Fighting the Right

Larry Pratt: Every Clinton Nominee Will Be 'A Hardcore, Committed Hater Of The Constitution'

Larry Pratt, the executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, was a big Ted Cruz backer in the Republican primary but said this week that he is now supporting Donald Trump because Hillary Clinton “hates the country” and “wants to destroy it” and will make sure that every judicial nominee and member of her administration is “a hardcore, committed hater of the Constitution.”

Pratt told St. Louis radio host Marc Cox yesterday that Clinton sees Australia’s strict gun laws as “her model” (Clinton once said that one aspect of Australia’s gun regulations “would be worth considering”), to which Cox replied that Second Amendment views would be Clinton’s “litmus test” for Supreme Court nominees.

Pratt lamented that Republicans have sometimes made judicial nominations and other appointments based on personal ties rather than ideology. “They don’t make that mistake on the left,” he said. “If you’re not a hardcore, committed hater of the Constitution, basically seeking to quote ‘fundamentally transform America,’ you’re not going to have any place at their table.”

He added that despite his “reservations” about Trump, the alternative is somebody who “hates the country, wants to destroy it.”

Glenn Beck And The Burden Of Being God's Watchman

Glenn Beck spent the first hour of his radio broadcast today issuing yet another dire prophetic declaration that everything he has warned about for the last 10 years is now all coming true and that only his audience has been divinely prepared to save America.

Earlier this year, Beck declared that, for ten years, God had been preparing his audience to save America by electing Ted Cruz as president, but that obviously didn't pan out. So now he is claiming that his audience has been prepared to reclaim America if Donald Trump is elected president and becomes a strongman and a dictator.

Beck doesn't want to have to issue these sorts of warnings, he said, but he has been commanded by God to do so or will otherwise bear the responsibility for the death of millions.

"I can only do what I'm supposed to do, what I feel the Lord has commanded me to do and that is tell the truth," Beck said. "He has commanded me to do my own homework. He has commanded me to never compromise on what you truly believe ... As I started to say in 2004, privately at least, there is a warning in Ezekiel that in those days there will be a watchman on the tower and at the gates. That means all of us, in our own way, are watchmen on the gates, in your own life. And if you see trouble coming, you are supposed to warn the people and, if you don't, the blood of everyone who could have heard the warning and could have done something, that blood is on your hands."

"This audience is the only hope because you are the only audience that is truly been prepared for these things at this time," he declared. "You will be our republic's last line of defense. So what do I do? People are telling me, 'At least just shut up.' I can't. I can't. You condemn me if I continue to warn, but God condemns me if I fail to warn."

Bachmann: Obama Has 'Sanctioned' Violence Against Conservatives, White People

On Sunday, ex-Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke with Breitbart News about the protests outside of a Donald Trump campaign stop in Minneapolis, claiming that the protesters acted violently toward Trump supporters.

Bachmann argued that President Obama has “sanctioned” violence, as long as it protects the “people favorable to the Obama position, politically.” She insisted that the president is sending “a signal to Donald Trump supporters: Don’t attend Donald Trump events because you could be physically assaulted.”

Bachmann linked the Obama administration’s “lawlessness” to the incident in Minneapolis, claiming that Obama has effectively condoned violence against conservatives and white people, leaving “normal” people helpless in the face of anarchy:

The people who were doing the pounding, the spitting, the physical touching, the violence, nothing happened to them, there wasn’t an arrest. And part of that is because the Justice Department now has a new program in place for these major metropolitan areas and it’s called Disparate Impact, and what they’re saying is if blacks or Latinos are being arrested in greater numbers than whites, then that is considered an obvious sign of racism. It doesn’t matter if it is more blacks or Latinos who are lawless, cops are told you can’t arrest, you can’t book more minorities than you can whites.

So the cops essentially, at this point, are damned if they do, damned if they don’t. So what’s happening is that normal, happy America, minding their own business, are the ones who are being impacted and assaulted and there is nothing happening to the lawless. So we’re no longer able to be in a situation where we just go about our lives and mind our own business, now we have to practically be our own law enforcement because President Obama has prevented law enforcement from protecting us.



