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Michael Savage: Donald Trump Is The Victim Of Racism

Last week on “The Savage Nation,” right-wing radio host Michael Savage continued to promote Donald Trump’s presidential bid, lamenting that “there is a high degree of racism against Donald Trump.”

And who are these anti-Trump racists? Why, they’re “the deviants, the perverts, the intellectual haters of America, the losers who are jealous of anybody who has succeeded,” Savage explained.

“A tremendous degree of racism is being directed at Donald Trump and he is expressing certainly no racial issues, none whatsoever; he is expressing nationalist issues, not racist issues,” Savage said. “But the perverted, deviant left is so twisted in their thinking that anyone who stands up for our borders, our language and our culture is to these sickos a racist.”

He said that these liberals “hate Trump” more than murderers, rapists and Al Qaeda terrorists “because liberalism is a mental disorder.”

“Hillary Clinton is the race-hater,” Savage, said, claiming that she is “winning votes with vile race games” and represents “a danger to our survival.”

“Any white person who votes for Hillary Clinton is basically digging their own grave and throwing the lime into the pit,” he said. “You’re digging your own grave because she is steaming up non-white people against whites” and “blames white people for everything that’s wrong with America and the world.”

Anti-American liberals and “Third World” immigrants, he continued, “hate Donald Trump” because “they fear the real American man standing up.”

Savage also defended Trump’s plan to sue journalists who write articles he doesn’t like and was particularly upset with Rachel Maddow: “Rachel Maddow is a snickering, snide human being who is full of insecurities, she despises herself, it’s obvious by her sophomoric innuendos at every turn. She represents everything wrong with America. Trump represents everything right with America: a rich man who made it on his own.”

Journalists who spread “the KKK smear” about Trump, Savage said, “should be arrested for what they’re doing.”

“I agree with him, there should be libel lawsuits against guys like Jake Tapper, in my opinion,” he said. “If there were libel laws that permitted you to sue people who smear you, guys like Jake Tapper would be in prison, they’d be in the poor house.”

He also ranted that “all the Europeans who fled Hitler came here and the first thing they did was poison the youth, the minds of the youth; instead of thanking America for taking them in, they poisoned the youth” with “socialism” and “anti-Americanism.”

Ted Cruz: Supreme Court On Brink Of Throwing Religious People In Prison

Last week at CPAC, Ted Cruz continued to baselessly assert that the Supreme Court is on the verge of crushing all freedom in America.

“We are one liberal justice away from the Supreme Court ruling that government can take our religious liberty away and force every one of us to violate our faith on penalty of prison or fine,” Cruz said. “We are one liberal justice away from the Supreme Court ordering Ten Commandments monuments torn down all over this country. We are one liberal justice away from the Supreme Court erasing the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights.”

He went on to warn that the World Court will reign supreme and veterans memorials will be torn down across America if Democrats are allowed to place any more justices on the Supreme Court.

Right-Wing Radio Show Airs Blackface Skit

While listening to Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America on a right-wing program called “Stuart Vener Tells It Like It Is,” which Pratt has appeared on in the past to share his anti-Obama views, we stumbled upon a racist spoof commercial that aired on the program.

The commercial features a man, presumably Vener, in blackface as he mockingly disparages black, Asian and Hispanic people.

BarbWire Pundit: Fight Satan By Voting For Donald Trump

Last week, right-wing commentator Sher Zieve took to BarbWire to warn that Donald Trump is facing criticism from inside and outside the GOP because “the ruling class members” know that he will thwart their plans for creating “a One-World Government” and retaining “their cushy, lucrative and powerful positions by dismantling all rights — and are in the process of doing so — of the proletariat (you know who-us) so that all elections in the future will have a predetermined outcome, for them, not for us.”

Leaders who are doing the bidding of these nefarious forces, Zieve said, “are destroying their own countries,” “flooding their countries with replacement voters and terrorists” and “passing new ‘anti-hate’ laws to shut the people up and keep them from complaining about their own enslavement.”

Backing Trump, she concluded, is the best way to fight these satanic leaders: “If all, or most, of the already-identified Luciferian 'bad guys and gals' are against Trump, at this juncture, I’m for him! How about you?”

