Steve King Admits The Supreme Court Blockade Is All About Politics

In comments captured by Americans United for Change at CPAC last week, Rep. Steve King praised Sen. Chuck Grassley’s stance that the Senate should not even consider any jurist nominated by President Obama to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

While Grassley, the Iowa Republican who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, has insisted that he is blocking a Supreme Court appointment because he’s abiding by a (nonexistent) tradition that the Senate doesn't confirm justices during an election year, King seemed to give away the game and admit that Senate Republicans are engaging in a political fight to stop Obama.

Video via Democracy Partners / Americans United for Change.

The Iowa Republican congressman said he would support Grassley’s Supreme Court blockade “as long as he’s blocking an Obama appointment.” King dismissed concerns about the Senate’s constitutional obligation to consider Supreme Court nominees and made it clear that the blockade is all about anti-Obama politics.

I’m going to defend Chuck Grassley and whatever he decides to do on this at least as far as — as long as he’s blocking an Obama appointment. And I say that because I’m on the Judiciary Committee in the House, we have a voice but we don't have a vote, that this argument about who should do the nomination and whether there should be the advice and consent of the Senate so that the president can make that appointment, this swings back around.

There will be all kinds of constitutional arguments that are made and they will say “process” and "tradition” and “constitution” and “precedent” are going to guide us all. And then they’ll make up those that support their argument and some of them who are making those arguments will be contradicting their previous arguments the last time these things came up, like Schumer, for example.

But in the end, we should understand that it’s a political argument and a political clash of this will be played out with higher and higher intensity moving forward until November. If Chuck Grassley and Republicans can hold off on a nomination or vote down a nomination until the election, then I think it will be clear that it’s not going to happen until the next president makes that appointment.

After shrugging off the Constitution’s “advice and consent” provision, King said he would only support judicial nominees “who believe and adhere to the principle that the Constitution means what it says and needs to be interpreted to mean what it was understood to mean at the time of ratification.” (That’s code for results-based rulings cheered by conservatives.)

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

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

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

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

'Mama, What Were You Doing When Our America Fell To Tyranny?'

When right-wing radio host and commentator Gina Loudon spoke at CPAC on Saturday, she revealed that she has dedicated her life to fighting for conservative principles so that she'll be able to tell her children that she did all she could to save this nation when they are all locked up in a gulag 20 years from now.

Loudon explained how she became especially motivated after meeting Kitty Werthmann, a woman who survived Nazi rule in Austria as a child and then became a right-wing hero in America by warning that President Obama was following Adolf Hitler's path.

"After I met Kitty, I had nightmares," Loudon said. "Every night I would go to sleep and I would picture myself in a gulag across from one of my children, with them asking me, 'Mama, what were you doing when our country fell to tyranny?' Let me tell you something, my friend — every moment, every step, every interview, every book I've written, everything I've done from the day I met Kitty Werthmann has been so that I can answer that question should it ever arise 20 years from now and my child sits across from me in a gulag and asks me, 'Mama, what were you doing when our America fell to tyranny?'"

"I can promise you this," she told the CPAC audience, "every one sitting in this room, you're going to have an answer."

Dinesh D'Souza Says His 'New Movie Is Gonna Earn Me Life In Prison'

Back in 2012, Dinesh D'Souza released a "documentary" claiming that President Obama held "Third World anti-American" views and was working to systematically weaken and undermine this nation.

Two years later, D'Souza pled guilty to using straw donors to make illegal campaign contributions and was sentenced to eight months in a confinement center and five years of probation. 

Those two events are unrelated — D'Souza admitted to making the illegal donations — but he is convinced that he was specifically targeted and persecuted by the Obama administration for having made the anti-Obama film.

Appearing at CPAC on Saturday to promote his latest laughable film, which asserts that the main goal of the Democratic Party from its founding to today has been to "steal America," D'Souza declared that if his last movie got him "eight months in the slammer, this new movie is gonna earn me life in prison."

