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On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Never Forget Necessitates Never Trump

This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

Today, on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), we pledge to never forget the genocide of 12 million people, based on their religion, ethnicity, sexuality, and other factors. We do this so that we always remember that it is the duty of each and every one of us to fight genocide, anti-Semitism, and bigotry in every form that we see it.

This week, Donald Trump cemented his place as Republican presidential nominee. More than any other year, I’m cognizant today of my responsibility to speak up against the hatred that Donald Trump espouses day after day.

On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, ‘Never Forget’ necessitates ‘Never Trump.’

The unhinged bigotry of Trump requires Jewish Americans -- and all Americans -- to speak up. Trump has been perfectly clear with his pledge that as president -- in fact, within the first 100 days of his presidency -- he’ll ban Muslims from entering the country. He kicked off his campaign describing Mexican immigrants as “rapists.” When a Trump supporter punched an African American protester at one of Trump’s rallies, saying, “next time we see him, we might have to kill him,” Trump said that the protester “obviously loves the country” and that Trump would pay the protester’s legal fees.

Trump legitimizes and raises up the profile of the white nationalist movement in the United States. He at first refused to disavow support from former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke. Yesterday, Duke celebrated Donald Trump’s place as leader of the Republican Party, stating, “Even though Trump is not explicitly talking about European-Americans, he is implicitly talking about the interests of European-Americans,” and “Jewish supremacists who control our country are the real problem and the reason why America is not great.” And Trump says he “doesn’t have a message to [his] fans” who have been sending death threats to Jewish reporter Julia Ioffe, who wrote a profile for GQ on Melania Trump.

When we see this, how can we do anything but speak out? It’s this type of rhetoric that has escalated to genocide in the past. I hope we can put partisan politics aside, and agree that no person hoping to be the next president of the United States should promote racist policies or use xenophobic rhetoric.

It should deeply trouble all Americans that Donald Trump is empowering white nationalists across the country and basing his campaign on demonizing people based on their race and religion. We’re at a pivotal moment in our country. Republican or Democrat, we have an obligation to speak up against the bigotry of Trump. As we pledge on Holocaust Remembrance Day to never forget, we must commit to Never Trump as well.

PFAW

Hey Trump, I Checked My Voter Registration

Donald Trump’s unbridled xenophobia should’ve disqualified him from the presidency long ago, yet he’s now the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. His horrific comments against immigrants, women, and so many others started on Day One of his presidential campaign and they haven’t let up.

While many of us have been appalled by Donald Trump’s egregious anti-immigrant, anti-Latino rhetoric and policies, we may not have gotten around to checking that our voter registration is all set so we know we’re ready to vote on Election Day. I myself had not checked my voter registration, so I went to my Secretary of State’s website and put in my information to check that everything was up to date and ready to go. It took just a few seconds.

Have you checked your registration? Below are the links for your state. Let Trump and the Republican Party know that no candidate can go after our community and win our vote. Latino voters have the power to decide who wins elections, from the local level to the White House, and we will vote against the hate of Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

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GOP Lawmaker Calls Pregnancy God's 'Silver Lining' For Rape

The Missouri House of Representatives gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a measure that would place a constitutional amendment on the state’s ballot giving full legal rights to “unborn human children at every stage of biological development.” Such personhood amendments not only aim to criminalize nearly all abortions, but also jeopardize some common forms of birth control.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Mike Moon, previously introduced a similar measure that he called the “All Lives Matter Act” and has said he approaches the abortion issue as “a former embryo.”

Moon recently made national headlines when he called for a special legislative session to stop “the potential Islamization of Missouri.” In 2014, he joined an attempt to impeach the state’s Democratic governor, Jay Nixon, for allowing gay couples married in other states to file joint tax returns.

But Moon is far from alone. One of his fellow Republican state legislators, Rep. Tila Hubrecht, reportedly defended the personhood measure’s lack of an exception for rape survivors by saying that pregnancy can be the “silver lining” of a rape:

Democratic opponents in the House said if enshrined in the Missouri Constitution, the measure would ban abortion, including in cases of rape, incest and in which the life of the mother is at risk. Democrats also said it could bar contraception, which some Republicans disputed.

"Do you believe that it's just or compassionate to force a woman who's been raped to have the child of the man who raped her?" said Kansas City Democratic Rep. Lauren Arthur.

Dexter Republican Rep. Tila Hubrecht said she asked her doctor "to save the baby, no matter the cost" before she received an emergency cesarean section. She also said she's met people conceived by rape and that "there's a reason for their life."

"Sometimes bad things happen, and they're horrible things," she said. "But sometimes God can give us a silver lining through the birth of a child."

Anti-Abortion Activists Begin To Fall In Line Behind Donald Trump

UPDATED

In January, as Iowans prepared to cast their votes in the first-in-the-nation caucuses, several women leaders in the anti-abortion movement wrote an open letter urging Republicans in the state to “support anyone but Donald Trump.”

The activists, including Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser and Concerned Women for America CEO Penny Nance, wrote that Trump “cannot be trusted” to advance their anti-abortion policy goals or to nominate Supreme Court justices who would vote to reverse Roe v. Wade. They went on to describe his record of “disparaging” remarks about 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.

