Sandy Rios Wonders If Obama Will Try To Reverse Trump Victory By Blaming Russian Hackers

The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios wondered this morning if the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that it may designate electronic voting systems as “critical infrastructure” in order to guard against cyberattacks is in fact the “creepy laying of groundwork” for an Obama administration plot to blame Russian hackers for a Trump victory in November in order to overturn the results.

Rios, the AFA’s governmental affairs director and an American Family Radio host, asked the Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky about the news on her radio program this morning.

“So this really is, honestly, it just seems like, oh boy, the creepy laying of groundwork for something that could be really bad,” she said. “Like, okay, I’m going to step off the plank here. Let’s say maybe the election ends up being really, really close and because they’ve already laid the groundwork that Donald Trump is connected with Putin, they’re best buddies according to—well, he claimed that he had a relationship with him and then they claimed, the left claims that he has a really good relationship with him and now they’re inferring that the Russians may mess with the election.

“So, gee, if it’s close, maybe it’s probably the Russians, then, that are messing with our election apparatus and so then the Justice Department and the executive branch come in to kind of fix it. Right, Hans, something like that?”

Von Spakovsky responded that while he “wouldn’t quite go so far as them blaming it on the Russians,” the Obama administration could use the DHS’s move to place “virulent left-wing partisans” from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division in polling places to falsely claim that there is voter suppression taking place in swing states.

“So they would be in the polling places,” he said, “and they would be the ones coming out, maybe in a state that’s close, saying, ‘Oh, we saw all kinds of voter suppression efforts going on in that precinct, in that area, and therefore that throws in doubt the results of the election’ if their favored candidate loses.”

PFAW and Granite State Progress Bring the "Supreme Court" to Sen. Ayotte

In light of Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s continued refusal to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, members of People For the American Way and Granite State Progress donned Supreme Court justice robes Wednesday in front of her Nashua office to demonstrate that Granite Staters will be watching the Supreme Court vacancy when she returns to DC from Congressional recess. Members of both groups also brought a symbolic empty chair and a sign reading “fill this seat.”

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“We’re bringing the Supreme Court to Sen. Ayotte today, since she’s tried so hard to ignore it,” said Linds Jakows, New Hampshire Campaign Organizer with People For the American Way,  “Obstruction that results in leaving the seat open for Trump to fill is neither independent nor bipartisan, as she likes to call herself, and she’s ignoring the majority of her constituents who understand filling this vacancy is crucial in bringing forth justice for millions of people.”

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Ayotte has remained in lockstep with her party leadership on this vacancy, forcing the highly qualified Merrick Garland to wait more days than any nominee in history. Recently Ayotte called Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist a “good start,” apparently ignoring the many extreme rulings from these judges. One judge on Trump’s shortlist, Steven Colloton, said that a woman who reports sexual harassment cannot take legal action if her employer retaliates by firing her.

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Participating activists took photo petitions amplifying this message -- Margaret and Rocco Femia and Carol and Karl Stamm called out Ayotte’s hypocrisy and so-called independence, while Marcel ‘Dusty’ Liberge and Steven Goldstein focused on the lack of justice from an 8-member court.


Anti-Islam 'Whistleblower' Philip Haney Says God Is Directing His Work

Philip Haney is a former Department of Homeland Security employee who, since retiring, has become a favorite of the anti-Muslim Right for his claims that President Obama is committing "treason" and that the Obama administration shut down an investigation that Haney was conducting that he claims could possibly have prevented the San Bernardino terrorist attack. 

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann has identified Haney as a key "whistleblower" upon whom she relied heavily during her time in office as she routinely accused the Obama administration of allowing Islamic radicals to infiltrate the government.

Recently, Haney sat down with Bill Johnson, president of American Decency Association, to discuss his work during his days at DHS and it is easy to see why he and Bachmann got along so swimmingly, since he believes that God has been guiding his efforts to uncover the supposed Islamic infiltration of the U.S. government.

"I faced great opposition," Haney said, "but it was by the grace of God, He gave me the wisdom and the grace and the integrity to be able to having done all to stand.  And we took a vow to protect our country from threat both foreign and domestic and I took that vow very seriously, not only from a, let's say, political dimension but also from a spiritual dimension as well. Because the Lord taught us that we should always speak the truth and we should always stand up for things that are right and true and that He would promise that He would keep us, that He would lead us and guide us and stand beside us and never forsake us. And I took Him at His word and He kept His word."