What we saw, this violence perpetrated against just normal people who were no threat, this act of lawless violence, in itself is an extension of the Obama administration. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, when secretary of state, they acted and continue to act in a manner that is lawless. They flaunt the law. The president took an oath to execute the laws faithfully in the United States. Not only does President Obama not execute the laws on the books, he makes up his own laws. In other words, he’s a lawless president and Hillary Clinton has been lawless as secretary of state. And now what we’re seeing on the streets of America is that violence apparently is acceptable if you are opposing a Republican or a conservative or even racially if you’re opposing someone.

Rep. Ted Poe: Clinton Wants African Americans On 'Government Dependence' So 'She'll Get Their Vote'

Donald Trump has started what he seems to think is outreach to African American voters by delivering a speech to “inner city” voters in a mostly white suburb of Milwaukee and repeatedly asking African American voters what they “have to lose” since they have “no health care, no education, no anything.”

One person applauding Trump’s efforts is Republican Rep. Ted Poe of Texas, who told San Antonio radio host Joe Pags on Saturday that Trump will make voters of color start “actually evaluating the difference” between the two parties, while Hillary Clinton just wants “to keep people more on government dependence because then she assumes she’ll get their vote.”

When Pags asked if Trump’s is the “right tactic” for reaching out to African American voters, Poe replied that it is.

“I believe that it is,” he said. “And he is exactly correct about that because of the facts that have come out, especially the last eight years, the number of people in the United States that are more and more dependent on the federal government. So I think that it will work, I really do believe that it will work and Democrats cannot just assume that minorities will vote for the Democrat Party this year because they’re actually evaluating the difference between the two. And Hillary Clinton does want to keep people more on government dependence because then she assumes she’ll get their vote.”

“And she can control them,” Pags added, claiming that Clinton is thinking “if I can keep you dependent on me, then I’m going to say, ‘Hey, remember, I gave you the food and I gave you that Section 8 and I gave you that free bike and that free phone, don’t forget us when you get to the polling place.’”

Frank Pavone: Legal Abortion 'Like Several Atomic Bombs Have Already Gone Off On Our Own Soil'

In an interview on a Catholic radio program earlier this month, Fr. Frank Pavone, the head of Priests for Life, made the case for Donald Trump to a skeptical listener by explaining that while Trump may have the potential to kill people as president—whether it be by deliberately murdering the family members of suspected terrorists or launching a nuclear war—such a fear should be outweighed by Hillary Clinton’s support for the “raging holocaust” of abortion.

A caller to the “The Drew Mariani Show” told Pavone that he wouldn’t vote for either Clinton or Trump in the presidential election, pointing to Clinton’s support for abortion rights and Trump’s “statements about going after families of suspected terrorists or known terrorists,” explaining that while he thought “protecting infants in the womb is probably the most important thing,” there are “other lives at stake, there’s other issues that do have to deal with life.”

Pavone said that he agreed that it was an important question, and that he’d approach it by first establishing that all “lives are of equal value,” then figuring out if he was fairly interpreting a statement from a candidate or if it had been skewed by the media, and then asking if the president actually has “the power to unilaterally do that or are there people around him that are going to rein him in or put boundaries on what he can do.” (Pavone made a similar argument while defending Trump at the National Right To Life Convention last month, saying we’re not “voting for a dictator.”)

Finally, Pavone said, you must compare the cost to human life that both candidates might cause. In this case, he said (without naming candidates), while Trump has indicated that he might kill innocent family members of suspected terrorists or might be quick to drop an atomic bomb, Clinton would definitely continue the “raging holocaust” of legal abortion, which is “like several atomic bombs have already gone off on our own soil”:

And then, of course, the final element of the analysis as far as I’m concerned is, are we talking about a potential destruction of the innocent or an actual destruction of the innocent and in what numbers? Right now, we have a raging holocaust going on, and it’s not ‘maybe’ and it’s not ‘potential’ and it’s not ‘maybe we’re going to kill these families’ or ‘maybe we’re going to drop an atomic bomb.’ It’s like several atomic bombs have already gone off on our own soil when it comes to just the sheer numbers. And so, with abortion we’re talking about an actual, daily killing of the innocent as opposed to something that maybe, if we’re analyzing properly what he said, could be a potential killing of the innocent.

