The biggest thing on evangelicals’ minds, I think, is the fact that we’re gonna be looking at a Supreme Court that could be vastly different going forward. And electing somebody like Hillary Clinton, who is obviously biased against the things that most evangelicals, Christians believe in, would be disastrous for religious liberty, for property rights, gun rights, religious freedom and stuff like that. I think it’s gonna settle out just fine and our folks will go our way.
Connelly told CBN’s Heather Sells that his friends and fellow church members had been split among Republican candidates, but that voters have now “given us two choices.” Trump’s plans to meet with Religious Right leaders and activists next month are, said Connelly, a sign that Trump knows you “don’t leave anybody out, especially not the base.”
Connelly travels the country encouraging pastors to register their congregants to vote and convince them to cast ballots based on a “biblical worldview.” Like speakers at virtually every Religious Right gathering, he said that what’s happened to the country “is literally our fault” because pastors haven’t preached aggressively enough. “Voting is not political,” he said, “it’s spiritual. It’s our witness and testimony to the community of what we believe in.”
He said he doesn’t think conservative pastors going to sit on the sidelines any more. He tells pastors, “Get your people registered and talk to them about the issues of the day and then make sure they go vote those issues in the voting booth.”
I spoke at a church…not long ago where the pastor kind of apologized to his congregation before he introduced me. He said he’d been preaching for 39 years and had never tried to connect the dots of the things going on with biblical worldview, and he said, “that’s gonna change.”
Asked whether Trump should apologize to Latino Christians who have been offended by his rhetoric, Connelly said, “I’ll leave his campaign decisions to him” and pivoted back to the Supreme Court.
I’ve been with Latino and African American and Anglo pastors all over the nation and they see this Supreme Court deal as a very big thing. You know the next president’s gonna probably appoint two, maybe three, and potentially four Supreme Court justices. That’s a 50-year decision for Christians out there.
To those conservative Christians who aren’t happy with their choices, Connelly says, “no man’s perfect.” But he says that people who are upset about Planned Parenthood and “judges rewriting God’s definition of marriage” should realize that “the Republican Party is the natural home for people of faith.”
Says Connelly, “I mean, let’s face it...it may be 100 years before the other party swings back and pays any attention to Christian values and biblical values like you and I care about.”
Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd also cited the Supreme Court in defending his decision to meet with Trump in June:
This election is about who will appoint as many as four Supreme Court justices. This election is about the dignity of human life from the womb to the tomb. This election is about the most significant religious freedom concerns in American history. I'm not about to sit at home on Election Day because I'm accountable to God and, I believe, I am accountable to my fellow Americans to vote. This is why I am meeting with Donald Trump, and why I would be willing to also meet with Hillary Clinton.
New York magazine’s Jesse Singal attempts to unpack today the intramural feud between former Breitbart.com editor Ben Shapiro and his former colleagues. Shapiro, an ardent member of the #NeverTrump camp, split from the site after an incident in which his then-colleague Michelle Fields was grabbed by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Shapiro’s refusal to support Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee has fueled a plethora of ugly and bigoted attacks against him, coming in particular from the “Alt-Right” movement.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “the Alt-Right is a loose set of far-right ideologies at the core of which is a belief that ‘white identity’ is under attack through policies prioritizing multiculturalism, political correctness and social justice and must be preserved, usually through white-identified online communities and physical ethno-states.” The movement’s “key tenets,” according to SPLC: “Racist ideas. Race-baiting ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-Immigrant ideas.”
Breitbart.com Technology Editor and Shapiro nemesis Milo Yiannopoulos is one of the Alt-Right movement’s most prominent voices.
Singal quotes Yiannopoulos, who has in the past claimed “matrilineal Jewish heritage,” defending anti-Semitic attacks on conservative journalists:
The anti-Semitism on the internet, which is really important, I want people to understand this because nobody seems to, when Jonah Goldberg of National Review is bombarded with these memes, and anti-Semitic “take a hike, kike” stuff, it’s not because there’s a spontaneous outpouring of anti-Semitism from 22-year-olds in this country. What it is is it’s a mischievous, dissident, trolly generation who do it because it gets a reaction. Right? That’s been the case for young people for generations.
