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Trump Allies Want Prison Time For Collusion Conspirators, Politico WH Reporter Throws Head Back And Laughs

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Many Americans understand why President Donald Trump and the administration’s team of investigators might be desiring prison time for perpetrators of the Russian collusion cooked up by Christopher Steele, paid for by Clinton cronies, and laundered through the Obama State and Justice Department.

“This was treason. This was high crimes,” Trump told Sean Hannity in a recent interview. “This was everything as bad a definition as you want to come up with. This should never be allowed to happen to our country again.”

The White House reporter for Politico finds the idea Trump and his supporters might be expecting the hoax conspirators to see jail time “hyperbolic”.

On Twitter, on conservative cable TV and in countless interviews, [President Trump and his allies] claimed the FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies are on the verge of being exposed for planting spies, falsifying evidence and forging testimony. They’ve relished in the possibility that a federal prosecutor on the case could file criminal charges. And they’ve predicted jail time for top Obama-era leaders who they say were behind a “deep state” plot to take down Trump.

They’re expecting all of this to come from a spate of Justice Department probes reviewing the full scope of the Trump-Russia investigation, which culminated earlier this year with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

This reporter then lays out another scenario where nothing but procedural reforms will be made and insinuates this kind of over-the-top expectation is just more of Trump being Trump.

“Such outsize expectation setting has become de rigueur in the Trump era, with the long-running Trump-Russia probe particularly prone to embellished predictions,” he writes.

That’s all very fine and well, except no one thought there was an attempt by political enemies to create a narrative that Trump was colluding with Russia using fabricated opposition research paid for by Trump’s main political rival.

But there was.

And everyone definitely thought Robert Mueller was going to discover that Trump most definitely did collude with Russia to win the presidency.

But he didn’t.

So it might behoove this reporter to withhold judgment on what he thinks are “sensationalized promises” when it comes to whether or not U.S. Attorney John Durham will find reason enough to indict some of the collusion key players.

It’s certainly true he may not.

But then again, he may.

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The Trump Presidency Just Became The Most Pro Life One Ever.

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Will miracles ever cease?

I hope not.

I’m going to start this article with an admission.

I walked away by and large from doing “political” things during the 2016 primaries early on because of the sheer stupidity of how the candidates’ supporters were going on and on about how great their candidate was and how crappy Donald Trump was acting. I had friends on all sides of the issue that were busting up friendships over, in my mind, the candidate who would win the GOP nod and lose in the fall.

I personally was lobbied after the GOP Clevland convention to get on board with candidate Trump and I always refused politely. Not because I thought Clinton was great or anything like that, but I didn’t believe that Donald Trump was truly pro-life. I had enough of the jerking the pro-life chains during the Bush 43 administration and the other officials who talked a great game but feared the pro-abortion smear campaign if they touched any of the sacred money going to Planned Parenthood.

Well, I am here to say that I was 100% wrong about Donald Trump and his views on pro-life. His administration has successfully taken the fight to the biggest abortion provider in the nation and said you can’t use federal dollars to promote abortion.

Here is what happened according to CBS News

Planned Parenthood said all of its clinics will formally leave Title X, the marquee federal program dedicated to providing birth control to low-income women. A change to the program last year requires beneficiaries to comply with a so-called “gag order” on abortion services — something that Planned Parenthood said it isn’t willing to do. The clinic’s exit will result in a loss of millions of federal dollars.

In a conference call with reporters on Monday, Planned Parenthood’s new leader, Alexis McGill Johnson, announced all the health care clinic’s affiliates would be sending letters to the Department of Health and Human Services Monday, formally announcing their resignation from Title X. She warned that without Planned Parenthood, low-income women in rural areas would struggle to find affordable birth control options.

Title X funds have never been authorized to pay for abortions. Instead, the money is used for wellness exams, STD and HIV screenings, birth control and contraceptive education, according to Planned Parenthood. Anti-abortion rights advocates argue that any money given to Planned Parenthood — even if it’s not used for abortions — frees up funding to be used for the procedure.

