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Kelli Ward Claims U.S. Government Funds ISIS

Yesterday on “The John Fredericks Show,” Arizona Republican state Sen. Kelli Ward, who is challenging Sen. John McCain in the state's GOP primary, claimed that the American government has “armed ISIS” and used over $1 billion to train and provide resources to the extremist group.

Ward called Hillary Clinton and McCain “two peas in a pod” when it comes to their “invade the world, invite the world” foreign policy.

“We have nation building abroad and we have open borders at home, we end up with terrorist attacks,” Ward said. “And what we’ve seen because we’ve armed ISIS – and I’m gonna put it right out there, the American government, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, have armed ISIS. Even in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, $1.3 billion put in there by John McCain to fund 'freedom fighters,' I’m putting it in air quotes, 'freedom fighters' in the Middle East, in Syria. 

"And we did that before. We put in half a billion dollars – half a ‘b,’ billion, dollars – and we got four or five good rebels who fought for us, and the rest of that money, the rest of that training, the rest of those resources went into ISIS, and so now we’ve got bodies, we’ve got bodies from Benghazi to Orlando, and it’s all on the hands of the people who are in Washington, D.C., right now.”

The claim that the U.S. has armed ISIS is, of course, completely false.

Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta, Florida Latino Leaders Denounce Trump, Rubio at Orlando Roundtable

Orlando – As freshly-minted Republican nominee for President Donald Trump continues to subject the country to a disjointed, plagiarized and divisive convention in Cleveland, Latino leaders across Florida came together in Orlando yesterday for a roundtable to discuss this November’s election.

Civil rights leader and People For the American Way board member Dolores Huerta added her perspective and deep personal history as the group addressed Donald Trump's anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric, Sen. Marco Rubio’s flip-flopping and obstruction of important legislation and a fully-functioning Supreme Court, and the critical importance of the Latino vote in Florida. The wide-ranging and frank discussion also touched on economic issues, gun safety measures, women's rights, and many more priorities of Florida Latinos.

Photos and video from the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/29O2Ja2

Key statements from the leaders who participated in today's event:

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers and board member of People For the American Way:

“Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and the Republican Party stand against our community on issue after issue. They’ve smeared immigrants as criminals, opposed efforts for women to get paid equally as men for doing the same work, and fought against raising the federal minimum wage. And Marco Rubio – right now – is holding open the Supreme Court vacancy for Donald Trump, who’s questioned the ability of a federal judge to do his job simply because of his Mexican American heritage.

“It’s our job to elect people who will stand up for the causes we support. It will depend on us if the leaders we elect will build schools, or will build prisons. In November, we’ll stop the dangerous agenda of Trump, Rubio, and the Republican Party by turning out in record numbers to vote against them.”

Esteban Garces:

“People tell us on the streets, ‘this man cannot become president. Register me, I want to vote.’ Donald Trump is creating bridges not only among Hispanic communities but also with Muslims and African-Americans, to denounce together the attacks we receive from Trump, and denounce that his platform is made of hatred, not solutions.”

Denisse Lamas:

“Marco Rubio and Donald Trump have dedicated themselves to destroying, while we dedicate ourselves to building. This is why it’s fundamental that all Hispanics that are able to vote in this election, must vote. We are the voice of our community, we are the voice of our people.”

Elbert García:

“Trump and his supporters, including Sen. Marco Rubio, continue to present a limited vision of who is and what should be America. Latino voters know this and will come out this November to let both political parties know what kind of country they want to live in.”

For follow up questions or additional pictures from the event, please email media@pfaw.org.

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Líder activista por los derechos civiles Dolores Huerta y líderes latinos de la región denuncian a Trump y Rubio en mesa redonda en Orlando

Orlando – Al mismo tiempo que el oficialmente nominado candidato Republicano para Presidente, Donald Trump, continua sometiendo al país a una convención desarticulada, plagiada y divisoria en Cleveland, líderes latinos de toda la Florida se reunieron hoy en una mesa redonda en Orlando para discutir las elecciones de este noviembre.