So, according to a prominent editor of a media company closely associated with the Republican nominee, using the most vile and bigoted language against Jewish reporters is now okay if the goal is just to get a reaction.
On his television program last night, Glenn Beck sat down with Rabbi Daniel Lapin to discuss Lapin's contention that Donald Trump represents the only hope for saving America.
Beck, of course, has been a consistent and vocal critic of Trump and has repeatedly vowed never to vote for him, but Lapin did his best to sway Beck away from this position by bizarrely claiming that the Bible says that it is okay to behave unscrupulously when dealing with unscrupulous people.
Citing the passage from Genesis where Jacob meets Rachel, Lapin told some story that does not actually appear in the Bible but which he claimed gives believers permission to ignore their own moral principles when confronted with immoral situations.
As Lapin told it, when Jacob met Rachel, she warned him that her father, Laban, was a notorious scoundrel who could not be trusted. Jacob's response, according to Lapin, was that he would be her father's "brother in scoundrelhood." Lapin said that Jacob then quoted a passage from Scripture that says "do not get involved with unscrupulous people, but should you inadvertently find yourself with unscrupulous people, then you don't have to allow your scruples to bring about your defeat."
The message of this passage, Lapin said, applies directly to the election in November and means that since those who are seeking to defend the Constitution are going up against "someone with limitless ambition, limitless avarice and a complete absence of any kind of scruple" in Hillary Clinton, they are not bound by any moral law that obligates them to play fair if it is going to lead to defeat.
Beck, understandably, couldn't quite believe what he was hearing, which prompted Lapin to explain that he simply refuses to accept that God has given up on this nation and since Clinton is "sheer evil," the only alternative is to believe that God has raised up someone as ruthless as Trump as the final hope for redeeming America.
While Donald Trump has promised that he will “win Hispanics” and “win the African-American vote” in November, a recent Huffington Post interview with Trump’s campaign chairman tells a different story.
Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman and chief strategist, told the Huffington Post yesterday that while the campaign intends to reach out to Latino voters in swing states like Pennsylvania and Florida, its goal is to “get into the high 20s in those states with Hispanics,” which is about how Mitt Romney fared among that population nationally in 2012, a dismal showing that helped to sink his presidential bid.
Trump’s strategy, as summarized by the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman, is to “win with white men and women, plus just enough of everyone else.”
This, incidentally, is exactly what white nationalists have been urging the Republican Party to do for years.
While the Republican National Committee reacted to Romney’s loss by appealing to the party to find ways to attract more people of color — including considering immigration reform — it quickly became clear that GOP elected officials were not behind the project. In September 2013, the white nationalist website VDARE posted an article rejoicing in the Republican Party’s apparent embrace of a whites-only electoral strategy, but complaining that VDARE author Steve Sailer wasn’t getting credit for it.
After the 2000 election, Sailer crunched vote totals from around the country and concluded that moving forward, “the GOP could win more elections by raising its fraction of the white vote minimally than by somehow grabbing vastly higher fractions of the minority vote.”
We wrote in 2013:
…In his  column, titled “ GOP Future Depends on Winning Larger Share of the White Vote ,” Sailer crunched exit poll numbers and outlined a strategy by which the Republican Party could lose “every single nonwhite vote” and still win the presidency by working to increase its share of working class white voters. Sailer and VDARE continued to promote this strategy for over a decade, arguing that Republican attempts to reach out to people of color were not only bad politics, but also a losing strategy.
In the wake of President Obama’s reelection — which relied in a large part on the GOP’s alienation of black and Latino voters – the “Sailer Strategy” has seen a popular resurgence among the Right. While some GOP leaders, like RNC chairman Reince Priebus, have trumpeted the need for the party to expand its base in the face of changing demographics, others — including Phyllis Schlafly, Pat Buchanan, leaders in the anti-immigrant movement, and the editors of The National Review and The Weekly Standard — have argued that the GOP can instead build a lasting strategy by increasing its share of the white vote. These leaders argue that any effort to build a more inclusive Republican Party – and especially any effort to update the country’s immigration policy — would in the long term be futile because, as Schlafly indelicately put it, Latino voters don’t “have any Republican inclinations at all.”
