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Posted 27 June 2019 - 06:32 PM

View PostLFC, on 27 June 2019 - 01:59 PM, said:

Read on. It gets worse including Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) repeating a known lie to attack him. They aren't even pretending anymore.
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Posted 02 July 2019 - 11:46 AM

The lawyers for a woman suing pedophile Roy Moore for sexually assaulting her when she was just 14 years old are throwing out all manner of information about the lie detector test he claimed to have supposedly passed.

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Lawyers representing Leigh Corfman, the woman who accused 2020 Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was fourteen and he was an adult, said on Monday that Moore had “likely failed” the polygraph test he’d taken in an attempt to discredit Corfman and his other accusers.

In Corfman’s defamation lawsuit against Moore, her lawyers filed a motion to reopen Moore’s deposition to question him about the polygraph test he took in December 2017.

When Moore took the test while trying to stall Sen. Doug Jones’s (D-AL) certification after Jones beat him in the 2018 midterms, Corfman’s lawyers said he was trying to launch “yet another volley of accusations about Ms. Corfman’s veracity and motivations for coming forward with her account of Mr. Moore’s sexual abuse of her.”

Moore claimed at the time that the test results (which he didn’t release to the public) had exonerated him, but Corman’s lawyers said his claim is “an exaggeration, at best, and simply false, at worst.”

The lawyers listed several red flags with Moore’s test: The person who administered it, a man who voted for Moore and provided the test at a heavy discount, admitted in a deposition that he never asked Moore whether he knew his accusers (Moore had claimed the test proved he didn’t know them) and a former FBI polygraph examiner found that Moore’s test had used a flawed and outdated technique.

But most damning of all, the filing said the ex-FBI examiner found that even if the test were reliable, “the results indicate that Mr. Moore was being deceptive when asked relevant questions concerning Ms. Corfman.”

According to Corfman’s lawyers, the examiner identified at least two moments when Moore showed “heightened” physiological responses when answering “no” to questions asking if he’d tried to have sex with Corfman or touch her breasts.


To be fair when it comes to a stunted pervert like this just the mention of touching a 14 year old girl's breasts might be moore more than enough to trigger heightened physical responses.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 02 July 2019 - 11:55 AM

Ted Cruz continues to be a drama queen dirtbag.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued on Friday that a campaign spending law that limits how much his campaign can pay back him back after an election was like making civil rights leader Rosa Parks sit in the back of the bus.

Wait, what?

Cruz is suing the Federal Elections Commission to strike down a rule in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act that forbids campaigns from spending more than $250,000 in post-election campaign contributions to pay back the candidate’s personal loans to their own campaign.

The Loan Repayment Limit is an anti-corruption measure aimed at preventing newly-elected officials from paying off their campaign loans by promising post-election donors that they’d use their new position to vote according to the donors’ wishes.

Cruz is arguing that the limit is an infringement on his First Amendment rights, but as Open Secrets points out, removing the limit would give lobbyists even more influence on politicians’ voting decisions.

According to Cruz’s team, Cruz took out a $260,000 loan to fund his 2018 Senate reelection campaign right before the election in November. After the election, the Cruz Committee could only pay back $250,000 to Cruz, meaning the GOP lawmaker wouldn’t get back $10,000.

The FEC has filed to dismiss the suit, saying that the damage was “self-inflicted” because Cruz’s campaign could’ve easily paid back the senator with the $2.2 million dollars it had raised before the election. The agency also alleges that Cruz only gave that loan to the campaign for the purpose of challenging the limit.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 07 July 2019 - 09:09 AM

Before You Call Out Our Hypocrisy, Let Us Remind You That We Don’t Care

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Oh, great. Here we go again. Somewhere, something happened, and some people are getting riled up. So a couple of congressional representatives visited an internment facility and found asylum seekers packed into cages like sardines and forced to drink out of toilets. And then it was revealed those same congressional representatives were the subjects of vile, graphic memes circulated in a secret Border Patrol Facebook group.

