Eric Trump Says His Father's Iraq War Views Should Be Off Limits Because He Was A 'Private Citizen'

Eric Trump, the son of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, said in a radio interview this morning that his father is being unfairly asked about his early views on the invasion of Iraq because he was a “private citizen” at the time and was “not really studying these issues.”

Trump has repeatedly claimed on the campaign trail that he was opposed to the war in Iraq from the beginning; when evidence emerged that that is not the case, he claimed that he told radio host Sean Hannity that he opposed the war in conversations that conveniently do not survive on tape.

Eric Trump made the comment in a discussion of the upcoming presidential debate with conservative radio host Mike Gallagher this morning.

The younger Trump agreed with Gallagher that his father shouldn’t try to moderate his behavior because he’s able to “communicate with everyday, hard-working Americans like you and me.”

He complained that Lester Holt, the moderator of the last debate, was “totally biased” and failed to “ask one thing about the greatest Ponzi scheme in American history, which is the Clinton Foundation.”

Instead, he said, “we got the standard nonsense question, which is ‘Well, were you or were you not against the war in Iraq when you were a private citizen and you commented briefly for two seconds on the Howard Stern show.’ … When you’re building residential buildings all around the world and you’re not a politician you’re not really studying these issues at the time.”

Earlier in the interview, Eric Trump mused, “You know, I almost think you should have to contribute something to society before you can run.”

Implying that Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state who has had a long career in public service, has done nothing to contribute to society, he boasted of his father’s supposedly great business success, claiming that “everything he’s ever done” has “turned to gold.”

“My father’s built incredible companies and he’s been an incredible success and everything he’s ever done, he’s turned to gold, you know, it’s really turned to gold,” he said.

Rick Wiles: Nuclear War And Mass Arrest Of Obama Opponents Is Imminent

Yesterday, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles predicted that a Russian nuclear strike on America could come as soon as next week, explaining that God told him directly that Vladimir Putin “has already made the decision” to “cut off the head of the snake” and go “to war with the United States.”

Wiles, who frequently predicts imminent nuclear war, lamented that “nobody has figured out that Russia’s getting ready for nuclear war, the public hasn’t figured this out yet, but possibly next week, this is how fast it can change, possibly next week the American people may realize that we’re staring at a nuclear war.”

He went on to praise Russia’s intervention in the Syrian civil war, while insisting that “Obama could have me arrested by his dark forces” for “what I just said.”

President Obama, according to Wiles, has “mandated the military arrest of anybody opposing his policies in Syria.” The people the president arrests, he said, will be “taken to a black site.”

Joseph Farah: Electing 'Witch' Hillary Clinton Will 'Shorten My Life'

WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah begged readers today to vote against Hillary Clinton in November, calling the former secretary of state “annoying,” “unbearable” and “shrill.”

Indeed, Farah wrote that if “this witch” ever became president, it may do great damage to his health because “the mere thought of her in power will make me sick to my stomach and shorten my life.”

“It’s enough to make me sick that she is even in the race,” he wrote.

Earlier this week, Farah claimed that he will “fear for my life” if Clinton is elected president.

If you’re like me, you are just plain sick and tired of this woman. You find her annoying, insufferable, unbearable, DEPLORABLE, detestable, arrogant, intolerable, haughty, imperious, pompous, presumptuous, shrill, cold, calculating, contemptuous, self-important, autocratic and lacking any appeal whatsoever.

Do I have that about right?

And the big question I have for every American – from those already supporting Donald Trump to those who supported her opponent, Bernie Sanders, in the Democratic primaries – is this: Can you even imagine enduring four years of this witch as president?

I’m sorry, it’s that personal for me.

I don’t really care about her health. I care about mine.

It’s not just that I know she is a vindictive, petty, intolerant monster who will target those with whom she disagrees for all manner of calamity. It’s that the mere thought of her in power will make me sick to my stomach and shorten my life.

Just exactly why would anyone vote for Hillary Clinton?

It’s enough to make me sick that she is even in the race.

Jim Bakker: Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia Was God's Warning Of Imminent Collapse—So Order Food Buckets!

Televangelist Jim Bakker claimed on his program last week that the pneumonia that caused Hillary Clinton to grow faint and leave a 9/11 memorial event in New York this month was in fact a sign from God that a “collapse” is coming and that people should buy survivalist products from his ministry.

Bakker told his studio audience that “something’s going on” to cause people to start ordering food buckets and generators from his ministry. “You know, when you move with the prophets, you know when things are happening,” he said.

He revealed that that “something” has to do with the election, and specifically with Clinton’s health episode at the 9/11 memorial.

The September 11, 2001, attacks were “probably the most stern warning God every gave to America,” he said.

Clinton, he said, collapsed on “the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and she was at 9/11, she was at and on the spot of 9/11.”

“Tell me, is God trying to tell us something?” he asked.

