Nancy Pelosi Says Dr. Birx is ‘Enabling’ Trump’s COVID Lies: She ‘Stands There While the President Says ‘Swallow Lysol” — WATCH

On CNN Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about remarks she made over the weekend in which she said she had no confidence in Dr. Deborah Birx, Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force since February 2020.

Said Pelosi to ABC News’ Martha Raddatz: “I think the president has been spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee so, I don’t have confidence there, no.”

Pelosi clarified the remarks to CNN’s Jim Sciutto, explaining a talk she had with White House officials: “What happened is we had a conversation about how we stop the virus, and when we did, they were making contentions about how tracing isn’t a valuable thing, we shouldn’t do it, and I said ‘Well that’s not what most scientists say.’ And they said ‘well we’ll bring a scientist to say that,’ and I said ‘Make sure it’s not Dr. Birx because I don’t have confidence in anyone who stands there while the president says swallow Lysol and it’s going to cure your virus.’”

“It’ll kill you and you won’t have the virus anymore,” Pelosi continued. “I don’t have confidence in somebody when the president says ‘it’s a hoax, magic, it’s going to go away by magic, a miracle,’ and all those things. No. I don’t have confidence.”

“I think that she has enabled [Trump’s lies],” Pelosi added. “But it’s not about her. It’s about the American people and how this administration has not had a strategic plan. …. If the president is saying these things, then who’s advising him that this is okay and enabling that to happen?”

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‘LGBTrump’ Founder Arrested After Vandalizing Black Lives Matter Mural Outside Trump Tower

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A supporter of President Donald Trump was arrested for a second time after smearing paint across the Black Lives Matter mural that sits in front of Trump Tower.

Mark-David Hutt, of Rochester, New York, was arrested by the New York Police Department on July 25 and 26, becoming one of at least eight people to be detained for vandalizing the city-installed mural.

Video of the vandalism on Sunday shows the 31-year-old crawling on his knees while using his bare hands to smudge the paint over the yellow letters.

An NYPD officer can be heard instructing Hutt that he must stop and stand up.

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“Sir, step up sir! You need to stop,” the officer orders Hutt.

Hutt ignores the officer’s warnings several times and is eventually placed in handcuffs.

It took four police officers to get Hutt to comply with their requests.

NYPD Detective Denise Moroney told The Washington Post that Hutt was charged with criminal mischief.

Hutt reportedly defaced the Black Lives Matter mural with paint on both Saturday and Sunday of last week.

Hutt took to Facebook to share a trove of videos and images of him painting over the mural. In one video post, he wrote: “Saturday, I splashed Red. Sunday, I splashed White. & on Monday…”

“Mayor Bill de Blasio has ruined NYC & has put a target on the backs of NYPD’s finest. We need to STAND UP and take our country back. #BlueLivesMatter,” he wrote, attacking the NYC mayor for approving the mural.

Hutt identified himself as the founder of the so-called “LGBTrump” group and has several posts, both on his personal and LGBTrump page, making disparaging comments towards de Blasio and Democrats.

“The #BlackLivesMatter ‘mural’ is nothing more than a Democrat campaign billboard intended to cause more division in America,” one post on the LGBTrump page read.

Another post celebrates the cancelation of San Francisco’s LGBTQ pride parade due to the coronavirus pandemic. One meme falsely claims that teen climate activist Greta Thunberg had apologized for wearing an Antifa shirt.

The page also condemns acts of vandalism committed by agitators during recent BLM protests but appears to celebrate his recent acts of vandalism outside Trump Tower.

One meme shared by Hutt smeared the Black Lives Matter movement, claiming it was no different than the KKK.

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Trump to Be Nominated by Republican Delegates Behind Closed Doors, No Press Allowed for First Time in History

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Republican delegates will nominate Donald Trump as their candidate behind closed doors and for the first time in U.S. history, no press will be allowed.

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports: “The spokesperson couldn’t say whether C-SPAN, the nonprofit public service network, would be allowed to air the proceedings. ‘[W]e are planning for all of the Charlotte activities to be closed press: Friday, August 21 – Monday, 24th given the health restrictions and limitations in place in the state,’ the convention spokesperson said in an email. ‘We are happy to let you know if this changes, but we are working within the parameters set before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events.’ Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of delegates at the Republican National Convention had already been lowered from 2,550 to 336. Alternate delegates have been disinvited. Media seating has been eliminated.”

