Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 10/6/16

  • Jake MacAulay wants to see a safe space in America "that offers protection from sexually charged curriculum that promotes immoral and unethical sexual behavior, abortion-on-demand, and the gross perversion of same-sex marriage."
  • Eagle Forum fumes that "instead of expressing their gratitude for the opportunity to live in a peaceful, prosperous nation, many Somalis have been trained by leftist community organizers to adopt an entitlement mentality and quickly complain about alleged discrimination."
  • The Life Education And Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.) will hold "3 days of demonstrations culminating at the recently opened National African American History Museum in Washington D.C. [because] Black pro-life activist and historians are stunned that their is no mention of eugenic practices perpetrated against African Americans by the government and the abortion industry."
  • Jeff Hunt complains that "Democrats are treating people of faith like criminals."
  • Jack Cashill says that "Catholics have to convince their believe-as-you-please brethren, including their priests, of one salient fact: A vote for Tim and the Alinskyite Hillary is a vote for that 'first radical,' the demonic fellow Alinsky so openly admired."
  • Finally, we are not sure what world William Gheen is living in: "It was so disturbing to see how fluidly and comfortably Tim Kaine was engaging in ... lies after lies after lies in the debate."

Will Donald Trump Sue Me Over This Post?

In a campaign speech in Nevada on Wednesday, Donald Trump threatened to sue someone over an ad he did not like—just who that person or organization is remains unclear at the moment:

"I saw today—I left the room and I saw a commercial where it was really a nasty commercial, totally made up about me with vets. There is nobody that loves the vets more or respects the vets more," Trump said. "They're spending hundreds of millions of dollars on false commercials and it's a disgrace. So what we'll do—I guess we'll sue them. Let's sue them. Right? Let's sue them."

Trump is a petulant child and suing, or threatening to sue, is how he throws a tantrum. The sheer number of times during the course of his campaign that he has threaten to sue, or sued, in an attempt to shut down criticism is staggering.

This past Saturday he threatened to sue The New York Times after the paper published three pages from his 1995 tax returns showing he claimed a net operating loss of nearly $1 billion that year.  

Two weeks earlier, Trump claimed on Twitter, “My lawyers want to sue the failing ‪@nytimes so badly for irresponsible intent. I said no (for now), but they are watching. Really disgusting.”

In April, Trump called Pulitzer Prize winning tax reporter David Kay Johnson at home threatening to sue the journalist if he didn’t like his reporting.

In July 2015, Trump threatened to sue the National Hispanic Media Coalition for calling his campaign announcement a “bigoted, racist, anti-Latino rant.” This was two weeks after the GOP nominee sued Univision for dropping its broadcasts of his Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. (This suit was ultimately settled.)

A few weeks later, Trump’s lawyer, Donald Cohen, threaten to sue The Daily Beast if it published a story stating that “his ex-wife Ivana Trump once used ‘rape’ to describe an incident between them in 1989.” The was after Trump’s lawyer wrongly claimed that “you cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.”

Prior to launching his campaign, in April 2015, Trump tweeted that suing Rolling Stone and Huffington Post was a way to “put them out of business.”

The daily grind of a presidential campaign has not halted Trump’s threats.

In February, he threatened to sue Ted Cruz if his main competition for the GOP nomination didn’t “clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads.” He went on to claim, “I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen.”

A few weeks later, he made an explicit threat to, if elected, change longstanding libel laws to enable him to sue the Washington Post and The New York Times, telling his audience at a rally:

I have respect for Jeff Bezos, but he bought the Washington Post to have political influence and I got to tell you, we have a different country than we used to have. We have a different—He owns Amazon. He wants political influence so that Amazon will benefit from it. That's not right. And believe me, if I become president, oh, do they have problems. They're going to have such problems. And one of the things I'm going to do, and this is only going to make it tougher for me, and I've never said this before, but one of the things I'm going to do if I win—and I hope I do and we're certainly leading—is I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. So that when The New York Times writes a hit piece, which is a total disgrace, or when the Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they're totally protected. 

He even threatened Washington Post reporters during an interview with the paper in May 2016,  telling them, “I will be bringing more libel suits as people—maybe against you folks. I don’t want to threaten, but I find that the press is unbelievably dishonest.”

He also threatened the Washington Post during a January interview about the failure of the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. “If you write this one, I’m suing you,” he told the paper.  

The Washington Post was not Trump’s only target. In April, the Post’s Erik Wemple reported that the GOP candidate had threatened to sue the Associated Press. “Trump threatened to sue the Associated Press over an October 2015 article about a movement by the directors of the Trump Ocean Club in Panama City to oust a management team installed by the Trump family,” he wrote.

The Columbia Journalism Review has detailed even more examples of Trump’s threats of litigation against journalists.

