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Donald Trump's America: Bring Back The Back-Alley Abortion

Donald Trump stoked outrage yesterday when he said that if he were to be successful in making abortion illegal there would have to be “some form of punishment” for women obtain the procedure.

A campaign spokesman then said that it would be up to the states to determine what form of punishment women should receive and Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., vigorously defended his father’s comments.

As the outcry continued, Trump’s campaign released a statement from the candidate saying that he only believes the abortion provider, and not the woman, should face punishment for abortion, since the woman is “a victim in the case.” Absurdly, Trump said in the statement that “my position has not changed,” even though it was a reversal of what he had said just hours earlier.

It wasn’t the first time Trump has changed his views on abortion rights: While he said in the 1990s that he was “pro-choice in every respect,” he now says he changed his mind after a friend who was considering an abortion ended up having a “total superstar” kid.

While Trump was offering his vague, evasive and since-contradicted answer on whether he thinks women should face punishment, he also acknowledged that if abortion is banned women would to “go to a position like they had where people will perhaps go to illegal places.”

Just as women in parts of the U.S. today are already being punished for having abortions, some women are also going “to illegal places,” as Trump put it, as a result of laws curtailing access to abortion care. Rather than decrease the abortion rate, time and time again anti-abortion laws simply just make women turn to dangerous means.

As Mother Jones notes, unsafe abortions have been on the rise in Texas after state lawmakers passed a number of laws restricting access:

A new study quantifies some of those fears: At least 100,000 Texas women—and as many as 240,000—between the ages of 18 and 49 have attempted to self-induce abortions, according to a report released today by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP). The study also found that it is possible that the rate of women attempting to self-induce abortions is rising in Texas as a result of the state's additional restrictions on abortion care. The report points to previous studies that have explored the correlation between a rise in abortion restrictions and the prevalence of self-induced abortions. A 2008 national study found that about 2 percent of women reported that they tried to terminate pregnancies on their own. In 2012, a year after Texas passed several new abortion restrictions, a study of Texas women seeking care at an abortion clinic found that about 7 percent reported attempting to end their pregnancies without medical assistance before seeking clinic care.



The study identifies two populations where histories of self-induced abortion were most prevalent: Latina women living in a county that borders Mexico—a more rural area of the state that has seen several clinic closures—and women who reported difficulty gaining access to reproductive health care in the past.

The study also determined that the two broad categories of methods used by women to end their pregnancies were home remedies such as herbs, teas, vitamins, or medications—primarily misoprostol—obtained in Mexico without a prescription by women traveling there.

Indeed, women in Texas have sought drugs in Mexico that can cause miscarriages and which, according to one expert, “can cause serious bleeding or a partial birth abortion” if taken without medical guidance.

Latin America, where several countries have enacted anti-abortion laws in recent years, is experiencing a high rate of unsafe abortions:

Latin America and the Caribbean have the highest regional rate of unsafe abortions (pdf) per capita in the world at 31 per 1,000 women, aged 15 to 44. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are about 4.2m unsafe abortions each year in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Abortion is a major cause of maternal mortality in Latin America. The WHO, which calls unsafe abortion a "persistent, preventable pandemic", estimates that in 2008, 12% of all maternal deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean were caused by abortions. Many other women die as a result of complications stemming from unsafe abortions such as septic shock or perforation of internal organs.

If Donald Trump gets his way, women will still be punished for his anti-abortion views, no matter what he now says.

Heritage List Gives Glimpse Of Far-Right Justices Sought By Trump And Cruz

One of the conservative establishment’s greatest fears about a Donald Trump presidency has been that he wouldn’t pick movement ideologues to sit on the Supreme Court. Trump attempted to put that concern to rest last week when he announced that he was working with the conservative behemoth the Heritage Foundation to shape a list of 10 possible Supreme Court picks from whom he would choose nominees if he were to become president. (Whether he would actually keep that promise, however, is an open question.)

Meanwhile, Trump’s main GOP presidential rival, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, has promised to make nominating ultra-conservative justices a “priority” of his presidency. He has even made a point of criticizing past Republican presidents for appointing insufficiently conservative jurists.

Trump hasn’t released his list of candidates, but today the Heritage Foundation published a “non-exclusive” list of eight people that it said “illustrates the kind of highly qualified, principled individuals the new president should consider” for the high court — and who, it’s safe to assume, represent the kind of judges the conservative movement would pressure Trump and Cruz to pick for the federal courts.

Two of Heritage’s picks, federal appeals court judges William Pryor and Diane Sykes, have been mentioned repeatedly by Trump on the campaign trail. The name of another, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, has been brought up by Cruz, who even picked up the Utah senator’s endorsement.