"He directed me every step of the way through this very, very traumatizing process and helped me endure it for more than 10 years," Haney continued. "He gave me the insight and wisdom and put me in places where, like flashes of lightening, I was able to see particularly important events along the way and capture them and document them, you know, like the prophets; write it down, record it in the book, or like Solomon, go to and study the end. And I took these pieces of advice from people in the Bible and I put them into my own profession and I kept track of everything very carefully, and when it was time, I presented it to Congress."

Trump Adviser: God Will Judge America If We Don't Elect Donald Trump

Last month, pastor Ramiro Peña spoke with televangelist Jim Bakker about his role as an adviser to Donald Trump, warning that if Trump isn’t elected president in November, God will judge America for failing to support a candidate who would try to do away with abortion rights.

“When a nation continues to go that direction, it will come under God’s judgment,” he said. “We need to ask God to have mercy on our nation and if we’re waiting for a perfect candidate to come along, don’t hold your breath, we will never have a perfect candidate. People, especially of my culture, say to me, ‘How can you support Mr. Trump when he has said these things?’ Look, I know what the other side looks like and it is so bad. Mr. Trump has said specifically, ‘I will appoint pro-life justices to the United States Supreme Court.’”

Peña added that while Hillary Clinton would hand the Supreme Court over to a “pro-abortion, pro-gay-marriage philosophy,” Trump would help the country “get back to the biblical values that founded our nation, a nation that was founded for God.”

Later, Peña cited the writings of Chuck Pierce, a self-proclaimed prophet, to suggest that God is raising up Trump’s candidacy, while Bakker’s co-host Zach Drew cited “prophet” Rick Joyner’s claim that “patriotism is going to win in America” because the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory was a message from God.

Brian Brown: 'Normalizing Pedophilia' Goal Of Obama Administration And 'Secular Left'

Brian Brown, the National Organization for Marriage leader who was elected president of the global social conservative network World Congress of Families earlier this year, sent out a fundraising pitch for the international group on Friday warning that the “secular left,” aided by President Obama, is bent on creating all manner of harm for the “natural family,” including “normalizing pedophilia.”

These “forces of darkness,” Brown wrote, are working through “western powers” to impose these values on the rest of the world.

All around the world, we see liberal secularists using the power of government to seek to undermine the natural family. Urged on by wealthy elites, western powers — especially Barack Obama — demand that nations change their laws and policies in profoundly unwise and dangerous ways to embrace the agenda of the secular left — abortion on demand, an abandonment of marriage, acceptance of polygamy, normalizing pedophilia, transgenderism, stripping children of their inherent right to a mother and a father, etc.

While we've accomplished a tremendous amount over the years, the truth is that WCF can't continue to hold off the forces of darkness, and put them into retreat unless we are able to expand and grow. …

This is a pivotal time in history for the natural family. Good people around the globe are willing to resist the demands of the secular left and the pressures of western powers to change their cultures and policies. But they need the leadership of WCF to continue to be effective and to help sustain the worldwide movement in support of the natural family.

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 8/26/16

  • Bryan Fischer helpfully explains that “God has not called us to be nice” because “nice people are weak.” 
  • William Gheen says that if Trump “diverges” on immigration, then Nativists like himself “will be his worst enemy.” 
  • Paul Hair warns that the “Obama regime is using the U.S. Department of Agriculture to evangelize deviancy in traditionally traditional rural America.” 
  • Kent Bailey writes the “moral bankruptcy of Hillary Clinton is a bottomless pit, but it graphically illustrates how secular legalism and post-Christian “morality” are the driving forces behind America’s regressive march back to the primitive, godless and pagan roots of humanity.” 
  • Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union thinks black voters are under a trance: “It's infuriating that in this high tech day and age, many of my black brothers and sisters are of a 'stepford' mentality, sleep walking in a politically robotic-like existence. I want to shake them and say, wake up, smell the roses and the coffee! Stop voting for the same old politicians while hoping for different outcomes—face it ... it's not working!” 
  • Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission declares that Hillary Clinton has embraced “a heretical liberal theology”:

Jim Bakker: People Are Trying To Kill Me For Believing The Bible

Televangelist Jim Bakker, who has been warning his viewers that he is on the verge of getting shut down and thrown into jail as America collapses, told his audience last month that people are trying to kill him and other pastors simply for preaching from the Bible.