This would be just another story about a billionaire abusing the court system to bully others into silence, if the billionaire in question was not attempting to occupy an office that gives him the power to appoint judges who could fundamentally shift the definition of the First Amendment, which is the critical protection against his attempts to stifle speech he doesn’t like.

Mat Staver: Roy Moore's Suspension Signals A Breakdown In Law That Will Eventually Destroy The Republic

Mat Staver, who represented Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in an ethics trial that recently ended in his suspension from the court, said yesterday that the verdict in the case shows that “we’re seeing the breakdown of the rule of law” in America that will eventually lead to the “dissolution of the entire republic.”

Moore had attempted to stop federal marriage equality rulings from taking effect in his state, later making the flimsy excuse that he was merely providing judges in the state with a “status update” on the law, a claim that the state’s Court of the Judiciary pointed out had been contradicted by Staver’s own words.

Staver was the guest on VCY America’s “Crosstalk” program when a listener called in to ask, “If Judge Roy Moore can be suspended because of a frivolous complaint against him that has no merit, why doesn’t Liberty Counsel file frivolous complaints against all the judges on the Supreme Court and have the Supreme Court wiped out, and the legislature will obviously have to do something about it.”

Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, responded that that strategy would never work “because the deck is stacked” against groups like his and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which filed an ethics complaint against Moore, would “throw the rules out” to go after him.

“So what happens here is when the rule of law is thrown out and when people don’t abide by the rule of law and they make it up as they go, then the outcome is predetermined,” he said. “That is the problem that ultimately breaks down the entire freedom and democracy that we have, in terms of our representative form of government, I should say. It breaks down the whole system.”

“In fact,” he continued, “Thomas Jefferson said this: ‘The seeds of dissolution lies in the judiciary.’ What does he mean by that? He means that if the judges, if the courts, don’t restrain themselves and we the people don’t restrain them within their confined duties, then that’s where the seeds of dissolution of the entire republic are. And it will grow and grow and grow and grow, and eventually it will dissolve the entire republic of the United States of America. And that’s what we’re seeing, we’re seeing the breakdown of the rule of law, and when they make it up as they go, it doesn’t really matter. So that’s the problem that we have in this case.”

Bryan Fischer: Right Wing Watch Is 'Trolling' Me, Just Like Critics Did To Jesus

Earlier today, we posted a clip of Bryan Fischer asserting that many DREAMers, undocumented young people who were brought into the United States as children, grow up to become criminals, gang members and murderers.

On his radio program today, Fischer said that he sees nothing wrong with that statement and stands by it, accusing us of "trolling" him just like critics did to Jesus.

"Right Wing Watch is a liberal organization," Fischer said, "and they troll us, they troll this program, they are trolling this program right now as you and I are talking to each other. Right Wing Watch has their trolls down in the basement somewhere watching, taping, listening to every word that we speak."

"It's just like what the politicians of Jesus' day and the opponents of Jesus' day did to him," Fischer stated. "They were constantly trying to provoke him, constantly trying to catch him in something that he might say. So they were always trying to come up with these gotcha questions for Christ, always trying to goad him into saying something that they could use against him. So this is what Right Wing Watch is banking on, this is what they're hoping for."

Tony Perkins: Better To Disband The Military Than Include Transgender Service Members

Yesterday, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins reacted to the news that “the Pentagon has published a handbook for transgender service” by claiming that it would be better if the military disbanded altogether than accommodate transgender service members.

Perkins spoke about the new handbook on his “Washington Watch” program with Jerry Boykin, the FRC’s executive vice president.

“So we see the administration pushing forward without congressional input on integrating transgenders [sic] into our nation’s military,” Perkins said. “What else can this administration do to the military other than just disband it?”

Later, he added: “I probably need to take it back when I said that the only thing worse the president could do would be to disband the military. Actually, that might even be better. We’re probably better off without a military that is not compromised, because we think we have a military that’s defending our country and able to do that but we have a military that in many ways is a hollowed-out shell.”

Perkins reacted to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell with similar hysteria, making a variety of predictions—such as the reinstatement of the draft—that did not come true.

Wiley Drake Insists That He And Alan Keyes, Not Hillary Clinton, Started The Birther Issue

Last week, extremist right-wing pastor Wiley Drake joined James David Manning, who is an extreme anti-LGBT preacher in his own right, on Manning's radio show to voice his outrage over the fact that Donald Trump is trying to blame Hillary Clinton for starting the birther conspiracy theory against President Obama.

Drake is outraged by the false claim and wants everyone to know that it was he and Alan Keyes, Obama's Republican opponent in the U.S. Senate race in 2004, who really started the campaign back in 2008 when they ran on the American Independent Party ticket.