Trump further angered anti-choice leaders when he strayed far from the movement’s carefully scripted talking points and suggested that if abortion is outlawed, there would have to be “some sort of punishment” for women who seek the procedure illegally. It didn’t help when Trump proceeded to change his position on the matter several times over the following few days, including at one point saying that he doesn’t want to change abortion laws, and then declared a few weeks later that he wanted the GOP to change its platform to support abortion rights for women who have been raped or whose life is at risk.

Now, as Trump becomes the presumptive Republican nominee, the anti-choice movement has to decide whether to take its chances with him.

Nance, sounding distraught, told a radio interviewer this morning that a third party presidential candidacy was out of the question and that the choice was between Trump and a “devastating” Hillary Clinton presidency.

Dannenfelser, who once said that Trump “disqualified himself as the GOP nominee” when he said that the abortion laws “are set” and “we have to leave it that way,” signaled that she was ready to pivot her message yesterday when she wrote a blog post praising Trump for making “a huge pro-life hire” in John Mashburn, a former staffer to North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis and someone whom Dannenfelser described as an ally to the anti-abortion movement.

“Congratulations on your new hire, Mr. Trump,” Dannenfelser wrote. “If elected, no doubt John Mashburn will serve you well as you fulfill your campaign promises to defund Planned Parenthood, advance and sign into law the popular Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and appoint Justices to the bench who will protect and defend the Constitution.”

Mashburn has previously worked for right-wing groups including the American Civil Rights Union and the Carleson Center for Public Policy.

In the end, the game for anti-choice groups comes down to the Supreme Court. A coalition of leading groups have unified behind a campaign pressuring Republican senators to keep up their blockade of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. Just yesterday, the Susan B. Anthony List, CWA and Iowa Right to Life delivered a petition to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, urging him to continue to refuse to hold hearings on a Supreme Court nominee until the next president is sworn in.

Their hope, it seems, is that a candidate they are “disgusted” by and “cannot trust” will win the presidency and at least give them a Supreme Court pick who will advance their agenda.

And while Trump is the candidate whom they have repeatedly painted as a worst-case scenario, these activists must be relieved that he has outsourced the duty of selecting future Supreme Court justices to the anti-choice Heritage Foundation.

UPDATE 5/5/16: The Washington Times reports that the Susan B. Anthony List and Priests for Life will both be supporting Trump. Priests for Life's Frank Pavone explained that when it comes to the Supreme Court, "the difference here is between doubt and certainty.”

Between Mr. Trump and likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — the only presidential candidate ever endorsed by Planned Parenthood — Father Frank Pavone says the decision is easy.

Fr. Pavone said his group will work to convince pro-life activists to support Mr. Trump in the general election.

“Withholding support [from Mr. Trump] at this point is in effect support for Hillary,” he said. “Sometimes people might feel like, ‘I feel better in my conscience because I didn’t cast a vote for him and I didn’t cast a vote for Hillary either.’ [But] you can influence the election by not voting.”

Mallory Quigley, director of communications for the Susan B. Anthony List, said her group will also support Mr. Trump, citing his campaign promise to defund Planned Parenthood and support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of fertilization.

“I think achieving these goals would be a huge accomplishment, bigger than any pro-life advancement that we’ve seen in our lifetime,” Ms. Quigley said, adding, “We’re expecting Trump to be a man of his word and follow through, just as he would on any issue.”

Clarke Forsythe, acting president and senior counsel for Americans United for Life, would not commit to supporting Mr. Trump in the general election, but said supporting Mrs. Clinton — whose position on abortion he compared to the North Korea regime’s — is untenable.

Mr. Forsythe said in a statement that AUL “will be carefully and closely watching Donald Trump between now and election day, to see whether he lays out pro-life policies as well as to learn what his recommendations will be for the GOP party platform.”

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But following the death of former Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Fr. Pavone said Mr. Trump is now the pro-life movement’s last, best hope of retaining a majority on the bench.

When it comes to the Supreme Court, Donald Trump has mentioned Scalia as a model,” he said. “Well, that’s music to our ears, naturally. We know what we’re going to get with Hillary. Even if people have doubts about what kind of people Donald Trump would nominate, the difference here is between doubt and certainty.”

Fr. Pavone said Mr. Trump is not the ideal pro-life candidate, but added that a healthy dose of pragmatism is necessary in any election.

“You don’t compromise on your goals or your principles,” he said. “At the same time, you look at the situation and you say, ‘How far can we go in these circumstances?’ Well, either one or the other is going to be president, so we want the better of the two.”

“We know 100 percent where Hillary Clinton stands,” Ms. Quigley noted. “She supports abortion up until the moment of birth for any reason. She has yet to name a single instance in which she would stand in and protect the life of the child, even sex-selection abortions, abortions for disability, up until the very moment of birth.

“We’ve made the judgment that this is what we need to do.”

Anti-Gay Religious Right Activist Seeks Seat On The Mississippi Supreme Court

Yesterday, Religious Right activist Steve Crampton announced that he is seeking a seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court and, given that he has worked for two anti-gay hate groups — the American Family Association and Liberty Counsel — it is no surprise that he is an anti-gay extremist.