In a profile of Sykes last month, ThinkProgress’ Ian Millhiser wrote:

… Sykes, who currently sits on the Seventh Circuit, backed a voter ID law . She also wrote a decision expanding religious objectors’ ability to limit their employees’ access to birth control coverage that SCOTUSBlog’s Lyle Denniston described as “ the broadest ruling so far by a federal appeals court barring enforcement of the birth-control mandate in the new federal health care law.”

Millhiser noted that Sykes also ruled “that anti-gay groups have a constitutional right to continue receiving government subsidies even if they engage in discrimination,” another troubling indication that she could support conservative groups’ attempts to justify discrimination.

Pryor, a former Alabama attorney general, also has a history of right-wing activism. Pryor has called Roe v. Wade the “ worst abomination in the history of constitutional law” and said that it created “ a constitutional right to murder an unborn child.” He has claimed that with “the New Deal” and other measures, the U.S. has “strayed too far in the expansion of the federal government,” and asserted that the federal government “should not be in the business of public education nor the control of street crime .” Like Sykes, Pryor has upheld a voter ID law.

Lee, a Tea Party favorite who has been Cruz’s strongest ally in the Senate, has a legal philosophy that might be even more troubling, dismissing large swaths of the federal government’s work as unconstitutional. As Peter summarized recently:

Here are a few things that Sen. Mike Lee believes are unconstitutional for the federal government to be engaged in:

Peter noted that Lee “dismisses Supreme Court rulings upholding a woman’s right to abortion” and has “called the court’s marriage equality ruling a ‘breathtaking presumption of power.’”

Also on Heritage’s list is Brett Kavanaugh, a George W. Bush appointee to the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where he is a colleague of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. Kavanaugh, who before his career as a judge worked on the notorious “Starr Report” about President Clinton, is just one example of Bush’s effort to put ideologically motivated conservatives on the federal bench.

Kavanaugh’s rulings on the D.C. Circuit include striking down important EPA air pollution rules in an opinion that one columnist called “60 pages of legal sophistry, procedural hair-splitting and scientific conjecture.” PFAW summarized the issue at hand:

Last summer, two Bush-nominated judges on the D.C. Circuit issued a much-criticized ruling in EME Homer City Generation, striking down important new EPA rules on air pollution that crosses state lines. In 2011, the EPA issued new regulations to limit the levels of sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide emitted by coal-fired power plants and crossing state lines. Based on the administrative record and its expertise on environmental health, the agency concluded that the new rules would prevent 34,000 premature deaths, 15,000 heart attacks, and 400,000 cases of asthma. As if that weren’t important enough, the rules would also save $280 billion a year in healthcare costs.

In 2011, Kavanaugh dissented from a ruling that found ExxonMobil was not immune from being sued by Indonesians who said they had been “beaten, burned, shocked with cattle prods, kicked, and subjected to other forms of brutality and cruelty" by the company’s security forces. Dissenting from a ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act the same year, Kavanaugh suggested that a president who thinks the ACA is unconstitutional could simply decline to enforce it.

Also on Heritage’s list are Paul Clement, who served as solicitor general in the Bush administration and is just 49 years old, and federal appeals court judges Steven Colloton and Raymond Gruender. Another Heritage suggestion is Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, who was nominated by then-Gov. Rick Perry after helping Bush run his faith-based initiatives in Texas and in the White House.

Donald Trump's Lawyers Debunk Donald Trump

Back in February, Donald Trump took the right-wing conspiracy theories that Christians in America are enduring severe persecution and that the Obama administration is using the IRS to target conservatives, and placed himself in the center of both, humbly declaring that he was facing an IRS audit “because of the fact I’m a strong Christian.”

Trump has said that he will not make his tax returns public because of the ongoing audit, a claim that tax experts have questioned.

Trump’s campaign shed some light on the issue yesterday when it released a letter from his lawyers confirming that the candidate is being audited.  But, at the same time, it undermined Trump’s claim that he is facing specific targeting for his well-known Christian beliefs:

As the political press focused on Donald Trump’s contradictory statements about abortion Wednesday, his campaign quietly released an unusual letter from his tax lawyers claiming the businessman has been under “continuous examination” by the IRS since 2002.



Trump’s tax returns have been under “continuous examination” by the IRS since 2002, “consistent with the IRS’ practice for large and complex businesses,” the lawyers wrote.

Seeing that the lawyers called the audits “consistent with the IRS’ practice for large and complex businesses,” we are not sure how Trump can continue to say with a straight face that the audit is actually an act of anti-Christian persecution.

Not that that will stop him continuing to repeat a claim that his own campaign has debunked.

Theodore Shoebat: 'Sluts' Who Have Abortions Should Be Put To Death

Extremist right-wing activist and Donald Trump supporter Theodore Shoebat posted a video last night praising Trump's short-lived call to punish women who have abortions, declaring that "sluts" who have abortions should be put to death.

"You pro-life bastards!" Shoebat screamed at the anti-choice groups who criticized Trump's initial position. "You are useless scum. Bastards. Pigs. Swine. Lower than the devils that you claim to be fighting against because you do not follow the law of God."

