Immigration http://www.pfaw.org/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:20:51 -0400 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:21:40 -0400 Jim Bakker: We Are All On Drugs! http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jim-bakker-we-are-all-drugs <p>Last week, televangelist Jim Bakker <a href="https://jimbakkershow.com/video/understanding-jihadi-generation-day-2/">sat down</a> with <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/john-guandolo-hopes-president-trump-throws-obama-officials-jail-treason">disgraced former FBI agent John Guandolo</a> to discuss the Muslim Brotherhood&rsquo;s supposed infiltration of the U.S. government (<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jim-bakker-buy-food-buckets-because-politicians-are-letting-terrorists-sneak-through-border">and sell survival food</a>).</p> <p>Bakker, infuriated that the Obama administration is resettling Syrian refugees in the U.S. and failed to build a wall on the southern border, got up from his chair to tell the audience about how immigration has led to a deluge of drugs and crime and that the refugee population is actually a Trojan Horse for ISIS. He also managed to link the issue to voter fraud.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re like sheep being led to the slaughter,&rdquo; he <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHv3MAEjedg&feature=youtu.be">said</a>.</p> <p>Bakker then castigated the audience for not realizing the gravity of the situation, explaining that they must all be on drugs&hellip;like his wife and co-host, Lori Bakker, was in her youth. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t see how Christians are sitting back,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s like you&rsquo;re all on drugs. It&rsquo;s like all the church people have just taken something.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Smoke a lot of pot, to dumb you down, just kind of chill,&rdquo; Lori Bakker interjected.</p> <p>&ldquo;Lori knows, too, because she smoked a lot of pot when she was a girl.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Well, yeah, you just &mdash; you know, hey.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UHv3MAEjedg?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 Immigration Jim Bakker John Guandolo Fighting the Right 72846 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:20:51 -0400 Immigration Jim Bakker: Buy Food Buckets Because Politicians Are Letting Terrorists Sneak Through The Border http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jim-bakker-buy-food-buckets-because-politicians-are-letting-terrorists-sneak-through-border <p>Jim Bakker continues to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jim-bakker-buy-my-survival-food-because-world-war-iii-coming-soon">find</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jim-bakker-enjoy-ice-cream-sandwiches-while-everyone-else-dead">new</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jim-bakkers-survival-food-will-let-you-have-parties-when-world-coming-apart">and</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jim-bakker-america-descending-cannibalism">terrifying</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jim-bakker-even-your-sweet-neighbors-will-start-eating-babies-end-times">ways</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/survive-nuclear-winter-jim-bakkers-milk-buckets">to</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/jim-bakker-decorate-your-living-room-food-buckets">pitch</a> his buckets of survival food, warning viewers <a href="https://jimbakkershow.com/video/understanding-jihadi-generation-day-1/">yesterday</a> that they need to stock up to prepare for the threat of terrorists and criminals coming across the southern border.</p> <p>The conservative televangelist said that he has &ldquo;a burden and a calling to get America ready&rdquo; even as &ldquo;the politicians are saying, &lsquo;Oh, it&rsquo;s not about having security on our border, it&rsquo;s about being friendly.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t mind being friendly to the Mexicans who are picking the crops and they are great bricklayers and great people,&rdquo; he <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7ZH_lhY8Zk&feature=youtu.be">continued</a>, &ldquo;but there&rsquo;s criminals coming in, there&rsquo;s terrorists coming in, there&rsquo;s drugs coming that&rsquo;s killing America&rsquo;s kids!&rdquo;</p> <p>Bakker lamented that he is under attack simply for speaking common sense.</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y7ZH_lhY8Zk?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman C4 Immigration Jim Bakker Fighting the Right 72641 Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:15:48 -0400 Immigration Kobach: Maybe Obama Opposes Proof Of Citizenship Laws Because He's Not A Citizen http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kobach-maybe-obama-opposes-proof-citizenship-laws-because-hes-not-citizen <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/kris_kobach_A.jpg?1381161842" /> <p>Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the influential anti-immigration operative who has been involved in both <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kris-kobach-mastermind-anti-immigrant-policies-helped-write-trumps-border-wall-plan"> Donald Trump&rsquo;s border wall policy </a> and <a href="http://imagine2050.newcomm.org/2016/04/15/the-immigration-reform-law-institute-and-the-anti-immigrant-origins-of-texas-v-united-states/" title="http://imagine2050.newcomm.org/2016/04/15/the-immigration-reform-law-institute-and-the-anti-immigrant-origins-of-texas-v-united-states/ Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link"> the immigration case currently before the Supreme Court</a>, called into question President Obama&rsquo;s birthplace <a href="https://audioboom.com/boos/4449292-april-17-2016">on his radio program this weekend</a>.</p> <p>In response to a caller who wondered if the Obama administration&rsquo;s opposition to restrictive voting laws such as a proof-of-citizenship requirement in Kansas is because the president himself is &ldquo;not a citizen of the United States,&rdquo; Kobach said that there are &ldquo;interesting things&rdquo; about the question of Obama&rsquo;s citizenship that &ldquo;just made you scratch your head.&rdquo; He added that &ldquo;maybe&rdquo; the caller&rsquo;s theory about the president&rsquo;s opposition to voting restrictions was correct.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/260044598&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Kobach was speaking <a href="https://audioboom.com/boos/4449292-april-17-2016">on his radio program</a> on Kansas City&rsquo;s KCMO on Sunday about a <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/steve-rose/article72158212.html">column</a> in the Kansas City Star &mdash; which Kobach calls the &ldquo;Kansas City Red Star&rdquo; &mdash; blasting him for his role in enacting restrictive voting laws in Kansas and around the nation, when a listener identified as &ldquo;Jim from Iowa&rdquo; called in.</p> <p>Jim told Kobach he didn&rsquo;t understand &ldquo;what the big deal&rdquo; was about <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kobachs-voting-restrictions-hitting-young-new-voters-hardest">a law championed by Kobach</a> requiring people to present proof of citizenship when registering to vote &ldquo;because our president, his little grandma said he was born in Africa, he waited two years before he sent out that fake birth certificate, he got a scholarship to a place, a college in California that only gives it to foreigners, so what&rsquo;s the difference?&rdquo;</p> <p>(Just to be clear, Obama&rsquo;s grandmother <a href="http://www.salon.com/2009/07/24/liddy/">did not say he was born in Kenya</a>,<a href="http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/birthcertificate.asp">his birth certificate is not fake</a>, and he <a href="http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/occidental.asp">did not get a scholarship meant for foreign students</a>.)</p> <p>At first, Kobach didn&rsquo;t address the birther issue, noting instead that Obama is indeed &ldquo;opposed to Kansas&rdquo; and &ldquo;doesn&rsquo;t like voter ID laws.&rdquo;</p> <p>But the caller persisted, saying, &ldquo;He&rsquo;s not going to bring up proof of citizenship because he&rsquo;s not a citizen of the United States, he&rsquo;s not supposed to be the president, his own grandma said he was born in Africa, what else do you need? And that birth certificate thing was all fake, it took him two years, like I said, to get it sent out. How did he get the scholarship to that college in California that only foreign people get it? How did he get that? How come everybody lets it go?&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;You know, you&rsquo;re right,&rdquo; Kobach responded, &ldquo;and of course that issue&rsquo;s kind of water under the bridge these days, but there were some interesting things. Like there was that one thing, it just made you scratch your head, there was that one thing that the Harvard Law Journal printed which described Barack Obama as a &lsquo;young student born in Kenya.&rsquo; Now, he says that was wrong, and maybe it was wrong, but anyway, maybe you&rsquo;re right, maybe that&rsquo;s why he doesn&rsquo;t talk about proof of citizenship, because he, you know, he would rather not bring up the citizenship issue. Of course, now he&rsquo;s got nothing to worry about, he&rsquo;s in office for the remaining year.&rdquo;</p> <p>(We don&rsquo;t know what head-scratching &ldquo;Harvard Law Journal&rdquo; article Kobach was referring to, but he could have been getting it mixed up with a <a href="http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/booklet.asp">promotional flier for one of Obama&rsquo;s books</a> that mistakenly described him as being born in Kenya, which birthers have made much of.)</p> <p>When Jim asked if Obama could still &ldquo;get in trouble&rdquo; for lying about his birthplace, Kobach responded that &ldquo;at this point there&rsquo;s not really any forum in which the facts will be further&rdquo; examined.</p> <p>&ldquo;Well, why didn&rsquo;t everybody do something about this eight years ago?&rdquo; Jim demanded.</p> <p>&ldquo;Well,&rdquo; Kobach said, &ldquo;as you may recall, there was quite a kerfuffle about it back then.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Did you notice everybody that was complaining, they shut up like overnight?&rdquo; Jim said. &ldquo;I think they were all threatened just like Old Lady Clinton threatens everybody if you don&rsquo;t do what she wants. I think they&rsquo;re all threatened, that&rsquo;s why they all shut up real fast.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Well, who knows?&rdquo; Kobach said. &ldquo;That whole issue has been a truly strange one, that&rsquo;s for sure.&rdquo;</p> <p>Perhaps they will have to wait until Trump, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/another-right-wing-extremist-white-nationalist-ties-endorses-donald-trump"> Kobach&rsquo;s preferred candidate for president</a>, fulfills his promise to <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-obama-birth-certificate-ted-cruz-canada-2016-1"> write a book about Obama&rsquo;s <em>real </em>birthplace</a>.</p> Miranda Blue Birther C4 Donald Trump Immigration Kansas Kris Kobach Voting Rights Fighting the Right The Right to Vote 72541 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:27:07 -0400 Immigration Tea Party Group Draws Crowd Of Tens To Protest Supreme Court Confirmation http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tea-party-group-draws-crowd-tens-protest-supreme-court-confirmation <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="644" height="493" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/tpp%20scotus%20protest%20A%20image.png?1460999499" /> <p>Today, as thousands of people <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/activists-rally-outside-of-supreme-court-as-justices-hear-immigration-arguments/">gathered in front of the Supreme Court</a> to voice their support of President Obama&rsquo;s executive actions on immigration, a somewhat smaller crowd organized by Tea Party Patriots held forth against the DAPA/DACA actions and urged the Senate not to confirm President Obama&rsquo;s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.</p> <p>We counted about 20 people at the Tea Party Patriots event at 11 am, shortly before the event&rsquo;s speeches were scheduled to begin:&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/tpp%20scotus%20protest.png" style="width: 400px; height: 462px;" /></p> <p>The heavily outnumbered protesters carried signs saying &ldquo;#NoHearingsNoVotes,&rdquo; &ldquo;#TheDecisionIsOurs,&rdquo; &ldquo;#LetThePeopleDecide&rdquo; and &ldquo;Let The People Have A Voice On The Future Of The Court,&rdquo; the message that anti-Garland groups <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/judicial-crisis-networks-incredibly-dishonest-pro-obstruction-ad">have settled on</a> to make their quest to block hearings on a Supreme Court nomination sound like a populist rallying cry. The sign on a podium labeled Garland &ldquo;Obama&rsquo;s Rubber Stamp.&rdquo;</p> <p>There was a high ratio of Republican and conservative movement speakers to grassroots activists, as<a href="https://twitter.com/replouiegohmert/status/722097744589012992">Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas</a>,<a href="https://twitter.com/TPPatriots/status/722095758359531521">Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo</a>.,<a href="https://twitter.com/TPPatriots/status/722094821138178049">Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa</a>, and the <a href="https://twitter.com/TPPatriots/status/722098184672190464">Judicial Crisis Network&rsquo;s Carrie Severino</a> addressed the small crowd.