La legendaria líder de los derechos civiles y miembro de la junta de People For The American Way, Dolores Huerta, ofreció su perspectiva y profunda historia personal mientras el grupo abordó la retórica anti-inmigrante y anti-latino de Donald Trump, los cambios de posicionamiento y el bloqueo del Senador Marco Rubio a legislaciones cruciales y a una Corte Suprema enteramente funcional, y la importancia crítica del voto Latino en Florida. El amplio debate también abordó los problemas económicos, medidas de control de armas, derechos de las mujeres, entre muchas otras prioridades de los Latinos de Florida.

Fotos y videos del evento pueden ser encontrados aquí: http://bit.ly/29O2Ja2

Declaraciones clave de los líderes participantes del evento de hoy:

Dolores Huerta, cofundadora de United Farm Workers y miembro de la junta de People For The American Way:

"Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, y el Partido Republicano se oponen a nuestra comunidad en un tema tras otro. Han calumniado a los inmigrantes como criminales, opuesto a los esfuerzos para que las mujeres obtengan el mismo salario que los hombres por hacer el mismo trabajo, y lucharon en contra el aumento del salario mínimo Federal. Por encima de esto, Marco Rubio está en este momento manteniendo abierta la vacancia del Tribunal Supremo para Donald Trump, quien ha cuestionado la habilidad de un juez federal simplemente por su herencia México-Americana.

Es nuestro deber elegir líderes que defenderán las causas que apoyamos. Dependerá de nosotros si los líderes que elegiremos construirán escuelas, o construirán prisiones. En noviembre, vamos a detener la peligrosa agenda de Trump, Rubio, y el Partido Republicano presentándonos en números récord para votar contra ellos.”

Esteban Garces:

"La gente nos dice en la calle, "Este señor no puede ser presidente. Regístrame para votar." Donald Trump está creando un puente no sólo entre las comunidades hispanas, como también las comunidades musulmanas, afroamericanas, para denunciar los ataques que recibimos de este señor, y denunciar que la plataforma de este señor es una plataforma de odio, no de soluciones.

Denisse Lamas:

"Marco Rubio y Donald Trump se dedican a destruir mientras nosotros construimos. Por eso es fundamental que todos aquellos que podemos votar, nosotros somos la voz de nuestra comunidad, nosotros somos la voz de nuestro pueblo.

Elbert Garcia:

“Trump y sus seguidores, incluyendo al Senador Marco Rubio, continúan representando una versión limitada de qué es y qué debería ser Estados Unidos. Los votantes Latinos saben esto, y saldrán a votar este noviembre para decirles a los dos partidos políticos en qué tipo de país quieren vivir.”

Para preguntas de seguimiento o imágenes del evento, favor enviar un correo electrónico a media@pfaw.org.

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Right Wing Round-Up - 7/20/16

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 7/20/16

  • Christian Broadcasting Network reporter David Brody hails Donald Trump Jr. as “the GOP JFK Jr.”
  • Pat Buchanan is thrilled that Donald Trump has dispensed with the “Bush idea of remaking America into a more ethnically, culturally, diverse nation through mass immigration, rooted in an egalitarian ideology.” 
  • Joseph Farah says if “black lives matter – and they surely do – the logical, rational, historical and practical course of action in 2016 is to vote Republican.”
  • Phyllis Schlafly bravely declares that America is “the ‘land of the free and home of the brave.’ We don’t need to adopt Muslim policies.”

Pew Report: With GOP Presidents, We Get Fewer Judges of Color

It's important to have a federal judiciary that looks like America, bringing varied life experiences to the bench.
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RNC Turns Into Salem Witch Hunt Complete With A Show Trial & Satanism Accusations

For eight years, Republicans have tried to delegitimize Barack Obama’s presidency, falsely claiming that Obama was born abroad and therefore ineligible to be president and that he only won two consecutive elections thanks to massive vote fraud.