Shoebat, who was recently featured in Janet Porter's anti-gay documentary "Light Wins" along with several Republican presidential candidates, members of Congress and leading anti-gay activists, then cited Leviticus as he declared that "all these sluts who kill their own children" should be put to death.

"They had a choice to keep their legs closed," he stated. "They could have controlled themselves, and they got the abortions and they murdered their own children. Let me tell you something, I believe in the death penalty for these women and I believe that God himself agrees with me."

Anti-Choice Activist Dave Daubenmire Says 'Of Course A Woman Should Be Punished' For Having An Abortion

Right-wing activist "Coach" Dave Daubenmire posted a short video today praising Donald Trump for saying that abortion should be outlawed and that woman who have abortions should be punished.

Though Trump quickly backtracked on the latter point, Daubenmire, who regularly leads protests outside of Planned Parenthood facilities in his native Ohio, praised the billionaire mogul for being "the most pro-life candidate running for president."

"Donald Trump said a woman, if she kills her baby, ought to pay a price," Daubenmire said. "If the dad takes a gun and shoots the unborn child, don't they charge him with murder? [Ted] Cruz and [John] Kasich, they just want to charge the doctor. Well, the woman is the one most responsible! She's the one hiring the doctor to kill the baby! Friends, when we have laws without punishment, our laws are merely suggestions. Of course a woman should be punished when killing her baby! Of course she should. Donald Trump is the most pro-life candidate of them all."

Gohmert: Supreme Court Tried To Play God In Gay Marriage Ruling

Last week, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, sat in for Tony Perkins on the “Washington Watch” radio program, where he chatted with conservative attorney Ken Klukowski about the supposed attacks on religious freedom in the U.S.

After warning that liberals are trying to stop Christians from practicing their faith openly in America, he repeated his claim that the Supreme Court justices declared themselves God when they handed down last year’s marriage equality ruling:

Last summer, the Supreme Court in the same-sex marriage case did what they have been building towards since the 1960s, for over 50 years. You take away God from the schools, prayer from the schools, the Bible from the schools; God, the Bible, things where we talk about God or Jesus in an open forum that’s in the public sector. And last summer five justices basically said, ‘Forget what God said according to the Bible, forget what Moses said, God said, forget what Jesus said when he quoted Moses verbatim and said ‘this is what marriage is.’ Basically, to my mind, they were ruling, ‘The five of us, we five Supremes, are now your God.’”

The congressman went on to suggest that the government now believes that it can compel churches to “fund abortion” and seeks to “force churches to do whatever they tell them.”

Trump Calls For Women To Face 'Punishment' For Abortion While Cruz Adviser Wrote Of Executing Abortion Providers

Bloomberg reported this afternoon that Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, in the taping of an MSNBC town hall meeting that will air tonight, said that not only should abortion be outlawed but there should be a “punishment” for women who obtain illegal abortions.

[Update: Trump’s campaign later changed course and said that abortion laws should only punish providers, saying, “The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb.”]

What happens to women in a regime in which abortion is completely criminalized is the third rail of the “pro-life” movement, and its leaders generally attempt to avoid discussing or to downplay the medical and legal consequences of recriminalizing abortion. Recent cases in which women have been arrested for botched abortion attempts or for “endangering” fetuses, however, expose some of the troubling consequences of laws that place abortion politics over the dignity of women.

Trump may have touched the third rail, but that doesn’t mean that his Republican rivals should not also be pressed on the consequences their “pro-life” policies would have for women.

In particular, Sen. Ted Cruz should face questions about his choice of an anti-choice activist who has taken even more extreme positions than Trump’s to co-chair his “Pro-Lifers for Cruz” coalition.

Troy Newman, who is one of 10 co-chairs of Cruz’s anti-abortion group, argued in a book published in the early 2000s that a society following the wishes of God would execute abortion providers.

And, although he didn’t recommend any specific punishment for women who obtain abortions — and suggested that bringing women to “repentance” was the answer — Newman made it clear that he saw these women as just as culpable in the supposed crime, comparing a woman who has an abortion to a “contract killer” who hires a hitman to take out her husband:

By comparing abortion directly to any other act of premeditated contract killing, it is easy to see that there is no difference in principle. However, in our society, a mother of an aborted baby is considered untouchable where as any other mother, killing any other family member, would be called what she is: a murderer.

He wrote that although anti-abortion activists might be inclined to treat women who seek abortions as “victims,” there should be “no comfort” for those women until they admit to themselves that they have committed “murder”:

Those responsible for innocent bloodshed should not be excused or comforted in their sin, yet, as a society, women who have abortions are treated as victims and those who support them in the decision to kill are considered heroes who were willing to stand by their friends or family members during a time of crisis. In reality, the woman is the same as a contract killer, hiring out the murder of her defenseless child, and the supporter is a co-conspirator, aiding and abetting the crime. They believe that their charitable act of lending support will some how make up for their participation in murder. Until they can both face the fact that they bear responsibility for the murder of an innocent child and own up to it, there should be no comfort for them.

