We all have hearts and we can build safe zones in Syria and we'll get the Gulf states to put up the money. We're not putting up the money, but I'll get that done. But you know what? We can't let this happen. But you have a lot of them resettling in Rhode Island. Just enjoy your — lock your doors, folks.

We don't know where they come from, who they are. There's no documentation. We have our incompetent government people letting 'em in by the thousands, and who knows, who knows, maybe it's ISIS."

The refugees, however, are thoroughly vetted, with the process often taking “two years or longer.”

25) Syrian Refugees Only Sent To GOP-led States

Trump has also suggested that the federal government tries to “send [refugees] to the Republicans, not to the Democrats, you know because they know the problem,” referring to states with Republican and Democratic governors.

But as FactCheck.org notes, “nongovernmental agencies, such as World Relief and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, place the refugees, not the government, and those decisions are based on family ties, employment and other factors, not politics.” Not to mention the fact that the majority of states have Republican governors.

The idea that the Obama administration is trying to put Muslim refugees in conservative areas has been circulating in the right-wing media for years.

26) Syrian Refugees In U.S. To Number 250,000

On the stump and in interviews, Trump has repeatedly alleged that the administration is trying to resettle 200,000 to 250,000 Syrian refugees, “and it could very well be ISIS.”

“Our president wants to take in 250,000 from Syria,” he said last year. “Think of it, 250,000 people. And we all have heart, and we all want people taken care of and all of that, but with the problems our country has, to take in 250,000 people — some of whom are going to have problems, big problems — is just insane.”

In fact, President Obama has planned to accept only 10,000 refugees and, according to The New York Times, “the United States has let in less than a fifth of that number” as of April.

The 250,000 figure appears to come from a fake news article.

27) Syrian Refugees Are Part Of Evil Plot

In his just asking the question style of conspiracy theorizing, Trump said last year that President Obama is bringing in refugees for nefarious reasons: “Obviously some people think it’s evil intentions, I think it's incompetence, regardless, a lot of people think it’s evil intentions.”

In one speech, Trump said that Obama was deliberately ignoring terrorism for reasons we don’t know about, as one attendee shouted “He’s a Muslim!”

“I don’t know what’s wrong with Obama,” Trump said. “He wants to close his eyes and pretend it’s not happening. Why is he so emphatic on not solving the problem? There’s something we don’t know about. There’s something we don’t know about.”

28) U.S. Importing Terrorists

“This is a war against people that are vicious, violent people, that we have no idea who they are, where they come from,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in March. “We are allowing tens of thousands of them into our country now. Some of them happen to have cellphones with the ISIS flag on them. So, I think it's something that we have to be very tough and very vigilant and very smart or we will be in big trouble.”

Seeing that the U.S. accepts only 70,000 refugees from the entire world annually, PolitiFact notes that “this would mean that Trump is saying that all or nearly all refugees are terrorists, including the many who are not even Muslim and who don’t come from the Middle East.”

Not to mention that refugees allowed to resettle in the U.S. are thoroughly vetted.

 

Christian persecution

29) Christians Can’t Come Into America

Last year, Trump told the Iowa National Security Action Summit that Christians are prohibited from coming into the U.S.: “Muslims can come in but other people can’t. Christians can’t come into this country but Muslims can. What’s that all about? What is that all about? Something has got to be coming down from the top. When I heard that, I couldn’t believe it. And that is one of the top people in the world on immigration having to do with this country. Muslims can come in but Christians can't, and the Muslims aren't in danger and the Christians are.”

Trump didn’t identify his “top” source, but has continued to repeat this myth.

“If you're a Muslim, you can come into the country very easy,” he said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody last year. “If you're from Europe and you're a Muslim, you can come in. But if you are from Europe and you’re a Christian, you can't come in.”

Speaking in Nevada last year, Trump said: “I heard something the other day that’s hard to believe, it’s hard to believe. Believe me. If you’re from Syria and you’re a Christian, you cannot come into this country, and they’re the ones that are being decimated. If you’re Islamic and you come in, if you, I mean, it’s hard to believe, you can come in so easily. In fact, it’s one of our main groups of people that are coming in. Now, not that we should discriminate against one or the other, but if you’re Christian, you cannot get into the country. You cannot get into the country. I thought that was unbelievable.”

There is, of course, no policy prohibiting Syrian Christians, or Christians from anywhere else, for that matter, from entering the country. While there have been far fewer Syrian Christian refugees resettled in America compared to Syrian Muslim refugees, the Syrian population has a large Muslim majority.

While Trump said he doesn’t believe in discrimination, he later proposed a temporary ban on all Muslims “from entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

30) ‘They’ve Shut Christianity Down’

“Christianity is being chipped away at in this country,” Trump said at a campaign stop in March, citing tax regulations that prevent churches from engaging in partisan electoral activity. “I mean, really, they’ve shut Christianity down.”

Trump said he would have “less difficulty” advocating a ban on Christians from entering the U.S. as he did for Muslims.

Of course, Christians continue to make up the vast majority of the American population and continue to have freedom of religion in the U.S.

31) No ‘Lobby’ For Christians

Trump believes that there is no one in politics representing Christians, telling supporters that groups like Muslims have been able to “band together better or something.”

“You actually have less power, and yet if you look at it, I was talking to someone, we probably have 250 million, maybe even more, in terms of people, so we have more Christians than we have men or women in our country and we don’t have a lobby because they’re afraid to have a lobby because they don’t want to lose their tax status,” he said.

“So I am going to work like hell to get rid of that prohibition and we’re going to have the strongest Christian lobby and it’s going to happen.”

In fact, many denominations from across the religious divide have advocacy arms, and many lobbying groups represent the Christian Left, Right and center.

32) Christmas Has Disappeared

“Remember the expression ‘Merry Christmas?’” Trump has asked. “You don’t see it anymore.”

