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Trump Meets With Activist Who Says God Uses Natural Disasters To Punish People For Gay Rights

Donald Trump made an appearance at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church today to discuss the deadly flooding in Louisiana, where he met with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

Perkins, a radical anti-LGBT activist who supports Trump, saw his home destroyed by the flooding.

Their meeting is especially curious because, as we reported last October, the Family Research Council leader believes that God may be using storms to punish the U.S. for the advancement of gay rights.

While chatting with End Times preacher Jonathan Cahn, Perkins joined him in wondering if God was directing Hurricane Joaquin to strike Washington, D.C., and New York as a sign of divine judgment for the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision.

“All of these things are quite amazing when you look at them collectively,” Perkins said. “I know that there are those on the left like to mock these things, but America has a history, our leaders actually, our presidents, our governors, when these things have happened in nature like hurricanes, all of these external events that put our nation at risk, there’s a long line of historical tradition here, not so much in recent years, but they have stepped back and said, ‘Is God trying to send us a message?’”

David Barton Says Donald Trump's Campaign 'Definitely Has Reached Out' To Him

At the end of the presentation he recently delivered to a Tea Party gathering in Arkansas, Religious Right activist David Barton stuck around to take a few questions from the audience, during which he revealed that Donald Trump's presidential campaign has reached out to him and that he "helped do some things with them."  

When an audience member asked if either of the current presidential candidates had sought his counsel, Barton, a relentlessly dishonest right-wing pseudo-historian who has repeatedly stated that we will never find a cure for AIDS because the disease is God's punishment for homosexuality, laughingly responded that Hillary Clinton's campaign "definitely hasn't." 

But "the other one definitely has reached out and we've helped do some things with them, putting some events together," Barton said. "We'll see how it goes. But they're looking for input, looking for help."

If Jesus Were Here, He'd Tell Glenn Beck Not To Vote For Clinton Or Trump

Glenn Beck told his studio audience last night that he simply cannot bring himself to vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in this election because, if Jesus were here, he would tell Beck not to support either one.

Beck said that he doesn't "think there are enough people in America that are righteous" enough to warrant God's protection over this nation any more, but he wants righteousness to be at the center of his life and so he cannot not vote for a candidate that he knows is unrighteous.

"That's why I can't vote for Hillary and I can't vote for Donald," Beck said. "I know they're unrighteous. I know if Jesus were standing here, he would look at me and I would say, 'Which one?' and he'd say, 'Trust me, just trust me, come with me.' He would not say, 'Well, that's one is better than the other one.' He would not do it! That's God! Well, he's not here ... or is he? Or is he?"

PFAW Denounces Fear-Mongering Trump Ad

In response to Donald Trump’s first general election TV ad, PFAW Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo released the following statement:

“Trump’s new ad is nothing short of despicable. It vilifies immigrants as criminals, staying in line with the entirety of Trump’s anti-immigrant, fear-mongering campaign. The ad is the latest example of why Trump would be a divisive leader who would push policies antithetical to American values, from mass deportation to discriminating against Americans based on where we’re from or what religion we practice.”

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.

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Pat Robertson Raises Doubts About Hillary Clinton's Mental Fitness

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson seized on the right-wing meme that Hillary Clinton is covering up major health issues, citing a photo he saw on the Drudge Report of Clinton nearly slipping on icy steps, which is apparently proof that she’s “got some neurological impairment.”

“She’s asking Trump to show his tax returns, and they’re going to be saying, ‘You better show your medical returns,’” he said, pointing to the fact that Clinton was photographed holding a railing while walking up stairs.

“I don’t know if it’s true or not,” he added.

Robertson even wondered if Vice President Biden will have to step in because Clinton’s supposedly flagging health may cause her to withdraw from the race.

Larry Pratt: If Police Can’t Control Milwaukee Unrest, 'The Looters Should Be Shot'

Larry Pratt, the executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, responded to the recent riots in Milwaukee following a police shooting by saying that armed vigilantes should be able to shoot people looting businesses if the police are unable to keep the situation under control.

Pratt had the following exchange with conservative radio host Rusty Humphries on his “Trending Today USA” program yesterday:

Transcript via USA Radio, emphases are ours:

HUMPHRIES: Is it working though? I mean they still shut the city down. Communist groups are now going to Milwaukee to help the revolution.

PRATT: Well, hopefully, there has been a minimum of property destruction. It’s one thing that people can’t drive around, it’s another thing if they started torching people’s businesses.

HUMPHRIES: Mm well what is this from, from the Gun Owners of America? What is your position on this?

PRATT: Well, we think that the authorities definitely should do their job, should keep cities safe, and if need be they should make massive arrests and take…

HUMPHRIES: Your gun you’re gun group shouldn’t just be around there shooting folk.

PRATT: Right. Well, I’ll tell you who should be getting shot – if the cops can’t contain the looters, the looters should be shot.

HUMPHRIES: So are you calling for that we should be out there hunting down looters?

PRATT: I’m calling for the cops to be given free rein to keep things under control so that people don’t have to defend themselves by shooting the looters.