But in February, a 312-page filing from the Department of Health and Human Services proposed what abortion rights advocates have referred to as a “gag rule.” Under the proposal, the agency wrote that “none of the funds appropriated for Title X may be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” The changes impact not just Planned Parenthood, but any clinic that supports, performs or even refers patients for abortion services.

PP has for a long time used federal money to free up and promote abortions. They have denied it but the evidence is clear and all the puff pieces in the MSM won’t obscure any of that.

No Republican administration since the adoption of Roe v Wade since 1972 has taken the fight to all levels on abortion as this one has. I would have never believed this even if someone from the future came back to tell me this in 2016. As I write this now I’m still somewhat dazed.

How is it that a New Yorker who was born into a real estate family and developed a media persona, now leads the most Pro-Life Presiedcy this nation has ever seen?

I don’t know, but I’m glad that miracles never cease.

Check out my other posts here on Red State and my podcast Bourbon On The Rocks plus like Bourbon On The Rocks on Facebook and follow me on the twitters at IRISHDUKE2 

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Popeye’s Chicken Tried to Troll Chick-Fil-A, but Got a Lesson from Wendy’s Instead

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Chick-fil-A is the undisputed champion of chicken sandwiches, but there are others who would like to be. One established chicken joint is Popeye’s, and it decided to try to trounce Chick-fil-A in the digital public square, only things didn’t work out so well for them in the end as a new challenger entered the ring.

It all started when Chick-fil-A tweeted out a simple meme that said a bun, plus chicken, plus pickles equals love.

For some reason, Popeye’s decided to answer with “y’all good?” Not sure why, or what they meant, but whatever.

For some reason, this caused the internet to go insane, and think that Popeye’s really served up a beatdown on the number one chicken sandwich chain in America. They even had to go and make it political.

Chick-fil-A didn’t respond. It doesn’t need to, really. It’s number one in chicken, number three overall behind McDonald’s and Starbucks, and even McDonald’s is afraid of it. That’s what good food and even better service gets you.

But it was all fun and games until the queen of Twitter shade showed up. Wendy’s began using its trademark snark to make itself the star of the show, which it did.

I’ve had Wendy’s chicken sandwich. It’s actually pretty good, but not Chick-fil-A good. Bojangles is probably even better, but I digress. Popeye’s attempted to strike back at Wendy’s…

But it was no use. Wendy’s is too good at this.

You don’t mess with Wendy’s on Twitter. You just…you just don’t. Still, people didn’t take Wendy’s clap-back well and attacked them for their CEO donating to Trump.

Twitter users seem to be overly angry at Chick-fil-A and Wendy’s over their leadership’s support for right-wing candidates and/or conservative American values, but both have well-deserved popularity for their food and, in Wendy’s case, their Twitter account.

It would appear everyone else is just salty.

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Kamala Harris In Freefall In Latest Poll

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

During the CNN Democratic debate, one of the more shocking moments was the absolute thrashing that Tulsi Gabbard put on Kamala Harris regarding her real record as attorney general of California.

Gabbard pointed out Harris’ office slow-walking evidence and harsh enforcement policies that make up just some of the questionable tactics Harris endorsed in her career as a prosecutor. The gutting provided by Gabbard appears to have had a lasting effect on Harris: She’s tanking in the polls.

Harris has dropped twelve points in the polls, and it’s only going to get worse. Harris has two problems.

The first is what Gabbard hit her on: She’s a cop. She’s always been a cop. She will always be seen as a cop. What made people excited about committee hearings she was involved with was the fact that she was a prosecutor, a person whose goal is to get the opposition to say exactly what she wants them to say. If you go back and listen to her responses to Gabbard, she got caught in the same trap Chris Christie crushed Marco Rubio on in 2016 – the robotic talking points. She didn’t defend herself, but instead went back to what she was saying before the attack.

She couldn’t defend the attacks.

The second is much more dangerous for her: Attacking Joe Biden is an attack on Barack Obama. Harris has tried to hit Senator Joe Biden and not Vice President Joe Biden, but Biden has been clever enough to always refer back to his time with Obama to remind black voters he was Obama’s guy. If you attack Obama’s guy, you attack Obama, and that’s a major problem for Harris.