Back when he worked for Liberty Counsel, Crampton was a frequent co-host of the organization's "Faith and Freedom" radio program, where he once shared his view that "the life of the average homosexual is not controlled by reason" but is rather driven by a perverted lust and passion that has "overwhelmed them."

He also warned before the Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act that such a decision would mean that gays "will eradicate us and they will not stop until the homosexual totalitarian view of the world is forcefully imposed on every American."

And he declared that gay rights activists "abhor freedom" and "will basically stop at almost nothing in order to accomplish their goals."

He even asserted that gay rights activism is "destroying America" and "the most totalitarian kind of philosophy that is afoot in America today."

And he once insisted that "society itself is on the verge of total collapse if we give up what marriage really means."

David Duke Hails Donald Trump For Thwarting The 'Jewish Supremacists Who Control Our Country'

On his radio program today, white nationalist leader David Duke celebrated Donald Trump’s “amazing victory” in the Indiana primary, which allowed him to become the presumptive Republican nominee for president, hailing Trump for terrifying wealthy “Jewish extremists” and exposing the “Jewish supremacists who control our country.”

Trump, who earlier this year briefly refused to reject Duke’s endorsement, has been a favorite of white nationalist leaders like Duke, who predicted that the GOP presidential candidate will rehabilitate the image of Adolf Hitler.

The former KKK leader said that Republican elites have been working to undermine Trump just as they worked against him when he ran for governor of Louisiana as a Republican in 1991. He particularly took issue with Trump’s former Republican rival Ted Cruz taking money from a “Jewish leftist commie,” arguing that Jewish financiers are bent on “destroying the Republican Party” by targeting people like Trump and himself.

“Jewish chutzpah knows no bounds,” he said.

“The Trump campaign at a whole series of levels is a great opportunity for us to expose the people who really run the Republican Party, who run the Democratic Party, who run the political establishment and who are leading us all to disaster,” Duke said. “Even though Trump is not explicitly talking about European-Americans, he is implicitly talking about the interests of European-Americans.”

Duke’s guest Kevin MacDonald, known as “the neo-Nazi movement’s favorite academic” because of his anti-Semitic work, agreed that Trump is “appealing implicitly to White America.”

“Jewish extremists” have “made a terribly crazy miscalculation” by opposing Trump, Duke added, “because all they’re really going to be doing by doing a ‘Never Trump’ movement is exposing their alien, anti-American, anti-American-majority position to all the Republicans and they’re going to push people more into awareness that the neocons are the problem, that these Jewish supremacists who control our country are the real problem and the reason why America is not great.”

Duke urged listeners to “make sure that Trump understands that we expect him to follow through on these things and we expect him to be our White Knight, our advocate and our person.”

He said that white nationalists must continue to move the political center to the right in order to make Trump’s ideas more mainstream.

“This is a movement to take America back, and when we say ‘take America back,’ we know exactly what that means,” Duke said, “and I think everybody who says that knows what it means. And if we don’t keep putting that heat, if we don’t keep pushing the envelope over, we’ve got to be so far to the right — maybe that’s the wrong for it, ‘right-wing,’ ‘left-wing,’ doesn’t have much meaning — but so far to the right for our people that Trump seems moderate so that he will have space to move to the right himself because we’ve got to start an evolutionary movement to the right.”

Steve Deace Breaks Up With The Republican Party

Conservative Iowa talk radio personality Steve Deace, who became a prominent endorser of Ted Cruz’s presidential run, has reacted to Donald Trump’s ascendance to presumptive GOP nominee by breaking up with the Republican Party, filing paperwork today to renounce his party registration.

On Facebook and on his radio program last night, Deace declared that the United States is like a “petulant brat” who is “crying out to be spanked” by God.

He declared on his radio program that “the Republican Party ended for me today.”

“I just will not belong to something that has zero interest in the things of God,” he said, “and it’s clear to me that this party does not. I will not belong to something that has, whose character has sunk so low that it could nominate a man like Donald Trump as its standard-bearer.”

To the members of the “Trump cult,” he said, “Congratulations, you won, here’s the keys to your lemon.”

He and his cohosts then compared leaving the Republican Party to breaking off a toxic relationship or watching a loved one die of a slow, painful disease.

“You know what’s funny about this, though?” Deace said. “I just feel like this huge burden has been lifted off of me. I feel like the dude who knows his girlfriend’s been cheating on him this whole time and has a drinking problem.”

Once you break off such a “toxic” relationship, he said, “that’s when you can care about that person again because you don’t feel like they’re betraying you now and you’re like, ‘No hard feelings, I shouldn’t have let it go this far, you really need counseling.’”

“I feel the least amount of hostility toward the Republican Party tonight than I have maybe in my broadcast career … and it comes, not coincidentally the night that I am no longer a Republican,” he declared.

“You’re describing,” his co-host Todd Erzen said, “how people feel at the end of a long, slow, painful slog that is a certain kind of death, that comes with a certain kind of disease. And you don’t want your loved one to go away, you’re remembering all the good times, you’re remembering the potential, whatever; when it finally comes, there’s peace.”