The mostly implicit, but sometimes explicit, subtext in the push for this strategy is that it would be partly achieved by stirring up racial resentments among white voters against the country’s growing Latino population. Buchanan put it most clearly when he called for a renewal of the Southern Strategy – which fundamentally realigned the Republican Party by digging up and egging on Southern white racism against African Americans – only this time with Latinos as the target. (Not coincidentally, Buchanan and Schlafly have both cited Sailer's writings on race in their own work.)
Trump may not explicitly embrace the Sailer Strategy, but his campaign seems to have embraced its premise: giving up for lost the votes of people of color while trying to effect a marginal increase in the white vote in part by demonizing and scapegoating non-white people.
It’s something that many strategists say won’t work — but, in Trump, white nationalists might finally have a test of their strategy on a presidential level.
While speaking this week with conservative radio host Joe Pags, National Rifle Association board member and musician Ted Nugent declared that anyone who doesn’t like him must hate America and everything the country stands for.
Nugent defended the NRA from its detractors, saying that those who are critical of the group only want to help criminals.
“There is nothing more anti-American than the freaks that hate me,” Nugent said, after going on a rant against Hillary Clinton and “Bernie Mao Zedong Sanders.” “As the freaks hate me, I go, ‘Man, I really am right all the time,’” he said.
Nugent also criticized performers who have canceled events in North Carolina and Mississippi after the states enacted anti-LGBT laws, adding that while he doesn’t hate transgender people, he thinks they have a “mentally illness.”
“It opens the door to perverts and child molesters and rapists and sexual offenders,” he said of nondiscrimination policies.
Earlier today, the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios broadcast her daily radio show live from the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall Summit, where she chatted with FRC president Tony Perkins about the defeat of their preferred presidential candidate, Ted Cruz.
Perkins told Rios about his role in organizing an event in June featuring presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and various Religious Right leaders, while noting that he has not yet endorsed Trump.
However, “knowing what the alternative and having experienced almost eight years now of Barack Obama’s radical policies, that has truly fundamentally changed America,” Perkins said, “I want to be able to be supportive of Donald Trump.”
“I want to move him to the point where he is acceptable and he’ll make certain commitments,” he added.
Rios said that a Hillary Clinton presidency is far scarier prospect than a White House controlled by Trump, warning that Clinton would undermine the Second Amendment and religious freedom.
“Look at the court,” Perkins interjected. “It starts with the court.”
The two urged conservative Christians to stay involved in the political process, with Rios warning that one day it “will be so bad we’ll be running for the hills.”
“Well, scripture says that’ll be happening in the End Times,” Perkins said. “I think we’ve got to make the best of a bad situation. This is a reflection, I believe, of where I believe our nation has sunk and, in a large part, it’s because the church has taken its hands off, its removed itself from the culture. So we can’t wring our hands and say we’re walking away when in part we’re responsible for the mess.”
Earlier this month, we posted a video of Colorado GOP state legislator and Religious Right activist Gordon Klingenschmitt tying himself in knots attempting to defend the right of a school district to discriminate against atheists. This week, Klingenschmitt outdid himself when he spent six minutes on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program justifying a decision by the Citadel to deny "a request from an incoming Muslim student to wear a traditional religious headscarf as part of her uniform."
Klingenschmitt, who claims to be a champion of the freedom of religious expression in the military and has even created his own bogus persecution account, said that he could not support allowing a female Muslim soldier to wear a headscarf along with her uniform because it was a signal to Muslim combatants to rape the other female soldiers instead of her.
Klingenschmitt cited passages from Sura 33 in the Quran that he falsely claimed give Muslim men the right to rape any woman who is not wearing proper covering during times of war. As such, he said, if a female Muslim soldier was allowed to wear a headscarf, then she would be signaling to our enemies that she is a Muslim who should not be raped, but that it was okay for them to rape the non-Muslim female soldiers.