Let’s face it, folks. The ruling class members — worldwide — are closer than they’ve ever been to a One-World Government and they do not intend to allow “upstart” Donald Trump to take the YUGE prize of the US presidency. This class has even inveigled the most listened to talk Radio “gurus” to trash Trump. Even the ‘top of the class’ hosts appear to have been persuaded to do so.

The world “leaders” intend to retain their cushy, lucrative and powerful positions by dismantling all rights — and are in the process of doing so — of the proletariat (you know who-us) so that all elections in the future will have a predetermined outcome, for them, not for us. Heck, it worked extremely well for Obama and this is a model they plan to reuse over and over again!

In the meantime said leaders are destroying their own countries (Obama was extremely excited and happy to do it) by obliterating their economies, flooding their countries with replacement voters and terrorists (so that the citizens of those countries would be overwhelmed and unable to respond quickly enough toward fighting them off) and passing new “anti-hate” laws to shut the people up and keep them from complaining about their own enslavement. If they do, in many countries (think Sweden for one) they’re arrested and placed in prison.

Our country is as close to its end as it’s ever been. If all, or most, of the already-identified Luciferian “bad guys and gals” are against Trump, at this juncture, I’m for him! How about you?

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” Ephesians 6:12

PFAW Hosts Telebriefing on Women’s Health Cases at the Supreme Court

Two days after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case about laws that use unnecessary regulations to shut down abortion clinics, PFAW held a member telebriefing on the two cases that may be the most significant for women’s reproductive rights in decades. The second case, which is about access to birth control and is being called “Hobby Lobby Part Two,” will be argued at the Supreme Court later this month.

On the call, actress and advocate Kathleen Turner, PFAW’s Marge Baker, Elliot Mincberg, and Drew Courtney, and the Center for Reproductive Rights’ Kelly Baden discussed what’s at stake in these cases – Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and Zubik v. Burwell – as well as the future of women’s reproductive rights.

Turner pointed out that these cases underscore the importance of our courts in keeping unconstitutional attacks in check and protecting women’s liberty and bodily autonomy. Baden went on to highlight the ways in which these attacks harm low-income and rural women in particular, who are least able to travel long distances and pay high price tags for abortion care.

You can listen to the full telebriefing here:

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Extremist Anti-Gay and Anti-Muslim Radio Host to Join Ted Cruz Rally

WASHINGTON – Today Bryan Fischer, a far-right radio host for the American Family Association, announced that he will be participating in a campaign rally with Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday. Fischer is among the most radical activists of the Religious Right movement, who has said that Muslims represent a “toxic cancer” to American society, that gay people shouldn’t be allowed to serve in public office, that gay activists are “Nazis,” that women shouldn’t hold positions of authority, and that the First Amendment only applies to Christians.

People For the American Way Director of Communications Drew Courtney released the following statement:

“First Ted Cruz touted the endorsement of an activist who thinks abortion doctors should be executed. Now he’s appearing at a rally with a radio host who called gay people Nazis. It’s increasingly clear that no right-wing leader is too extreme for Ted Cruz.

“This is the GOP leadership of today. Republicans are apparently unconcerned about dehumanizing and alienating religious minorities, LGBT people, and women. That Cruz will be sharing a stage with Bryan Fischer on the campaign trail shows just how far he is willing to go in embracing radical extremism.”

People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch has long documented Fischer’s anti-LGBT and anti-Muslim bigotry, including the headlines below:

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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Donald Trump Doubles Down On Torture After His Campaign Renounced It

At a rally today in Warren, Michigan, Donald Trump once again said that he would use torture even worse than waterboarding, a stance that contradicts a statement his campaign released earlier today.

"As far as I'm concerned, waterboarding is absolutely fine but we should go much further," he said.

In a statement today to the Wall Street Journal, Trump said that he wouldn’t use torture as president, despite his claim during the Fox News debate last night that, if elected, he would order the military to use torture and commit war crimes:

Mr. Trump, in a statement to The Wall Street Journal, said he would “use every legal power that I have to stop these terrorist enemies. I do, however, understand that the United States is bound by laws and treaties and I will not order our military or other officials to violate those laws and will seek their advice on such matters. I will not order a military officer to disobey the law. It is clear that as president I will be bound by laws just like all Americans and I will meet those responsibilities.”