Harris could end up out of future debates if she doesn’t find a way to rehabilitate the image. She’s in trouble.

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Asked and Answered: Megan Rapinoe Wonders How Her Parents Can Support Her, Watch Fox News and Vote for Trump

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The U.S. women’s soccer team member Megan Rapinoe holds the championship trophy at City Hall after a ticker tape parade, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in New York. The U.S. national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to capture a record fourth Women’s World Cup title. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

U.S. women’s soccer star and World Cup champ Megan Rapinoe did an interview with the U.K’s. Guardian newspaper last month in which she talked about a variety of issues, including her team’s championship victory over the Netherlands, the mythical “equal pay” issue, and gay rights.

In the piece, just published over the weekend, Rapinoe also spoke about her close relationship with her parents and how they were at odds with her politically. Here’s what she said:

Was [Rapinoe’s family home a] political household? “No, not at all. I feel like I grew up with all of these lessons [about equality], but nothing was ever spoken. No language was ever put around it. Both of my parents should be really progressive – especially my mom – and I don’t get that they’re not. I’m always saying: ‘You guys should really be Democrats!’ But they’re not, so what’s happening?”

Perhaps Rapinoe is the expression of their sublimated liberalism, the things that her parents can’t say, I suggest. “I know. And I’m very similar to how they are, even though I think my dad voted for Trump and I’ll say: ‘I don’t get it. How are you simultaneously as proud as punch of me, and watching Fox News all the time, [who are doing] takedowns of your daughter?’ That’s why I’m like: ‘You guys need to go to therapy.’”

Do they fight now? “There’s been some major blow-ups. There’s definitely been some dust-ups.” At the same time, she says: “I’m very close to my family. It’s not like: ‘Ugh, I’m from a conservative town and I never talk to them any more.’ I talk to my parents all the time, every day. And I feel like I have seen progress and growth. I would love it if people understood you should never say racist things and be OK with gay people, or whatever it is. But, obviously, it doesn’t happen that quickly.”

Rapinoe was born in Redding, California, which is considered one of the more conservative areas of California.

The answer to Rapinoe’s question is simple, although she can’t see it because she’s wrapped herself in this bubble of perpetual liberal victimhood because she happens to be a (very successful and rich) gay woman. Rapinoe has this bad habit of viewing almost anyone who has legitimate political disagreements with her as a racist, or a homophobe, or any of the other various insulting names that liberals love to call conservatives in place of substantive debate.

What she doesn’t seem to be willing to acknowledge is that people can disagree politically and not be enemies. It’s very hard in the toxic political climate we live in to believe that but it’s true. In the real world, most people’s everyday lives do not revolve around politics and tearing down people as the scum of the earth just because they happen to disagree with you.

While politicians and commentators sometimes have little choice but to fling harsh words back and forth at each other because everything is stupid, families and friends in mainstream America know each other on a more personal level, knowing a person’s heart and where they stand, their motivations and what not. Most of them can look into the eyes of their loved ones and know that in spite of any political disagreement that their hearts are in the right place.

In other words, they know that in most instances their family member or friend is not a racist, or a bigot, or whatever other name people want to throw out there just because they voted for Trump, or because they are pro-life, or believe women’s rights should not be sacrificed in the transgender debate.

Essentially Rapinoe answered her own question. I can’t speak for her parents and what they’re actually thinking, but I think it’s a safe bet to say that they don’t agree with everything that’s been said about their daughter on Fox News or by Trump. But they’re also probably very aware that Rapinoe has put herself out there as an outspoken spokesperson on a number of fronts and has set herself up for much of the criticisms she’s received.

In other words, if you’re gonna dish it out, Megan, best learn how to take it when it’s turned around on you.