This concerted disinformation campaign worked: Polls have shown that most Republican voters believe that the now defunct liberal group ACORN stole both elections for Obama and that the president was born outside of the U.S.

Donald Trump, now the GOP’s nominee for president, helped push these myths that paint the president as an illegal usurper who should have never been allowed to take office, while congressional Republicans have refused to treat Obama as a legitimate president.

Now, the GOP is determined to delegitimize a potential Hillary Clinton presidency, declaring that she would be serving time in jail if it weren't for a grand conspiracy between her campaign, the FBI and the Justice Department.

At last night’s meeting of the Republican National Convention, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie whipped the crowd into a frenzy as the audience repeatedly declared Clinton “guilty” of numerous crimes — including acting as “an apologist for an Al Qaeda affiliate” and negotiating “the worst nuclear arms deal in American history” — and shouted “Lock her up!”

Christie’s speech resembled a show trial more than a typical political address, promoting the message that has been propagated by Trump himself that Clinton should be in prison rather than running for president.

Ben Carson, who spoke later that evening, was more than happy to see that Christie transported Quicken Loans Arena to colonial Salem. The former presidential candidate once again attempted to connect Clinton to devil-worship because of her ties to the late activist and right-wing bogeyman Saul Alinsky:

One of the things that I have learned about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors, was Saul Alinsky. Her senior thesis was about Saul Alinsky. This was someone that she greatly admired and that affected all of her philosophies subsequently. Now, interestingly enough, let me tell you something about Saul Alinsky. He wrote a book called “Rules For Radicals”.

On the dedication page, it acknowledges Lucifer, the original radical who gained his own kingdom. Now think about that. This is a nation where our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, talks about certain inalienable rights that come from our creator. This is a nation where our Pledge of Allegiance says we are “one nation, under God”. This is a nation where every coin in our pocket and every bill in our wallet says “In God We Trust”. So are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer? Think about that.

The secular progressive agenda is antithetical to the principles of the founding of this nation. If we continue to allow them to take God out of our lives, God will remove himself from us, we will not be blessed and our nation will go down the tubes and we will be responsible for that. We don’t want that to happen.

Clinton did in fact meet and exchange letters with Alinsky as a college student and even wrote a dissertation about his political ideas. But as the New York Times points out, while Clinton “endorsed Mr. Alinsky’s central critique of government antipoverty programs — that they tended to be too top-down and removed from the wishes of individuals,” she wanted to seek “change within the system” rather than through the outside agitation tactics championed by Alinsky.

And the relationship wasn’t exactly a secret: Clinton wrote about her time — and disagreements — with Alinsky in “Living History.”

On top of all of that, Alinsky’s ode to Lucifer was obviously not a call for Satanism but rather a figurative flourish, not that such a defense would stand up in a witch hunt.

As author Salman Rushdie noted, we shouldn’t “expect Ben Carson to recognize irony or humor.”

Trump's Campaign Finally Admits That Melania's Speech Was Plagiarized

Since Monday night, the Trump campaign has been vociferously denying the very obvious fact that a section of Melania Trump’s speech to the Republican National Convention was plagiarized from a speech Michelle Obama delivered at the 2008 Democratic convention.

Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort said that he didn’t hear any plagiarism and insisted that Melania only used “fragments of words similar to Obama's, while Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson seemed to raise doubts about the very concept of plagiarism entirely, claiming that those who observed plagiarism in Melania's speech must think that “Michelle Obama invented the English language.”

RNC strategist Sean Spicer, for his part, said that there was just as good a chance that Melania Trump's words came from the My Little Pony character Twilight Sparkle than from the First Lady.

None of this is surprising, as Donald Trump himself often doubles down on outright lies even after they have been thoroughly debunked.

But what is surprising is that the campaign eventually released a statement today from a speechwriter admitting that she plagiarized from Michelle Obama, albeit inadvertently. (Never mind that Melania had previously said that she “ wrote [the speech] with as little help as possible.)

