This week, Iowans will receive robocalls and hear radio ads from a white nationalist super PAC urging caucus-goers to support Donald Trump. The ad, recorded by self-described white nationalists, calls on Iowans to support Donald Trump because of his extreme and bigoted stance on immigration. “We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people,” the ad states.
In response to the ad, People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan stated:
“This is an ugly ad, and it comes from an ugly stance being taken by Donald Trump. Trump should condemn this ad—and he should renounce his racist policy position to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. No one aspiring to the nation’s top office should accept bigotry as any part of his or her campaign or promote it as part of his or her platform. Trump and many of his fellow Republican contenders’ willingness to embrace anti-Muslim rhetoric goes against American values.”
People For the American Way’s Right Wing Watch has tracked how white nationalist leaders and groups have interacted with elected officials and candidates. To speak with an expert about the white nationalist movement and/or Donald Trump’s campaign, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, Cruz can add another name to his long list of anti-gay endorsers: Mission America’s Linda Harvey, who as a columnist and host of a conservative radio show spreads some of the most extreme anti-gay rhetoric in the country.
Harvey announced her support for Cruz in a joint press release with a number of Ohio conservatives, including Phil Burress of Citizens for Community Values and Molly Smith of Cleveland Right to Life. The release directs supporters to the website of Keep The Promise, a pro-Cruz Super PAC led by Religious Right activist David Barton, but the endorsements have not been promoted by the PAC or the Cruz campaign, at least not yet.
Perhaps Harvey thinks that Cruz will be the president she has longed for who will issue “an Emancipation Proclamation … to free America from the tyranny of sodomy.”
In an interview with the Los Angeles talk radio station KABC last week, Ann Coulter said she was bewildered as to how birther conspiracy theorists who think President Obama was born abroad and therefore is ineligible to be president of the United States could back Ted Cruz, who, unlike Obama, was actually born outside of the U.S. Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, to an American mother and Cuban father.
In September, Public Policy Polling found that only 28 percent of Cruz supporters believed that Obama was born in the U.S., while 62 percent of them claimed Cruz was American-born.
As recently as 2013, Coulter insisted that Cruz was eligible to run for president, but has since changed her mind. (Mainstream legal experts agree that Cruz, because he was an American citizen at birth, is a “natural born citizen” eligible to be president under the Constitution.)
In the interview with KABC, Coulter faulted Obama birthers who support Cruz for their logical inconsistency.
“So in other words,” she said, “their position is that if in fact Obama had been born in Kenya, he’d be a natural born citizen, because nobody contests that his mother was an American citizen. Why didn’t they just come back and say that then, why didn’t they say, ‘So what, he’s still a natural born citizen’?”
“It’s because they want Ted Cruz in the White House and they didn’t want Obama in the White House, so they’re not applying the same logic to each one,” host John Phillips said. Coulter agreed: “I guess that’s right, but it never occurred to anyone to say, ‘Oh, no, sure, you can have only one American citizen parent and it can be your mother.’ Nobody, nobody, nobody contested whether Obama’s mother was an American citizen.”
Over the weekend, some voters in Iowa received robocalls featuring the voice of prominent white nationalist Jared Taylor urging them to vote for Donald Trump because “[we] don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture.”
The ads were paid for by a group called the American National Super PAC, which is registered at the FEC by William Johnson, a Los Angeles-based attorney who specializes in working with Japanese and Chinese corporations and is also the chairman of the racist American Freedom Party. Johnson speaks briefly on the robocalls, identifying himself as “a farmer and white nationalist.”
It’s hardly a surprise that Johnson would support Trump, who has called for barring Muslims from entering the U.S., thinks the U.S. should ignore the 14th Amendment’s birthright citizenship clause and wants to round up and deport all undocumented immigrants living in the country, since the real estate magnate might be the closest he’ll get to a candidate who will carry out his goal of deporting most non-white people from the U.S.