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s another view of the Tea Party Patriots event:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Sad. That tiny empty space is the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/teaparty?src=hash">#teaparty</a> anti dapa rally outside <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SCOTUS?src=hash">#SCOTUS</a> <a href="https://t.co/XN19aZpCMT">pic.twitter.com/XN19aZpCMT</a></p> &mdash; Matt Hildreth (@mhildreth) <a href="https://twitter.com/mhildreth/status/722057092673183744">April 18, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="http://www.pfaw.org//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> Politico<a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/steve-king-louie-gohmert-immigration-clash-222092#ixzz46CbChvYV"> reports</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>News concerences sponsored by the Tea Party and FreedomWorks also featured Reps. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), as well as other speakers who unsuccessfully tried to lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and "America the Beautiful." An effort to lead a singalong of the national anthem backfired when the singer forgot the lyrics midway through, drawing jeers.</p> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> Miranda Blue C4 Carrie Severino Immigration Judicial Crisis Network judicial nominations Ken Buck Louie Gohmert Steve King Supreme Court Tea Party Patriots Fair and Just Courts Fighting the Right 72386 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:16:50 -0400 Immigration Kris Kobach, Mastermind Of Anti-Immigrant Policies, Helped Write Trump's Border Wall Plan http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kris-kobach-mastermind-anti-immigrant-policies-helped-write-trumps-border-wall-plan <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="1024" height="717" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/kobach.jpg?1460397053" /> <p>Kris Kobach, a former Bush administration attorney who is now the secretary of state of Kansas, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/kris-kobach-anti-immigration-laws-sb-1070">helped write Arizona's SB1070</a>, the state's infamous anti-immigrant "show me your papers" law. He <a href="http://blog.al.com/live/2011/10/kris_kobach_the_kansas_lawyer_1.html">helped Alabama craft</a> one of the <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/alabama-anti-immigration-law-self-deportation-movement">most disastrous anti-immigrant laws</a> in the U.S.&nbsp;In his home state, Kobach has <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article39540408.html">raised the specter</a> of undocumented immigrants committing voter fraud in an attempt to justify a "proof of citizenship" law that has <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kobachs-new-rules-block-20-percent-kansas-voter-registration-applications">kept tens of thousands of Kansans from registering to vote</a>. In 2012, he <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/02/22/the_man_behind_romneys_self_deportation_dreams/">advised Mitt Romney</a> on his infamous "self-deportation" policy. When politicians want help cracking down on undocumented immigrants, and they don't mind going about it in creatively cruel ways, <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/kris-kobach-anti-immigration-laws-sb-1070">Kobach is their go-to guy</a>.</p> <p>So it should come as absolutely no surprise that when Donald Trump announced an <a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/04/trump-has-a-plan-to-make-mexico-pay-for-his-wall.html">astonishingly cruel</a> plan to attempt to make Mexico pay for a wall at the southern border by holding hostage the money that Mexican immigrants send home to their family members, it was Kobach who was behind it.</p> <p>When Kobach endorsed Trump back in February, he <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-gop-primary-live-updates-and-results/2016/02/kris-kobach-endorse-donald-trump-219989">offered a version</a> of what became the GOP frontrunner's plan for the wall:</p> <blockquote> &ldquo;We have the ability to shut down the flow of remittances to Mexico from illegal aliens working in the United States,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Mexico will then have to make a choice: Either make a single payment of $5 billion to $10 billion to the United States to pay for the wall, or lose most of the $23 billion in remittances that Mexico receives every year from its nationals working illegally in the United States.&rdquo;</blockquote> <p>Now Kobach says that he was in fact <a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2016-04-10/kris-kobach-advised-donald-trump-border-wall-plan">the one behind Trump's plan to seize remittances</a>:</p> <blockquote> In an interview, Kobach said Trump&rsquo;s focus on remittances &mdash; money sent by individuals in the U.S. to friends and family in other countries &mdash; is consistent with what he had been advising the campaign. He said he has spoken with the campaign directly, and Trump himself, about immigration.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mr. Trump was receptive to that idea and I think he&rsquo;s an excellent negotiator and he looks for opportunities to put pressure on opposing parties in negotiations and this fits the bill,&rdquo; Kobach said.<br /> <br /> ...<br /> <br /> The path outlined by Trump is a more detailed version of what Kobach proposed in February when he endorsed the candidate. During an interview Friday, when directed to Trump&rsquo;s plan on his campaign website, Kobach said he had drafted portions of the document. The Trump campaign didn&rsquo;t respond to a request to elaborate on Kobach&rsquo;s involvement with formulating Trump&rsquo;s position on paying for the wall.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I have been in touch with Mr. Trump directly and his campaign team about this issue,&rdquo; Kobach said.</blockquote> <p>Trump's plan, like many ideas originating with Kobach, would not only be unnecessarily cruel but could also be <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/trump-mexico-border-wall-remittances-444741">a logistical nightmare and an economic disaster</a>, one that would probably end up increasing the rate of Mexican immigration into the U.S.</p> Miranda Blue C4 Donald Trump Election 2016 Immigration Kris Kobach Fighting the Right 72071 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:50:30 -0400 Immigration Gohmert: If Immigration Reform Passes, 'The Republic Will Be Lost' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gohmert-if-immigration-reform-passes-republic-will-be-lost <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="605" height="328" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/louie_gohmert_ap_605.jpg?1446482255" /> <p>Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, a prominent<a href="https://www.tedcruz.org/news/texas-congressmen-endorse-ted-cruz-for-president/"> endorser</a> of Sen. Ted Cruz&rsquo;s presidential campaign, warned last month that if the next president allows any sort of path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the United States, &ldquo;the republic will be lost&rdquo; because new citizens won&rsquo;t understand the &ldquo;responsibility to be properly educated before you vote&rdquo; and thus will &ldquo;vote for whoever will give them the most welfare.&rdquo;</p> <p>Gohmert made the comments in a March 31 <a href="http://www.wcbm.com/sean-and-frank-exclusive-interviews/">interview</a> with Baltimore talk radio hosts Sean Casey and Frank Luber.</p> <p>Casey asked Gohmert about a Center for Immigration Studies report that he said showed that the &ldquo;immigrant population in the United States is now at 61 million&rdquo; (in fact, the CIS number also<a href="http://cis.org/61-Million-Immigrants-and-Their-Young-Children-Now-Live-in-the-United-States">included the <em>American-born children</em></a> <em> </em>of immigrants) and whether that means that Texas could go the way of California and turn &ldquo;into a blue state.&rdquo;</p> <p>Gohmert agreed, saying that while Republican Gov. Pete Wilson is often <a href="http://www.latinodecisions.com/blog/2013/10/17/prop187effect/">blamed for turning California Latino voters off from the GOP</a> by pushing a draconian anti-immigrant ballot measure, the state&rsquo;s political shift was actually the result of Ronald Reagan being &ldquo;tricked into signing an amnesty bill and all the sudden you had 2 to 4 million Democratic voters.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;So if we get a president that decides to do any kind of amnesty, then the republic will be lost,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Because you cannot give people the rights without them being educated to the responsibilities. If they come into this country and they don&rsquo;t understand there&rsquo;s a responsibility to be properly educated before you vote, then they&rsquo;re going to vote for whoever will give them the most welfare, and we&rsquo;re on our way to bankruptcy already, that will help push us over the edge.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/257999553&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Election 2016 Immigration Louie Gohmert Texas Fighting the Right 72011 Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:27:09 -0400 Immigration Steve King: GOP Primary Voters Channeling The Spirit Of The Revolutionary War http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/steve-king-gop-primary-voters-channeling-spirit-revolutionary-war <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="1200" height="798" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/steve-king-cpac.jpg?1448049345" /> <p>Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, who has endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz&rsquo;s presidential run, said in an<a href="http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/04/05/rep-steve-king-if-trump-or-cruz-isnt-nominated-could-be-the-end-of-the-republican-party/"> interview </a>with Breitbart&rsquo;s Stephen Bannon yesterday that the success of &ldquo;anti-establishment candidates&rdquo; like Cruz and Donald Trump in the Republican primary shows that Republican voters are channeling the spirit of the American Revolution.</p> <p>King attributed the success of Cruz and Trump to frustration that Republican leaders in Congress &ldquo;haven&rsquo;t followed through on their promises&rdquo; to repeal the Affordable Care Act, block executive actions on immigration, or call out the president &ldquo;on his constitutional violations of all kinds.&rdquo;</p> <p>He explained that it all started with the Tea Party, which he described as a Christian conservative movement with an energy that &ldquo;goes back to the pipes of the Revolutionary War&rdquo; and that is now reflected by the majority of the Republican electorate.</p> <blockquote> <p>We have watched this within the Tea Party, and they are full-spectrum, conservative Christian, constitutional conservatives for the most part &mdash; and they don&rsquo;t exclude people who are conservatives that happen to be of another faith or religion at all, they&rsquo;re very welcoming to all people that would join the cause &mdash; but that energy and fervor that goes back to that, let&rsquo;s say goes back to the pipes of the revolutionary war, that&rsquo;s something that motivates us, we&rsquo;re rooted in our history, it&rsquo;s a common historical experience that we have.</p> <p>And they know that the Declaration and the Constitution were shaped then, and if we fail to adhere to those values, if this is the time to restore and refurbish the pillars of American exceptionalism, that if we fail, our Constitution will be lost. And that&rsquo;s the 80 percent out there of the Republicans and that&rsquo;s about the zero percent of the Democrats.</p> </blockquote> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/257682091&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>King also explained that he knew he could count on Cruz in 2013 when he <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2013/06/19/steve-king-plans-six-hour-news-conference-on-immigration/" title="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2013/06/19/steve-king-plans-six-hour-news-conference-on-immigration/ Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link"> held an all-day press conference </a> in protest of the Gang of Eight immigration bill and &ldquo;for 45 minutes, [Cruz] delivered chapter and verse of everything that I have fought for and believed in with regard to the immigration issue.&rdquo;</p> <p>He said that his respect for Cruz was further cemented when he learned that the Texas senator &ldquo;was raised with the Bible and the Constitution at the kitchen table, side by side, indexed to each other&rdquo; and that&rsquo;s when &ldquo;I knew that it&rsquo;s in his bones.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/257682092&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Election 2016 Immigration Steve King Ted Cruz Fighting the Right 71881 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:23:37 -0400 Immigration Mike Huckabee Praises Trump's 'Shrewd Plan' To Squeeze Mexico By Punishing Immigrants http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/mike-huckabee-praises-trumps-shrewd-plan-squeeze-mexico-punishing-immigrants <p>Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who after dropping out of the GOP presidential race&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/huckabee-hearts-trump#.wuvAqAlEA">started</a> <a href="http://mediamatters.org/video/2016/02/29/watch-mike-huckabee-stumble-as-he-tries-to-defe/208909">shilling</a> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-huckabee-blames-a-bunch-of-thugs-out-on-the-street-for-trump-rally-violence_us_56e46acae4b0860f99d944dc"> for </a> his former rival Donald Trump, is praising Trump&rsquo;s &ldquo;shrewd plan&rdquo; to make Mexico pay for a border wall by <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/report-trump-hell-fund-wall-cutting-remittances-38158595"> cutting off the money that immigrants send to their families</a>.