We wonder if Manafort will continue to insist that the plagiarism was a creation of the Clinton campaign.

Pat Robertson: Donald Trump Is 'Professing His Faith' And Courting Religious Right Support

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson congratulated Donald Trump, who has repeatedly courted the televangelist's support, for officially securing the GOP nomination for president, claiming that Trump is “professing his faith” on the campaign trail.

Robertson said that Trump “understands that the evangelicals are crucial to winning this election,” which is why he has pledged to only appoint solidly conservative judges to the bench and push the Religious Right's political agenda.

“Trump is willing to say, ‘Okay, you back me on this and I’m going to back you on your issues,’ and I believe him,” Robertson said. “He looks after his friends.”

The televangelist added that the Supreme Court is “at stake” in the election, along with “all the legislation having to do with all the sexual activity of the United States people, same-sex marriage and all that stuff, plus abortion, that’s on the table. If you’re interested in guns and the Second Amendment, that’s going to be on the table without question. You can go right down the list of key issues that are going to be decided by the Supreme Court and we’re looking at at least two to maybe three vacancies on the court for the next president.”

Religious Right Group: GOP Platform 'Looks Like Something That Was Written By Us'

Paul Weber, the president and CEO of the Family Policy Alliance, the political wing of Focus on the Family, praised the Republican Party's new ultra-conservative platform yesterday, saying that the platform "looks like something that was written by us and placed on our own website."

In an interview posted on the organization's website, Weber specifically praised the platform's calls for overturning Roe v. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges.

Weber also indirectly addressed the concerns of some conservative Christians in voting for Donald Trump, advising viewers to "compare the candidates" and telling them that they "have to vote."

"Seek the welfare of the state," he said. "We have two candidates. You have to choose the best of the two."

Frank Gaffney: Obama May Have To 'Preemptively' Pardon Hillary Clinton

One person who was convinced by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's make-believe one-man prosecution and conviction of Hillary Clinton at the Republican National Convention last night was Frank Gaffney, who declared on his "Secure Freedom Minute" broadcast today that the only way out for Clinton now is to seek a preemptive pardon from President Obama for crimes that she has not even been charged with but for which she will eventually be "tried and convicted in the court of public opinion."

Interestingly, Gaffney once accused Christie of "misprision of treason" for appointing a Muslim-American judge to the bench.

It's now just a question of time. Specifically, when when will President Obama pardon Hillary Clinton? That question was the inevitable takeaway from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's powerful indictment, literally, of the former secretary of state in his address to the GOP convention last night.

The one-time federal prosecutor methodically laid out the litany of lies, malfeasant and other criminal activities with which Mrs. Clinton could and should be charged. The crowd found her guilty again and again. Naturally, the most politicized Justice Department ever won't prosecute the incipient Democratic presidential nominee but Gov. Christie showed how, all other things being equal, Hillary Clinton will be tried and convicted in the court of public opinion.

The only possible way out is for President Obama to pardon her preemptively and soon. It may not change the ultimate verdict but it would commute Hillary's sentence.
 

Mitch McConnell: Donald Trump Must Have The Honor Of Filling The Supreme Court Vacancy

For months, Republicans have said that they are refusing to consider anyone President Obama nominates to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court because they are simply following a (nonexistent) Senate tradition of blocking Supreme Court nominees in the final year of a president’s term.

But yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell revealed the obvious: Republicans just want to hold the seat open to be filled by Donald Trump.

“On that sad day when we lost Justice Scalia, I made another pledge that Obama would not fill this seat,” McConnell said in a speech to the Republican National Convention. “That honor would go to Donald Trump next year.”

