Election 2016

Trump Adviser: Jews Supporting Mideast Peace Are 'Far Worse Than Kapos'

David Friedman, one of Donald Trump’s “two advisors on Israel,” penned a column today attacking journalist Peter Beinart for criticizing the GOP presidential candidate for, among other things, tapping Friedman as one of his advisers.

Beinart reported that Friedman “has accused President Obama of ‘blatant anti-Semitism’ and suggested that unless Palestinian citizens of Israel decide ‘to support the state,’ Israel should reconsider its policy of ‘bestowing upon them the benefits of citizenship’” and once “compared J Street to ‘Kapos during the Nazi regime.’”

In response, Friedman lashed out at Beinart and J Street, an American advocacy group that promotes diplomacy to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by claiming that J Street supporters “are far worse than kapos” because unlike those “who turned in their fellow Jews in the Nazi death camps” while facing “extraordinary cruelty,” these “smug advocates of Israel’s destruction” have done it “from the comfort of their secure American sofas.”

He also insisted that the president is indeed an anti-Semite and berated the “the Jewish left” as “lost souls” who “are no friends of Israel.”

Trump, Friedman writes, “thinks that when radical Islamic terrorists are trying to kill you, the right thing to do is kill them first. Don’t negotiate, reason or cajole. Just defeat them. Or as Mr. Trump would say, ‘win.’”

The column, we should note, comes just two days after Trump said he would not condemn supporters who sent anti-Semitic threats alluding to the Holocaust to a Jewish reporter.

HT: Sarah Posner.

Let’s look at the criticisms offered by Mr. Beinart of views that I have previously expressed. He thinks I’m no good because (1) I have accused President Obama of “blatant anti-Semitism,” (2) I have questioned the wisdom of Israel bestowing the benefits of citizenship, including free tuition at some of its best universities, upon those who advocate the overthrow of the State, and (3) I have likened J Street supporters to “kapos during the Nazi era.” Let’s unpack each of those a bit.

First, Obama’s anti-Semitism. Here’s the context – Hamas puts on school plays in which 10 year olds dressed as terrorists plunge fake knives into 10 year olds dressed as Jews to the delight of the audience, and Palestinian Authority leaders (they’re supposed to be the “moderate ones”) bestow praise upon all participating in the “knife intifada.” Asked to comment on the unspeakable tragedy of innocent Jewish civilians being murdered by knife-wielding Islamic radicals, Obama and Kerry do little more than condemn the proverbial “cycle of violence.” I’m sorry, but this is pure and outright murder and any public figure who finds it difficult to condemn it as such without diluting the message with geo-political drivel is engaging in “blatant anti-Semitism.”

Second, the wisdom of free stuff for those engaged in advocating the overthrow of the State of Israel. Every civilized country other than Israel punishes treason. In the United States, advocating to overthrow the government by force or violence can get you life in prison. In Israel, Islamic radical citizens speak this way all the time, often on the way back and forth from world class institutions of higher learning which they attend for free. Is this a good idea? Is there no minimal allegiance required for Israeli citizenship? Sure seems like a fair question to me.

Finally, are J Street supporters really as bad as kapos? The answer, actually, is no. They are far worse than kapos – Jews who turned in their fellow Jews in the Nazi death camps. The kapos faced extraordinary cruelty and who knows what any of us would have done under those circumstances to save a loved one? But J Street? They are just smug advocates of Israel’s destruction delivered from the comfort of their secure American sofas – it’s hard to imagine anyone worse.

Mr. Beinart, therefore, has done us a service, albeit unintentionally. He has shown us the danger of the Jewish left – the lost souls who blame Israel for not making a suicidal “peace” with hateful radical Islamists hell bent on Israel’s destruction. This is Hillary Clinton’s crowd, and they are no friends of Israel.

Donald Trump’s view of Israel isn’t quite as nuanced as that of Mr. Beinart nor as academic as that of President Obama. He thinks that when radical Islamic terrorists are trying to kill you, the right thing to do is kill them first. Don’t negotiate, reason or cajole. Just defeat them. Or as Mr. Trump would say, “win.”