He has claimed that “the progressives” are trying to expunge Christmas from American society and once floated the idea of boycotting of Starbucks because their seasonal holiday red cups didn’t say “Merry Christmas.”

Christians’ “power is being taken away,” he said last year in an interview with Religious Right leader Tony Perkins. “You know,” he said, “you go from one thing to the next to the point where it’s not politically correct to say ‘Merry Christmas’ to anybody, or you go to stores and you don’t ever see the word ‘Christmas’ anymore. You don’t see that term anymore.”

Aside from the fact that the so-called War on Christmas is nothing but a right-wing myth, and we are not sure what constitutional provision gives the president the power to order department stores to post “Merry Christmas” signs.

33) I Am Being Persecuted For Being A ‘Strong Christian,’ Maybe

Following a CNN debate in February, Trump insisted that he is facing a government audit because he is being targeted by the IRS and “maybe because of the fact that I’m a strong Christian.” Trump cited the audit to justify his refusal to release his tax returns.

However, in a letter released by his campaign one month later, Trump’s own lawyers debunked his claim that he was the victim of politically motivated, anti-Christian bureaucrats, explaining that the businessman had faced “continuous examination” by the IRS since 2002, “consistent with the IRS’ practice for large and complex businesses.”

 

Guns and Crime

34) Obama Wants To Take The Guns

While campaigning in South Carolina last year, Trump told supporters about a planned move by Obama to “take your guns away”: “You know, the president is thinking about signing an executive order where he wants to take your guns away. You hear this one?”

The next day, he once again insisted that he had “heard” from “somebody” that Obama was going to try to take people’s guns through an executive order. He never mentioned who that “somebody” was, but said he had “read it in the papers.”

While conservatives have been predicting for years that Obama is on the verge of implementing a massive gun grab using his powers as president, none of his executive orders, or ones that he has considered, have come anywhere close to taking people’s guns.

“Whenever I see gun-free zones, that’s a flag for the wackos to come in and start shooting people,” Trump told CNN in January, despite the fact that several of his properties are gun-free zones.

35) Hillary Wants To Take The Guns

Trump has repeatedly claimed that Hillary Clinton is coming to seize guns and bullets by eliminating the Second Amendment.

“Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment, she wants to abolish it,” he said at a rally in Washington state. “Hillary Clinton wants to take your guns away, she wants to abolish the Second Amendment, she wants to take the bullets away, she wants to take it.”

Trump told the NRA convention this month that Clinton will “overturn the Second Amendment” and “release the violent criminals from jail.”

While Clinton has called for expanded background checks and a ban on assault weapons, a ban once supported by Trump, she has not advocated for the elimination of the Second Amendment or anything close to mass gun confiscation.

36) Hillary Wants To Release Violent Criminals From Jail

At the NRA conference, Trump insisted that President Obama and Hillary Clinton are determined “to release the violent criminals from jail.”

“She wants them all released,” he said. “She wants people released that you wouldn't want to walk on the street with, you wouldn't want to look at.”

However, Clinton’s proposals to reform the criminal justice system focus on nonviolent offenders, PolitiFact points out: “If anything, Clinton’s policy page bends over backward to focus her attention on ‘nonviolent,’ rather than violent, offenders. Proposals specify ‘nonviolent’ offenders no fewer than seven times. This consistent focus on nonviolent offenders undermines the notion that Clinton wants to release violent offenders at all, much less to do so willy-nilly.”

37) Fake, Racist Crime Statistics

Trump loves his racist Twitter fans, so it was no surprise to see him retweet an image last year showing racist, fabricated “statistics” comparing black and white crime rates that originated with a neo-Nazi outlet.

He defended the decision by saying in a Fox News interview that he doesn’t have to “check every statistic” while insisting that the information “came from sources that are very credible.” The source, however, was a nonexistent “Crime Statistics Bureau — San Francisco.”

Trump himself once said that “the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by blacks and hispanics [sic].”

38) Oakland And Ferguson Among The Most Dangerous Cities In The World

“There are places in America that are among the most dangerous in the world,” Trump said this month. “You go to places like Oakland. Or Ferguson. The crime numbers are worse. Seriously.”

Trump has frequently claimed that American cities are beset by crime due to immigration .

Philip Bump of the Washington Post notes that while Oakland does have a high crime rate, it is far from one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Ferguson, Missouri, meanwhile, had only “the 23rd-highest crime rate of all cities in Missouri.”

“Overall, no American city is ‘among the most dangerous in the world,’” according to PolitiFact.

 

Immigration

39) Immigrants Are Mostly Criminals And Rapists

In his speech announcing his presidential campaign, Trump declared that most immigrants are “rapists” and people who are “bringing drugs” and “crime,” adding that “some, I assume, are good people.” He later said that many immigrants are “killers.”

Michelle Ye Hee Lee of the Washington Post points out that “a range of studies show there is no evidence immigrants commit more crimes than native-born Americans…. The Congressional Research Service found that the vast majority of unauthorized immigrants do not fit in the category that fits Trump’s description: aggravated felons, whose crimes include murder, drug trafficking or illegal trafficking of firearms. CRS also found that non-citizens make up a smaller percentage of the inmate population in state prisons and jails, compared to their percentage to the total U.S. population.”

40) Mexico Deliberately Sends Criminals To The U.S.

Trump believes that criminals are “pushed” into the U.S. by foreign governments because other countries don’t want to “put people in jail and spend a fortune taking care of them for 40 years when the United States will do it for them for nothing after they go and they kill people.”

“The Mexican Government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States,” Trump wrote in a press statement after his announcement speech. “They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.” He lamented that the U.S. “has become a dumping ground for Mexico and, in fact, for many other parts of the world.”

“Our leaders are stupid, our politicians are stupid, and the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning, and they send the bad ones over because they don’t want to pay for them, they don’t want to take care of them. Why should they, when the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for them? And that’s what’s happening, whether you like it or not,” he said at a Republican debate.