Now the Twitterati are going to come out decrying the hypocrisy of conservatives who pass anti-abortion laws to “save the children” while causing lifelong psychological harm to thousands of actual living, breathing immigrant kids. A veritable deluge of hot takes about how the religious right have lost their right to the moral high ground, or how if Sasha was doing what Ivanka is now, Republicans would be calling for Obama’s impeachment.

We’re just going to get ahead of all that and let you know that we hear you. We get it.

We just don’t care.

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 08:29 PM

View PostLFC, on 02 July 2019 - 11:46 AM, said:

The lawyers for a woman suing pedophile Roy Moore for sexually assaulting her when she was just 14 years old are throwing out all manner of information about the lie detector test he claimed to have supposedly passed.

Roy Moore who used the polygraph as a publicity stunt complains that information about said polygraph is a publicity stunt. Hey, Roy-boy. If you're going to live by the publicity stunt then you better be prepared to die by them too. Dipshit.

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Lawyers for 2020 Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are arguing new claims that Moore “likely failed” a polygraph test about whether he sexually assaulted a teenager are just a “publicity stunt” on behalf of the accuser.

Lawyers for Leigh Corfman, who has claimed that Moore sexually assaulted and made sexual advances toward her when she was 14 and he was 32, suggested in a court filing last week that the results of Moore’s not-publicly-released lie detector test were likely an “exaggeration,” if not “simply false.”

Corfman’s team sought to expand the boundaries of Moore’s unfinished deposition, arguing that there were several problems with Moore’s test, including the fact that it was given by a man who voted for him for Senate in 2017.

Moore’s lawyers shot back last week, suggesting that the new filing in the defamation suit against Moore — which Corfman filed in January 2018 — was just a “publicity stunt.” Moore’s lawyer argued that the fact that AL.com reported on the development the day it was filed proved the filing was a “sideshow.”

“This irrelevant polygraph sideshow is a publicity stunt by the plaintiff to seek to undermine Judge Moore’s credibility through the expedient of hiring a competing expert to discredit the examiner’s findings of innocence,” Moore’s attorney Melissa Isaak said in the court document. “Sure enough, the very day Corfman filed her polygraph motion a story appeared on Al.com echoing her attack on the credibility of the polygraph exam replete with a statement from her attorney. Mission accomplished!”

“This lawsuit is devolving into the theatre of the absurd with plaintiff’s counsel in the vanguard,” she continued. “The recent motion about Judge Moore’s 2017 polygraph exam is posturing at its finest lacking all probative value.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 08:38 PM

The fringier crazies become more and more mainstream in the GOP.

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A bevy of far-right internet personalities has claimed in recent days to have received invitations to the White House’s “Social Media Summit” on Thursday, further blurring the line between the mainstream Republican Party and fringe figures that cater to its farthest edges.

One of the people who claims they’ve been invited to the event has published anti-Semitic cartoons. Another has promoted the bizarre and wide-ranging QAnon conspiracy theory. A third is a celebrated meme-r whose creations have been tweeted by President Trump.

The White House does not seem eager to confirm the invitees.

Declining to confirm an actual invite list, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in an email, “This event will bring together digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.”

Yet so far, several people have claimed they received White House invites.

Perhaps most notably, the massively popular right-wing cartoonist Ben Garrison claimed on Twitter Friday to have been invited to attend. While most of Garrison’s cartoons are dense word clouds focused on the Democratic establishment, some have been described as anti-Semitic and xenophobic.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 04:34 PM

So by now we all know about Trump's racist tweeting where he told 4 Democratic Representatives who happen to be women of color to go back to their own countries, including 3 born here and one who's "country" of ancestry is Puerto Rico. (Goddamn he's dumb as f***!) Now he's the first president in a century to be rebuked so obviously by the House. Pelosi poked him even further as she spoke of how "gentle" she was to him. Ouch. Bonus points for bringing up St. Ronnie.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Wednesday described the House resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s racist tweets as being written “in the most gentle way.”

When reporters asked Pelosi if she was surprised that hardly any Republicans voted with Democrats in favor of the resolution, the speaker said her expectations “were not great,” even though the resolution was “benign.”

