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Trump Wants Another Scalia on the Supreme Court, Which Would Eviscerate LGBT Equality

Scalia's venomous, paranoid, divisive, & contemptuous dissents about LGBT equality were at times the judicial equivalent of a Trump campaign rally.

Ayotte & Trump: All the Straws that Didn't Break the Camel's Back

Before the hot-mic news, NH Sen. Kelly Ayotte supported Trump despite his many assaults against equality, democracy, & liberty. She put party over country, time & time again.

Demonstrators Send McCain Message That He Was "Too Little, Too Late" In Denouncing Trump

People For the American Way joined Planned Parenthood, ProgressNow, and other Arizona activists to send a clear message to Senator McCain: he jumped the Trump ship too little, too late.

PFAW Members Speak Out Against Ayotte’s Plan to Write In Mike Pence

Members of People For the American Way protested Monday outside of U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte’s Manchester district office following her announcement that she plans to write in vice presidential nominee Mike Pence instead of voting for Donald Trump, in light of his comments about sexually assaulting women. While it’s high time that Sen. Ayotte acknowledged just how unacceptable a Trump presidency would be, a vote for Pence would be a vote for far-right policies devastating for women and the LGBT community.

“Ayotte’s withdrawal of support for Trump has much more to do with politics than principle,” said Linds Jakows, New Hampshire Campaign Organizer with People For the American Way. “Support for Mike Pence’s agenda is little better—a man who has spent his career attempting to redefine rape, eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, and pass laws to legalize discrimination against LGBT people is also incredibly dangerous. A far better way for Ayotte to display the political independence she so often claims on the campaign trail would be to push obstructionists in her party to move forward on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.”


Why Are Those Closest To Trump Not Contributing To His Campaign?

Over the years, Donald Trump’s children Ivanka, Eric and Don Jr. have been relatively frequent and promiscuous political donors, making significant contributions to Democrats and Republicans alike. The three combined contributed $15,000 to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign and $13,800 to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. They have given to numerous New York politicians, both Republican and Democratic. Don Jr. and Ivanka even contributed a combined $8,800 to a number of Hillary Clinton’s campaigns. 

But thus far, according to campaign finance records, Trump’s three eldest children have not donated to their father’s presidential effort, even as the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee are making significant efforts to raise money from small-dollar contributors.

Interestingly, the three older Trump children have in the past been significant donors to Republican party committees, contributing tens of thousands of dollars to the Republican National Committee, the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee since 2008. (They have also made significant contributions to the three Democratic counterparts to these committees.) But these donations ceased in 2014; since their father captured the Republican nomination, the Trump children have not continued their support of GOP party committees, according to records accessed on 

Trump’s children are not the only ones close to him who are financially sitting out this election cycle. The GOP nominee routinely brags about his company creating tens of thousands of jobs, yet a search on for campaign contributions from employees of Trump’s companies returns just 19 contributions to Trump from 13 employees, totaling just $5,477.

This baker’s dozen of individuals who are financially supporting Trump’s campaign are spread throughout a number of Trump ventures. Four list their employer as The Trump Organization, including frequent Trump media surrogate and lawyer David Cohen, who contributed $250 to his boss’ campaign; others list themselves as employees of Trump buildings including Trump Tower in New Rochelle, Trump World Tower and Trump golf courses, specifically the Trump National and the Trump International clubs. Kerry Woolard, who manages the Trump Winery and spoke at the Republican National Convention, contributed $250. One contributor listed themselves as an employee of Trump Entertainment Resorts, the formerly bankrupt owner of Trump’s Atlantic City casino properties, which is now a subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises. Another listed themselves as an employee of Trump University.*

Trump’s website still states that he is “self-funding” his campaign to ensure that he doesn’t “owe anything to lobbyists and special interests,” a major talking point in his successful primary run. Yet, according to, by this point in his campaign only one-third of Trump’s campaign fundraising has come from his own bank account, while 29 percent has been raised from small donors and 16 percent from larger donors. Even as Trump relies heavily on small contributions from individual supporters, reports over the summer showed that his campaign was spending lavishly on Trump-owned businesses. 

