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For Glenn Beck, Everything Seems Like A Conspiracy When You Can't Do Basic Research

On today's radio program, Glenn Beck and his cohost Pat Gray alleged that there was some sort of conspiracy afoot to scrub the internet of evidence of White House press secretary Josh Earnest admitting that stronger background checks would not have prevented this week's terrorist shooting in San Bernardino, California.

Asked by ABC News' Jonathan Karl whether there is any evidence that expanded background checks would have prevented the attack, Earnest stated that, "In this instance, of course not."

Beck wanted to play audio of that exchange on his program today but Gray was unable to locate it ... which naturally can only mean that there some White House cover-up at work.

"It's interesting," Gray said, "because there's no, I can't find a single piece of audio on that. It's all printed. And every time this guy says something this butt stupid, that's the case. I don't know if they scrub the internet of the audio, of the video, because every White House press conference is recorded, right? They're all recorded."

"And yet you can't get any audio of that," Beck responded. "That's really [interesting]."

If there was a single person on Beck's team who was capable of doing five minutes of basic research, they could have found this crucial piece of audio in the video of the press briefing posted on the White House's YouTube page:

Note to Beck and friends: your inability to do basic research is not evidence of a massive cover-up.

UPDATE: Later in the radio broadcast, Gray did manage to track down and play this piece of audio. We had not yet listened to that part of the broadcast at the time that this post was written. That doesn't, of course, change the fact that Beck and Gray both initially blamed a cover-up for their own inability to find it. 

Louie Gohmert: Obama Importing Terrorists To Justify Gun Control Laws

Yesterday, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, claimed that the Obama administration has “let loose” criminals and brought “massive” numbers of “violent terrorists” into the U.S. so that the president can eventually tell people to “give up your Second Amendment rights because I let all these terrorists in.”

Gohmert unveiled the elaborate plot while guest-hosting “Washington Watch,” the Family Research Council’s radio show.

Following an interview with a pastor who claimed that the Antichrist revealed in the Bible may be the same person as the Mahdi of Shia Islam, Gohmert connected gun violence in the U.S. to issues like immigration and refugee resettlement.

He insisted that the White House is spreading criminals and terrorists around the country in order to justify implementing new gun laws and undermining the Second Amendment, claiming that two-thirds of all Muslims believe that Sharia law should trump the U.S. Constitution:

The places in the country where there’s so much death from guns are places that have very strong gun control, so it’s rather ironic that we have a president and Hillary Clinton, a wannabe president, who's telling us after they have allowed so many people to come into this country as refugees; we know just this year there were at least a dozen people who came in, were brought into this country as refugees, most of them given citizenship and then they have been charged this year, some have been charged, some have been convicted already, of being terrorists. So the president has an open, porous border, people are pouring across and we know that some violent people have come in across our southern border. They come in, every week we read of new violent crimes, murders, rapes, obviously the vast majority don’t do that, but when you have a porous border, you get people who are criminals.

Then we learned again this week that it may be 179,000 or so that we know of who are illegally in the country, have been picked up by the administration but have been let loose on the interior of our country. You know the name Caitlin [sic] who was killed out in San Francisco by an illegal alien, a criminal illegal alien, and fortunately every alien that’s here illegally is not committing felonies but there are those who are.

So the president has presided over hundreds of thousands, millions really, being in the country illegally, at least 179,000 that, as I understand it, they have detained previously but have let loose on the country who have committed crimes, including murder, rape, robbery. And with all of those people that are coming into the country, some of whom are violent criminals, coming into our interior, some of them are actually picked up by Homeland Security and shipped all over our country, no matter whether they’re sick or not, I’ve seen them shipped out while they’re sick, but they’re shipped all over the country, not knowing for sure whether they’re violent criminals or not. So then we have people in the country that should never have been allowed in the country.

Refugees that have been allowed in the country, some of whom are violent terrorists, and they’ve been let in the country, and then when they do some act of violence, we’re told, and I know they haven’t said these words but basically by the position the administration is taking, they’re saying, ‘Yep, we’ve let all of these terrorists, these criminals come into the middle of our country, so all of you law-abiding citizens are going to have to give up your Second Amendment rights because I’ve let all these terrorists in; we can’t let terrorists go in and buy guns so we need to be really restrictive.’ So law-abiding citizens are going to have to give up a big portion of their Second Amendment rights because we’ve allowed all of these terrorists to be in our country without doing anything to remove them. Yes they’ve removed some, but there’s a massive number they haven’t.

