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Frank Pavone: 'More Important' That Politicians Oppose Abortion Than Address 'Poverty, Immigration, War And Peace, Homelessness'

Father Frank Pavone, who heads the group Priests for Life, has been hard at work in radio interviews and event appearances trying to convince Catholic voters to overcome their qualms and support Donald Trump in the presidential election simply because he opposes abortion rights while Hillary Clinton supports them.

This has led Pavone to make some interesting leaps of logic, such as telling one radio caller who worried about Trump’s decidedly un-Catholic stances on issues like nuclear war and war crimes that a possible nuclear war under Trump was less of a concern than the definite continuation of legal abortion under Clinton.

Pavone confronted these issues again in an appearance on Tuesday on the Catholic radio network Relevant Radio, when host Drew Mariani asked him about Tim Kaine’s recent prediction that the Catholic Church will eventually change its position on marriage equality. (Mariani mistakenly said that Kaine also predicted that the Church will change its stance on abortion; Kaine, who is pro-choice, has long discussed his personal “faith-based opposition” to abortion.)

The Democratic vice presidential nominee, Pavone said, “represents a brand of thinking” among some Catholics who talk about social justice issues like “poverty, immigration, war and peace, homelessness, health care” when really abortion is “a more important and weighty issue than all these other issues” and it is “more important that someone be right on abortion than they be right on these other issues.”

In fact, he said, “you cannot be right on these other issues if you are wrong on abortion.”

It was such a disservice to the Church. I mean, he represents a brand of thinking, we find it in the Church, we even find it among some clergy, you know, talk about social justice but ignore the core of social justice, which is the right to life. You cannot be right on these other issues, whether it’s poverty, immigration, war and peace, homelessness, health care—let me make a very clear statement here: Not only is abortion a more important and weighty issue than all these other issues and not only is it more important that someone be right on abortion than they be right on these other issues, but I will say it this way, you cannot be right on these other issues if you are wrong on abortion.

And the reason is, to allow abortion is to allow an attack on what is the core, the heart, the foundation of all these other issues, this is the right to life. If I say a baby’s life can be taken, well then I’ve just said his health care can be taken and so can his education and his right to vote and his right to immigrate and his right to anything else, to be protected from terrorism. What does it mean to say the baby should be protected from terrorism if I can get the abortionist to go in there with forceps and chop his head off? I don’t understand. This is basic logic and the people like Tim Kaine who present themselves to us to lead this nation, not only are they contradicting Catholic faith, they’re contradiction reason and they’re contradiction the purpose of public service, which is to serve the public, not to kill the public.

Trump's Birther Lies Pile Up

Yesterday, after Donald Trump refused to tell The Washington Post whether he believes President Obama was born in the United States, his campaign released a statement ludicrously claiming that Hillary Clinton started the birther conspiracy theory and boasting that Trump "brought this ugly incident to its conclusion” by forcing Obama to release his long-form birth certificate in 2011.

“Having successfully obtained President Obama's birth certificate when others could not, Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States,” concluded the statement from Trump’s communications adviser Jason Miller.

Trump is now set to deliver remarks addressing the birther issue this morning, which we can expect will repeat some of these same lies.

Trump may pretend, as his campaign has insisted, that he gave up birtherism after Obama made his birth certificate public. That claim is easily disprovable.

As recently as January, Trump was fanning the flames of birtherism, answering a question from CNN on the president’s birthplace: "Who knows? Who cares right now? We're talking about something else, OK?”

“I mean, I have my own theory on Obama. Someday I'll write a book,” he added. “I'll do another book. It'll do very successfully.”

In 2014, Trump said: “Either it’s fine, or he was born in Kenya, or, in my opinion there’s a very good chance he was born here and said he was born in Kenya. Because if you were born in Kenya, you got into colleges and you got aid. Very simple.”

Then there was the time in 2013 when he insinuated on Twitter that the death of a Hawaii health official in a plane crash was related to a cover up of the facts surrounding Obama’s birth:

But even if Trump had given up birtherism in 2011, that still wouldn’t exonerate him from having been a key driver of the racist myth. Trump taking credit for bringing birtherism to its “conclusion” is like an arsonist wanting thanks for a fire he started.