"It is a sordid history of the Democratic Party from the very beginning all the way through Hillary [Clinton]," D'Souza said of his film. "The Democrats want us to believe that they're the party of equal rights and human rights and civil rights. The truth is the Democrats are the party of slavery, and Indian removal, of broken treaties and the Trail of Tears, they're the party of segregation and Jim Crow and lynching and the Ku Klux Klan, they're the party of Japanese internment, and opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Bill of 1968."

"This is their actual history," he continued, "so what they do is they try to cover it up and the way they try to cover it up is by blaming America, America did this and America did that. But the reality is that America didn't do it, the Democrats did."

'I'm A Gas Balloon Balloonist': Does Gary Johnson Think His Athletic Exploits Are Qualifications To Be President?

Rick Santorum, Sen. Ben Sasse and former Gov. Gary Johnson were all scheduled to speak at CPAC this morning about their respective approaches to conservatism. 

While Sasse and Santorum used their time to do exactly that, Johnson decided to use the opportunity to plug his campaign to be the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee and did so by regaling the audience with a list of his athletic exploits.

"I'm a competitive athlete," Johnson said. "I've done hundreds of athletic competitions. I still compete is skiing, mountain biking and road biking competitions. I'm planning to Ride the Divide, which is a 3,000 mile unsupported mountain bike race across the Continental Divide from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. I've done Ironman Hawaii four times. I've done the Leadville 100 mile run. I'm also an adventurer. I'm a pilot. I'm a gas balloon balloonist. I was co-pilot in winning the America's Cup Gas Balloon Challenge two times. I've had four gas balloon flights of over 2,000 miles. I've climbed the highest mountain on all of the seven continents. I summited Mt. Everest on a recently broken leg. I am a fierce competitor."

Glenn Beck Expects To Be Banned From CPAC For Life Following His Speech On Saturday

It has long been a point of pride for Glenn Beck that he was never invited back to CPAC following his 2010 speech at the conservative conference in which he railed against the GOP for supposedly allowing itself to become infested with "progressives" who are destroying the party, the Constitution and the country.

After a six year hiatus, Beck will be returning to CPAC this weekend where he is scheduled to deliver the final speech of the conference and he is promising that it'll be a "barn burner" that will probably get him banned from CPAC for life.

"I would just say that CNN, et cetera, should carry my speech from CPAC on Saturday," Beck stated on his radio program today. "I'm just saying they should carry it because there might be some things there might be newsworthy, somewhat of interest to the American people."

When co-host Stu Burguiere asked Beck for how many years he expects to be uninvited from CPAC after this speech, Beck said he is "shooting for never come back."

"This time, I might get a police escort out of Washington, to the airport," Beck said. "So they can uninvite me if they would like to but I'm here in Washington, D.C.; they're not going to and I'm not going to run my speech by anybody, but it's going to be a barn burner."

Peter Brimelow: States Like Texas Must Consider Secession To Protect 'White Rights'

Speaking at the white nationalist American Renaissance conference last month in Tennessee, conservative author and onetime CPAC speaker Peter Brimelow argued that instead of promoting unity, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day “has just turned into anti-white indoctrination.” Unless “cultural Marxists” who are behind “political correctness” and “the war on Christmas” are resisted, Brimelow contends, the U.S. will collapse.

“Whites have rights,” demanded Brimelow as he advocated for the secession of Texas from a failing U.S.

Brimelow described a modern Red Terror in which “cultural Marxists” are now in control and the victims of discrimination and condemnation are white nationalists. The mission of these “social justice warriors,” he said, is to “keep white consciousness suppressed and keep Americans generally divided.”

Richard Spencer: Whites Need Their Own MLK Or Gandhi To Save Themselves From Minority Domination

Last month, the white nationalist group American Renaissance held its annual conference in Tennessee, bringing together fringe racist figures like AmRen’s Jared Taylor, the National Policy Institute’s Richard Spencer, and former Klan attorney Sam Dickson with activists who have ties with more mainstream conservative movements, including former National Review columnist John Derbyshire and onetime CPAC speaker Peter Brimelow.

American Renaissance is tied to the leadership of ProEnglish, a regular sponsor of groups such as CPAC.  