Wayne Allyn Root Apparently Thinks White Middle Class Males Are The Slaves In Today's Society

Yesterday, Donald Trump-worshiping sycophant Wayne Allyn Root appeared on "Newsmax Prime" to promote his new book, "Angry White Male: How the Donald Trump Phenomenon is Changing America—and What We Can All Do to Save the Middle Class."

Root said that Democrats are intent on destroying white middle class males and that men like him therefore have every right to be outraged about it, just like blacks were angry when they were the victims of slavery and widespread institutional discrimination.

"We have a right to be angry," Root said. "Certainly today they don't say black people, when they were being persecuted, when they were enslaved, when they weren't allowed to vote, when there were poll taxes, when they were treated like second class citizens, when they were being hosed by policemen in the South, do people today say they had no right to complain and be angry?"

Today, Root said, it is white middle class males who are facing this sort of relentless persecution.

Democrats are "looking to destroy us with taxes, with spending, with regulations, with IRS audits, with Obamacare, with climate change, you name it, we're being attacked from every direction," Root fumed, saying that everything that white males like him believe in has been "under massive attack in the United States of America for the last 50 years, but particularly, the last eight years of Barack Obama."

Todd Starnes: Ole Miss Dumping 'Dixie' Like What ISIS Is Doing In Iraq

Last year, when the shooting at a black church in Charleston led state governments to debate removing Confederate flags and other symbols from state property, Fox News commentator Todd Starnes decried the “full-fledged cultural cleansing of the Southern states” and compared the effort to remove Confederate flags to the destruction wreaked by ISIS.

Now Starnes is up in arms again, this time over the University of Mississippi’s decision to stop playing the Confederate anthem “Dixie” at football games, warning in a column this weekend, “It would be foolish to think the progressive academic elites have concluded their quest to eradicate Southern culture and traditions.

Starnes fumed that “progressive liberals continue to bulldoze across the Southern states burning, torching and tearing down every vestige and cultural tradition of the Deep South much like General Sherman did during the Civil War.”

In an interview with St. Louis radio host Jamie Allman about the subject today, Starnes repeated the General Sherman point. “Look, the Islamic State’s doing that in Iraq right now,” he added. “Is that what we really want in our country?”

PFAW Statement & Interview Availability on Trump Latino Outreach

In response to Donald Trump’s new efforts to court Latino voters, People For the American Way (PFAW) Director of Latinos Vote! Lizet Ocampo issued the following statement:

Trump has spent the entirety of his campaign attempting to court voters by scapegoating and stereotyping Latinos and immigrants. He’s been more welcoming to White Nationalists than he has been to Latinos.

“Not only does Trump demonize, dehumanize and spread lies about Latino communities, the policies he and the Republican Party support go directly against the priorities of our communities. From opposing comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship; to standing against raising the federal minimum wage; to enacting tax breaks for the rich and powerful instead of everyday Americans and so much more, Trump and the Republicans stand squarely against Latino voters at every turn.”

Lizet Ocampo is available for interviews on Trump and the Republican Party’s anti-immigrant, anti-Latino stances, and Trump’s new efforts to try to gain support from Latino voters. To schedule an interview, please email media@pfaw.org.

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.

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The Trump Campaign Is Now The Latest Republican Direct Marketing Scam

Donald Trump’s July FEC report was released over the weekend, with his campaign reporting it raised $36,682,127— its best month so far.

But not so fast.

Of that total, $2,052,825 came from Trump himself and $14,507,531 was a transfer from his joint fundraising committee with the RNC. So in total Trump’s campaign raised $19.6 million from individual donors. And that money was costly.

Of the campaign’s $18.4 million in disbursements last month, more than $11.2 million—or about 61 percent—went to expenditures that can be tied to fundraising. This includes spending on online advertising, which is mostly used for donor acquisition, merchandise that the campaign sells in its online stores in exchange for contributions, merchant processing fees charged for all credit card transactions, and expenditures explicitly labeled as fundraising.