Candidates for office, especially those like Trump who have plenty of wealthy connections, often start their fundraising pitches with their friends and families. Yet Trump, even as he solicits small-dollar donations and spends them on his own enterprises, seems to be asking very little of his own family and top business associates.  

*We have only named contributors who have spoken as surrogates for Trump in the media. 

Donald Trump: Many People Say Obama 'Has Declared A War On Catholics'

In typical Trumpian style, Donald Trump sent a letter to a conservative Catholic group this month stating that many people believe that President Obama “has declared a war on Catholics” and that Hillary Clinton “promises to be even worse!”

In the October 1 letter to, which the group has posted on its website, Trump committed to signing bills such as the First Amendment Defense Act and the Conscience Protection Act, two GOP measures seeking to curtail LGBT and reproductive health access, respectively.

Our current president has not respected American’s First Amendment rights. Many believe he has declared a war on Catholics. And my opponent promises to be even worse!

As President, I promise that I will protect the rights of Catholics to live their faith, to serve their communities, and to act on their beliefs without fear. This approach one would think is just common sense. And I don't care if people call it politically incorrect.

The priorities that the next President will need to establish are not known at this time. Protection of the nation and its citizens must come first. Getting the economy back on track must be near the top of the list. Preserving and protecting the rights of our citizens must also be in the mix. If Congress considers legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act or the Conscience Protection Act a priority, then I will do all I can to make sure it comes to my desk for signature and enactment.

Trump Campaign Defends Sons' Appearances On Show With Ties To White Nationalist

Yesterday, we reported that Donald Trump’s son Eric had appeared on “Liberty Roundtable,” a Utah-based radio program hosted by Sam Bushman, whose network also syndicates the white nationalist radio program “Political Cesspool” and who frequently invites “Political Cesspool” host James Edwards to be a guest on his program.

This was especially surprising given that back in March, another Trump son, Donald Trump Jr., stirred national controversy when he appeared on Bushman’s program and ended up taking questions from Edwards, who had also called in to the program. The campaign apparently wasn’t deterred by the experience, and sent both Eric Trump and economic adviser Stephen Moore to Bushman’s program in the last two weeks.

While we don’t categorize the “Liberty Roundtable” itself as white nationalist, the program’s ties to Edwards, a white nationalist, are clear—a fact that the Trump campaign itself demonstrated when Donald Trump Jr. ended up speaking with Edwards on the program.

But the Trump campaign has dug in its heels this time, releasing a statement to CNN stating that “Liberty Roundtable is a conservative program heard on radio stations and online, and dedicated to promoting the principles of the American founding” and insisting that the campaign “would never associate with any program that was even wrongly perceived to be affiliated with a message of hate”:

"As you know, we had no knowledge of James Edwards' participation and strongly rebuked him," Hope Hicks, a campaign spokeswoman, said in a statement, referring to Donald Trump Jr.'s interview. "Liberty Roundtable is a conservative program heard on radio stations and online, and dedicated to promoting the principles of the American founding. We would never associate with any program that was even wrongly perceived to be affiliated with a message of hate."

Incidentally, the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that a white nationalist super PAC is planning to run ads in support of Trump starting this weekend on both “Political Cesspool” and “Liberty Roundtable.”

Will Donald Trump Sue Me Over This Post?

In a campaign speech in Nevada on Wednesday, Donald Trump threatened to sue someone over an ad he did not like—just who that person or organization is remains unclear at the moment:

"I saw today—I left the room and I saw a commercial where it was really a nasty commercial, totally made up about me with vets. There is nobody that loves the vets more or respects the vets more," Trump said. "They're spending hundreds of millions of dollars on false commercials and it's a disgrace. So what we'll do—I guess we'll sue them. Let's sue them. Right? Let's sue them."

Trump is a petulant child and suing, or threatening to sue, is how he throws a tantrum. The sheer number of times during the course of his campaign that he has threaten to sue, or sued, in an attempt to shut down criticism is staggering.