Glenn Beck Says God Must Punish America For Rejecting Ted Cruz Because 'He Ain't A Bad Dad'

Last night, a teary-eyed Glenn Beck and his studio audience engaged in something of a therapy session as they struggled to come to grips with the fact that God's chosen candidate, Ted Cruz, has withdrawn from the Republican presidential race.

The rejection of Cruz by Republican voters was "the last reckoning for us," Beck declared, warning that God will now allow this nation to suffer the consequences of our decisions. America, Beck said, has become "a petulant child" that God has warned and scolded and disciplined over and over again "but the behavior is getting worse" and so punishment must follow. 

God cannot allow this nation to escape the punishment that is due, he said, because "that would be a bad dad. That would be a very bad dad and the one thing I know about God, He ain't a bad dad."

Later, Beck declared that he can never vote for Donald Trump because such a vote carries eternal consequences.

"Tuesday changed the course of the world," he said, and now "when we lose [freedom] here," everyone will be called to account by God "because we were born at this time, in this country because every one of us are warriors," but too many people gave up the fight before the battle was won.

Beck refuses to put himself in a situation where he has to try to justify to God his decision to vote for a lying, narcissistic sociopath like Trump, saying that those who are attempting to minimize or dismiss the rampant warning signs about the Republican frontrunner are no different than those throughout history who have voted to "elect a madman."

Trump Campaign Manager: 'Nobody Cares' About Policy Plans!

If you wonder why Donald Trump has only offered vague, rash and reckless plans and has flip-flopped on nearly every one of his positions — most recently on the minimum wagethe national debt and his economic plan — just listen to how his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, explained why Trump doesn’t have any clear policies in an interview back in September.

When “Granite Grok” co-host Susan Olsen challenged Lewandowski as to why Trump has repeatedly praised universal, public health care systems, Lewandowski said that Trump’s stance on health care doesn’t matter because “nobody cares” about his specific policies on any issue — besides immigration.

Lewandowksi said that people should simply trust Trump rather than expect him to release any detailed plans.

Olsen: When you peel back all the rhetoric and all the talk and the showmanship and the words and the Twitter accounts and the un-politically correct things going on, then you have policy, and that’s the substance. One of the things in the debate that really threw me off was Trump saying that he thought universal health care in Canada was successful, which it’s not. What do you do about those kinds of things? What’s his actual policy and substance behind the man who is the showman?

Lewandowski: So let’s look at it. We have talked about illegal immigration from day one. From the day he announced on June 16, part of our platform was to talk about illegal immigration. So then we put out an immigration plan, a 1,990 word immigration plan that is very simple and says, ‘Here’s what our plan is to prevent illegal immigrants from continuing to come into our country.’

And then people said, ‘Wow, what is your plan on taxes? What is your plan on this? You know what that is?’ I’ll just be honest with you because I’m a very honest guy. That is the media trying to drive a narrative because the rank-and-file person, the person who lives at 123 Maple Street in Wyndham, New Hampshire, where I live, doesn’t care because it is a bunch of broken promises that politicians put out, these 15- and 20-page or, in previous campaigns, 45-page plans on how to renegotiate the tax strategy. Guess what? It’s all a bunch of lies, these guys don’t do anything.

What we have to do is we have to put our faith in people who have a proven track record of getting things done. And here’s what it comes down to, it’s very simple, it doesn’t get any simpler than this. The real question is: Who do you want to have negotiating on behalf of you, an American citizen, whether it’s with a foreign leader or with Congress to do what is best for you? Do you want a career politician who has never been able to accomplish anything, that’s a low-energy individual, or do you want a person who is actually going to go and say, ‘I lived this, I know how bad and broken the tax system is and it’s time fix it’? And what we have said is we will put out our tax plan in the next couple weeks now and all that is, it’s a simple outline so people can understand how fundamentally broken our system is and we need to do something to fix it.