The event included a debate about whether “the race problem” can be solved within “the U.S. political system,” with Brimelow and Derbyshire arguing that it can, and Spencer and Dickson arguing that it cannot.

Spencer argued that white Americans are becoming marginalized and victimized by an increasing non-white population, a problem that can only be confronted by finding “a white-advocate Martin Luther King or a white-advocate Gandhi” who can similarly “start from a position of weakness and capture people’s imagination.”

Loesch: Failure To Protect Religious Liberty Could Lead To Gays Being Stoned In The Streets

On Saturday morning, right-wing radio host and self-described "total partisan hack" Dana Loesch participated in a CPAC panel on religious liberty, along with the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins and Rep. Randy Neugebauer. During the discussion, Loesch said that if America doesn’t protect the supposed "right" of Christians to discriminate against gays in public accommodations, it will eventually lead to gays being stoned to death in the streets.

Loesch claimed that a lot of atheists who listen to her radio program worry that not protecting this "right" to discriminate could end up with gays being stoned in public.

"You don't have to be a Christians to be affected by loss of religious liberty, because if one liberty is taken, more liberties will be taken," she said. "If I'm not speaking up [while] you're losing rights then what will happen to me when the day comes, if someone comes to me? What if you're stoned for walking out in the street for being gay? I mean, come on, that's where the conversation needs to go":

Phil Robertson Preaches To CPAC: STDs Are 'The Revenge Of The Hippies'

For some reason, organizer's of this year's CPAC conference decided to bestow a First Amendment award upon "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson, apparently for no other reason than because he came under intense criticism for a series of offensive comments that he made about gays and African Americans and for which he refused to apologize.

Going well beyond his allotted time, Robertson treated the audience at CPAC to a rambling sermon about America's desperate need for God, which he illustrated in a variety of ways including, at one point, by railing about STDs.

"One hundred and ten million Americans now have a sexually transmitted illness," Robertson sighed. "There is a penalty to be paid for what the beatniks, who morphed into the hippies [did]. You say what do you call the hundred and ten million people who have sexually transmitted illnesses? It's the revenge of the hippies! Sex drugs and rock and roll have come back to haunt us."

The solution, of course, is one man and one woman marriage, Robertson said, as he thundered that the reason he is telling people this is "because I'm trying to help you, for crying out loud, America!"

Rick Santorum Birther Joke At CPAC Falls Flat

Rick Santorum worked a few jokes into his CPAC speech today, deriding President Obama as the “weatherman-in-chief” for believing in climate science and even making a birther joke, which was met with tepid applause.

“The Obama-Clinton foreign policy team” has been “disastrous,” Santorum said. “In fact the president’s popularity is so bad around the world today that I heard this report from a source that the Kenyan government is actually developing proof that Barack Obama was actually born in America.”

How President Trump Will Defeat ISIS: 'Hit Them So Hard And So Fast That They Wouldn't Know What Happened'

Nothing better exemplifies the state of today's Republican Party than the fact that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus's speech at CPAC today was immediately followed by a speech from reality TV star Donald Trump, who shared his deeply thought-out plans for saving America when he is elected president.

In addition to "taking back jobs from China" and "making America rich again," Trump revealed his very serious solution for dealing with ISIS: "Hit them so hard and so fast that they wouldn't know what happened."

"Nobody, if I decide to run and win," said Trump, "nobody would be tougher [on ISIS] than Donald Trump. Nobody."

Trump said he would find some amazing general in the military and put them in charge with instructions that "you gotta hit 'em hard, you gotta hit 'em firm and you can't play games. You gotta go hard and fast and firm":

Scott Walker Punts On Net Neutrality: I Support Freedom

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker seems intent on running a presidential campaign completely devoid of substance, refusing to answer straight-forward questions and consistently feigning ignorance. Last night at CPAC, after telling the audience that he is prepared to take on ISIS terrorists because he fought labor-rights protesters, Walker also fielded a question about yesterday’s FCC vote to preserve net neutrality.

Although net neutrality has been a hot-button topic for several years, Walker did not reveal whether he favors or opposes it, only explaining that he supports freedom.