This appears to be a reversal from Thursday night’s GOP debate in Detroit, when Mr. Trump stood by earlier proposals to do things that were a “hell of a lot worse” than waterboarding terrorist suspects and also authorize the military to kill family members of terrorists. “I’ve always been a leader,” he said Thursday night. “I’ve never had any problem leading people. If I say do it, they’re going to do it. That’s what leadership is all about.”

Former Central Intelligence Agency Director Michael Hayden, said last week that the military would flatly refuse to obey orders to commit torture or kill family members of terrorists, which would break international laws.

Michael Schmitt, director of the Stockton Center for the Study of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College, said in an interview that ordering the military to torture terror suspects would violate Article 17 of the 1949 Geneva Convention, and people who participate in torture—as well as their superiors and even the U.S. government—could face war crime charges for such behavior.

Alex Jones: Marco Rubio Is 'Obsessed With Donald Trump's Package'

Earlier this week, InfoWars newscaster and far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones spoke with Wayne Madsen about Marco Rubio’s supposed secret “gay past.”

Jones, a vocal supporter of Donald Trump (who has appeared on Jones’ show and commended Jones’ “amazing” reputation), asked Madsen about the Florida senator’s jokes regarding Trump wetting himself at a prior debate and about his hand size, a remark which clearly struck a nerve with the GOP frontrunner since he responded by bragging about his penis size during last night’s debate.

“Rubio’s an expert on men’s members,” Jones said. “He knows how to scope them out.”

“Why is Rubio obsessed with Donald Trump’s package?” he continued. Madsen, for his part, wanted to know why Rubio knew that small hands signaled that Trump has a small penis and why was Rubio was staring at Trump’s pants: “He can’t contain himself.”

Donald Trump Ditches CPAC To Go To 'Witchita, Kanasas'

Donald Trump’s campaign announced today that he is pulling out of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual right-wing event put on by the American Conservative Union, which Trump was scheduled to address tomorrow morning.

Several conservative activists had been planning to protest Trump at the event.

His campaign released a statement saying that the candidate will instead hold a rally in “Witchita, Kanasas” and return to CPAC as president of the United States:

CPAC took a shot at Trump in its message about the cancellation:

So far, almost all of the speakers have ignored Trump’s ascendancy to GOP front-runner, seemingly on orders from CPAC not to attack him, and have instead pretended that the conservative movement has become more diverse, tolerant and hip even as the party is on the verge of nominating a candidate who courts white nationalists, directs supporters to beat up protesters, calls for the military to commit war crimes and wants to ban the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims from entering the U.S.

Phyllis Schlafly: Donald Trump Smells Like Ronald Reagan

In an interview earlier this week with Alex Jones of InfoWars, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly lavished praise on GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.

“Does he smell like Reagan to you?” Jones asked.

“Yes he does,” Schlafly said. “He’s just a guy who is not intimidated by the establishment and we like that. I like him especially because he made immigration the top issue, and nobody else wanted to talk about it except Ann Coulter.”

Schlafly has previously hailed Trump as America’s “only hope” and endorsed his plan to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.

Ben Carson, Scam Artist

While much of last night’s GOP debate focused on whether Donald Trump’s phony college, Trump University, swindled its students, one of his fellow Republican presidential candidates built a campaign that closely resembled a money-making scheme rather than a serious political operation.

The Associated Press reports today that top members of Ben Carson’s team made huge sums from the neurosurgeon’s presidential bid:

The political newcomer who said this week he sees "no path" to the Republican nomination raised more money than any other GOP contender, $58 million since he began his bid last May.

But Carson's campaign burned through much more of that money on fundraising and consultants than on mass media advertising, on-the-ground employees and other things that could have swayed voters, an Associated Press review of his campaign finance reports found.



Some people who worked with Carson's presidential campaign are positioned to continue profiting from his elevated profile even after he officially ends his bid.