I don’t think the average person — maybe I’m wrong — I don’t think the average person wants to read a 45-page policy plan on what Mr. Trump’s position is to reform the IRS because, candidly, nobody cares. All they know is the system is broken and they want it better and I think that’s a reasonable thing to say.

Kevin Swanson: President Trump Is God's Plan For Bringing About The Destruction Of America

On his radio broadcast yesterday, radical right-wing pastor Kevin Swanson said that the prospect of electing Donald Trump as president is part of God's plan to prepare America for complete destruction.

Swanson, who last year held a conference featuring several Republican presidential hopefuls at which he proclaimed that homosexuality ought to carry the death penalty, cited Daniel 4:17 to explain that God is sovereign over humanity and will place over nations "the basest of men" to bring about their destruction.

"The rabble and the mob" have flocked to Trump, Swanson said, and so God will use the billionaire mogul to bring about His plan to finally destroy this nation.

"He sets up over the empires the basest of men and prepares the empires for the dismantlement," Swanson said, "as He did to Babylon, as He did to Assyria, as He did to Persia, as He did to Greece, as He did to Rome. This is the process. The way in which empires come down is the basest of men are put in control according to the sovereign ordination of Almighty God."

"You're talking about the absolute lowest, least qualified, basest of men are put in position in order that these kingdoms, these empires may come down," Swanson said.

Glenn Beck: Cruz Should 'Unsuspend' His Campaign Because Of Kasich's 'Dirty Tricks'

Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program yesterday by declaring that John Kasich was the "most despicable" of all the figures in the Republican presidential primary because he suddenly dropped out of the race only after Ted Cruz had already done so, thereby clearing the way for Donald Trump to win the nomination.

For weeks, Beck had been furious with Kasich and insisted that he was putting the entire nation at risk by not getting out of the race so that Cruz could go head-to-head with Trump and defeat him. For Kasich to now drop out only after Cruz had dropped out was proof to Beck that Kasich had cut some sort of deal either with Trump or with the GOP to stay in solely for the purpose of ensuring that Cruz could not win the nomination.

"All research shows" that if Kasich had dropped out earlier, "Cruz would have won," Beck asserted, despite the fact that Trump won the last seven primary states with over 50 percent of the vote. "This is clearly dirty tricks. They're not even trying to hide it ... If I were Ted Cruz, I would unsuspend my campaign today."

Donald Trump Is Just Asking The Question: How The GOP Presidential Candidate Spreads His Conspiracy Theories

A favorite tool of Republican politicians and far-right pundits like Glenn Beck, Alex Jones, Michael Savage, Bryan Fischer and others is to float wild conspiracy theories with the qualifier that they are “just asking the question.”

Take the outlet WorldNetDaily, which regularly runs stories with headlines like, “Is This A ‘Demon’ Racing In Front Of Obama?,” “Will Obama Build A Death Star Next?” and “‘Manchurian President’ Ushering In Islamic Caliphate?

At Fox News, anchors often push personal theories by prefacing their remarks with the line, “some people say,” in order not to take any responsibility for their outlandish claims. Fox host Andrea Tantaros, for example, said of Obama last month, “Some people are asking the question, is he covering for ISIS?

Donald Trump has taken to using the same lines in order to defend his own conspiracy theories.

When asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl in 2013 if he believed Obama “was born in the United States,” Trump replied: “I have no idea. Was there a birth certificate? You tell me. You know, some people say that was not his birth certificate. I'm saying I don't know. Nobody knows and you don't know either, Jonathan.”

He once issued a tweet hinting that Obama murdered someone to cover up the truth about his birth certificate:

Trump made a similar move when Michael Savage asked him if he thinks Justice Antonin Scalia was “murdered.”

“I just heard today, just a little while ago actually, I just landed and I’m hearing it’s a big topic, the question, and it’s a horrible topic, but they say they found a pillow on his face, which is a pretty unusual place to find a pillow, I can’t tell you — I can’t give you an answer,” Trump said.