As Brian wrote recently:

For years, Trump has suggested that President Obama fabricated his birth certificate in order to be eligible to run for president. As evidence of this, he has cited the work of Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, “Israeli Science,” the conspiracy theory clearinghouse WorldNetDaily and an unnamed “extremely credible source.”

Trump has falsely claimed that the president spent millions of dollars “to keep this quiet” and wrongly suggested that the president’s grandmother confessed to witnessing his birth in Kenya.

“He cannot give a birth certificate,” he told radio host Laura Ingraham in 2011. He added: “He doesn’t have a birth certificate or, if he does, there’s something on that certificate that is very bad for him. Now somebody told me, and I have no idea whether this is bad for him or not but perhaps it would be, that where it says ‘religion’ it might have ‘Muslim,’ and if you’re a Muslim, you don’t change your religion by the way, but somebody said, ‘Maybe that’s the reason he doesn’t want to show it.’ I don’t think so. I just don’t think he has a birth certificate and everybody has a birth certificate.”

As well as being a leading proponent of the racist birther conspiracy theory, Trump doesn’t seem to have met any conspiracy theory about Obama that he isn’t willing to entertain. He has speculated that Bill Ayers wrote Obama’s book “Dreams From My Father,” that Obama never attended Columbia University, that Obama is secretly Muslim, and that his wedding ring has an “Arabic inscription” on it.

People For the American Way Denounces Trump’s Pro-Life Coalition, Led by Marjorie Dannenfelser

Today, Donald Trump released a letter announcing his Pro-Life Coalition, led by anti-choice leader Marjorie Dannenfelser.

“With the launch of his Pro-Life Coalition, Trump is making it exceptionally clear that he would be a horrifically anti-choice president. Given his pledge to nominate Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, a Trump presidency would be devastating for women not for four years, but for decades,” said People For the American Way (PFAW) Executive Vice President Marge Baker. “His choice of Marjorie Dannenfelser as coalition leader underscores how dangerous Donald Trump would be for women. She supports banning all abortion, including in cases of rape or when the pregnant woman’s health is in danger.”

“However, there’s one area where Dannenfelser and I have been in agreement: Trump’s sexism,” Baker continued. “Dannenfelser signed a letter earlier this year with other anti-choice leaders stating, ‘we are disgusted by Mr. Trump’s treatment of individuals, women, in particular.’ Trump’s sexist rhetoric and policies have only increased over the last year; it’s unfortunate that Dannenfelser has chosen to condone them.”

Background on Dannenfelser, from People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch:

Trump’s New ‘Pro-Life’ Adviser Calls Rape Exceptions ‘Abominable,’ Thinks We Should Be More Concerned About ‘Men’s Health’

By Miranda Blue

Donald Trump announced today that he is forming a new “pro-life coalition” that will be led by Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List. Dannenfelser, who warned  in January that Trump would not deliver on the anti-choice movement’s priorities of appointing like minded Supreme Court justices and defunding Planned Parenthood, has come around to Trump since he became the GOP nominee and began promising the anti-choice movement what it wanted.

Trump’s pick of Dannenfelser to head his campaign’s anti-abortion effort shows just how willing he is to hand his reproductive rights policy over to the anti-choice movement. Dannenfelser is a savvy political operative, but she has also been very clear about her ultimate goal: to criminalize abortion in America, without exception.

When the House passed a bill last year banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy with a narrow exception for rape and incest survivors, Dannenfelser said that the bill’s rape exception was “regrettable” and “intellectually dishonest,” saying that she’d like to see all abortions banned at “any stage” of pregnancy. In a press conference, Dannenfelser said that although her group supported the legislation, “the rape exception is abominable.”

Dannenfelser has also held a hard line against abortion-ban exemptions for women whose health is at risk, saying in 2012 that her group would not support a candidate who supported health exceptions.

While Dannenfelser’s ultimate goal is to ban abortion without exception, she has said that the best way to achieve that goal is for anti-choice politicians to avoid discussing those exceptions. After Rep. Todd Akin made his infamous “legitimate rape” comment in 2013, the SBA list started training GOP lawmakers to avoid discussing why they want to withhold abortion rights from rape survivors.