Related –>> Perfect: The Babylon Bee Has Figured Out the One Person Megan Rapinoe Should Meet When She Visits DC

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Video: Tim Scott Blasts Beto and Other Dems for Trying to “Dupe” African-American Voters With Claims of Racism

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In this Nov. 5, 2015, photo, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks about the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A deliberate and persistent theme among Democrats running for president is that Donald Trump is a “racist” president who African-American voters should not trust.

It’s not a new tactic, of course. Democrats have called every Republican president or presidential nominee a “racist” to varying degrees going back decades, but this time around they think it will stick. A big reason why is because the left’s mainstream media allies have dropped all pretense of neutrality on Trump and have openly decided to join in on the accusations themselves.

Nearly every 2020 Democratic candidate has made the claim a focal point of their campaign. But in the aftermath of the horrific El Paso mass shooting earlier this month that killed 22 and injured dozens more, the former El Paso Congressman has amplified the accusation tenfold and made it part of his central theme that America was “founded on racism.”

On a campaign stop he made over the weekend in the red state of Arkansas, here’s just some of what O’Rourke said:

“In this country, though we’d like to think otherwise, was founded on racism, has persisted through racism, and is racist today. And if you don’t want to accept that phrase, or that word, or that distinction, look at this: there’s 10 times the wealth in white America today than there is black America,” O’Rourke explained. “There’s 2.3 million people behind bars tonight while we enjoy our freedom, disproportionality comprised of people of color, the largest prison population on the planet bar none.”

Watch:

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) appeared on Martha MacCallum’s “The Story” program on Fox News Monday night and was shown video clips of Democrats like O’Rourke repeatedly playing the race card and denigrating the country they want to represent. In response, Scott slammed them:

“No, not at all,” Scott told MacCallum, responding to a question about whether Democrats’ strategy for winning African-American voters will work. “This is an opportunity for the Democratic Party to try to figure out a way to dupe the African-American voters, not only in South Carolina but around the country because they really have nothing but empty promises to run on.”

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“There is nothing left to try to reel in the African-American community,” said Scott, “because President Trump and the Republican Party has done a very good job of focusing on improving the economic outcome of people who have been struggling for the last decade under the previous administration, so we now have a chance to have a contrast between the parties of the right, the right side and the party and policies of the left going the wrong direction.”

Watch the full segment below as Scott explains in detail why Democrats can’t credibly focus on issues like the economy, unemployment, and reforming the criminal justice system – because Trump is already doing it. He also noted it was a mistake to assume what African-American voters wanted in a presidential candidate could only be offered by Democrats:

Scott said earlier this month that his run for reelection in 2022 would be his last.

Related –>> The NRA Wipes The Floor With Beto O’Rourke After His Weekend Visit To An Arkansas Gun Show

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CNN’s Peter Beinart Loses His Mind Trying to Defend Omar and Tlaib

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This is CNN.

Commentator Peter Beinart was on opposite of National Review’s Rich Lowry yesterday to discuss the situation with Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib being barred from Israel over their anti-Semitic BDS promotion. That went about as well as you could expect.

After being asked about the organization that was paying for Omar and Tlaib’s trip, which has a vast history of terror ties, anti-Semitism and pushing blood libels against Jews, Beinart decided he couldn’t simply denounce them. Instead, he had to make excuses, and that meant losing his mind and railing that Palestinians have a right to foment violence.

Beinart could have simply condemned all violence unequivocally. He could have just dodged and stuck with defending the anti-Semitic group Miftah, which would have been bad enough on its own. Nope, he goes right to defending suicide bombings by qualifying why Palestinians think that stuff is ok and that it’s like slavery.

Transcript via Newsbusters.

BEINART: These — this is not — Hanan Ashrawi —

LOWRY: Oh, they just say some racist things!?

BEINART: — I know Hanan. I’m sorry — sorry, Rich.

LOWRY: They support some terrorism, but that’s okay.

BEINART: With all due respect, you have not been there and seen this on the ground. I know Hanan Ashrawi. She is not even close to a white nationalist. She is someone seeking freedom for her people.

LOWRY: Then why does the organization publish things supporting terrorism?