Deace continued to disparage “Trump’s campaign con,” labeling the presumptive GOP nominee’s message “Louis Farrakhan for white people.”

Gordon Klingenschmitt: Gays Will 'Demand To Have Sex In Your Guest Bedroom'

On a recent episode of his "Pray In Jesus Name" program, Gordon Klingenschmitt declared that gays are driven by a demonic "spirit of persecution" that makes them attack Christians and "demand to have sex in your guest bedroom."

Klingenschmitt, who is also a Republican state legislator in Colorado, was discussing the decision by the owners of a bakery in Oregon who were fined for refusing service to a gay couple to appeal their case to the state supreme court.

"There is a spirit of persecution that is coming out of this homosexual movement," Klingenschmitt said, "and it's not enough that they get weddings in their own private churches, they want to come to your church, they want to come to your business, they might even come to your home — if you are a bed and breakfast owner, they'll come right into your home and demand to have sex in your guest bedroom and there's nothing you can do, they say, to deny them service because they have a right to violate your freedom."

"That is an evil spirit of persecution," he stated. "There are also evil spirits influencing them to come after the church and we've got to stand up, not necessarily against the humans, we've got to stand up against Satan, who is inside of them."

'Stupid Party' Slayer Bobby Jindal Endorses Donald Trump

In 2012, then-Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal urged the GOP to “stop being the stupid party” and end its embrace of “dumbed-down conservatism.”

Last night, Jindal endorsed Donald Trump for president.

Before announcing his support for Trump, Jindal declared that Trump is a “narcissistic,” “dangerous” and “unstable” “egomaniacal madman” who is lying about his conservative and Christian beliefs.

Jindal may be excited about the fact that Trump has embraced much of his extremist fiscal policies, such as his massive tax cuts for the top 1 percent that left Louisiana in disarray, and that the two share conspiracy theories about Common Core, the supposed persecution of Christians in America and Islam.

Joining Jindal in supporting Trump is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who went after Ted Cruz for failing to tithe to his church and obfuscating about his marriage position during his White House run, and even including one last dig against Cruz in his statement supporting Trump.

Donald Trump broke the code, owned the media, and inspired the masses. I will be all in to help him defeat Hillary Clinton and I call upon all fellow Republicans to unite in defeating Hillary and abandoning and repudiating the hapless “Never Trump” nonsense. The dirty little secret is that the Never Trump movement was more about providing high dollar work for the political consultants than stopping the disaster of an Obama third term which is the result of electing Hillary Clinton.

Is Donald Trump as pro-life as me? No. Is he as solid on the marriage issue as me? No. Does his position on Israel come from a deep conviction both politically and Biblically? No. But neither did Ted Cruz’s. And much to my chagrin, the voters didn’t accept my message, but his. I withheld an endorsement during the heat of the primary because it was the job of the voters to select the person they wanted more than me.

All of the giddy speculation from the media about a “contested convention” is for naught. We will go to Cleveland with a presumptive nominee, and we will realize that whatever squabbles we have among people in the GOP, it’s nothing compared to the chasm between us and the socialist, big government approach of the Democrats.

Ted Cruz ended his campaign and it’s time to end the strife in the party. That can start today with our unifying around the people’s choice, Donald Trump. I went into the race knowing Hillary better than the other 16 candidates. I left still knowing her better, but also knowing the other GOP candidates. I’m convinced that Donald Trump is our best hope of turning the tide of the insider political nonsense that has left people seething and being able to defeat Hillary.

Ted Cruz was half right in his campaign speeches when he said that “conservatives are coalescing.” In the end, they coalesced, all right, but around Donald Trump.

Glenn Beck: 'You Will Never Have Another Republican President Ever Again'

Given that Glenn Beck had repeatedly declared that Ted Cruz had been anointed by God to save America and had lost nearly half a million dollars supporting his presidential campaign, we were expecting him to have something of a meltdown on his radio program today after Cruz dropped out of the Republican presidential race last night after losing badly to Donald Trump in Indiana..

But that is not what happened. Instead, Beck spent the first hour of the program delivering a rather stoic and dull monologue from his darkened Oval Office set about the need to continue to fight for the Constitution and American values, as he resigned himself to the realization that GOP voters had rejected God's chosen candidate.

Eventually, Beck was joined by his co-hosts and revealed that Cruz had made the decision to withdraw should he lose in Indiana at 3 a.m. on Tuesday, despite repeated pleas from his campaign staff to remain in the race until the convention. With tears streaming down Cruz's face, Beck said, the Texas senator decided to withdraw for the good of the country.

That argument was not particularly convincing to co-host Pat Gray, who cited the Mormon belief in a "War in Heaven" in which Lucifer and a third of the angels were cast out of heaven for rebelling against God, seemingly as grounds for Cruz remaining in the race.

Beck later said that he met with Cruz's vice presidential running mate, Carly Fiorina, after Cruz had withdrawn and she thanked him for his support of their campaign, which Beck said was an honor because Fiorina is "probably the biggest patriot in America" because she knew that serving as Cruz's running mate "was a suicide mission."