“It condemned the words of the President. Not the President, but the words of the President,” Pelosi said. “And doing so, it anchored itself in the words of Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan, beautiful speech by Ronald Reagan, which I reference all the time.”


Of course the Republican reaction was virtual rallying around Trump's racist comments. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Asleep During the Obama Years) whined how THEY never disrespected the office of president. [GAG!] Mitch McConnell (R-Never Believe a Word I Say) calls for civility and for "both sides" to cool the rhetoric. This can obviously be translated to Mitch not thinking this as a winning issue for Republicans. Meanwhile Hair Furor is beaming over the near universal level of Trumpsucking that the GOP is simultaneously performing. I think I'll start using the term "felhatetio" interchangeably with Trumpsucking.


Finally Josh Marshall notes that Trump's takeover of the GOP is complete. Words that they would have punished if uttered by a GOP Congress critter are called non-racist (yeah, right) and defended. There is nothing they can't twist themselves into a pretzel over when it comes to Trump. In full:

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I mentioned this yesterday on the Chris Hayes show. We can see how President Trump has united the GOP behind his openly and aggressively racist attacks on four freshman congresswomen of color. Yesterday all but four Republican members of the House voted against a formal criticism of the President’s attacks. Two of those are retiring. So they barely even count. What jumps out to me though is this. I suspect if any Republican member of Congress said exactly the same things he or she wouldn’t have survived the controversy. At a minimum they would have been roundly denounced and forced to apologize.

We’ve been chronicling Rep. Steve King’s racist jabs for years. But I can’t think of any one thing King has said or tweeted that is worse than what the President tweeted and has continued tweeting. Yet the GOP conference essentially deplatformed King within the House. After he wouldn’t resign they stripped him of his committee assignments and now treat him as persona non grata. My point here isn’t to praise the GOP’s policing of their own members’ outrageous or racist statements. It was year’s late in coming. But, again, what the President said was by most standards considerably worse.

If some garden variety GOP senator had gone off on this rant I doubt he’d have survived it. So what we’re seeing here is not only the white nationalist grievance politics that Trump has made explicit and open and really at the core on present-day GOP politics. Just as much and perhaps more this episode is an example of the ‘leader principle’ at the heart of the Trump GOP. If Trump says it, the GOP will fall in line behind him, either with cowed silence or explicit assent, usually trending from the former to the latter. That applies to really anything Trump says. No matter what.

What we’re seeing here is more the authoritarianism of Trumpism than the racism, though of course it’s both. Like all personality cult political movements, party or movement ideology is defined by what the leader is saying on that given day. Think about Trump/GOP policy today on North Korea and how mind-bogglingly different that is from anything any Republican has said over decades or what Trump himself was saying until he decided to switch. The limits of the acceptable or standards of behavior are defined simply by what the leader does. Period.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 04:36 PM

And of course some Republicans are more vile about this than others. Take a look at this creep who thinks it's clever to say he's a "person of color" because he's white. I guess he doesn't know the terms "white supremacy" or "white nationalism". How convenient for him.

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" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 04:50 PM

Another R3 (Racist Republican Representative) spews racist rhetoric in his campaign mailers. That's standard fare for part of the GOP now but Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-I Should Be in a Rubber Room) attached the Marine Corp. emblem to his hate. They are NOT amused.

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The hits keep on coming for Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA).

The Marine Corps is ordering Hunter via a cease and desist letter to stop using its emblem on his campaign mailers, which accuses Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Democratic opponent Ammar Campa-Najjar of having “terrorist ties.”

“The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor is a trademark of the Marine Corps protected by Federal law. In accordance with 10 U.S. Code § 7881, the seal and emblem should not be used in conjunction with any political activities,” Marine Corp Communication Strategy director Joseph Butterfield said in a statement to TPM. “The Marine Corps has taken appropriate action to address the referenced mailers.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 05:08 PM

I still want to know which country Rep. Pressley is supposed to go to. Pity more reporters aren't asking that one.
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Posted 17 July 2019 - 09:06 PM

View PostLFC, on 17 July 2019 - 04:36 PM, said:

And of course some Republicans are more vile about this than others. Take a look at this creep who thinks it's clever to say he's a "person of color" because he's white. I guess he doesn't know the terms "white supremacy" or "white nationalism". How convenient for him.