All told, the Carson campaign turned over at least one-quarter of the money it raised — $16 million — to fundraising and marketing firms owned by a pair of his top consultants, Mike Murray and Ken Dawson.

By contrast, the Carson campaign's payroll for nine months cost less than $700,000, finance documents show, and the campaign spent less than $600,000 on television and radio advertising during the month that voting has taken place, according to advertising tracker Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group.

Even with Carson exiting the race, it is likely that the scam will continue:

Carson plans to lay out his next moves in a speech Friday to the Conservative Political Action Conference in suburban Maryland. He has vowed to continue his "grassroots movement," which includes his 700,000 campaign donors, the majority of whom gave $200 or less.

That could mean a return to the American Legacy Political Action Committee, a group that already has substantial crossover with the Carson campaign; in fact, Murray is its founder. Before beginning his presidential bid, Carson was the face of an American Legacy PAC project on health care.

Carson's longtime confidant and off-the-books campaign guru, Armstrong Williams, took over Carson's American Legacy PAC chairmanship and said he would encourage him to come back to the group, which he called a "natural" move.

"It gives him a platform," Williams said. "Why start something new when you already have something in place?"

American Legacy PAC appears to do little more than raise money to pay people raising money. Despite its mission of helping conservative candidates, the group reported giving less than 3 percent of the $10 million it raised in the past five years to political candidates and political committees, a review of Federal Election Commission reports shows.

Williams, Murray and Dawson weren’t the only people involved.

Ben Carson’s national finance chairman, Dean Parker, Gakwer notes, “was essentially raising money to pay himself and his staff, who would then raise more money to pay themselves.”

Politico points out that Parker’s subordinates also did quite well for themselves despite having little political experience:

Nearly everyone on his staff set up a separate LLC after joining the campaign and received consulting payments in the quarter that ended Oct. 1. LLCs like Interim C, DB Operations, and Synergy Networks were established explicitly for the campaign and trace back to individuals who were paid as finance consultants.

Mary Broughton, who lists her occupation as a substitute teacher and graduated from Liberty University in 2014, collected nearly $15,000, through MC Consulting, established in June. Rachel Howat, who was a Mobile County nutritionist until joining the campaign in June as “finance operations director,” collected more than $15,200 through The Amna Agency. A further $8,000 flowed in September to Interim C, a Michigan-based LLC whose manager, Kevin Demery, used to work with Parker at Callis Communications. Demery lists his title as the campaign’s national vice chairman of finance.

Running for president wasnt Carson’s first venture into the world of grifting, as he once was paid to promote a nutritional company notorious for its deceptive marketing practices and quack treatments.

Before dropping out, Carson even joked about how his own operatives were using the campaign as a personal piggy bank, quite a turn for someone whose campaign centered on the claim that his personal piety and integrity would make him a great president.

Who’s Driving The GOP’s Supreme Court Blockade?

Almost immediately after the news broke of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last month, Republican senators started vowing to block the nomination of whomever President Obama appoints to succeed the conservative jurist. They were egged on in this kneejerk obstructionism by outside conservative groups who quickly circled the wagons in an effort to shut down any Supreme Court confirmation process.

Now, a few key conservative groups are leading the effort to pressure Republican senators to stay in line and to make it politically difficult for vulnerable Democrats to cooperate in a confirmation process. These groups have unified around a message that “the American people should decide” who the next Supreme Court justice is by waiting until the next president can nominate him or her — never mind that Americans did decide who they wanted picking Supreme Court justices when they reelected Obama in 2012.

This “let the people decide” message belies the true goals of the groups pushing it — not some idealistic belief in good governance, but an effort to shape a Supreme Court that favors business interests at the expense of workers and consumers and that helps to turn back the clock on women, LGBT people  and religious minorities.

A new report from People For the American Way looks at four of the conservative groups driving this strategy, outlining their history and their goals for the federal judiciary. It includes:

  • The Judicial Crisis Network was founded during the George W. Bush administration as the Judicial Confirmation Network with the goal of pushing through the nominations and confirmations of far-right judges to the federal bench.
  • The American Center for Law & Justice, founded by televangelist Pat Robertson, often acts as a legal arm for the Religious Right’s attempts to deny liberties to LGBT people, Muslim Americans and others.
  • The Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action have become forces for obstructionism as they pressure Republicans to abandon any attempt at bipartisan cooperation or simple governance.
  • The Family Research Council is working to turn back the clock on social advances for women, LGBT people and religious minorities — something that it hopes a friendly Supreme Court will accelerate.