Trump also deflected criticism he received after he tweeted that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who was born in the U.S., is ineligible to be president, by insisting that he was merely trying to “start dialogue” and “let people make their own determination.”

After Trump tweeted a racist image of fabricated crime statistics from a neo-Nazi site, he said it came from “an expert” and asked, “Am I gonna check every statistic?” When Trump was called out for falsely claiming that a man who rushed the stage at one of his rallies was working for ISIS, he cited a fake online video and explained, “All I know is what’s on the internet.”

Trump wants to say things without saying things, but anyone watching knows exactly what he is trying to say.

Just take what happened this week when he suggested on “Fox & Friends” that Rafael Cruz, the father of his then-rival, Sen. Ted Cruz, was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

You know, his father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald [sic] being, you know, shot, I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous, what is this? Right prior to his being shot and nobody even brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported and nobody talks about it…. What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It’s horrible.

The reason nobody was talking about it was because it was a bogus theory generated by online rumor sites and the tabloid National Enquirer.

But rather than say that Cruz was involved in the Kennedy assassination, Trump only asked, “What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death?”

Trump was just asking the question later that day while talking to Sean Hannity:

It was a picture put in and [the Enquirer] wouldn’t put it in if they could be sued, that I can tell you, they are very big professionals. It was put in. And by the way, Ted Cruz, I don’t think denied it at the news conference, but they don’t do things unless it could be verified. But if that were true, what was he doing having breakfast or whatever they were doing three months before the JFK assassination? Why are they doing that? Why is the father meeting with Lee Harvey Oswald?

Both Cruzes, for the record, did deny it, but that didn’t stop Trump from repeating the line the next day on “Good Morning America,” where he again refused to take any responsibility for his conspiracy theory. He also added a new and equally fallacious twist, claiming that newspapers other than the Enquirer had picked up the story:

All I was referring to was a picture that was reported in a magazine, and I think they didn’t deny it. I don’t think anybody denied it. I don’t know what it was exactly but it was a major story in a major publication, and it was picked up by many other publications…. The National Enquirer gave you John Edwards, it gave you O.J. Simpson, it gave you many, many things. You can’t knock the National Enquirer, it brought many things to light, not all of them pleasant. The fact is that it was a cover story on the National Enquirer. It was picked up by many other people and magazines and periodicals and newspapers and all I did was refer to it…. I’m just referring to an article that appeared, it has nothing to do with me.

Finally, Trump told Wolf Blitzer that he never even believed the theory that he had parroted.

Blitzer: You don’t really believe that Ted Cruz’s—
Trump: I didn’t say.
Blitzer: —father had anything to do with the assassination of President Kennedy.
Trump: No, I don’t. Of course I don’t.

Trump went on to falsely claim that Rafael Cruz was “praying for bad things to happen to me,” saying that in response he wanted people to “read the various magazines, because it’s not only there, it was put in numerous — where he has a picture of himself with Lee Harvey Oswald. I’m not saying they conspired…. I’m just saying it was all over the place…. Of course I don’t believe that, I didn’t believe it, but I did say let people to read it.”

“It’s like a walking, talking Enquirer magazine,” RedState founder Erick Erickson said of Trump back in March.

As Maggie Haberman of the New York Times wrote, “It is not a total surprise that Mr. Trump is the candidate most likely to use the phrase ‘I hear’ before stating something as fact, no matter how flimsy the information he passes along.”

The GOP is now on the verge of nominating for president someone who cites completely bogus stories he finds on the internet and embraces the likes of Alex Jones, one of the most bizarre conspiracy theorists out there.

But conservative talk radio and outlets like Fox News have shown the effectiveness of spreading unsubstantiated rumors and fictitious stories by insisting that they are just asking the question.

Glenn Beck Calls On Conservatives To Leave The GOP 'Because Tinfoil Hat Don Is Crazy'

Glenn Beck called on conservatives to leave the Republican Party today, declaring on his radio program that Ted Cruz's exit from the presidential primary means that the Tea Party movement has officially lost the war for the GOP. Donald Trump's candidacy, he warned, will make the party so toxic that no Republican will be elected to the White House ever again.