“If you disagree today with somebody who disagrees with the Bible and you speak, but they have an agenda and if you won’t stop, they are going to kill you,” he said. “Do you understand this? We have never lived in a day of our time, in our history of America, where you couldn’t have an opposite opinion. Now they’re determined to wipe out all of those who disagree with them. That to me is hideous. Protesting is one thing if you do it quietly and hold up a sign and say I don’t agree with you; killing you—that’s what they’re calling for now, they’re calling for death.”

While Bakker didn’t say who was trying to kill him, the program showed news clips about the shootings of police officers and a Breitbart article about random Twitter users calling for the death of policemen.

How 'Angry White Male' Wayne Allyn Root Knows That Trump Has Deep Support Among Black Voters

Wayne Allyn Root, one of Donald Trump's most sycophantic surrogates, appeared on TheDove TV's "Focus Today" program yesterday to promote his new book, "Angry White Male: How the Donald Trump Phenomenon is Changing America—and What We Can All Do to Save the Middle Class."

During the interview, Root dismissed polls showing that only one percent of black voters support Trump, declaring that Trump's black support is secretly much higher because every black person Root meets tells them that they love Trump.

"I do so many interviews and they're always on Donald Trump's behalf," Root said. "I'm like the ultimate Donald Trump defender all over the country nowadays. And every interview I do, when it's live in a TV or radio station, when the interview is over, you know, the whole newsroom hates me; they're all liberal Democrats, they're all staring at me like they're trying to burn a hole in my brain and they hate me and they want me to go away and they'd like to stab me. But then, every single time I run into one of the people in the newsroom who is black, African American, whatever term you'd like to use, and they always come up to me and they whisper in my ear, 'I love it, I'm for Trump.'"

Because of this, Root says, he knows that polls showing almost no black support for Trump are totally untrue and that Trump will actually receive 15 to 20 percent of the black vote in November.

'Constitutional County' Project Moves Forward In Arizona, As Candidate Hopes To Create 'Barrier' Against Federal Government

UPDATE (8/31/16): Wilson lost the Republican primary by a wide margin to Graham Harbold.

Back in 2014, we reported that Richard Mack, a former sheriff from Arizona who now heads the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), had signed on to a plan to move to Navajo County, Arizona, to run for office and create what he called a “constitutional county.” He urged supporters to consider moving to the county as well to support him as sheriff in 2016 and begin to establish a “blueprint” county that would operate according to his vision of county-level resistance to federal laws that he believes are unconstitutional.

“I want you to carefully, prayerfully consider moving there with me, and I’m serious,” he told an anti-gun-law rally that year. “You want to live in a free county? You want to live by constitutional law? You want to not be worried about federal government coming in and ruining your lives and families and hauling you off at midnight? Come live with us there.”

Mack didn’t show up on the ballot, so we assumed that the project was off, or at least delayed. But late last month Mack announced that while he had dropped his plan to run for sheriff because of health problems he had signed on as a candidate for “under sheriff” in Navajo County alongside “constitutional” Republican candidate Dawn Wilson.

Wilson made her ideology clear in a joint radio interview with Mack earlier this month, saying that once elected, “I want to first of all train our officers on the Constitution, train our citizens to know their rights, and then I want to build a barrier between the citizens of Navajo County and the federal government to keep them out. They don’t need to be coming into our county and harassing us, they don’t need to be calling for gun control. The sheriff needs to stand up and put their foot down and say, ‘No, it’s not going to happen here.’”

Mack and his followers contend that county sheriffs are the highest law enforcement officers in the nation, having authority over the federal government in their respective counties. This idea emerged from the racist and anti-Semitic “Posse Comitatus” movement of the 1970s and ‘80s but has since taken on a separate life of its own in today’s far-right.

As we wrote in 2014:

Mack focuses most of his advocacy on promoting county- and state-level resistance to federal gun laws—he won a Supreme Court case against the Brady bill in the ‘90s—but has also involved his group in anti-immigration efforts and has spoken out against LGBT rights, urging sheriffs to back up county clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. However, he finds common ground with many progressives in hisopposition to the drug war.

Mack, a board member of the Oath Keepers, was a prominent presence earlier this year at the Bundy ranch in Nevada, where armed “Patriot” and militia groups resisted the Bureau of Land Management’s effort to collect more than a million dollars in grazing fees that rancher Cliven Bundy had refused to pay for 20 years of using federal lands. Mack compared the stand of the anti-government groups at the Bundy ranch to Rosa Parks’ resistance to segregation.