As members of Congress, we are supposed to, we take an oath and we are supposed to be defensive against all enemies foreign and domestic. The president is. We owe an oath to the Constitution. Then we see reports that some folks, maybe two-thirds of people who believe in Allah, actually would like to see Sharia law take over the place of our Constitution. You cannot be an American citizen and believe Sharia law should supplant our Constitution.

Focus On The Family Scrubs Safety Information From Pamphlet On Abortion Medication

In the face of an outcry from anti-abortion activists, the conservative group Focus on the Family has scrubbed a pamphlet that it distributed at anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers of information on how to avoid medical complications when obtaining a medical abortion.

The pamphlet, written by a doctor who opposes abortion rights, included a note from the author urging women not to choose abortion because “an incredibly special and completely unique person is growing inside of every pregnant woman.” But what provoked the ire of anti-abortion activists was the fact that it included safety information for women who might choose to take the "abortion pill."

Although the pamphlet has been available since last year, it recently began making the rounds among anti-choice bloggers and activists, who were appalled that Focus would dare to instruct women on how to correctly take abortion medication in order to avoid injury. 

A dismayed J.D. Hall wrote on his Pulpit & Pen blog: “In no uncertain terms, the Focus on the Family literature gives advice on how to use the abortion pill safely.” He added: “Providing advice on how to safely and healthily receive an abortion, should that be the ‘option’ the woman chooses, is deplorable for a Christian publication.”

Jeremy Lundmark of the website Theology Mix was equally outraged: “If abortion is the taking of human life in the womb, and it is, then this booklet encouraged and aided women in murdering their children. In the process, it magnified the perpetrator over the victim. In what universe is it sensible to provide safety tips to help murderers murder?”

The anti-choice group Live Action also took issue with the pamphlet, asking, “Why does this sound more like a ‘how to get an abortion’ guide than pro-life educational material?”

In a statement in response to the criticism, Focus noted that the pamphlet was meant to be used at crisis pregnancy centers by counselors attempting to prevent women from choosing abortion, but assured its critics that it would be revising the pamphlet to make its opposition to abortion more “clear.”

Sure enough, the pamphlet now available on Focus on the Family’s website differs in some important ways from the version that upset the “pro-life” blogosphere, which can still be found through the Internet Archive.

The section of the pamphlet that most outraged “pro-life” activists was this selection of “safety tips” for women taking the abortion pill, which Focus has since removed. (Pulpit & Pen's Hall noted, however, that it was a “clever strategy” that the pamphlet brought up the threat of ectopic pregnancy in order to encourage women to seek ultrasounds.)

The pamphlet has also been revised to exaggerate the threat of medication abortion. The previous version included this list of possible side effects:

The new version paints a much more dire picture:

Also removed from the pamphlet is this explanation that eight women have died after taking the medication incorrectly, while it has been safe for those who have taken it correctly:

Focus also removed this checklist of “things to ask your doctor” (which already included problematic requirements like demanding that a doctor have unnecessary “admitting privileges”):

The old version of the pamphlet also included a relatively straightforward explanation of what an ectopic pregnancy is, complete with a graphic. All of this safety information has been jettisoned in favor of a barebones list of things that make “a medical abortion even less safe”:

Alex McFarland Says God Didn't Prevent California Shooting Because Of Abortion And Gay Marriage

Right-wing Christian apologist Alex McFarland was on Dove TV's "Focus Today" program yesterday to discuss the terrorist shooting in San Bernardino, California, earlier this week, which he blamed on abortion and gay marriage.

"People are saying, 'Why didn't God prevent this?'" McFarland stated, "Look, we've for 45 years told God to leave us alone. Fifty-seven to sixty million babies aborted, now our Supreme Court has deviated from natural law to case law and we've redefined marriage ... God forgive us for the murder of the unborn, God forgive us for kicking prayer out of public schools, God forgive us for making sodomy mainstream and redefining marriage."

"The greatest sin of all is abortion in our nation," he continued, "and the judgment of God only escalate until we turn to the Lord."