Asked in 2015 what she thought it would take for GOP leaders to fully embrace a no-exceptions abortion policy, Dannenfelser responded, “It’s going to take winning.” She cited anti-choice victories in the 2014 elections where “we had unapologetic pro-life people who didn’t talk about rape and incest.”

During the GOP presidential primary, she attacked Republican candidates who criticized their opponents for holding no-exceptions policies. Earlier this year, her group targeted an anti-choice GOP congresswoman who had delayed a vote on the 20-week bill because she was concerned about a police reporting requirement in its rape exception.

Dannenfelser is also a fierce opponent of Planned Parenthood, saying last year that shutting the women’s health provider down would “liberate” its employees “whose hearts are so calloused over.”

Later in 2015, Dannenfelser mocked Planned Parenthood’s “gender-based, grievance-oriented politics,” saying that “real women who truly love what womanhood really is” should also be concerned about “equal rights” for men.

“I love men!” she declared. “What about men’s health? I mean, do we have anything to say about men’s health and the particular health problems that men have? Do we ever talk about the ‘men’s gap’ when we’re moving into an election?”

Dannenfelser, however, has been trying to claim the mantle of feminism for the anti-choice movement. The Susan B. Anthony list is named after the suffragist pioneer; Dannenfelser declared last year that “abortion-centered feminism is dead.”

In January, Dannenfelser signed a letter along with other female anti-choice leaders urging GOP primary voters to “support anyone but Donald Trump.” The group claimed both that Trump couldn’t be “trusted” to back them on abortion policy and that they were “disgusted by Mr. Trump’s treatment of individuals, women, in particular.”

Now, it seems, Trump has made enough promises to the anti-choice movement that Dannenfelser is satisfied on the first count and willing to overlook the second.

Trump's New 'Pro-Life' Adviser Wants To Ban Abortion Without 'Abominable' Exceptions

Donald Trump announced today that he is forming a new “pro-life coalition” that will be led by Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List. Dannenfelser, who warned in January that Trump would not deliver on the anti-choice movement’s priorities of appointing like minded Supreme Court justices and defunding Planned Parenthood, has come around to Trump since he became the GOP nominee and began promising the anti-choice movement what it wanted.

Trump’s pick of Dannenfelser to head his campaign’s anti-abortion effort shows just how willing he is to hand his reproductive rights policy over to the anti-choice movement. Dannenfelser is a savvy political operative, but she has also been very clear about her ultimate goal: to criminalize abortion in America, without exception.

When the House passed a bill last year banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy with a narrow exception for rape and incest survivors, Dannenfelser said that the bill’s rape exception was “regrettable” and “intellectually dishonest,” saying that she’d like to see all abortions banned at “any stage” of pregnancy. In a press conference, Dannenfelser said that although her group supported the legislation, “the rape exception is abominable.”

Dannenfelser has also held a hard line against abortion-ban exemptions for women whose health is at risk, saying in 2012 that her group would not support a candidate who supported health exceptions.

While Dannenfelser’s ultimate goal is to ban abortion without exception, she has said that the best way to achieve that goal is for anti-choice politicians to avoid discussing those exceptions. After Rep. Todd Akin made his infamous “legitimate rape” comment in 2013, the SBA list started training GOP lawmakers to avoid discussing why they want to withhold abortion rights from rape survivors.

Asked in 2015 what she thought it would take for GOP leaders to fully embrace a no-exceptions abortion policy, Dannenfelser responded, “It’s going to take winning.” She cited anti-choice victories in the 2014 elections where “we had unapologetic pro-life people who didn’t talk about rape and incest.”

During the GOP presidential primary, she attacked Republican candidates who criticized their opponents for holding no-exceptions policies. Earlier this year, her group targeted an anti-choice GOP congresswoman who had delayed a vote on the 20-week bill because she was concerned about a police reporting requirement in its rape exception.

Dannenfelser is also a fierce opponent of Planned Parenthood, saying last year that shutting the women’s health provider down would “liberate” its employees, “whose hearts are so calloused over.”

Later in 2015, Dannenfelser mocked Planned Parenthood’s “gender-based, grievance-oriented politics,” saying that “real women who truly love what womanhood really is” should also be concerned about “equal rights” for men in health care.