In the 1980s, Johnson put considerable effort into promoting his plan to strip the citizenship of and deport all but a small number of non-white people from the United States. From the Southern Poverty Law Center:
In 1985, under the pseudonym James O. Pace, Johnson wrote the book Amendment to the Constitution: Averting the Decline and Fall of America. In it, he advocates the repeal of the 14th and 15th amendments and the deportation of almost all nonwhite citizens to other countries. Johnson further claimed that racial mixing and diversity caused social and cultural degeneration in the United States. He wrote: "We lose our effectiveness as leaders when no one relies on us or can trust us because of our nonwhite and fractionalized nature. … [R]acial diversity has given us strife and conflict and is enormously counterproductive."
Johnson's solution to this problem was to deport all nonwhites as soon as possible. Anybody with any "ascertainable trace of Negro blood" or more than one-eighth "Mongolian, Asian, Asia Minor, Middle Eastern, Semitic, Near Eastern, American Indian, Malay or other non-European or non-white blood" would be deported under the Pace Amendment.
To smooth the process, Johnson proposed that financial incentives be offered to nonwhites who cooperate with the government in the deportation process. Nonwhites who are too old to leave would be allowed to stay, as they were past childbearing age and did not present an obstacle to long-term racial homogeneity. Johnson imagined that black Americans could be employed to help the transition. He wrote, "Because of their physical abilities, the blacks would be the ideal enforcers." Johnson believed it critical that the amendment be enacted; if not, he said, nonwhites would strip rights from white Americans, potentially leading to a deadly "race war." For Johnson, the deportation of nonwhites is an act of self-defense, a preemptive strike in defense of real Americans.
Johnson specified that "Hispanic whites, defined as anyone with an Hispanic ancestor, may be citizens if, in addition to meeting the aforesaid ascertainable trace and percentage tests, they are in appearance indistinguishable from Americans whose ancestral home is the British Isles or Northwestern Europe."
Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly onceagain praised GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, telling Breitbart yesterday that Trump “represents everything the grassroots want.”
She also hailed the business mogul as the only hope that conservatives have "to defeat the Kingmakers,” or the Republican elites whom she said “have picked our last bunch of losers.”
Schlafly said she was won over by Trump’s extreme anti-immigrant stances, warning that “this torrent of immigrants coming in” is “destroying our schools” and the character of America.
“[W]e’re not going to be America anymore because most of the people coming in have no experience with limited government,” she said. “They don’t know what that is. They look to the government to solve all of their problems, and as soon as we have a high majority of people who think that, it’s going to be a different country.”
“Trump is the only hope to defeat the Kingmakers,” Schlafly told Breitbart resolutely. “Because everybody else will fall in line. The Kingmakers have so much money behind them.”
“The Kingmakers,” Schlafly told Breitbart, “have picked our last bunch of losers. And there’s one loser after another because they were more interested in maintaining their flow of money from the big donors and their cooperation with the Democrats—their bipartisanship—and that’s not my goal. I’m for America [Schlafly slams hand on table] and America first [slams hand on table again].”
When asked what is the “most pressing issue facing the country today,” Schlafly—without a moment’s pause—said, “Immigration. And that’s why Trump is doing so well. People recognize that is the biggest thing. In the first place, it’s just about destroying our schools. All of these kids, who can’t read in any language, are coming in and expecting to be taught by our English-speaking teachers. And it’s not going to work. And yet we have to babysit them all day.”
Schlafly explained that immigration represents an existential issue for the nation: “If we don’t stop immigration—this torrent of immigrants coming in—we’re not going to be America anymore because most of the people coming in have no experience with limited government. They don’t know what that is. They look to the government to solve all of their problems, and as soon as we have a high majority of people who think that, it’s going to be a different country.”
“I certainly think he represents everything the grassroots want,” Schlafly said.
Corporations and unions are fundamentally dissimilar, but conservatives in Congress and on the Supreme Court have tried to equate them in an attempt to enlarge corporations' political rights. This equation has sunk into our legal, political, and social consciousness, weakening the sense of unions as organic democratic institutions while aggrandizing the political power of CEOs of large companies.
Rick Santorum came up with another creative way to illustrate his opposition to marriage equality yesterday, telling Iowa radio host Simon Conway that allowing states to expand marriage to same-sex couples is like saying “the states have the right to redefine the chemical equation for water, it can be H3O instead of H2O.”