This past Saturday he threatened to sue The New York Times after the paper published three pages from his 1995 tax returns showing he claimed a net operating loss of nearly $1 billion that year.  

Two weeks earlier, Trump claimed on Twitter, “My lawyers want to sue the failing ‪@nytimes so badly for irresponsible intent. I said no (for now), but they are watching. Really disgusting.”

In April, Trump called Pulitzer Prize winning tax reporter David Kay Johnson at home threatening to sue the journalist if he didn’t like his reporting.

In July 2015, Trump threatened to sue the National Hispanic Media Coalition for calling his campaign announcement a “bigoted, racist, anti-Latino rant.” This was two weeks after the GOP nominee sued Univision for dropping its broadcasts of his Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. (This suit was ultimately settled.)

A few weeks later, Trump’s lawyer, Donald Cohen, threaten to sue The Daily Beast if it published a story stating that “his ex-wife Ivana Trump once used ‘rape’ to describe an incident between them in 1989.” The was after Trump’s lawyer wrongly claimed that “you cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.”

Prior to launching his campaign, in April 2015, Trump tweeted that suing Rolling Stone and Huffington Post was a way to “put them out of business.”

The daily grind of a presidential campaign has not halted Trump’s threats.

In February, he threatened to sue Ted Cruz if his main competition for the GOP nomination didn’t “clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads.” He went on to claim, “I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen.”

A few weeks later, he made an explicit threat to, if elected, change longstanding libel laws to enable him to sue the Washington Post and The New York Times, telling his audience at a rally:

I have respect for Jeff Bezos, but he bought the Washington Post to have political influence and I got to tell you, we have a different country than we used to have. We have a different—He owns Amazon. He wants political influence so that Amazon will benefit from it. That's not right. And believe me, if I become president, oh, do they have problems. They're going to have such problems. And one of the things I'm going to do, and this is only going to make it tougher for me, and I've never said this before, but one of the things I'm going to do if I win—and I hope I do and we're certainly leading—is I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. So that when The New York Times writes a hit piece, which is a total disgrace, or when the Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they're totally protected. 

He even threatened Washington Post reporters during an interview with the paper in May 2016,  telling them, “I will be bringing more libel suits as people—maybe against you folks. I don’t want to threaten, but I find that the press is unbelievably dishonest.”

He also threatened the Washington Post during a January interview about the failure of the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. “If you write this one, I’m suing you,” he told the paper.  

The Washington Post was not Trump’s only target. In April, the Post’s Erik Wemple reported that the GOP candidate had threatened to sue the Associated Press. “Trump threatened to sue the Associated Press over an October 2015 article about a movement by the directors of the Trump Ocean Club in Panama City to oust a management team installed by the Trump family,” he wrote.

The Columbia Journalism Review has detailed even more examples of Trump’s threats of litigation against journalists.

This would be just another story about a billionaire abusing the court system to bully others into silence, if the billionaire in question was not attempting to occupy an office that gives him the power to appoint judges who could fundamentally shift the definition of the First Amendment, which is the critical protection against his attempts to stifle speech he doesn’t like.

Wiley Drake Insists That He And Alan Keyes, Not Hillary Clinton, Started The Birther Issue

Last week, extremist right-wing pastor Wiley Drake joined James David Manning, who is an extreme anti-LGBT preacher in his own right, on Manning's radio show to voice his outrage over the fact that Donald Trump is trying to blame Hillary Clinton for starting the birther conspiracy theory against President Obama.

Drake is outraged by the false claim and wants everyone to know that it was he and Alan Keyes, Obama's Republican opponent in the U.S. Senate race in 2004, who really started the campaign back in 2008 when they ran on the American Independent Party ticket.

As Drake recounted, he traveled to Washington, D.C., with Keyes to file the necessary paperwork to run for president and vice president and they both decided to attach copies of their birth certificates to the filing forms in an effort to force Obama to release his own birth certificate.

"We proceeded to go to court to demand that Barry Soetoro produce his birth certificate equally," Drake said, "because if Dr. Keyes was and I was, we felt it only fair that he produce his. Well, he refused for a long time and therein lies the beginning of the birther issue."

