On Friday morning in Washington, D.C., President Trump spoke at the Values Voter Summit, making him the first sitting president of the United States to speak at the controversial evangelical event. The conference often attracts fringe conservatives, and that was certainly the case Friday. At the event, guests were handed flyers warning about the “health hazards of homosexuality” and the “disproportionate disease in the GLB [sic]community.”
The summit’s primary sponsor is the Family Research Council, an anti-gay lobbying group that also opposes abortion and pornography. Now in its 11th year, the event has become a staple in conservative politics, with up-and-coming figures on the right filling the speaker’s list every year. This year will feature speeches from Steve Bannon, Laura Ingraham, former Rep. Michele Bachmann, two members of the Duck Dynasty family, and more.
When guests walked through the door to attend this year’s event, they were given a pamphlet titled “The Health Hazards of Homosexuality.” An advertisement for a book of the same name, the pamphlet declares that the “sexual revolution and mainstreaming of homosexuality have created a public health crisis affecting us all,” and accuses the media of giving “little attention to the danger of ‘gay’ and lesbian sexual practices and the resulting health problems.” It was released by MassResistance, an anti-gay activist group based in Massachusetts.
The president is addressing the Values Voter Summit today. Here’s what they’re giving guests in a swag bag: “The Hazards of Homosexuality” pic.twitter.com/eRufvSncc0
While running for president, Trump pledged to be a friend to LGBT Americans, telling them, “I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.” Since his inauguration, however, he’s taken a hard turn in the opposite direction: Trump’s administration has banned transgender troops from serving the military, withdrawn protections for transgender students in public schools, declined to prosecute businesses that refuse to serve same-sex customers, and withdrawn a rule that required Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to treat same-sex marriages the same as straight ones.
The pro-LGBT media monitoring group GLAAD denounced both the pamphlet about homosexuality and Trump’s decision to speak at the conference, saying that the president’s appearance there “normalize[d]hate speech.”
“Given that the Values Voter Summit is a conference of fringe extremists with a viciously anti-LGBTQ agenda, it is not surprising that unequivocally false and baseless materials like [the pamphlet]are appearing there,” GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis told BuzzFeed News. “MassResistance is an identified hate group and Trump becoming the first sitting president to address this event is the latest example of a clear and distributing pattern of using the presidency of the United States to promote and normalize hate speech.”
Although Trump acknowledges that he’s never asked God for forgiveness for anything, the crowd of evangelical Christians gave him a standing ovation Friday when he pledged to use the phrase “Merry Christmas” during the 2017 holiday season.
“We’re saying Merry Christmas again,” Pres. Trump tells Values Voter Summit.
“We’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don’t talk about anymore,” Trump said. “They don’t use the word ’Christmas’ because it’s not politically correct. … Well, guess what? We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.” Trump did not mention same-sex marriage, which is generally the focus of both the event itself and the Family Research Council more broadly.
The Southern Poverty Law Center noted on Sunday, however, that in addition to attracting prominent anti-gay activists, the Values Voter Summit has also become a hot spot for anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim speakers, which the SPLC calls “a nod to the growing cross-pollination between the anti-LGBT Christian Right and the anti-Muslim lobby.”
“At least 10 of the speakers are representatives of anti-Muslim organizations or have a well-documented history of espousing anti-Muslim rhetoric,” the organization wrote on Sunday. “These include figures like Brigitte Gabriel head of ACT for America, the largest anti-Muslim group in the country who has said that practicing Muslims ‘cannot be loyal citizens of the United States’ and conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney, head of the anti-Muslim think tank Center for Security Policy (CSP).”
On its official website, the summit advertises itself as “a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation strong.”
Donald Trump Tweets “Very Nice Note” from North Korea
The romance between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appears to be going strong, with the president revealing he received a “very nice note” from the dictator.
Mr Trump tweeted a copy of the letter, dated 6 July, the day that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Pyongyang.
“Great progress being made!” he said.
A very nice note from Chairman Kim of North Korea. Great progress being made! pic.twitter.com/6NI6AqL0xt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2018
The note from Kim comes after Mr Trump reportedly sent a special gift over for Kim with Mr Pompeo — a copy of Elton John’s “Rocket Man”. The gift was in-joke between the two, in reference to Mr Trump’s “Little Rocket Man” gibe of last year.
Mr Trump supposedly asked Kim in their historic June meeting in Singapore if he knew the song, but Kim didn’t. The president also reportedly wrote a message on the CD and signed it.
In Kim’s letter, he describes the June 12 summit, and the resulting joint statement agreed by both sides, as the “start of a meaningful journey”.
“I firmly believe that the strong will, sincere efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the US will sure surely come to fruition,” he wrote.
“I deeply appreciate the energetic and extraordinary efforts made by Your Excellency Mr President for the improvement of relations between the two countries and the faithful implementation of the joint statement.”
But the North Korean leader called on his counterpart to take “practical actions” to build trust.
“The invariable trust and confidence in Your Excellency Mr President will be further strengthened in the future process of taking practical actions,” he said.
Trump Makes Fool of Himself Already During NATO Breakfast
Trump didn’t waste time making a total and complete fool of himself. During a NATO Breakfast which was supposed to be a lighthearted talk between leaders, he said anything he could that didn’t make sense and embarrassed himself left and right.
Somehow, Trump thinks Germany is being held captive by Russia. How?
“We have to be talking about the billions and billions of dollars that’s being paid to the country that we’re supposed to be protecting you against. Everybody’s talking about it, all over the world. They’ll say, ‘well wait a minute, we’re supposed to be protecting you from Russia.’ But why you pay billions of dollars to Russia for energy? Why are countries in NATO, mainly Germany, having a large percentage of their energy needs paid to Russia, and taken care of by Russia? Now if you look at it, Germany is a captive of Russia.”
Absolutely no one there knew what he was talking about, and even John Kelly, Trump’s own Chief of Staff couldn’t hold back his embarrassment. Visibly displeased by his boss’s strange behavior, he even facepalmed a few times.
Trump Wants to Deport 100,000 Citizens Next Year to Prevent Voting
According to reports, Trump isn’t stopping his anti-immigrant agenda, and it’s going to get worse: he is going to start deporting American Citizens who have been naturalized with a new task force. The claim is that they received their citizenship fraudulently, and should have it revoked. However, as most people pointed out, it’s only targeting Hispanics.
This has been used in the past for German Nazis who hid in the United States, but this time it’s going to be only for Mexicans.
A source within DHS said that they have flagged already “thousands of citizens” and that that orders from the White House are clear: deport hundreds of thousands within the next year in Southern California before the elections in 2020.
They are creating the Office in Southern California, and moving and hiring Spanish speaking agents there. There is no sign whatsoever that this new “task force” is doing anything but targeting Americans of Mexican descent.
In 2015 he said he was going to have stormtroopers, a “deportation force” that would round up 11 million people.
He wasn’t joking.
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