Later, McFarland declared that President Obama supposedly refuses to fight radical Islam because he is secretly a Muslim.

"In my heart, I'm going to be honest with you, I suspect he is a Muslim," McFarland said. "I really do."

Don Feder: We Need 'Islam Control' Not Gun Control

Conservative media consultant Don Feder, who among his projects serves as a spokesman for the World Congress of Families, wrote on his GrasstopsUSA website today that instead of calling for tighter gun laws in response to the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, President Obama should have “called for bi-partisan Islam control.”

This “Islam control,” Feder writes, would include banning Syrian refugees from the U.S., accepting only Christian refugees in the future, requiring the FBI to “stake out every mosque in the country” and demanding that every national security official be personally approved by John Bolton, Dick Cheney and anti-Muslim activist Frank Gaffney:

Instead of targeting gun owners, try to imagine Obama saying that San Bernardino shows the need for "bi-partisan support for Muslim control." After it stopped foaming at the mouth, the Committee on American Islamic Relations would have called it racist and paranoid, and not at all nice. The suggestion would have been condemned by every Democratic presidential candidate. And the Norwegian Nobel Committee would have taken back Obama's Peace Prize.

How would Islam control work?

• The administration would cancel plans to bring 85,000 Syrian refugees to America, in the calendar year that began on October 1, including many jihadi sleepers.

• Potential refugees would have to pass a religious test (Christians yes, Muslims, no) which Obama recently condemned as "un-American."

• The FBI would stake out every mosque in the country. According to a random survey of 100 U.S. mosques, undertaken by the Mapping Sharia In America Project, three in four either had imams who preached holy war or jihadist literature on the site.

• National Security officials would be screened by a panel composed of former UN Ambassador John Bolton, former Vice President Dick Cheney and Frank Gaffney, head of the Center for Security Policy. Then we wouldn't end up with the politically lobotomized, like Obama's ISIS Czar Robert Malley, who in a 2010 documentary suggested that Hamas was basically the Palestinian equivalent of the Salvation Army.

Feder also gloats that he knew immediately that the perpetrators of the San Bernardino shooting were Muslim because of the U.S. mass shootings with multiple gunmen in the last 15 years, only two have been “committed by non-Muslims.” He doesn’t mention that there have been only three such incidents in that time period.

How did I know San Bernardino was another episode of the Wonderful World of Jihad when only the bare facts were known? Because it had the earmarks. Guess how many mass shootings in the United States in the last 15 years involving more than one gunman were committed by non-Muslims? Exactly two — including Columbine.

Ted Nugent: Time To 'Cleanse This Country' Of Liberals Who Want Everyone 'Bending Over And Taking It In The Ass'

Today on “The Alex Jones Show,” NRA board member Ted Nugent blamed the country’s current political environment on teachers who didn’t show their students the movie “Old Yeller.”

“I don’t care why he’s foaming at the mouth, I don’t care how he got rabies, he’s rabid, get rid of the damn dog,” he said. “When Old Yeller brings us slippers, give him a biscuit; when he foams at the mouth, you shoot him between the eyes. Any questions? You got to do it. America, you got to cleanse this country. No, I’m not talking about shooting anybody. I’m talking about dealing with an outrageous condition that is painful and traumatic and frustrating, but if you don’t face the beast, you’re dead, and that’s what’s going on.”

He continued: “I don’t really care why Barack Obama is the enemy of America. I don’t really care why Nancy Pelosi is a braindead, vicious freak. I don’t care how Sheila Jackson Lee is allowed to stay in power.”

“Or why Harry Reid is a piece of crap,” host Alex Jones interjected.

Nugent went on to claim that liberal Democrats are “subhuman freaks,” while Jones wondered how America “could be ruled by such gibbering weirdos.” “If I didn’t laugh I’d probably throw up blood, it’s so insane,” Nugent said.

Nugent concluded that liberals want everyone “bending over and taking it in the ass,” and can only be thwarted by great leaders like Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, Jones hoped that the establishment would eventually realize that Obama is “trying to set up a caliphate” and “overthrowing this country”: “Do they really want to put bags on our women’s heads?”

Michael Savage: Laquan McDonald Video Meant To Distract From Obama's Foreign Policy

Conservative radio host Michael Savage knows the real reason why Chicago officials took more than a year to release video of the shooting of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by a police officer who was later charged with first-degree murder.