With Trump as the face of the GOP, Beck declared, the Republican Party is now the party of racists and liars and he wants nothing to do with it, warning that Republicans will "never elect another GOP person to high office ever again."

Hillary Clinton will win the election and then "legalize as many voters as she can" while painting the Republican Party as "completely racist," he said, and "you will never have another Republican president ever again."

Despite this dire view, Beck then revealed that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has contacted him and asked for a personal meeting next week, presumably to try and convince Beck to support Trump and the GOP.

"I can't help you," Beck said, "but I'm interested to see what they have to say."

'Broken-Hearted' Penny Nance Tries To Come Around To Donald Trump

The mood was positively funereal when Penny Nance, the president of Concerned Women for America, appeared on “Breitbart News Radio” this morning and tried to convince herself on air that conservatives should support Donald Trump.

Nance, like many Religious Right leaders, endorsed Trump’s Republican presidential rival Ted Cruz before he dropped out of the race last night. Back in January, she and several other leading women in the anti-abortion movement wrote an open letter urging Iowa caucus-goers to support “anyone but Trump,” saying that Trump “cannot be trusted” on the abortion issue and calling themselves “disgusted by Mr. Trump’s treatment of individuals, women, in particular.”

Nance told Breitbart host Stephen Bannon that she was appearing on his program despite having “promised herself a media blackout today” to “lick my wounds and try to recover.”

She told Bannon that she was “broken-hearted for the direction of our country” but that “we’ve got to come together.”

“We are at a tipping point in this nation, and Hillary is not the answer,” she said.

“There’s been a number of people in this race who I really had a heart for and really felt like would be fantastic leaders and Donald Trump was not one of them,” she said. “But I have no problem — because here’s the reality, folks, we only have two choices now. And it’s either going to be — and maybe it will be Bernie but I think it will be Hillary — but it’s Donald Trump and it’s one or the other. And you can’t write in the third party.”

A Clinton presidency, she said would be “devastating” and would create “lasting damage.”

Ted Cruz Campaigned As God's Chosen Candidate Before Conceding Defeat

Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, it seems, did not learn a lesson from former Texas Gov. Rick Perry about the perils of running as God's chosen candidate.

Cruz, who dropped out of the GOP primary race last night after Donald Trump’s victory in Indiana left him without a realistic path to the nomination, was portrayed by many of his most prominent supporters as a candidate who was ordained by God to be the country's next president.

And the Texas senator was more than happy to act as such a candidate, claiming that he would represent the body of Christ and save the nation from the "nonbelievers" and urging his supporters to "strap on the full armor of God" as they worked to put him in the White House.

Cruz said that his campaign would win if a divine awakening — sparked in part by the "raging inferno" created by the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision — convinced tens of millions of evangelical Christians to go to the polls. He managed to consolidate support from Religious Right movement leaders and vowed to pursue the movement's agenda from the White House.

His father, Rafael Cruz, toured the country spreading the Gospel of Ted, telling voters why he believes that God raised up his son to be the next president.

The elder Cruz asked God to create a spiritual and political movement that would guarantee his son's victory, noting that the "presence of the Holy Spirit" convinced his son to launch his presidential campaign.

Rafael Cruz said that by electing his son president, America would be spared from God's judgment and imminent destruction. As far back as 2012, he asserted that God had "anointed" his son to lead.

While preaching alongside Rafael Cruz, televangelist Kenneth Copeland declared: "I believe, with all my heart, that his son is called and anointed to be the next president of the United States."

But perhaps no one was as blunt about the Texas senator's divine role as Glenn Beck.

Beck emerged as one of Cruz's most prominent surrogates and turned his daily radio program into an infomercial for Cruz’s campaign.

He told his fellow Cruz supporters that they were sure to be victorious because "we have the Almighty God on our side." He also insisted that God was using his audience to elect Cruz with because the senator was "truly raised up for this purpose at this time."

"Everybody was born for a reason," Beck told Rafael Cruz in an interview at his radio studio, which he had turned into a replica of the Oval Office. "As I learned your story and saw the fruit of that story, now in your son, I am more and more convinced in the hand of divine providence."

Beck believed that the Moses-like Cruz was the man that God "raised for this hour" to save the nation, describing the election as a campaign of good versus evil.

He told Utah Republicans to "let the Priesthood lead," assuring them that by voting for Cruz, they would be fulfilling the Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith's disputed "White Horse Prophesy," which holds that Mormons will rise up to save the Constitution. Unlike Mormons, Beck said, Southern "evangelicals are not listening to their God" by having cast their lot with Trump.

When a conservative writer challenged Beck's assertions, he responded by urging him and others to wake up to the fact that God had in fact raised up Cruz for this election. David Barton, a conservative activist who ran a pro-Cruz super PAC, also spoke with Beck about how Cruz was the answer to their prayers.

After Justice Antonin Scalia died, Beck channeled the voice of God to explain that Scalia died in order to wake voters up to the importance of the Supreme Court in the presidential election and, as a result, realize that they need to send the "true constitutionalist" to the White House.

Beck also told us what would happen if Americans reject God's chosen candidate: violent revolution, utter destruction and the loss of freedom for all mankind.