Steve Strang: God Has Raised Up Donald Trump To Be President

In an appearance today on “The Jim Bakker Show,” Charisma magazine founder and CEO Steve Strang said that it is impossible for a person with “a biblical point of view” to vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, is a wise and “humble” man who, according to Strang, has been the candidate chosen by God to lead the nation.

“I believe, as odd as it is, that God has raised him up” just as God raised up Abraham Lincoln to save the nation, he said.

Another Trump Son Appears On Program With Ties To White Nationalist

UPDATE: The Trump campaign released a statement to CNN defending the Trump sons’ “Liberty Roundtable” appearances and stating, oddly, that the campaign would “never associate with any program that was even wrongly perceived to be affiliated with a message of hate.”

"As you know, we had no knowledge of James Edwards' participation and strongly rebuked him," Hope Hicks, a campaign spokeswoman, said in a statement, referring to Donald Trump Jr.'s interview. "Liberty Roundtable is a conservative program heard on radio stations and online, and dedicated to promoting the principles of the American founding. We would never associate with any program that was even wrongly perceived to be affiliated with a message of hate."

ORIGINAL POST: Earlier this year, Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. appeared on a radio program called “Liberty Roundtable,” where he was interviewed by James Edwards, a white nationalist who had been called in as a fellow guest.

The younger Trump later claimed that he had no idea that Edwards would be interviewing him, saying that the booking agency that set up the interview had told him it would be with “Liberty Roundtable” host Sam Bushman. Bushman, who syndicates Edwards’ white nationalist program “The Political Cesspool” and often has Edwards on his own show, disputed that account, saying the booking agency had actually reached out directly to Edwards.

The campaign, apparently, did not learn its lesson from the whole debacle, because last week a Trump economic adviser, Stephen Moore, appeared on “Liberty Roundtable” and yesterday another Trump son, Eric Trump, also did.

Eric Trump spoke with Bushman about the vice presidential debate and his father’s plans to save the “inner cities”; Edwards did not appear in the interview with either him or Moore. Still, if the Trump campaign continues sending top surrogates to a show where Donald Trump Jr. was surprise-interviewed by a white nationalist, it seems like they aren’t trying too hard to avoid a repeat.

Brigitte Gabriel: Elect Trump To Save Western Civilization

Brigitte Gabriel, the head of the grassroots anti-Muslim group ACT for America, was the guest on televangelist Jim Bakker’s program for two days last week, where she focused in particular on her efforts to stop the resettlement of Muslim refugees in the U.S.

Gabriel attacked the charities, many of them faith-based, that work with the government to resettle refugees, claiming that “it’s all about money” for them.

Bakker agreed, announcing, “Listen, write it on the screen, Mr. Director, or the editors, or who whoever works on this show, ‘The love of money is the root of all evil.’” He speculated that these religious charities don’t “understand the infiltration that’s already taken place” with refugees.

“I think if this election doesn’t change things, I don’t see America surviving as we knew it for much longer,” Bakker said. “It is not, anyway. Christian America is no longer, of course, Christian America.”

“This election is an election about survival,” Gabriel, a Trump supporter, agreed. “And not just the survival of the United States, but the survival of western civilization, because America is the superpower of western civilization. And this is why this is our chance to make sure we put someone in the White House who understands how to protect the country.”

Conservative Pundit: Donald Trump Is 'God's Anointed Choice For President'

In a column today, far-right radio host Laurie Roth writes that several people “have been awakened and given visions and words from God as to who would become President” and they were “all told that Donald Trump was God’s anointed choice for President.”

Roth wonders if God is using Trump to “conquer evil” and “build back a country that God loves,” citing a chapter of the Bible that she believes points to a Trump election victory.

“Pray for a Donald Trump victory and expect greatness,” she writes. “Don’t do this because Trump is mouthy and imperfect but because he will honor Israel, is a sincere and new Christian who prays to the living God, has exceptional ideas for leadership and who has been prepared for this job…perhaps even by God. I believe God has spoken. You vote accordingly.”