“There’s a collapse coming, much bigger than that collapse,” he said in answer to his own question. “That was the prophetic signal that that would be, on 9/11, at 9/11—give me the odds for that happening—where the towers came down 15 years ago to that day. It’s time to be ready.”

Cindy Jacobs: Christians Must Vote To Stop The US From 'Polluting' Other Nations With Gay Pride Flags

"Respected prophet" Cindy Jacobs and her husband Mike preached at a church in Ohio last week that is run by Frank Amedia, who has played an important role in mobilizing Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians to support Donald Trump.

In their sermon, the Jacobses urged those in the congregation to be sure to vote in November in order to stop the U.S. from promoting LGBT rights throughout the world.

Mike Jacobs declared that as he and Cindy travel abroad, they are constantly having to repent to their fellow Christians "for actions taken by the leadership of the United States of America" in pushing homosexuality upon other nations.

They recounted a recent mission trip they took to Costa Rica, where they discovered a gay pride flag flying outside the U.S. embassy. "That embassy represents you," Mike Jacobs fumed as he displayed a photo of the rainbow flag flying outside the embassy. "Are they representing you when they do that?"

Cindy was similarly outraged, saying that local Christian leaders in Costa Rica "were all complaining to us about America and what we're doing, how the ambassadors that were chosen were homosexual couples that were put in and sent into all the schools of their country, even though it was against their laws to have same-sex marriages and they were mad at us because we're polluting their nations."

"It matters who you vote for because who you vote for will put ambassadors in that will be our voice in the nations," she said. "So we began shooting off emails, Mike did and and I did, to people we know in the U.S. and the next day that gay flag was down."

For the record, the U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica is S. Fitzgerald Haney and he is not gay:

Ambassador Haney was born in Nashville, Tennessee and grew up outside of Chicago, in Naperville, Illinois.  He and his wife, Rabbi Andrea Haney, have four children and most recently resided in Englewood, New Jersey.

Shoebat.com Contributor Says God Sent Hurricane Matthew To Stop Orlando Gay Pride Event

Andrew Bieszad, a contributor to Shoebat.com, the website run by anti-gay extremists Walid and Theodore Shoebat, has some thoughts about Hurricane Matthew, which is expected to strike the East Coast of the United States in the coming days: "Hurricane Matthew Is The Wrath Of God Poured Out On The Cities Of Orlando And Savannah For Supporting The Evil Sodomites."

God is sending this hurricane, Bieszad states, as "a sign of His anger" against America for tolerating homosexuality and to thwart a gay pride festival scheduled to take place in Orlando this weekend.

"You want to stop not this hurricane, but future catastrophes?" he asks. "Then stop sinning, especially with sodomy":

The Bible clearly teaches that in the Old Testament whenever the Hebrews were very disobedient towards God, He would send punishments against them, many times in the forms of natural disasters. Christian history also recognizes the same, where God will use His creation to execute judgment against the wicked. While not all bad weather is necessarily a sign of sin, both sacred scripture and sacred tradition clearly note that it can be so. Now we know that Florida is an area that is infected with sin, especially cities such as Miami and Orlando, which are veritable dens of sodomy. But instead of looking at mere particularities, I thought I would ask a broader question- Is there any “homosexual” activities going on this month in either the Orlando or Savannah areas? Sure enough, I found that both Orlando and Savannah are having massive sodomite pride parades this month, especially in Orlando, which is sponsoring this very weekend as the hurricane is about to hit a massive “coming out” parade sponsored no less than with the major support of the city itself and major corporate backers ... How interesting it is that Matthew is set to smash Orlando and Savannah during their sodomite parades!


A hurricane- the storms from an evil being- named after the New Testament Evangelist whose symbol is an angel- a messenger of God and and executor of His will among and upon men- is about to make landfall on the exact area where two massive sodomite parades are taking place and almost to the day for the largest one, and the exact day the hurricane is scheduled to hit is the Feast Day of the Holiest Prayer in the Catholic Church used to fight the most wicked of sins and heresies given by the Mother of God herself.

Coincidence? You be the judge. Personally, given America’s love affair with the worst forms of perversity, it is a sign of His anger against us for our obstinate attitude towards sin and refusal to repent for our evil ways.

You want to stop not this hurricane, but future catastrophes? Then stop sinning, especially with sodomy, as it is one of the four sins in the Bible which cry out to God for vengeance, which we are seeing now. 

PFAW and Allies Call Attention to Sen. Ayotte’s Obstruction of Other Federal Judicial Nominees

Members of People For the American Way and Granite State Progress delivered 92 empty chairs to U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte’s Nashua district office yesterday to symbolize the seats on the federal courts left vacant by Republican obstruction of the president’s judicial nominees. This event took place on the first day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term as part of a nationwide Day of Action to call attention to the dozens of unfilled vacancies on the federal courts.