“I love men!” she declared. “What about men’s health? I mean, do we have anything to say about men’s health and the particular health problems that men have? Do we ever talk about the ‘men’s gap’ when we’re moving into an election?”

Dannenfelser, however, has been trying to claim the mantle of feminism for the anti-choice movement. The Susan B. Anthony List is named after the suffragist pioneer; Dannenfelser declared last year that “abortion-centered feminism is dead.”

In January, Dannenfelser signed a letter along with other female anti-choice leaders urging GOP primary voters to “support anyone but Donald Trump.” The group claimed both that Trump couldn’t be “trusted” to back them on abortion policy and that they were “disgusted by Mr. Trump’s treatment of individuals, women, in particular.”

Now, it seems, Trump has made enough promises to the anti-choice movement that Dannenfelser is satisfied on the first count and willing to overlook the second.

Bryan Fischer: Diversity And Multiculturalism Are God's Curse Upon America Because We Have Become Utterly Evil

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer reiterated his view that the "proliferation of languages" in America is a curse that God has placed upon this nation "to protect us from ourselves" because we have become fundamentally evil and a menace to the entire world.

"This kind of diversity is not a blessing," Fischer said. "This kind of multiculturalism is not a blessing, it is a curse" that God has imposed upon us so that we cannot communicate easily with one another in order to thwart our evil plans, just as he did those seeking to construct the Tower of Babel in the book of Genesis.

By not insisting that those seeking to immigrate to the United States first be required to pass an English literacy test and be willing assimilate into our culture, Fischer said, America is bringing God's curse upon ourselves.

"The confusion of languages is a check on the evil that otherwise a nation would do," he claimed, "and I think that's what's happening here in America, that this is a part of God's judgment on America because we have drifted from Him and now, increasingly, the plans and intentions of the heart of the American people, the American government, our cultural leaders are evil." 

"I think what's going on here," Fischer concluded, "God is saying, 'This lack of assimilation that is caused by this profusion of languages, it's actually something that I am using to check the evil that the United States otherwise would do.'"

Mat Staver: Legal Abortion Will 'Bring God's Wrath Down On A Nation'

At last weekend’s Values Voter Summit, the conservative legal group Liberty Counsel distributed a new booklet written by its founder and chairman, Mat Staver, titled “Planned Parenthood Exposed!”

Staver’s booklet is mostly a rehashing of the Planned Parenthood smear videos produced by David Daleiden last year, but it ends on a more apocalyptic note.

Noting that Daleiden based his project on a similar effort by anti-abortion activist Mark Crutcher, who, in the late 1990s, also tried to attack legal abortion with a flawed “investigation” of the practice of fetal tissue research, Staver writes that Daleiden has given America “one more chance” to “bring fetal tissue trafficking to a halt” and “ultimately, to end legal abortion in America.”

If the U.S. fails to take this opportunity to criminalize abortion, he writes, we will face the wrath and judgment of God, just as God cursed Cain after he murdered Abel:

Now, America gets one more chance to make that happen—and it’s crucial we keep pressure on politicians to bring fetal tissue trafficking to a halt. And, ultimately, to end legal abortion in America.

The stakes are enormous—for the unborn, for America and each one of us.

That’s because God is just and will act to avenge the lives of innocents taken by abortion. When Cain killed Abel, God told him, “The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground So now you are cursed from the earth” (Genesis 4:10-11). Just as Abel’s blood cried out to God for justice and brought a curse on Cain, the blood of more than 58 million precious unborn humans—the most innocent of victims—also cries out to God.

And just as God cursed Cain, so too His curse rests on our nation which protects the right of a mother and her doctor to end the life of her child. The shedding of innocent blood pollutes or defiles a land and will bring God’s wrath down on a nation, as it did ancient Israel

Likewise, the death of innocent preborn infants, their blood spilled (and harvested) in abortion facilities across America, invites God’s judgment on modern America. “The Lord hates…the shedding of innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17) and holds people accountable for what they do to protect the innocent from murder…

Joseph Farah: Hillary Clinton's Election Will Lead To God's Judgment On America

Yesterday, WorldNetDaily founder Joseph Farah appeared on E.W. Jackson’s “Awakening” radio program to warn that the U.S. will witness national devastation and divine judgment if Hillary Clinton is elected president.