Alveda King: Terrorists 'Pray' That We Have Abortions

Alveda King, an anti-choice activist and Fox News contributor, appeared on “The Jim Bakker Show” last week to warn that legal abortion is depopulating America, which helps the terrorists win.

“Islamic terrorists pray that Americans will continue to abort our babies,” she said, “so that we will diminish. And as they come in, they’re going to have 10, 15, 20 babies, so they want us to continue to decrease our population so that they can increase, just by sheer numbers. Even in Atlanta, there’s so many mosques, I drive around and I said ‘Oh my goodness,’ and they have big families. So they say, ‘Abort your babies, oh yeah!’ They’ll even act like it’s okay, but they’ll say, ‘Oh no, we’re not aborting ours.’”

Bakker added: “Very wealthy people building mosques even in towns where they don’t have any people to go to them.”

King then claimed that abortion providers specifically target the black community, pushing the long-running anti-choice myth that groups like Planned Parenthood are bent on committing black genocide, and linked her opposition to abortion rights to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Roe v. Wade, she said, has led to a whole host of problems plaguing the black community: “You know, prior to ‘73, certainly in the black community, there were less strokes, heart attacks and all that thing, after ‘73, with all that, the numbers went up in every community but certainly in the black community because abortion is connected to strokes, heart attacks, depression, drug addiction and on and on. So you see all of this, even in prison.” 

Pro-Trump Televangelist Jim Bakker: America Could 'Blaspheme God' In The Presidential Election

Televangelist Jim Bakker said on his program last week that he is in “agony” over the state of our nation, telling viewers that the upcoming presidential election will determine if America commits blasphemy or seeks God’s blessing.

Bakker, who has promoted the prophecy that God is raising Donald Trump to the presidency, claimed that “this next election can determine the full direction of this country, whether we are going to blaspheme God almighty, the one who founded America."

He alleged that “God let his hand come back” during the September 11, 2001, attacks “as a warning to this nation to turn back to God.”

Michael Savage: Trump Is The 'Savior' Of White People

Far-right radio host Michael Savage interviewed Donald Trump yesterday, repeatedly hailing the GOP presidential nominee for embracing many of the ideas that he has promoted over the years.

Savage, a longtime Trump cheerleader, spent the rest of the broadcast attacking Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, and was particularly upset about recent remarks Kaine made at the National Progressive Baptist Convention.

Kaine, while talking about his experience as a member of a predominantly black church, said that white people have “got to put ourselves in situations where we’re in the minority and come to understand a reality that’s different than the one that we just take for granted every day” because “if you’re in a majority, you can go through your whole life and not have to learn the ways of anybody other than you.”

“And one of the beautiful things that has been transformational about my church is that by being there, I’ve had to grapple with, understand, listen to, learn from, confront realities that are not necessarily the ones that were my own but over time have become more a part of me,” Kaine added.

A number of conservative outlets distorted Kaine’s remarks and falsely reported that the Democratic vice presidential nominee demanded that white people literally become a minority group in the U.S.

Savage, explaining that he found the clip on Alex Jones’ website InfoWars, claimed that “this weirdo, Kaine, Kaine, Kaine, Kaine, the Caine Mutiny Court Martial” said “that whites must become a minority to atone for racism.”

Complaining about Kaine’s “squeaky voice,” Savage said: “This guy is a vampire. He is a vampire who hates his own race. He is a vampire who wants to enslave you by turning you into a minority in your own country. Is that who you want in the White House? I don’t.”

While speaking with a caller, Savage explained that when he and others, such as Donald Trump, talk about “the forgotten people,” he means “the white people,” “the white family that is targeted by Hillary Clinton and Kaine, who says that you have to become a minority in your own country to know what they’re suffering.”

“It’s a matter of survival,” he said, before adding: “There’s a war coming in this country. They’re not taking my gun and they’re not taking any more of my money. I’ve had enough of this crap and I don’t think I’m alone. I think that Donald Trump represents the last great savior of western civilization. Let me be very clear, there’s a battle for western civilization going on now. You’ve got world civilization, you’ve got Islamic supremacy and you’ve got those attacking white people around the globe.”

Family Security Matters: 'Muslim DNA' Makes Olympic Fencer Prone To 'Attacking Others With Knives'

Family Security Matters, a group started by Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy that includes a number of prominent anti-Muslim pundits and activists on its board of advisers, published a particularly vituperative article today railing against Ibtihaj Muhammad, the U.S. Olympic fencer who competed in a hijab, suggesting that her choice of sport is related to violence in the “Muslim DNA.”

In an article titled “Political Correctness Taints the Olympics,” Paul Hollrah, a contributing editor to Family Security Matters and senior fellow at the Lincoln Heritage Institute, claims that Muhammad chose fencing as her sport because she risked being the victim of an “honor killing” if she participated in a sport that required skimpier clothes. Fencing, he writes, was more appealing to Muhammad because “hacking, stabbing, or slashing non-Muslims with knives, axes, machetes, and other sharp instruments” is in the “Muslim DNA”:

It was also interesting to ponder the nature of Ms. Muhammad's sport. Was she a swimmer, a diver, a volleyball player, or a gymnast? We could quickly reject all of those possibilities because of the skimpiness of the costumes worn in those events. Participation in any of those sports would have made her an immediate target of Muslim religious police who might have had her stoned to death for exposing too much of her body. Or they might have ordered her father or a brother to kill her in an "honor killing" for bringing shame upon her family name.