When it comes to partisan filibustering of judicial nominees, Sen. Ayotte has consistently taken her marching orders from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. She was a willing partner in Republican efforts to filibuster highly qualified nominees to fill circuit and district court vacancies. In late 2013, she even followed McConnell’s party edict to filibuster all three of President Obama’s D.C. Circuit nominees. Senate Republicans admitted that this was not based on any nominee’s qualifications—they argued that Obama should not be able to fill any of the three vacancies on the 11-member court. It was a transparent effort to keep the D.C. Circuit with a majority of very conservative judges.  And since Ayotte’s party took over the Senate last year, the number of judicial vacancies has doubled, while the number of those designated emergencies has tripled.

“Now that the Senate is out for recess through the election and the Supreme Court is beginning a new session, it’s official: Sen. Kelly Ayotte hasn’t only aided some of the most far-right Republicans in the Senate by refusing to move forward with hearings and a vote to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, but she’s also stood with obstructionist Republicans in refusing to take action on other federal judicial nominations,” said Linds Jakows, NH Campaign Organizer with People For the American Way. “This is especially troubling since she tries so hard to brand herself as ‘bipartisan and independent.’ She clearly hasn’t listened to voters who know that obstructing justice on the highest courts and paving the way for Trump’s extreme shortlist is neither independent nor bipartisan.”


Sandy Rios: Conservatives Will Be Put In 'Reeducation Camps' If Clinton Wins

Today, American Family Association officials Sandy Rios and Tim Wildmon urged conservatives wary of supporting Donald Trump to come aboard the Trump train, warning of dire consequences if Hillary Clinton is elected president.

“Illegal immigrants are pouring over the southern border even as we speak,” Rios, the group’s director of governmental affairs, warned during a conversation with Wildmon on her morning radio show.

She explained that immigrants want to “get in now” before Trump is elected president.

“If we, meaning Americans who love this country, prevail in this election, it will be nothing short of a miracle,” she said.

Wildmon, AFA’s president, concurred: “I always hate to say this is the last chance—”

“I believe it is, actually,” Rios interjected.

Wildmon went on to say that in the battle between “secular progressivism versus constitutional conservatism, this may be the last chance to stop these people from completely overtaking our country.”

Rios then said that conservatives who oppose abortion rights and marriage equality may be forced into “reeducation camps” if America’s progressive course continues:

Plus, the blatant reports on the loss of religious freedom. Actually, Tim, to make it very personal, I’ve said this to you privately, all of us that are conservative and believe in traditional marriage, believe that the life of the unborn should be defended, are going to be in the crosshairs of the IRS, all of the—even the FBI now, we can’t trust our federal agencies. And we are going to be, many of us, in fact in inside circles in D.C. we’re always saying we’re going to be in reeducation camps, and really that’s not a quantum leap.

Jesse Lee Peterson Claims Obama Made America 'Hell' Because Black People 'Destroy' Places

Conservative activist Jesse Lee Peterson used his radio program yesterday to discuss his recent column urging Donald Trump to be harsher on the “evil” Hillary Clinton, which led him to go off on a tangent about how “America has been hell” and “a nightmare” under President Obama, who has turned the country “into a ghetto.”

This, Peterson argued at length, is because African Americans lack “character” and “destroy” the places where they live, so that if every white person were to pack up and leave the country, within ten years “America will have become a complete ghetto":

I’ve said in the past that due to the lack of moral character—and not all, not all, not all, not all, not all but most, not all but most—if white people were to pack up and leave this country, just walk away, just with the clothes on their backs, and they said to black America, ‘We’re going to give America to you, you can have it, we’re not going to take anything with us but what we have on, may we please wear our clothes out of here, but everything else in our homes, in our communities, in the banks and everything, you can just have it,’ I guarantee you in 10 years or less, but definitely 10 years, America will have become a complete ghetto, 100 percent ghetto. It has nothing to do with color but the lack of character. When you don’t have character, you are a very destructive, don’t-care kind of person. We see it happening already in the urban areas around the country.

So just imagine what this black man has done to this country. He didn’t make it better. Isn’t that unfortunate? He did not make it better, he did not unite the country. He destroyed the country that was already built … It was already built and everything, running well and blah, blah, blah, and he could not take it and build on it and make it better. Just like when white people move out of the cities, when blacks start moving in, whites pack up and leave, and it’s already nice and beautiful and the only thing that blacks need to do is go in and continue what’s already happening. But instead they go in and they destroy it. Isn’t that amazing? So, this country is 240 years now … so all he had to do was just live, really , make it better, add on to it, not take away from it.

Peterson, who is black, added that Obama is proud of destroying the country “because he’s a man who lacks character,” he “has a ghetto personality” and “his soul is dead, he’s an evil man and he’s turned this country into a ghetto.”

'We're Not Losers!' Alex Jones In Frenzy After Julian Assange Fails To Topple Clinton

For days, Donald Trump’s supporters in conservative media were gearing up for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s press conference today that they believed would doom Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

No one was more excited than Alex Jones, an outspoken supporter of Trump who has hosted the GOP candidate on his show, and Roger Stone, an informal adviser to Trump and frequent Jones guest.

