Fighting the Right

Heidi Cruz: Ted Running To 'Show This Country The Face Of The God That We Serve'

Sen. Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi, who has been campaigning for her husband full-time over the past several months, explained the role of faith in the Texas Republican’s presidential campaign yesterday, telling a South Carolina radio host that Cruz is running to “show this country the face of the God that we serve.”

Cruz’s father Rafael made a similar statement last month when he said that Ted, whom he has implied was chosen by God for the White House, was running for president to “share the love of Jesus Christ” with “every person in America.”

Heidi Cruz told South Carolina radio host Vince Coakley yesterday that even if she were not married to Ted, she’d be trying to work on his campaign because “this country is in crisis and this individual has an incredible talent to bring us out of this crisis.”

This is in a large part, she said, because “this Christian God that we serve is the foundation of our country” and people need to be reminded that “Christians are loving people, are nonjudgmental people, but there is right and wrong, we have a country of law and order, there are consequences to actions and we must all live peaceably in our own faiths under the Constitution.”

When I thought about doing it for our country, it became very clear to me that our family must be in this race. And it also became clear to me that we are at a cultural crossroads in our country and if we can be in this race to show this country the face of the God that we serve — this Christian God that we serve is the foundation of our country, our country was built on Judeo-Christian values, we are a nation of freedom of religion, but the God of Christianity is the God of freedom, of individual liberty, of choice and of consequence.

And I think that’s something that this country really needs to be reminded of, is that Christians are loving people, are nonjudgmental people, but there is right and wrong, we have a country of law and order, there are consequences to actions and we must all live peaceably in our own faiths under the Constitution. And Ted is uniquely able to deliver on that combination of the law and religion.

PFAW Response to New Hampshire Republican Primary Results

With New Hampshire primary results in, People For the American Way President Michael Keegan released the following statement:

"That Donald Trump--who launched his campaign by calling Mexican immigrants 'rapists' and continued by calling for a 'complete shutdown' of Muslim people entering our country--has won the New Hampshire primary is all the evidence anyone should need to understand that the GOP has gone completely off the rails.

"We also must not ignore the fact that the runners up in New Hampshire are extreme in their own right. From moving to end all abortion access, to smearing all immigrants as possible terrorists, to pandering to the most extreme and violent voices in the GOP, the entire Republican presidential field is ignoring the priorities of most Americans and instead pushing a far-right agenda.”

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Ted Cruz To Campaign With Glenn Beck At Rick Joyner's Church

Last month, we noted that Ted Cruz attended a national security forum held at Rick Joyner's MorningStar Church in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Joyner is a self-proclaimed prophet who frequently talks of his prophetic dreams about chaos and revolution descending upon America and resulting in martial law. He is the sort of right-wing Christian leader who issues warnings about how the devastating 2011 earthquake in Japan would push America into Nazism and declares that Hurricane Katrina was God's judgment for homosexuality. He's also the type to declare that gay marriage will usher in national destructiona second civil wardivine judgmenta ban on men and women marrying each other and even the Mark of the Beast.

But Joyner is not all doom and gloom, as he did once pray away the spread of the Asian Flu and even cooked a miraculous casserole that fed multitudes.

Later this week, Cruz will return to Joyner's church for a campaign event and this time he'll be in the company of another self-appointed prophet: Glenn Beck.

Pat Robertson: Obama Destroying America As We Near The End Times

Televangelist Pat Robertson thinks that the Syrian Civil War indicates that End Times prophecies are being fulfilled, and on today’s edition of “The 700 Club” discussed the prophetic significance of the Iranian-Russian alliance in the war on behalf of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

Robertson said that Russia and Iran are likely to lead the coalition that will invade Israel in the Last Days (a similar prediction to one put forward by Michele Bachmann), while also worrying about the prospect of a war between North Korea and the U.S.

All of this, he said, is the fault of President Obama for reducing American strength and authority in the world, thus empowering Russia, Iran and ISIS.

“He is dangerous, he is really dangerous,” Robertson said of Obama. “But whether or not he can destroy this country in the next few months that he’s got ahead of him — his people will saddle us with so many regulations. We’re looking at a serious, serious economic collapse with no driver, no country strong enough to take on the burdens of the world unless the United States mans up and does it.”

Robertson reminded viewers that “God Almighty is on the throne” and “His purposes will stand, regardless of the Iranians, regardless of the Sunnis and the Shias, regardless of the Soviets, regardless of who wants to hurt who, God is going to have His way and it will come to pass as the Bible says it will.”