When Conway asked Santorum about Sen. Ted Cruz’s recent remarks about the need for conservatives to unify around one presidential candidate (him), Santorum took a dig at Cruz, implying that the Texas senator is a “libertarian” for wanting to return the decision about marriage equality to the states.
“Look, I’m very proud of the conservative record I’ve put together,” he said. “There’s no one who’s fought more on moral and cultural issues. I’m not a libertarian. There are people in this race that want the states to decide whether there should be same-sex marriage or polygamy or marijuana use. I don’t believe that. I don’t believe that the states have the right to redefine something that’s not capable of redefining.
“For me, when you say the states have the right to define marriage, it’s like saying, well, the states have the right to redefine the chemical equation for water, it can be H3O instead of H2O. Well, the states can’t do that. Why? Because nature dictates what water is, nature dictates what marriage is, and the states don’t have the right to violate what nature has dictated.”
When Conway asked Huckabee about voters wanting “free stuff” from the government, the presidential candidate responded by recalling a conversation that he had had that very day with a “young lady” who wanted “free college.”
I think, ultimately, we have to make the case to the American people. And this is one of the reasons, I feel like, that I would be the best candidate, because I can speak to the common-sense language of the people and explain to them, as I did to a young lady today who asked me, she said, ‘What can you do to maybe see that I can have free college?’
And I said, ‘I would never try to get you free college, because if we gave it to you free when you were 20, you’d be paying for it when you were 30, 40 and 50, and the fact is there’s no such thing as free.’ And I went on to explain to her that if we gave it to you for free, you wouldn’t appreciate it, you’d probably cut class. I’d like to give it to you with a way that if you were willing to serve your country, either in the military or some other way, we would give you credit for that and help you with your educational expenses. But rather than give it to you free, let’s ask of your generation to invest in this country and we’ll be willing to invest in you. But as far as just providing free books and free education and free everything, with $20 trillion of debt, first of all, we financially can’t do it, but it’s not a point of responsibility to do that at all.
Ted Cruz 's Equine Posterior Achievement Award winningstreak has come to an end, with Donald Trump taking a clear majority — 53.3% — this year, relegating Cruz to a distant second. People For the American Way’s Equine Posterior Achievement Award “honors” the politicians and pundits who reach new lows in right-wing extremism.
As one libertarian writer put it, “Trump is proving himself to be a fabricator of colossal untruths and an expert liar.”
But Trump’s falsehoods are driving the media’s narrative of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Just see how Trump’s suggestion that Cruz may not be able to serve as president because of his Canadian birthplace led to several days of media coverage on the matter, even though experts roundly concur that the Texas senator is in fact eligible.
Trump’s use of paranoid politics, particularly warning that immigrants want to enter the U.S. to commit crimes and that terrorists are crossing the southern border in order to commit acts of terror has proven effective in the GOP primary. This may be because the Republican base has gotten used to years of politicians similarly suggesting that President Obama is an un-American — if not anti-American — leader who is letting immigrants “take” jobs from Americans and ignoring threats from radical Islamists.
When not focusing on the purported threats from the Obama administration, immigrants and Muslims, Trump knows what’s really important: fighting the War on Christmas.
Wiles recountedpreviousconversations he had with disgraced ex-FBI agent John Guandolo, who emerged as an anti-Muslim activist after leaving his position due to a sex scandal. Wiles warned that the day will come when all of the mosques in the U.S. will call on Muslims to “commit acts of terror” simultaneously, lamenting that there will be “certain elements of the U.S. government that will be on the side of the jihadists.”
The broadcast then turned to a message from evangelist Perry Stone, who alleged that ISIS has weapons warehouses in all 50 states and has set up “sleeper cells” in “Knoxville, Tennessee, Lexington, Kentucky and throughout the Southeast, including in the mountains of West Virginia.”
After Bakker asked Wiles why politicians “want to disarm America totally,” the End Times broadcaster said it was because “they are trying to overthrow the constitutional republic of the nation.”