Read the full report here.

Who’s Driving The GOP’s Supreme Court Blockade?

Almost immediately after the news broke of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last month, Republican senators started vowing to block the nomination of whomever President Obama appoints to succeed the conservative jurist. They were egged on in this kneejerk obstructionism by outside conservative groups who quickly circled the wagons in an effort to shut down any Supreme Court confirmation process.

Now, a few key conservative groups are leading the effort to pressure Republican senators to stay in line and to make it politically difficult for vulnerable Democrats to cooperate in a confirmation process. These groups have unified around a message that “the American people should decide” who the next Supreme Court justice is by waiting until the next president can nominate him or her — never mind that Americans did decide who they wanted picking Supreme Court justices when they reelected Obama in 2012.

This “let the people decide” message belies the true goals of the groups pushing it — not some idealistic belief in good governance, but an effort to shape a Supreme Court that favors business interests at the expense of workers and consumers and that helps to turn back the clock on women, LGBT people  and religious minorities.

A new report from People For the American Way looks at four of the conservative groups driving this strategy, outlining their history and their goals for the federal judiciary. It includes:

  • The Judicial Crisis Network was founded during the George W. Bush administration as the Judicial Confirmation Network with the goal of pushing through the nominations and confirmations of far-right judges to the federal bench.
  • The American Center for Law & Justice, founded by televangelist Pat Robertson, often acts as a legal arm for the Religious Right’s attempts to deny liberties to LGBT people, Muslim Americans and others.
  • The Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action have become forces for obstructionism as they pressure Republicans to abandon any attempt at bipartisan cooperation or simple governance.
  • The Family Research Council is working to turn back the clock on social advances for women, LGBT people and religious minorities — something that it hopes a friendly Supreme Court will accelerate.

Read the full report here.

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New PFAW Report Examines Groups Fighting to Block SCOTUS Confirmation

Today, People For the American Way released a new report examining the role of right-wing groups pushing GOP senators to refuse giving fair consideration to President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, no matter who the nominee may be.

The report profiles four of the most influential groups representing the Religious Right and business interests who have come together to mount a public pressure campaign to convince senators to block whomever President Obama nominates.

  • The Judicial Crisis Network was founded during the George W. Bush administration as the Judicial Confirmation Network with the goal of pushing through the nominations and confirmations of far-right judges to the federal bench.
  • The American Center for Law & Justice, founded by televangelist Pat Robertson often acts as a legal arm for the Religious Right’s attempts to deny liberties to LGBT people, Muslim Americans and others.
  • The Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action have become forces for obstructionism as they pressure Republicans to abandon any attempt at bipartisan cooperation or simple governance.
  • The Family Research Council is working to turn back the clock on social advances for women, LGBT people and religious minorities — something that it hopes a friendly Supreme Court will accelerate.

“Americans expect their senators to do their job and give fair consideration to President Obama’s nominee,” said Marge Baker, Executive Vice President at People For the American Way. “Instead, we’re seeing GOP senators follow the lead of right-wing groups and politicians like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. That might win favor with Republicans’ right-wing base, but it also highlights the party’s campaign of obstruction and gridlock.”

Read the report here.

For questions about the report or to schedule an interview, please contact Laura Epstein (lepstein@pfaw.org).

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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Ted Cruz: Gay Marriage Will Pull Christian Broadcasters Off The Air

Sen. Ted Cruz has added a new twist to his unsubstantiated claim that the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision last year will cause religious schools that don’t recognize same-sex marriage to lose their tax exemptions. In a speech last week to the National Religious Broadcasters convention, Cruz said that the Obergefell ruling will also force Christian broadcasters off the airwaves.