Newman won his spot on Cruz’s team after playing an integral role in creating the Center for Medical Progress’ smear of Planned Parenthood.

Bryan Fischer: Gay Rights Activists 'Are Driven By Hate'

On his radio program today, Bryan Fischer interviewed Mississippi state Sen. Chad McMahan about an upcoming vote on a bill that, according to the Human Rights Campaign, "would allow individuals, religious organizations and private associations to use religion to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians in some of the most important aspect of their lives, including at work, at schools, and more."

After McMahan complained that many rallies had been held opposing the bill but no rallies had been organized to support it, Fischer went off on a long rant about how conservatives don't have time to participate in political rallies because they are too busy being decent, hard-working Americans, whereas gays channel their undying hatred of God and Christians into non-stop political activism.

"Conservatives," Fischer stated, "we're busy working hard at our jobs, showing up to work on time, working late when we need to, then we want to spend time with our families, we want to take our kids to soccer practice, coach them in t-ball and Little League, we want to help them with their homework, we want to go to parent-teacher conferences, we want to be involved in our church so we go to home Bible studies or cell groups, we might be involved in the choir, we might want to be involved in a Sunday School class, and we would like to have a little recreational time for ourselves so we play a little bit of golf or we play a little church league softball or whatever. We just do not have the discretionary time to put into political rallies."

Gays, on the other hand, Fischer said, have none of these sorts of obligations because they don't have children or families, which then sent him off on a tangent about how allowing gays to adopt children is "a form of child abuse" and is therefore something that "no loving, caring, rational society" should ever allow.

"Homosexuals don't have children, they don't have families," Fischer declared, which allows them time to channel their hatred for God into political activism.

"They're motivated because they're agitated," he said. "They're angry at the church. They're angry at Christians. They're angry at God ... It's easy to see why all the noise, why all the agitation out there is on behalf of those who are trying to kill this thing out of their hatred for Christ, their hatred for God and their hatred for the Scriptures. And I don't hesitate to use that term. It's vitriolic. You know, unless you've come up against this in some way directly, you have no idea how venomous the hatred, the bitterness, the anger is on the part of homosexual activists. They are driven people and they are driven by hate. You know, there's a lot of hatred on this issue but virtually all of it is coming from the homosexual activist community directed at us and our values."

Would A Trump Supreme Court Justice 'Punish' Women For Abortion?

According to a report from Bloomberg, Donald Trump said in the taping of an MSNBC town hall today that abortion should be outlawed and that there “has to be some form of punishment” for women who obtain the procedure. He admitted that in the absence of legal abortion, those women would be driven to "illegal places":

At a taping of an MSNBC town hall to be aired later, host Chris Matthews pressed Trump on his anti-abortion position, repeatedly asking him, “Should abortion be punished? This is not something you can dodge.”

“Look, people in certain parts of the Republican Party, conservative Republicans, would say, ‘Yes, it should,’” Trump answered.

“How about you?” Matthews asked.

“I would say it’s a very serious problem and it’s a problem we have to decide on. Are you going to send them to jail?” Trump said.

“I’m asking you,” Matthews said.

“I am pro-life,” Trump said. Asked how a ban would actually work, Trump said, “Well, you go back to a position like they had where they would perhaps go to illegal places but we have to ban it,” Trump said.

Matthews then pressed Trump on whether he believes there should be punishment for abortion if it were illegal

“There has to be some form of punishment,” Trump said. “For the woman?” Matthews asked. “Yeah,” Trump said, nodding.

Trump said the punishment would “have to be determined.”

Trump then reportedly linked the issue to the vacancy on the Supreme Court, which Republican senators are trying to keep open in the hopes that a Republican president — possibly Trump — would nominate the next justice.

“They’ve set the law and frankly the judges, you’re going to have a very big election coming up for that reason because you have judges where it’s a real tipping point and with the loss of Scalia, who was a very strong conservative, this presidential election is going to be very important,” Trump said.

“When you say what’s the law, nobody knows what the law is going to be. It depends on who gets elected,” Trump said.

So, does Trump want a Supreme Court justice who would not only help to overturn Roe v. Wade but who would support legal punishment for women who are driven to obtain illegal abortions?

 

Anti-Muslim Activists Fall For Fake Story About Camp Shooting

Yesterday, anti-Muslim blogger Pamela Geller posted a report from the website “SuperStation95” about a group of armed Muslim campers “shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’” and “open[ing] fire on hikers,” lamenting that “of course there has been no reporting from the enemedia on this.”