According to my investigation several have been awakened and given visions and words from God as to who would become President. They were all told that Donald Trump was God’s anointed choice for President. He would be elected in a landslide and put America back on top in many areas, including spiritually, economically, as a worldwide energy source and power. Please take a moment and watch this. At the very least you may find it fascinating and encouraging. Others will find it a waste of time.

Donald Trump is running to be the 45th President of the United States. Read Isaiah chapter 45. I paraphrase, but it talks of a great conquering leader yet to come – King Cyrus. He was described as a successful conqueror but also as a diplomat who was fair. It says though Cyrus hadn’t known God, (yet) God knew him and his heart and he intended to use him to rebuild, destroy the enemy, bring back prosperity, wealth and influence to Israel. History and the Bible say that Cyrus conquered many nations and acquired much wealth with God’s help and guidance. He had favor largely because he freed Israel.

Is God telling some that Donald Trump is like a coming Cyrus who will conquer evil, be used of God and build back a country that God loves? Is God saying that the 45th Chapter of Isaiah is describing the coming 45th President – Donald Trump? Trump is the only candidate who would truly stand for Israel, stand against evil, be a strong conqueror but also a diplomat or closer as Cyrus was and for the heart and freedom of America that God loves and created.

Regardless of what you believe is coming; I beseech you to pray for America’s victory, for God’s mercy upon us, for protection and might again. Pray for a Donald Trump victory and expect greatness. Don’t do this because Trump is mouthy and imperfect but because he will honor Israel, is a sincere and new Christian who prays to the living God, has exceptional ideas for leadership and who has been prepared for this job…perhaps even by God.

I believe God has spoken. You vote accordingly. If there ever was a time our country needs God’s intervention and plan it is now. May God really bless America…again.

Eric Trump Says His Father's Iraq War Views Should Be Off Limits Because He Was A 'Private Citizen'

Eric Trump, the son of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, said in a radio interview this morning that his father is being unfairly asked about his early views on the invasion of Iraq because he was a “private citizen” at the time and was “not really studying these issues.”

Trump has repeatedly claimed on the campaign trail that he was opposed to the war in Iraq from the beginning; when evidence emerged that that is not the case, he claimed that he told radio host Sean Hannity that he opposed the war in conversations that conveniently do not survive on tape.

Eric Trump made the comment in a discussion of the upcoming presidential debate with conservative radio host Mike Gallagher this morning.

The younger Trump agreed with Gallagher that his father shouldn’t try to moderate his behavior because he’s able to “communicate with everyday, hard-working Americans like you and me.”

He complained that Lester Holt, the moderator of the last debate, was “totally biased” and failed to “ask one thing about the greatest Ponzi scheme in American history, which is the Clinton Foundation.”

Instead, he said, “we got the standard nonsense question, which is ‘Well, were you or were you not against the war in Iraq when you were a private citizen and you commented briefly for two seconds on the Howard Stern show.’ … When you’re building residential buildings all around the world and you’re not a politician you’re not really studying these issues at the time.”

Earlier in the interview, Eric Trump mused, “You know, I almost think you should have to contribute something to society before you can run.”

Implying that Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state who has had a long career in public service, has done nothing to contribute to society, he boasted of his father’s supposedly great business success, claiming that “everything he’s ever done” has “turned to gold.”

“My father’s built incredible companies and he’s been an incredible success and everything he’s ever done, he’s turned to gold, you know, it’s really turned to gold,” he said.

Right Wing Round-Up - 10/4/16

Ann Coulter Blames Never Trump Movement On Atheism

Ann Coulter joined conservative radio host Eric Metaxas, a fellow Donald Trump fan, on his radio program yesterday, where the two criticized Never Trump conservatives such as Thomas Sowell, Erick Erickson, George Will and Charles Murray and warned that America will collapse if Trump doesn’t win the upcoming election.

Coulter said that Will and Murray may have refused to get behind Trump because they are atheists who care about the opinions of others rather than God’s opinion.

“They are both atheists,” she said. “I guess status matters. As I always say, the reason status doesn’t matter to Christians is we’re looking up. If you have nothing to look up to, if you’re not getting your standard from God, then you have to look around. It’s either lateral or horizontal or vertical. You’re looking around and it matters to you—the opinion of other people.”