Beck said that he is hearing from Tea Party members of Congress that life is now "literally living hell" as establishment Republicans prepare to pay them back for all the headaches they have caused the party in recent years.

"They're going to kill the Tea Party people," Beck said, declaring that the Tea Party had its chance to defeat the Republican establishment by electing Cruz, but instead just "lost the war."

"If you think now that somebody is going to ride in on a white horse and we're going to save the Constitution, that is over," he stated. "You shot the guy on the top of the horse."

As such, Beck declared that "conservatives need to run from the Republican Party as fast as you can" because with Trump as the face of the GOP, "you will never see a Republican win again."

"It is time to step away from the GOP," Beck proclaimed. "If you don't, you will be painted as one of them. I'm not one of them. I'm not part of Donald Trump. Not part of it and I want to cry that out from top of the mountains. I am not part of that because you will never be considered as having any kind of viable solution if you stand next to him. Never. Because Tinfoil Hat Don is crazy."

Donald Trump Won't Condemn Anti-Semitic Abuse Hurled At Jewish Journalist

In an interview with Wolf Blitzer yesterday, Donald Trump refused to condemn the anti-Semitic abuse that his supporters hurled at journalist Julia Ioffe after she wrote a profile of his wife, Melania, in GQ.

Ioffe, who is Jewish, received calls from “people playing Hitler speeches” and was told that she “should be burned in an oven, told she should be shot in the head, received a call inquiring about overnight casket delivery, and sent Photoshopped images of her in a concentration camp uniform.”

Trump said that he didn’t read Ioffe’s article, but nevertheless attacked it as “nasty” and claimed that it portrayed his wife as a “party person” — when, in fact, it described her as a “homebody.”

He went on to say that journalists “shouldn’t be doing that with wives,” which is an absurd statement coming from the candidate who threatened to “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz and attacked her appearance.

When Blitzer asked him if he would condemn the “anti-Semitic death threats” from his fans, Trump said he wouldn’t condemn them. “I don’t have a message to the fans,” he said, before once again criticizing Ioffe about an article that he never read.

Coincidentally, on the same day that Trump said he wouldn’t condemn his fans for hurling anti-Semitic threats at a journalist, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke hailed Trump as a “white knight” for his white nationalist cause, saying that it is now up to his fellow white nationalists to “give Trump the space” to eventually begin attacking the “Jewish supremacists” who Duke believes control American society.

Trump has equivocated in the past on whether he would renounce Duke’s endorsement and himself has used language describing Jews as ultra-wealthy powerbrokers.

Today, the Anti-Defamation League released a statement saying that Trump “can and should speak up now” against Duke. “If not, his silence will speak volumes.”

His silence on the Ioffe incident, however, already has.

In response to remarks by white supremacist David Duke that opposition to Donald Trump shows that “Jewish supremacists” are “the real problem” -- as well as a barrage of anti-Semitic comments by a minority of Trump supporters on social media, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on Mr. Trump to make unequivocally clear anti-Semitism has no place in presidential politics or American society.

“David Duke’s latest remarks – smearing Jews and Jewish Republicans specifically – are as unsurprising as they are hateful. The onus is now on Donald Trump to make unequivocally clear he rejects those sentiments and that there is no room for Duke and anti-Semitism in his campaign and in society,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “Mr. Trump can and should speak up now. If not, his silence will speak volumes.”

A former KKK Grand Wizard and one of the nation’s most recognizable white supremacists, Duke previously expressed support for the Trump campaign, saying to his white listeners that a vote against Trump was “treason to your heritage.”

Yesterday on his radio program Duke went a step further, blaming Republican Jews for attempting to block him from becoming the nominee, and expostulated: “I think these Jewish extremists have made a terribly crazy miscalculation, because all they’re going to be doing by doing a ‘Never Trump’ movement is exposing their alien, their anti-American, anti-American majority position. … They’re going to push people more into an awareness that the neocons are the problem, that these Jewish supremacists who control our country are the real problem, and the reason why America is not great.”