An acolyte of “New World Order” alarmist Cleon Skousen, Mack shares his movement’s taste for conspiracy theories. Mack believes that President Obama fabricated his birth certificate and is threatening those who know about it to keep them from coming forward, has speculated that the 1995 Waco siege was a federal government setup to rustle up more ATF funding, and said this year that he had “no doubt” the federal government might stage a false flag attack on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Mack said in a late July radio interview that his and Wilson’s candidacy was a “long shot.” Wilson is up against one opponent in the August 30 GOP primary and then would face the Democratic incumbent in the general election. Mack mentioned in the interview that his and Wilson’s chances would improve if they gained the support of the Navajo Nation. The county, which includes large parts of several Indian reservations, is about 45 percent American Indian.

Jim Garlow: We Must Educate Donald Trump On The Threat Of 'The LGBTQ Radical Agenda'

American Family Radio host Sandy Rios aired an interview today that she conducted recently with California-based pastor Jim Garlow about the New York meeting Garlow attended with Donald Trump and hundreds of the country’s most prominent Religious Right leaders.

Garlow said that while Trump addressed the purported attacks on religious freedom in America at the meeting, “I was on a panel right after he left and I said someone will need to help him connect the dots between religious liberty—what’s causing it, overwhelmingly, is the LGBTQ radical agenda that’s pressed upon us.”

“The radical homosexual agenda,” Garlow went on to say, is “at the epicenter of most of the loss of our religious liberty at our present time.”

“The potential for the silencing, punishing, shutting out of Christians in the public square is just imminent,” Rios warned.

Trump Adviser: God Is Using Donald Trump To Save America

Last month, Donald Trump campaign adviser and Baptist preacher Ramiro Peña appeared on “The Jim Bakker Show” to discuss his work with the GOP presidential nominee, whom Peña sees as God’s candidate in the race.

Bakker kicked things off by warning that President Obama wants to “federalize the local police,” which Peña said “was too much of a reflection of Nazi Germany and the takeover, federalizing everything, it’s just too spooky and it’s just wrongheaded all the way around.”

The conversation then turned to floating debunked conspiracy theories about George Soros fomenting race riots in order to bring America down, which prompted Peña to declare that Trump could be the leader who saves America from destruction.

Peña likened Trump to Cyrus the Great, the Persian king revered for liberating the Jews, saying that regardless of Trump’s personal faith, “the Lord can choose a person and use a person whether he knows him or not.”

Despite Trump’s record in the gambling business, Peña explained, the GOP nominee is clearly God’s candidate: “If God was to choose Donald Trump to raise up and he’s the one He wants to use, then who am I to say no?”

Is David Barton Biblically Illiterate Or Just Deliberately Misleading His Audience?

During his radio broadcast yesterday, right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton said that we here at Right Wing Watch mock him for saying that Jesus opposes the minimum wage, but that is only because "it is highly unlikely that they even know what is in the Bible."

Of course, it is because we have read the Bible and know what it says that we mock Barton's absurd misrepresentations. And, amazingly, Barton provided a perfect demonstration of just how he misrepresents the Bible yesterday while trying to prove that we are the ones who don't understand what it says.

Barton did so when he again cited the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard from Matthew 20 to make the case that Jesus opposes the minimum wage:

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

The proper context for understanding this parable is that, in Matthew 19, the disciples asked Jesus who can get into heaven and Jesus responded that everyone who believes in Him will be saved, but cautioned that "many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first."

Jesus then illustrated this point with the parable of the vineyard in order to explain that no matter how late in one's life one comes to Christ, the heavenly reward is the same; those who embrace Christ on their deathbed will receive the same eternal reward as those who are devoted Christians all of their lives because of God's generous love. Jesus was telling his disciples that those who dedicate their lives to Christ early on cannot complain when those who come to Jesus later also receive the same heavenly reward.

But that is not how Barton interprets this parable, as he instead skews it to claim that it was Jesus who hired the workers and then used the situation to teach them about the evils of the minimum wage and government regulation.

"In Matthew 20:15, Jesus says, 'Is not my money to do with as I please?'" Barton said. "'I'm the employer. Don't I get to decide what I'm going to pay everyone in this thing?' No, no, no, the government has a minimum wage. No it didn't. Jesus says, 'My money is mine to do with as I please and, by the way, you made a contract with them.' And then he tells the guy, 'If you didn't like the contract, you can go down the road to another vineyard and see if they'll pay you two silver coins for what you did, but you agreed to work for me for that.'"