BEINART: Rich, I disagree with violent resistance —

LOWRY: Yeah, but why do they —

BEINART: — because a lot of Palestinians believe that because they are subject to daily violence of a system which denies them basic rights, they have the right to respond violently. I disagree with them —

LOWRY: By killing innocent people.

BEINART: But if an African-American who supported violence against the United States under slavery or Jim Crow, that did not excuse their denial of basic rights because I disagree the tactic they were using to resist it.

These kinds of ridiculous framings ignore the reality of why Israel holds control over the Palestinian territories and who actually runs them. Yes, Israel controls their borders (because shockingly, it’s also Israel’s border) and tries to maintain some level of peace. Israel also is only involved in the areas because numerous Arab nations and the Palestinians tried to destroy Israel multiple times, including in 1967 and 1973. Fun fact, when you attack another country on your border and lose, you don’t typically get your autonomy handed right back to you. In the case of Hebron, which Omar brought up in a tweet, Palestinians slaughtered Jews there. Is it in any wonder the Israelis have stepped up security there?

In the case of the Palestinians though, they’ve been offered their own country numerous times. They’ve rejected it every single time because their authorities keep their power based on grievance and violence. Without the Jews to blame everything on, they’d suddenly be left at the mercy of their people.

Meanwhile, in reality, Gaza and the West Bank are in the condition they are in, not because Israel oppresses them, but because they elected terrorist governments to lead them. Governments which don’t give people basic rights, which spend money on paying suicide bombers instead of medical care, and who can’t even keep up basic infrastructure.

The idea that if only Israel weren’t around that everyone in the region would be living in peace with sunshine and roses is nonsense. What you see in the Palestinian territories today is exactly what you’d see if they were their own nation, but probably worse because Israel wouldn’t be around helping provide many basic necessities.

Beinart should spare us the ridiculous notion that Palestinian violence is justified or that Israel is the one propagating their suffering. Israel is in an impossible position trying to deal with terrorists on their borders who don’t want to negotiate in good faith and seek their annihilation. Instead of holding them to standards no other country on earth is held to in the face of aggression, we should be acknowledging their restraint and pressing the Palestinians hard to finally start making changes.

Unfortunately, with the recent political rise of anti-Semites like Omar and Tlaib, matters seem to being going backwards and that’s not going to work out well for anyone.

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Planned Parenthood Prematurely Withdraws From Family Planning Program

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One of the goals that a lot of us on the pro-life side have been agitating for for years is getting the federal government out of the business of funding Planned Parenthood. One of their major sources of income is via grants to provide “family planning” services under Title X of the 1970 Public Health Service Act. This served as a two-fer for Planned Parenthood. First, it let the federal government pay them to establish clinics and provide loss-leader services while giving them the ability to market their primary line of business: abortion. Even though Title X money couldn’t be used for abortions, Title X money was used to subsidize facilities and staff that, directly or indirectly, participated in abortions.

In December 2018, President Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services began the process of rewriting Title X grant regulations to require that Title X grantees not share facilities, personnel, or corporate governance with abortion providers. It was squarely aimed at Planned Parenthood but I’m sure a lot of other “women’s health centers” were caught in this as well.

In doing this, HHS took advantage of a Supreme Court decision that had started during the Reagan Administration and wasn’t decided until 1991.

[Let me take a short side trip here an note that for all the people ragging on President Trump about his unworthiness to be president, explain how Trump was able to to in less than three years what George W. Bush–who is often held up as an evangelical exemplar–didn’t even attempt to do in eight. And I say this as someone who was a Bush supporter and consider him to be one of the most admirable men to have held the office in the past 50 years.]

The rule was issued in February of this year and was promptly challenged in court. Because not only is abortion a constitutional right, getting federal money is also a right. They were boatraced by the Sixth Circuit but there was always hope that the Ninth Circuit would uphold some order by a Seattle or San Francisco judge declaring a nationwide injunction. A couple of Obama judges (yes, Chief Justice Roberts there are Obama judges) did just that. On April 23, Obama-appointed Oregon district court udge Michael McShane issued a nationwide injunction and on April 25 Obama-appointed Washington district court judge Stanley Bastian did the same. But this time the unexpected happened. The Ninth Circuit removed the injunction ruling that, in light of the 1991 Rust v. Sullivan case, that the administration was very likely to prevail.