And, after all that, Republican voters still wanted Trump.

'God Help Us': Religious Right Leaders Mourn Ted Cruz's Defeat

For years, Religious Right activists have dreamed about a presidential candidate like Ted Cruz. The Texas senator pledged to bring tens of millions of new evangelical voters to the polls by running on his hostility to abortion rights, Planned Parenthood and Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality and the separation of church and state.

He won nearly unanimous support from movement leaders, who hoped that by uniting behind Cruz, they would finally get their candidate of choice in position to win the GOP nomination. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson gushed that Heidi Cruz would be the country’s “very first pro-life first lady” and many leaders fawned over Cruz’s firebrand preacher father.

In the end, Cruz was defeated by Donald Trump, who questioned whether Cruz was a true Christian, threatened to “spill the beans” on his wife and accused his father of plotting the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

While Trump has won the support of several movement figures such as Phyllis Schlafly, Robert Jeffress and Jerry Falwell Jr., and was a regular presence at Religious Right events, he did not win many fans with his frequent flip-flops on abortion rights, kind words for Planned Parenthood or his sordid personal history.

When Cruz dropped out of the presidential race last night, Religious Right leaders were quick to express grief:

Robert P. George, one the movement’s intellectual leaders and the founder of the National Organization for Marriage, put it simply:

Conservative pundit Steve Deace reaffirmed that he’d never support Trump:

Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, joked about how he will likely write in a vote for Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse rather than back Trump:

American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer, however, suggested that people should write in Cruz in the general election:

Erick Erickson, the founder of the conservative website RedState, said that he’d leave the GOP over a Trump nomination because he is “not down with white supremacists.”

“You’ve got Klan members, David Duke, the Aryan Nation supporting Donald Trump,” he told The Daily Beast. “If the Republican Party is willing to go along with that, then I think it’s fair branding, I think it’s very fair. If Republicans aren’t going to stand up to having their party hijacked by a group of Aryan Nation-types, then they get what they deserve.”

Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, who has an off again, on again relationship with Trump, asked God to “have mercy on our nation” after hearing the news about Cruz:

But like many other conservatives, Starnes said he still hopes Trump will win in November: “[I]f we can survive eight years of President Obama, we can certainly survive a charlatan like Donald Trump. But I'm fairly certain we could not survive four years of Hillary Clinton.”

It’s Official: The Senate GOP Wants Donald Trump To Pick The Next Supreme Court Justice

When Justice Antonin Scalia died in February, the Senate GOP quickly vowed to keep his Supreme Court seat open until the next president takes office. They kept that vow even after President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, somebody whom Republicans had previously praised as a best-case scenario for a nominee from a Democratic president.

Now, after Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican race last night, it’s all but certain that the next president will be Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump. We can assume that Senate Republicans aren’t hoping that Clinton or Sanders will pick the next Supreme Court justice — which means that they are holding the seat open for Trump.

Trump has attempted to reassure movement conservatives concerned about his potential Supreme Court picks that he will choose somebody from a list drawn up by the conservative Heritage Foundation , with input from the Federalist Society. Those potential nominees are bad enough — but it's possible that Trump, who  isn’t known for keeping his promises, couild pick someone even worse.

However much Trump promises deference to the Heritage Foundation on the Supreme Court, the fact is that Senate Republicans are now hoping to hand over the nomination process to someone who believes the news he reads in the National Enquirer , chain emailsand racist Twitter feeds; is an enthusiastic birther conspiracy theorist; and has said that women should be punished for seeking illegal abortions.

Trump seems to lack even a basic understanding of how the legal system works, saying that judges sign bills, displaying complete ignorance of the central legal issue behind Roe v. Wade and opining that he would like to see the Obergefell marriage equality decision “unpassed.” Further showing his gravitas, he also engaged in right-wing conspiracy theories about Scalia’s death.

Senate Republicans are refusing to even hold a hearing on Garland’s nomination so that they can hold a Supreme Court seat open for months on end with the hope that Donald Trump will fill it. They have some explaining to do.

Michael Savage: 'I Have A Dream' That 'Donald Trump Wins'

On Monday, right-wing radio host Michael Savage delivered an homage to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech — only in Savage’s dream, President Trump cracks down on George Soros and the American Civil Liberties Union.

I have a dream, I have a real dream, that Donald Trump wins. Oh, do I have a dream. I have a dream that when Donald Trump wins, the new Justice Department goes after the ACLU. I have a dream that all the Marvins and the Glorias and all their ill-gotten gains will be seized by the government and they will either run for the hills or be thrown in the slammer. I have a dream that when Donald Trump becomes president, George Soros finds that there’s not a country on earth that he can hide in because he is hated around the world for what he has done to every currency on the planet. I have a dream.

Savage’s “I Have a Dream” speech closed out a program in which he spent considerable time going after Soros.

Savage claimed that Soros “should be picked up by Interpol and arrested as a war criminal,” alleging that he has been funding the “gangbangers” and “retrogrades” who protest Trump rallies and support Black Lives Matter.

After calling Soros “the silent hand that destroys the West,” Savage declared that the philanthropist “fears Donald Trump because George Soros will be hunted down like a mad dog if Donald Trump becomes president.”