In an op-ed today in the Boston Globe, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes on what may be the biggest issue at stake in the 2016 election: the future of the US Supreme Court.
The court’s decisions have a profound impact on American families. In the past two decades alone, it effectively declared George W. Bush president, significantly weakened the Voting Rights Act, and opened the door to a flood of unaccountable money in our politics. It also made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, preserved the Affordable Care Act not once but twice, and ensured equal access to education for women.
On Election Day, three of the current justices will be over 80 years old, which is past the court’s average retirement age. The next president could easily appoint more than one justice. That makes this a make-or-break moment — for the court and our country.
That’s true. As People For the American Way recently laid out in our Judgment Day report, virtually every single important issue—from voting rights to guns to reproductive freedom to workplace fairness to the environment and beyond—will be at stake before the Supreme Court. And because the Justices most likely to retire in the next few years come from both sides of the bench, our country has the opportunity to pull the Court from its dangerous rightward lurch of the last decade—or to solidify a far-right majority for a generation.
But just as important as preventing the next president from appointing more Justices in the mold of Scalia, Thomas and Alito, we need to elect a President who will appoint extraordinary jurists who understand the profoundly progressive nature of our constitution. In her op-ed, Senator Clinton lays out what that looks like.
As president (and a lawyer and former law professor), I’ll appoint justices who will protect the constitutional principles of liberty and equality for all, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or political viewpoint; make sure the scales of justice aren’t tipped away from individuals toward corporations and special interests; and protect citizens’ right to vote, rather than billionaires’ right to buy elections.
All of this is good news for progressives—and why People For the American Way has been pushing so hard for more conversation about the importance of the Supreme Court as we head into the 2016 election. But it’s not enough.
In the coming weeks and months we’ll continue to push candidates of both parties to make clear what kind of judges they’d appoint to our nation’s highest courts, because, as Secretary Clinton says, “There’s a lot at stake in this election. Nowhere is this clearer than in the US Supreme Court.”
Back in November, Ben Carson appeared on “Kingdom Connection with Jentezen Franklin,” to discuss how the U.S. Constitution “was written at an eighth-grade level” so “that the American people could understand it.”
However, Carson said that “the people who claim they are constitutional scholars,” like justices on the Supreme Court, are making a “mess” because, he alleged, they haven’t read the Constitution.
The Republican presidential candidate alleged that gay rights advocates want to classify certain speech as “hate speech,” claiming that they use “hate speech ridicule” to silence others and don’t believe in “live and let live.”
The way it works now is they target you and they have all kind of hate speech ridicule, if there’s a way they can bring action against you they will do that, try to ruin your life. Look at all the people who because of their religious convictions and their belief in what the Bible says have lost their livelihood and they’re put in jeopardy over the gay marriage issue, when in fact this is supposed to be a country where you live and let live. I personally don’t have any problem with any two people, regardless of what their feelings are, of living together, of getting a lawyer to create some documents so they can share property and have hospital visitation rights, but to change the definition of marriage, the problem is once you do that for one group, why wouldn’t you have to do that for the next group?
“Everybody gets equal rights, but nobody gets extra rights, extra rights to change everything for everybody else to suit them,” he added.
Carson went on to warn that “the secular-progressive movement” is bent on “beating people down so that they are silent” and having them “sit down and shut up so they can drive the boat.” If evangelical Christians don’t “stand up,” Carson warned, “it’s going to be too late.”
When Donald Trump appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ radio program last month and hailed Jones’ “amazing” reputation, we pointed out that among other beliefs Jones has promulgated on his InfoWars network, he has floated the idea
PFAW New Hampshire Organizer: Elected Officials Failed to Carry Out the Will of the People
Today, after initially voting in favor of the measure, the New Hampshire House ultimately voted against S.B. 136, a bill in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn decisions like Citizens United and allow lawmakers to set reasonable limits on money in elections. In March 2015, the bill was passed unanimously in the state Senate.