</p> <p>Huckabee <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBRH8pzL2bw">told Newsmax&rsquo;s Steve Malzberg</a> yesterday that Trump&rsquo;s plan was &ldquo;shrewd&rdquo; and that it is &ldquo;entirely possible&rdquo; that it would work.</p> <p>To Trump&rsquo;s haters, he said: &ldquo;One thing you have to realize, Donald Trump has been very, very smart in his business career by winning negotiated battles over everything from zoning to construction. You don&rsquo;t get to be who he is and where he is without having some really, really shrewd, clever ideas about getting what you want.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9dGlkkBdw2s" width="560"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Donald Trump Election 2016 Immigration Mike Huckabee Steve Malzberg Fighting the Right 71841 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:37:29 -0400 Immigration Steve King Suspects 'A Good Chunk' Of Remittances To Mexico Are 'Laundered Drug Money' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/steve-king-suspects-good-chunk-remittances-mexico-are-laundered-drug-money <p>When Donald Trump suggested this week that he would make Mexico pay for a border wall by <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/05/donald-trump-mexico-border-wall-plan-remittances" title="http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/05/donald-trump-mexico-border-wall-plan-remittances Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link"> threatening to cut off all remittance payments </a> sent by American workers to family members in Mexico, he was echoing years of calls from anti-immigrant politicians like former Minnesota Rep. <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/michele-bachmann-proposes-100-tax-money-sent-home-immigrants-stop-war-being-waged-against-us"> Michele Bachmann </a> and Louisiana Sen. <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjNosvhovrLAhXKrB4KHYE2DCUQFggmMAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rightwingwatch.org%2Fcontent%2Fdavid-vitter-calls-government-crack-down-remittances&usg=AFQjCNFiiZYTaoTBvVBU5iy7m9gGzFRY-g&sig2=CwB0ygNZ-0Vf8MTrO842bQ&bvm=bv.118443451,d.dmo"> David Vitter </a> to punish immigrants who send money to their families.</p> <p>It isn&rsquo;t exactly a surprise, then, that Rep. Steve King of Iowa, one of the most vocal anti-immigration advocates in Congress, seems fairly supportive of Trump&rsquo;s plan despite <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/extremist-congressman-god-raising-ted-cruz-save-americas-soul">having endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz</a> for president.</p> <p>Newsmax host Steve Malzberg <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOAdp5TF0t0">asked King</a> about Trump&rsquo;s plan in an interview yesterday, and King said that while he was &ldquo;torn between a couple of two fires&rdquo; on the issue, he&rsquo;d &ldquo;like to see Donald Trump go a little further with this dialogue and see what we might be able to get done.&rdquo;</p> <p>King, who <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/steve-king-undocumented-immigrants-mostly-130-pound-drug-runners-calves-size-cantaloupes">once insisted</a> that most people eligible for the DREAM Act have &ldquo;calves the size of cantaloupes because they&rsquo;ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,&rdquo; said that he suspected that &ldquo;a good chunk&rdquo; of remittances to Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America are &ldquo;laundered drug money.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qJUz4We0dB8" width="560"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 David Vitter Donald Trump Election 2016 Immigration Iowa Michele Bachmann Steve King Ted Cruz Fighting the Right 71836 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 11:18:02 -0400 Immigration Donald Trump: Birthright Citizenship Proves We're 'Run So Stupidly' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/donald-trump-birthright-citizenship-proves-were-run-so-stupidly <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="640" height="480" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/Donald%20Trump%20rally.jpg?1448470694" /> <p>Noted <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/donald-trump-vows-change-libel-laws-sue-journalists">constitutional</a> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-trump-muslim-database-20151121-story.html">scholar</a> Donald Trump believes that birthright citizenship, <a href="https://reason.com/archives/2015/11/10/trump-vs-the-constitution/">which</a> <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-birthright-citizenship-14th-amendment-debate-2015-8">he</a> <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-questions-the-legality-the-constitution">absurdly</a> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/08/donald-trump-has-some-thoughts-about-the-constitution">claims</a> is not protected by the 14th Amendment, is harming the country.</p> <p>While <a href="http://woai.iheart.com/onair/the-joe-pags-show-10/pags-talks-to-republican-frontrunner-donald-14561043/">speaking over the weekend</a> with radio host Joe Pags, Trump said that the Constitution&rsquo;s guarantee of citizenship at birth demonstrates that the country is &ldquo;run so stupidly&rdquo; by people who don&rsquo;t have &ldquo;street smarts.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;If you want to go into Mexico you can&rsquo;t, but they have like a tract that runs right into our country,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Go ahead, from all over the place, they just come from all over. And, by the way, it&rsquo;s a good path for the Middle East to use, if you want to know the truth, because it&rsquo;s like a piece of Swiss cheese. Mexico could stop it. You know, if you want to become a citizen of Mexico, it&rsquo;s one of the hardest places in the world, it&rsquo;s almost impossible, right? And yet, you know, with us, you&rsquo;re born on our land, they send somebody over, has the baby on our land, congratulations, they&rsquo;re a citizen of the United States. I mean, we&rsquo;re just run so stupidly.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re run by people that don&rsquo;t get it,&rdquo; Trump continued. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know, it&rsquo;s a lack of street smarts, it&rsquo;s a lack of intelligence, to be honest with you, but it&rsquo;s just a horrible situation.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/257496756&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman birthright citizenship C4 Donald Trump Election 2016 Immigration Fighting the Right 71811 Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:55:48 -0400 Immigration Coulter: Trump The Only Candidate Who Will Stop Changes In The 'Demographics Of The Country' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/coulter-trump-only-candidate-who-will-stop-changes-demographics-country <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="599" height="353" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/ann-coulter-trump.jpg?1438884414" /> <p>Prominent <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ann-coulter-only-president-trump-can-save-us-turning-uganda">Donald Trump supporter Ann Coulter</a> joined <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/05/us/politics/donald-trump-wisconsin-radio.html">conservative Wisconsin radio host and Trump critic Charlie Sykes </a>yesterday to discuss the GOP frontrunner in advance of the state&rsquo;s presidential primary.</p> <p>Coulter <a href="http://www.wtmj.com/shows/charlie-sykes/charlie-sykes-interviews-ann-coulter">dismissed Sykes&rsquo; criticisms of Trump</a>, saying that the candidate&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/trump-calls-women-face-punishment-abortion-while-cruz-adviser-wrote-executing-abortion-provi"> interview with Chris Matthews </a> in which he called for punishing women who have abortions was &ldquo;fabulous&rdquo;; brushing off Trump&rsquo;s frequent interactions with racists on Twitter as &ldquo;one dumb retweet&rdquo;; and saying that the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-2-billion-free-media_us_56e83410e4b065e2e3d75935">$1.9 billion</a> in free media that Trump has gotten isn&rsquo;t actually helping him because &ldquo;this alleged free media has been free attack ads on him.&rdquo;</p> <p>When Sykes implored her to convince Trump to talk more about policy, Coulter insisted that &ldquo;they&rdquo; &mdash; presumably the media &mdash; don&rsquo;t want to talk about Trump&rsquo;s policies because his central policy is &ldquo;not changing the entire demographics of the country so that no Republican or conservative can ever be elected again.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;No, they will not talk about his policy,&rdquo; she said, &ldquo;because his policies, which is what I&rsquo;d like to talk about, there&rsquo;s no one else who has these policies. I think the most important issue now is not changing the entire demographics of the country so that no Republican or conservative can ever be elected again.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/257435567&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue Ann Coulter C4 Charlie Sykes Donald Trump Election 2016 Immigration Wisconsin Fighting the Right 71746 Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:23:55 -0400 Immigration GOP Rep: 'People Are Literally Dying Because Of Political Correctness In This Nation' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gop-rep-people-are-literally-dying-because-political-correctness-nation <p>In an <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Iqvdi0q9Kw">interview</a> at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with Robert Vandervoort, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cpac-once-again-excludes-gay-republicans-welcomes-group-led-white-nationalist"> the former leader of an Illinois white nationalist organization&nbsp;</a>who now runs the English-only advocacy group ProEnglish, Rep. Brian Babin claimed that a law declaring English to be the official language of the U.S. is necessary because &ldquo;people are literally dying because of political correctness in this nation today.&rdquo;</p> <p>Babin, the Texas Republican who is a leading House advocate against refugee resettlement and is sponsoring a bill that would <a href="http://babin.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=356" title="http://babin.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=356 Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link"> suspend the U.S. refugee resettlement program</a>, is a <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/997/cosponsors">cosponsor of a bill</a> that would make English the official language of the U.S.</p> <p>In the interview at CPAC this month, Vandervoort asked Babin about the English-only bill&rsquo;s prospects in Congress, which Babin said would depend on the upcoming election and whether voters elect &ldquo;conservative, patriotic folks&rdquo; who &ldquo;have the courage to stand up against the powers that impose political correctness on us.&rdquo; The refugee program and the &ldquo;wide-open borders,&rdquo; he said, mean that &ldquo;people are literally dying because of political correctness in this nation today&rdquo;:</p> <blockquote> <p>You know what, it&rsquo;s going to depend on the election. I have said more than one time, this election cycle, this presidential election, is the most important, significant election of our lifetimes. And I know we hear that every cycle; this time it&rsquo;s true. If we can get some conservative, patriotic folks who are not afraid of, have the courage to stand up against the powers that impose political correctness on us. Because people are literally dying because of political correctness in this nation today, with our refugee program, with our visa program, with wide-open borders. And so I think that having an official language of English would be a huge step in correcting that problem.</p> </blockquote> <p>The comments start about 3 minutes into ProEnglish&rsquo;s video:</p> <p align="center"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9Iqvdi0q9Kw" width="560"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue Bob Vandervoort Brian Babin C4 Immigration ProEnglish Texas white nationalism Fighting the Right 71446 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:28:26 -0400 Immigration Cruz Backer Bryan Fischer Calls For Ban On Mosques To 'De-Islamize' America http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-backer-bryan-fischer-calls-ban-mosques-de-islamize-america <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/bryan_fischer_a.jpg?1349206758" /> <p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The American Family Association&rsquo;s </span><a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=rightwingwatch.org+bryan+fischer&oq=rightwingwatch.org+br&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i60l2j69i57j69i59j69i60.10126j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8" style="line-height: 20.4px;" title="https://www.google.com/search?q=rightwingwatch.org+bryan+fischer&amp;oq=rightwingwatch.org+br&amp;aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i60l2j69i57j69i59j69i60.10126j0j7&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8 Cmd+Click or tap to follow the link">Bryan Fischer</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">, </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/afa-cannot-wash-its-hands-bryan-fischers-bigotry-easily" style="line-height: 20.4px;">long a font</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> of anti-Muslim bile and other bigotry, has posted </span><a href="http://www.afa.net/the-stand/immigration/2016/03/its-time-to-de-islamize-america/" style="line-height: 20.4px;">a call to &ldquo;de-Islamize&rdquo; America.