"If you're at war and you're looking out over the battlefield and you're wondering which women are safe to rape," he said, "you don't [rape] the women with headscarves because those are Muslims and you do rape the women without headscarves because those are not Muslims."
"The Citadel is thinking about letting a woman wear a headscarf with her military uniform as a symbol that the other women are open to be raped and she is not open to be raped by Muslims," Klingenschmitt stated. "It's a symbol to your Muslim enemies — we fight terrorists who are often Muslim — it's a symbol to them, 'please don't rape me, rape the other women in uniform because they're not wearing a headscarf.'"
Correction: The post previously labeled Bonzo as a monkey, when he is in fact a chimpanzee.
Linda Sorenson, chair of the Delta County, Colorado, Republican Party, posted a racist Facebook meme last week depicting President Obama as a chimp, according to Jason Salzman of the blog Big Media.
She reportedly told Salzman that she was only joking but doesn’t “care if people are offended by it.”
Delta County Republican Chair Linda Sorenson shared an image on her Facebook page last week depicting Ronald Reagan nursing a chimpanzee. The photo is sandwiched by the phrase, “I’ll be damned… Reagan used to babysit Obama.”
Sorenson told me in a very brief phone interview today that it was a joke.
“I really don’t care if people are offended by it,” she told me of the post, which was sent to me by a source. “Un-friend me. Stop looking at me on Facebook.”
Religious Right activist Janet Porter took to WorldNetDaily yesterday to hail those organizing a boycott of Target over its nondiscrimination policy, which she called “an invitation to predators” to enter and film inside changing rooms.
Porter, who said that her group, Faith 2 Action, will be leading protests outside of Target locations, cited the findings of the tiny and extremist American College of Pediatricians, a fringe group that should not be confused with the American Association of Pediatrics, the country’s leading pediatric group and a supporter of trans rights.
Target, she joked, should consider having “an ‘Anorexic Department’ where they mark size ‘0’ clothes as XXL so as to accommodate the very thin who ‘identify’ as very fat,” complete with “distorted fun-house mirrors,” if they still want to accommodate “cross dressers.”
When you issue an invitation to predators to walk into women’s private dressing rooms and restrooms, don’t be surprised when they accept.
Less than three weeks after Target’s open-door policy, a man walked into the ladies’ changing room with his camera phone and video-recorded an underage girl trying on clothes. When he is done uploading all that footage onto the Internet, he can always go back to Target for more.
How many more women is Target going to allow to be victimized before they change their insane policy that puts women and young girls at risk?
It’s crazy – literally. Target is putting its female customers at risk for a fraction of a percentage of the population who have a certified mental disorder.
If Target wants build its policies to accommodate those with mental disorders, perhaps they should also have an “Anorexic Department” where they mark size “0” clothes as XXL so as to accommodate the very thin who “identify” as very fat. Installing distorted fun-house mirrors could help ensure that the anorexic’s appearance matches her distorted identity. That would be stupid. But their current policy is more than stupid – it is dangerous because it lets predators, peeping Toms and the more than 800,000 registered sex offenders walk into the bathroom and fitting rooms right along with the cross dressers.
There’s a reason why the American College of Pediatricians call endorsing gender confusion “child abuse” – going along with their game of pretend actually harms them. Just as letting men – including predators – into women’s private facilities invites harm.
On his radio program today, Glenn Beck laid out a new theory about the email controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton that he admitted he had just made up 20 minutes earlier and was probably entirely wrong ... but which he proceeded to float nonetheless.
Acknowledging that he was making this up off the top of his head, Beck asserted that the Obama administration has tried to cover up every scandal it has been involved in except for this one involving Clinton, which he speculated was because she is not radical enough for President Obama and so he's trying to destroy her presidential campaign in order to benefit Bernie Sanders.
"I think it's wrong," Beck said of his own theory even as he unveiled it, declaring that Clinton, unlike Obama, is not a full-blown radical Marxist and so the president is trying to sink her campaign.
"I think you could make a case, a bad case," Beck said, "that he's looking for an ideologue to replace him. He's done the work of bringing this country to the brink of Marxism and he's not going to have it flushed away by Hillary Clinton."