"So what you have here," Barton continued, "is Jesus says, 'The government doesn't tell me how much to spend, I get to choose my own wages and, two, if you choose to work for me for that, you have an agreement, we have a contract; and three is if you've got greater skill, you can sell it to somebody else for a higher price, you can go down the road.' That's all free market stuff, there's no government regulation of wages; and by the way, Right Wing Watch, that is the minimum wage. Government doesn't tell you want to pay an employee, you make a contract with that individual for whatever they agree on and what you agree on, and if the don't like that, they can use the free market to go somewhere else and try to get more. All of that is in Matthew 20."

Obviously, all of that is not in Matthew 20. In fact, none of that is in Matthew 20, because it was not Jesus who hired and paid the laborers, it was a landowner in the parable He was telling to illustrate His point about heaven. On top of that, nowhere in the parable does it say that if the workers don't like the payment they received, they can take their services elsewhere—in fact, that wouldn't even make sense considering that it was a lesson about eternal salvation and Jesus teaches that "no one comes to the Father except through me." Jesus certainly wasn't saying that if you don't like God's way of doing things you can go find some other god to worship! 

So, David Barton, we do know what is in the Bible and that is how we know that you're interpretation of it is so often laughably wrong. 

Bryan Fischer Decries Name-Calling, One Day After Calling LGBT Activists 'Bigots' And 'Haters'

As we have said time and time and time and time again, Bryan Fischer is a lot of things, but self-aware is not one of them, which is something he continues to demonstrate with alarming regularity on his radio program.

In the latest example, Fischer declared on his show yesterday that liberals reflexively call conservatives "bigots" or "homophobes" or "Islamophobes" because they seek to use name-calling as a way to shut down debate since liberals know that they can't make substantive arguments.

"Name-calling is the first refuge of a man without an argument," Fischer said. "So, when somebody starts calling you a name, that's an indication they know they are out of intellectual ammunition, they cannot defend their position."

That is an interesting claim to hear someone like Fischer make, since just the day before, on his Wednesday radio program, he spent a segment engaging in all sorts of name-calling against LGBT activists.

"There's no tolerance there on the left," Fischer fumed. "They say they're the voices and the paragons of tolerance and compassion. They are anything but. They're cruel, they're mean-spirited and they're hateful. You want to know where the hate is in the whole discussion about homosexuality? It's on the left! They are the haters. They are the bigots. They are the anti-Christian haters, they're Christophobes, virtually every last one of them."

Dolores Huerta Joins Arizona Latino Leaders to Get Out the Vote Against Trump, McCain

PHOENIX—Today, civil rights leader and People For the American Way (PFAW) board member Dolores Huerta joined Arizona Latino elected officials and community leaders for a press conference kicking off PFAW’s new campaign, Trumpublicans: Reject Trump and the Republicans / Trumpublicanos: Rechaza a Trump y los Republicanos. The campaign targets the anti-immigrant, anti-Latino extremism of Donald Trump and Senate Republicans. In addition to the press conference today, PFAW launched radio and digital ads in Arizona, North Carolina, and Florida making clear that Trumpublicans / Trumpublicanos — those who are supporting Trump whether by voting for him or helping him implement his agenda — stand against Latinos.

Key statements from press conference participants:

Civil rights leader and PFAW board member Dolores Huerta:

“In 1972, Cesar Chavez and I were organizing in Arizona. Cesar was doing a 25-day water-only fast to protest an unjust law that prevented farmworks from striking or boycotting in his home state of Arizona. I met with some Latino professionals in the state and we discussed all the barriers they faced to making change, and all the reasons why Arizona couldn’t do it. But I know the power our communities can yield. When they said, 'no we can’t, no se puede,' I said 'si se puede, yes we can!' We’re at a similar juncture now. Can we beat Trump, McCain, and Arpaio and continue to make progress for working families right here in Arizona? Si se puede, yes we can, through our votes!

“There’s no Trump ‘pivot.’ He is the same man still pushing policies of mass deportation and portraying immigrants as criminals. From Day One, Trump has run a bigoted campaign that goes against American values, and that should disqualify him from the presidency. No leader, no matter their party, should be voting for him. Yet to this day, McCain and his Republican Party are blocking any action on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. They instead hope that a President Trump will fill it. And Trump, McCain, and the Republicans oppose the policies that we support, like DACA and DAPA, raising the minimum wage and enacting policies to ensure equal pay for equal work.”