Immigration experts say that there is no evidence that Mexico or other governments are sending criminals into the U.S.

41) U.S. Government Funds Unlawful Immigration

Not only does Trump believe that foreign governments are sending criminals into the U.S., he also believes that the U.S. government “funds illegal immigrants coming in and through your border, right through Phoenix.” He has said that the federal omnibus spending bill is the source of this funding.

However, the omnibus bill signed in 2015 did not include any appropriations for unlawful immigration. In fact, it funds the border patrol.

42) True Immigration Numbers Are Being Suppressed

While the Department of Homeland Security, the Center for Migration Studies and the Pew Research Center have said that the undocumented immigration population in America is just around 11 million people, Trump believes that this figure is a fabrication and that he has been “hearing it’s 30 million, it could be 34 million.”

Trump didn’t say who he “heard” that from, but it may have been from Ann Coulter, who claims to have shaped Trump’s immigration views and who estimates that the undocumented population is 30 million.

Trump has said that every single undocumented immigrant must be deported.

43) Obama Manipulated Immigration Numbers

In 2014, Trump accused Obama of manipulating data on deportations:

The claim, touted by conservative commentators, is false.

44) Border Patrol Letting Terrorists In

Last year, Trump said that border patrol agents refuse to stop anyone from entering the U.S., including terrorists:

I saw the other day on television, people are just walking across the border, they’re walking, the military is standing there, holding guns and people are just walking right in front, coming into our country. It is so terrible, it is so unfair, it is so incompetent and we don’t have the best coming in, we have people that are criminals, we have people that are crooks, you can certainly have terrorists, you can certainly have Islamic terrorists, you can have anything coming across the border. We don’t do anything about it.

In fact, America’s undocumented population “has dropped by about 1 million” in part due to increased border security, and agents are not instructed to simply let people, including terrorists, into the country.

While he wasn’t clear in his remarks, Trump may have been referring to a law signed by President Bush in 2008 which said that “children from non-contiguous countries” apprehended at the border must be “transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for trafficking screening, and placed into formal immigration court removal proceedings.”

45) Immigrants With Ebola Crossing Into America

Speaking with radio host Steve Deace in 2014 about Obama’s “disgusting” response to the Ebola outbreak, Trump said “there’s something going on and it’s not good.”

He linked his fears about Ebola to his reasons for preferring Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King’s extreme anti-immigrant stance: “He’s opposed to amnesty, secure the border, which is another one that’s like a no-brainer that I don’t understand, there are certain things you don’t even understand how the other side can fight it and yet there are people out there, believe it or not, that don’t want to secure our border. Now, especially with Ebola, how about when that starts happening down in that area and people just walk into the country?”

 

Science

46) CDC Lying About Ebola

While only two people contracted Ebola in the U.S. during the 2014 outbreak, Trump insisted that Ebola was a tremendous crisis in America. He even tweeted that the Centers for Disease Control were lying to the public:

He also repeatedly claimed that Obama was badlymishandlingthesituation, calling him “nuts” and “stupid” and demanding his resignation. “President Obama has a personal responsibility to visit & embrace all people in the US who contract Ebola!” he tweeted.

He even questioned “psycho” Obama’s mental state:

47) Vaccines Cause Autism

For years, Trump has alleged that autism became an “epidemic” due to childhood vaccinations. He said in 2007: “My theory, and I study it because I have young children, my theory is the shots. We’ve giving these massive injections at one time, and I really think it does something to the children.” In 2014, he pledged that he would promote this theory from the White House if he were elected president.

While a 2013 CDC study “found no connection between the number of vaccines a child received and his or her risk of autism spectrum disorder,” a finding backed up by other studies and accepted by medical institutions, Trump has continued to cite uncheckable personal anecdotes to defend his view, saying in one Republican presidential debate that “just the other day, two years old, two and a half years old, a child, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.”

“It is totally insane,” he said in 2012 about vaccines, “a baby cannot handle such tremendous trauma.”

Trump insists he doesn’t oppose vaccinations in principle but only wants them spaced over longer periods of time, something that would actually bemuchmore harmful to children. (For example, the recent Disneyland measles outbreak was linked to children whose parents decided to delay their shots).

Nonetheless, Trump said he has been “proven right” about the issue and that “the doctors lied.”

48) Climate Change Hoax

Trump is a longtime critic of “this whole global warming hoax,” alleging that the “concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

“This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop,” he tweeted, arguing that the “planet is freezing” and facing “record low temps.”

His criticisms of climate science, however, didn’t stop him from requesting aid from the Irish government to build a wall to protect his golf resort from the effects of climate change.

 

Elections

49) Voter Fraud Myth

Back in January, Trump declared that America’s “voting system is out of control.”

“You have people, in my opinion, that are voting many, many times,” he said. “They don’t want security, they don’t want cards.”

Several months later, Trump told NBC host Chuck Todd that noncitizens are voting in U.S. elections because “you have places where people just walk in and vote.”

However, studyafter study has shown that claims of rampant voter fraud, including claims that noncitizens are voting in elections, are nothing but a right-wing myth.

50) Obama Won With Voter Fraud

Trump appears to be pretty confident that dead voters helped Obama win re-election in 2012.

He didn’t cite any source to corroborate his claim, but allegations of votes being cast in the name of dead people are typically based on clerical errors rather than actual fraud .

51) Obama Lying About Health Insurance Figures

Following the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, uninsured rates have reached record lows. But Trump, seemingly citing his gut feeling, believes the numbers were manipulated to help Democrats before the 2014 election:

52) Obama Made A Deal With Saudi Arabia To Win Re-election

In a 2012 video blog, Trump said that “President Obama made a deal with the Saudis to flood the markets with oil before the election, so he can at least keep it down a little bit.”