“This is an evil woman,” he said of Clinton. “We will not be able to recognize this country and what it was if we give her four years in the White House. Slam the door shut on a future America that has any semblance of liberty and justice.”

While he said the election of Ronald Reagan “brought a blessing on this country” that “lasted more than 10 years,” Farah predicted that Clinton’s election would lead to God’s judgment.

“If we reward her non-accomplishment, her non-achievement and her self-interested self-dealings that are so evident, we are asking God to judge us very, very sternly,” he said.

Glenn Beck Warns That President Obama 'Is Giving Away The Internet'

Back in late 2014 and early 2015, Glenn Beck issued several dire warnings, predicting that the United States would destroy the internet and drive him out of business if it implemented net neutrality.

America deserved "to be destroyed," he proclaimed, if we were such "morons" that we couldn't see that we were ruining the internet, and with it, the last bastion of freedom in the world.

Beck's opposition to net neutrality, of course, was rooted entirely in his own ignorance about what it actually was. In fact, it has now been in effect for over a year and Beck is still on the air, despite guaranteeing that "voices like ours will be gone" if it were to be enacted.

Given Beck's willingness to spout off about things he clearly doesn't understand, it was no surprise to hear him kick off his radio show today by warning that President Obama "is giving away the internet" and handing it over to Russia, China and Iran.

Beck was, predictably, supporting Sen. Ted Cruz's dishonest crusade against plans to allow oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to transition to an international body at the end of the month.

As PolitiFact noted yesterday, ICANN is simply tasked with ensuring "that the domain names we use for websites and emails are globally consistent" and while "the U.S. government is set to no longer have a contract to oversee certain internet-related duties having to do with all of us finding websites [these] tasks will continue to be handled through a California nonprofit that’s been in place since 1998" that will now be overseen by a multi-national advisory panel. 

Beck clearly did not understand anything about this, which is why he spent the entire opening segment of his radio program today warning that this is all part of a plot by George Soros to "grab control of the internet."

God Tells Jim Bakker Not To Believe The Polls Showing Trump Losing

Last week, televangelist Jim Bakker recounted a recent discussion he had with God about the state of the presidential race. God, Bakker said, hinted to him that the polls showing Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton are wrong: “I said, ‘God, what’s going on?’ I said, ‘It looks like Trump’s not gonna make it the way it’s going.’ And do you want to know what God said to me? He said, ‘You know, the polls could be wrong.’”

Bakker reported that God told him that Trump voters live in fear of anti-Trump “hatemongers” and as a result are reluctant to express their support for the GOP presidential nominee to pollsters.

“He said, ‘The people are in fear in this country, the church is in fear,’” Bakker recalled, “and he said, ‘They’re afraid to even say that they’re voting for Trump. They don’t want to tell anybody. They’re afraid.’ Now, I’m not saying I’m right, I’m just saying this is what happened this week, a few days, a few hours ago. Donald Trump fans are afraid to say they’re on his side because they are in fear of the hatemongers, they’re afraid for their lives.”

Michael Savage Wants To Run A New HUAC In Donald Trump's Administration

On Tuesday, right-wing radio host Michael Savage said he wants Donald Trump to restore the House Un-American Activities Committee or a similar committee focused on “hunting down subversives” and volunteered to lead the inquiry himself.

“We need a new HUAC but you can’t call it HUAC,” Savage said, “but we have to unmask the traitors within because we’re facing grave danger from these traitors.”

Savage named dozens of supposedly “subversive” groups that he wants investigated, including People For the American Way, the American Civil Liberties Union, MoveOn, Center for American Progress, Black Lives Matter, Media Matters and the National Council of Churches.

“If Trump wins, which is a longshot by the way with the voter fraud that’s on the horizon, the electronic fraud is being set up as I speak by the vermin that work for Soros and others, they’re going to steal the election as sure as I’m sitting here, but if Trump should win, that’s when our work really would begin,” he said.