Metaxas, for his part, said Will and Murray are out-of-touch, “hyper-preppy” elitists who find it too “embarrassing” to support for the self-proclaimed billionaire. “I think that a lot of the unwashed ‘boob-geoisie,’ the ‘deplorables,’ are going to vote for Trump,” he said, “but right now the media is pushing so hard in the other direction that I’m actually wondering for the first time whether it’s possible for Trump to win this election. And if he doesn’t win the election, then I think it’s a sign that we are done as a country.”

“It’s over,” Coulter said.

Earlier in the program, Metaxas asked if it was “possible” that Hillary Clinton was wearing a “battery pack or something” and an earpiece during the last week’s debate with Trump and “had people feeding her stuff.”

Coulter said she doubted Metaxas’ conspiracy theory, but then suggested that Clinton, due to poor health, “had a lot of pep pills before that debate so whatever that pack was, it could’ve had something to do with her health.”

“She is Tracy Flick in the election and oh she has all of her little facts and figures and deflections and talking points and I think she could’ve reeled off talking points for another hour,” she said. “She looked shockingly, surprisingly healthy.”

Metaxas then joked that Clinton might have been using heroin.

After Week Of Sexist Meltdowns, Anti-Choice Activists Stick With Candidate Who Once 'Disgusted' Them

In late January, just days before Iowa caucus-goers cast the first votes of the presidential nominating contests, a coalition of leading women in the anti-abortion movement issued a scathing open letter urging Republican voters "to support anyone but Donald Trump." They cited what they saw as Trump's lack of commitment on their key issue, including their doubts about whether he would nominate justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, help them to defund Planned Parenthood, or pick a vice president friendly to the anti-abortion cause.

But the letter ended with something more personal: an indictment of Trump's appalling treatment of women.

Moreover, as women, we are disgusted by Mr. Trump’s treatment of individuals, women, in particular. He has impugned the dignity of women, most notably Megyn Kelly, he mocked and bullied Carly Fiorina, and has through the years made disparaging public comments to and about many women. Further, Mr. Trump has profited from the exploitation of women in his Atlantic City casino hotel which boasted of the first strip club casino in the country.

America will only be a great nation when we have leaders of strong character who will defend both unborn children and the dignity of women. We cannot trust Donald Trump to do either. Therefore we urge our fellow citizens to support an alternative candidate.

Signing the letter were Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser and her SBA colleagues Jill Stanek and Marilyn Musgrave, former National Organization for Marriage leader Maggie Gallagher, activist Star Parker, Concerned Women for America founder Beverly LaHaye and CWA president Penny Nance.

Many of these activists have tried to paint the anti-abortion movement as a feminist, woman-centered endeavor and portray Planned Parenthood and Democrats as the true enemies of women.

Eight months later, several of the women who signed the letter are supporting Trump’s candidacy and a few are even “pro-life” advisers to his campaign.

What changed?

Certainly not Trump. Yesterday the Associated Press published a story detailing Trump’s history of demeaning treatment of women on the set of his reality show “The Apprentice”:

During one season, Trump called for female contestants to wear shorter dresses that also showed more cleavage, according to contestant Gene Folkes. Several cast members said Trump had one female contestant twirl before him so he could ogle her figure.

Randal Pinkett, who won the program in December 2005 and who has recently criticized Trump during his run for president, said he remembered the real estate mogul talking about which female contestants he wanted to sleep with, even though Trump had married former model Melania Knauss earlier that year: "He was like 'Isn't she hot, check her out,' kind of gawking, something to the effect of 'I'd like to hit that.' "

Former producer Katherine Walker said Trump frequently talked about women's bodies during the five seasons she worked with him and said he speculated about which female contestant would be "a tiger in bed."

A former crew member who signed a non-disclosure agreement and asked not to be identified, recalled that Trump asked male contestants whether they would sleep with a particular female contestant, then expressed his own interest.