According to Savage, President Obama personally ordered the release of the video in order to spark riots that would distract the public from his foreign policy failures. After expressing sympathy with cops who wish they could “smash” the “street thugs” who get in their face, Savage moved on to his latest conspiracy theory.

“Why was it released right now?” Savage asked. “I know why it was released just now. I’ll tell you point blank. Why was it released now? Because Obama’s the biggest flop in the history of foreign policy, the biggest failure in the history of foreign policy and so release the tape and now have some riots in the streets. He studied at the foot of [Saul] Alinsky and did pretty good.”

Savage also warned that Obama plans to bring in over 600,000 Syrian refugees, saying that the “deranged” president is just fulfilling his “promise to America.”

“Did you think he would transform it from a predominant Christian nation into a Muslim nation?” he asked.

Michigan Republicans Urge State To Ignore 'Illegitimate' Marriage Equality Ruling

A Michigan lawmaker is introducing a resolution urging state officials to ignore the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision, calling the decision “illegitimate” and urging officials to “re-claim this state’s sovereignty by not recognizing or enforcing.”

MLive.com reports:

State Rep. Tom Hooker, R-Byron Center, read his pending resolution out loud Wednesday during a "rally to protect religious people and stop persecution of religious people" outside the Michigan Capitol.

"The Supreme Court is not a Legislature," Hooker said. "Courts do not substitute their social and economic beliefs for the judgement of legislative bodies or elected and passed laws."
The rally, organized by a Christian non-profit called Salt & Light Global, drew a couple hundred people to Lansing.

Other speakers included Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, who is expected to introduce a similar resolution in the upper chamber, and Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, who told the crowd that he will co-sponsor Hooker's version in the House.

Hooker’s resolution reads, in part:

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Michigan Legislature that the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is illegitimate because the five justice majority, in reaching its decision, acted without constitutional authority and unconstitutionally usurped power expressly reserved by the United States Constitution to the states and the people; and be it further

Resolved, That under these circumstances, it is the duty of the politically accountable branches of the federal and state governments to preserve and protect constitutional governance under the rule of law; and be it further

Resolved, That we urge the Governor and all executive officers in the state of Michigan to uphold their oaths of office and re-claim this state’s sovereignty by not recognizing or enforcing the United States Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision as a rule of law …

Speaking at the “religious liberty” rally outside the state capitol, Colbeck, who plans to sponsor a Senate version of the bill, compared the position of Christians in America to that of people persecuted by ISIS.

Sarah Palin's Plan To Defeat ISIS: Stop 'Embracing' Radical Islamists And Stop Them!

Today on “The 700 Club,” host Wendy Griffith asked Sarah Palin the question we’ve all been begging her to answer: “What would you do to defeat ISIS?”

Naturally, Palin responded with a very substantive and shrewd plan to defeat the terrorist group.

“You have to quit being this namby-pamby, kind of milquetoast, ‘let’s discuss things with them, let’s reach out and try to understand them,’ no, they’re the enemy, they’re evil,” she declared.

When Griffith asked Palin if she agreed with Hillary Clinton’s assertion that “we are not at war with Islam,” Palin, unsurprisingly, did not.

“It’s so naïve,” the former GOP vice presidential candidate responded, “it’s a scary kind of naïve that anyone would believe that radical Islamic movement, jihad, that it could be understood, leading to some kind of embracing of it, no, we have to be honest about it, it has to be stopped.”

David Lane Teams Up With Washington Times To Promote 'Lordship' Of Jesus

We’ve written before that the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody acts as a virtual publicity agent for Christian-nation political strategist David Lane, rewarding exclusive access to Lane’s American Renewal Project's political gatherings with fawning coverage. Now Brody is promoting another Lane project, “Jesus in the Public Square,” undertaken with the right-wing Washington Times newspaper.

“Today’s secular driven society seems intent on erasing the rich Christian history and influence in our country,” reports CBN, setting Lane up to make his oft-repeated claim that America was founded by and for Christians. The project began, Lane says, with a trip to a Washington, D.C., bookstore:

"You couldn't find a Christian book with a flashlight. And it hit me again, isn't this awful? A nation founded by people on a religious mission, The Mayflower Compact, for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith, and in the nation's capital and you can't find a book or Jesus anywhere," Lane remarked.