</a></p> <p>Fischer&rsquo;s &ldquo;de-Islamization&rdquo; program has three planks, one of which has already been <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/trump-ban-muslim-immigration-make-america-great-again">promoted by GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump</a>:</p> <ol> <li> <strong>Immediately suspend immigration by Muslims.</strong> Fischer says that &ldquo;unvetted, untrammeled immigration of Muslims to the U.S. is a form of insanity.&rdquo; Islam, he says, &ldquo;is the Ebola virus of culture.&rdquo; He says, &ldquo;Preventing carriers of this cultural virus from entering America is simply common sense&hellip;&rdquo;</li> <li> <strong>No More Mosques.</strong> Fischer says there is no constitutional problem with state governments banning mosques &ldquo;if we use the Constitution given to us by the Founders and not the one mangled by the courts.&rdquo; Fischer argues that the First Amendment&rsquo;s establishment clause does not apply to the states, which he says &ldquo;have unilateral authority to regulate religious expression within their borders.&rdquo; In other words, he would see no constitutional barrier to Texas, for example, allowing only Baptists to worship openly.</li> <li> <strong>No more Muslims in the military.</strong> Fischer says Congress can and should bar Muslims from service in the armed forces.</li> </ol> <p>Earlier this month, Fischer was <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/extremist-anti-gay-anti-muslim-bigot-bryan-fischer-join-ted-cruz-mississippi-campaign-rally-">scheduled to participate</a> in a <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/press-releases/2016/03/extremist-anti-gay-and-anti-muslim-radio-host-join-ted-cruz-rally">campaign rally with presidential candidate Ted Cruz</a>. The Cruz campaign <a href="http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/03/07/cruz-cancels-event/">ended up canceling his visit</a> to Mississippi, saying the candidate did not feel well.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no reason to think, however, that Fischer&rsquo;s most recent anti-Muslim comments will threaten his standing with the Cruz campaign, which recently named Frank Gaffney, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frank-gaffney-pariah-ted-cruz-adviser">one of the country&rsquo;s most vitriolic anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists</a>, to <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-adds-birther-anti-muslim-conspiracy-theorist-his-campaign">Cruz&rsquo;s national security advisory team</a>. Cruz himself, in his response to recent terrorist bombings in Brussels, called for empowering law enforcement &ldquo;to <a href="http://www.npr.org/2016/03/23/471600823/ted-cruz-faces-criticism-after-suggesting-law-enforcement-patrol-muslim-areas">patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods</a> before they become radicalized.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Peter Montgomery 2016 Candidates Anti-Muslim Bryan Fischer Donald Trump Election 2016 Immigration religious intolerance Republican Party Ted Cruz Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 71276 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:32:28 -0400 Immigration Anti-Immigration Activist: Dems Want To Bring In Immigrants to Vote Illegally http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/anti-immigration-activist-dems-want-bring-immigrants-vote-illegally <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="1200" height="630" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/rosemary-jenks.jpg?1458753861" /> <p>Rosemary Jenks, the director of government relations at the anti-immigration group NumbersUSA, claimed yesterday that Democrats are pressing for immigration reform because they &ldquo;look at all the people around the world&rdquo; as &ldquo;potential Democratic voters in the United States&rdquo; and hope that immigrants will cast Democratic votes even before becoming citizens.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/254656320&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>The Center for Security Policy&rsquo;s Frank Gaffney <a href="http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2016/03/22/terror-in-brussels/">interviewed Jenks </a>on his &ldquo;Secure Freedom Radio&rdquo; program yesterday, asking her if immigration plans like Hillary Clinton&rsquo;s would just serve as &ldquo;a magnet&rdquo; for &ldquo;more immigration of an illegal kind.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s absolutely no question about that,&rdquo; Jenks replied, &ldquo;and we&rsquo;ve seen that for the past eight years. This current administration, the Obama administration, is absolutely unwilling to stop anyone from entering the country illegally or to remove them once they do enter the country illegally. So we have this situation where essentially Democrats look at all the people around the world, the billions of them, as potential Democratic voters in the United States. So if they can get here, the Democrats will do whatever they can to make sure they can stay and eventually become citizens and vote &mdash; you know, well, whether or not they're citizens.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Yeah, maybe as soon as they can, not when they become citizens,&rdquo; Gaffney replied.</p> <p>&ldquo;And it&rsquo;s a huge problem with a general viewpoint,&rdquo; Jenks continued, &ldquo;if you look at folks from outside the country as Democratic voters, then your answer is &lsquo;bring them all in,&rsquo; and that cannot be the answer for the survival of our country.&rdquo;</p> <p>Contrary to Jenks&rsquo; claims, undocumented immigrant population has actually <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/flow-of-illegal-immigration-slows-as-us-mexico-border-dynamics-evolve/2015/05/27/c5caf02c-006b-11e5-833c-a2de05b6b2a4_story.html"> dropped in recent years</a>; likewise, immigrants&rsquo; rights advocates <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2016/01/12/3738358/dems-pushback-obama-raids/">might object</a> to her claim that Obama is &ldquo;absolutely unwilling&rdquo; to deport undocumented immigrants.</p> <p>Jenks formerly worked at the Center for Immigration Studies, another anti-immigration group <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/anti-immigrant-lobby-white-nationalist-roots-organizations-fighting-immigration"> founded by activist John Tanton. </a></p> Miranda Blue C4 Frank Gaffney Immigration Numbers USA Rosemary Jenks Center for Immigration Studies Center for Security Policy Fighting the Right 71161 Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:25:46 -0400 Immigration Cruz Adviser: Chicago Clashes Portend Violent Revolution By Islamists, Occupy Wall Street & Black Lives Matter http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-adviser-chicago-clashes-portend-violent-revolution-islamists-occupy-wall-street-black-l <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="645" height="320" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/frank-gaffney-cnn.jpg?1458246457" /> <p>Frank Gaffney, the <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/frank-gaffney-pariah-ted-cruz-adviser">notorious anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist</a> who recently <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-announces-endorsement-jerry-boykin-anti-muslim-anti-gay-conspiracy-theorist" title="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-announces-endorsement-jerry-boykin-anti-muslim-anti-gay-conspiracy-theorist Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link"> became one of Sen. Ted Cruz&rsquo;s top national security advisers</a>, warned on his radio program last week that the violent clashes around a recent Donald Trump rally in Chicago are the harbinger of a violent revolution led by an alliance of Islamists, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter protesters, anarchists and &ldquo;other assorted radicals on the left.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/254284461&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>In an interview with fellow conservative commentator Diana West on his &ldquo; <a href="http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2016/03/16/guantanamo-as-a-national-security-and-intelligence-asset/">Secure Freedom Radio</a>&rdquo; program on March 16, Gaffney asked West about a <a href="http://cis.org/61-Million-Immigrants-and-Their-Young-Children-Now-Live-in-the-United-States">new count</a> from the anti-immigration Center for Immigration Studies showing that there are 61 million &ldquo;immigrants and their American born children&rdquo; currently living in the U.S. (That CIS counts &ldquo;American-born children&rdquo; &mdash; who are not immigrants &mdash; in its number is <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/anti-immigrant-lobby-white-nationalist-roots-organizations-fighting-immigration#thinktank"> a classic sleight of hand </a> from the group.)</p> <p>Gaffney asked West what that &ldquo;stunning&rdquo; report &ldquo;means for the national identity.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Identity as any kind of a nation is not possible when there is no nation to identify with,&rdquo; West lamented, saying that the population of immigrants and their families amounts to &ldquo;population replacement.&rdquo;</p> <p>She then linked the Mexican-born population of Chicago with the clashes outside the Trump rally.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think Chicago becomes a very important example,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I had no idea until I started looking at the Chicago shutdown of the Trump rally last week that Chicago itself is almost as Hispanic as it is black, around 30 percent for both groups. However, one in five residents of Chicago is Mexican-born. I mean, this is a staggering kind of demographic change. And, you know, when you have a politician who is discussing controlling that, building a wall with Mexico and so on, you see where we end up with these kinds of flashpoints. It&rsquo;s not politics as usual because this is not our country as usual. I mean, we are in a state of flux, of crisis, of change that people have not been made aware of until this particular moment.&rdquo;</p> <p>Gaffney too saw a dire warning in the Chicago incident, saying that it represents a &ldquo;coming together&rdquo; of Islamists and social justice activists and &ldquo;portends a very violent prospect, in fact a revolutionary one&rdquo;:</p> <blockquote> <p>But let&rsquo;s talk about, specifically, the prospects &mdash; and I think the case in point at the moment, but not the only example, unfortunately, is that Chicago rally &mdash; of a coming together of, on the one hand, Islamists &mdash; Islamic supremacists if you will, the Muslim Brotherhood &mdash; and Black Lives Matter and Occupy movements and sort of anarchists and other assorted radicals on the left. And it seems as though &hellip; this coming together, this joining of forces, portends truly a very violent prospect, in fact a revolutionary one. Do you see it that way?</p> </blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Yes, it&rsquo;s very possible, it&rsquo;s very possible,&rdquo; West responded. &ldquo;You could look at Chicago as a dress rehearsal.&rdquo;</p> Miranda Blue C4 Diana West Election 2016 Frank Gaffney Immigration Ted Cruz Center for Security Policy Fighting the Right 71091 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 14:29:20 -0400 Immigration Surprise! Donald Trump Wins Support From An Anti-Immigrant Icon http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/surprise-donald-trump-wins-support-anti-immigrant-icon <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="561" height="327" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/donaldtrumpGOP_2016_Iowa.JPEG-06f62_c0-0-4752-2769_s561x327.jpg?1434988065" /> <p>One of Congress&rsquo; most vocal opponents of immigration, Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., endorsed Donald Trump today in an <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/03/22/lou-barletta-an-immigration-hard-liner-in-congress-endorses-trump/?postshare=2371458664290977&tid=ss_tw">interview with the Washington Post</a>, hailing the billionaire mogul for turning the GOP into &ldquo;the party of America first.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;Donald Trump&rsquo;s voice is resonating with average Americans who feel their voice has been lost by their party,&rdquo; Barletta said in a phone interview. &ldquo;I believe this will become a new Republican Party, one that we should embrace. We should be the party of working men and women, the party of America first.&rdquo;</p> <p>&hellip;</p> <p>&ldquo;He caught my attention immediately when he highlighted illegal immigration and the open Southern border,&rdquo; Barletta said. &ldquo;The fact that he didn&rsquo;t back down, well, he was criticized the same way I was as mayor. It was reminiscent of what I went through.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been called names, a racist and a bigot,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;I fought my case all the way to the Supreme Court. Donald Trump will fight his case all the way to the White House.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>Barletta became an icon of the Nativist movement when he was serving as the mayor of Hazeltown, Pennsylvania, where he made a name for himself by targeting immigrant families. As we <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/the-ten-scariest-republicans-heading-to-congress#barletta">reported back</a> in 2010:</p> <blockquote> <p>Barletta rose to national prominence as the mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, a small working class city that in 2006 enacted some of the most draconian anti-immigrant measures in the country. Hazleton's <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/21/AR2006082101484.html" target="_blank">law</a> put tough penalties on individuals and businesses who knowingly or unknowingly did business with undocumented immigrants&mdash;it revoked for five years the business license of any business caught employing an undocumented immigrant, and slapped landlords caught renting to undocumented immigrants with a $1,000-a-day fine. The law also declared English the official language of Hazleton, and prohibited city officials from translating documents without permission.