As it turns out, Ms. Muhammad's sport of choice is fencing. This is understandable because, given the penchant of Muslims for hacking, stabbing, or slashing non-Muslims with knives, axes, machetes, and other sharp instruments, it's only natural that Ms. Muhammad would gravitate toward the fencing competition. Fighting and attacking others with knives and other sharp objects appears to be in the Muslim DNA.

Hollrah also attacks Muhammad for telling a reporter that she wished “the lives of Muslims all over the world were a little bit easier, particularly in the United States” and that she hoped her appearance at the Olympics would help change “the rhetoric around the Muslim community.”

While Muhammad was born in the U.S. to parents who converted to Islam, Hollrah writes that she needs to learn how to assimilate to American society or should leave the country.

“If Ms. Muhammad is unhappy in America, or made to feel ill at ease, one wonders why she continues to live here,” Hollrah writes, adding that “Most Americans would be happy to help defray the cost of a one-way plane ticket to the destination of her choice.” He claims that “[l]ike most Muslims in the U.S., Ms. Muhammad appears to be upset that she is expected to fully assimilate into American society” and that Muslim immigrants believe “that the U.S. Constitution and U.S. federal and state law should be superseded by Sharia law.”

He then declares that both Newt Gingrich’s suggestion that the U.S. deport Muslims who believe in the wide-ranging theological concept of Sharia law and Donald Trump’s plan to stop Muslim immigration could be carried out right now by politicians with “courage”:

What critics fail to understand is that we already have sufficient statutory authority to do exactly as Trump and Gingrich suggest.

Not only is Islam completely incompatible with the U.S. Constitution, making it impossible for a devout Muslim to hold full allegiance to the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, Islam is the only "religious" movement on Earth that proposes to extend its dominion to every corner of the globe by rape, murder, terror, and oppression. Speaker Gingrich warns, "We better rethink the rules, or we're going to lose the war." I disagree. There's no need to "rethink the rules." The necessary laws are already on the books. What we lack is the courage to enforce them.

David Barton: 'I've Got A Ph.D.'

Earlier this month, we watched as David Barton appeared on Glenn Beck's radio program and lied to Beck's face when he falsely claimed that he had earned a Ph.D. in education:

As we noted, Barton does not have a Ph.D., as he himself admitted on several occasions in the last two years, and his own bio states that "David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oral Roberts University and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Pensacola Christian College."

Yet, when Barton spoke at a Tea Party conference in Arkansas over the weekend, he falsely told the audience that he does have his Ph.D.

Barton, a relentlessly dishonest right-wing pseudo-historian who is reportedly a favorite of House Speaker Paul Ryan, was criticizing the book "The Godless Constitution" for not including footnotes and using it as an example of why people should not listen to "experts" who try to undermine God's role in the founding of this nation and the formation of our government.

"We defer to experts today who have no brains," Barton said. "I'm at the point where I often—I've got a Ph.D., but I often ask now how many Ph.D.s does it take to make you stupid? Because we're at the point where we have lost common sense on so many aspects of things."

Lance Wallnau: Trump Can Help Stop Satan From Taking Control Of The Seven Mountains

Lance Wallnau, a Seven Mountains dominionist who has been a leading Christian conservative apologist for Donald Trump, returned to Charisma magazine founder Steve Strang’s podcast yesterday, where he continued building his biblical justification for supporting Trump’s candidacy.

Asked why he thought his previous podcast with Strang, in which he had similarly made the case for Trump, was so popular, Wallnau speculated, “I think it’s because Christians, for some reason, really resonated with Donald Trump and lacked any kind of a theological justification for it.”

Wallnau explained that “a lot of people felt the anointing on Trump” but weren’t able to come up with any biblical reasons to support the candidate, but Wallnau “sensed something on Donald Trump and it just put me in a position of being open to hearing what God was doing.”

Wallnau told Strang how he thinks Trump, by being a “wrecking ball” to political correctness, could help Christian conservatives regain control of cultural institutions that are currently occupied by Satan. Seven Mountains dominionists hold that conservative Christians must battle Satan for control of the seven main institutions, or mountains, of culture: religion, family, education, government, media, arts and entertainment, and business.

Christians, he said, are faced with a “cultural landscape” of “burning cities, race challenges, the sensitivity of our bathrooms, transgender issues,” all the result of losing the culture war and handing these cultural institutions over to liberals.

“And what we never understood,” he said, “is that the power that you have when you win the culture war is that you occupy the gates of influence, and that means that academia, media, arts and government can create a whole new meaning for words, and that’s exactly what’s happened on our watch. So the power to define the meaning of things is the peculiar spoils of the culture war. And since Christians haven’t been doing very good at that, the political landscape has been just a minefield of politically correct terminology and language.”