With this mind,  the Trump campaign likely spent nearly 57 percent of its contributions from individuals not named Trump attempting to raise more money. Even if you look at these numbers in the most positive light for the campaign, it would have spent 50 percent of its expenditures on fundraising. This is a figure that would strike fear in the heart of any normal campaign.

Think about it this way: In July, the campaign spent the equivalent of more than 70 percent of the individual contributions it collected on the three categories of hotels, airfare and fundraising expenditures. That’s before paying a single staff member, renting a room for a rally or buying a single TV ad.

While there certainly have been Republican presidential primary candidates who have performed worse and scam PACS are still far too common, Trump’s performance at this stage of the race is shocking.

Donor acquisition is expensive and difficult, with the first gift often being the costliest one for campaigns and organizations to reel in. But at this point in the cycle, a general election campaign should at worst be reaping the rewards of this initial work. Adding in the enormous quantity of free media driving donors to Trump’s website, and Hillary Clinton’s for that matter, the campaign should not be spending this much on fundraising.

At best, it suggests poor planning and a scattershot campaign. At worst, it suggests consultants are raking in huge profits on the backs of donors while a candidate looks the other way.

Mat Staver: Only The 'Brainwashed' Think Obergefell Is The Law Of The Land

Speaking to a Pennsylvania anti-abortion group in April, Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver compared marriage equality foes to anti-Nazi dissidents, Martin Luther King Jr. and various biblical figures, declaring that it was time to decide whether to “obey God” or “obey man” on the issue. Those who think that the Supreme Court’s decision striking down marriage equality bans is “the law of the land,” he said, have been “brainwashed.”

“We are coming to a place, ladies and gentlemen, where we have to make a decision,” said Staver, who represented Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in her war against the Supreme Court’s marriage quality ruling. “Where we have to make a decision like Dietrich Bonhoeffer made a decision, like Martin Niemoller made a decision. We are coming to the position where we are in the same place that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had to make a decision, where the founders of this country had to make a decision that we will either obey God or we will obey man. And when those two directly, inherently, irrevocably collide with one another. We are in a position like Daniel in the lions’ den, like the three Hebrews that would not bow down, like Esther, who put her life on the line and engaged in civil resistance against the most powerful king on the planet. We are coming to that moment in time.”

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell, he said, was “a lawless opinion.”

“When are we going to stop playing charades and pretend that whatever those five people say, whoever they might be, whatever they say, no matter how devoid of the Constitution it may be, that it becomes the law of the land?” he asked. “It doesn’t! If that’s your belief system, if you have gotten so brainwashed to think that whatever those five people in Washington, D.C., say, we now have to march to it like toy soldiers because if they say so, irrespective of the fact that they have no authority under the Constitution to do it, then you would support Dred Scott, you would support Buck v. Bell, because those decisions came down from the United States Supreme Court as well.”

In the case of Dred Scott, he reminded the audience, “we had to fight a civil war to overturn that nonsense.”

In the same speech, Staver warned that God would judge America because legal abortion means “we are doing the same thing” as ISIS.

Steve King: Gitmo Prisoners Held In What 'Could Be A Resort Area'

Rep. Steve King, Republican of Iowa, objected last week to the Obama administration’s most recent transfer of 15 detainees who had been held in the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, telling a local news station that Guantanamo is “a very humane establishment” that is in what “could be a resort area.”

“They have air conditioned rooms in a Caribbean island,” he said of the prisoners, most of whom have been held for years without facing charges, “I mean that would make a terrific resort area there, they set the temperature at 75 degrees because that’s their cultural temperature, they get the choice of three different choices of a meal three times a day, so they’re looking at nine halal means that they get to pick from. I mean, everything is handled very, very humanely down there.”

When Siouxland News asked King what he would do to solve the problem of Guantanamo, King repeated his praises of the facility’s amenities and said that it “would not be being inhumane” to keep prisoners there for life without trial.