“Well, those are the sorts of things we’re going to talk about going forward should I choose to be a candidate,” Walker said, “but I think on that or any other principle, to me the guiding principle should be freedom.”

“We want a free and open society, we want to have the government out of the way,” he added.

Brent Bozell Warns CPAC That Tyranny, Cultural Fascism, And The Stasi Are Here

The Media Research Center's Brent Bozell spoke at CPAC this morning, where he let loose with a speech that was little more than an endless stream of right-wing misrepresentations, falsehoods, fabrications, and outright paranoia about how left-wing tyranny and fascism are destroying America and persecuting people like Rush Limbaugh and Phil Robertson.

For nearly 20 minutes, Bozell ran through a litany of right-wing outrages and supposed scandals as he declared that "something terrible is happening to our country [as] the radical left now controls most levers of political and cultural power and is using both in a relentless campaign to destroy the last vestiges of freedom in America."

"Tyranny is knocking at our door," he warned, before declaring that the left "will do anything, using any means at their disposal, legal or otherwise" to strip conservatives of their freedom of speech and saying that the government isn't "all that different from the East German Stasi."

"Cultural fascism has arrived in America," Bozell said. "Let us understand this soberly and unequivocally":

Scott Walker Compares Union Protesters To ISIS

During a question and answer session at CPAC, Ned Ryun of American Majority asked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker how he would take on ISIS if he were president.

Walker responded in a characteristically vague way, simply stating that he believes in protecting America’s freedom and “wants a commander-in-chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists do not wash up on American soil.”

However, Walker boasted that he is fully capable of taking on the terrorist group since he pushed through anti-union legislation in his state in the face of massive protests: “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”

CPAC Sponsor Warned That Multiculturalism Is A 'Virus' That's 'Destroying' America

As we’ve noted, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has long had a fraught relationship with conservative LGBT groups, but at the same time has been very welcoming of another subset of the conservative movement: white nationalists.

For the past several years, CPAC has been partially sponsored by the English-only group ProEnglish which, along with promoting an anti-immigrant agenda, is led by Bob Vandervoort, an activist with a history as a white nationalist organizer. This year, CPAC once again allowed ProEnglish to host a booth in the event's exhibit hall, which entails a $4,000 sponsorship

But white nationalism isn’t just a part of the past of one of the group’s leaders. As our friends at the Anti-Defamation League have pointed out, ProEnglish board member Phil Kent is a prolific writer who especially likes to rail against the scourge of “multiculturalism.”

In an interview with a Georgia radio station  last year, promoted on ProEnglish’s YouTube channel, Kent warned that “multiculturalism, this virus that has been injected into our system, is destroying what we call the quote-unquote ‘United States of America.’”

“The multicultural lobby is, to use your words, effectively destroying our culture and breaking our middle class and of course massive illegal immigration is doing it,” he told host Greg Howard.

In an undated column on his website, Kent frets about the United States reaching a “‘tipping point’ when minority babies outnumber white babies,” after which he fears, among other things that “[t]elevision and movies will increasingly have diverse casts-- with whites downgraded”:

If this trend is not reversed-- and it could be if an immigration moratorium were imposed-- what Vassar College author Hua Hsu labels America’s white “centrifugal core” will slowly disappear. This leads to big questions: What will be the values and ideas of a multicultural America? What will it mean to be white after “whiteness” no longer defines the cultural mainstream?

Hsu notes that a glimpse is seen with the popularity of black-originated hip-hop. It opposes the pop mainstream and isn’t assimilating into a traditional, single white iconic image of style— and growing numbers of young whites purchase such music.

Television and movies will increasingly have diverse casts-- with whites downgraded. New York radio personality Peter Rosenberg gushes that it is “now very cool and in to have multicultural friends.” The advertising world will radically change. Brown Johnson, a Nickelodean executive speaking before the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, touts TV characters who don’t conform to “the white, middle class mold.” Hispanic marketer Rochelle Newman-Carrasco further notes “it has become harder for the blond-haired, blue-eyed commercial actor.”