The dam has finally broken. Planned Parenthood has announced that they are out of Title X.

Planned Parenthood said all of its clinics will formally leave Title X, the marquee federal program dedicated to providing birth control to low-income women. A change to the program last year requires beneficiaries to comply with a so-called “gag order” on abortion services — something that Planned Parenthood said it isn’t willing to do. The clinic’s exit will result in a loss of millions of federal dollars.

In a conference call with reporters on Monday, Planned Parenthood’s new leader, Alexis McGill Johnson, announced all the health care clinic’s affiliates would be sending letters to the Department of Health and Human Services Monday, formally announcing their resignation from Title X. She warned that without Planned Parenthood, low-income women in rural areas would struggle to find affordable birth control options.

As Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life observed: “Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, today made a choice not to separate its abortion operation from Title X services, and in doing declined Title X funding, which makes up approximately four percent of their annual budget. Abortion is neither healthcare nor family planning and taxpayer dollars should not support abortion. Leana Wen’s recent firing and Planned Parenthood’s decision today doubles down on their ultimate goal, which is political abortion advocacy, not healthcare.”

Personally, I’m a huge skeptic about the validity of the federal government trying to reduce birthrates in any demographic segment. It smacks of paternalism and of the kind of eugenics program that eventually becomes involuntary sterilization and euthanasia. There is literally no service provided by Title X that is uniquely available there. I have no idea why we think mucking about in the sex lives of the poor is a worthy endeavor. That aside, it has always been abhorrent that we were allowing Title X to be used as a recruiting ground for abortion.

Despite my dislike of Title X, Planned Parenthood leaving will be a null set. There are more than ample community-based health nonprofits who will step up now that the abortion behemoth is out of the market. Perhaps women in need of prenatal care will actually start getting that rather than steered towards abortion. Maybe cutting off the feeder system will actually reduce the number of abortions. Maybe some of the monsters who worked to inveigle women into getting abortions will find themselves impoverished and homeless (though I doubt it).

Regardless, it is a step toward decency and even though a future Democrat president may change this rule, we’ve at least temporarily cut off this funding stream and we’ve created a new network of service providers who can compete with Planned Parenthood should the rule be reversed. For kids and families and the nation, this is win.

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It’s Time for the LGBT Community to Leave a Democrat Party that Doesn’t Truly Care About Them

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The LGBT community and the right have often been not the best of friends. The right, for the most part, embraces Judeo-Christian values that call the LGBT lifestyle a sin, and the LGBT community — at least its activist community — finds the right’s insistence that there are no sacred cows a problem.

Despite fundamental disagreements about what is right and wrong, evolutions have occurred that have brought the LGBT community and the right in alignment.

Many on the right still consider homosexuality a sin, but this view doesn’t equate to hate. For the religious right, we’re all sinners and many of us believe that it’s hypocritical to hate a man for his sins while asking forgiveness for our own. Besides that, we were called to love. As time goes on, this understanding seems to be more and more widespread and it’s not uncommon for a Christian to have gay friends.

Not everyone agrees with this in the Christian community, but even if that’s the case, it doesn’t matter. The right has also become more libertarian, and the “live and let live” approach to society has much of the right stating that if it’s not infringing on anyone else’s rights or taking money without asking, we don’t care what you do. Don’t force us to do anything or put us into a position to make us care, and we’re good.

The left used to embrace this kind of thing, but as time has passed, the left has also embraced other things that run completely contrary to the LGBT community’s best interests.

In its quest to be accepting and “woke,” the left has begun embracing cultures that fundamentally oppose homosexuality to the point where you can be arrested and even killed for being gay or lesbian. Not only are they embracing these cultures, but they’re also flat out kowtowing to them.

Take the recent incident with Rep. Ilhan Omar of the woke “Squad.”