Ted Nugent Defends Anti-Semitic Facebook Rant By Calling Jewish Leaders 'Nazis'

It seems that NRA board member Ted Nugent is quite upset that anyone would dare criticize his anti-Semitic Facebook memes, writing on his Facebook page last night that he is simply trying to honor victims of the Holocaust by stopping the next one.

"What sort of racist prejudiced POS could possibly not know that Jews for guncontrol are nazis in disguise?" Nugent said. "'NEVER AGAIN!' Anyone? Anyone?? RUFKM!"

Just when you hope that mankind couldnt possibly get any dumber or more dishonest, superFreaks rise to the occasion....

Posted by Ted Nugent on Monday, February 8, 2016

Nugent's fans quickly rose to his defense, and the right-wing activist and musician proceeded to "like" several anti-Semitic comments on his thread:

Bryan Fischer Perfectly Exposes His Utterly Incoherent Theory Of The First Amendment

As we have noted several times before, American Family Radio's Bryan Fischer subscribes to an entirely incoherent theory about the First Amendment, insisting that its prohibition against an establishment of religion only applies to Congress while also insisting that its prohibition against infringing upon the free exercise of religion applies to all levels of government.

The First Amendment says that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," so if the establishment clause only applies to Congress, then logically so too does the free exercise clause. Conversely, if the free exercise clause applies to anything beyond Congress, then so too does the establishment clause. 

But somehow, Fischer cannot seem to comprehend this simple concept and continues to promote his unique and baffling interpretation, as he did on his radio show today while discussing Todd Starnes' latest column alleging that NASA has banned mentions of Jesus in the Johnson Space Center newsletter.

"I cannot begin to even describe to you how much is wrong with that," Fischer said. "Number one, the First Amendment prohibits Congress and Congress alone. The first words of the First Amendment, 'Congress shall make no law.' That is the only entity that is restrained by the founder's Constitution. It's never been amended; it still says Congress. Congress shall make no law. Now, let me ask you this question: are employees of NASA, are they Congress? No! They cannot possibly, conceivably violate the First Amendment of the Constitution even if they wanted to because they're not Congress! Only Congress can do that."

After laying out his case that only Congress can violate the First Amendment's establishment clause, Fischer then immediately turned around and bizarrely attacked NASA for supposedly violating the First Amendment's free exercise clause.

"The other thing about the First Amendment," Fischer continued, "it says that no branch of the federal government, and you might consider NASA a branch of the federal government since it is part of the bureaucracy, they are not allowed to prohibit the free exercise of religion. That's right there in the First Amendment. Make no law prohibiting the free exercise of religion. The federal government, not part of the federal government, no agency of the federal government, no bureaucracy of the federal government, no employee of the federal government is allowed to prohibit the free exercise of religion. This is exactly what NASA is doing, prohibiting the free exercise of religion. So it is wrong on so many counts, I can't even begin to tell you."

NASA, of course, is not Congress, so under the first half of Fischer's argument, the agency is not restricted by the Fist Amendment in any way. But, amazingly, that is not the position Fischer took as he then proceeded to insist that the First Amendment applies to every federal agency and employee!

Fischer spent the first half of his argument asserting that the First Amendment only applies to Congress and then spent the second half of that same argument asserting that the First Amendment applies to every part of the federal government. 

In the span of a minute and a half, Fischer managed to promote two views of the First Amendment that are not only illogical but entirely contradictory.  

Sandy Rios: Beyoncé Ushering In The Antichrist With Her 'Black Racism' And 'Lawlessness'

Conservative radio host Sandy Rios joined in on the conservative outrage over Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show performance and “Formation” music video earlier today, calling the singer an anti-white racist whose “lawlessness” could bring about the End Times reign of the Antichrist.

Rios, the American Family Association’s director of government affairs who broadcasts on the group’s American Family Radio network, said Beyoncé “has become just more and more hard, hard, hard and crass, crass, crass.”

“This video that they have produced and released just before the Super Bowl, I guess the song she performed, it’s called ‘Formation,’ I watched it, it’s just disgusting to me,” Rios said. “It’s not only stoking the fires of racism, just stoking hatred, black hatred towards whites and towards policemen, it’s also just crass sexually. It’s like you need a bath. What is this beautiful girl doing, doing this?

Rios also criticized the NFL for letting the performance take place in the first place, claiming that it honored murder and anti-American terrorism.

It’s just in-your-face black racism,” she said. “And also cop hatred.”