“If they killed Americans and in violation of international law, then under international law, we’re treating them better than the most severe punishment that we could deliver to them,” he said. “If you’re in violation of international law, then the penalty for that is execution. So if we keep them in a Caribbean resort area—it could be a resort area, but if we keep them in a Caribbean resort climate with 75 degrees and halal meals and everything handled respectfully, as it absolutely is now, and they stayed there for life, that would not be being inhumane, that would be being human towards the lives of the people they would kill if we turned them loose.“

A New Regnerus? Anti-Equality Groups Promote New Study on Sexual Orientation and Gender

Anti-equality organizations are enthusiastically promoting a new study on sexual orientation and gender, hoping it will be new culture war ammunition.

The study by Dr. Lawrence Mayer and Dr. Paul McHugh appears in “The New Atlantis,” a journal co-published by the right-wing Ethics and Public Policy Center and the Center for the Study of Technology and Science, which shares an address with EPPC. The New Atlantis is not a peer-reviewed journal, and has critiqued peer review, widely considered the gold standard in scientific publishing.

Among the authors’ contentions are that the belief that sexual orientation and gender identity are innate or fixed properties is “not supported by scientific evidence.” The study also says that the stress of social stigma is not a sufficient explanation for higher rates of mental health and substance abuse problems in LGBT communities.

In his preface, co-author Mayer dedicates his work to the LGBT community, “which bears a disproportionate rate of mental health problems compared the population as a whole,” and to “scholars doing impartial research on topics of public controversy.” He declares himself a supporter of equality and opponent of anti-LGBT discrimination.

Mayer says that McHugh initially approached him to review a monograph he had written and the project expanded from there. The prominent but controversial McHugh is a Catholic in his mid-80s who has described himself as “religiously orthodox, politically liberal, and culturally conservative – a believer in marriage and the Marines, a supporter of institutions and family values.” The new study builds on a body of work that dismisses the notion of transgender identity. TransAdvocate and others challenged McHugh’s “selective reading of transgender medical literature” two years ago, and ThinkProgress critiqued his work in 2015.

Brian Brown at the National Organization for Marriage can hardly contain his excitement about the new study, writing in a letter to supporters, “The importance of this new study cannot be overstated.” He urges people to “help spread the word” to “make sure that this groundbreaking research gains the wide hearing it deserves despite what will surely be a concerted effort by the media to bury its findings.”

Also participating in the roll-out is the Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson, one of the most prominent opponents of marriage equality. Anderson says the study’s findings undermine the Obama administration’s requirement that schools accommodate transgender children as well as the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling.

Anderson has written a book and spoken widely about how the anti-equality movement should reject and resist the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling.  Anderson has urged the anti-equality movement to conduct new research (citing  the widely discredited Mark Regnerus study on “family structures”) to create “new insights” that future Supreme Court justices could use as justification for overturning Obergefell.

 

Mat Staver: Legal Abortion Means 'We Are Doing The Same Thing' As ISIS

In a speech to a Pennsylvania anti-abortion group earlier this year, Liberty Counsel chairman Mat Staver compared legal abortion in the U.S. to the atrocities of ISIS, declaring that “God cannot continue to allow this country to exist” if legal abortion continues.

Staver, speaking at an April event hosted by the New Castle, Pennsylvania, chapter of People Concerned for the Unborn Child, spoke of a display at his group’s recent Awakening conference detailing some of the atrocities committed by ISIS, especially against Christians.

“But you know, as much as we cry at that kind of brutality, and certainly should,” he said, “we are doing the same thing under the rubric of ‘choice,’ under the idea that this is the rule of law and the people up there in Washington, D.C., seven in '73 and five in '92, said ‘the Constitution says so.’ Because we’re decapitating children, we’re breaking off their arms and legs, we’re brutalizing them in the same way that these larger people are being brutalized by ISIS.”

“Now, we want to go in and bomb those countries, right?” he asked. “We want to go in and take ‘em out to stop that brutality. In fact, there’s even people there that have given videos, ‘Please, bomb us so that we don’t have to continue’—these are people who are under the control of ISIS, they’re asking for us to bomb them to get them out of their misery, to kill everyone, to stop the carnage. But that’s happening in this country, and we drive by those places where our children are being brutalized in the same way.”