Geller’s fans at WorldNetDaily and BareNakedIslam also ran with the story, as did radio host Michael Savage, who told his listeners that the media is refusing to report on the “twenty Mooslims with guns in the hills above San Bernardino in one of California’s forests who were doing a little target practice while chanting ‘Allahu Akbar.’” Savage claimed that the campers were only released by law enforcement agents “because they hadn’t yet killed Jewish children.”

However, as the myth-busting website Snopes pointed out, there is no evidence that the campers were firing at anybody or shouting “Allahu Akbar,” noting that the “sources” for these conservative pundits were nothing but fringe conspiracy outlets.

As the official incident report stated, no one in the area questioned by police said they had witnessed guns being fired nor reported having been fired upon. Police found and interviewed the group of men in question and discovered that their possession of firearms was in compliance with the law and that none of them had any outstanding warrants or criminal histories. While the caller who reported the men to police claimed five to seven of the men wore turbans and fired assault rifles, police didn't mention turbans or other headwear, and they noted that the men were in possession of "handguns, a rifle, and a shotgun" (but no "assault rifles"). No credible news reports made any mention of the "Allahu Akbar" claim, and no witnesses stated they had been "shot at" by the men while hiking or camping. Also, the police report described the men only as "males," not "Middle Eastern males" or "Muslim males."

The web site that started this rumor was Superstation95, which is not a "superstation" at all but rather a repository of misinformation from Hal Turner, who in 2010 was sentenced to 33 months in prison for making death threats against three federal judges. (The name listed in the site's Contact page is Turner's criminal lawyer.)

That same site similarly (and baselessly) claimed that a woman who crashed into pedestrians on the Las Vegas strip in December 2015 had shouted "Allahu Akbar" and was subsequently rebuked by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for spreading false information:

Superstation95 also falsely claimed that the December 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting occurred because the shooter was offended that pork was served at a Christmas party, that all cargo ships ceased transporting goods in January 2016, and that seafood was contaminated with "cancerous tumors" following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Secondary reporting claiming that Muslim men fired upon hikers (and that the media covered it up) appeared on a site that had previously inaccurately claimed Illinois had applied Sharia law to driver's licenses, that Target introduced "Sharia-compliant" checkout lanes, and that Muslims successfully banned Halloween at a New Jersey school.

Pat Robertson: Michelle Fields 'Could've Had A Bomb'

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson defended Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who is facing allegations that he grabbed and bruised former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at a campaign event. Lewandowski was charged with simple battery yesterday over the incident.

“The female reporter rushed the candidate,” Robertson said. “Where were the Secret Service people who were supposed to defend him? She could’ve had a knife. She could’ve had a gun. She could’ve had a bomb.”

She had a pen.

“Secret Service did nothing so now the aide is being sued,” he lamented.

Robertson’s claim that Fields, a credentialed reporter, rushed Trump conflicts with a police report that found that the presidential candidate was taking questions from the press and signing autographs at the time.

According to the police report, rather than valiantly trying to save Trump from an assailant, Lewandowski, who initially claimed he “never touched” Fields, was just trying to get closer to the candidate:

The video parallels what Fields told me, in that Trump was walking towards the exit of the ballroom, taking questions, and signing autographs. Fields is seen on video, holding her phone up to Trump, appearing to ask him a question. Trump had looked in her direction, and then Lewandowski extended his left arm out, stepping between Trump and another male subject believed to be U.S. Secret Service. After extending his arm out, Lewandowski appeared to reach for Field’s left arm with his left hand, allowing him to get closer to Fields.

Lewandowski then grabbed Fields left arm with his right hand, causing her arm to turn and step back. This motion cleared a path for Lewandowski to walk past Fields, allowing him to “catch up” and get closer to Trump, who was walking during this entire incident.

Michael Savage: Michelle Fields Could've Been A Suicide Bomber

Conservative talk radio host and outspoken Donald Trump supporter Michael Savage lashed out yesterday at former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields after Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, faced charges for grabbing and bruising Fields while she was asking the GOP presidential candidate a question at a campaign event in Florida.

Savage called the incident a “set-up” and said that the reporter’s bruises could have come from her boyfriend, who happens to be another conservative journalist.

“You know the reporter who said that Trump’s aide ‘attacked’ her with a little mark on her arm? How do we know her boyfriend didn’t put the mark on her arm?” Savage said. Trump has similarly claimed that Fields faked her bruises

Savage repeatedly attacked Fields as a deranged fame-seeker who wants to get on television, calling her a “narcissistic maniac” who “makes Megyn Kelly look like Mother Theresa.” He even urged Trump to press charges against Fields and warned that Fields “could have been a terrorist.”

“She could’ve stabbed him, she could’ve shot him, she could’ve blown herself up,” he said. “If I were running Donald Trump’s campaign, I would bring action against her for assault for assaulting a presidential candidate.” Trump himself said last night that a pen Fields was carrying during the incident could have been a “little bomb.”