After playing a clip of Rudy Giuliani’s criticism of Beyoncé on Fox & Friends, Rios alleged that Beyoncé’s actions contribute to lawlessness in society, which paves the way for the Man of Lawlessness, or the Antichrist.

“Of course, if we undermine the law and order of our country, we will, and probably are, descending into lawlessness, and those of us that understand scripture know that that is a sign of the Last Days,” she said. “The Man of Lawlessness will reign. Lawlessness, the breakdown in respect and honor. And so Beyoncé, who could be such an example to women everywhere, and I don’t care black or white, conducting herself with dignity with all that God has given her, her beauty and her natural talents, instead twisting it into something that is very ugly and very profane.”

This led Rios to also attack female public figures like Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright for trying to demonize men and push “a perversion of God’s order.”

Rios’ criticism of Beyoncé puts her in good company at the AFA, as her colleague Bryan Fischer once claimed that the musician was possessed by demons.

Alex Jones: Liberals Love It When 'Jihadis' Rape And Murder Women

Yesterday, InfoWars broadcaster Alex Jones attacked liberals who support the resettlement of refugees from the Middle East, claiming that they have been “brainwashed” by “the left” to hate themselves and their culture.

“The left teaches in schools self-loathing, self-hating, where your identity is hating yourself, so when someone rapes or stabs a woman, it is a beautiful thing because it is a German or it’s a French woman being stabbed, she deserves this,” Jones said.

Liberals “smile” at the crimes committed by “jihadis,” he said, because they have a “mental illness” and “hate Jesus.”

Jones once again alleged that it has become “trendy” for liberal women to find an abusive Muslim boyfriend.

“A lot of liberal women, as you know, the new thing is having a jihadi,” he said, “this is even in Austin, Texas, I’ve seen it and heard about it, that slaps you and knocks your teeth out. There’s nothing sexier than a jihadi because it’s so fun to have him step on your head and kick you in the gut. Now, if the man treats you good and loves Jesus, he’s bad. But if he kicks you in the teeth and stomps on you, it’s liberal, it’s trendy, you go smoke a hookah with him, and it’s fun.”

Marco Rubio Boasts Of Perfect Score From Hate Group

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., cited his high score from an anti-gay hate group yesterday to insist that he is “as conservative as anyone running in this race.”

Fox News pundit Todd Starnes asked Rubio about conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly’s recent tirade against him, in which she warned that Rubio was only pretending to be a conservative in the presidential race in order to “pull off one big con.”

Rubio responded by touting his perfect voting scores from groups such as National Right to Life Committee, the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, the corporate lobbying group National Federation for Independent Business, the National Rifle Association and the Family Research Council.

The Family Research Council has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its extreme stances on homosexuality, including its leaders’ defense of Uganda’s “kill-the-gays” bill and call for the U.S. to “export” gay people

Rubio added that in the area of immigration reform, which was Schlafly’s biggest concern, he would “secure our boarder and only after the border is secure will we be able to do anything else and it won’t be amnesty and sanctuary cities will lose their funding and criminal aliens will be immediately deported.” 

Theodore Shoebat Wants Freedom Of Religion Outlawed And Atheist Books Burned

In his latest video, Catholic supremacist and extremist anti-gay activist Theodore Shoebat called for an end to the freedom of religion in America and for books written by atheists to be burned.

Only "idiots" and "morons" support the freedom of religion, Shoebat declared, adding that the government should not be "giving  freedom to those who say there is no God."

"Atheism should not be allowed," he said. "Richard Dawkins' books? Burn 'em all. Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, all these books, burn 'em. They shouldn't be allowed. They're absolutely dangerous."

"Anti-Christian" views "should not be allowed in society," Shoebat said, because they are "dangerous" and "demonic" and so allowing them to exist in the name of freedom of religion only leads to abortion, misery and violence.

"That's what atheism leads to," he said. "A giant mountain of skulls and dead people."

It is no small irony, of course, that Shoebat warns that atheism leads to mass death considering that he openly and repeatedly calls for everyone who doesn't share his radical views to be put to death.

Ted Nugent: Holocaust Victims Were 'Soulless Sheep To The Slaughter'

Yesterday, NRA board member Ted Nugent posted an anti-Semitic meme to his Facebook page suggesting that gun control is a Jewish plot.

Naturally, Nugent followed that first meme by posting a photo of Nazi soldiers rounding up Jewish families, whom he called “Soulless sheep to the slaughter.” The meme claimed that America is on “the same path” as Nazi Germany.