How Can A Candidate Backed By Satan Be The Lesser Of Two Evils?

In the wake the Donald Trump's win in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday night and the announcements that his remaining rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, were dropping out of the presidential race, Bryan Fischer spent a good portion of his radio program yesterday discussing what conservative Christians should do now that the general election looks like it will be a contest between Trump and Hillary Clinton.

As Fischer saw it, they have two options: vote for the lesser of two evils on the grounds that they are voting for less evil, or refuse to vote for either candidate on the grounds that a vote for the supposedly less evil candidate is still a vote for evil.

Fischer said that both positions are equally valid and that he hasn't made up his mind as to what he is going to do personally but that, as a general rule, he has always been a proponent of the vote for the lesser of two evils philosophy.

So it was interesting to see him mention later in the broadcast that "there is something supernatural at work" behind the success of Trump's campaign "because there is no way in the world that guy should still be viable at this point, given the things that he's said and the things that he's done."

That something "supernatural," as Fischer explained earlier this year, is Satan!

Fischer is now in a position where he just might find himself trying to come up with ways to justify voting for a candidate whom he has repeatedly stated is backed by Satan on the grounds that he represents the "lesser of two evils."

Hey Trump, I Checked My Voter Registration

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

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

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

Check your voter registration here (these links take you directly to the right page):

 

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

UPDATED

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Hail Emperor Trump!' White Nationalists Take Victory Lap Following Trump Win

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been energizing and electrifying white supremacists, and their excitement is hitting new highs now that he is clearly the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee.

The neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, which endorsed Trump two weeks after his immigrant-disparaging campaign launch, is filled with posts celebrating the GOP candidate’s victory this morning. “White men in America and across the planet are partying like it’s 1999 following Trump’s decisive victory over the evil enemies of our race,” says one post, which also celebrates that “[t]he Jews are in full-on freak-out mode.”

The site is also promoting a video parody in which Trump and other political figures are spliced into clips from the movie “300” and Trump is portrayed as “leading an army of the White race against the barbarian hordes.” Daily Stormer is also glad that Trump helped move his ally Alex Jones from “tinfoil goofiness” and into “nationalism.”

White nationalist Richard Spencer’s Twitter feed is similarly filled with celebratory gloating.

White nationalist leader Matthew Heimbach, chair of the pro-Trump Traditionalist Worker Party, recently celebrated Trump for having gone “full ‘America First’ for his foreign policy plan.” On his Daily Traditionalist show on Radio Aryan this morning, Heimbach and co-host Sven Longshanks praised the way Trump’s campaign has “opened up so much political space for nationalists” and made it easier for people in both the U.S. and Europe to say things that were previously impossible to say in public discourse.

Heimbach said Trump’s campaign has also helped his Traditionalist Worker Party’s organizing because areas in which Trump does well provide fertile ground for recruiting. There’s a need for long-term organizing, he said, and while Trump takes the beachhead, nationalists will provide the reinforcements.

The fires of nationalism, the fires of identity, the fires of anger against the corrupt establishment are arising all around Europe, all around America, all around the entire world. So we just need to strap in, because the future is gonna definitely be interesting, and I believe we could have a switch in our direction even more…Hail, Emperor Trump! And hail, victory!

The white nationalist website VDARE leads with an article by James Kirkpatrick celebrating the meltdown of the conservative “establishment” and the conversion of the Republican Party into a nationalist party. A few days earlier, after Trump’s wins in the so-called “Acela primaries,” Kirkpatrick declared that Trump “is creating a new opportunity for the American Right, which either needs to embrace nationalism and identity policies or suffer slow extinction in a Third World America.”

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

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

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

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

“Jewish chutzpah knows no bounds,” he said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Deace Breaks Up With The Republican Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Stupid Party' Slayer Bobby Jindal Endorses Donald Trump

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

Last night, Jindal endorsed Donald Trump for president.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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