On Sunday, Jones reported that “Roger is saying that this is ‘the end of Hillary on Wednesday’ and I agree.”

Stone told Jones’ InfoWars network that “the motherlode is coming Wednesday…it’s handcuff time.” The next day, Stone expressed confidence that Assange would "deliver the payload” that would bring down Clinton, tweeting:



Trump ally Wayne Allyn Root similarly assured his fans that Assange was set to release “devastating info on Hillary. That’s assuming Obama & Hillary don’t murder him w/drone strike overnight.” He also said that he was staying up to watch Assange’s announcement—“it’s like staying up for Christmas!”—and wondered if Clinton would need to receive an “adrenaline shot” when she got the news of Assange’s big announcement.

Just before Assange started his remarks, Jones waited with bated breath.

“We better hear some major dirt,” he said. “I’ve been told by Stone and others that have been in contact with him that we’re about to get ‘devastation of the Clintons.’ We’re up at 4 a.m. Central.”

But his confidence that Assange would release a “devastating coup de grace” and “deathblow” to Clinton quickly subsided when it became apparent that Assange was only announcing that he would release new information in the future, although not necessarily connected to Clinton.

Jones, who switched between screaming, singing and rapping during his commentary, was not pleased with Assange’s address, warning him that Clinton is trying to murder him and even tying his newfound contempt for the “Wiki-turds” founder back to his conspiracy theory that Michelle Obama is transgender: “Of the two trannies, she has definitely got the bigger gun.”

He added: “Julian Assange is a Hillary butt plug, Assange is a Hillary butt probe.”

Eventually, Jones channeled Ludacris:

You better release it all within 12 hours or you’re done. We’ve been Wiki-rolled. Who bought them TVs, bitch, tell me that? Move, bitch, get out the way. Get out the way, bitch, get out the way. Move, bitch, get out the way, I mean, you get out the way man. You think you bitched us? You think you rolled us? You ain’t seen nothing yet, Assange. I’m rolling Hillary. I’m the dark heart. We ain’t backing down. Just because you’re a fake chump don’t mean we are. Get ready!

“We’re not losers because we got trolled by Julian Assange,” Jones said, calling Assange’s press conference “hammered shit” and “Hillary’s ‘October Surprise.’”

“You released nothing,” he continued. “You trolled the world…. I am embarrassed, I feel chumped, I feel trolled.”

Naturally, Jones suspected that Assange has now joined forces with the evil globalists.

“I think they’ve gotten to Assange and promised him some type of immunity deal if he rolls over, I think that deal’s been made.”

David Barton's 'School Of Practical Government' Will 'Go Out And Take Over This Mountain Of Government'

Right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton appeared on Andrew Wommack's "The Gospel Truth" program this week to discuss the "School of Practical Government" that he has established at Wommak's Charis Bible College in Colorado for the purpose of training conservative Christian activists to take control of government in order to implement biblical public policies.

After Wommack said that he was excited that this school will be training Christians to "go out and take over this mountain of government," Mark Cowart, a local Colorado pastor who is serving as director of the school, made clear that it was going to be heavily rooted in Seven Mountains domionionism, which is the idea that conservative Christians are called by God to take control of the seven key areas of culture: business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family and religion.  

"I have never been more excited and more encouraged that the Lord has birthed this Practical Government school," Cowart said, "and I believe here at Charis, God's gonna raise up an army to take that mountain of government back."

Wommack said that the school was lucky to have someone like Barton on board, because he is willing to "take the hits" for standing for God, to which Barton replied that he has no choice because God is keeping score. 

After absurdly claiming that the ACLU once spent a million dollars trying to discredit him, Barton said that George Soros is now spending all sorts of money to pay people to do nothing but attack him.

"Fine, whatever," Barton said. "I'm convinced God keeps score, not only with what happens but with what I do, and if I go silent because of what they did, He keeps score on me with that and I'll be in trouble so I have no option."

Ann Coulter Blames Never Trump Movement On Atheism

Ann Coulter joined conservative radio host Eric Metaxas, a fellow Donald Trump fan, on his radio program yesterday, where the two criticized Never Trump conservatives such as Thomas Sowell, Erick Erickson, George Will and Charles Murray and warned that America will collapse if Trump doesn’t win the upcoming election.

Coulter said that Will and Murray may have refused to get behind Trump because they are atheists who care about the opinions of others rather than God’s opinion.

“They are both atheists,” she said. “I guess status matters. As I always say, the reason status doesn’t matter to Christians is we’re looking up. If you have nothing to look up to, if you’re not getting your standard from God, then you have to look around. It’s either lateral or horizontal or vertical. You’re looking around and it matters to you—the opinion of other people.”