Trump, for his part, has pledged to pick anti-choice justices from lists compiled by right-wing groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

Michael Savage: Hillary Clinton 'Looks Like Stalin's Housekeeper'

On his show yesterday, conservative radio host Michael Savage criticized the media’s coverage of Melania Trump’s plagiarized Republican National Convention speech and claimed that Trump threatens Hillary Clinton’s campaign because Clinton “looks like Stalin’s housekeeper” while Trump is “a movie star” who can “garner a good percentage of Hillary’s woman vote.” 

“Creatures that are smaller than marsupials, they have names like Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blinky Blitzer, they’re the small creatures underneath the leaf droppings of the jungle floor,” Savage said. “Instead of focusing today on all of the damage around the world done by the Obamas, instead they’re focusing on a speech given by the newest first lady to appear on the stage, as fresh as Jackie O on her first appearance.”

“You know, she’s so appealing that she’s liable to garner a good percentage of Hillary’s woman vote simply because she’s so appealing,” Savage said. “Now, regarding Melania’s speech, yes, there’s some overlap, but that’s of course not the issue.”

Savage repeated the bogus Trump campaign allegation that Clinton’s campaign was behind the plagiarism charges:

The issue is that she is so appealing that the Hillary Clinton camp went insane fearing that Melania has, in fact, captured the attention of the women of America who don’t like Hillary very much. Hillary is not attractive. Hillary is unattractive. This is a country that lives on movie stars. Melania’s a movie star, Hillary looks like a maid. She looks like Stalin’s housekeeper gussied up, that’s number one. And number two, of course, the reason the creatures underneath the leaf droppings of the jungle floor called the media are obscuring, doing this is to obscure all the problems that Hillary has created. Have you forgotten the email scandal? Have you forgotten Benghazi? Have you forgotten the Clinton Foundation cash scam? Somehow that didn’t make it to the geniuses who are worried about a few lines of overlap from a speech that Moo-chelle Obama gave a number of years ago, which she lifted from someone else.

"Stalin's housekeeper" is apparently a favorite misogynist insult of Savage's; he used the same description for Bernie Sanders' wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders.

Wayne Allyn Root Thinks It's Time For White Men To Speak Out

On “Newsmax Prime with J.D. Hayworth” on Monday, right-wing activist Wayne Allyn Root declared that it was about time for white men to have their voices heard in the political system, calling on white men to finally speak out on the 2016 election so that Hillary Clinton doesn’t bring about “the end of America.”

“We won’t survive another term of Barack Obama and Hillary has said she wants to be an extension of Barack Obama, except from their campaign rhetoric, she’s headed toward Bernie Sanders, which is even more spending than Barack Obama, even more socialism than Obama,” Root said. “So anyone who stays home and sits on their hands and won’t vote for Trump, you get what you deserve. You’re gonna have a socialist nation and the end of America, in my opinion.”

Root, who has campaigned alongside Donald Trump, said white men will be the new “soccer moms.”

“Look at Nice, which just happened days ago,” Root continued. “What a tragedy. And according to Barack Obama, we need some sort of a truck ban, some sort of truck confiscation, truck-free zones. It’s so ludicrous to think the reaction to terrorism is to ban guns in the hands of good people like me and you, JD, and most of middle class America. That’s why I wrote a book called ‘Angry White Male.’ It’s time we spoke out. We’re the soccer moms of the 2016 election.”

Right Wing Round-Up - 7/19/16

  • Paul Gordon @ PFAW: Senate Republicans, Exhausted From Not Doing Their Jobs, Take a 7-Week Vacation, the Longest in 60 Years. 
  • Adele Stan @ AlterNet: Dirty Trickster and Trump Adviser Roger Stone Speaks at Conspiracist 'America First' Rally at RNC. 
  • Sara Jerde @ TPM: Carson Takes Time At RNC To Share Thoughts On Transgender ‘Absurdity.’
  • Josh Feldman @ Mediaite: RNC Spox Invokes ‘Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony‘ to Dismiss Melania Plagiarism. 