As such, Beck said, Obama may be trying to tank Clinton's chances so that the Democrats will nominate Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren and finish the job.
Beck admitted that his theory was entirely implausible and that he has been wrong about everything for the last year, but said he was just "thinking out loud" because "anything is possible."
In an interview yesterday on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” radio program, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to explained why he is urging public schools in his state to defy the Obama administration’s guidance on the rights of transgender students.
Landry, a former GOP member of Congress, said that his office would intervene to help any school that tries to defy guidelines from the Departments of Education and Justice letter on how Title IX protects transgender students. He repeatedly twisted the facts on issues related to transgender rights, citing a fringe medical group and claiming that LGBT nondiscrimination policies have empowered child predators, to support his decision.
“Look, the American Pediatrics put out a statement that basically says that transgender identity is a mental illness,” he said. “You cannot change biology, you cannot say you were a female and now we’re going to make you a male simply by some sort of operation. It doesn’t work that way. The good Lord doesn’t build us in that particular way. They’re trying to change our sex, who we are, and basically claiming that gender identity can be biological as well as psychological. And if you look at study after study from some of the leading psychologists, Johns Hopkins University put out one, American Pediatrics, all of them said that this is a mental state, you cannot change a person’s biological identity.”
The group that Landry referred to as “American Pediatrics” and whose opinion he cited is a small fringe group called the American College of Pediatricians, not the leading pediatrics group, the American Association of Pediatricians.
As Zack Ford of Think Progress noted, “The 36,000-member American Psychiatric Association, which defines mental illnesses through its Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), says the exact opposite, explaining, 'It is important to note that gender nonconformity is not in itself a mental disorder.' It is only distress associated with such an identity that should be treated — and treated with affirmation.’”
Meanwhile, the AAP — the leading pediatric group — called for the repeal of North Carolina’s anti-LGBT facilities law, HB2, and said in 2013: “For transgender youth, pediatricians should provide the opportunity to acknowledge and affirm their feelings of gender dysphoria and desires to transition to the opposite gender. Referral of transgender youth to a qualified mental health professional is critical to assist with the dysphoria, to educate them, and to assess their readiness for transition. With appropriate assistance and care, sexual minority youth should live healthy, productive lives while transitioning through adolescence and young adulthood.”
After citing the fringe ACP while passing it off as a legitimate group, Landry told Perkins, a vocal anti-LGBT activist, that nondiscrimination policies have a “tendency” to “create safe harbors for people who want to prey on children.”
“What happens is it supports their criminal behavior, it makes it difficult for people like me and law enforcement agencies out there to take people who prey on children off of the street,” he said.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Landry is relying on debunked arguments to make his case against transgender rights, since that’s seemingly all the anti-LGBT movement has left to rely on.
American Family Association official Sandy Rios spoke today with Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition about how the two Religious Right groups are fighting efforts in government and the business community to allow transgender people to access the facilities of the gender with which they identify.
Lafferty called on school districts to defy a recent letter from the Departments of Justice and Education on the rights of transgender students, which makes clear that anti-trans discrimination violates Title IX, saying that the administration will never follow through with its enforcement and advising schools to wait to see where the next president stands on the issue.
“What a hypocrite Obama and his evil cronies are at the Department of Education and Justice that they would take lunch money from children,” she said, before alleging that the number of transgender people in the population has been significantly exaggerated.
Rios claimed that the push for transgender rights is simply an attempt to “give the approval to a lifestyle” and “create chaos, to tear down all the social norms,” criticizing the administration for hiring “100 percent radical” officials, including “homosexual activists” and “radical leftists for race.”
“They look for discrimination everywhere and they are just pursuing every area they can,” she said, “and they’re equating, of course, transgenderism and homosexuality with race in many cases and some of them are certainly advocates for the radical homosexual left as well.”
The two went on to attack Target, which the AFA is boycotting, and Walmart for their policies on LGBT issues, with Rios urging listeners to “take action” and punish businesses with nondiscrimination policies “because if we don’t now I think … that the next push will be to legalize and mainstream pedophilia.”