Metaxas, for his part, said Will and Murray are out-of-touch, “hyper-preppy” elitists who find it too “embarrassing” to support for the self-proclaimed billionaire. “I think that a lot of the unwashed ‘boob-geoisie,’ the ‘deplorables,’ are going to vote for Trump,” he said, “but right now the media is pushing so hard in the other direction that I’m actually wondering for the first time whether it’s possible for Trump to win this election. And if he doesn’t win the election, then I think it’s a sign that we are done as a country.”

“It’s over,” Coulter said.

Earlier in the program, Metaxas asked if it was “possible” that Hillary Clinton was wearing a “battery pack or something” and an earpiece during the last week’s debate with Trump and “had people feeding her stuff.”

Coulter said she doubted Metaxas’ conspiracy theory, but then suggested that Clinton, due to poor health, “had a lot of pep pills before that debate so whatever that pack was, it could’ve had something to do with her health.”

“She is Tracy Flick in the election and oh she has all of her little facts and figures and deflections and talking points and I think she could’ve reeled off talking points for another hour,” she said. “She looked shockingly, surprisingly healthy.”

Metaxas then joked that Clinton might have been using heroin.

After Week Of Sexist Meltdowns, Anti-Choice Activists Stick With Candidate Who Once 'Disgusted' Them

In late January, just days before Iowa caucus-goers cast the first votes of the presidential nominating contests, a coalition of leading women in the anti-abortion movement issued a scathing open letter urging Republican voters "to support anyone but Donald Trump." They cited what they saw as Trump's lack of commitment on their key issue, including their doubts about whether he would nominate justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, help them to defund Planned Parenthood, or pick a vice president friendly to the anti-abortion cause.

But the letter ended with something more personal: an indictment of Trump's appalling treatment of women.

Moreover, as women, we are disgusted by Mr. Trump’s treatment of individuals, women, in particular. He has impugned the dignity of women, most notably Megyn Kelly, he mocked and bullied Carly Fiorina, and has through the years made disparaging public comments to and about many women. Further, Mr. Trump has profited from the exploitation of women in his Atlantic City casino hotel which boasted of the first strip club casino in the country.

America will only be a great nation when we have leaders of strong character who will defend both unborn children and the dignity of women. We cannot trust Donald Trump to do either. Therefore we urge our fellow citizens to support an alternative candidate.

Signing the letter were Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser and her SBA colleagues Jill Stanek and Marilyn Musgrave, former National Organization for Marriage leader Maggie Gallagher, activist Star Parker, Concerned Women for America founder Beverly LaHaye and CWA president Penny Nance.

Many of these activists have tried to paint the anti-abortion movement as a feminist, woman-centered endeavor and portray Planned Parenthood and Democrats as the true enemies of women.

Eight months later, several of the women who signed the letter are supporting Trump’s candidacy and a few are even “pro-life” advisers to his campaign.

What changed?

Certainly not Trump. Yesterday the Associated Press published a story detailing Trump’s history of demeaning treatment of women on the set of his reality show “The Apprentice”:

During one season, Trump called for female contestants to wear shorter dresses that also showed more cleavage, according to contestant Gene Folkes. Several cast members said Trump had one female contestant twirl before him so he could ogle her figure.

Randal Pinkett, who won the program in December 2005 and who has recently criticized Trump during his run for president, said he remembered the real estate mogul talking about which female contestants he wanted to sleep with, even though Trump had married former model Melania Knauss earlier that year: "He was like 'Isn't she hot, check her out,' kind of gawking, something to the effect of 'I'd like to hit that.' "

Former producer Katherine Walker said Trump frequently talked about women's bodies during the five seasons she worked with him and said he speculated about which female contestant would be "a tiger in bed."

A former crew member who signed a non-disclosure agreement and asked not to be identified, recalled that Trump asked male contestants whether they would sleep with a particular female contestant, then expressed his own interest.

"We were in the boardroom one time figuring out who to blame for the task, and he just stopped in the middle and pointed to someone and said, 'You'd f... her, wouldn't you? I'd f... her. C'mon, wouldn't you?'"

The person continued: "Everyone is trying to make him stop talking, and the woman is shrinking in her seat."

This story came just days after Trump, in the first presidential debate against Hillary Clinton, defended his history of comments demeaning women by saying that one object of those comments, Rosie O’Donnell, “deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her.” At the same debate, Clinton got under Trump’s skin by bringing up his treatment of Alicia Machado, the Miss Universe winner whom he reportedly called “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.” Trump responded the next day by explaining that Machado had “gained a massive amount of weight.” Then, a few days later, Trump took to Twitter in the middle of the night to call Machado “disgusting” and urge Americans to “check out” her nonexistent “sex tape,” only for it to be revealed that Trump himself was featured in a 2000 pornographic film by Playboy.

It was between the debate and the “sex tape” tweet that Trump’s campaign announced the formation of a “pro-life advisory council” that would work to help solidify social conservative support for the GOP nominee. The council, as had previously been announced, would be led by Dannenfelser. Its members would include Nance and Stanek, both of whom signed the anti-Trump letter with Dannenfelser back in January.