“Today our elected officials failed to represent the 72 percent of Granite Staters who oppose the Citizens United decision,” said Lindsay Jakows, New Hampshire Campaign Organizer with People For the American Way (PFAW). “Instead, opponents of the measure used extraordinary procedural tactics to kill the bill after it had already passed. This was a miscarriage of democracy. But make no mistake: Granite Staters are paying attention, and care deeply about this issue. On Election Day, voters will remember which representatives stood on the side of reform and which stood on the side of wealthy special interests."
People For the American Way has been working with ally groups to organize residents to speak out in favor of S.B. 136, including by encouraging New Hampshire PFAW activists to call their representatives and urge them to support the bill.
Support for overturning decisions like Citizens United is strong both in New Hampshire and across the country. Local activism has pushed 69 towns in New Hampshire to pass resolutions in support of an amendment, more than a dozen of which passed in 2015 alone. Sixteen other states have already officially called for an amendment. A national Bloomberg Politics poll released in September found that 78 percent of Americans believe the Citizens United decision should be overturned.
Yesterday, Brigitte Gabriel of the anti-Muslim group ACT! for America appeared on “The Sam Malone Show,” where Malone, a Houston-based radio host, hailed her as “one of the top national security experts in the world.”
Gabriel offered a positively dystopian vision of America, warning that “the country is so weakened right now” and “falling apart in every direction from every side and from within and from without,” all thanks to President Obama. She explained:
Our president weakened our military, our president weakened our intelligence services, our president made us the laughing stock of the world, our president is weakening the American public. Us here at home, as citizens, our ability to protect ourselves, our ability to have free speech, to stand up and speak the truth, every citizen right now, everywhere where you go, you are concerned about what to say. Is anybody going to get offended? Is the government monitoring my calls? Can I write this? What is anybody going to say about me? Where does it end? And this year is so scary because it looks like our president is unstoppable, basically.
She said of Obama: “He’s trying to become the dictator America never had.”
When Malone asked what would happen — “gosh forbid” — if Hillary Clinton were to win the presidential election, Gabriel suggested that wouldn’t happen because Donald Trump and other Republican candidates would “basically destroy her” and “evaporate Hillary.”
“Hillary is not going to win because America will not survive if Hillary wins,” she said. “Listen, this is an election about survival. This is not a regular election. This is an election about survival, period. America has to make a decision whether we want to survive or we want to evaporate.”
As you might have guessed, NRA board member and conservative musician Ted Nugent is not exactly happy with President Obama’s executive actions on gun violence.
“The president’s a freak,” Nugent announced on “The Joe Pags Show” yesterday. “The president is a Saul Alinsky master of puppetry.”
Resuscitating the NRA-bolstered myth that “the most innocent lives in the United States of America have been lost in every instance in gun-free zones,” Nugent asked of Obama: “What kind of evil-facilitating, complicit freak would want more gun-free zones? That’s like literally saying, this is the whitewater rapids where all the children have died, line the children up to jump in the whitewater rapids. This is Fedzilla at its most evil. This is Fedzilla on the side of criminals.”
He then went on to accuse Obama of “being racist” in his remarks on the death of Trayvon Martin, whom Nugent called “a known drug addict” and “a known thug.”
Nugent also told Pags, a San Antonio radio host, that soldiers and veterans consistently tell him that “the commander-in-chief is the enemy of America,” while insisting that several states have already eliminated the Second Amendment.
“Our president and his administration is the enemy of freedom,” he said.
President Obama’s executive actions on gun violence prevention didn’t sit well with Alex Jones of InfoWars, who declared yesterday that the president is now a “dictator” who is set to eliminate gun ownership, disappear gun owners and commit false flag attacks.
Jones kicked things off by calling for Congress to impeach the president, accusing him of putting cayenne pepper in his eye in order to tear up when he talked about the children killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting, which Jones believes was “staged” by the government. “He put something in his eye, probably pepper or something, cayenne pepper, or some oil, to cause the eye to tear,” Jones said.
Jones said that these measures come “directly out of Nazi Germany,” predicting that the government will soon restrict the travel of gun owners and force them into ghettos, where they will then be rounded up by government agents.