He then went after Barack and Michelle Obama, wondering why members of the press didn’t heckle the president and first lady during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for their supposed arrogance and crimes. Savage concluded that President Obama is using immigration “to sow more social discord” and “increase the voter rolls of the uneducated so they vote for government handouts.”

Religious Right Leader Michael Brown: Trump's GOP Victory A Sign Of God's Judgment

Michael Brown, a North Carolina-based pastor and anti-LGBT activist, is among the huge number of Religious Right figures who have been backing Ted Cruz for the presidency. Brown, author of “Revolution! The Call to Holy War,” was quick out of the gate with his reaction to Cruz suspending his campaign, which all but assured Donald Trump’s Republican nomination.

Trump’s victory, Brown says, may be a sign of “divine judgment on America.” He declares Trump “a National Enquirer candidate for a Jerry Springer generation,” bemoaning the “generation raised on a steady diet of amoral and immoral reality TV.”

Brown acknowledges that some of his fellow evangelicals are in Trump’s corner:

Of course, there are fine people who also believe in Trump’s candidacy, people of conscience, spiritual people, patriotic people. I certainly do not condemn all of their judgments, nor is it my place to do so.

I have also listened carefully to the prognosticators who have predicted for months that Trump would be our next president — some even claimed prophetic inspiration for these predictions — and that he would be a tool in God’s hand to destroy the corrupt political establishment and do good to our nation.

I fervently hope that these prophecies will prove true and that I will have to eat every word I have written — and I am writing.

I have no desire to be right; I do have an intense desire to see America blessed; and I would far rather say, “I was so wrong about Donald Trump,” than say, “I told you so!”

But, says Brown, “it appears today in America that God has given us over to delusion, a phenomenon mentioned several times in the Bible when God takes away a people’s moral and spiritual sensibilities as a judgment on their sin. In other words, because people reject Him and His standards, He says, ‘Go ahead then. Have at it,’ further pushing us into our folly.”

After ranting about transgender people’s use of bathrooms, Brown asks, “how else do we explain this unless we have been given over to a spirit of delusion?”

I see the Trump candidacy in the same way. Tens of millions of Americans are not put off by his blatant, well-documented lying. Tens of millions of Americans are not put off by his consistent practice of vile character assassination for the purpose of political gain. Tens of millions of Americans are not put off by his vulgarity and profanity. Tens of millions of Americans are not put off by his ignorance of critical issues and his complete flip-flopping on major positions.

And among these tens of millions of Americans is a significant percentage of professing evangelical Christians, despite Trump saying he has never asked God for forgiveness, despite his failure to renounce his previous adulteries or to acknowledge the wrongness of making money off casinos and strip clubs, despite his taking offense at the distribution of the near nude photo of his wife Melania — not because he thought it was a bad picture but because it was made out to be bad.

And evangelicals continue to flock to him.

At other times in America’s history, Brown says, Trump’s negatives would have killed his campaign.

Not today.

Instead, we find ourselves with the increasingly likely possibility that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be our next president, and to me, there is only one satisfactory explanation for this: God is giving us what we deserve and handing us over to judgment.

All the more, then, should we be on our faces, repenting of our own sins. All the more, then, should we be asking ourselves, “How much is Donald Trump a reflection of each one of us?” All the more, then, should we who profess to know the Lord be asking Him, “How have we failed as Your people? How have we failed in our calling to be salt and light? How did things sink so low on our watch?”

All the more, then, should we be praying for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Barring merciful divine intervention in their lives, America is on the verge of a great and fearful shaking.

 

 

Michael Savage: God Is Using Me To Help Bring Donald Trump To Power

Declaring himself to be “the antidote to Obama’s ‘America last’ policy,” right-wing radio host Michael Savage urged his listeners on Monday to pray that Barack Obama’s presidency is “the last stop on the train of progressivism, communism and socialism.”

According to Savage, Obama has been sowing national discord not only to further his objective of destroying America but also to thwart a future Donald Trump presidency.

Savage said that former Attorney General Erick Holder “turned the mobs on the police” and that Holder’s successor, Loretta Lynch, is similarly “encouraging the mobs” and “threatening the police” in order to justify “the federalization of our police forces.” When the Obama administration takes over local police departments, Savage said, law enforcement agents will ignore terrorists and treat “Americans as the enemy.”

He added that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, she will forcibly disarm Americans by eliminating the Second Amendment.

“So you have a disarmed population and a federal police force, what you have is an instant Cuba,” Savage added. “Instant Cuba in a skirt. You have Fidel Castro in a dress. Her name is Hillary Clinton.” Savage, however is still convinced that Donald Trump will defeat Clinton “in a landslide”—“no matter how many illegal aliens Obama tries to flood into our country.”

Following Trump’s election, Savage predicted, Obama will deliberately destroy the economy: “If Trump wins, and I think he will, there will be an economic crash and the reason I say that is not because of his policies but because of what Obama will do on the way out the door.”