It may be instructive to reflect on the 1990s transformation of South Africa from white to black rule in a majority black country. Ironically, black activist Winnie Mandela recently complained that whites “still dominate” that country economically. So while whites may be a minority in the U.S. by mid-century, their influence will still be enormous because of their economic and monetary clout. But in the new non-white country, will the poorer majority rest content with a wealthy white minority, or will it find ways to expropriate that wealth?

In another column, Kent warns that multiculturalism has brought about “rising gang violence”:

Unless there is a moratorium on legal immigration coupled with stepped-up enforcement efforts to significantly curb illegal immigration, then this country will be radically transformed demographically. It will be highlighted by more and more gang atrocities like that at Richmond High which, by the way, rarely occurred in the United States before “multiculturalism” and “open borders” became liberalism’s dominant dogmas.

Back in 2011, civil rights groups protested when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal named Kent to the state’s Immigration Enforcement Review Board. He told a local TV station at the time that he feared increasing diversity in the U.S. could lead to violent conflict:

Sabo At CPAC: 'Shepard Fairey And Banksy Are In The South Of France Circle-Jerking Each Other'

Nothing says rebel outsider quite like speaking at the annual gathering of conservative D.C. insiders that is CPAC, but that is exactly what conservative street artist Sabo did today when he spoke at one of the afternoon break-out sessions and stated that conservatives are today's rebels.

Sabo bragged that he kicked Wendy Davis' "bigwig Hollywood donors right square in the nuts" with his infamous "Abortion Barbie" posters and then bravely called Gwyneth Paltrow "such a tool" because of her response to his "Obama Drone" pieces.

For good measure, he then closed out his remarks by declaring that "Shepard Fairey and Banksy are in the south of France circle-jerking each other with the money they make selling anti-capitalism art."

"They are now the establishment artists," he said. "We are the rebellion. I ask that you join us. I ask that you support us. My name is Sabo":

CPAC's 'Tough' Questions For Republicans: 'Why Do You Love America?'

CPAC changed its format for speakers this year, and now they can elect to use part or all of their allotted time to answer questions. But if today’s questions are any indication, they shouldn’t have to worry about facing any hardballs.

Ben Carson, the first speaker to have a Q&A session, fielded questions about how he will “make us feel more united and less divided” from a questioner who applauded his answers. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, faced a CPAC speaker’s dream question: “What is your biggest criticism of President Obama?”

The questions didn’t get any tougher.

Conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham kicked off her time with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by asking him how he “survived” the media’s “onslaught” against him. Sen. Ted Cruz fielded what was quite possibly toughest question of the night from Fox News anchor Sean Hannity of Fox News: “Why does Ted Cruz love America?”

Watch our compilation of some of the “toughest” questions asked today here:

Ted Cruz Jokes Bill Clinton Will Lead 'Youth Outreach'

After Sen. Ted Cruz’s speech at CPAC today, Sean Hannity came out to interview him, asking him such hardball questions as “Why does Ted Cruz love America?” 

Hannity also asked Cruz a series of rapid-fire questions, asking for the first word that came to the senator’s mind when he said a name.

For Hillary Clinton, Cruz responded “Washington.” For Bill Clinton, he responded “youth outreach”…after Hannity did his best impression of Clinton hitting on a member of the audience.Hannity then asked for Cruz’s first impression of “Barack Hussein Obama,” to which Cruz responded “lawless imperator.” 

Ted Cruz Claims Net Neutrality Destroys 'Freedom Online'

Sen. Ted Cruz told the CPAC audience today that he will be the one to “bring back the miracle that is America” by reassembling the “Reagan coalition" and uniting voters against universal health care, immigration reform, and net neutrality.

Net neutrality, he claimed, undermines “freedom online” by giving Washington “power over the internet.”

“How do we do that?” he asked. “We do that fundamentally by standing with the people and not with Washington. Washington wants Obamacare. The people want liberty. Washington wants amnesty. The people want rule of law. Washington wants power over the internet. The people want freedom online. And don’t believe President Obama when he says, ‘If you like your internet, you can keep your internet’!”

It seems that after calling net neutrality “Obamacare for the Internet,” Cruz still hasn’t found out what it actually is.

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