</p> <p>When the law passed, Barletta<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/21/AR2006082101484.html" target="_blank"> told</a> the Washington Post, "I will get rid of the illegal people. It's this simple: <em>They must leave</em>." On the day the city passed the measure, Barletta wore a bulletproof vest to illustrate his concern over crimes he said were being committed by undocumented immigrants. <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hazleton-mayor-has-trouble-backing-claims-immigrant-crime-wave-people-my-city-dont-need-numb" target="_blank"> Statistics </a> , however, showed that undocumented immigrants were hardly responsible for a crime wave in Hazelton: the city's data showed that of 8,575 felonies committed in the city between 2000 and 2007, 20 had been linked to undocumented immigrants. Later, forced to admit that he had no proof of an illegal immigrant-caused crime wave, or proof that illegal immigrants were crowding Hazleton's schools and hospitals, or even any idea how many illegal immigrants were in Hazelton, Barletta <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hazleton-mayor-has-trouble-backing-claims-immigrant-crime-wave-people-my-city-dont-need-numb" target="_blank"> responded </a> , "The people in my city don't need numbers."</p> </blockquote> <p>While the courts ultimately <a href="http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-hazleton-immigration-act-legal-bills-20151007-story.html">struck down</a> Barletta&rsquo;s anti-immigrant policies and ordered the city to pay the legal fees of its opponents, the mayor&rsquo;s anti-immigrant efforts helped to energize his successful bid for Congress and turned him into a favorite of groups like the far-right Federation for American Immigration Reform, which named Barletta to its <a href="http://www.fairus.org/about/board-of-directors">National Board of Advisors</a>.</p> <p>Barletta&rsquo;s ties with FAIR, <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/anti-immigrant-lobby-white-nationalist-roots-organizations-fighting-immigration#policymakers"> a group with close ties to the white nationalist movement</a>, make him a perfect fit for Trump, the white nationalists&rsquo; <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-montgomery/trump-candidacy-energizes_b_9367994.html">candidate of choice</a>.</p> <p>Indeed, Barletta once <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/the-ten-scariest-republicans-heading-to-congress#barletta">addressed a conference</a> on the need for the GOP to give up on its efforts to appeal to Latino voters and instead increase its support from whites with an anti-immigrant campaign message, a strategy used by both Barletta and Trump.</p> <blockquote> <p>Although Barletta claimed to be defending "the legal taxpayer of any race," he admitted that he <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hazleton-mayor-has-trouble-backing-claims-immigrant-crime-wave-people-my-city-dont-need-numbhttp:/www.rightwingwatch.org/content/hazleton-mayor-has-trouble-backing-claims-immigrant-crime-wave-people-my-city-dont-need-numb" target="_blank"> found inspiration </a> for the law from the website of self-described "proud nationalist" Jim Turner, who pushed a similar measure in San Bernardino, California to prevent the state from becoming, as he put it, a "<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/2006/09/wsj_small_group.html" target="_blank">Third World Cesspool</a>."</p> <p>As copy-cat laws started to pop up in towns around the country, Barletta became a hero to anti-immigrant and nativist groups. When he ran for Congress in 2008, Barletta's campaign <a href="http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2009/spring/money-the-minutemen" target="_blank">received</a> $10,920 from the Minuteman PAC, the political spending arm of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a vigilante border-patrol group that the Southern Poverty Law Center <a href="http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2009/spring/money-the-minutemen" target="_blank">calls</a> "nativist extremist." It was the largest donation the Minuteman PAC made to a candidate that year.</p> <p>In 2009, Barletta drew fire for speaking at a conference hosted by The American Cause, a group that had earlier that year released a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/opinion/01sun1.html?_r=3" target="_blank"> report</a> urging the Republican Party to not "pander to pro-amnesty Hispanics and swing voters," and instead to put anti-immigrant policies at the forefront of the party's strategy. The report was authored by several anti-immigrant advocates, many who had clear records of dabbling in white supremacy. The executive director of the group, and main author of the report, had even been <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/02/marcus-epsteins-racist-as_n_210163.html" target="_blank">charged</a> with a hate crime against an African American woman. The immigrants' rights group America's Voice <a href="http://americasvoiceonline.org/pages/background_briefing_the_american_cause_conferenc" target="_blank"> described</a> the 2009 conference as "a forum for white nationalists to forge ties with &lsquo;mainstream' media commentators and conservative leaders."</p> </blockquote> Brian Tashman C4 Donald Trump Election 2016 Immigration Lou Barletta Federation for American Immigration Reform Fighting the Right 71081 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 13:48:28 -0400 Immigration What Would It Look Like If Ted Cruz Put His Pal Mike Lee on the Supreme Court? http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/what-would-it-look-if-ted-cruz-put-his-pal-mike-lee-supreme-court <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/mike_lee.jpg?1458580456" /> <p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Back in December, Kyle </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/glenn-beck-hopes-president-ted-cruz-will-appoint-sen-mike-lee-supreme-court" style="line-height: 20.4px;">reported</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> that Glenn Beck, who </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/glenn-beck-ted-cruz-will-win-because-we-have-almighty-god-our-side" style="line-height: 20.4px;">believes Ted Cruz is anointed by God</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> to be president, suggested that a President Cruz should nominate Utah Sen. Mike Lee to the Supreme Court. This weekend, while campaigning in Utah, Cruz himself </span><a href="http://www.sltrib.com/home/3676633-155/ted-cruz-launches-multi-tasking-three-stop-utah?fullpage=1" style="line-height: 20.4px;">floated the prospect</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">, saying Lee &ldquo;would look good&rdquo; on the court.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;Good&rdquo; is not really the right word. &ldquo;Terrifying&rdquo; is more like it.</p> <p>Lee, who calls Cruz his &ldquo;best friend at work,&rdquo; has perhaps the most extreme view of the Constitution of anyone in the Senate. Lee is a fervent &ldquo;<a href="http://prospect.org/article/rally-round-true-constitution-0">tenther</a>,&rdquo; someone who believes the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution radically restricts the authority of the federal government. As Jeffrey Rosen <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/28/magazine/28FOB-idealab-t.html">wrote</a> in the New York Times Magazine in 2010, &ldquo;Lee offered glimpses of a truly radical vision of the U.S. Constitution, one that sees the document as divinely inspired and views much of what the federal government currently does as unconstitutional.&rdquo;</p> <p>Lee <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/the-rogues-gallery-right-wing-candidates-have-dangerous-agenda-for-america-and-could-tu">dismisses Supreme Court rulings upholding a women&rsquo;s right to abortion</a>. He called the court&rsquo;s marriage equality ruling a <a href="http://thefederalist.com/2015/06/27/gay-marriage-is-here-now-what/">&ldquo;breathtaking presumption of power.&rdquo;</a> People For the American Way noted in <a href="http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/the-rogues-gallery-right-wing-candidates-have-dangerous-agenda-for-america-and-could-tu">a 2010 report</a> that Lee &ldquo;has&nbsp;denounced&nbsp;as &lsquo;domestic enemies&rsquo; those who disagree with his radically limited view&rdquo; of the Constitution.</p> <p>Here are a few things that Sen. Mike Lee believes are unconstitutional for the federal government to be engaged in:</p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/01/14/139049/lee-child-labor/">Social Security</a></li> <li> <a href="https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/issues/2011/09/pdf/tea_party_constitution.pdf">Medicare/Medicaid</a></li> <li> <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/01/14/139049/lee-child-labor/">Child Labor Laws</a></li> <li> <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/01/19/139683/mike-lees-katrina/">Food Safety</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/159184777X/ref=rdr_ext_tmb">Minimum Wage Laws</a></li> <li> <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/01/19/139683/mike-lees-katrina/">Disaster Relief</a></li> <li> <a href="https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/issues/2011/09/pdf/tea_party_constitution.pdf">Food Stamps</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=8f1696ca-b0a5-4e79-81e8-f9fb58e48282">Violence Against Women Act</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/16620-sen-mike-lee-supreme-court-obamacare-ruling-a-lawless-act">Affordable Care Act</a></li> </ul> <p>This list helps explain why right-wing law professor Jonathan Adler, a force behind the King v. Burwell challenge to the Affordable Care Act, has also <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/30/hey-liberals-scotus-ain-t-your-friend.html">suggested</a> that the next Republican president should put Lee on the court.</p> <p>For an ardent self-described constitutionalist, Lee has a lot of problems with the Constitution as amended over the years and as interpreted by the Supreme Court. Lee published a book last year called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/159184777X/ref=rdr_ext_tmb">&ldquo;Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America's Founding Document</a>.&rdquo; He believes the 16th amendment, allowing the federal government to collect income taxes, should be repealed, leaving it to the states to determine how they would tax their own citizens to pay for the extremely limited federal government that would fit his vision of the constitution. He also thinks <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/10/repeal-17th-amendment/">the 17th Amendment was a mistake</a> and thinks the power to elect U.S. senators should be taken away from voters and returned to state legislatures. He also wants to "<a href="http://www.mikelee2010.com/issues" target="_blank">clarify</a>" the 14th Amendment through legislation to deny citizenship to children born in the U.S. to parents who are not citizens or legal residents and wants to amend the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget and to impose congressional term limits. He <a href="http://www.westernfreepress.com/2014/02/03/sen-mike-lee-supports-article-v-initiatives-to-amend-constitution/">supports</a> a campaign by some right-wing activists for state legislators to convene an &ldquo;Article V&rdquo; convention for the purpose of amending the Constitution.</p> <p>As a Senate candidate he said he would like to abolish the federal Departments of Energy and <a href="http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/11/02/what-2010-elections-say-about-america-stories-people-american-way-watching">Education</a>, dismantle the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/article/229776/mike-lee-right-ramesh-ponnuru">phase out</a> Social Security altogether. As a senator, Lee <a href="http://swampland.time.com/2013/10/22/utah-senator-mike-lee-the-man-behind-the-shutdown-curtain/">orchestrated shutting down the government</a> in an effort to defund Obamacare, even though Cruz took most of the blame for it.</p> <p>Cruz and Lee share a sort of gleeful pride in playing the outsiders who have contempt for &ldquo;the establishment.&rdquo; Lee is <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-pratt-everybody-understands-ted-cruz-runs-united-states-house">reportedly</a> the guy who suggested that Cruz run for Senate; he was among those who endorsed Cruz in his long-shot primary for his Senate seat. This month, he <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2016/03/cruz-to-land-first-senate-endorsement-in-mike-lee-220574">became the first</a> of Cruz&rsquo;s Senate colleagues to endorse his presidential run.</p> Peter Montgomery 2016 Candidate Anti-Choice Anti-Gay Constitution Election 2016 Immigration Jonathan Adler Marriage Equality Mike Lee Republican Party Supreme Court tea party Ted Cruz Glenn Beck Fair and Just Courts Fighting the Right 70986 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:15:31 -0400 Immigration GOP Rep: Only Ted Cruz Can Save Us From Single Moms Having 'Anchor Babies' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gop-rep-only-ted-cruz-can-save-us-single-moms-having-anchor-babies <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/Glenn_Grothman.jpg?1396551204" /> <p>Sen. Ted Cruz continues to shore up the endorsements of some of the most far-right activists and elected officials in the country. Last week, he added to that list Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin, who, in endorsing Cruz&rsquo;s presidential campaign, took the opportunity to make a weird dig at immigrant single moms.