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 7/19/16

  • There are conflicting reports on whether Fox News chairman Roger Ailes has been fired. 
  • Franklin Graham warns that “our country is beginning to implode” as we are “on the precipice of anarchy.” 
  • Jason Benham is thrilled with the GOP platform: “What God wants is for us to join his side, and when we looked at the Republican Party platform, you know it’s getting closer to being on God’s side.” 
  • Eric Metaxas hails Donald Trump: “I think he loves America and I don’t think he wants to line his own pockets.” 
  • Dan Popp, on the other hand, says that “we’ll know by the end of July whether God has finally abandoned us to our own devices. If it’s between Hillary and Trump, we’ll know that divine patience has run out.”

A Professional Obituary For Roger Ailes

Amid multiple accusations of sexual harassment, Roger Ailes is reportedly in talks to depart his position as chairman and CEO of Fox News. 

To those of us who observed Ailes from the outside, this comes as a shock, despite multiple reports that Rupert Murdoch and his sons wanted the network chief out. He was a skilled infighter who over the years had survived numerous internal fights against powerful foes in the News Corp/21st Century Fox universe.

Fox host Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment allegation brought about the end of his career. (It should be noted that accusations of sexual harassment have floated around Ailes for decades.)

The impact of this moment cannot be overstated. In 2010, at a meeting with progressive donors, I watched a very senior Democratic media consultant tell the audience, “Roger Ailes is a Republican operative with a news network. Give me $100 million and I can build the same thing.”

This was not true.

The operative underestimated the raw talent and ability Ailes brought to the task.

He didn't just create the behemoth of Fox News, running the network outside of Murdoch’s control. Ailes shaped the way we consumed cable news, sometimes at a granular level. The ubiquitous news crawl at the bottom of your television screen? That was a September 11, 2001, Fox News innovation.

Ponder this for a moment: What is the longest-running show on MSNBC?

Answer: Hardball.

It was Ailes who put the show and it’s host Chris Matthews on air when he ran America’s Talking, the precursor network to MSNBC.

In the early 1990s, Ailes built CNBC into the dominant business cable television network.

In the 1960s, Ailes rose from production assistant on the Mike Douglas Show to become its executive producer, as it bloomed from a local variety show to one of the most watched shows in America.

The Mike Douglas Show green room was where he met Richard Nixon and launched his political career.

It is this combination of talents that has led to the incredible power of Fox News and the damage Roger Ailes has wreaked on our country for nearly 50 years. His late friend Joe McGinniss, author of "Selling the President," a book about the 1968 campaign, said of Ailes in 2014: “From Richard Nixon to Rupert Murdoch, I think everyone he’s ever worked for has harmed this country in some way. I also think Fox News is an excrescence. And Roger knows that.”

Ailes’ most common tactic has been to use race as a weapon to divide the American people. In 1968 McGinniss himself quoted Ailes musing before a televised Nixon event, “You know what I’d like? As long as we’ve got this extra spot open. A good, mean, Wallaceite cab driver. Wouldn’t that be great? Some guy to sit there and say, ‘Alwright mac, what about these n**gers.’”

During George H.W. Bush’s 1988 campaign, he remarked to a reporter, “The only question is whether we depict Willie Horton with a knife in his hand or without it.”

And while denying he had anything to do with the infamous ad, Ailes’ testimony before the FECrevealed how he thinks about race and politics:

Q: Did the Bush committee have any policy about not using Mr. Horton's photograph?

A: I have no knowledge of that. I personally rejected the use of Mr. Horton in the advertisement.

Q: How is that?

A: A young researcher brought me a picture of him sometime and I tore it up and threw it in the wastebasket and said we’re not going to do that.

Q And why is that?

A: I knew the issue would backlash because of the liberal media.

Q: And what was that about?

A: When Republicans see Willie Horton they see a criminal, and when Democrats see Willie Horton they see a black.

Later, running Rudy Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign, he used similar tactics in an attempt to pit the black and Jewish communities of New York against each other.