God, he said, won’t “overlook this kind of sin” and “will ultimately reap judgment on this country if we do not individually, as a church, and corporately repent of our sin and turn from our wicked ways.”

“God cannot continue to allow this country to exist under those kinds of circumstances,” he added. “He cannot bless America under those kinds of circumstances. I want God’s blessing on this country, but he cannot bless this country when we’re going down this path of destruction of the people who are created in his very image.”

Jim Bakker: Atomic Strike 'Wouldn't Do Any More Damage That What Abortion Has Done'

Last week, televangelist Jim Bakker declared that legal abortion is a sign that we are in the Last Days, expressing shock that anyone would favor abortion rights.

“People are literally, it’s a big thing in the news right now, they’re having nervous breakdowns over the political campaign,” he said, “because there’s people who feel so strongly on both sides. Isn’t it amazing, people are so strong that they want to kill babies, that they’re fighting for the right to kill babies?”

He added: “If an atomic bomb had dropped on America, it wouldn’t do any more damage than what abortion has done.”

Michael Brown Has A Simple Solution To The Transgender Bathroom Controversy

On the latest "Truths That Transform" episode from D. James Kennedy Ministries, host Frank Wright interviewed anti-LGBT activist Michael Brown about the controversy over allowing transgender individuals to use the facilities that match the gender with which they identify.

Brown had a very simple solution to the controversy: Transgender people should just "dress in accordance with [their] biological gender" when they are out in public in case they might have to use a restroom.

Wright said that it is entirely reasonable to require transgender people to use facilities that match the gender they were assigned at birth rather than the one with which they currently identify and Brown completely agreed.

"You cannot turn society upside down to help those who struggle, even if it is a genuine handicap," Brown stated. "For example, if people can only drive 20 miles an hour, that's the fastest they're capable of driving, they have to stay off the highway. It's an inconvenience but it hurts everybody else and it causes traffic jams and potential accidents. So if a man says, 'Well, I dress like a woman, what do I do when I need to use the bathroom somewhere?,' that's a real difficulty, that's a real problem but it's not one that you can now put on society as a whole."

"These are ultimately choices people make," he said, "and if it's a matter of going to the bathroom; if you're in public and you're going to have a deal with a bathroom, if you have to dress in accordance with your biological gender, that's the sacrifice you'll have to make, you can't put the sacrifice on everyone else."

Michele Bachmann: Donald Trump's New End Times Foreign Policy Adviser

Michele Bachmann, who earlier this summer joined Donald Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board, said in an interview with Minnesota Public Radio last week that she is now advising Trump on foreign affairs:

Before the event, former Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said she has been advising Trump on foreign policy and issues of concern to Christian conservatives. She said Trump is right to call for more restrictive immigration policies.

“He also recognizes there is a threat around the world, not just here in Minnesota, of radical Islam,” she said. “I wish our President Obama also understood the threat of radical Islam and took it seriously.”

As we’ve noted, Bachmann believes the September 11 attacks represented God’s judgment on America; President Obama and gay rights advocates are bringing about the End Times; homosexuality is “personal enslavement” and “part of Satan”; gay people want to change laws “so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually”; and Obamacare death panels will literally kill people any day now.

Her foreign policy ideas are driven by her belief that the Last Days have arrived.

While Trump frequently rails against “globalism,” the former Minnesota congresswoman goes one step further in warning that a one-world government is emerging that will usher in the reign of the Antichrist , wondering if Obama fits the description.

Obama, she says, has brought upon the End Times by supposedly promoting policies that are “pro-the goals of Islamic jihad,” aiding ISIS, “sending arms to terrorists” and lifting “up the agenda of radical Islam.”

While Trump isn’t exactly one to talk about eschatology, it is no wonder that the candidate who thinks Obama founded ISIS and secretly supports terrorism is turning to Bachmann for foreign policy advice.

Janet Porter: God Will Hold You Accountable For Not Voting For Trump

Today, radical right-wing activist Janet Porter released a video explaining why she will be voting for Donald Trump and warning Christians that they will be held accountable by God if the refuse to do likewise.