As I covered in more detail previously, the Palestinian Authority has decided to chase down and arrest a group of LGBT activists who held a meeting in the West Bank in an attempt to plan and generate more acceptance. When asked if she’d condemn the PA for doing this, Omar’s response amounted to “yeah, but Israel.”

(READ: We Can Now Officially Label Ilhan Omar An Anti-LGBT Bigot)

Israel was never mentioned in this exchange, nor is it a part of the story. Omar desperately grasped at something to turn everyone’s attention to other than how Palestine was rounding up homosexuals and arresting them and landed on her favorite punching bag. She didn’t defend the LGBT community, she tried to distract from the issue.

Here we see a constant problem from the left. Gays can be literally thrown off buildings and the right will condemn this horrific slaughter and violation of human rights, yet the left will go primarily silent about it. The Pulse Nightclub shooter pledged loyalty to ISIS in a phone call to authorities before his attack, though, this is largely glossed over as it would tie the shooter to his religious beliefs.

The left’s care for members of the LGBT community seems to end where Islamic rigidity begins. The right doesn’t have this hangup. The right condemns the slaughter of innocents no matter who it is.

These incidents are common for the left and give off the impression that, in truth, Democrats aren’t really all that concerned about the LGBT community but consider the community useful. There’s a lot of posturing from candidates about their support of LGBT rights, to be sure. In fact, the 2020 Democrat candidates are planning to have a debate in October strictly around the LGBT community, but as Brad Polumbo at National Review wrote, what’s there to debate? It seems more like an opportunity to virtue signal:

What exactly would be debated? It’s hard to imagine any potential Democratic challenger offering a dissenting viewpoint on issues like gay marriage or transgender inclusion in the military. If anything, this “debate” will likely devolve into a revolving cycle of virtue-signaling agreement, with each candidate competing to sound more sympathetic to the gay plight than the others. That’s not productive — it’s performative.

The right and the LGBT community may never see eye to eye on a handful of issues, but the idea that we should all live as we want has never been more in sync between the two. Meanwhile, the left is playing house with the LGBT community while it turns a blind eye to state-enforced bigotry and religion-based executions.

The right and the LGBT community have nothing to lose by conversing more with one another, and the doors are definitely open for it. Understandings can be reached between the two and we can put behind the idea that we have to be enemies while respecting each other’s rights and wishes.

However, as time goes on, the LGBT community seems to have a lot to lose by fully embracing the performance art of the left as Democrats stay silent on — and even make excuses for — fatal bigotry and violations of human rights and basic freedoms.

Some things will need to change. For instance, the greater LGBT community will need to reject its overzealous activists which impose social and legal rules on private citizens and punishes those who don’t obey their rule of law. It’s here where you often see the right and the LGBT community come to blows.

Even at the best of times, I imagine you’ll still see friction and fights between the right and the LGBT community, but even in these moments, a standardized and simplistic set of rules can solve the problems pretty quickly. Those rules will mainly revolve around the idea that we cannot rule over each other’s lives. The Christian shouldn’t be forced to bake the cake and the gay couple can get married if they please so long as they don’t force a church to do it. No matter how complicated it gets, we can fall back on the principle that we are equal citizens.

It won’t ever be a perfect relationship, but it will be a more honest and caring relationship than the one the LGBT community currently has with the Democrats who seem to only care for show, and don’t show it when it becomes too risky.

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Lindsey Graham Previews a “Damning” Upcoming IG Report But Skepticism Is Warranted

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FILE – In this Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, then-incoming FBI Director James Comey talks with outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller before Comey was officially sworn in at the Justice Department in Washington. On May 17, 2017, the Justice Department said it is appointing Mueller as special counsel to oversee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

We’ve been hearing for the better part of a year now that the DOJ’s Inspector General is on the verge of releasing a damning report detailing corruption in the Trump-Russia investigation. This supposedly centers on abuse of the FISA system, where the FBI and DOJ presented documents they knew weren’t verified or credible as evidence. The biggest example of that is of course the Steele dossier, which we know formed the majority of the basis for the warrant despite the FBI already being made aware it’s chief source was a liar.