He predicted that if Obama won reelection, gas and oil prices would skyrocket: “You’re going to see numbers like you’ve never seen if he wins. Let’s hope he doesn’t win. Remember I said it — if he [Obama] wins, oil and gasoline through the roof like never before. I believe a deal was made. It’s a sinister deal, but let’s see whether or not I was right.”

There is no evidence that Obama made such a deal with the Saudis and gas prices have remained low in his second term.

 

Media

53) Fox News Doing Saudi Arabia’s Bidding

During his since-patched-up feud with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, Trump tweeted a photoshopped image of her standing with a Saudi prince and a woman in a niqab, suggesting that Kelly was going after Trump on behalf of the Saudis.

54) The Washington Post Is Out To Get Trump

In an interview with Bill O’Reilly this month, Trump said that he is the subject of critical stories from the Washington Post because its owner, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, is “worried about me, and I think he said that to somebody, it was in some article, where he thinks I would go after him for anti-trust, because he's got a huge anti-trust problem because he's controlling so much. Amazon is controlling so much of what they're doing, and what they've done is he bought this paper for practically nothing, and he's using that as a tool for political power, against me and against other people. And I'll tell you what, we can't let him get away with it.”

 

Miscellaneous

55) Cover-up Of 42 Percent Unemployment Rate

“Don’t believe those phony numbers,” Trump said in February regarding the unemployment rate. “The number’s probably 28, 29, as high as 35. In fact, I even heard recently 42 percent.”

Trump has repeatedly touted the 42 percent figure to show that the unemployment rate is “a phony number.”

While Trump is correct that the unemployment rate does not factor in all Americans, his figures are astronomically higher than country’s jobless rate, and seem to be predicated on the notion that every single American, including stay-at-home parents, students and retirees, are all looking for jobs.

56) Benghazi

Trump has accused Hillary Clinton of lying after the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, when she said that a video depicting the Prophet Mohammad had provoked anti-American protests and violence around the world.

However, although more information later came to light, intelligence and media sources at the time did mention that assailants were motivated by the video’s appearance, as did the ringleader of the attack.

57) Whitewater

After Trump brought up the Whitewater faux-scandal in the same breath as the Vince Foster conspiracy theory, his campaign accidentally revealed to Politico that he plans to go after Clinton by bringing up the 1970s land deal. Republicans have spent years attacking Bill and Hillary Clinton over Whitewater, even after Clinton-hunter Kenneth Starr said that he found no evidence of wrongdoing. Other GOP-led investigations also “failed to produce any evidence with which to charge the Clintons of any crime.” TPM notes:

The Whitewater controversy originated as a failed real estate venture that Hillary and Bill Clinton were involved in during the late 1970s and mushroomed during the Clinton presidency into a whole series of highly politicized and loosely connected scandals, subscandals, and pseudoscandals. Protracted investigations by special prosecutors and Congress of the many side dramas that came to be known collectively as Whitewater consumed much of the Clinton years. Several members of the Clintons’ circle were convicted for various levels of involvement, but the Clintons were ultimately cleared of wrongdoing.

Whitewater, Benghazi and Vince Foster’s death will hardly be the only Clinton conspiracy theories touted by Trump.

58) Rubio And Cruz Eligibility

Trump has cast doubt on the presidential eligibility of not only Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada to a U.S. citizen, but also Marco Rubio, who was born in Miami, Florida.

As Garrett Epps writes in The Atlantic, Trump did so in the same evasive way that he floats other conspiracy theories:

Trump’s challenge to the U.S. Constitution is only one subchapter of that story; but the damage he is doing is real, and he’s not finished yet.

Consider that last weekend, Trump began to deploy his birther libel — first wheeled out against Barack Obama and then Ted Cruz—against Marco Rubio. His claims are only increasing in scope. Obama, Trump claimed, was not born in the United States. (He was.) Cruz was born (to an American citizen mother) in Canada. Trump says that means he’s not a natural-born citizen. (He is.) No one questions that Rubio was born in the United States. His parents were lawful permanent residents. The Constitution, on this point at least, is blessedly clear. To be born in the United States is to be born a citizen. Trump doesn’t question that. Not quite. Not yet. But late last week, he retweeted a supporter who suggested that Rubio is ineligible for the White House. When George Stephanopoulos asked him why he had done that, Trump responded: “Because I’m not sure. I mean, let people make their own determination.”

This is the way that Trump insinuates lies and libels into the discussion. It’s not me, he feigns, others have questions about Rubio, I’m just saying it could be a problem, and maybe we should look into it. Similarly, after repeating a supporter’s invective against Cruz, Trump shrugs:Hey, I didn’t make the indecent and sexist comment about Cruz. What can I do? My supporters are passionate. But that was just the start. By the Iowa caucuses, he was calling the Texas senator “the Canadian anchor baby.” Rubio can expect the same treatment.

Trump, for his part, says he was simply asking the question.

Georgia Anti-Choice Group Wants Abortion Providers Investigated For Violating Law That Nobody Knew About

A leading Georgia anti-abortion group wants abortion providers to be investigated for violating a law that, due to a clerical error, was in effect for seven months with nobody knowing it.

CNN reports that a Georgia judge dismissed an ACLU challenge to the state’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in October 2015 and lifted an injunction on the ban, thereby putting the new law into effect. But due to a clerical error, the ACLU was never notified and medical providers were not alerted that the law had gone into effect until seven months after the fact:

For nearly seven months, it has been illegal for physicians in Georgia to provide abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy -- but almost no one knew it.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of the obstetricians in November 2012, challenging the measure on the grounds that it violates the right to privacy, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project Director Jen Dalven said. An injunction prevented the law from taking effect while the lawsuit was in play.

Fast forward to October 2015, when Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly M. Esmond Adams dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds of sovereign immunity, which bars citizens challenging the constitutionality of state law and protects state agencies from being sued in their official capacity unless the General Assembly waives that protection. The injunction was lifted and the ban was effectively in place.