Trump, he said, “came along and literally interrupted that whole process.”

Wallnau said that Trump would especially have to go up against “media mind control.”

“If I was talking as a Charismatic, I’d say there literally is a spirit that wants to control the minds of people and it’s operating through an ideological convergence of strongholds on the American mind through media,” he said. “Trump’s up against this, but I say he’s anointed as a wrecking ball and I’m going to be watching to see how it breaks through this.”

Wallnau said that he had only recently realized the significance of the Supreme Court in the upcoming election, saying that Supreme Court appointments could “literally reset a radical, almost socialist meltdown of America.”

“If Hillary Clinton has the power in this culture to promote radicals to the Supreme Court, that process of redefining the meaning of words I can almost guarantee is going to continue to extend itself right on down to the free speech of Christians to be able to speak biblical truth,” he said. “That’s the end game the devil’s at. So, I’m talking to Christians now, we must understand Satan wants to wrap up his institutional control of high places in government, media, arts, academia, and business is about to come under assault with Hillary Clinton. And the end game will be a redefinition, the ultimate redefining will be what America is, and it’s going to happen in her administration and it’s going to affect our children. For 40 years they’re going to have to live with it.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan Reportedly Listens To Hack Historian David Barton 'All The Time'

For the last several years, dozens of members of Congress have joined Religious Right leaders every April for a "Washington: A Man of Prayer" event held inside the U.S. Capitol at which speakers have repeatedly warned that 9/11 was God's judgment on America and that God will punish this nation for legalizing same-sex marriage.

Last year, House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke at the event and today, Dan Cummins, the founder and one of the key organizers of the annual prayer gathering, published a piece in Charisma saying that having godly leaders like Ryan in office is a sign that America is undergoing "a third spiritual awakening."

Ryan, Cummins revealed, is a big fan of right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton and has been busy laying the groundwork for repealing the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits churches and all tax-exempt organizations from "directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office."

Barton, of course, is a notoriously anti-gay Religious Right activist who has repeatedly stated that we will never find a cure for AIDS because the disease is God's punishment for homosexuality and whose historical work is so shoddy that his book on Thomas Jefferson was withdrawn from publication by its Christian publisher.

Speaker Ryan is an avid fan of historian David Barton. "I listen to him all the time, even in my car while driving," he said. Because of Barton's teachings, Speaker Ryan is very knowledgeable of the 1954 Johnson Amendment (putting political speech restrictions on pastors from their pulpits) and its devastating effects on our culture.

He understands "first causative principle"—that the 1954 Johnson Amendment eventually was responsible for prayer and Bible reading being taken out of schools in 1963, the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 and redefining of marriage in 2016—all because pastors were silenced from speaking out politically. That's why Speaker Ryan wants the Johnson Amendment repealed legislatively. He knows pastors being set free to preach again to the nation regarding these moral and political issues is a must to turn the nation around.

In early January at the Republican Retreat in Baltimore, Ryan and I began discussing how Congress could legislatively repeal it. Later, I spent one hour educating Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (chair of Republican Conference, whose husband is a pastor) and her entire senior staff on the Johnson Amendment toward the goal of repealing it.

Rep. Kevin Brady is chair of the Ways and Means Committee through which any legislation to repeal would have to come to the floor, and he is totally on board. Ryan directed me to Brady. Brady also gave me approval to hold three Sunday services (beginning Sept. 4) in the Ways and Means Committee room in the Capitol. Brady told me with a big smile on his face, "I'm thrilled you're having church in the Ways and Means Committee Room. Glad to let you use it."

So, long before Donald Trump said anything about repealing the Johnson Amendment, Speaker Ryan had been working on it. For the first time in 60 years, the opportunity to repeal the Johnson Amendment exists because of Ryan's leadership, spirituality and love of Jesus! Now we need a Republican president in the Oval Office to sign a repeal into law (which is more effective than just an executive order)!

Speaker Ryan has formed a committee of five members of Congress (to which I was invited to participate) to report to him on inviting pastors to the Capitol to have lunch with him and arrange congressional-clergy townhall meetings in the Cannon Caucus Room. We are planning our second one in November, and we'll form an email alert system so Speaker Ryan can contact pastors on how to inform their churches to pray for America.

This is unprecedented and historic! This is God answering our prayers.

Roger Stone: Huma Abedin Married A Jewish Man As 'Cover' For Terrorist Work

Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone continued his smear campaign against Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton who Stone believes is a radical Islamic “terrorist agent,” on “Breitbart News Daily” yesterday, where he suggested that Abedin married Anthony Weiner, the former congressman from New York, because his Jewish faith would be a good cover for her Islamist agenda.

“That was a prestigious marriage,” he said of Abedin and Weiner. “Also given her radical background, marrying a Jewish fellow, that’s pretty good cover if you ask me.”