Nugent once fantasized about how he would lead the resistance to Nazi tyranny.

Donald Trump: Maybe Obama Doesn't Want To Stop Terrorism

Sending a dog whistle to the GOP’s anti-Obama base, Donald Trump has taken to saying that “there’s something we don’t know about” the president when it comes to issues like terrorism and the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

While Trump has never come out and said what that he thinks that “something” is, the GOP presidential frontrunner told conservative radio host Michael Savage yesterday that he believes Obama may actually be a terrorist sympathizer.

“It’s radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump said. “We have a president that won’t even use the words and if you don’t use the words, you’re never going to get rid of the problem. We have a — maybe he doesn’t want to get rid of the problem. I don’t know exactly what’s going on.”

Alex Jones: Bernie Sanders Voters Need To Have Their 'Jaws Broken'

Last week, InfoWars broadcaster Alex Jones went into yet another rant about Bernie Sanders, alleging that the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate “wants us to live under the heavenly socialist-communist system like China.”

He said that Sanders’ campaign is catching on because “stupid, snot-nosed, crud” liberals adore Mao Zedong while they “live off the backs of everybody that fought Nazism and communism.”

“You need to have your jaws broken,” Jones said. “But don’t you worry, reality is going to crash in on you trash who lowered our defenses, who brought the republic down. Oh, we’re already gone and you celebrate it like you’ve joined the globalists, mounting America’s head on the wall, your great victory.”

Jones then depicted Sanders and his “pathetic scum” supporters as mentally disabled, before arguing that Sanders voters are “the ultimate chumps, the ultimate buffoons, the ultimate schmucks” who will “burn in the camps.”

Donald Trump Agrees to PFAW’s Call to Return Contribution from White Nationalist

Today, as reported by The Hill, Donald Trump said in response to a question asked by People For the American Way (PFAW) New Hampshire Campaign Coordinator Lindsay Jakows that he would return a contribution from White Nationalist William Daniel Johnson. As Jakows referenced in the question, last week, PFAW had called on Trump to return the contribution.

PFAW President Michael B. Keegan stated:

“We’re very glad to hear that Donald Trump responded to public pressure and will return the contribution from self-described white nationalist William Daniel Johnson. This is a good first step, but Trump should follow up by renouncing the racist policies he’s been espousing on the campaign trail. Xenophobia and racism should have no place in any campaign, but we’ve seen far too much of it during the 2016 Republican presidential primary.”

Audio of the question from Lindsay Jakows:



Johnson, who refers to himself as a “white nationalist” and has specifically said that he wants “a white ethno-state, a country made up of only white people,” recorded robocalls in December 2015 to Iowans to support Donald Trump because of his bigoted stance on immigration. Earlier this month, it was revealed that he also donated to the Trump campaign.

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NRA's Ted Nugent Posts Anti-Semitic Photo On Facebook

NRA board member Ted Nugent posted a photo of Jewish leaders on his Facebook page today with the caption “So who is really behind gun control?” alleging that “these punks” support stricter gun laws because they “hate freedom.” Just to drive home the point that the pictured activists and politicians are Jewish, the photo includes an Israeli flag emblem by each person’s face.

“Tell every1 you know how evil they are,” Nugent wrote. “Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down!”

The leaders listed include the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.); Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.); Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.); Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.); Sen. Mark Levin (D-Mich.); Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.); Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel; former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; attorney and pundit Alan Dershowitz; Boston developer John Rosenthal, who founded the group Stop Handgun Violence; Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; and Max Nacheman, the former executive director of CeaseFire PA.

This isn’t Nugent’s first foray into anti-Semitic imagery.

Frank Gaffney: Obama Speaking Out Against Islamophobia Will 'Get More Of Us Killed'

Anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney joined Indianapolis radio host Tom Rose on Friday to discuss President Obama’s recent visit to an American mosque and comments pushing back against anti-Muslim prejudice, which Gaffney said would ultimately just “get more of us killed.”

“Am I totally out of bounds in saying that if this guy worked half as hard evangelizing for America as he does evangelizing for Islam we’d all be a lot better off?” Rose asked.

“We’d not only be a lot better off, we’d be safer,” Gaffney responded. “The trouble is the way that this is read, this behavior, this endless effort at the very least to excuse and appease the Islamic supremacists, the way they read that is not that it is, you know, some magnanimous gesture motivated by a heightened sense of multiculturalism or diversity sensitivity or political correctness.”