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I knew the face was familiar, then I read the TPM piece and confirmed -- far fewer than six degrees of separation here. Can't say I'm surprised. Blarg.
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Posted 17 July 2019 - 09:25 PM

Rand Paul continues to prove himself to be grade-A, 100% pure human garbage. He votes to add $1.6T in additional debt and now wants to hold up the money needed for the 9/11 first responders suffering for their call to duty. Apparently NOW we have to talk about debt. F*** you, Rand. You're a hypocritical piece of shit.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Democrats to pass an extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tried to win the Senate's consent to approve the House-passed bill, which would reauthorize funding until fiscal 2090. The bill cleared the House in a 402-12 vote last week.

But Paul objected, pointing to the country's growing debt and arguing that any new spending should be offset by cuts to other spending.

"It has long been my feeling that we need to address our massive debt in the country," he said. "And therefore any new spending … should be offset by cutting spending that's less valuable. We need to, at the very least, have this debate."

He added that if the House bill was brought up for a vote in the Senate he is planning to offer an amendment, "but until then I will object."

A spokesperson for Paul later told The Hill that Paul "is not blocking anything," adding that he is "simply seeking to pay for it."

"As with any bill, Senator Paul always believes it needs to be paid for. Senator Paul is simply offering an amendment, which other senators support, to pay for this legislation,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 11:50 AM

View PostLFC, on 17 July 2019 - 09:25 PM, said:

Rand Paul continues to prove himself to be grade-A, 100% pure human garbage. He votes to add $1.6T in additional debt and now wants to hold up the money needed for the 9/11 first responders suffering for their call to duty. Apparently NOW we have to talk about debt. F*** you, Rand. You're a hypocritical piece of shit.

As expected Jon Stewart does not hold back on Rand Paul and Mike Lee, now the poster children of deficit hypocrisy.

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Responding directly to Paul, Stewart called his objection “absolutely outrageous,” adding, “Pardon me if I’m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul’s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling.”

Stewart went on to condemn Paul for supporting President Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut that “added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit” and now trying to “balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community.”

“Bret, this is about what kind of society we have,” a clearly furious Stewart continued. “At some point, we have to stand up for the people who have always stood up for us, and at this moment in time maybe cannot stand up for themselves due to their illnesses and their injuries. And what Rand Paul did today on the floor of the Senate was outrageous.”

“He is a guy who put us in hundreds of billions of dollars in debt,” he said of Paul. “And now he’s going to tell us that a billion dollars a year over 10 years is just too much for us to handle? You know, there are some things that they have no trouble putting on the credit card, but somehow when it comes to the 9/11 first responder community—the cops, the firefighters, the construction workers, the volunteers, the survivors—all of a sudden we’ve got to go through this.”

Appearing next to Stewart was 9/11 first responder and activist John Feal, who thanked the host and Fox News as a whole for being so “generous” with their time on this issue before calling Senators Paul and Lee “bottom-feeders” who “lack humanity” and “lack leadership.”

Stewart said survivors like Feal and others shouldn’t have to “drag themselves back to Washington, put their hats in their hands and beg for something that this country should have done 14 years ago,” adding, “It’s an abomination.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 02:07 PM

Again: Trump didn't somehow turn Republicans meaner and dumber. They did that themselves.


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[snip] And it predates Trump by several decades; Kevin McCarthy’s playbook is, if anything, the Newt Gingrich playbook dumbed down to a bare handful of grade-school taunts. It was Frank Luntz who helped Republicans craft a new party era in which words no longer meant what they meant, and of making the public believe that orange was now purple via focus-group-tested misdirections. It was Dennis Hastert who helped maneuver the party into a new post-9/11 era of simply lying to the American people outright, even over matters of war, and declaring that anyone who pointed out the truth was perhaps on the side of terrorism, or France. (He also pioneered other, ahem, new Republican trends.)