Linda Harvey: Satan Behind LGBT-inclusive Lessons In School

Yesterday, Mission America’s Linda Harvey wrote a column to help those parents who haven’t already pulled their kids out of public schools “prep kids to resist Satan’s school revolution.”

Harvey warned of classes about “a Satanic smorgasbord of ever-changing [gender] fluidity” and “outrageously pornographic sex ed programs.”

“There is no androgyny in the eyes of God,” she wrote. “Satan, however, loves this and encourages it through his confused human servants.”

Will your kids embrace “the Gender Unicorn” or the “Genderbread Person“?

Without guidance, they may. These and other trendy, gender-smashing curricula are deeply harmful and inaccurate, maintaining there are three or more sexes – male, female and “other” – in a Satanic smorgasbord of ever-changing fluidity.



There is no androgyny in the eyes of God. Satan, however, loves this and encourages it through his confused human servants.

And if you think, “Oh, my child could never be captivated by such nonsense!” then please read this about the cult-like attributes of gender anarchy.

If you remove your children from public schools, their risks diminish considerably.



Be wary. While much of America is over here protesting the invasion of bathrooms, homosexual behavior is quietly being inserted into the school curricula while few are looking, as if it did no harm, as if it truly were an inborn identity like race.

Especially watch for outrageously pornographic sex ed programs to be launched, the details of which you as a parent are unlikely to receive unless you push past all the roadblocks the school will erect.

The latest trend is to enact “inclusive” sex ed under the banner of being “comprehensive.” But that means they will just be ramping up the normalization of teen sex and abortion and now, homosexual behavior as well.

'It's Going To Be A Bloodbath': Glenn Beck Calls On Republicans Supporting Trump To 'Jump Ship'

Glenn Beck spent most of today's radio show calling upon Republicans to abandon Donald Trump in the wake of the announcement that the GOP presidential nominee has hired Breitbart's Steve Bannon to serve as the campaign's CEO.

Bannon is "possibly the most dangerous guy in all of American politics," Beck said, declaring that Trump's decision to hire him is giving Republicans who are backing the GOP nominee a perfect excuse for withdrawing their support.

"There is a hall pass for the next 48 hours for all Republicans," he said. "Anybody who was on the bandwagon, Donald Trump has just given you the greatest gift and a warning: It's going to get ugly and now is the time to jump ship. Now is the time to separate yourself and if you don't, you are going to regret it."

Trump is surrounding himself with ruthless "hatchet men" like Bannon, Roger Stone and Roger Ailes, who will destroy anyone who gets in their way, Beck warned.

"You are going see things in the next 82 days that will make you go, 'You gotta be kidding me,'" Beck predicted. "I think it's going to be a bloodbath. What is coming will be an absolute bloodbath because these guys do not take prisoners. If you are not with them, they will destroy you and if you deviate from their path at all, they will destroy you."

The Hostile Takeover Of The GOP Is Now Complete

At Goldman Sachs, Steve Bannon’s job was to defend companies against hostile takeovers by junk bond raiders from Drexel Burnham and First Boston. This morning Bannon himself completed a hostile takeover of the Republican Party, when it was announced that he would move from his post as chairman of Breitbart.com to become CEO of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Beyond its enthusiastic cheerleading for the GOP presidential nominee, Breitbart, since its namesake's passing, has represented a formulation of conservatism identical to that which drove Trump’s campaign to victory in the Republican primary. While lacking the ideological consistency of most political movements, it is a blend of right-wing populism, Saul Alinsky’s tactics and Sun Tzu’s strategies. It is jingoistic, angry and anti-institutional.

For years the Republican Party used dog whistles to avoid accusations of racism. (The strategy was famously explained by former RNC Chair Lee Atwater.) The Trump/Breitbart ideology now unflinchingly promotes racism, while openly courting the support of bigots. Former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro noted this in a post this morning that under Bannon’s leadership “Breitbart has become the alt-right go-to website, with [Milo] Yiannopoulos pushing white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate response to political correctness, and the comment section turning into a cesspool for white supremacist meme makers.”

It is a thin-skinned ideology, consistently positioning those who adhere to it as victims of the liberal media, progressive college professors (and even students), and institutional Republicans, that relies on a constant stream of conspiracies theories about government institutions out to get white conservatives.

Those who adopt the Trump/Breitbart ideology ignore any evidence that does not conform to their worldview and live their lives in a completely binary world. One is either a friend or an enemy with no in between. This means that even those who are ideological allies are targets for their enmity, including members of the political elite such as John Boehner and Paul Ryan, who, by not showing 100 percent fealty, have committed some crime against the movement. The movement’s enemies list also includes conservative media figures who don’t necessarily toe the line and former employees who are no longer viewed as loyal.

The Trump/Breitbart ideology is defined not by any coherent set of conservative beliefs but instead by rabid anti-liberalism. For the past eight years that has meant standing in opposition to the Obama administration, even when it took stances that more traditional conservatives would have been happy to adopt, and now translates into unquestioning opposition to the Clinton campaign.