Later, Savage said that “the chick reporter” is “out of control” and just one of the “sick people out there looking to make a name for themselves.”

Savage even took credit for Trump’s statement that he may press charges against Fields for assault, boasting that “many of his ideas are exactly my ideas.” Indeed, Trump has been a frequent guest on Savage’s radio program and their close relationship was profiled yesterday by the New York Times.

He then added to his conspiracy theory by arguing that Lewandowski was only charged because the police in Jupiter, Florida, who brought the charges “obviously are puppets of the Cruz campaign.”

Some goofy girl in a weird outfit with eyeglasses on — she could’ve been a terrorist, the goofball could’ve had a suicide vest on, she could’ve had a knife, she could’ve had a gun, who knows who she is? The Secret Service failed Donald Trump. Lewandowski did the right thing. But because Florida is so anti-Trump and owned by the Cruz people, the Jupiter police obviously are puppets of the Cruz campaign, they brought charges against Lewandowski today. I think that Donald Trump is right when he says, ‘Can I press charges?,’ because I said it before he tweeted it. I say it’s ‘talk radio for the thinking person.’ Apparently Trump is a thinking person.

Then, Savage baselessly called Fields “a whiney little Cruz supporter” who “worked for the Cruz campaign.”

Savage even said that “Lewandowski should be given a medal by the U.S. government” for yanking Fields away from Trump because “she could’ve had a knife, could’ve had a gun, could’ve had an explosive vest.”

Assault charges against “the maniac narcissist” will “teach her a good lesson,” he said.

Linda Harvey Floats Boycotts Of NFL & NBA For Supporting LGBT Rights

Mission America’s Linda Harvey is preparing to launch more boycott campaigns, this time against the NFL and NBA for criticizing anti-LGBT legislation passed in Georgia and North Carolina, respectively.

In a WorldNetDaily column today titled “Will GOP Run or Stand Against Pink Goliath?,” the Religious Right activist and radio host blamed the leagues’ “spiteful lesbian lawyers” for their reactions, urging “real men” to stand up to them.

“Time for some boycotts, sports fans,” she said.

What happened to real men in pro sports? Or are their spiteful lesbian lawyers calling the shots? Time for some boycotts, sports fans.

The North Carolina politicians did the right thing. GOP officials in South Dakota and Tennessee should act with similar courage. American has witnessed a few recent examples of GOP spine, standing against the rabid homosexual lobby, but still way too many RINO Republicans yield to “sextremists” under growing pressure from business, Hollywood and professional sports.



Gender confusion is not everyone else’s problem. It’s your problem. It is not the responsibility of the world to rearrange itself to hide mental illness. And while we should extend compassion to such confused people, our tolerance ends at the normalization of instability and perversion, and risk to children.



Disney, Marvel and Viacom said they wouldn’t make films in Georgia if the bill became law. The NFL was hinting that Atlanta wouldn’t be considered to host a future Super Bowl if the bill became law. Where are the real men? Come on, players; you don’t all agree with this position by the league! Someone speak out and say so.

Gary Cass Explains 'Why Donald Trump Is Not A Christian'

Earlier this month, we noted that Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission was seeking donations to produce a series of videos explaining why Donald Trump is not a Christian.

It seems as if his fundraising effort was a success, as today Cass released the first video in the series, declaring that Trump's ignorance of basic Christian teachings is "startling" and that he regularly displays a complete "lack of spiritual understanding."

Trump has no idea what he is talking about when it comes to spiritual matters, Cass explained, which is why "Trump's awkward attempts at sounding spiritual" always "come across very contrived."

Right-Wing Author: 'Insane' Gay Rights And Liberalism Driving People To Suicide And Addiction

David Kupelian, the managing editor of WorldNetDaily, joined Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt on “ Gun Owners News Hour” this weekend to discuss his recent book, “The Snapping of the American Mind,” in which he argues that liberal ideologies are driving Americans to suicide and addiction.

Kupelian’s book, which has won plaudits from conservative activists including Phyllis Schlafly, Matt Barber, David Barton, Dinesh D’Souza and former Rep. Michele Bachmann, argues that the “progressive Left” is “whether intentionally or not, promoting widespread dependency, debauchery, family breakdown, crime, corruption, addiction, despair, and suicide.”

Kupelian told Pratt that examples of “completely insane” progressive advances include “the sexual revolution and the LGBT movement,” including the choice of 50 genders on Facebook, “forcing teenage girls to have to shower with boys,” and marriage equality.

“These are things that most people, and a few years ago everybody, would have said is not only wrong but is completely insane, okay?” he said. “A few years ago, we would have said two men getting married is completely insane. Everybody in the world of all religions, left, right, center, everybody would have said you’re completely insane.”