Some of the signers of that January letter have held firm, notably Gallagher, who wrote in The National Review in May that it would be “just too degrading” to support Trump. “If you join Team Trump,” she wrote, “you have to swallow not just what Trump has done and said but the next thing he will say or do. Truthfully, I think he lost me in March, when all it took was just a little prodding from little Marco to get the man to discuss his genitals on national TV. I don’t know what insulting, immoral, gross thing he will say next.”

Gallagher’s observation has held true, as Trump’s supporters have, again and again, had to put up with “the next thing he will say or do.”

But for the core of Trump’s new anti-choice team, his new promises to nominate justices who would overturn Roe and to sign a bill defunding Planned Parenthood and his pick of anti-choice hero Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate seem to have erased any concerns about his “disgusting” treatment of women—even as he continues what they once called his “disparaging public comments.”

The anti-choice movement is increasingly attempting to portray itself as “pro-women” rather than just anti-abortion. The support of activists like Dannenfelser for Trump, even after he gets caught in sexist meltdown after sexist meltdown, shows that for much of the movement this “pro-women” rhetoric is just window dressing.

Trump Helped Finance Religious Right Groups Before Presidential Bid

Donald Trump’s efforts to cozy up to the Religious Right started well before he announced his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

According to a report today from Real Clear Politics, Trump used his personal foundation, which he has not donated to since 2008 and is “funded by outside donors,” to make donations to prominent conservative groups, including Religious Right organizations, as far back as 2011.

Trump’s foundation contributed to social conservative groups in key GOP primary states such as South Carolina’s Palmetto Family Council and Iowa’s The Family Leader. Other beneficiaries included the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, led by Franklin Graham; the Citizens United Foundation, run by future Trump campaign official David Bossie; and the American Conservative Union Foundation, which hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

“Such contributions, if they were made solely for Trump’s benefit, could violate federal self-dealing laws for private foundations,” RCP’s Rebecca Berg notes.

From 2011 through 2014, Trump harnessed his eponymous foundation to send at least $286,000 to influential conservative or policy groups, a RealClearPolitics review of the foundation’s tax filings found. In many cases, this flow of money corresponded to prime speaking slots or endorsements that aided Trump as he sought to recast himself as a plausible Republican candidate for president.

Although sources familiar with the thinking behind the donations cautioned that Trump did not explicitly ask for favors in return for the money, they said the contributions were part of a deliberate effort by Trump to ingratiate himself with influential conservatives and brighten his political prospects.

If the Trump foundation sent its money to The Family Leader and not its affiliated nonprofit, it did not properly note it in the filing and might have failed to earmark the money for charitable purposes, a violation of IRS rules. If the money was sent to the Family Leader Foundation, it was not recorded as such.

“If what he talked about was promoting his candidacy or fundraising for his campaign, it is not only self-dealing but potentially involves the foundation in making a grant to support political activity,” said [Rosemary] Fei. “That’s prohibited.”

Newt Gingrich Says Pastors Have A Duty To Run For Office And Fight 'Totalitarian Secularism'

The American Renewal Project, an effort organized by Christian nationalist and Religious Right political operative David Lane to encourage pastors to run for office and to mobilize their congregations to get involved in politics, posted a video yesterday featuring Newt Gingrich telling pastors that they have a duty to fight back against "those who would impose a totalitarian secularism on us."

"You're at a moment in history that is as defining as anything in the Old Testament," Gingrich said. "You're at a point where some people have to have the courage to witness for Christ, some people have to have the courage to tell the truth to their flock, some people have to have the courage to get into the public arena themselves."

Gingrich is proud to be a part of Lane's efforts to "encourage ministers to run for office" because ministers played a key role in the founding of this nation, he said, and today "we desperately need your help."

"We have not seen the Judeo-Christian historic traditions threatened the way they are today ever in American history," Gingrich said. "I think you have a duty ... to have the courage to stand up and tell the truth; tell the truth about those who would impose a totalitarian secularism on us, force us to bow to the power of the government in order to do things that our religious forbids, you have a duty to tell the truth about those who would kill us in the name of Islamic supremacy. And if you do your duty, you will be part of launching a Great Awakening that could once again help America."

People For the American Way Launches Ad Campaign Urging Latino Voters to Register in Order to Oppose Trump on Election Day

Radio and Digital Ads in North Carolina, Ohio, Arizona, Georgia, Virginia; Digital Ads in Nevada, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia, Virginia

Today, progressive advocacy organization People For the American Way (PFAW) launched a bilingual voter registration ad campaign as part of the group’s Latinos Vote! program, urging Latinos to register in order to vote against Donald Trump and his campaign of bigotry on Election Day.

The campaign includes Spanish-language radio ads in North Carolina, Ohio, Arizona, Georgia, and Virginia sending the message that Trump—who has called immigrants “rapists” and “killers” and supports a mass deportation agenda—could be the next president if listeners don’t register to vote in time and to vote against him. You can listen to the ad here.