The AP and CNN confirmed the news.

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Indict Trump for Negligent Homicide

“Negligent homicide occurs when a defendant kills another person while engaging in conduct that they should have known carried risks.”

The last months have been some of the most difficult in the history of our republic and there appears to be no end in sight.  COVID-19 is devastating our country, with experts predicting near a quarter of million dead by election day.  Many who survive the plague face months of recovery and may experience serious neurological, respiratory, and cardiac side effects for an exceptionally long time.

When the surge hit the Northeast and particularly New York and New Jersey, we hardly knew anything about COVID-19. Thanks to heroic actions by governors, scientists, and everyday Americans, we learned (and are still learning) painful lessons about how to fight this virus.  Tragically, hundreds of thousands died on this learning curve.

Months into this pandemic, we have a core base of knowledge that is accepted by the scientific and medical communities.  This includes these basics: shutdowns did work; opening up too soon is deadly; our economy can’t recover until we get this pandemic under control; wearing masks and social distancing is the most effective way for individual Americans to fight the disease; and local leaders can’t fight the pandemic alone without strong national leadership. 

Clear, powerful, and courageous leadership is urgently needed at the national level.  

At first, Trump was overwhelmed by COVID-19.  This virus respected no boundaries, no blue states or red states, no political party and certainly couldn’t care less about the upcoming election.  Trump fumbled around looking for a place that he should land when this virus, which he had been warned about, arrived.  I honestly believed that in the early days he was like the rest of us, attempting to find his way on a road filled with harsh and bloody rocks. 

We will give him those early moments.  

Instead of providing the national leadership urgently required with regard to testing, masks and contact tracing, Trump has progressed along the most evil and disastrous path imaginable, allowing Americans to die in an attempt to save his presidency.  

There is no disputing this fact.  Now, Trump undoubtedly has the information and knowledge needed to make tough decisions, and he has chosen his own well-being over the national interest. 

It is one thing to ignore a crisis and hope it will go away, or to not be able to summon the leadership required.  It is another to embark on a program of deliberately disseminating misinformation with full knowledge that the path will kill tens of thousands of Americans.  

His actions over the last weeks, with the support of his henchmen Ron DeSantis, Brian Kemp, Greg Abbott and Doug Ducey, perfectly fit the definition of negligent homicide. By refusing to curb this pandemic for political reasons, spreading copious amounts of disinformation, and implementing a campaign of character assassination against those attempting to oppose his deadly policies, Trump has created a clear-cut case for his indictment. 

Unfortunately, there is great legal uncertainty as to whether a U.S. president can be indicted for any of his policies.  Most constitutional lawyers would say that he cannot.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court recently made clear that no person, including this president, is above the law.  Trump’s actions in recent weeks will lead to hundreds of thousands of American deaths and tens of thousands of others will be damaged for life by the disease.  He knowingly chose a path that not only failed to slow the pandemic but one that aided its spread for political reasons.

It is time to hold him responsible for these premeditated actions and indict him for negligent homicide. I hope somewhere in America there is a brave prosecutor or district attorney that will put those charges in front of a grand jury of Americans and let them decide if Trump’s crimes against humanity are so egregious that he should be indicted.  

Our president is a killer.

All opinions expressed are those of the author.

David Mixner, whom Newsweek once named the most powerful gay man in America, has been a highly regarded leader in American politics and international human rights for over 40 years and is a best-selling author of Stranger Among Friends, At Home with Myself, and Brave Journeys (co-written with Dennis Bailey). A sought after keynote speaker around the globe, Mixner has lectured at Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and the London School of Economics.

Mixner has raised over $30 million for candidates and charity organizations, including well over $1 million for openly gay and lesbian candidates across the country, and has participated in over 75 election campaigns, serving as campaign manager, fundraiser, or strategist. Campaigns include Gephardt for President, Clinton for President, Hart for President, McGovern for President, Bradley for Mayor, and Brown for Governor and Senate. Additionally, Mixner is a past member of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party National Commission on Delegate Selection and Party Reform, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund (former National Co-Chair).