“But, Tom,” he continued, “this is read by them as an act of submission … And when you engage in submission when you’re an infidel, the way the Sharia doctrine commands the Islamists who subscribe to it to respond is to make them feel subdued, to use the term out of the Koran, which means to use violence actually, to effect the final status of dhimmitude, the permanent submission to which we are ultimately to be consigned. So far from this doing anything to ameliorate the situation or, as you put it, to help us be better off, this is actually going to get more of us killed.”

We’ll just repeat that six days after 9/11 George W. Bush appeared at a mosque to denounce violence and prejudice against American Muslims.

Louie Gohmert Says SCOTUS Declared Itself God In Legalizing Gay Marriage

Rep. Louie Gohmert guest-hosted the "Point of View" radio program last Friday, where he proclaimed that the Supreme Court had declared itself to be God when it struck down state bans on gay marriage.

Gohmert had taken a call from a listener named Debbie, who insisted that the Supreme Court had no constitutional authority to rule on the issue of marriage, which prompted the Texas Republican to likewise blast the court for its gay marriage ruling.

Gohmert faulted the Supreme Court for supposedly saying that the "federal government has no business getting involved in marriage" when it struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act, only to then turn around and say exactly the opposite when it struck down gay marriage bans.

"It really disturbs me," he said. "For 50 years, the Supreme Court has been saying, okay, less of God, less of God, not in the schools, not in public, you can't pray, you can't talk about the Bible. And with that decision last summer, they said forget what Moses said when he said, 'A man shall leave his father and mother, a woman will leave her home, the two become on flesh,' forget what Jesus said God said and what Moses said, he quoted exactly the same thing, forget what they said, we, the majority of the Supreme Court, are now your god."

Rafael Cruz: 'The New Religion Of America Is Secular Humanism'

Anti-gay activist Michael Brown endorsed Ted Cruz for president last year and on Wednesday welcomed the Texas senator’s father, Rafael Cruz, to his “Line of Fire” radio program to discuss the campaign.

After Cruz gave his standard spiel about Ted’s candidacy awakening millions of “missing” evangelical voters all while uniting diverse constituencies in order to replicate Ronald Reagan’s 1980 victory, Brown asked him how he would respond to people who say that some of what he says “sounds like you’re advocating a theocracy.”

“Well, we’re not talking about theocracy,” the elder Cruz responded, “we’re talking about people who have been the background of America, the moral fiber of America, have been divorced from the political process. We have had over 50 percent of evangelicals not even voting, so you have a large percentage of the population that have been absent from the political process. All we are saying is we need everyone who has a desire to see America restored to become involved.”

In fact, he implied, America is currently a theocracy of “secular humanism,” which has become the “new religion of America.”

“We’re talking about restoring America back to the foundations,” he said. “The Bible says, ‘If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?’ Our foundations have been eroded by secular humanism, by … just destroying the family, by basically the moral values that have made America great have been practically destroyed and we have secularized America and the new religion of America is secular humanism.”

He added that in public schools, children are “being brainwashed not only with secular humanism but with socialism.”

Correction: The interview took place on Wednesday, February 3, not Friday, February 5. 

Michele Bachmann: Muslim Migrants Rape Women To Commit Jihad And 'Destroy Western Christendom'

Michele Bachmann spoke with End Times radio hosts Jan Markell and Eric Barger on Saturday about the migration of Muslims into Western Europe and the United States, calling it a “planned invasion” meant to destroy “Western Christendom.”

“This clearly is an invasion,” Bachmann said. “This is a planned invasion, not only in Europe but also in the United States, I believe for the specific purpose of destroying Western Christendom.” Bachmann said that countries with large Muslim minorities like France now experience “Islamic jihad 24/7, terrorist bloodbath attacks 24/7,” warning that the same thing is coming to the U.S. unless we decide to have “no more immigration into the United States.”

Now, Bachmann said, Muslim migrants are raping Western women as part of their religious terrorism.

“The more that come in, the more they act upon their religious convictions and their stated religious convictions,” she said. “The imams from the original countries that they come from, they recruit and send these guys to come in and to bring about this destruction. Right now in Europe it’s called a ‘rape culture’ that’s coming into Sweden and Germany and all across Europe for the specific purpose of Islamizing these countries, and they are falling.”

“Islamists have a plan,” Bachmann later added. “They have a plan to destroy Western Christendom. It’s called civilization jihad. By bringing Islamists into our country and destroying us from in, they don’t need to just have a nuclear bomb. If they send their invading army into our countries and if young men are doing what they did on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany, and other places where they are literally sexually attacking and raping and groping women and causing them to fear, we are looking at a completely ramped-up level of invasion one like we have never seen before.”