Savage is so convinced that Trump will win the presidency that he repeated his claim that there is “a spiritual hand” at work in the mogul’s campaign, agreeing with a caller who said that God is using his radio program to promote Trump’s ideas and candidacy. Savage said he “had an epiphany” and believes that God is indeed using him to save America by aiding Trump, knowing that the country is “finished” if “Ms. Pantsuit” becomes president.

“The woman is a dictator, the woman has an anger and a hatred in her that pours out of everything that she does and says,” Savage said. “She is dividing races, sexes, classes. She will be the third term of Obama but far more damaging than he has ever been. She will finish off the other amendments; she’ll go One through Five.”

PFAW Statement on Donald Trump’s Indiana Win & the Latino Vote

With results coming in from Indiana’s Republican primary, it’s increasingly clear that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for president. People For the American Way (PFAW) Director of Latinos Vote! and Manager of Political Campaigns Lizet Ocampo released the following statement:

“Donald Trump’s unbridled xenophobia should’ve disqualified him from the presidency long ago, yet now he’s the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. His horrific comments against Latinos, immigrants, women, and so many others started on Day One of his presidential campaign and they haven’t let up.

“No candidate can go after our community and win our vote. Latino voters have the power to decide who wins elections this year from a local level to the next president, and we will vote against the hate of Donald Trump and the Republican Party.”

To schedule an interview with Lizet Ocampo about the state of the Republican primary and the importance of the Latino vote, please email media@pfaw.org or call 202-467-2386.

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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Right-Wing Lawyer Urges Governors To Enforce Abortion Bans In Defiance Of Roe

Herb Titus, a Christian Reconstructionist attorney and longtime lawyer for Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, spoke to a radical anti-abortion conference last month, where he called on governors and other state officials to defy Roe v. Wade and enforce prohibitions on abortions in their states.

Titus gave a Skype interview to Arizona pastor Jeff Durbin, which Durbin played at a conference he hosted in April called “#EndAbortionNow,” at which speakers — all male — urged elected officials to ignore the federal courts and enforce criminal penalties for abortion. Also speaking at the conference were Matt Trewhella, a signer of the infamous 1993 “defensive action statement” justifying violence against abortion providers; Rusty Thomas of the anti-abortion, anti-LGBT group Operation Save America; and Joel McDurmon, a Christian Reconstructionist who has advocated the death penalty for homosexuality and who shared a conference stage last year with Sen. Ted Cruz.

Durbin and Titus discussed what should be done about states that still have criminal prohibitions on abortion on their books that aren’t being enforced because of Roe v. Wade, agreeing that those prohibitions are still valid if state officials would be brave enough to enforce them.

“You’re dealing with two different courts,” Titus said. “The court of public opinion, it’s very important to disabuse people thinking that Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. That’s impossible. That’s impossible. The court can’t make straight what God has made crooked, they can’t deny to a baby the full protection of laws prohibiting homicide, it just simply isn’t true. So the rhetoric we engage in is very, very important or otherwise people would think that we’re challenging a legal rule. No, we’re not, we’re challenging a rule that is based upon illegitimate statement of facts and assumption of law.”

He added that “lower magistrates” such as governors and attorneys general must “interpose” themselves to prevent the enforcement of an unjust court decision and instead continue to enforce their state’s unconstitutional abortion bans.

“The governors of states in today’s political climate are very reluctant to interpose between the people of the state and of the Congress or of the court,” he said, “and there has to be a cultivation amongst the lower magistrates, such as governors and attorneys general, to recognize that they have a moral and legal obligation to stand on the law and not just hide behind the skirts of the court that has decided a case in the wrong way.”

“It’s extremely important for the states to step up to the plate and get back to the business of protecting innocent life and not allow the federal courts to push them around,” he added.

Tony Perkins' Odd Garland Conspiracy Theory

The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins has a new conspiracy theory about the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court:

Despite spending his career on the bench and in the Justice Department, Garland doesn’t have much of an ideological paper trail. As many have pointed out, the D.C. Circuit Court deals primarily with regulatory issues, meaning that Judge Garland’s record is virtually free of cases on abortion, marriage, or religious liberty. And that’s no accident. If President Obama wants to keep up this façade of centrism, he needs someone free of social baggage. But, make no mistake. Garland was carefully vetted. This president is too worried about his activist legacy to put it in the hands of a man who values the very Constitution it defies.

According to Perkins, Garland’s 19 years as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is merely a cover. Perkins’ attack is odd, considering that Chief Justice John Roberts, along with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Clarence Thomas, and the late Antonin Scalia all served on the D.C. Circuit prior to their nominations to the Supreme Court.

Unsurprisingly, when Roberts was appointed to the court, Perkins had no objection to his previous service on the D.C. Circuit. Instead, a New York Times article referencing Robert’s “limited judicial record” quotes the Family Research Council leader gushing over the nominee. "The president is a man of his word," said Perkins. "He promised to nominate someone along the lines of a Scalia or a Thomas, and that is exactly what he has done."

If anything, Perkins’ questions about Garland’s lack of a paper trail on the issues he particularly cares about should increase his desire for a hearing at which the nominee could answer questions about his philosophy and track record from Republican senators.

If nothing else, this latest argument demonstrates the conservative movement’s inability to find anything in Garland’s record that would suggest he is unqualified to serve on the court.

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