During the Obama administration, Fox News never missed a chance to use minorities to scare its predominantly elderly, white audience. Bill O’Reilly mused openly on air that Rev. Jeremiah Write was Willie Horton “times a thousand.” As I’ve previously written, “That was the beginning of an almost endless list of divisive racial controversies stoked by Fox – Shirley Sherrod, the New Black Panther Party, and Glenn Beck’s statement that Obama was a racist. Each of these was designed specifically to scare white voters away from the President.”

Roger Ailes also represented the paranoid streak that infests the Right, from the Trump campaign to Glenn Beck. As I reported in the book I coauthored with David Brock, "The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned A Network Into A Propoganda Machine":

From the paranoid rants about the creeping threats of communism to odd comparisons between mainstream political leaders and Nazis, Glenn Beck gave voice to some of Ailes’s deepest fears about the Obama presidency. In October 2009, Obama adviser David Axelrod was interviewed during the First Draft of History conference, hosted by The Atlantic magazine. Addressing the polarization that was infecting political discourse, Axelrod mentioned a conversation he had once with a “significant figure on the right”—later revealed to be Roger Ailes—who tried to explain to him why conservatives were suspicious of the president.

Ailes told Axelrod he believed Obama wanted to form a national police force, based on a twenty-one-second clip from a speech where the president proposed a civilian force that would complement the military in providing humanitarian aid around the world. Axelrod quoted Ailes telling him, “You can understand why that has people very nervous. This has shades of Nazism.”

For the last three decades Roger Ailes has been a central force in our media. His departure from Fox News won’t change the network overnight, but the absence of Ailes will have an immeasurable impact, not just on Fox News but the entire media landscape.

Roger Ailes will go down in history as one of the most talented television producers ever, but his entire career has been an excrescence.

Roger Stone Wants To End 'Petulant Child' John Kasich's Political Career, Boot Mike Lee From GOP Caucus

Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone joined conservative talk show host Steve Malzberg on his show Monday to discuss Republicans who have held back from supporting Trump, calling Ohio Gov. John Kasich “a petulant child” for his refusal to back the presumptive GOP nominee and expressing his desire to “end [Kasich’s] political career.”

“[John Kasich] is the governor here of Ohio, the host state [of the Republican National Convention],” Stone said. “He is not coming to the convention. He pledged to support the nominee, he signed a pledge on national television. He is not honoring that pledge, so he’s acting like a petulant child, he’s acting like a sore loser, and as far as I’m concerned, this exempts him from any future role in the leadership of the Republican Party. In all honesty, I hope he runs again so I can go out there in the post-Trump presidency and end his political career. In all honesty, I think he’s acting like a misfit, and the people around him, you know, they’re losers and they should bow to the will of the voters.”

Stone also criticized Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and claimed that Lee will face competition in a Republican primary despite the fact that there will be no primary since Lee has already clinched the Republican nomination.
 
“Look, I think Sen. Lee has guaranteed himself both a Republican primary in his own reelection, and I guarantee you, Steve, a conservative challenger in the fall if he wins that primary,” Stone said. “He’s part of the old establishment, he obviously likes the status quo, he likes the way things are in America. He thinks maybe jobs are plentiful, maybe he thinks that ISIS isn’t really a threat or maybe he thinks that the current state of our trade situation where we’re being taken to the cleaners by the Japanese, by the Mexicans, by the Canadians, by all of our trade partners, perhaps he thinks that’s great. This guy’s a disgrace to the United States Senate. In all honesty, under the rules of the party, he should be booted from the U.S. Senate caucus.”

Colorado's Demon-Hunting State Legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt Loves Mike Pence

One person who is unambiguously thrilled with Donald Trump's choice of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate is Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt, the demon-hunting Religious Right activist who is currently serving out the end of his term as Republican member of Colorado's state legislature.