Congressman Ruben Gallego:

“While the Constitution is clear that Senators are supposed to advise and consent on judicial nominations, Senators McCain, Flake and their Republican Party are refusing to do their jobs. They’d rather have Donald Trump, who believes immigrants are rapists and doesn’t believe a federal judge can be impartial just because of his heritage, appoint the next Supreme Court justices. We can’t let Trump appoint the next justices and we can’t let Republicans be the ones in control of confirming Supreme Court justices. That’s why Arizona Latinos can and will vote in record numbers to reject Trump and McCain this November.”

State Representative Rebecca Rios:

“Donald Trump seeks to win this election by painting our communities as dangerous. He’s attacked a federal judge because of his Mexican-American heritage, called immigrants 'killers,' kicked Jorge Ramos out of a press conference, and so much more. It’s not just Trump’s hate that makes it so important for us to vote against him. He, McCain, and the Republicans stand against us on so many issues. They deny the science of climate change, for example, even though our state keeps seeing record heat and exorbitant energy bills that are hurting working families and the elderly. And that’s not to mention the public health issues that will only get worse as Republicans continue to ignore climate change.”

Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo:

“A vote for McCain is a vote for Trump. McCain’s trying to have it both ways: he’ll criticize Trump every once in a while, but ultimately, he’s still voting for him, he’d still like Trump to fill Supreme Court vacancies. Trump’s campaign of painting immigrants as ‘rapists’ and ‘drug dealers’ goes against everything we stand for as a nation. His mass deportation policies are despicable, and I’m ashamed that our Senator is still standing by him. In November, we need to use our votes to send a message to Trump, McCain, Arpaio and their allies. It’s the votes of Latinos in Arizona that could decide this election.”

LUCHA executive director Alejandra Gomez:

“Donald Trump’s divisive, hateful bigotry is reason enough make every effort to turn out to vote and bring our friends and neighbors too. But let’s not forget the damaging economic policies that Trump, McCain, and the Republican Party stand behind. They’re against raising the federal minimum wage, against efforts to ensure women get equal pay for equal work, against paid family and medical leave.”

PFAW director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo:

“Republicans can’t have it both ways. We know that anyone who stands with Donald Trump stands against us. We’ve launched our Trumpublicans / Trumpublicanos campaign to hold Donald Trump and the Republicans responsible for demonizing our communities and standing against our priorities. They’ve failed us at every level, and that's why we'll cast the deciding votes against them this November."

For follow-up interviews with press conference participants, or for questions about PFAW’s new campaign, please email media@pfaw.org.



Pat Robertson Is Still A Vince Foster Truther

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson revived the debunked allegation that Bill and Hillary Clinton were involved in murdering former administration aide Vince Foster, who died of suicide.

“All the records on that have now disappeared,” he said. (They haven’t.) “So they’re trying to clean up their tracks before somebody goes investigating some of that stuff too.”

Robertson has been spreading the conspiracy theory that the Clintons murdered Foster and others since the early 1990s.

Anti-Immigrant Right Reacts To Trump's 'Softening' With Anger & Denial

Donald Trump confused his supporters and detractors alike this week when, after months of promising to build a “deportation force” to go after every undocumented immigrant in the country, his new campaign manager said that Trump’s stance on mass deportations is “to be determined” and the candidate himself said “there certainly could be a softening” of his immigration position. (Trump, however, continued to insist that he is “not flip-flopping” on the issue.)

This left Trump’s supporters in the anti-immigrant movement, many who have hailed his candidacy as something just short of the Second Coming, confused about how to respond. The reactions have ranged from denial that Trump will actually change his position—a fair assumption given Trump’s track record of saying whatever he thinks his current audience wants to hear—to dire warnings that he got behind “amnesty” to resigned acceptance that whatever Trump does, at least he’ll take a harder line on immigration than Hillary Clinton.

Some activists, like Trump himself, are claiming that he has not changed his position at all. Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson made this argument on CNN today, explaining that the candidate “hasn’t changed his position. He has changed the words he is saying.”

Dan Stein, the head of the anti-immigrant Federation for American Immigration Reform, took a similar tack, telling Newsmax that while Trump probably wouldn’t lose much support from his base if he weakened his hardline immigration stance, given the alternative candidates, he was “very confidant that [Trump’s] positions, in the end, are going to remain substantially intact.”

The Center for Immigration Studies’ Mark Krikorian, meanwhile, claimed that Trump never actually meant what he originally said about creating a deportation force, claiming that the “deportation force” he promised was just “symbolic talk” for stricter immigration enforcement.