The campaign also features bilingual digital ads, including a political cartoon urging people to register to vote against Trump by renowned Chicano cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz and a video message from the Grammy award winning band Los Tigres del Norte:

You can watch a message from Los Tigres del Norte here.

These ads will run on Facebook and Twitter in Nevada, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia, Virginia. PFAW's Spanish-language radio ad with Priorities USA continues to run in Nevada this week.

Key statements from national and local leaders on the importance of registering to vote and the upcoming vice presidential debate tonight:

Rita Moreno, award-winning actress and singer: "Never before have we had a presidential candidate as xenophobic and unhinged as Donald Trump, and never before have Latino voters had as much power as we do now, through our votes, to decide the outcomes of elections. All those who aren't registered to vote should do so now—and remind everyone we know to do so as well—so that we keep a racist out of the White House."

Dolores Huerta, civil rights leader and PFAW board member: "Hillary Clinton has made clear that she stands with us, from pledging to introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship to laying out her plans for debt-free college, and Donald Trump continues to double down on mass deportation and lob insults at immigrant and Latino communities. The difference between their running mates is equally clear. While Tim Kaine has stood strong with immigrant communities in Virginia throughout his career, Mike Pence's record in Congress shows that he's an anti-immigrant extremist, from opposing comprehensive immigration reform to even supporting efforts to end birthright citizenship.

"To make sure that we are respected and our voices listened to over the next four and potentially eight years, we must make sure we’re ready to vote for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine and against Donald Trump and Mike Pence. We’ll win this election when we all do our part and turn out to vote—and encourage our friends and family members to do so as well."

Grammy-winning band Los Tigres del Norte: "We're urging our fans to register to vote now because we have a racist who wants to be the leader of our country--and we cannot let that happen. We are for Hillary, because she respects us and values all people as equal, unlike Donald Trump, who calls us all criminals and would like to deport millions of people from this country. He'd hurt all of his through his racism and his dangerous policies."

Chicano artist Lalo Alcaraz: "Donald Trump is a caricature of himself with his xenophobia, his sexism, and his overall hatred of anyone who dares disagree with him. While we may laugh at him and agree that he can never become our president, it's our votes that count. Through registering to vote, we will make a difference in this election. We'll stand up to the racist bully and defeat him when a record number of Latinos in this country turn out to vote against Donald Trump."

PFAW President Michael Keegan: “While Trump’s bigotry goes against everything our country stands for, he could become the next President of the United States. But Latino voters in particular can stop him and ensure that his Republican allies aren’t elected in the Senate or the House. That’s why it’s critically important that everyone who can register to vote needs to do so before the deadline.”

PFAW Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo: "You can’t vote against Trump if you miss the deadline to register to vote. Voting is the best way to make our voices heard against Trump and the Republicans this year. Our campaign asks those who aren’t yet registered to do so now, and reminds listeners to update their registration if, for example, they’ve moved. If you are not sure if your registration is good to go, check it to make sure before the deadline!"

Alfonso Lopez, Virginia State Delegate: "Just as Virginia Latino voters were a critical part of President Obama, Tim Kaine, and Terry McAuliffe’s wins, we can be the margin of victory for Hillary Clinton this November. Our next president and vice president need to support economic growth for working families and protect families from deportation as a result of a broken immigration system—as Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine have made clear they'll do—not scapegoat our communities by painting us as criminals and job-takers—as Trump has done. Those who are eligible must register to vote before the deadline so we can prevent Donald Trump from becoming the next President of the United States."

Luis Angel Aguilar, CASA en Accion Advocacy and Elections Specialist: "I urge the moderators tonight to ask questions about the issues most important to voters here, like immigration reform, ensuring a living wage for workers, and affordable housing. What we already know about Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine is that they've embraced immigrant communities while Trump and Pence have built their campaign on the backs of immigrants. Latinos in Virginia will vote against them and their dangerous agendas."

Dan Ramos, Ohio State Representative: "It’s said that as Ohio goes, so goes the nation. This year, Latino voters in our state can stop Mr. Trump by voting in record numbers. We’ll reject his bigotry and instead vote for Hillary Clinton, who’s laid out in-depth plans to create jobs and reform our immigration system. It’s also critically important that we vote for Ted Strickland against Senator Rob Portman, who has endorsed Mr. Trump and previously voted against comprehensive immigration reform. He’s made clear that just like Mr. Trump, he stands against Ohio immigrant and Latino communities."

Pedro Marin, Georgia State Representative: "The number of Georgia Latinos registered to vote has more than doubled over the last ten years. If more of us register to vote—and go vote—Hillary Clinton could defeat Trump in our state. With increased voter registrations and a candidate as hateful as Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, I’m confident that we can use our voting power to ensure Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and mass deportation policies never reaches the White House."