Due to a clerical error, however, the ACLU said it was not notified and consequently missed a chance to appeal the ruling within 30 days. The organization only found out when a lawyer in another state noticed the order on the Fulton County Superior Court website and brought it to their attention, said Atlanta lawyer Don Samuel, who is representing the organization after the previous lawyer left.

CNN notes that “doctors, hospitals or clinics, or the public were not informed that the case had been dismissed, and that the law was in effect. Not even the Georgia Department of Public Health knew. In December 2015, the state agency sent a letter to abortion providers indicating the law was still enjoined by the courts and the injunction was still in effect.”

However, Georgia Right to Life, a group that broke with the National Right to Life Committee because of the national group’s willingness to accept some exemptions in abortion bans, wants abortion providers investigated for violating a law that nobody knew was in effect:

Gen Wilson with Georgia Right to Life said, "Dozens, if not hundreds, of babies between 20 and 24 weeks gestation were illegally killed" over the past several months.

Wilson, in a statement Thursday, urged the attorney general to conduct a criminal investigation of all abortion providers to determine whether charges should be filed.

LaBarbera: LGBT Rights Will Cause America's Downfall

Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality joined Religious Right activist Penna Dexter on her “Point of View” radio show on Wednesday, where he claimed transgenderism is deviant and abhorrent and that government support for LGBT rights will lead to the “downfall” of America.

LaBarbera said that in backing LGBT rights, the Obama administration is supporting “the gender-confused” and is “mainstreaming deviance.” “Rather than protecting people and guiding them to the social good, you are instead catering and pandering and incentivizing effective abhorrence,” LaBarbera said.

He continued, “It’s one thing if a person struggles with something, and our hearts as believers, as Christians, they go out, the people who are struggling with any sin problem or any confusion, we want to help them.”

“When it comes to the point of government then saying ‘We will reward  misidentification, we will turn it into a civil right,’ thereby insulting every black American in our history by comparing gender confusion-based rights and homosexuality-based rights to real civil rights,” he said, “when it gets to that point you’re really incentivizing confusion and you’re bringing about the downfall of your country.”

 

Gordon Klingenschmitt: Caitlyn Jenner Needs An Exorcism To Rid Her Of The Demonic 'Spirit Of Insanity'

On his latest "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Religious Right activist and Colorado Republican lawmaker Gordon Klingenschmitt declared that Caitlyn Jenner needs an exorcism to rid her of the demonic "spirit of insanity."

Responding to false reports that Jenner is planning to transition back to male, Klingenschmitt asserted that "it would be a dumb statement for someone to try to say that he wants to stay a woman because he's not a woman. He's never been one. His DNA has never changed. He still has male XY chromosomes. He is not a woman, he is a man. In fact, he still has male parts, I'm told."

"The spirit of insanity inside of this man, Bruce Jenner," Klingenschmitt said, has made Jenner choose sin and "has brought him down a path of destruction ... It is a mental illness. Of course, we think it is a demonic illness. The man needs an exorcism."

Klingenschmitt then rebuked the "demonic spirit of delusion" that has taken hold of Jenner and prayed that she would "detransition from evil and from sin and from the devil."

Anne Graham Lotz: 'We See God Abandoning America As We Shake Our Fist In His Face'

Anne Graham Lotz spoke at the Family Research Council's "Watchmen on the Wall" conference yesterday, where she declared that America is in "deep trouble" because we have fallen under God's judgment as a result of everything from the teaching of evolution to gay marriage.

Reading from Romans 1, Lotz proclaimed that the wrath of God is now coming against this nation.

"In our schools, we teach evolution as fact and Creationism, if it's mentioned, it's sort of a fringe theory," she complained. "I believe America is in the last stage of this downward spiral into the abyss of God's judgment. God is backing away from America. He has said again and again and again, 'If you forsake me, I will forsake you. If you abandon me, I will abandon you.' And so we see God abandoning America as we shake our fist in his face and insist on our immorality and all the things we are doing. And we could give examples of the craziness; we've lost our common sense, we've lost our ability to think straight — pun intended. And God backs away, removing his hand of blessing, his hand of favor and his hand of protection."

"We're on the edge of an abyss and it's going to get worse," she warned. "God is moving and when he moves, very often it's not pretty and it can get ugly and if we don't repent and turn to him, then it gets worse."

Louie Gohmert: No Gay Space Colonies!

Earlier today, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, put a new spin on his “gay island” story, arguing on the House floor that the push for LGBT rights is wrong because we would never choose to send gay couples or gay animals into space to start a new colony like in the Matt Damon movie “The Martian.”

He said that if lawmakers had to decide “whether humanity would go forward or not” in case of an imminent asteroid collision by putting people in a “space ship that can go, as Matt Damon did in the movie, plant a colony somewhere, we can have humans survive this terrible disaster about to befall, if you could decide what 40 people you put on the spacecraft that would save humanity, how many of those would be same-sex couples? You’re wanting to save humankind for posterity, basically a modern-day Noah, you have that ability to be a modern day Noah, you can preserve life. How many same-sex couples would you take from the animal kingdom and from humans to put on a spacecraft to perpetuate humanity and the wildlife kingdom?”

But due to the attacks on “natural order” and religious freedom, Gohmert said, “we don’t have much longer to go.”

Gohmert also cited the work of Jonathan Cahn, a far-right End Times preacher who believes God is punishing America (and Francedue to gay marriage with events such as the 9/11 attacks, to assert that the end is near.

He also claimed that transgender people are disordered and “perverse” individuals who need help.

