OHIO–(ENEWSPF)–July 18, 2016. Tonight’s Republican convention speaking line up includes a stunning mix of the best Donald Trump was able to scrounge up to kick off his convention. Conservatives who have repeatedly attacked Trump and his policy plans? Check. TV has-beens who share Trump’s disdain for immigrants and his love for divisive Twitter graphics? Check. Social crusaders who agree with the Trump-Pence ticket’s desire to restrict women’s rights? Check. Republicans who think Trump “doesn’t have any ideas” on “how to make America safe again?” Check! America deserves better than this.
“When you ask [Trump] questions about, ‘How do we make America safe again? How do I grow our economy? How do I bring jobs back home? How do I fix healthcare?’ he doesn’t have any ideas.” – Rep. Sean Duffy [R-WI]
This Duck Dynasty star, well-known for defending his father’s attacks on LGBT Americans, thinks we need someone who “talks tough” like Donald Trump does.
Why should Scott Baio be held accountable for Tweeting divisive graphics that someone else noticed? Because he’s representing Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency, and Donald Trump already does enough to make himself appear unfit for our nation’s highest office.
Antonio Sabato, Jr.
Another of Trump’s former television “stars” appearing at tonight’s convention, Antonio Sabato, Jr. is the perfect Hollywood foil to The Donald. Divisive in his own right, Sabato, Jr. thinks Donald Trump has “got a point in everything,” wants to send “illegal aliens coming in here illegally…back home,” and definitely thinks “we need a wall” with Mexico.
Antonio Sabato, Jr.: But he’s got a point in everything. We’re talking about illegal aliens coming in here illegally … Everybody is walking over the boarders or crawling or coming there illegally, and it’s an illegal issue. So, we have to send them back home .
Rep. McCaul may want to increase deportations and he sure was bummed by the Supreme Court’s ruling against Texas’s anti-women’s health law, but even he is no fan of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, and he’s warned that Trump’s statements could be used by ISIS to recruit. (Fact check: TRUE)
Breitbart: McCaul warned that “inflammatory statements” in America against Muslims were “counterproductive” to national security efforts would likely be used by ISIS in their propaganda material.“They take things like this and then they spin it to their advantage to inflame the Muslim world to get more recruits to join the cause,” he said.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr.
Fox Business: During an interview on the FOX Business Network’s Varney & Co., Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke discussed his support for patrolling Muslim neighborhoods, and suggested that U.S. law enforcement has already been successfully invoking this type of policing.
Sheriff David Clarke: Let me tell you why blacks sell drugs and involve themselves in criminal behavior instead of a more socially acceptable lifestyle — because they’re uneducated, they’re lazy, and they’re morally bankrupt
Sheriff David Clarke: Before long, Black Lies Matter will join forces with ISIS to being down our legal constituted republic. You heard it first here.
Rep. Sean Duffy [R-WI]
Both a former reality TV personality and an extremely conservative member of Congress, Sean Duffy would seem to be the ideal Trump surrogate – he has defended white male voters who feel like “their country has been taken away.” But even he doesn’t like Donald Trump’s comments about women, and he’s outright said that Trump “doesn’t have any ideas” to make America safer.
Colorado Senate wannabe Darryl Glenn is a pea in a climate change-denying pod with Donald Trump. Given his staunch opposition to women’s right to make their own health care decisions, we’re sure he and Mike Pence will have a lot to chat about backstage tonight.
Darryl Glenn: Climate change, we can debate that until the cows come home, for lack of a better way of stating that. The bottom line is, I do not believe that man is contributing to that factor.
Colorado Independent: “Listen up, Planned Parenthood,” [Glenn] said, promising to defund the women’s health organization that provides abortions if any tax money goes toward — his words— the dismemberment of babies.
With his mix of Pence-like extreme opposition to women’s right to make their own health decisions and his dangerous attempt to undermine national security to boost his own name recognition, Tom Cotton is a true rising start in the Party of Trump.
Washington Post: “I would use the word mutinous,” said Eaton, whose long career includes training Iraqi forces from 2003 to 2004. He is now a senior adviser to VoteVets.org. “I do not believe these senators were trying to sell out America. I do believe they defied the chain of command in what could be construed as an illegal act.” Eaton certainly had stern words for Cotton.
Senator Jeff Sessions [R-AL]
A top Trump surrogate who was once a serious contender in the race to be Trump’s veep, even Senator Jeff Sessions hasn’t been immune from criticizing Trump – stating that he wishes Trump had a better understanding of the world, and claiming that Trump will have to answer for his comments about women.
Jon Karl: Senator Sessions, let me pick it up right where we left off with Chairman Priebus. He talked about this article in The New York Times, about Trump’s relationship with women and said there are things in here that he is going to have to answer for. Do you agree with that?
Jeff Sessions: Well, of course, he has to answer and people will ask those questions and they’ve got 20 or — they’ve got hundreds, I suppose.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Quad-City Times: Abortion…Ernst is opposed, including in cases of rape and incest.
Joni Ernst: Offering voter registration forms in foreign languages is not only unlawful but serves to segregate our population, rather than unify.
Omaha World Herald: Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, rejected Donald Trump’s proposal this week to bar Muslims from entering the country, at least temporarily.“I don’t agree with his statement,” Ernst said. “Freedom of religion is a foundational principle of our republic.”
Jason Beardsley, Concerned Veterans for America
As Special Operations Adviser for the Koch-backed Concerned Veterans for America, Beardsley must be well aware of his group’s criticism of Trump’s veterans plan, which we’ve previously highlighted focuses on moving toward privatizing the VA. Concerned Veterans for America called Trump’s plan “painfully thin on specifics about how he would implement” his proposals.
Daily Caller: Veterans’ Group Not Happy With Trump’s Plan To Make The VA Great Again
Rep. Ryan Zinke [R-MT]
Zinke, himself the recipient of a campaign donation from the leader of a white supremacist group, is the perfect end note to tonight’s convention speakers. Zinke voted against federal funding for Planned Parenthood, he opposes allowing women to serve in combat roles but co-sponsored a bill to require women to register for the draft “to make a point.” Clearly no moderate, even Zinke disagrees with Trump’s plan for mass deportations of immigrants.
Billings Gazette: U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana is among a group of Republicans who received donations from the leader of a white supremacist group cited by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof. Documents show Earl Holt, the leader of the Council of Conservative Citizens, made a $500 donation to Zinke’s election campaign in October 2014. Holt listed ‘slumlord’ as his occupation on the document.
KXLH: Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., also has voted to block federal funds for Planned Parenthood. Zinke wants to stop the funding for one year and give it to other clinics, while the U.S. House investigates whether Planned Parenthood illegally sold ‘aborted baby body parts,’ said his spokeswoman, Heather Swift.
Washington Post: Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), a former Navy SEAL, introduced legislation on Thursday to compel young women to register for the Selective Service, the agency responsible for implementing a draft. For Hunter and Zinke, the bill does not mark a change of heart, but serves as a way to make a point.
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