Trump has appeared on Savage’s show several times and even floated the possibility of naming him to a position in his administration. Savage has previously said that Trump should “rule by decree” and deliberately violate the civil rights of liberals.

E.W. Jackson: NFL Players Protesting Because Obama Doesn't Love America

Bishop E.W. Jackson, a conservative activist and the 2013 GOP nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia, linked NFL players’ recent protests during the National Anthem to President Obama, saying yesterday that if we had “a black president who was willing to express sincere affection, honor, respect for the flag, for the national anthem, for our country,” the players wouldn’t be protesting.

“You know, I don’t want to draw too direct a line, but I think this is worth saying,” Jackson told radio host John Fredericks. “I think that if we had had for the last seven and a half years, a black president who was willing to express sincere affection, honor, respect for the flag, for the National Anthem, for our country, I think people like [Colin] Kaepernick would have been hard pressed to do what he is doing.”

Instead, Jackson said, Obama “goes abroad and criticizes our country” and “refused to wear the American flag lapel pin” during his 2008 campaign.

“Frankly, we really need a president who loves our country and is willing to give a full-throated expression of [it],” he said, “I think that would have damped down a lot of this nonsense, but right now it seems to be open season on America.”

Dave Daubenmire: Video Of Hillary Clinton Stumbling While Ill Really Shows Her Being Arrested

On his "Pass The Salt Live" Google Hangout this morning, "Coach" David Daubenmire said that the video showing Hillary Clinton stumbling while leaving a 9/11 memorial ceremony after falling ill really shows her being arrested and led away in handcuffs and leg shackles. 

"What really happened was Hillary took a perp walk," Daubenmire stated. "You know what a perp walk is? Somebody who is a criminal and they arrest them and they walk [them away]. What we witnessed with Hillary was a perp walk. They arrested her."

"It appears Hillary is handcuffed and shackled," he said. "You can see, when you look at the videos, her hands are behind her; no wonder she tripped and fell, if her feet were shackled."

"You think I'm crazy," Daubenmire continued, "I'm not crazy ... That whole thing had to be staged."

Pat Boone: War On Christmas Causing God To Reject America

In a column for WorldNetDaily this week, entertainer and conservative activist Pat Boone declared that “America is abandoning God” and that, as a result, God is lifting “His hand of protection” from the nation, leading us to a presidential election “between two candidates no current majority wants.”

“He knows we’re headed toward financial ruin, escalating internal violence, loss of world leadership, moral corruption and eventual collapse of our government—unless we collectively call Him back into our national life!” Boone wrote.

Boone elaborated on his point in an interview with Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg yesterday, saying that developments such as the “War on Christmas” and rulings against government-sponsored school prayer are causing God to “step aside.”

“First of all, we have to acknowledge that God has not abandoned us, we have abandoned Him,” Boone said. “We’ve allowed those in charge in various ways to take God’s name off of our buildings, to prevent even Christmas displays, even saying—they tried to prevent saying ‘Merry Christmas,’ as if that was an offense to somebody. And they won’t let school kids say prayer before the beginning of a school day, even a voluntary silent prayer, because that’s a recognition of religion or supposedly an establishment of religion. It is not!” (In reality, public school students are allowed to engage in voluntary individual prayer.)

“So we, if we allow this to happen, we shove God aside, He is a gentleman, He will step aside as he did with Israel,” Boone said.

He added that God is “waiting for us to call Him back in and if we do, then we can have an America again.”

Steve King Is A Walking Late Night Joke

On his program on Monday night, comedian Jimmy Fallon reacted to Hillary Clinton’s comment that a number of Trump supporters fall into a “basket of deplorables” by joking, “So, if you're keeping track, Trump supporters are deplorable, and Hillary supporters are deportable.”

Fallon’s “deportable” remark could have been a reference to Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King’s characterization of Michelle Obama’s guest at last year’s State of the Union Address as “a deportable.” 

King, however, did not see any criticism in Fallon’s joke and instead was thrilled when Iowa talk radio host Jan Mickelson played him a clip of Fallon’s monologue in an interview yesterday.

“Did I say that or did he say that?” King asked, to which Mickelson replied: "Fallon is stealing your lines now.”