"If the Lord does it, we're going to put Jesus right in the middle of the table in Washington, D.C. He will defend himself," Lane continued.

It’s often said the Lord works in mysterious ways, in this case through the Washington Times, whose management created a "Jesus in the Public Square" section for the newspaper’s website, which includes a daily “5 religion stories worth your time” feature. Brody reports that “biblical economics” is a popular topic.

The section is overseen by Scott Lamb of Reformation Press, whose thinking seems to be clearly in line with dominionists like Lane:

“Jesus in the Public Square at The Washington Times hopes to talk about and dialogue with people to show them that Jesus Christ and his lordship is a universal theme and they should submit to that,” Lamb told CBN News.

Brody says Lane believes the name of the feature “reminds us that all truth is God’s truth.  And for America to change course the people need to hear His word in a desperate way.” Says Lane, "God is in the business of resurrection. I believe there's going to be a resurrection of America. Literally."

 

AFA: Planned Parenthood Worse Than ISIS

Less than a week after a gunman killed three people in an attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, the American Family Association declared on its Facebook page that Planned Parenthood is worse than the terrorist group ISIS because they “kill babies in far greater numbers” and “in just as barbaric ways”:

The AFA shared an article written by its “director of outreach and intercession,” Joseph Parker, who makes the comparison at greater length:

The immorality and barbarism of ISIS is almost daily in our faces. And we are both horrified and outraged…rightfully so. And yet...here in America we kill babies in far greater numbers than the victims of ISIS and in just as barbaric ways. The fear of ISIS has created a global refugee crisis. People are fleeing in huge numbers in countries where ISIS is known to be established. Yet the babies in the wombs of their mothers in our nation cannot run and they cannot hide. And we slaughter them by the thousands every day.

ISIS has a systematic method of financing their fear and killing operations all over the world. We here in the U.S. have Planned Parenthood, who have a very “efficient” baby killing operation that functions daily. And our government uses our tax money to help fund Planned Parenthood to the tune of between one and two million dollars every day. Planned Parenthood can insist they provide numerous services to women all they want but their main reason for existence is to kill babies, plain and simple.

ISIS beheads its enemies. What does Planned Parenthood do? It kill babies, sometimes by tearing them limb from limb. Sometimes they use a vacuum so strong that it tears the baby apart. Sometimes they poison and burn the babies in the womb. And they don’t stop there. They even sell the baby parts for profit! They sell whole babies, babies’ livers, hearts, lungs, etc. Even ISIS doesn’t do that! Planned Parenthood makes ISIS look like a bunch of amateurs! ISIS has killed their thousands and Planned Parenthood has killed tens of millions!

How can we condemn ISIS and not even defund Planned Parenthood? How can we demand the world rid itself of ISIS while paying Planned Parenthood to do the same? How is what ISIS is doing evil but what Planned Parenthood does, a service?

UPDATE: The AFA doubled down on Twitter:

Ben Carson Confuses 'Hamas' With 'Hummus'

In a rather stiff speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition today, Ben Carson appeared to struggle to pronounce the name of Hamas, the militant Palestinian group.

As many viewers pointed out, Carson seemed to confuse Hamas with “hummus” in a speech that sounded more like a Wikipedia-based overview of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

Gun Activists Claim Obama Celebrated 'Holy Grail' Of Planned Parenthood Shooting

In an interview on Sunday with Mark Walters of Armed American Radio, the Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb claimed that the deadly attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was “the Holy Grail of Obama’s political agenda.”

Walters, saying it didn’t matter where the shooting took place, told Gottlieb, “Make no mistake, they love that it was at a Planned Parenthood clinic.”

“This is the Holy Grail of Obama’s political agenda,” Gottlieb responded, “his love for Planned Parenthood and his hatred of guns.”

Walters continued that he “could almost hear the whoops and hoops and hollers” from the Obama administration after the shooting because “these people don’t care about the victims, they care about politicizing it.”

Anti-choice activist Troy Newman made a similar claim after the shooting, saying that it was “exactly what” Planned Parenthood had “been hoping for.”

Sarah Palin: God Losing Patience With America

Promoting her new book “Sweet Freedom,” Sarah Palin spoke yesterday with Janet Parshall about how she fears that God will run out of patience with the U.S. because we “keep kicking him out of the public square.”