As Drake recounted, he traveled to Washington, D.C., with Keyes to file the necessary paperwork to run for president and vice president and they both decided to attach copies of their birth certificates to the filing forms in an effort to force Obama to release his own birth certificate.

"We proceeded to go to court to demand that Barry Soetoro produce his birth certificate equally," Drake said, "because if Dr. Keyes was and I was, we felt it only fair that he produce his. Well, he refused for a long time and therein lies the beginning of the birther issue."

Steve Strang: God Has Raised Up Donald Trump To Be President

In an appearance today on “The Jim Bakker Show,” Charisma magazine founder and CEO Steve Strang said that it is impossible for a person with “a biblical point of view” to vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, is a wise and “humble” man who, according to Strang, has been the candidate chosen by God to lead the nation.

“I believe, as odd as it is, that God has raised him up” just as God raised up Abraham Lincoln to save the nation, he said.

Another Trump Son Appears On Program With Ties To White Nationalist

UPDATE: The Trump campaign released a statement to CNN defending the Trump sons’ “Liberty Roundtable” appearances and stating, oddly, that the campaign would “never associate with any program that was even wrongly perceived to be affiliated with a message of hate.”

"As you know, we had no knowledge of James Edwards' participation and strongly rebuked him," Hope Hicks, a campaign spokeswoman, said in a statement, referring to Donald Trump Jr.'s interview. "Liberty Roundtable is a conservative program heard on radio stations and online, and dedicated to promoting the principles of the American founding. We would never associate with any program that was even wrongly perceived to be affiliated with a message of hate."

ORIGINAL POST: Earlier this year, Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. appeared on a radio program called “Liberty Roundtable,” where he was interviewed by James Edwards, a white nationalist who had been called in as a fellow guest.

The younger Trump later claimed that he had no idea that Edwards would be interviewing him, saying that the booking agency that set up the interview had told him it would be with “Liberty Roundtable” host Sam Bushman. Bushman, who syndicates Edwards’ white nationalist program “The Political Cesspool” and often has Edwards on his own show, disputed that account, saying the booking agency had actually reached out directly to Edwards.

The campaign, apparently, did not learn its lesson from the whole debacle, because last week a Trump economic adviser, Stephen Moore, appeared on “Liberty Roundtable” and yesterday another Trump son, Eric Trump, also did.

Eric Trump spoke with Bushman about the vice presidential debate and his father’s plans to save the “inner cities”; Edwards did not appear in the interview with either him or Moore. Still, if the Trump campaign continues sending top surrogates to a show where Donald Trump Jr. was surprise-interviewed by a white nationalist, it seems like they aren’t trying too hard to avoid a repeat.

Alex Jones: Hillary Is Possessed By The Devil, 'Vote Trump If You Want To Live'

Conspiracy-theory-loving broadcaster Alex Jones warned on his radio program yesterday of the prospect of President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine leading the U.S. into a devastating nuclear war with Russia.

“I’m not the devil,” Jones said. “I’m the opposite of that. And these people that say they’re your leaders, they want to kill you and your family and in your gut you know it. Vote Donald Trump if you want to live. It’s that simple. Death is what the globalists have to offer, period.”

Later, Jones claimed that Democratic leaders and George Soros are deliberately instigating a nuclear holocaust: “Why do you want an earth that’s ruined? Because you people are satanic. You’ve been given power because you’ve been possessed, you’ve been turned over to evil. Let me tell you something, George Soros and Hillary Clinton, you just look at them, those aren’t people. You look at Kaine, he’s not a person either.”

Rick Scarborough: Gay Marriage Has Made It Illegal For Christians To Serve As Federal Judges

Vision America's Rick Scarborough appeared on the American Pastors Network's "Stand In The Gap" radio program earlier this week to discuss his effort to encourage pastors to mobilize their congregations to vote and declared that, thanks to the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling last year, Christians are now being banned from serving in various public offices.

Scarborough said that in his years of working to mobilize pastors to get involved in politics, he has discovered that he has had the most success at times when pastors sensed that there was a direct threat against something that they cared about.

"Whenever there's a threat, pastors seem to be quicker to respond," Scarborough said. "Well, we have that now with the threat on religious liberty driven by the radical LGBTQ effort, this whole transgender assault on biblical marriage and just sane morality."

"We already have, in effect, because of the godless ruling of the Supreme Court," he continued, "when they implemented by judicial fiat the travesty of same-sex marriage upon the country, suddenly they literally made it unlawful and illegal for Christians to hold positions on the federal courts, those with biblical values to serve in various places in the military; they're literally being drummed out on the basis that their biblical values are counter to the Constitution as written by these five unelected lawyers."

Pastors understand that "now that there's a real threat," Scarborough said. "More and more pastors now can get it and are beginning to recognize that if they don't stand today, there will be no freedom to stand tomorrow."

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