Cruz completely twisted remarks made during the Obergefell arguments by Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli. While Verrilli said that he couldn’t answer a question about tax exemptions, Cruz alleged that “the answer from the Obama Justice Department in the open court of the Supreme Court of the United States was yes, that is a very real possibility that the IRS will come after you, that if your hosts go on air and say, ‘the Bible teaches that marriage is not defined by man, it is defined by God as the union of one man and one woman to mirror the relationship of Jesus Christ and the church,’ that you risk the federal government yanking your FCC license. That’s the threat we’re facing. They’re not hiding from this threat. They’re saying in open court, ‘We will use the power of government to go after and target those who speak against us.’”

Despite Cruz’s claim, legal analysts and religious groups have said it would be highly unlikely that marriage equality will bring about the end of tax exemptions for religious institutions that oppose same-sex marriage.

Secondly, the FCC issue never came up in court, and Verrilli never came close to claiming that the government will go after religious broadcasters or people who speak out against same-sex marriage.

Cruz simply made it up.

This shouldn’t be surprising, as the Texas senator also falsely claimed that the legalization of gay marriage will lead to criminal penalties for pastors who refuse to perform marriage for same-sex couples.

Ben Carson Prays That President Trump Won't Be A 'Total Disaster'

Days before saying he saw no path to becoming the GOP presidential nominee, Ben Carson told the National Religious Broadcasters convention last week that Donald Trump would make a terrible nominee, but added that he would vote for him anyway.

Carson told radio host Eric Metaxas that a President Trump “may not be the total disaster that we anticipate if he’s willing to get the right kind of people to help.”

“Let’s pray that it can work,” he said. “If we end up in a situation where we have a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, that’s a horrible situation to be in. But if that does turn out to be the case, I would go with the Donald over Hillary. I hope we don’t get to that situation.”

CPAC Welcomes Back Conspiracy Theorists – And Not Just Donald Trump

In 2011, the American Conservative Union, which runs the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), issued a scathing report denouncing Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy for his crusade against ACU board members Grover Norquist and Suhail Kahn.

Gaffney has spent years claiming that Norquist and Kahn are secret agents of the Muslim Brotherhood and spearheaded a movement to boycott CPAC because of its ties to the two conservative figures. The ACU found that not only were Gaffney’s claims completely specious and unfounded, but that they were also rooted in anti-Muslim bias and personal vendettas, and the organization kicked him out of the conference.

But that was then, and though Gaffney has not repudiated or apologized for his previous attacks, he is being welcomed back to CPAC this year and his Center for Security Policy will even run several panel events as a “supporting sponsor.”

One of CSP’s panels will feature Jerry Boykin, the Family Research Council official who has also accused Norquist of secretly working for the Muslim Brotherhood. Glenn Beck, who has been campaigning to remove Norquist from the board of the National Rifle Association based largely on Gaffney's smears, will be delivering the closing address at the conference.

By appearing at CPAC, Gaffney and Boykin may be making themselves vulnerable to charges that they themselves are aiding the Muslim Brotherhood since they believe the ACU has been compromised by the extremist group’s supposed agent, Norquist.

But it seems that CPAC and its ACU parent have just become more comfortable with far-right conspiracy theorists taking the stage, even the ones who believe the ACU is part of an alleged Muslim Brotherhood influence operation to subvert the conservative movement and bring down the U.S.

CPAC, after all, is hosting the country’s most prominent right-wing conspiracy theorist: Donald Trump.

The ACU, which once rejected a proposed CPAC panel questioning President Obama’s birthplace, is now hosting one of the country’s most notorious birthers.

Perhaps Trump and Gaffney, a fellow birther, will be able to hold a panel on the topic next year.

PFAW Wins Best Spanish Language Radio Ad

WASHINGTON - People For the American Way won the 'Best Spanish Language Radio Ad' category at Campaigns & Elections Magazine's Reed Awards.

The ad, produced by Chambers Lopez Strategies, ran leading up to the 2015 elections in Northern Virginia, including the critical State Senate District 29, where Democrat Jeremy McPike won his highly contested race. In the innovative bilingual ad, a mother speaking Spanish urged her English-speaking daughter to stand up against Donald Trump's hate by voting against Republicans on Election Day. When it launched, it was lauded as "the first ad that uses Trump to drive Latino voters to the polls,” and was featured in media outlets including the Washington Post, USA Today, and La Opinion.