Breitbart.com Editor: Anti-Semitism Is Fine If It’s Just Done For Attention

New York magazine’s Jesse Singal attempts to unpack today the intramural feud between former Breitbart.com editor Ben Shapiro and his former colleagues. Shapiro, an ardent member of the #NeverTrump camp, split from the site after an incident in which his then-colleague Michelle Fields was grabbed by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Shapiro’s refusal to support Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee has fueled a plethora of ugly and bigoted attacks against him, coming in particular from the “Alt-Right” movement.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “the Alt-Right is a loose set of far-right ideologies at the core of which is a belief that ‘white identity’ is under attack through policies prioritizing multiculturalism, political correctness and social justice and must be preserved, usually through white-identified online communities and physical ethno-states.” The movement’s “key tenets,” according to SPLC: “Racist ideas. Race-baiting ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-Immigrant ideas.”

Breitbart.com Technology Editor and Shapiro nemesis Milo Yiannopoulos is one of the Alt-Right movement’s most prominent voices.

Singal quotes Yiannopoulos, who has in the past claimed “matrilineal Jewish heritage,” defending anti-Semitic attacks on conservative journalists:

The anti-Semitism on the internet, which is really important, I want people to understand this because nobody seems to, when Jonah Goldberg of National Review is bombarded with these memes, and anti-Semitic “take a hike, kike” stuff, it’s not because there’s a spontaneous outpouring of anti-Semitism from 22-year-olds in this country. What it is is it’s a mischievous, dissident, trolly generation who do it because it gets a reaction. Right? That’s been the case for young people for generations.

So, according to a prominent editor of a media company closely associated with the Republican nominee, using the most vile and bigoted language against Jewish reporters is now okay if the goal is just to get a reaction.

Dave Daubenmire: White, Heterosexual Christians Are The Only Hope For America

Ohio Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire posted a video message this morning declaring that Satan is out to destroy white, heterosexual Christian males because they represent the only hope for saving America.

“The attack that’s going on in America today is against the white, heterosexual male,” he said. “That’s the battle. If Satan can get control of the family, if they can get the white, heterosexual male removed from the scene, if they can get him ‘de-balled,’ if I will, if they can do that, there is nothing to hold back the forces of darkness in America.”

“It’s not racist, it’s the truth,” he added.

Daubenmire then argued that the war on poverty caused fatherless African-American households because the government became the parent. Now, he said, the government's “sights are set on the white, heterosexual male.”

He declared that there are “forces of darkness that are working to overthrow this nation and overthrow this world on behalf of the prince of the power of the air, the prince of darkness.” To control the world, Daubenmire argued, these forces will first have to defeat white, heterosexual, Christian American males.

Daubenmire then asked why Syrian refugees are not being sent to Africa instead of the U.S. and determined that it is “because America, at one time, was a white, heterosexual Christian country, the greatest country the world has ever seen.” He concluded by reassuring viewers that “this battle is real.”

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Daniel Lapin: Donald Trump Is God's Plan To Redeem America From The 'Sheer Evil' Of Hillary Clinton

On his television program last night, Glenn Beck sat down with Rabbi Daniel Lapin to discuss Lapin's contention that Donald Trump represents the only hope for saving America.

Beck, of course, has been a consistent and vocal critic of Trump and has repeatedly vowed never to vote for him, but Lapin did his best to sway Beck away from this position by bizarrely claiming that the Bible says that it is okay to behave unscrupulously when dealing with unscrupulous people.

Citing the passage from Genesis where Jacob meets Rachel, Lapin told some story that does not actually appear in the Bible but which he claimed gives believers permission to ignore their own moral principles when confronted with immoral situations. 

As Lapin told it, when Jacob met Rachel, she warned him that her father, Laban, was a notorious scoundrel who could not be trusted. Jacob's response, according to Lapin, was that he would be her father's "brother in scoundrelhood." Lapin said that Jacob then quoted a passage from Scripture that says "do not get involved with unscrupulous people, but should you inadvertently find yourself with unscrupulous people, then you don't have to allow your scruples to bring about your defeat."

The message of this passage, Lapin said, applies directly to the election in November and means that since those who are seeking to defend the Constitution are going up against "someone with limitless ambition, limitless avarice and a complete absence of any kind of scruple" in Hillary Clinton, they are not bound by any moral law that obligates them to play fair if it is going to lead to defeat.

Beck, understandably, couldn't quite believe what he was hearing, which prompted Lapin to explain that he simply refuses to accept that God has given up on this nation and since Clinton is "sheer evil," the only alternative is to believe that God has raised up someone as ruthless as Trump as the final hope for redeeming America.

Donald Trump Is Testing White Nationalists' Dream Electoral Strategy

While Donald Trump has promised that he will “win Hispanics” and “win the African-American vote” in November, a recent Huffington Post interview with Trump’s campaign chairman tells a different story.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman and chief strategist, told the Huffington Post yesterday that while the campaign intends to reach out to Latino voters in swing states like Pennsylvania and Florida, its goal is to “get into the high 20s in those states with Hispanics,” which is about how Mitt Romney fared among that population nationally in 2012, a dismal showing that helped to sink his presidential bid.

Trump’s strategy, as summarized by the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman, is to “win with white men and women, plus just enough of everyone else.”

This, incidentally, is exactly what white nationalists have been urging the Republican Party to do for years.

While the Republican National Committee reacted to Romney’s loss by appealing to the party to find ways to attract more people of color — including considering immigration reform — it quickly became clear that GOP elected officials were not behind the project. In September 2013, the white nationalist website VDARE posted an article rejoicing in the Republican Party’s apparent embrace of a whites-only electoral strategy, but complaining that VDARE author Steve Sailer wasn’t getting credit for it.

After the 2000 election, Sailer crunched vote totals from around the country and concluded that moving forward, “the GOP could win more elections by raising its fraction of the white vote minimally than by somehow grabbing vastly higher fractions of the minority vote.”

We wrote in 2013:

…In his [2000] column, titled “ GOP Future Depends on Winning Larger Share of the White Vote ,” Sailer crunched exit poll numbers and outlined a strategy by which the Republican Party could lose “every single nonwhite vote” and still win the presidency by working to increase its share of working class white voters. Sailer and VDARE continued to promote this strategy for over a decade, arguing that Republican attempts to reach out to people of color were not only bad politics, but also a losing strategy.