“You talk about how we’ve turned our back on God’s definition of marriage, how we’ve absolutely trampled underfoot this principle of the sanctity of human life,” Parshall said. “And some might say we’ve gone too far, God is no longer going to shed his grace on us. Do you think it’s too late for America?”

Palin responded that she didn’t think it was “too late” because “we know where the answers are and we know that God has so blessed this land with resources and with intelligent workforce and everything that God has blessed us with and our founders knew to dedicate that all to him when America came to be.”

“We need to do that again,” she continued. “We need to not be afraid to even tell our elected leaders that that’s what they need to be doing too, on our knees, rededicate this land to God as our founders did, though some want to deny that truthful history, as our founders did and get back to God and quit kicking him out of the public square, otherwise, yeah, you wonder how long he is going to be patient with us but, no, it’s not too late.”

She went on to say that “we know that our freedom of religion is under attack today” and that without good leadership, Americans could lose the right to “exercise their own faith as we see in these other tragic nations that aren’t allowed to exercise their freedom.”

Glenn Beck: Obama Is Either Delusional Or 'The Dumbest Son-Of-A-Bitch On The Planet'

Glenn Beck kicked off his radio program today by reading a long rant that he posted on his Facebook page last night voicing his disgust at the "PC coverup" of the fact that yesterday's mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, was an obvious act of Islamic terrorism.

Naturally, Beck eventually focused his rant on President Obama, calling him either delusional or "the dumbest son-of-a-bitch on the planet."

"Mr. President, I say this with as much respect as you deserve," Beck declared. "Screw global warming! What the hell is wrong with you? If you actually believe that global warming is the biggest problem we face with terror all around the world, an $18 trillion dollar debt — nine of which is yours — no real allies left that trust us, riots in the streets, riots in our university campuses, race relations worse than I've seen since the 1960s and a distrust of our fellow Americans unlike anything I have ever seen, you, sir, are either delusional or you're the dumbest son-of-a-bitch on the planet. Which is it?"

"It is about Islam," Beck fumed. "So was Boston. So was Benghazi. So was Fort Hood. So was half a dozen others that you failed to address, and quite frankly, sir, so was 'Ahmed the Clock Kid.' It was a timer and not a clock."

Mike Huckabee Ties Syrian Refugee Issue To San Bernardino Shooting

Today on Breitbart’s Sirius XM radio program, Mike Huckabee said that he will only support the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. if they are placed in Martha’s Vineyard, the Hamptons and Beverly Hills.

Otherwise, Huckabee said, he would “put an absolute moratorium” on Syrian refugees since “we just don’t know, we’re getting people shot up in San Bernardino, California.” “I’m not blaming refugees for that,” he quickly added.

“I get the impression that President Obama is more interested in protecting the reputation of Islam than he is in protecting Americans,” he said.

Huckabee went on to say that there is no way to vet refugees, ignoring the fact that refugees actually go through a two-year vetting process.

E.W. Jackson: Black Lives Matter Is 'Demonic'

On a conference call he organized with conservative activists last month, Virginia Religious Right activist and GOP politician E.W. Jackson lashed out at the “demonic Black Lives Matter movement” and claimed that President Obama wants to accept Syrian refugees because he’s intent on “defending Islam” rather than “defending America.”

Jackson made the comments immediately before Sen. Ted Cruz joined the call. As we reported yesterday, Cruz pledged activists on the call, including Americans for Truth about Homosexuality’s Peter LaBarbera, that he would reverse LGBT rights victories if elected president.

Jackson, once a staunch opponent of desegregation efforts in Boston, urged conservative activists to join one of his campaigns to “address the problem in America’s cities right now” because urban issues “threaten to boil over into real unrest in our country as a result of this demonic Black Lives Matter movement and the rhetoric of this president and before him Attorney General Eric Holder and Al Sharpton and all of these folks who are so dedicated to stirring up racial strife.”

Jackson also claimed that many Syrian refugees settled in the U.S. will inevitably commit terrorist attacks, “and yet this president is hell-bent — and I’m using that word advisably but I think properly, because it really is hellish — hell-bent on bringing these people into our country even though he knows that there is no way to eliminate the risk that it poses to the American people and our national security.”