</p> <p>Telling talk radio host Charlie Sykes that &ldquo;Ted Cruz is the one,&rdquo; Grothman <a href="http://www.wtmj.com/shows/charlie-sykes/why-rep-glenn-grothman-endorses-ted-cruz">said</a> that the Texas Republican &ldquo;has the track record in the Senate, you know that he&rsquo;s going to put a stop to this huge amount of illegal immigration in this country.&rdquo;</p> <p>Specifically, Grothman praised Cruz&rsquo;s stance on birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, derogatorily termed &ldquo;anchor babies&rdquo; by opponents of the constitutional guarantee of citizenship at birth, bizarrely claiming that single moms &ldquo;jump over here&rdquo; to have their children.</p> <p>&ldquo;He stands up to the idea &mdash; he&rsquo;s not for anchor babies,&rdquo; Grothman said. &ldquo;Some people don&rsquo;t like that phrase, but the idea of saying, you know, a single mom can jump over here, have a baby and they&rsquo;re an American citizen, is ridiculous.&rdquo;</p> <p>The comments come about two minutes into this audio clip:</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/251371234&color=ff5500" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>It shouldn&rsquo;t necessarily come as a surprise that Grothman linked &ldquo;anchor babies&rdquo; to single moms, since when he was in the Wisconsin state senate he <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/03/01/435536/wisconsin-single-parents-abu" title="http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/03/01/435536/wisconsin-single-parents-abu Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link"> sponsored a bill </a> that would have required a state agency to promote materials labeling single parenthood &ldquo;a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.&rdquo;</p> <p>Grothman has also <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/wisconsin-gop-house-candidate-glenn-grothman-s-10-most-outrageous-moments">explained the pay gap</a> by saying, &ldquo;You could argue that money is more important for men&rdquo; and claimed that efforts to help women in the workplace amount to a &ldquo;war on men.&rdquo; Last year, Grothman justified defunding Planned Parenthood by explaining that &ldquo; <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gop-congressman-planned-parenthood-unnecessary-because-guy-i-have-plenty-options">as a guy</a>&rdquo; he has plenty of non-Planned Parenthood healthcare options in Wisconsin.</p> Miranda Blue birthright citizenship C4 Election 2016 glenn grothman Immigration Ted Cruz war on women Fighting the Right 70766 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:17:29 -0400 Immigration On Eve Of Super Tuesday Religious Right Continues To Split http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/eve-super-tuesday-religious-right-continues-split <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/marco_rubio_a.jpg?1359744621" /> <p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">On the eve of Super Tuesday, the </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-winning-christian-nation-primary" style="line-height: 20.4px;">dream of Christian-nation advocates</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> like </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/david-lane" style="line-height: 20.4px;">David Lane</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> to get evangelicals to coalesce around one of their own in the Republican primary is </span><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-montgomery/donald-trump-disrupting-t_b_9316600.html" style="line-height: 20.4px;">fading away</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> as </span><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/29/politics/trump-clinton-dominant-as-super-tuesday-looms/index.html?eref=rss_latest" style="line-height: 20.4px;">Donald Trump pulls ahead of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> in national polling, and among evangelical voters in particular.</span></p> <p>The ongoing split is reflected among right-wing political leaders.&nbsp; Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/another-right-wing-extremist-white-nationalist-ties-endorses-donald-trump">Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach</a> both endorsed Trump for his anti-immigrant policies. But first-term Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, the former president of a Christian college, wrote a public letter <a href="https://m.facebook.com/sassefornebraska/posts/561073597391141">explaining why he would not vote for Trump</a> in the general election if he became the party&rsquo;s nominee.</p> <p>And while Ted Cruz, his father, and Glenn Beck are <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/glenn-beck-ted-cruz-will-win-because-we-have-almighty-god-our-side">frantically making the case that Cruz is God&rsquo;s chosen candidate</a> for the presidency, <a href="http://www.charismanews.com/politics/primaries/55486-marco-rubio-picks-up-endorsement-of-key-figure-in-religious-liberty-battle">one of the country&rsquo;s most prominent Christian business leaders has endorsed Marco Rubio</a>.</p> <p>David Green is the founder of the Hobby Lobby arts & crafts empire.&nbsp; Green and his family have become right-wing folk heroes for successfully arguing that their massive for-profit company deserved a religiously-based exemption from the requirement under the Affordable Care Act that its insurance plans include contraception. Over the weekend, <a href="http://www.lifenews.com/2016/02/28/hobby-lobby-founder-david-green-endorses-marco-rubio-he-is-prepared-to-be-president/">Green declared Rubio &ldquo;a man who is prepared to be president.&rdquo;</a></p> <p>Cruz continues to build his own list of <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-gushes-over-support-radical-anti-gay-activists">often-extreme Religious Right backers</a>.&nbsp; Jerry Johnson, president of National Religious Broadcasters, put out a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRrD3-VuUV4&app=desktop">video endorsement of Ted Cruz</a>, who he called the most conservative candidate who can win the election. Johnson said Cruz will fix the economy by cutting taxes and regulation, &ldquo;and he&rsquo;s going to eliminate the IRS, and I like that.&rdquo; Johnson also focused on the future of the Supreme Court.</p> <blockquote> <p>Ted Cruz will make the right appointments on the Supreme Court. He&rsquo;ll make conservative appointments. He&rsquo;ll appoint justices that defend the sanctity of innocent human life and oppose abortion. He&rsquo;ll appoint justices that protect your First Amendment freedom to believe and to live out your faith. He&rsquo;ll appoint justices that will protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.</p> </blockquote> <p>Johnson added that Cruz will rebuild the military, secure the border, and defeat and destroy ISIS. He said the fact that Cruz can&rsquo;t get along with politicians in Washington, D.C. is a &ldquo;badge of honor.&rdquo;</p> Peter Montgomery 2016 Candidates David Green David Lane Donald Trump Election 2016 Hobby Lobby Immigration Jeff Sessions Marco Rubio Republican Party Ted Cruz Fighting the Right 70001 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:28:40 -0400 Immigration Phyllis Schlafly Praises Jeff Sessions, Trump & Cruz, Warns GOP 'Kingmakers' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/phyllis-schlafly-praises-jeff-sessions-trump-cruz-warns-gop-kingmakers <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="594" height="404" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/phyllisschlaflyl.jpg?1456775076" /> <p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">In her February newsletter, &nbsp;which came out just after </span><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/02/28/in-major-blow-to-ted-cruz-sen-jeff-sessions-of-alabama-endorses-donald-trump-for-gop-nomination/" style="line-height: 20.4px;">Sen. Jeff Sessions&rsquo; endorsement of Donald Trump</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly reproduced a </span><a href="http://www.wnd.com/2016/02/americas-last-chance-election/" style="line-height: 20.4px;">column</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> she wrote earlier in the month </span><a href="http://www.eagleforum.org/publications/psr/feb16.html" style="line-height: 20.4px;">gushing about a round of interviews Sessions had given</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;in which he said 2016 &ldquo;is the last chance for the American people to take back control of their government.&rdquo; Sessions </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/sessions-defends-trump-muslim-ban-says-its-appropriate-begin-discuss" style="line-height: 20.4px;">helped Trump craft his immigration platform</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> and previously backed his call for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.</span></p> <p>Here&rsquo;s Schlafly:</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">&ldquo;To win, Republicans need to demonstrate that they care about the average person who goes to work every day,&rdquo; he added. Average Americans are tired of paying billions in welfare handouts to immigrants who are undermining U.S. wages. &ldquo;People should have total confidence and a clear commitment on those issues. If they don&rsquo;t, then they don&rsquo;t have my vote,&rdquo; he said&hellip;</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">Our immigration policy has been anti-American, decade after decade, and the voters need to know that 2016 might be our last chance to elect a president who can reduce this tide of illegals crossing our borders. The interests of working Americans must &ldquo;be put first,&rdquo; Sessions urged. &ldquo;We need a president with the credibility to tell the world that the time of illegality is over. Do not come to this country unlawfully,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>In the same column, Schlafly praised &ldquo;outsider&rdquo; candidates like Trump and Ted Cruz, and warned against &ldquo;the Washington-based Republican Establishment&rdquo; who she said are plotting to &ldquo;take back control of the party from the outsiders and grassroots.&rdquo; Among those she names as would-be &ldquo;kingmakers&rdquo; are House Speaker Paul Ryan &ndash; &ldquo;who is openly contemptuous of Trump and has little use for Cruz&rdquo; &ndash; and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who offended Schlafly by using her response to the State of the Union Address &ldquo;to slam the &lsquo;angriest voices&rsquo; in the presidential campaign and disavow the Republican front-runner&rsquo;s popular call for a temporary pause in Muslim immigration.&rdquo;</p> <p>Schlafly vows that the Republican platform will be written by GOP delegates who are disappointed with the ineffectiveness of congressional Republicans and who &ldquo;will have no use for Ryan&rsquo;s open-borders ideology, which holds that anyone who can find a low-wage job should be allowed to settle in the United States.&rdquo; Schlafly warns that a deadlocked convention could make&nbsp; someone like Ryan the nominee. &ldquo;Such an outcome,&rdquo; she writes, &ldquo;could destroy the Republican Party and guarantee a Democratic victory by causing disheartened grassroots voters to stay home and tempting an aggrieved candidate to mount a third-party or independent presidential campaign.&rdquo;</p> <p>In January, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/phyllis-schlafly-donald-trump-our-only-hope" title="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/phyllis-schlafly-donald-trump-our-only-hope Ctrl+Click or tap to follow the link">Schlafly declared that&nbsp;Donald Trump was &ldquo;the only hope&rdquo;</a> to defeat the GOP&rsquo;s &ldquo;Kingmakers.&rdquo;</p> Peter Montgomery 2016 Candidates Donald Trump Election 2016 Immigration Jeff Sessions Paul Ryan Phyllis Schlafly religious intolerance Republican Party Ted Cruz Eagle Forum Fighting the Right 69961 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:35:17 -0400 Immigration Meet A Law Professor Conservatives Turn To On Marriage, Immigration And The SCOTUS Blockade http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/meet-law-professor-conservatives-turn-marriage-immigration-and-scotus-blockade <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="500" height="340" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/john_eastman.jpg?1456246542" /> <p>Among the right-wing figures encouraging Republican senators to block any nominee President Obama might make to the U.S. Supreme Court last week was law professor John Eastman, who right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt <a href="http://www.hughhewitt.com/dean-john-eastman-powers-senate-vis-vis-scotus-vacancy/">calls</a>&nbsp;&ldquo;perhaps the most revered center-right specialist in America.&rdquo; If that&rsquo;s true, it may be because Eastman puts himself out there on so many issues that rile today&rsquo;s far-right. He chairs the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage and he is also one of the leading voices in opposition to birthright citizenship.&nbsp;His advocacy pretty much covers the right wing&rsquo;s public policy wish list.</p> <p>On Hewitt&rsquo;s radio show on February 15, Eastman called Scalia&rsquo;s death a <a href="http://www.hughhewitt.com/dean-john-eastman-powers-senate-vis-vis-scotus-vacancy/">&ldquo;devastating loss&rdquo;</a> not only for Scalia&rsquo;s family &ldquo;but also for our understanding of the appropriate role of the court in constitutional adjudication.