Praising Trump for his promises to appoint anti-choice judges, allow churches to directly support candidates without losing their tax-exempt status and make sure that everyone in America says "Merry Christmas," Porter declared that the basic choice in this election is between "life or death for millions."

"God actually told us not to sit [out the election] when He gave us His voter guide in Deuteronomy," she said. "He said, 'Choose life that you and your descendants may live.' You might feel good about yourself sitting out this election, but I can assure you unborn babies won't. The main choice set before us is life or death for millions."

Porter then cited anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer's famous "not to speak is to speak" quote, which she conveniently updated by adding "not to vote it to vote."

Porter will be voting for Trump, she concluded, "because the alternative is unthinkable."

Hillary Health Trutherism, Misogyny, And The Media

Conservatives sure are worried about Hillary Clinton’s health. Not that they are actually concerned with her well-being. Instead, they have created a new blend of trutherism that uses exaggerations and even outright forgeries to construct a false narrative that a medical disorder disqualifies Clinton from the presidency.

Eight years ago, the fever swamps of the far-right were obsessed with proving that Barack Obama was constitutionally ineligible to be president because he was born in Kenya. Based on racism, birtherism was designed to depict Obama as not fully American. Proselytizers of this lie were far too often granted a platform by the media, sometimes lending undeserved credibility to their claims.

At the time, Republican nominee John McCain refused to engage in these bigoted attacks and actively dissuaded his supporters from doing so. The same cannot be said for Donald Trump. His birtherism helped elevate him from reality TV star to presidential contender and now he is actively engaged in promoting this new lie about Clinton’s health.  

In an interview this week, Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson  diagnosed Clinton as suffering from “dysphasia.” Trump himself has declared that Clinton “doesn’t have that strength and stamina” to be president. The Trump campaign has been joined in this smear by its partners at Breitbart.com, Sean Hannity’s radio and television programs, and the birthers at World Net Daily.

On Fox News Sunday Trump surrogate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani claimed one of the reasons Hillary Clinton leads in national and state polls is because the media refuses to cover conservative conspiracies about her health.

Like the birthers of the Obama era, Hillary health truthers base their accusations on a convoluted mix of conspiracy theories, exaggerations and outright lies that forces believers to willfully ignore any evidence to the contrary while twisting themselves into logical pretzels.

Ignoring the standard physician's letter that Clinton’s campaign, like most presidential campaigns, has released, they are convinced that the candidate making a joke about rapid-fire questions from reporters in a Washington, D.C., coffee shop in June is evidence that she had a seizure. (Oddly, these truthers must believe that journalists next to Clinton reacted to her apparent seizure by laughing). They also point to a single picture of Clinton slipping on icy stairs as proof of her poor health, while there are literally hundreds of pictures in existence of her climbing steps unaided. The Drudge Report splashed across the top of its page a link to a conservative blog pointing to the fact that a pillow is often found on the seats upon which Hillary Clinton sits, because apparently desiring lumbar support is somehow evidence of a major medical malady. (Unlike Trump, her physician has not declared that she “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”)  

Hillary health truthers have also released fake letters, fake medical records claiming to be from Clinton’s doctor and even a fake MRI.

Just as racism drove birtherism, health trutherism is undoubtedly driven by misogyny. There is an extensive history of demeaning women by calling them “crazy,” not to mention undercutting their ability to serve in positions of prominence and power.

Accusing the first female presidential nominee of a major political party of being brain damaged is simply an attempt to use fake medicine and outright lies to elevate this sexist trope into the mainstream political discourse.

Pushers of these theories will feign offense at these accusations. How dare they be accused of sexism, they will complain, when they’re not saying that Hillary is crazy, just brain damaged. They’re just asking questions. They will say that these queries simply come from concern about the health of the future president. Nonsense. 

Hillary health truthers see this as an open opportunity to claim that the potential first female president of the United States is unfit for the job. And as in the case of birtherism, there will be no evidence presented to the contrary that will satisfy those spreading these falsehoods. They will either deny the proof at hand or move the goalposts as they invent new conspiracies.