Jackson then went on to cite a fake Obama quote that originated in a chain email to attack the president: “He said in a book one time that if the winds ever blew against Islam, he would always stand with Islam. And he told the truth because he definitely stands with Islam and defends Islam at all costs. But he ought to be defending America, not defending Islam, but defending America.”

Later in the call, Jackson said that “this whole homosexual, same-sex, transgender stuff” amounts to “spitting in the face of Almighty God.”

Trump's Anti-Muslim Bigotry Isn't Hurting Him. It's Helping.

Every time Donald Trump makes a blatantly false or derogatory statement, pundits wonder if this will finally topple Trump from his lead in the polls among Republican voters.

Most recently, Trump has dishonestly claimed that “thousands and thousands” of Muslim-Americans in Jersey City celebrated the 9/11 attacks, called for closing mosques and floated the idea of a government database to monitor all Muslims.

None of these statements, however, has had any impact on Trump’s poll numbers in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire, where his lead has barely changed in the last month and a half.

In fact, as Public Policy Polling found in a survey released today, Trump’s supporters are big fans of his anti-Muslim rants.

A majority of respondents who said they backed Trump agreed that “thousands of Arabs in New Jersey celebrated the attacks of 9/11,” said they were “in favor of a national database of Muslims” and backed “a ban specifically on assault weapons for Muslims,” even though a majority opposed a universal assault weapons ban.

And we wonder why Trump is still ahead in the polls….

As for Trump he was at 28% in mid-October and he's at 27% now, so his standing couldn't be much more steady. His favorability rating with Republicans has actually improved a tick, from 48/42 the last poll to now 50/39. The key to Trump's sustained success is that his supporters basically buy into everything he says. There's an almost cult like aspect to it, with Trump fans following the leader.

Examples:

-58% of Trump voters think thousands of Arabs in New Jersey celebrated the attacks of 9/11 to only 12% who don't think that happened. This is despite only 30% of Republican voters overall believing that to 39% who don't.

-53% of Trump supporters are in favor of a national database of Muslims, to only 22% opposed to that concept. This is despite only 29% of Republicans overall supporting the idea to 44% who are against it. In fact supporters of all 13 of the other candidates are against this concept.

-49% of Trump supporters want to shut down the mosques in the United States, to only 18% against that idea. Overall only 25% of Republicans support doing that to 44% who oppose it. Again on this issue supporters of every single candidate other than Trump are against it.

-Additionally we asked voters about an assault weapons ban and only 20% of Trump voters support it to 66% who are opposed. We then asked about a ban specifically on assault weapons for Muslims, and 56% of Trump voters support that to only 22% who are opposed.

Trump Claims He's Had 'Hundreds Of Phone Calls' From Eyewitnesses Of Fictional 9/11 Celebration

Donald Trump insisted yesterday that he’s received “hundreds of phone calls” from people who saw “with their own eyes” a massive celebration of the 9/11 attacks in Jersey City, something of which there are no there are no news reports, photographs or videos and which law enforcement officials say never happened.

Iowa talk radio host Simon Conway told Trump yesterday that he wanted to ask him about substantive policy issues because “this stuff gets lost because people want to rile you up and get you to say something controversial.”

So, of course, the two spent the next few minutes talking about Trump’s debunked claim about the 9/11 celebrations.

“Did you see all the people coming out now saying I was right, there were people dancing the streets, dancing on rooftops?” Trump asked. “I mean, I know it happened. And, by the way, worldwide they were dancing all over the place, they were dancing in different countries, so why wouldn’t they? I mean over there, it’s a very large Muslim population and I saw it reported, but all of a sudden people are coming out of the woodwork — I’ve had hundreds of phone calls, and I’m sure you have too, but I’ve had hundreds of people that were in New Jersey and saw it with their own eyes.”

Conway also asked Trump about yesterday’s mass shooting in California, to which Trump responded that gun violence is “a mental health problem.”

“It’s a mental health problem, it really is,” he said. “And it’s really very sad because they don’t talk about mental health, and many places like New York and California, they’ve opened up their mental asylums and let people out on the streets because they can’t afford it anymore.”

He also placed part of the blame on gun-free zones: “You know they have these gun-free zones, that’s sort of target practice for the bad ones, for the bad guys, you say ‘gun-free zone’ and they love it.”

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