&rdquo;&nbsp; Eastman agreed with Hewitt&rsquo;s assertion that it is &ldquo;well within&rdquo; Republican senators&rsquo; constitutional authority &ldquo;not to give a hearing or a vote to President Obama&rsquo;s nominee,&rdquo; saying that Republicans &ldquo;ought to oppose with every bit of their power&rdquo; the kind of nominee he would expect from President Obama, someone who he believes will &ldquo;try and nail the lid in the coffin on advancing his radical transformative agenda.&rdquo;</p> <p>Eastman said Scalia&rsquo;s death will put the role of the high court at the center of the presidential campaign, declaring that &ldquo;there is a fundamental difference&rdquo; between the political parties on a central question: &ldquo;Do we live in an autocratic, unelected regime run by nine black robed individuals, or are we the people the ultimate sovereigns in this country?&rdquo;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the kind of rhetoric that warms the hearts of far-right leaders like Sharron Angle, the Tea Party activist who lost a challenge to Nevada Sen. Harry Reid in 2010 and whose is <a href="http://www.americanpressoffice.com/pr/160216anglesupremecourt.pdf">encouraging an effort by a couple of state legislators</a> to draft her for a 2016 Senate bid. &ldquo;The U.S. Senate should absolutely put a hold on any nomination this President sends to the hill,&rdquo; Angle <a href="http://www.americanpressoffice.com/pr/160216anglesupremecourt.pdf">said last week</a>. &ldquo;We have to stop the damage to the Constitution now!&rdquo;&nbsp; Angle went even further, declaring that Eastman would make the &ldquo;perfect&rdquo; Supreme Court justice.</p> <p>If he ever did make it onto the court, Eastman would manage the remarkable feat of being to the right of the late Justice Scalia. Like <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/06/29/3674897/roberts-obergefell-dissent-conservatives/">Chief Justice John Roberts</a>, Scalia <a href="http://joshblackman.com/blog/2010/06/17/scalia-justice-kennedys-opinion-propels-us-back-to-%E2%80%9Cthe-lochner-era-%E2%80%9D/">opposed</a> the Supreme Court&rsquo;s infamous 1905 <em>Lochner</em> decision, which ushered in an era in which the court routinely rejected economic regulations, like a state limiting the hours employees could be required to work, and exhibited hostility to union activity. On Hewitt&rsquo;s show, Eastman recalled Scalia turning a speaking invitation into a forum on <em>Lochner</em>, on which Scalia disagreed with Eastman, who is part of a <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/07/13/3679558/george-will-canary-american-democracys-coal-mine/">pro-<em>Lochner</em> movement</a> in <a href="http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-lochner-litmus-test">right-wing legal circles</a>.&nbsp; Eastman also takes a fringe position, one held on the current Supreme Court only by Justice Clarence Thomas, that the First Amendment&rsquo;s ban on the establishment of religion cannot be properly applied to the states.</p> <p>Eastman is a <a href="http://www.claremont.org/crb/contributor-list/146/">professor</a>&nbsp; at Chapman University&rsquo;s Fowler School of Law in California and <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">is the founding director of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, affiliated with the conservative Claremont Institute.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">He stepped down as dean of the law school to run for California attorney general in 2010. </span><a href="http://legalnewsline.com/stories/510522442-national-conservative-leaders-rally-behind-eastman" style="line-height: 20.4px;">National right-wing leaders</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">, including Ed Meese, Ed Whelan, Bill Bennett, Michele Bachmann and others backed his bid, but he failed to win the nomination. &nbsp;Eastman, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and 4th</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;Circuit Appeals Court Judge Michael Luttig, worked at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights during the Reagan administration. In 1990 he was the GOP nominee for Congress from the 34th</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;District in California.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A few highlights (or lowlights) from Eastman&rsquo;s activism and rhetoric:</span></p> <p><strong>Role of the Courts</strong></p> <p>Eastman, who chairs the National Organization for Marriage, appeared at a July 2015 Senate <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-s-hearing-supreme-court-s-marriage-equality-tyranny">hearing</a> convened by Ted Cruz after the Supreme Court&rsquo;s marriage equality ruling, which Cruz called &ldquo;the very definition of tyranny.&rdquo;</p> <p>Eastman agreed with Cruz&rsquo;s call for Supreme Court justices to be subjected to judicial retention elections and term limits, and added his own proposals to keep the court in check. He said a simple majority of states should be <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/07/ted-cruz-wants-be-able-oust-supreme-court-justices">allowed to override</a> &ldquo;egregiously wrong&rdquo; Supreme Court decisions, and that Congress should be able to veto Supreme Court rulings by a two-thirds majority in both houses.&nbsp; He also suggested that Congress should impeach judges whose rulings it considers unconstitutional.&nbsp; And he interpreted Scalia&rsquo;s dissent in the marriage case to be &ldquo;an invitation to executive officials throughout the land to refuse to give their &lsquo;aid&rsquo; to the &lsquo;efficacy of the&rsquo; Court&rsquo;s judgment in the case.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">I truly hope this Committee will give serious thought to these proposals, advancing them with your approval, first to the full Senate, then to the other House, and then ultimately to the people for consideration and hopefully ratification. But I encourage you to do that soon, as I sense in the land a strong feeling that our fellow citizens are about out of patience with the &ldquo;long train of abuses and usurpations&rdquo; that have emanated from an unchecked judiciary. They have demonstrated for a very long time now that they, in the words of the Declaration of Independence, have been &ldquo;more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms [of government] to which they are accustomed.&rdquo; We should not expect that the patience of our fellow citizens will last forever. Let us now, therefore, in good faith, advance solid proposals to restore and expand checks and balances on the judiciary before that patience runs out.</p> <p><strong>Marriage and LGBT Equality</strong></p> <p>In 2000, Eastman <a href="http://equalitymatters.org/blog/201109220010">called</a> homosexuality an indicator of &ldquo;barbarism.&rdquo; He <a href="http://equalitymatters.org/blog/201109220010">called</a> the Supreme Court&rsquo;s 2003&nbsp;<em>Lawrence</em>&nbsp;decision, which overturned laws criminalizing consensual gay sex, a &ldquo;despotic&rdquo; decision.</p> <p>Given his position at the National Organization for Marriage, which he has chaired since 2011, it is not surprising that Eastman&rsquo;s rhetoric in opposition to marriage equality has been consistently hostile. When he took the position, he told the conservative <a href="http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/national-organization-for-marriage-names-john-eastman-chairman-of-the-board/#ixzz3jrTXTu3B">National Catholic Register</a>, &ldquo;Evil will be with us always, and it requires constant vigilance to defeat.&rdquo;</p> <p>At the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference, Eastman <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cpac-nom-chair-john-eastman-challenges-justice-kennedy-marriage-equality">attacked</a> the Ninth Circuit decision overturning California&rsquo;s Proposition 8 and warned that legalizing marriage for same-sex couple would hurt children and have &ldquo;catastrophic consequences for civil society.&rdquo; He said marriage equality &ldquo;would destroy the institution that has been the bedrock of civil society since time immemorial.&rdquo;</p> <p>At the June 2014 March for Marriage in Washington, organized by NOM, Eastman said that Justice Scalia&rsquo;s dissent from the court&rsquo;s 2013 decision overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act was <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/noms-john-eastman-compares-supreme-courts-doma-decision-dred-scott">&ldquo;a call to arms.&rdquo;</a> &ldquo;Let the justices know that we will not tolerate them redefining marriage!&rdquo;&nbsp; he said. &ldquo;The good of society and the wellbeing of our children depend on it!&rdquo;</p> <p>In 2014, after the <a href="http://equalitync.org/latest/news/equality_nc_responds_to_scotus_decision_opening_door_for_marriage_in_nc/">Supreme Court refused to hear</a> an appeal of a federal court ruling that made legalized marriage for same-sex couples in North Carolina, Eastman told North Carolina legislative leaders to defend the state&rsquo;s marriage ban anyway &mdash; even though Attorney General Roy Cooper had said it would be a waste of taxpayer money. The Charlotte Observer later <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/incoming/article10427867.html">reported</a> that the Claremont Institute, where Eastman serves as the director for the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, had billed North Carolina $78,200 for its work defending the law, a price that it said included a &ldquo;public interest&rdquo; discount.</p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">In an April 2015 </span><a href="http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2015/04/podcast-the-supreme-courts-historic-same-sex-marriage-arguments/" style="line-height: 20.4px;">podcast</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> for the Constitution Center following oral argument in Obergefell, Eastman said it was &ldquo;perfectly legitimate&rdquo; to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples due to their &ldquo;unique procreative ability.&rdquo;&nbsp; He </span><a href="http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/3607276441.html" style="line-height: 20.4px;">denounced</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> the Supreme Court&rsquo;s 2015 marriage equality ruling as &ldquo;not only wrong, but illegitimate,&rdquo; going so far as to </span><a href="http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/3607276441.html" style="line-height: 20.4px;">encourage</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> anti-equality groups in Alabama to resist the decision.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">In 2015, commenting immediately after the Supreme Court&rsquo;s marriage equality ruling for a Federalist Society podcast, Eastman called it &ldquo;surreal beyond belief&rdquo; to believe the people who ratified the 14</span><sup style="line-height: 20.4px;">th</sup><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> Amendment would believe that it mandated &ldquo;the redefinition of a core social institution that is both religiously and biologically grounded.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>Eastman has praised Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis, who tried to stop her county office from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court&rsquo;s ruling, <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2015/0905/Jailed-Ky.-clerk-Kim-Davis-says-marriage-licenses-without-her-signature-aren-t-valid.-True">saying </a>&nbsp;&ldquo;She confronted what I call a Thomas More moment, and she&rsquo;s demonstrated her saintliness in how she&rsquo;s responded to this.&rdquo;</p> <p>Outside of marriage equality, Eastman has <a href="http://issuesetc.org/2015/07/28/3-homosexual-rights-and-the-free-exercise-of-religion-dr-john-eastman-72815/">said</a> that a ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission&rsquo;s decision to treat discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation as a form of sex discrimination was an example of the &ldquo;utter lawlessness&rdquo; of the way &ldquo;these agendas are being pushed through.&rdquo;&nbsp; Last July Eastman said that some gay rights activists &ldquo;in their candid moments &hellip; have admitted that they <a href="http://issuesetc.org/2015/07/28/3-homosexual-rights-and-the-free-exercise-of-religion-dr-john-eastman-72815/">want to destroy the church</a>, and they want to destroy the family&hellip;&rdquo;</p> <p>A few months ago, Eastman reacted to Hillary Clinton&rsquo;s address to the Human Rights Campaign in a radio interview in which he <a href="http://issuesetc.org/2015/10/06/2-hillary-clintons-address-to-the-human-rights-campaign-dr-john-eastman-10615/">denounced the LGBT equality movement as &ldquo;fascist</a>&rdquo; and claimed that it was promoting pedophilia:</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;">This is not about anti-discrimination laws any more. This is about forcing people to bend the knee to an agenda to say things that are inherently immoral are in fact normal and moral &hellip; It&rsquo;s a very fascist movement that forces a viewpoint on other people that disagree ... We&rsquo;re finding challenges to age of consent rules because a good portion of this movement seeks to remove age of consent so they can have sex with teenage boys.</p> <p>He claimed that the LGBT movement&rsquo;s actual goal was not to achieve the right to marry but to destroy the institution of marriage, because the family is a bulwark against unlimited and omnipotent government.</p> <p><strong style="line-height: 20.4px;">Support for Uganda&rsquo;s Anti-Homosexuality Act</strong></p> <p>In 2015, Eastman gave a speech at the Family Research Council <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/nom-chairman-defends-uganda-anti-gay-law-suggests-gay-recruitment-real-human-rights-abuse">defending Uganda&rsquo;s notorious Anti-Homosexuality Act</a> and saying he hoped the law &mdash; rejected by the country&rsquo;s Supreme Court over a procedural issue &mdash; would come back &ldquo;in short order.