“Not only is Europe getting that, the United States is getting that, but we need to recognize what is happening,” she said. “This isn’t unintentional. This is intentional and it’s meant to destroy Western Christendom.”

The former congresswoman and GOP presidential candidate then said that Muslim migrants from countries like Pakistan and Iran may pose as Central American refugees in order to enter the U.S., all thanks to Obama’s refugee policy.

Earlier in the same interview, Bachmann suggested that President Obama is an Antichrist-like figure bringing about the Last Days.

Don't Be Fooled: Marco Rubio And Rick Santorum Are Two Of A Kind

This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post.

Some were taken by surprise when former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum endorsed his former opponent Marco Rubio as soon as he dropped out of the Republican presidential race on Wednesday. But it shouldn’t come as a shock that the conservative true believer, notorious for his anti-gay and anti-abortion crusades, would back the supposedly “mainstream” Florida senator.

While the press likes to portray Santorum as a kooky culture warrior and Rubio as an establishment square, the two hold many of the exact same positions.

The similarities start with their dangerous views on abortion rights. Rubio wants to ban all abortions with no exceptions even for survivors of rape and incest or for women withlife-endangering pregnancies. In the very first 2016 Republican presidential debate, Rubio went so far as to suggest that the U.S. Constitution may already ban abortion. Rubio has hailed anti-abortion activists as similar to those who fought for the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage and civil rights for African Americans and has pledged to “immediately” re-impose the Mexico City Policy, which would block crucial funding to women’s health groups outside of the U.S. A vocal critic of Planned Parenthood, Rubio once made the absurd claim that women at Planned Parenthood clinics are “pushed into abortions so that those tissues can be harvested and sold for a profit.”

He told one conservative pundit that because “there is no way that you can read that Constitution and deduce from it that there is constitutional right to an abortion,” he would only appoint Supreme Court justices who see Roe v. Wade as a “flawed” decision.

The Florida senator is aggressively courting the Religious Right, which should come as no surprise since his stances on social issues are barely distinguishable from Santorum’s.

Rubio joined Santorum and four other Republican presidential candidates in pledgingto sign legislation making it legal to discriminate against same-sex couples. He even implied his support for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who attempted to use her county office to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, by claiming that people can and should “ignore” laws or court rulings that do not “adhere to God’s rules” because “God’s rules always win.” “We cannot abide by that because government is compelling us to sin,” he said.

Rubio has called same-sex marriage “a real and present danger” to freedom and religion, arguing that only someone who has a “ridiculous and absurd reading of the U.S. Constitution” would agree with the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision and promising that his nominees to the Supreme Court would disagree with the ruling.

The potential for a President Rubio to be nominating the next few Supreme Court justices could prove especially frightening seeing that the senator, in an address to afar-right Florida grouprejected the separation of church and state as unconstitutional.

He has also embraced the Right’s phony religious persecution rhetoric, running campaign ads and delivering speeches about how conservative Christians like himself who oppose gay marriage are the real victims of discrimination in America. During Saturday’s debate, he said that Christians in America face far more discrimination than Muslim-Americans.

On the economy, Rubio might even be furtherto the right of many in the GOP. For starters, as New York Times reporter Josh Barrow explained, Rubio “would impose no tax at all on interest, dividends or capital gain income from stocks” as part of a larger tax-slashing regimen that Barro called “a big tax cut for people who are already doing well.” Think of it as the Bush tax cuts on steroids: disproportionate government aid to the ones who need it the least that costs the government trillions of dollars in revenue.

Rubio, who was first elected to the Senate as a Tea Party favorite, has also vowed torepeal Wall Street reform and oppose any increase in the minimum wage, and has adopted a “do-nothing” and denialist approach to climate change.  

Despite this record, the media has given Rubio flattering coverage, portraying him as a mainstream candidate who can thwart radicals like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Part of Rubio’s reputation as somehow more “moderate” or “mainstream” comes from his previous support for a bipartisan immigration reform bill. But of course Rubio ended uprenouncing the bill and tacking further to the right on immigration than many of his Republican colleagues.

Even though Santorum, when asked last week, couldn’t name a single legislative accomplishment of Rubio’s, it is obvious that Rubio has succeeded in doing at least one thing: embracing the ideology of the GOP’s extremist wing without being held accountable for it.

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