Trump’s campaign has demonstrated the extent of the support for this anti-liberal ideology among Republican Party voters. Yet for the past few weeks, Trump’s poll numbers have flagged as promised resets, marked by teleprompter-driven policy speeches, are undercut, often in less than 24 hours, when the candidate’s often racist gaffes step on his own news cycle.

In July, the ousting of former campaign manager Corey Lewandowsky and the elevation of campaign chairman Paul Manafort signaled an attempt to bring Trump back into the Republican fold. This has clearly failed.

While Bannon’s elevation marks the completion of the takeover, it in fact began long ago.

For eight years, Fox News served as a megaphone, promoting anger among the base of the Republican Party. It promoted and fueled the Tea Party in the spring of 2009 and the angry town halls that members of Congress came home to that summer. These voters became a dominant force in the party, leading to Republican victories, most notably taking back the House of Representatives in 2010. The rise of the Tea Party also led to embarrassments, such as the nomination of Christine “I’m not a witch” O’Donnell, that year in the Delaware Senate race.

Looking back just 24 hours, yesterday’s New York Times report that former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is now assisting the Trump campaign with debate prep is even less surprising.

Republicans who claim that Trump and Breitbart do not represent their movement now face a new reality: Warriors for an ideology they claim not to support are now on their way to gaining full control of the institutions of their party.

Steve Bannon, in business and politics, has shown himself to be a crafty merger artist. While arranging the sale of Castle Rock, in lieu of a fee he accepted the rights to several television shows, among them “Seinfeld,” which had not yet become the dominant cultural force of the 1990s, leading to an untold financial windfall.

Now, by force, he and Trump have taken over the Republican Party. They control their own media platform and have demonstrated influence over a base far larger than any other in the party. Most of all, Trump and Bannon are fighters, unafraid to get in the mud, and they are unlikely to surrender the institutions they now control without open warfare.

A Perfect Match: Donald Trump And Breitbart Share A Curious Relationship With The Truth

The appeals to populist anger and racial resentment. The barefaced misogyny. The winks at anti-Semitism and white supremacy.

These are all attributes shared by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Breitbart News, making Breitbart chairman Stephen K. Bannon’s move to the Trump campaign, where he will serve as CEO, more understandable, as the GOP presidential nominee seeks to only ratchet up and intensify the nastiness and bigotry that have defined his run for the White House.

Besides its feverish promotion of Trump’s presidential bid , Breitbart News often promotes bogus, racist and conspiratorial claims, much like the candidate himself.

Here is a brief and far from exhaustive list of the many embarrassing, bogus stories that Breitbart has promoted:

1) Friends of Hamas

It started as a joke.

During the fight over former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be secretary of defense, which included Republicans like Ted Cruz questioning the Purple Heart recipient’s patriotism, a New York Daily News reporter, Dan Friedman, joked with a GOP Senate aide about Hagel having ties to obviously nonexistent groups like “Friends of Hamas” and “Junior League of Hezbollah.”

“No one could take seriously the idea that organizations with those names existed—let alone that a former senator would speak to them,” Friedman said. “Or so I thought.”

Ben Shapiro of Breitbart, however, ran with it: “On Thursday, Senate sources told Breitbart News exclusively that they have been informed one of the reasons that President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has not turned over requested documents on his sources of foreign funding is that one of the names listed is a group purportedly called ‘Friends of Hamas.’”

Friends of Hamas doesn’t exist, but the rumor made its way through the conservative media , and Breitbart stood by the story, claiming that the onus was on Hagel to prove that he didn’t speak to a fictional group.

It was like a page out of the Donald Trump playbook.

2) Shirley Sherrod

Breitbart has become a go-to source for those who believe that whites in America are under attack by black people and their allies in the Obama administration—the “real racists.” In one case, Andrew Breitbart, the site’s late founder, claimed that a USDA official, a black woman named Shirley Sherrod, openly admitted to discriminating against a white farmer and that “Sherrod’s racist tale” was “received by the NAACP audience with nodding approval and murmurs of recognition and agreement.” And he posted video to prove it.

Conservative media outlets heavily promoted Breitbart’s video and Sherrod was fired.

As it turned out, Breitbart had only posted a small clip of a longer speech that “showed that Sherrod was giving a cautionary tale about the evils of racial separation,” and the families of the white farmers she mentioned vigorously defended Sherrod. The part where Sherrod explained how she ended up fighting for white farmers and condemned racial prejudice were left out of Breitbart’s clip. Sherrod later sued Breitbart for defamation because it had posted clips that “made her sound like she was advocating denying services to white farmers when in fact she was making the opposite point” and later reached a settlement.

Naturally, Andrew Breitbart defended his smear with conspiracy theories and innuendo, suggesting that the farmers might be lying as part of a grand conspiracy to make him look bad.

Sound familiar?