“Well, that’s okay,” King said, “I’m happy if he can just repeat them over and over again. I recall making a statement that the first lady invited a deportable in to sit next to her during the president’s State of the Union address and I can’t think of any way to undermine the rule of law any more effectively than to do that.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Talks With PFAW Members About Judicial Nominations

Yesterday, Massachusetts senator and progressive hero Elizabeth Warren joined PFAW’s Michael Keegan and Marge Baker on a member telebriefing to discuss GOP senators’ unprecedented obstruction of judicial nominations at all levels, including their refusal to give fair consideration to President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

Sen. Warren noted on the call that Senate Republicans are now “setting new records for obstruction.” She suggested that they “might want to pull a copy of the Constitution out and take a look,” since the document is “crystal clear” about the Senate’s responsibility to confirm or reject the judges the president nominates. Instead, Warren said, GOP senators are trying to hold the Supreme Court seat open for a President Trump so that he can nominate judges who will bend the laws to suit their interests and the interests of their powerful friends.

Sen. Warren encouraged PFAW members and supporters to ask their senators why they won’t do their jobs and to keep up the pressure. “People For the American Way has done a fantastic job of putting pressure on Senate Republicans to give these judges timely consideration and an up-or-down vote,” she said. “This is a tough fight, but you don't get what you don't fight for.”

Marge Baker reviewed the work that PFAW is doing to make sure Republicans are held accountable at the ballot box on Election Day, including on-the-ground organizing targeting senators who have refused to do their jobs and PFAW’s massive Latinos Vote! campaign, designed to make sure Latino voters are ready to help deliver a progressive victory in November.

You can listen to a recording of the call here:

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Bryan Fischer Says 'There's No Question' That Hillary Clinton 'Has Opened Her Life Up To Demonic Influence'

On his radio program yesterday, Bryan Fischer took a call from a listener who floated the theory that Hillary Clinton's recent bout of pneumonia was really a sign that a demon "has latched on to her." While Fischer was not able to diagnose whether Clinton's illness was demonic in nature, he did say that "it's certainly possible that there is some kind of demonic influence in her life."

"I think it's almost inevitable," Fischer said, "given what she's done with her life and the things that she's done. You can open the doorway of your life to demonic presences in a lot of different ways and a lot of them are things that Hillary Clinton has done. So there's no question, from a biblical standpoint, that she herself has opened her life up to demonic influence."

Anti-Immigrant Hate Group Leader: 'Donald Trump Has The Best . . .Group Of People Advising Him On Immigration Policy'

Dan Stein, executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said in radio interview Wednesday morning, “I tell you this in all sincerity: Donald Trump has the best, most seasoned, and knowledgeable group of people advising him on immigration policy issues of any Republican candidate to run for president, probably in American history.”

“He’s got people who really grasp what Obama has done, how to turn it around, how to fix it, working with point people in Congress like Jeff Sessions,” Stein continued.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has considered FAIR a hate group since 2008 “because of its virulent and false attacks on non-white immigrants.”  Additionally, FAIR leaders have “ties to white supremacist groups and eugenicists and have made many racist statements.”

Trump launched his campaign by announcing, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

This parroted statements made by Stein nearly 20 years ago. "Immigrants don't come all church-loving, freedom-loving, God-fearing. … Many of them hate America; hate everything that the United States stands for. Talk to some of these Central Americans,” he told Tucker Carlson in 1997.

 

White Nationalist Wonders If Trump Will Drive Jews Out Of Power

Matt Parrott, a “founding member” and the chief information officer of the white nationalist Traditionalist Youth Network, was not fond of a cheeky Washington Post column by Shalom Auslander that said people should stop comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler because Hitler was a megalomaniacal psychopath while Trump is just “a two-bit con man.” Auslander wrote:

The comparison that matters is not, “Is Donald Trump like Hitler?” but, “Are we like Hitler’s willing executioners?”

Will we look the other way, say we didn’t know, stand silently by while millions of our neighbors are rounded up, while women who get abortions are “punished,” while immigrants are given “ideology tests” and our leader heaps praise on oppressive tyrants?

Well? Will we?