"We are proud that our ad won the Reed Award for Best Spanish Language Radio Ad," said PFAW President Michael Keegan. "This ad was only the beginning of what has and will be a strong campaign from our Latinos Vote! program to get out the vote in key battleground states against extreme, anti-immigrant candidates like Donald Trump and his fellow Republican presidential contenders. We know that engaging Latino voters around the extremism of Trump and the GOP is critical to winning the White House, and we look forward to continuing to build those connections in new and innovative ways."

In addition to launching the radio ad, PFAW also traveled with our board member and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta to get out the vote in SD-29, where Latino voters were an important part of Democrat Jeremy McPike's winning coalition. More information about PFAW's successful efforts in SD-29 is here.

Listen to the ad, in Spanish, here.

Script:

MAMÁ: Pásame la sal. Ahora sí mi'jita. A votar.
HIJA: Ay mom, what for?
MAMÁ: ¿Cómo que para qué? Para empezar, para callarle la bocota a Trump.
HIJA: Really?
MAMÁ: Claro que really. ¿O a poco estás de acuerdo con lo que dice de los hispanos?
HIJA: You know I don't.
MAMÁ: Y a ver ¿Quieres que tus hijos tengan pre-school, que reciban una buena educación y que puedan ir a la universidad por un costo razonable?
HIJA: Of course I do.
MAMÁ: Pues decisiones como estas son las que estás apoyando con tu voto. Por eso tenemos que votar por los demócratas. Y más cuando son elecciones locales.
MAMÁ: Porque Trump no es el único. Los Republicanos de Virginia han propuesto rastrear a los inmigrantes como si fueran paquetes y hasta nos han comparado con ratas.
HIJA: Unbelievable.
MAMÁ: Sí. Por eso hay que votar demócrata y en contra de Trump y los Republicanos, mi'ja. El 3 de noviembre.
HIJA: Mom, you are right. We have to vote.
VO DISCLAIMER: Este anuncio fue pagado por People for the American Way.

English Translation:

MOM: Pass me the salt.  Time to vote, mi'jita.*
DAUGHTER: Oh, what for mom?
MOM: What do you mean what for? For starters, to shut Trump's big mouth.
DAUGHTER: Really?
MOM: Yeah, "really". Or do you agree with what he says about Hispanics?
DAUGHTER: You know I don't.
MOM: And tell me: Do you want your children to have pre-school, that they get a good education and are able to attend college for a cost that’s reasonable?
DAUGHTER:  Of course I do
MOM: Well, these are the kind of decisions you are supporting with your vote. That's why we have to vote for the democrats. And even more in local elections.
MOM: Because Trump is not the only one. Republicans in Virginia have proposed tracking immigrants like packages and even compared us to rats!
DAUGHTER: Unbelievable.
MOM: Yes. That’s why we have to vote for Democrats and say NO to Trump and the Republicans mi'ja. On November 3rd.
DAUGHTER: Mom, you are right. We have to vote.
VO DISCLAIMER: People For the American Way sponsored this ad.
*Mi'jita is an expression/short for "my little daughter"

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Ben Carson Ends His Weird, Grifting, Bigoted Ride To The White House

While he is not formally suspending his presidential campaign, Ben Carson said in a statement today that he sees no path to becoming the GOP nominee.

Carson has tried to position himself as the nice candidate in a race of blowhards, although his kindly image probably wasn’t helped by the fact that his campaign was apparently scamming supporters in order to make money for its own operatives. It also wasn’t helped by Carson’s many mystifying statements and his promotion of anti-gay and anti-Muslim bigotry.

One tip-off that Carson’s campaign was a total scam was when it was reported that he had shilled for a quack-cures company that used misleading advertisements to promote its products to people with cancer, HIV, ALS and autism. When called out, Carson denied having “any kind of relationship” with the company … a claim that rather undermined by the fact that he is on video promoting the company.