“That’s not a guess,” she said. “It’s not just a, ‘Gee, what do I think?’ This is what the radical left sexual activists have been planning for a long time.”
On Saturday, End Times preacher Anne Graham Lotz once again spoke with Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries about what she sees as signs of the Last Days, narrowing it down to three principal signs: the legalization of abortion rights and same-sex marriage and America’s supposed “abandonment of Israel.”
“As our culture and our country implode and we seem to be morally and spiritually bankrupt in so many ways and there’s anarchy in our streets and there’s apathy in the church and arrogance in our leaders, it’s stunning how fast we have imploded,” she said. “But people are beginning to wake up and maybe that’s why God has allowed it to happen like this, so we’re desperate enough to get serious about prayer.”
Lotz described how God is trying to wake Americans up with “warnings” like the September 11 attacks: “God is warning us and he gives warning after warning. 9/11 was a shot across the bow. So God is moving slowly in his judgment because he doesn’t want to do it. He doesn’t want us to have his hand of blessing and protection and favor removed. He doesn’t want us to be exposed to all the terrible things that we see happening in our country and the world that’s going to get worse if we don’t turn to God.”
By adopting legal abortion and same-sex marriage as “national policy,” she said, America is defying God, and we're only making things worse by becoming an “enemy” of Israel through the Iran nuclear agreement and Mideast peace efforts.
Lotz also believes that the recent announcement that she will chair the National Day of Prayer was a sign from God that He will restore morality to America and potentially usher in the Second Coming of Christ.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a rising conservative media star and Fox News regular, said on his radio show on Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze Radio Network on Saturday that President Obama is “a straight-up cop hater” and accused the Department of Justice’s civil rights division of being “jack-booted goons” who are lying in wait to go after police officers.
Clarke reminisced about the pre-Obama days when, he said, the DOJ was on the side of the police officers, not the criminals. Today, Clarke said several times, the DOJ hates cops.
Claiming that the DOJ is leading an “ongoing witch-hunt” against police officers, Clarke called Obama “a straight-up cop hater” and referred to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her predecessor, Eric Holder, as “race-obsessed.”
Clarke specifically criticized the civil rights division of the DOJ, comparing it to “some alligator in a swamp, just looking for some law enforcement officer to snag for some minor transgression.” He lamented that politicians “lynched” Darren Wilson, the officer who killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Clarke then called employees of the DOJ’s civil rights division “jack-booted goons” who should “get their boot off the neck of the American police officer.”
Whether or not Newt Gingrich has officially joined the likes of Sarah Palin and Jan Brewer on Donald Trump’s vice presidential shortlist, it appears that Gingrich is having a major impact on the presumptive GOP nominee’s campaign.
According to a recent National Review article, the Trump and Gingrich speak to each other every day and the former House speaker has had “his hand in every major policy effort” by Trump’s campaign.
Certainly, the two share an almost unrivaled egomania and are skilled in the art of ridiculing liberal media “elites.” While he has developed a wonky reputation, Gingrich has also joined Trump in engaging in conspiracy theories about President Obama.
Back in 2012, Gingrich alleged that “we know so little about this president,” urging conservative activists to “raise a whole range of questions about Barack Obama.”
“Where’s his senior paper at Columbia?” Gingrich asked. “Where’s his application to go to Columbia? All sorts of stuff that we don’t know. In some ways we know less about this president than almost any president in modern times.”
Gingrich has also attacked the “elite media” for failing to investigate Obama’s past: “Do you think you are going to see two pages on Obama’s Muslim friends? Or two pages on the degree to which Obama is consistently apologizing to Islam while attacking the Catholic Church? Do you see anybody in the elite media prepared to say, gee, isn’t this kind of odd, that we really worry a lot about the Quran and nothing about the Bible?”
Gingrich defended birthers, such as his potential running mate, by blaming the president for the rise in conspiracy theories surrounding his birth: “I think that Obama creates very powerful emotions about him, largely because of the radicalism of his views. And I think that that's a key fact. I mean, nobody runs around and asks whether Colonel [Allen] West was born in the United States. He's an African-American, you know. He's a congressman. Nobody runs around and says, 'Is Tim Scott born in the United States?' He's a congressman. He's African-American. So the idea of asserting that any charge against Obama somehow manages magically in the media to get back to racism, I think is just one more device to protect Obama.”