There were also other questions, specifically involving why the FBI targeted Trump associates in what now appears to be a pretty clear case of entrapment. George Papadopoulos was famously approached by Joseph Mifsud and told the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton. Despite lying to the FBI three times in the years following, Mifsud has escaped all persecution, which strongly points to him being some kind of intel asset that requires protection. Steven Halper, a known government agent, and “Azra Turk” (we know that was an alias) also played starring roles in the drama.

To say the web is tangled is an understatement. The depth of whatever operation was being run against the Trump campaign went all the way to the top, with political appointees like James Comey, James Clapper, John Brennan, and Loretta Lynch being aware and involved.

Heading into the fall, we are once again being assured that IG Horowitz’s report is right around the corner and that it’s going to be devastating. Sen. Lindsey Graham echoed this promise on Sunday.

Hotair.com provides a transcript.

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM: Well, you’ve got three lanes here. You have what the committee will do, my committee, you’ve got Mr. Durham who’s looking at criminality — he’s the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut — And you’ve got the DOJ Inspector General report. I think it will be coming out in weeks, not days, not months. The Horowitz report will probably be ugly and damning regarding the Department of Justice handling of the Russia probe.

MARIA BARTIROMO: Tell me about that, we know that the DOJ is not prosecuting James Comey. Learned that about a month ago. We know we just got the so-called 302 out of Bruce Ohr, that’s the investigation and interviews of Ohr with the FBI. And the IG report, we were supposed to get it months ago. How come it is so late?

GRAHAM: Every time you turn around you find something new. Mr. Horowitz is doing a very in-depth dive about the FISA warrant application. The behavior regarding the counterintelligence operation. He will send his report over to the Department of Justice, they will look at for classified information. I am going to meet with the Attorney General next week, I want to declassify as much as possible. On the American public to hear the story, I want all of this information to come out, I didn’t want people to believe what I said I want them to read for themselves how bad it was.

The warrant application to the FISA court, I think quite frankly was a fraud. I want all the committee cases out, where they will notice Christopher Steele hated Trump and that he was an unreliable informant. I want this information coming out that the Steele dossier with information coming from Russia is unverified information, I want the transcripts surrounding interviews with Papadopoulos to be released where it was clear he was not working with the Russians.

I want it all out. I want people to see how this investigation got so off the rails and I want people to be held accountable and I am patient, and not in a hurry, I want to do it right.

Color me skeptical.

Perhaps it’s the past three years of seeing absolutely no one held accountable for anything regarding corruption at our major institutions, but the idea that any of this will matter seems far less than a certainty at this point. We’ve known for a very long time that the FISA application was largely fraudulent and broke protocol. You’d be hard pressed to find any mainstream media reporting at all on the subject. They can’t even bring themselves to admit the Steele dossier was mostly garbage. We’ve already seen figures like James Comey, Peter Strzok, and Andrew McCabe be referred for prosecution, only to have the DOJ decline to move forward. Even in the case of Papadopoulos, information essentially proving he was setup has exclusively become the domain of right-wing media.

In other words, there are two major questions at play here. One, will the report actually be “damning” and two, if it is, will it be broadcast any further than conservative media? My suspicion, knowing what we know, is that the report will include information that is embarrassing to the Obama administration at large. But I also know it’s going to be quickly buried and spun otherwise no matter what it actually says. The ground work for the excuses has already been laid, with numerous editorials making the case that they were just trying to protect the country. That narrative isn’t going to change.

Lastly, let’s say the IG does uncover criminal activity and recommends yet more prosecutions. Will the DOJ act? Or will they ultimately decide protecting themselves is more important,? That has clearly been the path FBI Director Wray has chosen as he’s stonewalled investigations the past few years.

I sincerely hope that everything before this point has simply been leading up to the hammer dropping. That the DOJ is finally going to grow a spine and start prosecuting people. That letting James Comey off the hook was just a prologue to going after him on more serious charges. If our institutions ever want to start earning back trust, those things would be prudent.

Will any of this end up mattering though? I’ll believe it when I see it.

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