While positioning himself as a defender of the Constitution and freedom, Carson called for the federal government to stop recognizing Supreme Court rulings and praised armed militias standing off with the government in Nevada. He said that the federal government should begin monitoring of churches, schools, organizations and media outlets “that were anti-American,” specifically calling for government monitoring of classrooms and libraries.

Fearing that non-citizens were illegally voting in U.S. elections, Carson pledged to deport them and have their “citizenship revoked.”

Carson’s campaign efforts were also not helped by his series of baffling claims regarding the theory of evolution, the founding fathers, Ebola-tainted urineclothingvaccines and Egyptian pyramids, or by the fact that he was caught plagiarizing from far-right authors and sharing fabricated quotes from historical figures.

But Carson truly made a name for himself as a vocal opponent of the rights of gay people and Muslim-Americans.

Carson went after gay rights by discussing prison rape with a claim so bizarre that even Glenn Beck called it “the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard” and warning that marriage equality would legalize pedophilia and bestiality. The gay rights movement, Carson said, was part of a wider anti-American, anti-God, anti-Constitution plot conjured up by communist subversives and the New World Order.

He labeled his other favorite target, Muslim-Americans, as disloyal people who should never be allowed to hold the presidency, likening Muslim refugees to rabid dogs.

Carson also had interesting views on foreign policy, arguing that ISIS would have been stopped if only there were more firearms in Iraq, suggesting that liberals promote marijuana reform in order to distract people from Benghazi, warning about nonexistent college ties between Iranian, Palestinian and Russian leaders, asserting that China has entered the Syrian Civil War and memorably mispronouncing “Hamas” as “hummus.”

But Carson was probably happy just to be running at all, as he frequently predicted that President Obama might cancel the 2016 election.

Obama, Carson claimed, was an anti-AmericantreasonousLenin- and Hitler-inspiredCommunist tyrant who has made America resemble Nazi Germany and reintroduced slavery through his health care reform law .

Throughout all this, Carson repeatedly claimed that God was behind his campaign.

But without a doubt, Carson will not leave the political spotlight any time soon, at least as long as there is money to be made.

Is The Anti-Choice Movement's Bark Worse Than Its Bite?

Last year, anti-choice groups were fuming after a few Republican congresswomen, led by Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, delayed a planned vote on a 20-week abortion ban when they objected to the wording of its exemption for rape victims, claiming that it was too narrow.

Several months later, anti-choice groups successfully lobbied to keep Ellmers off a select committee investigating Planned Parenthood in punishment for her stepping out of line. Leading groups continued to threaten to support a primary challenger against Ellmers.

But it turns out, according to Roll Call, that none of that threatened primary support for her opponents has materialized:

Nearly every one of the country’s most prominent anti-abortion groups have stayed out of Ellmers’ primary, not even offering so much as an endorsement to her opponents – much less the financial and grassroots support vital to defeating an incumbent member of Congress. In fact, a review of independent expenditure documents filed with the Federal Election Commission showed that none of these groups has spent money against Ellmers this year, an eye-opening revelation given the anger that still simmers over the congresswoman’s actions and the importance of abortion to many core GOP voters.

Anti-abortion groups have more time to organize against Ellmers if they want it – a court’s decision in February to throw out the existing congressional map in North Carolina has pushed back House primaries there from March 15 to June 7. But interviews with leaders of the movement suggest more time won’t change anything because rather than an anomaly, the Ellmers race is a symptom of a broader anti-abortion problem within not just the anti-abortion movement but social conservativism writ large.

Their assessment is blunt: Leading social conservative organizations are either too cozy with congressional leadership or simply don’t understand the importance of, when necessary, playing rough with lawmakers who vote against them. The consequence is a tangible feeling, on Capitol Hill and beyond, that stepping out of line on issues such as abortion rights and gay marriage carries less of an electoral penalty than defiance on issues such as taxes. That’s because the latter will earn the ire of such well-funded groups as the fiscally focused Club for Growth, which has a well-known history of defeating Republican incumbents.

Roll Call notes that social conservatives have also failed to follow through on their threats to mount serious primary challenges against Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee — Portman for supporting marriage equality and DesJarlais for pressuring his former wife and former mistress to have abortions.

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