“The case that I’m making in ‘The Snapping of the American Mind,’” he explained, “is that you know how we hear about all the suicides going on now, we hear about the huge upsurge among white, middle-class people living in the suburbs, we hear about the huge amount, one in four middle-aged women are taking antidepressants, we have all this individual pathology, all this wretchedness, all the suffering of the addiction and the 110 million people with sexually transmitted diseases. 110 million! All of these things, I’m saying that the left is the primary cause of all of this depression, anxiety, the huge amount of mental illness, of addiction, of suicide, all of these things that we hear about in a way that we sometimes hear about them in the news, but disconnect them from the source.

Other topics covered in Kupelian’s book, according to WND, include:

  • How the Left has succeeded in redefining not just “marriage,” but the rest of Americans’ core values, from “equality” to “justice” to “freedom”;
  • Why America, unquestionably the least racist nation on earth, is now being portrayed as a deeply racist pariah state;
  • Why the United States is intentionally being flooded with millions of needy, dependent, Third World immigrants;
  • How a group that amputates healthy body parts and has a 41 percent attempted suicide rate is officially declared “normal,” yet new “research” suggests conservatives have malformed brains;
  • Which of the two major US political parties has a far higher incidence of mental illness;
  • Why Americans today are more stressed-out, confused, conflicted, and addicted than at any time in the nation’s history—and where this ominous trend is leading.

Robert Spencer: We Must Consider 'Very Seriously' That Obama Is Betraying America On Behalf Of Islamists

A few years ago, speaking in a panel discussion alongside Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., anti-Muslim activist Robert Spencer declared that it doesn’t matter if President Obama is secretly a Muslim because “if he were a secret Muslim, he wouldn’t be acting any differently.” (Franks agreed.)

Obama’s personal faith and allegiances are still apparently an open question to Spencer, who told far-right radio host Rick Wiles earlier this month that he couldn’t “argue against” Wiles’ assertion that Obama is a “jihadist.”

Spencer told Wiles that although he’s “not one of those given to conspiracy theories or thinking he’s a secret Muslim,” he does think that the president’s “upbringing” has given him a “very warmly positive view of Islam” to the point where he just might not care about “the jihad against the United States.”

“You’ve got to wonder,” he said, “does Barack Obama have, perhaps from his youth and his father and his stepfather, a very warmly positive view of Islam? I’m not one of those given to conspiracy theories or thinking that he’s secretly a Muslim, but I think that he has a very positive view of Islam, he thinks that Islam is good for societies, good for individuals, and perhaps that does come from his upbringing. And he clearly thinks that if he gives the various entities in the Islamic world what they want, that they somehow perhaps lessen the force of the jihad against the United States, or maybe he doesn’t even care about that.”

Wiles was having none of this vagueness, and declared that in his view Obama is more than just “a closet Muslim” and is in fact “a jihadist agent” who is “carrying out jihad against the United States of America.”

“I can’t argue against that,” Spencer responded. “I wouldn’t have a lot of evidence to go by, and that’s the disturbing thing.”

“If the president of the United States, if action after action and policy after policy assisted the Mafia, would, after seven years, would you conclude that he’s a Mafia agent?” Wiles asked.

“The difficulty here,” Spencer responded, “is that this is the president of the United States and it’s still very difficult to conceive of a betrayal on that scale, but if anyone has made it possible — made it, indeed, necessary — to consider that very seriously, it’s Barack Obama.”

Trump Campaign Manager: We Don't Tear Down Our Opponents

Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, spoke with Virginia talk radio host John Fredericks yesterday morning about the feud between Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, insisting that Trump was on the moral high ground because his campaign doesn’t engage in “tearing down our opponents.”

The interview took place shortly before he Lewandowski was charged with battery for allegedly grabbing a reporter who was trying to interview Trump, leading Trump to spend the entire day attempting to discredit the reporter who said Lewandowski grabbed her.

Lewandowski vociferously denied Cruz’s claim that Trump’s campaign orchestrated a National Enquirer story accusing the Texas Republican of having several extramarital affairs. That’s because, according to Lewandowski, attacking an opponent would be out of character for Trump!

“You can speak to any reporter who has covered this campaign and we will tell you that we are probably the only campaign that has consistently not put out an opposition research file on all of our opponents,” he said. “The reason for that is, you know what, we are running a campaign for Donald Trump. We are not running a campaign against anybody. We are running to allow Mr. Trump to put his vision forward of how to make America great again and that doesn’t mean tearing down our opponents, unlike all the other campaigns who put out oppo files on everybody, we’ve never done that.”

Trump doesn’t need to “put out oppo files” on anybody, as the candidate himself has been relentlessly negative, from lying about his opponents to criticizing their wives and releasing their cell phone numbers.

Glenn Beck Gets Embarrassingly Debunked By His Own Website

For years, Glenn Beck has been obsessed with George Soros, regularly portraying the liberal billionaire philanthropist as some sort of evil genius and puppet master who has been behind countless efforts to destroy America. So naturally, when right-wing media outlets began reporting that Soros-linked figures had donated money to a super PAC supporting John Kasich, Beck seized upon the news.