In the wake of President Obama’s reelection  which relied in a large part on the GOP’s alienation of black and Latino voters – the “Sailer Strategy” has seen a popular resurgence among the Right. While some GOP leaders, like RNC chairman Reince Priebus, have trumpeted the need for the party to expand its base in the face of changing demographics, others  including Phyllis Schlafly, Pat Buchanan, leaders in the anti-immigrant movement, and the editors of The National Review and The Weekly Standard  have argued that the GOP can instead build a lasting strategy by increasing its share of the white vote. These leaders argue that any effort to build a more inclusive Republican Party – and especially any effort to update the country’s immigration policy  would in the long term be futile because, as Schlafly indelicately put it, Latino voters don’t “have any Republican inclinations at all.”

The mostly implicit, but sometimes explicit, subtext in the push for this strategy is that it would be partly achieved by stirring up racial resentments among white voters against the country’s growing Latino population. Buchanan put it most clearly when he called for a renewal of the Southern Strategy – which fundamentally realigned the Republican Party by digging up and egging on Southern white racism against African Americans – only this time with Latinos as the target. (Not coincidentally, Buchanan and Schlafly have both cited Sailer's writings on race in their own work.)

Ann Coulter, who enjoys a cozy relationship with Trump, is also an enthusiastic proponent of the Sailer Strategy, for which she gives him credit.

Trump may not explicitly embrace the Sailer Strategy, but his campaign seems to have embraced its premise: giving up for lost the votes of people of color while trying to effect a marginal increase in the white vote in part by demonizing and scapegoating non-white people.

It’s something that many strategists say won’t work — but, in Trump, white nationalists might finally have a test of their strategy on a presidential level.

Update: Buzzfeed’s Rosie Gray reports that VDARE founder Peter Brimelow told last weekend’s white nationalist American Renaissance conference that Trump has proved that “immigration and economic nationalism and the whole concept of ‘America first’ works electorally”:

This year, white nationalists can barely contain their excitement over the presumptive Republican nominee, and the AmRen conference reflected the moment. “Even if Trump loses, he’s already shown that immigration and economic nationalism and the whole concept of ‘America first’ works electorally,” Peter Brimelow, the founder of Vdare.com, said in his speech to the conference. “There are some elections where losing candidates blaze a trail for the future.” Brimelow asked how many in the audience had been to a Trump rally; about a quarter raised their hands, mostly young people.
 

Ted Nugent: If You Hate Me, You Hate America

While speaking this week with conservative radio host Joe Pags, National Rifle Association board member and musician Ted Nugent declared that anyone who doesn’t like him must hate America and everything the country stands for.

Nugent defended the NRA from its detractors, saying that those who are critical of the group only want to help criminals.

“There is nothing more anti-American than the freaks that hate me,” Nugent said, after going on a rant against Hillary Clinton and “Bernie Mao Zedong Sanders.” “As the freaks hate me, I go, ‘Man, I really am right all the time,’” he said.

Nugent also criticized performers who have canceled events in North Carolina and Mississippi after the states enacted anti-LGBT laws, adding that while he doesn’t hate transgender people, he thinks they have a “mentally illness.”

“It opens the door to perverts and child molesters and rapists and sexual offenders,” he said of nondiscrimination policies.

Daubenmire: Real Men Would Use 'Pitchforks And Torches' To Settle Transgender Bathroom Debate

On “Talkback with Chuck Wilder” this Tuesday, Ohio Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire suggested men today need to “man up” with “pitchforks and torches” to fight transgender people’s use of bathrooms that match their gender identity.

“What would our forefathers have done?” Daubenmire asked. “What would they have done two generations ago if the president of the United States tried to tell them to let men walk into their kids’ bathrooms?” Daubenmire answered his own question: “There’d have been pitchforks and torches. They’d have gone downtown and they’d have gotten things straightened out.”

“They would say, ‘We need that committee that was talking to the Salem witches,’” Wilder said. Wilder and Daubenmire then discussed whether witches are male or female. “Whatever, it doesn’t matter,” Daubenmire said.

“What’s wrong with us, Chuck?” Daubenmire asked. “How is it that we’re so sissified that daddies are going to let perverts violate their daughters’ restrooms?” He agreed with Wilder’s statement that that “political correctness” and “insisting on diversity” are the main problems that led to this. Wilder said that under Obama, areas require “X amount of Chinese, black, white, I’m sure we gotta get the Syrians in there now. Diversity, I’m telling you, it’s scary. You know, let America be America without any prejudice, and it should work perfectly.”

Daubenmire then discussed the consequences of ending government-mandated prayer in public schools and the resulting “ungodly government” that we have today. “The son of Satan himself has seized the White House,” he said, coming back to a theme he had discussed earlier in the program. “I’m not calling [President Obama] the Antichrist, but certainly the spirit of Antichrist is at work in him and we see the devil’s kids are mandating rules and regulations that God’s children have to follow.”

Tony Perkins Hopeful Religious Right Leaders Will Sway Donald Trump

Earlier today, the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios broadcast her daily radio show live from the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall Summit, where she chatted with FRC president Tony Perkins about the defeat of their preferred presidential candidate, Ted Cruz.

Perkins told Rios about his role in organizing an event in June featuring presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and various Religious Right leaders, while noting that he has not yet endorsed Trump.

However, “knowing what the alternative and having experienced almost eight years now of Barack Obama’s radical policies, that has truly fundamentally changed America,” Perkins said, “I want to be able to be supportive of Donald Trump.”

“I want to move him to the point where he is acceptable and he’ll make certain commitments,” he added.

Rios said that a Hillary Clinton presidency is far scarier prospect than a White House controlled by Trump, warning that Clinton would undermine the Second Amendment and religious freedom.