"The idea we were ever going to deport all 12 million in two years with deportation squads—or whatever [Trump] popped off about—was never a policy,” Krikorian told The Washington Times. “It was an Uncle George spouting off about the latest thing. I think a lot of people took that as symbolic talk, a way of showing he's serious on immigration and, ‘I'm not Jeb Bush.’’

Anti-immigrant flamethrower Ann Coulter similarly tried to downplay Trump’s attempted repositioning on the issue, telling the Washington Examiner in an interview that took place after Trump’s campaign manager’s comments but before the candidate’s own, that the campaign’s change in rhetoric isn’t “a change in policy.” But she also, stunningly, conceded that it may be “in our interest to let some [undocumented immigrants] stay.”

"It mostly worries me rhetorically ... I mean, what to do with the illegals already here was never really a big part of it," she said. "We're getting a wall. We're definitely getting a wall. That's the one thing we know about a Trump presidency."

She said Trump still offers more than any of the other Republicans had.

"I don't think it is a change in policy," she said of Trump. "The policy is anyone who's here illegally is here illegally, does not have the right to be here. We'll decide whether it's in our interest to let them stay or not. Perhaps it is in our interest to let some of them stay."

Coulter hit a similar note in an interview with The Hill after Trump made his “softening” comment and vaguely outlined a policy in which some undocumented immigrants would have a way forward to legal status. “It's just rhetoric but it's still annoying,” she said. "I think he panicked and he had to say [it] ... I don't think he is softening. I mean the big thing is the wall.”

Coulter, however, who just happened to be launching her new book “In Trump We Trust” last night with a party hosted by Breitbart News, quickly changed her tune, taking to Twitter to accuse Trump of promoting “amnesty”:

William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC similarly cautioned Trump against supporting “amnesty,” saying, “If Donald Trump significantly diverges from his promise to deport all illegals, he will end his own campaign or his own presidency. His campaign or his presidency will be wounded to the point of self-destruction.”

Krikorian had a similar warning in The National Review today, saying that if Trump loses to Hillary Clinton now, it will be because of his “softening” immigration views.

Krikorian, however, told The Washington Times yesterday that he trusted Trump’s advisers (who include Krikorian) to steer the candidate back to a hardline position. “I don’t trust Trump, but I trust the people working for him. And I trust Hillary to do the wrong thing without exception,” he said. “He could sell us out on everything and he’d still be better than Hillary.”

UPDATE: Coulter, who recently said that her “worship” for Trump is “like the people of North Korea worship their Dear Leader,” told WorldNetDaily on August 25 that unlike “crazed, cult-like Hillary supporters,” she’s happy to provide “helpful criticism to Trump.”

“THAT DOESN’T MEAN I’M ABANDONING HIM,” she told the far-right outlet in all-caps.

“Trump needs to stick like glue to whomever writes his speeches and fire whomever told him Americans are up at night worried about the comfort and well-being of people who broke into our country illegally,” she added.

Tamara Scott: U.S. Enemies Becoming 'More Aggressive' Because They're Scared Of President Trump

Tamara Scott, the Republican National Committeewoman from Iowa who is also a prominent Religious Right activist in the state, hosted ACT for America president Brigitte Gabriel on her “Truth for Our Time” radio program last week to discuss efforts to resettle refugees from the Syrian civil war in the U.S.

After interviewing Gabriel, Scott falsely claimed that President Obama plans “to bring another 100,000 to 200,000 refugees into this country by November, by the voting date.” (The real number is 85,000 refugees from around the world, 10,000 of them from Syria.)

“Am I suggesting that they’ll be voting?” she said. “I’m not saying that, but he’s pushing it by October.”

Scott then claimed that America’s antagonists around the globe have been more “aggressive” toward us because they know Donald Trump might become president and change things “so that we can defeat our enemies.”

“And I would say, whether the election or not, students will misbehave when the substitute is there before the regular teacher comes back,” she said. “And I think that’s why you’re seeing some aggravated or more aggressive behavior around the globe towards us, because they know there’s a chance come November 8 that things are going to change in America. We will have a commander in chief by the name of Donald Trump who will defend our nation, who will rebuild our military, who will empower our soldiers, he said he’d change the rules of engagement so they don’t have to be a victim of a shot or a wound before they can defend themselves. He will change it so that we can defeat our enemies. How terrific would that be?”

“So I think that’s why you’re seeing some of this,” she concluded, “and I think that’s also why Obama may be trying to get some of this through before we even have our election.”