On his radio show last week, Beck declared that Soros was backing Kasich in an effort to foment a brokered Republican convention, all for the purpose of sowing chaos.

"I know this," Beck said, "Soros, like the imams over in Iran, like the people over in Europe that are, what is it, The Coming Insurrection people, like Occupy Wall Street, like Black Lives Matter, they all want one thing, and that is chaos."

On his television show that night, Beck even hauled out his trusty chalkboard covered with a drawing of an octopus to highlight "the tentacles of George Soros" that now reached all the way into the Kasich campaign:

But apparently nobody at Beck's website got the memo, because last night The Blaze published a piece totally debunking Beck's conspiracy theory:

Neither progressive billionaire George Soros — who has bankrolled numerous far-left initiatives and Democratic political campaigns — nor his company has spent money to support the campaign of John Kasich for president.

Still, numerous conservative news sites have pointed to campaign finance watchdog Center for Responsive Politics, which lists the Soros Fund Management company as a prominent supporter of the of Kasich super PAC New Day for America, with $200,000 in donations. In some cases, the news accounts presented Soros as backing Kasich to cause mayhem in the Republican presidential primary — to either draw votes from front-runner Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

However, the firm Soros Fund Management did not give money to the Kasich super PAC. Rather, a one-time top-ranking executive, Scott Bessent, made two separate $100,000 donations to New Day — one on Oct. 21 and second on Dec. 8, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Another close Soros associate, Stanley Druckenmiller, whom Forbes once referred to as “George Soros’s main man,” gave three separate contributions of $150,000 to the Kasich super PAC, for a total of $450,000. Druckenmiller heads the Duquesne Family Office hedge fund firm. Druckenmiller made his first donation to the Kasich super PAC on Aug. 10 and the other two in February.

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Bessent was the chief investment officer for Soros Fund Management. A Soros Fund Management spokesman who did not provide his name told TheBlaze, said, “Scott Bessent doesn’t even work here any more, which is neither here nor there.” The spokesman angrily asserted that the firm itself did not contribute to the Kasich PAC.

GOP Rep: 'People Are Literally Dying Because Of Political Correctness In This Nation'

In an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with Robert Vandervoort, the former leader of an Illinois white nationalist organization who now runs the English-only advocacy group ProEnglish, Rep. Brian Babin claimed that a law declaring English to be the official language of the U.S. is necessary because “people are literally dying because of political correctness in this nation today.”

Babin, the Texas Republican who is a leading House advocate against refugee resettlement and is sponsoring a bill that would suspend the U.S. refugee resettlement program, is a cosponsor of a bill that would make English the official language of the U.S.

In the interview at CPAC this month, Vandervoort asked Babin about the English-only bill’s prospects in Congress, which Babin said would depend on the upcoming election and whether voters elect “conservative, patriotic folks” who “have the courage to stand up against the powers that impose political correctness on us.” The refugee program and the “wide-open borders,” he said, mean that “people are literally dying because of political correctness in this nation today”:

You know what, it’s going to depend on the election. I have said more than one time, this election cycle, this presidential election, is the most important, significant election of our lifetimes. And I know we hear that every cycle; this time it’s true. If we can get some conservative, patriotic folks who are not afraid of, have the courage to stand up against the powers that impose political correctness on us. Because people are literally dying because of political correctness in this nation today, with our refugee program, with our visa program, with wide-open borders. And so I think that having an official language of English would be a huge step in correcting that problem.

The comments start about 3 minutes into ProEnglish’s video:

Trump: Reporter Wasn't Hurt Because She Didn't Scream, Possibly Faked Bruises

In a press conference today, Donald Trump defended his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who was charged with battery today for manhandling journalist Michelle Fields at a campaign event.

While the GOP frontrunner’s campaign initially denied that the incident ever occurred, a video corroborated the reporter’s account of the events.

Trump continued to dismiss the charges leveled against Lewandowski while maligning Fields.

“I looked at the tape, there’s not even a change of expression on her face,” Trump said. “Then I looked at Internet, and you take a look at the tweets, and people are saying, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”

When asked about the bruises on Fields’ arm, Trump said that they could’ve been “there before” as she would have “yelled out a scream or something” if she was actually hurt.

“I don’t know if there were bruises from that, who says there were bruises from that?” he continued. “How do you know those bruises weren’t there before? I don’t know what the police said. How do you know those bruises weren’t there before? I’m not a lawyer, but she said she had a bruise on her arm. To me, if you’re going to get squeezed, wouldn’t you think that she would’ve yelled out a scream or something if she has bruises on her arm?”

“You say ‘bruises on her arm,’ how did they get there? Who put them there? I don’t know that he put them there,” he added.

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