Hector Vaca, Action NC Charlotte Director: "Trump is utterly unqualified for the presidency; he’s showed us throughout his campaign that he has no problem attacking people based on their race or ethnicity, and he’s proved that he doesn’t have the temperament to be trusted with key decisions about our country or our world. Latino voters in North Carolina are sadly no strangers to the anti-immigrant agenda of Trump and the Republican Party. That’s why we’ll reject not just Trump, but Governor McCrory and Senator Burr at the polls."

For more information about PFAW’s new campaign, or to request an interview, please email media@pfaw.org.


Robert Maginnis: Obama Has A 'More Islamic' Worldview

While chatting last week with televangelist Jim Bakker, Family Research Council senior fellow Robert Maginnis suggested that President Obama is biased against Christianity because of his “Islamic” worldview.

“The man had a Muslim father, he grew up part of his life in Indonesia,” Maginnis said. “When he is amongst a Muslim population, he is incredibly sympathetic, and apologetic for our Christian nation.”

“His worldview is that of being more Islamic than he is being Christian,” he continued, “so that explains to me why he would favor giving them a pass and coming down hard on a Christian, western civilization.”

Jim Bakker: The Devil Wants To Kill Donald Trump

Televangelist Jim Bakker warned last week that the devil is out to “kill” Donald Trump because of his opposition to abortion rights.

Bakker boasted about a 1979 interview he conducted with Ronald Reagan, in which the future president reportedly said that “America will become Sodom and Gomorrah” if the country doesn’t change its ways.

“They were saying the same things about him that they are saying about Trump today,” Bakker said. “The reason I mention Trump is because he is pro-life. He believes in protecting our borders.”

Trump, he said, now faces satanic attacks as a result of his opposition to abortion rights and desire to overturn Roe v. Wade: “They will kill for that. They will kill him for that. The devil, the demons of hell, will come out to protect the killing of babies. The devil loves to kill—tried to kill Jesus, tried to kill Moses at birth.”

Larry Pratt: Founders Would Want Everyone To Carry An M-16 'At A Minimum'

Larry Pratt, the executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, insisted over the weekend that the founding fathers would have wanted every military-age man in the U.S. to carry an M-16 rifle “at a minimum.”

Pratt invited Don Brockett, the author of a book called “The Tyrannical Rule of the U.S. Supreme Court,” to his “Gun Owners News Hour” program on Saturday. Brocket argued that the Second Amendment exists to allow states to defend themselves against invasion, which he said could mean that people should be allowed to have “equal weaponry” to an “invading army,” such as rocket-propelled grenades.

“In Article 1, Section 10, where the state can’t engage in war unless it’s invaded, well how can it defend itself if it’s being invaded if the people don’t have any Second Amendment right to arms?” Brockett asked. “And I maintain in the book, even though some may think this is going too far, that you’re entitled to the same measure of weapons as the weapons that might be used against you. So does that mean everybody can have an RPG in their home? I don’t know. I think we need to discuss it, because how could you stop the invading army unless you have the equal weaponry? Or if you want to provide it by your national guard, which can be distributed to individual citizens when that need comes about.”

Pratt responded that the Militia Acts of 1792 “seemed to provide for making sure all militia-age men had to have military firearms. Now, I suppose in today’s context, at a minimum that would be the machine gun battle rifle, the M-16, or whatever its modern, even more modern equivalent is, that every American soldier would be carrying. That would seem to me, if those were laws consistent with the Second Amendment, then that would be kind of what the founders and their successors had in mind.”

Brockett then brought up the possibility of a state needing to be prepared to repel “an invading army,” including perhaps “the federal government invading the state.”

RNC Attacks Tim Kaine For Being A Lawyer In 'Willie Horton' Style Ad

One day before the vice presidential debate, the Republican National Committee released an ad attacking Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine for his time as a criminal defense attorney.

Today, the RNC tweeted a Roll Call story that compares the ad to the Willie Horton ad, which was widely viewed as an example of racist dog whistle politics when it aired in the 1988 presidential campaign. The RNC later deleted its tweet.

RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer also tweeted the article but later deleted it.

“Long before Tim Kaine was in office, he consistently protected the worst kinds of people,” the narrator intones ominously before describing several cases that Kaine worked on when he was a pro bono attorney for defendants in death penalty cases. “Tim Kaine—he has a passion for defending the wrong people,” the narrator says.

When Kaine ran for governor of Virginia in 2005, he faced similar attacks, and Hillary Clinton has also endured criticism for representing a man accused of rape when she worked as a defense attorney in Arkansas.

The fact that the RNC would tout its ad’s similarities with the racist Willie Horton ad is bad enough, but the attack also strikes at the heart of the Sixth Amendment guarantee that in “all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial” and “have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.”

It seems the RNC believes that people accused of crimes, or at least vicious ones, simply shouldn’t have legal representation and/or that defense attorneys should not zealously represent their clients.

The RNC probably would have put together a great ad attacking John Adams, the lawyer who represented the British soldiers implicated in the Boston Massacre.

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