David Duke: Donald Trump Speaks Like An Alt-Right Leader

Yesterday, Louisiana-based white nationalist and U.S. Senate candidate David Duke reacted to the news of Hillary Clinton’s upcoming speech about Donald Trump’s ties to the alt-right, a racist movement championed by Duke, by noting that Trump speaks just like alt-right leaders.

Duke said that Clinton “is really concerned and really scared because she realizes that there’s a sleeping tiger in this country, European-Americans, that are waking up to the realization that every right they have—the real racism in America is against white people.”

He praised Trump for capitalizing on these grievances and attempting to drive up the GOP’s share of the white vote, a strategy heralded by white nationalists as the key to political success.

“No candidate in this country would dare even stand up and say, ‘Yes, I definitely am going to defend the rights and the heritage of European-Americans,’” he continued. “One can go on to say, ‘Yes I want to respect the rights of all but I believe our people have rights too and the ethnic cleansing of America has got to stop.’ I believe this is a sleeping tiger that is easily awakened.”

Trump, Duke went on to say, “has energized European-Americans in sort of the implicit statements he makes, such as ‘take America back,’ and we’re going to take America back.”

Video: Chuck Grassley Just Doesn’t Think The Confirmation Process Is That Important  

It is common for members of the Senate to cite the process of confirming Supreme Court justices as one of their most important responsibilities. These judges receive lifetime appointments and their impact on the law lasts for decades. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s continued obstruction of Merrick Garland’s confirmation, though, reveals his lack of respect for his constitutionally mandated responsibility.

Previously, Grassley explicitly spelled out his belief that the confirmation process should not be taken as seriously as other functions of the Senate, such as yearly squabbling over budgets and appropriations.

In 1991, during the confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, he explained, “Some have stated that the Senate’s advice and consent role in the elevation of Supreme Court justices, of any Supreme Court justice, for that matter, is the most important power that we in the Senate here exercise.” Grassley continued, “Now, I don't happen to share that view, as important as I take my responsibilities today and through this process, because I happen to feel that confronting the issue of war—as we did only last January, and attempting to bring government spending under control are among the more significant responsibilities that we have.”

“And, of course, I think the Constitution doesn't elevate the confirmation process quite this high. The Constitution shows this because the ‘advise and consent’ role is spelled out in Chapter 2 with executive powers, and not with the legislative powers in Article 1. So I think the Constitution itself indicates it is not a preeminent legislative power,” Grassley concluded.

If the chairman of the Judiciary Committee does not recognize that vetting and voting on the confirmation of Supreme Court justices is one of his greatest responsibilities, perhaps he should relinquish his gavel to someone who does.

Anti-Semitic Preacher Hopes Trump Will Be God's Instrument To Finally Destroy The Jews

Among the anti-Semites and white supremacists rallying behind Donald Trump is Christian writer and conspiracy theorist Texe Marrs, who declared on a radio program recently that Trump just might be God's instrument for finally destroying Israel and the Jews.

While speaking with Jeff Rense, a fellow right-wing extremist, Marrs made the case that Trump has a lot in common with Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, which he meant as a compliment.

After Rense complained that Hitler was one of the most unfairly maligned and misunderstood leaders in all of human history, Marrs declared that Stalin was plotting to arrest and imprison every Jew in the Soviet Union, but was murdered before he could carry it out.

But, Marrs said hopefully, Trump might be able to pick up where Hitler and Stalin left off.

"Israel is going to be destroyed and it is going to happen so fast we'll all be shocked about it," Marrs said. "It's going to happen and I've been wondering if maybe, let me just say something here, could Trump be the instrument of God in this? He doesn't have to be a Hitler, he doesn't have to be a Stalin, he can simply be a good guy."

"He's going to have to move very fast against these people," Marrs warned, because the Jews will work to take him down, just as they supposedly did to President Nixon.

But Trump "may be so smart though, and intelligent that he outwits them," Marrs stated. "He's their friend, he's their pal, he's their buddy and then it's suddenly, wow. He takes the woman, the whore, so to speak, Mystery Babylon the Great and suddenly he destroys her, in one single hour she will be destroyed."

After engaging in a bit of Holocaust denial, Marrs declared that a Trump presidency "may turn out quite surprising."

"I pray that they will get what is coming to them," Marrs said of the Jews. "These people who have done such horrible things over the years and who, right now, are plotting such horrible deeds against gentiles and others, I hope they get what they deserve. I hope they do and I hope maybe Trump could be the instrument of it."

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