“Look at the court,” Perkins interjected. “It starts with the court.”

The two urged conservative Christians to stay involved in the political process, with Rios warning that one day it “will be so bad we’ll be running for the hills.”

“Well, scripture says that’ll be happening in the End Times,” Perkins said. “I think we’ve got to make the best of a bad situation. This is a reflection, I believe, of where I believe our nation has sunk and, in a large part, it’s because the church has taken its hands off, its removed itself from the culture. So we can’t wring our hands and say we’re walking away when in part we’re responsible for the mess.”

Gordon Klingenschmitt: Letting A Muslim Soldier Wear A Headscarf Will Lead To Non-Muslims Being Raped

Earlier this month, we posted a video of Colorado GOP state legislator and Religious Right activist Gordon Klingenschmitt tying himself in knots attempting to defend the right of a school district to discriminate against atheists. This week, Klingenschmitt outdid himself when he spent six minutes on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program justifying a decision by the Citadel to deny "a request from an incoming Muslim student to wear a traditional religious headscarf as part of her uniform."

Klingenschmitt, who claims to be a champion of the freedom of religious expression in the military and has even created his own bogus persecution account, said that he could not support allowing a female Muslim soldier to wear a headscarf along with her uniform because it was a signal to Muslim combatants to rape the other female soldiers instead of her.

Klingenschmitt cited passages from Sura 33 in the Quran that he falsely claimed give Muslim men the right to rape any woman who is not wearing proper covering during times of war. As such, he said, if a female Muslim soldier was allowed to wear a headscarf, then she would be signaling to our enemies that she is a Muslim who should not be raped, but that it was okay for them to rape the non-Muslim female soldiers.

"If you're at war and you're looking out over the battlefield and you're wondering which women are safe to rape," he said, "you don't [rape] the women with headscarves because those are Muslims and you do rape the women without headscarves because those are not Muslims."

"The Citadel is thinking about letting a woman wear a headscarf with her military uniform as a symbol that the other women are open to be raped and she is not open to be raped by Muslims," Klingenschmitt stated. "It's a symbol to your Muslim enemies — we fight terrorists who are often Muslim — it's a symbol to them, 'please don't rape me, rape the other women in uniform because they're not wearing a headscarf.'"

Daubenmire: Obama Is The Devil's Son

“Coach” Dave Daubenmire, an Ohio-based Religious Right activist, called President Obama “the most unchristian president in the history of America” and the son of the devil on conservative radio show “Talkback with Chuck Wilder” on Tuesday.

Wilder asked Daubenmire about a recent column in which Daubenmire blasted the “demon,” “Son of Satan” “Bathhouse Barry Obama” for his administration’s recent directive on transgender rights in public schools, particularly calling out African-American pastors who have supported Obama because their “promotion of this demon simply based on skin color has contributed to the destruction of this nation.”

During the interview, Daubenmire suggested that Obama may be gay, which he has done in the past, and that Michelle Obama is “a tranny.”

“We spoke earlier in this program about some of the background of Obama, as to whether he was gay and whether his wife’s a tranny and all this kind of stuff, whether it’s tabloid stuff, who knows, but the fact that people are even talking about this ought to tell us something, Chuck,” Daubenmire said.

He attributed Obama’s interest in race issues and transgender rights to his need to serve “his father, the devil.”

Wilder asked Daubenmire about the theory that President Obama is secretly gay, citing the conspiracy theory clearinghouse WorldNetDaily as a “reliable” source of information on this topic, adding that every time he tries to look up information on it his computer crashes, a likely Obama administration plot.

Daubenmire replied that he is well-versed in this topic: “I know a lot more than I say. I mean, I know a lot about a lot of stuff, Chuck.”

I’ve never seen, not only with Obama but with Hillary, I have never seen such demonic, supernatural protection around them, like I’ve never seen. How can you explain all of the things that Hillary has clearly done, Chuck, and yet 40 percent of the people would consider voting for her? How could so much information be out there regarding the real nature of the Obamas and all that stuff — some of it not true, but it’s reached a point where it’s believable. We can believe that stuff, Chuck. And I just believe there’s a demonic protection around — you know the Scriptures say ‘Evil spirits in high places, that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but principalities and powers.’ Evil spirits in high places, and I happen to be a Christian man who believes that to be the truth and that there are kings and kingdoms that are ruling over the White House and over the Clinton family and over that establishment.

“We have a cultural war that’s going on, we would be downright foolish if we didn’t understand that there was demonic activity taking place in our very midst,” he added later in the program. “And the fact that the guy in the White House who claims to be a Christian yet does everything as non-Christian as a man could possibly do, and we think he’s dumb, we think, ‘Oh, how can that man be so stupid? How can he do those things?’ Chuck, listen, brother, this brother, this guy is of his father, the devil, the works of his father, he will do. Now how do I know that? The Scriptures tell us that. Jesus said to some people that he met, ‘You are of your father, the devil, and the works of your father, you will do.’”

Colorado GOP Official Compares Obama To A Chimp

Correction: The post previously labeled Bonzo as a monkey, when he is in fact a chimpanzee.

Linda Sorenson, chair of the Delta County, Colorado, Republican Party, posted a racist Facebook meme last week depicting President Obama as a chimp, according to Jason Salzman of the blog Big Media.

She reportedly told Salzman that she was only joking but doesn’t “care if people are offended by it.”

Delta County Republican Chair Linda Sorenson shared an image on her Facebook page last week depicting Ronald Reagan nursing a chimpanzee. The photo is sandwiched by the phrase, “I’ll be damned… Reagan used to babysit Obama.”

Sorenson told me in a very brief phone interview today that it was a joke.

“I really don’t care if people are offended by it,” she told me of the post, which was sent to me by a source. “Un-friend me. Stop looking at me on Facebook.”
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