Klingenschmitt's activist career is grounded in his claim that he was fired from a post as a military chaplain because he prayed "in Jesus' name." In reality his lost the job because he violated military rules in appearing at a political event in uniform. When Klingenschmitt sued, a federal judge found that he had never been ordered not to pray in the name of Jesus and that along with defying orders by appearing in an official capacity at the political event he had been found to have an "unsatisfactory" job performance.

But those facts didn't stop Klingenschmitt from sending out an email to his followers on Sunday recalling how Pence, when he was the head of the conservative Republican Study Committee in Congress, had met Klingenschmitt in a "divine appointment" in the halls of Congress and championed his cause.

Klingenschmitt credits Pence with spearheading a letter from a few dozen conservative members of Congress objecting to a Bush administration Pentagon policy that The Hill described at the time as calling for "nonsectarian prayers" after the emergence of "allegations that evangelical Christians wielded so much influence at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs that anti-Semitism and other forms of religious harassment had become pervasive."

Not surprisingly, Klingenschmitt was also a big fan of the RFRA bill that Pence signed in Indiana that was meant to enable anti-gay discrimination.

From Klingenschmitt's email:

If you remember my story, you know in 2005 the U.S. Navy punished my chapel sermons in writing, then wrote a policy that banned praying "in Jesus' name" which cost my career.

That year I walked the halls of Congress, meeting any Members who'd defend religious freedom for Chaplains.  Friends told me "go see Mike Pence" the Congressman from Indiana who was then chairman of the powerful Republican Study Committee, composed of the 70 most conservative Congressmen. 

So I went to Congressman Pence's office.  I had just missed him, but I glanced at his official photo to get a visual impression of his face, (something I never did otherwise), and a half-hour later I turned a hallway corner, and literally bumped into him.  It was a divine appointment.

"You're Mike Pence!"  I said, immediately recognizing his face from the photo.

"Yes I am!" he smiled.

He was very attentive, and although he was on the way to another meeting Congressman Pence said to me, "walk with me and tell me your story."  We walked and talked for 10 minutes together.

I told Pence how 65 Chaplains were suing the Navy, all denied promotion for praying and preaching "in Jesus' name."  I showed him documents how they punished me for quoting the Bible in chapel.

He looked me in the eye and said "OK, I get it.  I'm with you 100%." 

Pence kept his word.  The next week every member of his committee, all 70 members led by Mike Pence and Walter Jones, signed a letter to the President on my behalf, demanding he let Chaplains pray "in Jesus' name." 

One year later Congress ordered the Navy to reverse their bad prayer policy and we won.

I know from personal experience, Mike Pence is a Christian, Conservative, Republican, as he freely admits "in that order" and I've seen him stand up for chaplains' rights.

GOP's Record-Breaking SCOTUS Obstruction

GOP senators don't seem to care about the damage their record-breaking obstruction of Merrick Garland does to the country. But perhaps self-interest will move them.
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Asian Americans for Trump Rep: We're The Minority 'You Can Trust'

Monday’s “America First Unity Rally” sponsored by Alex Jones and Roger Stone included representatives from what Rep. Steve King might call subgroups, including Bikers for Trump, Christians for Trump and Asian-Americans for Trump.

Paul Jhin, introduced as a senior adviser for Asian-Americans for Trump, dedicated much of his remarks to Trump campaign talking points about making America great again, putting America first, Benghazi, terrorism and more, before talking about his hopes for Asian American voters. Some excerpts from his rally comments:

Ladies and gentlemen, there are 25 million Asian Americans in this country and we are growing. When Ronald Reagan ran for president, 67 percent of the Asian Americans supported Reagan. Guess what? I’m going to do everything I can so that more than 67 percent of Asian Americans will vote for Donald J. Trump!

Let me tell you something. They talk about minorities. I can tell you one thing: Asian American minority is the one you can trust. And we’re going to vote for Donald J. Trump, OK? God bless America, and God bless Donald J. Trump.

In reality, Trump has been polling miserably among Asian Americans. But the Asian-Americans for Trump Facebook page has plenty of love for him and harsh rhetoric for others:

 

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