“They’re coming for our guns to enslave us,” Jones said. “They admit that.”
He then added, or more accurately, shouted, that commentators like Piers Morgan, Michael Moore and Fareed Zakaria are “enemy, military officers” who “hold rank in the globalist system” and are given “hundreds of millions of dollars” in order “to destroy America.” Jones wasn’t done just yet:
They want false flags and they’ve laid the groundwork in media, in entertainment, in culture, that patriots that are promoting private property, the family, the Second Amendment and pro-life are racist scum who deserve to be racist and who are going to blow things up so they can blow things up and blame it on us.
I’m telling you, as sure as the sun came up this morning, they’ve got the teams on the ground, in place, waiting for the phone calls, with the trucks loaded with the plastic explosives, to blow up federal buildings, and they are going to blame me, by name, and Matt Drudge, by name, and Rush Limbaugh, by name, and Donald Trump, by name, within 20 minutes of the bombs going off, or a special-ops team from Europe shooting up a school, killing a patriot, leaving them at the scene.
I know their playbook, I know what they’ve done before, I know this Justice Department, and God help us is all I can tell you, God help us. This is the takeover of the republic, this is the fall of the republic.
He went on to claim the Aurora mass shooting was a government conspiracy and railed against the government for putting “cancer viruses in the vaccines.” After comparing Obama to dictators throughout world history, Jones said that Obama is using his race as a free pass for imposing dictatorial policies: “‘Cuz I’m black and so it’s okay!’”
In addition, Jones reported that Louis Farrakhan told him that “they put Obama in to neutralize black people and further enslave us.”
He also had a message for abortion rights supporters and people who enjoy fun: “Of course we’re in trouble folks, we don’t even protect babies. Of course they’re going to take the guns, of course they’re going to take your pensions, idiots. I’m talking to those of you out there that laugh all day. All you trendies with your smart phones and your fun and your craft beers and the whole world is just your little fun land, you were given all of this to lull you into a false sense of security.”
Jones concluded by warning that shady forces want people to be “so sexually drunk” that they don’t care about the globalist overthrow of America.
In response to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids targeting for deportation children and families who have come to the United States fleeing violence in Central America, People For the American Way President Michael B. Keegan stated:
“It is deeply distressing to see the Obama administration deporting children and families seeking refuge from violence and creating fear in immigrant communities through their raids. Refugees and immigrants deserve our protection; instead, these raids are tearing up families and threatening the lives of innocent people.
“The values our country was founded on, and the values that President Obama has articulated throughout his administration, urge a very different policy from the one we’re seeing. We need real solutions to our broken immigration system, not dangerous and destructive raids harming immigrant communities.”
“It’s a difficult thing,” Robertson said. “Many young people, they think they’re transsexual and they think they’ve got to have a sex-change operation, they’ve got to do this, that, and the other and they don't really know what they’re talking about because they’re too young to know. I have a feeling the same thing — there’s nothing that says somebody can’t be attracted to the opposite sex.”
He added: “Young girls have crushes and they have crushes on their teachers and they have crushes on other girls as well as boys, that’s one of those things that happens but that’ll get differentiated as she gets older, but if she gets wrapped up in that lifestyle, she may never get out of it.”
On Tuesday, Rachel Baxter of Valor Christian Academy shared with “TruNews” host Rick Wiles “a prophetic message given to her by the Holy Spirit, about false flags and the start of World War III.” Wiles read a prophecy from Baxter, who says that God told her that “false flags” are coming to America and that they could take place in Miami, San Francisco and Chicago.
These false flags, she added, may lead to world war, but she is waiting for more specific information to flesh out her prophesy.
Wiles, who haslongclaimed that the U.S. and Russia are about to go to war, took Baxter’s prophecy as proof that a conflict is coming between the two nations.
“The Lord is going to allow very wicked, evil men and women to carry out diabolical plots and plans that will bring destruction and eventually lead to world war,” he said. “And my guess is, other nations will be blamed for these events, and most likely it will be Russia and other countries. We will be told by the news media and government officials that these things were caused by the Russians or whatever and we’ve got to go to war.”