The media has been put in a bind by these stories. Because the accusations are emerging from the Trump campaign itself, not covering them is nearly impossible. Yet even coverage that debunks this health trutherism also helps to spread it. In that way, even well-meaning reporters providing factual information— even, I admit, this piece— have the potential to give legs to these lies. Once again, the Trump campaign has successfully hacked the media.

The only appropriate response is to repeatedly, consistently and without hesitation call out not only these lies but also the misogyny that undergirds them.

Lance Wallnau: Trump's Wall 'Isn't About Mexico,' It's About Biblical Prophecy

Seven Mountains dominionism advocate Lance Wallnau has been one of t he most creative defenders of Donald Trump on the Religious Right, explaining that Trump has an “anointing” from God similar to that of King Cyrus, whom God used despite the fact that he was not a believer.

Wallnau continued explaining his spiritual defense of Trump in two recent podcasts with Charisma magazine founder Steve Strang, explaining that Trump has an “unappreciated prophetic gifting” and that the candidate’s calls to build a border wall are not about the border at all but about instigating a revival among American Christians.

Wallnau recalled that Cyrus issued a decree that “opened a gate in heaven” and led the way for spiritual revival in Jerusalem.

“He opened a gate, Stephen,” Wallnau said, “he opened a gate in heaven with proclamation so that all the prophecies and prayers that were stored up for Jerusalem could suddenly begin to be manifested, beginning with the House of God getting revived and continuing on through Darius and to Artaxerxes until Nehemiah, on the basis of Cyrus’ decree, petitioned to build the wall.”

“And then I started looking at, my gosh, there’s more prophetic dialogue on Trump than Christians realize,” he continued. “This whole thing about building a wall isn’t about Mexico, it’s about in the Bible, from my perspective, Nehemiah’s project was to restore the boundaries around that which had collapsed where God’s people were concerned.

“I think that in the Bible, building a wall has to do with like Proverbs 25, ‘a man without self-control is like a city without walls,’ it’s broken down. Our fiscal situation is broken down, our race relations are broken down, our definitions of sexuality and gender are broken down. I believe that if Trump is allowed to be president, there will be a release of that stored up potential that we’ve been praying, fasting and prophesying into for the past 20 years for revival in America.”

Wallnau went on to describe to Strang how “if God can anoint a secular individual, then they are operating in a sense with God’s wisdom and guidance on them.”

Trump, he said, “has a remarkable and uncelebrated, I think, or perhaps I should say unappreciated prophetic gifting.”

He recalled how Trump told conservative religious leaders at a recent meeting in New York that “leadership is about seeing the future,” something that he said Trump had demonstrated with his predictions about radical Islam, the national debt, the inner cities, terrorism in Belgium and the fact that “he saw the Brexit before it happened.”

Liberals say that Trump’s rhetoric is “dark and dystopian,” he said, but “in fact, he’s merely describing, like a Churchillian gift, what is on the horizon.”

Alveda King: Where Are The Lawyers For Embryos And Fetuses?

Last week, Alveda King spoke with televangelist Jim Bakker about everything from terrorist population schemes to how Hillary Clinton will “usher in the Antichrist,” often returning to the subject of abortion.

After Bakker declared that “the devil loves abortion” and lamented that “the modern woman says ‘I can kill my baby if I want to,’” King asked, “Where is the lawyer for the baby?”

Where is the lawyer for the baby? A woman has a right to choose what she does with her body, where is the lawyer for the baby? I ask mothers all the time, I said, ‘Okay, we’ll give you the right. You don’t want to carry that baby for nine months, just don’t kill the baby. Figure it out. If you can figure out how not to kill the baby and not birth the baby then we can have another discussion. And there is no answer to that. Nine months is not a long time. So we have to know that the baby is a person.

King, an anti-choice activist and Fox News contributor, urged viewers to reflect on the importance of the Supreme Court, saying that future appointees “must be justices who fear God, who understand that God is not mocked.”

“We’re dealing with emotions in a woman, ‘I don’t feel like carrying a baby for nine months, da da da.’ Well, it’s not always about what we feel, it’s about what’s right,” she said.

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