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LGBT+ voters could block Trump’s re-election bid and ‘put equality back on the agenda’, says GLAAD president

Sarah Kate Ellis, president of LGBT+ advocacy organisation GLAAD, is calling for LGBT+ people and their allies to do three crucial things ahead of the US election.

“We have 100 days to impact the course of history and put LGBTQ+ equality and social justice back on the forward-moving path,” Ellis said in a passionate op-ed for The Advocate.

Ellis urged everyone to register to vote, to talk to 10 people they know about how the election impacts them as an LGBT+ person, and, crucially, to get out and vote on November 3.

Exit polls during the 2018 mid-terms suggested that six per cent of voters are LGBT+. Trump won “razor-thin victories in key swing states” that could be flipped, Ellis said, if more LGBT+ people get out and vote.

And on top of this, she pointed out that the “rainbow wave” in 2018 could be repeated: “In 2018, LGBTQ+ voters and our allies helped to create a Rainbow Wave —  electing an unprecedented number of LGBTQ+ people to public office at all levels and contributing to the tide that swept in a pro-equality majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

“This year,” Ellis said, “we can do the same in the U.S. Senate.”

Ellis wrote that Donald Trump and his administration have been “disastrous” for the LGBT+ community, pointing to GLAAD’s monitoring of his policies and campaign rhetoric.

GLAAD has tracked more than 160 attacks in policy and rhetoric from the president and his appointees since he took office in January 2017, and the number continues to grow,” she said.

“It literally started on day one with the removal of all mentions of LGBTQ+ people and policy from the official White House website and has continued nonstop.

“From the egregious ban on transgender service members to the elimination of tracking LGBTQ+ bullying and harassment in our schools to arguing against our equality in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the attacks have been incessant.

“The president even asserted that businesses should be able to hang signs in their windows that say, ‘Gays Not Allowed’.”

LGBT+ people and their allies must block Donald Trump’s re-election bid, Ellis argued.

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Trump Fan Hangs Noose Over Confederate Flag On Truck’s Tailgate, Calls Rope His ‘Dog’s Leash’: WATCH

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An Indiana man has gone viral after sharing a video of his pickup truck showing a Confederate flag painted on his tailgate and a noose hanging over it.

The man, who was later identified as 19-year-old Colton Allen of Bedford, Indiana, posted the video after someone left a note on his windshield saying, “f*ck you.”

After showing off the note, Allen goes around his pickup truck with an unidentified cameraman to show why someone might be compelled to leave the hostile note.

The cameraman asks “What are they are hating on, Mr. Colton?”

He replied, “I honestly don’t understand why they’re so upset,” grabbing the noose and characterizing it as his “dog’s leash.”

Near the end of the video, the cameraman suggests the noose is “just hanging” in the event the driver needs to “pull somebody out.”

“It’s not like it can be a noose or anything. That’s racist,” the cameraman said, to which Allen agreed.

The video, originally posted on Snapchat by Allen’s friend, Brady Headrick, went viral after it was shared on social media by former NBA player Rex Chapman on July 12.

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Rapper and “Law & Order: SVU” star Ice T reposted the video with the caption, “racist clown of the day.”

Along with the note left on Allen’s truck, multiple people in his hometown of Bedford have taken photos of his truck and shared them on social media.

Reuben Murr said in a Facebook post, “These people are the trash living in Bedford Indiana! Yes, a confederate flag and a noose hanging out the back bed of the truck. Anyone know who owns this? Let’s make him famous…”

Murr said he saw the truck parked at Walmart. After he posted the photo on his Facebook page, one of his friends tagged Allen in the comments and Allen confirmed it was his truck. Allen replied to Murr’s post saying, “You guys can come see me.”

According to Heavy: “Allen graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School in 2020, according to his Facebook profile. Before he made his Facebook profile more private, his Facebook page included several memes and posts about his right-wing views and his support of President Donald Trump.”

One meme on his social media shows protesters, including Black people, with the caption, “Impeach Trump before we all end up with jobs.” Allen also shared a meme that shows a photo of Trump and says, “even in heaven there’s a wall, a gate and rules to get in.” Another Facebook post by Allen is a meme that says, “Worry about your character and not your reputation. Because your character is who you are and your reputation is only what people think of you.”

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