It's not quite right to say that Republicans are mimicking Trump's juvenile and aggressively dishonest rhetoric. That's unfair. Republicans worked very, very hard to invent juvenile and aggressively dishonest rhetoric, to weaponize it, to orchestrate it via a handful of preferred outlets; Trump mimicked them.

If anything, Trump's contribution was to prove that you could do all of it far more stupidly than Frank Luntz originally envisioned—that you didn't need to pretend at dignity, coherence, or anything else. You could lick the walls, hang from the chandeliers, and inform audiences of your penis size and the base wouldn't give a damn if you gave them that or the faux-wonk Gingrich version.

You could say the racism part softly or say it loud; you could use proxies to smear your war-veteran presidential opponent as perhaps a traitor to the nation or just stand up at a rally and call them short. Luntz and the others assumed you needed to put at least a thin coat of respectability on it; as the William F. Buckleys of the movement steadily gave way to Andrew Breitbarts, then Jesse Watters, that coat was scraped bare without any chipping from the latest buffoon.


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Posted 19 July 2019 - 01:44 PM

The baseless slur that Ilhan Omar married her brother to get him into this country has gone viral in the right-wing fever swamps, also know as the Republican base, and right up to Trump. These people can be talked into believing anything.

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When Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) once married her own brother in an immigration fraud scheme, he demonstrated the remarkable degree to which even the most far-off corners of the right-wing internet can launch unproven, anonymous claims into the national political discourse.

The president had been asked by a reporter from the pro-Trump One America News Network about whether his administration was investigating Omar “for possibly marrying her brother.” In response, Trump hinted that “somebody” in the government was looking into the matter.

“There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother,” Trump said. “I know nothing about it. I hear she was married to her brother.”

The remarks were the first Trump had ever uttered on Omar’s marriage. And they represented a remarkable—if not depressing—capstone for the unproven rumor, which has gained steam in the fever swamps for three years as Omar became one of the country’s most outspoken and controversial lawmakers.

The claim that Omar married her own brother as a way for him to gain a green card has been embraced by a number of conservative pundits with ties to the president, including commentator Dinesh D’Souza, talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, and One America host Jack Posobiec. On Thursday, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson discussed it on his show.

Omar, who didn’t respond to requests for comment, has denied that her ex-husband is her brother. And for good reason. What many of the smear’s promoters never reveal to their audience is both the evidence Omar has provided to disprove their conspiracies and the fact that the completely unproven idea that she married her brother is based entirely on a single, anonymous, unsourced allegation initially made on an obscure internet forum.

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 01:46 PM

Mark Levin is being quoted by the White House.

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Donald Trump tried to distance himself from his crowd’s ‘Send her back!’ chant against Rep. Ilhan Omar on Thursday—but anyone hoping he would now soften his attacks on the Democratic congresswoman will be disappointed. On Thursday night, the president posted a clip of a Fox News guest who called Omar and her fellow progressive congresswomen of color “anti-Semite bigots” and said “their families really have done nothing for this country.” The clip was also shared by the official White House account, which has typically been less aggressive and more staid than Trump’s own handle. The clip was from Sean Hannity’s Thursday night show and featured conservative radio host Mark Levin, who defended Trump’s attacks on Omar as well as Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley. “They are degrading an entire faith, an entire people, Jews, Israelis,” he claimed.

This is now standard White House discourse. Oh how our nation has fallen.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 01:47 PM

Speaking of racism, did you know that owning a slave was merely an economic decision? No racism at all!

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If you were writing a list of things that are and are not racist, slavery should probably be pretty close to the top of the “are” section. But not for a Republican state lawmaker from New Hampshire, who claimed in a Facebook post that owning slaves was based on economics, not racism. State Rep. Werner Horn has deleted a Facebook post on the matter, but has repeated his opinion in multiple interviews since. Horn was responding to a post from state House member who asked: “If Trump is the most racist president in American history, what does that say about all of the other presidents who owned slaves?” Horn replied: “Wait, owning slaves doesn’t make you racist... owning slaves wasn’t a decision predicated on race but on economics. It’s a business decision.” He later told HuffPost: “[Slave owners] weren’t enslaving black people because they were black. They were bringing in these folks because they were available.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer





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