3) The Other Loretta Lynch

When President Obama nominated U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to be attorney general, Breitbart wondered why the biased liberal media refused to report Lynch’s involvement in the Whitewater case, a phony Clinton real estate scandal. But as Media Matters reported, Breitbart had the wrong Loretta Lynch:

According to a November 8 Breitbart.com article by Warner Todd Huston, "few are talking about" the fact nominee Lynch "was part of Bill Clinton's Whitewater probe defense team in 1992." Huston pointed to a March 1992 New York Times article that "reported that Lynch was one of the Clintons' Whitewater defense attorneys as well as a 'campaign aide.'" And in a November 9 article Huston's colleague, Breitbart.com Senior Editor-at Large Joel Pollak wrote, "The connection to Whitewater ought to provide additional fodder for Republicans during Lynch's confirmation hearings":

The connection to Whitewater ought to provide additional fodder for Republicans during Lynch's confirmation hearings. It is odd that Obama chose someone so close to the Clintons--or perhaps not, given the prominent role played by Clinton insider John Podesta in the second term of the Obama White House. Lynch has been rewarded throughout her career for her political loyalty--not an unusual path up the career ladder for federal prosecutors, but certainly one that will allow the GOP, as well as Obama, to raise the political stakes.

The Loretta Lynch referred to in the New York Times article is a California based attorney who has worked on several prominent political campaigns, not Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch.

Breitbart eventually posted a correction at the very bottom of the completely erroneous post, before eventually removing it from its website.

4) Skewed Polls

In 2012, Breitbart was at the forefront of a conservative attack on presidential election polls, alleging that the polls were deliberately “skewed” to hide Republican Mitt Romney’s lead over President Obama.

Breitbart’s Mike Flynn wrote:

I totally get that pollsters have to weight their samples to reflect their estimation of the electorate. But why is it that virtually every media poll this election weights their samples in a way that is beneficial for Democrats? Where is the poll that over-samples GOP voters? That every media poll errs in the same direction is what, in poker, we call a “tell”.

This poll, and many others like it, are simply propaganda. They are meant to reinforce the idea that Obama’s and the media’s attacks on Mitt Romney are working. They are meant to reverse the growing belief that Obama’s reelection is in serious jeopardy. But, the days of the media controlling the campaign narrative are over.

Flynn mocked one Colorado poll showing Obama leading Romney 50-46 in Colorado, saying it was like “unicorns and pixie dust.”

Of course, Obama ended up winning re-election by about the margin predicted by the supposedly “skewed” polls, and won Colorado by five points.

While Breitbart should have been embarrassed after assuring readers that the polls were all skewed by the media when they turned out to be quite accurate, the group stuck with the theme.

This month, the outlet decided to sponsor its own presidential poll, saying that mainstream polls had been “manipulated” by the liberal media—the same message pushed by Trump.

Breitbart’s own poll, however, like nearly all the other polls, showed Trump losing to Clinton.

The site also championed the campaign of Paul Nehlen, a GOP primary challenger to Speaker Paul Ryan who ran as a candidate who would reflexively support Trump and consider deporting all Muslims from America. Nehlen appeared on Breitbart’s Sirius XM radio program and received fawning coverage. While polls showed Ryan holding a commanding lead, Breitbart ran stories about how Nehlen was making Ryan run scared with headlines like, “Good for the Soul: Paul Ryan Bows Down to Nationalist Populism as His Career Flashes Before His Eyes.”

Ryan crushed Nehlen 84-16

5) Obama Founded ISIS

While Trump drew criticism for his claim that Obama founded ISIS, a comment that he later claimed was sarcastic “but not that sarcastic,” Breitbart rushed to his defense. Trump happily tweeted a link to a story in the ultraconservative outlet that purportedly backed up Trump’s claim that Obama supported the terrorist group. According to the site, “Hillary Clinton received a classified intelligence report stating that the Obama administration was actively supporting Al Qaeda in Iraq, the terrorist group that became the Islamic State.”

The intelligence report Breitbart cited did not say that the Obama administration supported Al Qaeda or any terrorist group. It only stated that many terrorist groups, including AQI, which later became ISIS, have entered the Syrian conflict. The U.S. has supported opposition groups fighting both Assad and ISIS, and nowhere in the memo does it claim that the U.S. backs Al Qaeda.

Experts on the Syrian Civil War told PolitiFact that the Breitbart article was a clear misreading of the memo:

"The United States has never backed AQI and has never backed ISIS," said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a terrorism expert at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. "It was never part of the opposition that the United States supported, full stop."

Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, agreed. "It has never been the policy or stated goal of the Obama administration to arm or assist al-Qaida," he said.

"I would say it's another unsupportable conspiracy theory," said John Limbert, an international affairs professor at the U.S. Naval Academy who previously served as a foreign service officer in post-war Iraq and as deputy coordinator for counterterrorism in the State Department.

John Pike, the director of globalsecurity.org, said it would be putting it "mildly" to call it a conspiracy theory. And Gartenstein-Ross also used that term, tweeting that Trump’s effort to make this argument was a "transparently fallacious conspiracy theory."

Not that Breitbart has backed down from its story.

Trump Evangelical Adviser: God Won't Heal Racism Under Clinton Because She's 'Anchored In Anti-Biblical Darkness'

Bishop Harry Jackson, a member of Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board, joined fellow advisory board member Mark Burns on his “The Colors That Unite” program on Sunday to discuss “why African Americans should vote for Donald Trump.”