Are we that terrified? Are we that hateful? Are we that frightened, that cowardly, that selfish, that helpless, that cold-hearted, that dumb, that easily manipulated, that easily provoked? Are we so bereft of answers, so pathetically hopeless, that all we can come up with is easy scapegoating and blind fealty to Our Great Leader? Are We The People really going to fall for the dumbest, oldest, easiest trick in the book?

Because if we are, then we won’t need an Adolf Hitler to embrace that darkness. Even a two-bit con man like Donald Trump will be enough.

In a post on the Trad Youth website, Parrott writes, “Auslander isn’t angry that Trump’s a con artist, he’s angry about the fact that an implicitly anti-semitic platform is electrifying the nation.” Parrott says Auslander’s comments about “Hitler’s willing executioners” mean that he is “accusing America’s goyim of being a bunch of Nazis.” Writes Parrott:

Even if you don’t name the Jews, if you’re putting America First, the Jews will name you. And if you’re not a brilliant and well-connected billionaire with balls of imported Swedish green marble, they will break you. The Jews aren’t so much angry at Trump as they’re angry at the deplorable goyim propelling him to victory.

Parrott concludes:

Maybe it’s not the End of History after all, Shalom. And maybe America will follow the leader of every other European nation in history in eventually awakening from the Jewish spell and driving y’all out. Whether Trump turns out to be the man who rises up from among the people to drive you out of power, what’s been demonstrated is that our human nature hasn’t been fundamentally transformed. White Americans are actually reviving their spirit of racial pride, bucking the Jewish plan for them, and growing immune to the usual enticements and enforcements.

The Traditionalist Youth Network is led by Matthew Heimbach, who believes the United States should be divided into ethnically homogenous regions. Heimbach has praised Donald Trump for “speaking to white interests” and celebrated the way Trump’s campaign has provided fertile ground for his group’s recruiting. Trump, says Heimbach, “has opened this floodgate that I don’t think can be restrained regardless of what happens in the 2016 elections.”

Jim Bakker: Hillary Clinton's Election Would Be God's Judgment On America

Televangelist Jim Bakker said today that God could deliver the presidency to Hillary Clinton as a sign that he is judging America with “immature leadership.”

“God says, ‘I’m God and if I choose Trump he’ll be elected and if I choose Hillary—’ and I’ll tell you what, God could allow Hillary to be elected because God sends judgment to a nation by giving them what the Bible says is immature leadership,” Bakker said.

Bakker added that “without a miracle in America,” Donald Trump is “going to be the closest thing probably to a Christian that America would ever elect. It’s over, people.”

John Guandolo: CNN Journalists Are 'Enemies Of The State' And 'Shills For The Enemy'

John Guandolo, the disgraced former FBI agent turned anti-Muslim speaker, was not happy with CNN’s coverage of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, telling Virginia talk radio host Rob Schilling on Monday that the network’s coverage was dominated by “enemies of the state” and “shills for the enemy like Fareed Zakaria and others.”

“I noticed when I was kind of scanning through the channels,” he said, “I landed on CNN and listened and there they were talking about how anti-Muslim activity is up in America and Americans don’t understand Islam and we’re awesome and it’s our fault, you know, our handling of Iraq and Afghanistan has created ISIS and it was just, it was an absolute assault on the United States, quite frankly, by shills for the enemy like Fareed Zakaria and others on CNN. And these people are enemies of the state and it’s a propaganda war that we’re in.

“And it was disgusting to watch just speaker after speaker, and it was as if it was a chance for us to talk about how we need to be nicer to Islam and the Muslim community and not differentiating between the people in some cases and the fact that Islam is a totalitarian ideology.”

Guandolo also called on Americans to gain the “courage” to start “speaking the truth” about Islam, including confronting any pastor who teaches tolerance by kicking “his ass right out of church.”

“If 10 million Americans just started speaking the truth in their workplace, in their churches, when their pastors say things like, you know, ‘Everything’s okay, all behavior’s okay, Jesus said love each other and that means you tolerate all behavior,’ somebody ought to step up out of the pew, grab that guy by the ear and kick his ass right out of the church,” he said.

“Until we decide that we’re going to stand on principle and stand on truth, we’re going to continue to watch these things and this nation go down the tubes,” he added.

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