"We were in the boardroom one time figuring out who to blame for the task, and he just stopped in the middle and pointed to someone and said, 'You'd f... her, wouldn't you? I'd f... her. C'mon, wouldn't you?'"

The person continued: "Everyone is trying to make him stop talking, and the woman is shrinking in her seat."

This story came just days after Trump, in the first presidential debate against Hillary Clinton, defended his history of comments demeaning women by saying that one object of those comments, Rosie O’Donnell, “deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her.” At the same debate, Clinton got under Trump’s skin by bringing up his treatment of Alicia Machado, the Miss Universe winner whom he reportedly called “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.” Trump responded the next day by explaining that Machado had “gained a massive amount of weight.” Then, a few days later, Trump took to Twitter in the middle of the night to call Machado “disgusting” and urge Americans to “check out” her nonexistent “sex tape,” only for it to be revealed that Trump himself was featured in a 2000 pornographic film by Playboy.

It was between the debate and the “sex tape” tweet that Trump’s campaign announced the formation of a “pro-life advisory council” that would work to help solidify social conservative support for the GOP nominee. The council, as had previously been announced, would be led by Dannenfelser. Its members would include Nance and Stanek, both of whom signed the anti-Trump letter with Dannenfelser back in January.

Some of the signers of that January letter have held firm, notably Gallagher, who wrote in The National Review in May that it would be “just too degrading” to support Trump. “If you join Team Trump,” she wrote, “you have to swallow not just what Trump has done and said but the next thing he will say or do. Truthfully, I think he lost me in March, when all it took was just a little prodding from little Marco to get the man to discuss his genitals on national TV. I don’t know what insulting, immoral, gross thing he will say next.”

Gallagher’s observation has held true, as Trump’s supporters have, again and again, had to put up with “the next thing he will say or do.”

But for the core of Trump’s new anti-choice team, his new promises to nominate justices who would overturn Roe and to sign a bill defunding Planned Parenthood and his pick of anti-choice hero Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate seem to have erased any concerns about his “disgusting” treatment of women—even as he continues what they once called his “disparaging public comments.”

The anti-choice movement is increasingly attempting to portray itself as “pro-women” rather than just anti-abortion. The support of activists like Dannenfelser for Trump, even after he gets caught in sexist meltdown after sexist meltdown, shows that for much of the movement this “pro-women” rhetoric is just window dressing.

Trump Helped Finance Religious Right Groups Before Presidential Bid

Donald Trump’s efforts to cozy up to the Religious Right started well before he announced his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

According to a report today from Real Clear Politics, Trump used his personal foundation, which he has not donated to since 2008 and is “funded by outside donors,” to make donations to prominent conservative groups, including Religious Right organizations, as far back as 2011.

Trump’s foundation contributed to social conservative groups in key GOP primary states such as South Carolina’s Palmetto Family Council and Iowa’s The Family Leader. Other beneficiaries included the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, led by Franklin Graham; the Citizens United Foundation, run by future Trump campaign official David Bossie; and the American Conservative Union Foundation, which hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

“Such contributions, if they were made solely for Trump’s benefit, could violate federal self-dealing laws for private foundations,” RCP’s Rebecca Berg notes.

From 2011 through 2014, Trump harnessed his eponymous foundation to send at least $286,000 to influential conservative or policy groups, a RealClearPolitics review of the foundation’s tax filings found. In many cases, this flow of money corresponded to prime speaking slots or endorsements that aided Trump as he sought to recast himself as a plausible Republican candidate for president.

Although sources familiar with the thinking behind the donations cautioned that Trump did not explicitly ask for favors in return for the money, they said the contributions were part of a deliberate effort by Trump to ingratiate himself with influential conservatives and brighten his political prospects.

If the Trump foundation sent its money to The Family Leader and not its affiliated nonprofit, it did not properly note it in the filing and might have failed to earmark the money for charitable purposes, a violation of IRS rules. If the money was sent to the Family Leader Foundation, it was not recorded as such.

“If what he talked about was promoting his candidacy or fundraising for his campaign, it is not only self-dealing but potentially involves the foundation in making a grant to support political activity,” said [Rosemary] Fei. “That’s prohibited.”
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