Just as Trump now says that it’s “payback time” for voters who believe that America’s leaders are running the country into the ground and abandoning patriotic values, Gingrich once called on “the 80 percent of the country that actually believes in classical America” to fight “to take back power from the minority elite.” On another occasion, he warned that America would soon turn into “a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.”
Rather than adding intellectual heft to Trump’s conspiracy-theory-ridden campaign, Gingrich would just intensify Trump’s paranoid style of politics.
Mark Crutcher, the Texas anti-abortion activist who inspired David Daleiden’s “baby parts” smear campaign against Planned Parenthood, discussed on his “Life Talk TV” program on Monday the issue of dangerous illegal abortions that that can be the result of laws banning abortion or restricting access.
The very day that an Indiana court heard an appeal in the case of Purvi Patel, a woman who faces decades in prison for what prosecutors claim was a self-induced abortion that caused her to show up at a hospital with severe blood loss, Crutcher and his colleague Renee Hobbs dismissed concerns that women without access to legal abortion will seek out dangerous alternatives, saying that if they do, it’s all the fault of pro-choicers.
“If abortion were outlawed today and next week a bunch of women died from coat hanger abortions, those coat hangers would have been in the hands of pro-choice people, not pro-life people,” Crutcher said.
He said that he used to present a bizarre argument when debating pro-choice people: “I’d say, I’ll tell you what, we can solve the coat hanger abortion thing right now and here’s how we’ll do it. I will get every pro-lifer in the country to sign an agreement that they will never do a coat hanger abortion if you will get every pro-abort in the country to say that they’ll never do coat hanger abortions.”
“The fact is,” he said, “if women wind up dying — every women that has ever died in an abortion, every woman that was ever was raped in an abortion clinic, was killed by a pro-abort or raped by a pro-abort. Why are we responsible for that?”
“So if you don’t like coat-hanger abortions, don’t do abortions,” he concluded.
On yesterday's edition of "The Hagee Hotline," conservative commentator Dennis Prager explained that he'll grudgingly be voting for Donald Trump in November because "mature people" recognize that sometimes you have to support a Joseph Stalin in order to defeat an Adolf Hitler.
Prager said that he would have preferred any of the other Republican presidential primary candidates to Trump, but since Trump is going to be the nominee, he'll support him despite his terrible character flaws and lack of values because Hillary Clinton, and Democrats in general, don't share the proper American values.
"I'm going to vote for him because I have no choice," Prager said, asserting that people cannot simply refuse to vote because they don't like the candidates.
"In life, mature people have to recognize [that] most of the time in life, we don't have a choice between good and bad," he said, "we have a choice between bad and worse. The United States supported the mass-murdering Stalin against the mass-murdering Hitler not because we shared Stalin's values but because, at the time, the right thing to do was to support Stalin against Hitler."
"Mature people have to live in a world where you don't get your ideal but you better defeat the worst," Prager asserted.
Pat Buchanan joined the sexist attacks on Hillary Clinton last week, bursting out laughing in an interview with the Catholic television network EWTN as he called Clinton “extremely shrill” and said that when he has heard her on television, “I thought my cat had come back to life.”
EWTN host Raymond Arroyo, who started the program by asking Buchanan if he thought of himself as “the John the Baptist of Donald Trump,” asked him to discuss polls showing a tight general election race between Trump and Clinton.
Buchanan responded that he thinks Clinton is “in deep, deep trouble,” adding that he thought that she was an “outstanding candidate” when she ran for president in 2008 but that she’s “not as good a candidate anymore.”
“She’s, excuse me, she’s extremely shrill at times. Maybe it’s because they pick the tapes and put them on the air —” he said, unable to finish his sentence before bursting out in laughter.
“I thought my cat had come back to life,” he said. “No, it’s very loud and shrill and it does not come off well.”
“Yeah, her voice, yeah, she’s been shouting a lot,” Arroyo agreed.