Responding to a caller who said that she feared for her white son and his wife who live near Ferguson, Missouri, Jackson directed listeners to his “The Reconciled Church” website, which he said offers ways to combat “the problem of race in America, black lives matter and all of that.”

But, he said, nothing can be done without “a spiritual awakening,” which can never be achieved under Hillary Clinton “because her agenda is anchored in anti-biblical darkness”:

I think we win this battle against racism heart to heart, house to house, community to community. And I think we’ll win, ultimately, we need a spiritual awakening in America because of its sin. Now if we promote, though, unrighteous ideas like promulgating abortion … then we’ll hinder God’s process of restoration for the nation. So, for me, anybody but Hillary’s where I’m at because, just because her agenda is anchored in anti-biblical darkness, it is an ungodly ethos at the very heart of it, and Donald Trump is for free enterprise and he is for lift that will bring dignity to all people.

The Men Who Say God Says A Woman Shouldn’t Be President

Hillary Clinton has faced her share of sexist attacks in her presidential campaign, and plenty of Clinton supporters have been accused of voting for her “just because she’s a woman,” but attacking Clinton explicitly for being a woman has generally been considered to be beyond the pale. Except, that is, among a small segment of Religious Right activists who believe that God proscribes women from taking political leadership roles and are willing to talk about it.

Back in 2008, when John McCain picked Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate, some Religious Right leaders had muddled reactions to a female nominee who also happened to share many of their policy priorities.

The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins explained that there was no contradiction in supporting a woman as vice president even though he is a member of a denomination that bars women from serving as pastors because the Bible only prohibits a woman from being a “spiritual leader.” Richard Land, then the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s political arm, said that it was perfectly fine for Palin to serve in the role as long as her husband was okay with it. Al Mohler said that while he was thrilled with Palin’s politics, if he were her pastor he “would be concerned about how she could balance these responsibilities and what this would mean for her family and her roles as wife and mother.”

Michele Bachmann met some similar reactions when she ran for president in 2012, complicated by the fact that Bachmann herself had declared adherence to submission theology, the belief, as Sarah Posner has explained, that the “husband is the spiritual head of the household, the wife his obedient ‘helpmeet,’ the vessel for their children, devoted mother, and warrior for the faith.” Bachmann deflected those criticisms using logic similar to Perkins’, saying that the presidency “is not a spiritual position, it is a position of authority in our government, it is very different from that of a wife to her husband.”

Not everyone was convinced. While Bryan Fischer, then an official with the American Family Association, wrote early on in Bachmann’s campaign that the congresswoman was “in fact submitting to her husband by running for president ” because her husband had urged her to run, he did not seem completely convinced of his own point. Fischer said on his radio program the very same week that a woman should be allowed to become president only as a last resort “if God can't find any men with the spine and with the testicular fortitude” to lead. In that case, he said, God would “send a woman to do a man’s job.” As the election approached, Fischer went back to stating his belief that political leadership should be “reserved for the hands of males.”

It’s not surprising, then, that the question of whether a woman should be president has bubbled up again this year among some of the same people. Fischer declared this week that he doesn’t “believe that women should be entrusted with high political office,” implying that it would be reasonable to “vote for Trump because he's a man.”

Sam Roher, a former Pennsylvania state legislator who heads the American Pastors Network, which works to organize politically engaged conservative pastors, cited the book of Isaiah this month to argue that having women in political leadership is a mark of judgment upon a nation. “God does raise up women,” he explained, “there is no question about it, but the real condemnation is not the women in office, the condemnation is the disregard and the absolute inability for male leadership to perform as God intended it and I believe that that's the application for us now.”

Gary Dull, a board member of the pastors’ network who also runs its Pennsylvania chapter, used the same passage from Isaiah to argue more firmly that women should not lead nations. “In God's line of authority,” he said last month, “it seems very clear in the scripture that a woman should not be in authority over men, which would limit a woman from being the president of the United States of America or even a queen of some other particular nation.”

Kevin Swanson, a fringe pastor who nonetheless hosted three GOP presidential candidates at a campaign event in Iowa last year, responded to Clinton’s candidacy this month by saying that electing a female president would be “the final chapter” in feminists’ war against America. The white nationalist radio host James Edwards — a big Donald Trump fan — has cited “God’s law” to question whether a woman should be president.

And this isn’t even to mention the fringe activists who have said that women shouldn’t even be allowed to vote, including Theodore Shoebat, who recently managed to feed a conspiracy theory about Khizr Khan to the Trump campaign. Jesse Lee Peterson, a frequent guest on conservative talk shows, has also argued that women should never have been given the right to vote.

Those who think a female candidate should be disqualified from the presidency are mercifully few. And submission theology, which deals with a woman’s role in the household and the world, varies greatly among those who preach it. But as the reactions to Clinton’s candidacy have shown, the question of whether a woman should be president hasn’t been entirely settled in the Christian Right. After all, as Phyllis Schlafly says, who needs a woman president when “all our greatest presidents have been men"?

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