&rdquo;</p> <p>He cited as justification for the law President Mouseveni&rsquo;s claims that &ldquo;western groups&rdquo; were trying to use the schools to recruit children into homosexuality.&nbsp; Eastman said that the law&rsquo;s provision for lifetime in prison was only for &ldquo;aggravated homosexuality,&rdquo; which he defined as &ldquo;homosexual acts&rdquo; by someone with HIV/AIDS or &ldquo;homosexual acts with minors.&rdquo; In reality, <a href="http://wp.patheos.com.s3.amazonaws.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/files/2014/02/Anti-Homosexuality-Act-2014.pdf">the law&rsquo;s definition of &ldquo;aggravated homosexuality&rdquo;</a> also included serial offenders. As he noted, the law included prison terms for someone who &ldquo;counsels&rdquo; a person into homosexuality, a provision that seemingly did not bother Eastman. The law would even have imposed a prison term of up to seven years for attempting &ldquo;to commit the offence of homosexuality.&rdquo; Eastman denounced American opposition to the bill as &ldquo;cultural imperialism.&rdquo;</p> <p>Eastman also <a href="https://allevents.in/nairobi/national-conference-of-the-family/1578753222389455">joined</a> Family Watch International&rsquo;s Sharon Slater as a <a href="http://www.kcpf.or.ke/uncategorized/the-national-family-conference-2015/">speaker</a> at a &ldquo;National Family Conference&rdquo; in Nairobi in 2015; the conference was sponsored by Kenya Christian Professionals Forum, a group that not only supports the country&rsquo;s law criminalizing homosexual sexual activity, but <a href="http://www.religionnews.com/2015/04/29/lgbt-kenyans-gain-right-organize-churches-promise-fight/">fought</a> to <a href="http://ncronline.org/news/global/lgbt-kenyans-gain-right-organize-and-churches-promise-fight">prevent</a> LGBT groups from even being allowed to legally register as advocacy organizations.</p> <p><strong>Immigration as Invasion</strong></p> <p>Eastman has also become <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/08/lawyers-donald-trump-birthright-citizenship-14th-amendment">one of the most visible advocates for eliminating the 14th&nbsp;Amendment&rsquo;s protection of birthright citizenship</a>. Actually, Eastman <a href="http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=905570">believes</a> there&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.14thamendment.us/info/john_eastman_14_amendment_transcript.html">no need to change the Constitution or law</a> in order to deny citizenship to children born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants, just a court decision to <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/article/422960/birthright-citizenship-reform-it-without-repealing-14th-amendment">correct what he thinks is an erroneous interpretation of the 14th Amendment</a>.</p> <p>In December 2014, Eastman testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on President Obama&rsquo;s executive actions on immigration, which he said violated the Constitution. Eastman rejects the idea that the administration&rsquo;s actions reflect an exercise of prosecutorial discretion.&nbsp; Obama, he said, &ldquo;has taken it upon himself to drastically re-write our immigration policy, the terms of which, by constitutional design, are expressly set by the Congress.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Eastman has been at this for a long time. He <a href="http://poseidon01.ssrn.com/delivery.php?ID=800100124064067080092087002078101081036046034042033020101003097072120064106094105095110003010016007048098001020089031017124103074059079036090111095124115095124048007077097073066072082077104118067083067071090091093123088111023096074006069093119078&EXT=pdf">testified</a> before a House subcommittee in 2005 in favor of reconsidering birthright citizenship in the wake of 9/11, and he <a href="http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2006/03/from-feudalism-to-consent-rethinking-birthright-citizenship">published a paper for the Heritage Foundation</a> in 2006 urging Congress to assert its authority and make clear that children born to people who are not in the country legally are not considered citizens.</p> <p>In <a href="https://www.fed-soc.org/publications/detail/five-questions-on-immigration-reform">a 2006 Federalist Society exchange</a>, he said:</p> <p style="margin-left:.5in;"><em>Our current non-enforcement policy has fostered "outlaw" communities of non-citizens amongst our midst, who not only work illegally, but who are bankrupting our social services systems and who, tragically, are preyed upon by trans-border thugs well aware that their victims will not report crimes for fear of deportation. This is no way to treat fellow human beings. Why should we expect that the new spate of amnesty proposals, whether denominated "guest worker" plans or something else, will not also continue the incentive for illegal immigration that the 1986 Act provided?</em></p> <p>In that same <a href="https://www.fed-soc.org/publications/detail/five-questions-on-immigration-reform">Federalist Society Q&A</a>, he noted that the Constitution requires the president to protect the country against invasion, adding, &ldquo;We have been invaded by more than 10 million people, and it is the president's duty, not just right, to defend against that invasion.&rdquo; <em>He also </em><a href="https://www.fed-soc.org/publications/detail/five-questions-on-immigration-reform">challenge</a>d<em> the notion of dual citizenship, calling it &ldquo;self-contradictory&rdquo; and saying &ldquo;it has no place in our existing law.&rdquo; </em></p> <p><em>In 2011, he co-authored an </em><a href="http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/detail/arizonas-immigration-storm">article</a><em> for a Federalist Society publication defending Arizona&rsquo;s </em><em>infamous anti-immigrant bill </em><em>SB 1070, writing that &ldquo;</em>Arizona was well within its rights to adopt SB 1070. Indeed, given the border lawlessness that Arizonans are facing, it is not a stretch to argue that the Arizona government may well have been duty-bound to take some such action.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Church-State</strong></p> <p>Eastman is <a href="https://www.claremont.org/basicpage/we-are-a-religious-people/#.Ve8SaBFVikp">critical of more than a half century&rsquo;s jurisprudence on church-state issues</a>. He says that under the modern view of church-state separation <a href="http://www.theamericanmind-claremont.org/index.php?action=video&intervieweeId=43&n=2">&ldquo;we completely destroy the foundation for our entire constitutional system.&rdquo;</a> He has <a href="http://www.theamericanmind-claremont.org/index.php?action=video&intervieweeId=43&n=2">argued</a> that a state taxing people to support an official church, as some states did early in the nation&rsquo;s history, was not all that coercive and, as we noted earlier, he believes it is wrong to interpret the 14th&nbsp;Amendment as applying the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the states.</p> <p>Eastman champions an <a href="http://www.fed-soc.org/multimedia/detail/federalism-and-religious-liberty-event-audiovideo">expansive reading</a> of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in line with the Supreme Court&rsquo;s Hobby Lobby ruling and backs the passage of additional state RFRAs and religious exemptions. He has joined Religious Right leaders in portraying Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis as a heroine for refusing to marry same-sex couples.</p> <p><strong>Anti-Union</strong></p> <p>Eastman, not surprisingly, supports right-wing attacks on unions. In a July 2015 blog post, Eastman argued that it is <a href="http://www.libertylawsite.org/liberty-forum/time-to-drive-a-stake-through-the-heart-of-mandatory-dues/">&ldquo;time to drive a stake through the heart of mandatory dues.&rdquo;</a> Eastman noted that Justice Samuel Alito, writing in an earlier decision, essentially invited the kind of lawsuit that the Court has agreed to hear this term in the Friedrichs case, which conservatives hope the Supreme Court will use to dramatically weaken the power of public employee unions.</p> <p><strong>Constitutional Limits on Spending</strong></p> <p>Eastman has also <a href="http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/01/enough-is-enough-why-general-welfare-limits-spending">argued</a> that the country&rsquo;s view of the Constitution&rsquo;s Spending Clause has been wrong ever since the Supreme Court&rsquo;s 1936 decision in <em>United States v. Butler</em>. He believes Congress does not have the constitutional authority to make appropriations for &ldquo;internal improvements,&rdquo; citing, among other things, President James Buchanan&rsquo;s veto of a bill that would have granted public lands to states for the establishment of agricultural colleges.</p> <p>In 2014 he<a href="http://www.compactforamerica.org/#!Prof-John-Eastman-Joins-the-Compact-for-America-Advisory-Council/c213a/2BF11BF1-33BB-4535-B44B-47CF658F8E9A"> joined the advisory council of the Compact for America</a>, a group whose goal is to have the states propose and ratify a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution through an &ldquo;Article V&rdquo; convention. Under the proposal, Congress could only increase the debt limit with the approval of a majority of the state legislatures; any new sales or income taxes would require two-thirds approval of both houses of Congress.</p> <p><strong>Reproductive Rights</strong></p> <p>At a Federalist Society debate, Eastman referred to <em>Roe v. Wade</em> as one of the Supreme Court&rsquo;s &ldquo;grievous mistakes&rdquo; &mdash; like its affirmation of the Affordable Care Act&rsquo;s constitutionality &mdash; to which he would not give deference.&nbsp; At a Federalist Society panel from 2014 on <a href="https://www.fed-soc.org/multimedia/detail/the-contraceptive-mandate-event-audiovideo">the ACA&rsquo;s contraception mandate</a>, he argued that there is basically no distinction between individuals and the corporate structure when it comes to freedom of conscience, a view adopted by the Court majority in <em>Hobby Lobby</em>, which has opened a door to corporations claiming exemptions from generally applicable laws based on the religious beliefs of company owners, such as complying with the requirement that insurance provided for employees include coverage for contraception. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Peter Montgomery Anti-Abortion Anti-Gay Equality For All Immigration John Eastman Marriage Equality Marriage Equality National Organization for Marriage Supreme Court Federalist Society Fair and Just Courts Fighting the Right Religious Liberty 69651 Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:57:24 -0400 Immigration Schlafly: GOP Must Block All Obama Judicial Nominees, Strip Courts Of Funding And Power http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/schlafly-gop-must-block-all-obama-judicial-nominees-strip-courts-funding-and-power <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="621" height="358" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/schlaflyd.jpg?1448291978" /> <p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Right-wing activist </span><a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/phyllis-schlafly" style="line-height: 20.4px;">Phyllis Schlafly</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> </span><a href="http://www.eagleforum.org/publications/column/justice-scalias-untimely-death-wake-congress.html" style="line-height: 20.4px;">wrote today</a><span style="line-height: 20.4px;"> that Justice Antonin Scalia&rsquo;s death is &ldquo;a terrible loss for our Nation&rdquo; and &ldquo;a reason for Republicans to rethink their approach to the judicial branch of our government.&rdquo;&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/eagle-forum">Eagle Forum</a> founder agrees with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell&rsquo;s pledge to block any nominee President Obama puts forward to fill the Scalia vacancy, but she wants much more &mdash; essentially a declaration of war on the federal judiciary by a conservative Congress.</span></p> <blockquote> <p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Of course Senate Republicans should block President Obama from filling this Supreme Court vacancy in an election year, and they have 80 years of precedent on their side. But Republicans should go further and block nominations for all the other vacancies in the federal judiciary, too.</span></p> </blockquote> <p>But even with that call for a total blockade of the federal courts, Schafly is just warming up. She wants Congress to cut funding for the courts, cut funding for the enforcement of what she believes are &ldquo;bad&rdquo; court decisions, and strip the courts of their jurisdiction over immigration, abortion, and marriage:</p> <blockquote> <p><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">It&rsquo;s fine for the Republican presidential candidates to point out that a vacancy on the Supreme Court is part of the upcoming election, and to promise to fill Justice Scalia&rsquo;s immense shoes with someone similar. But even if a Republican wins the upcoming presidential election, even if he picks another Justice Scalia, and even if he is confirmed by the Senate, the federal judiciary will still be stuffed with hundreds of activist judges appointed by Obama, Clinton, and even Jimmy Carter.</span></p> <p>The Founders gave Congress everything necessary to take power away from this runaway federal judiciary. Congress can deprive the federal courts of power over immigration, abortion and marriage, and can completely defund enforcement of bad federal court decisions that are already on the books.</p> <p>Congress spent months trying unsuccessfully to defund Planned Parenthood, a laudable goal, but Congress can more effectively defund enforcement of the pro-abortion and pro-homosexual marriage decisions by the judiciary without sparking a phony &ldquo;war on women&rdquo; debate.</p> <p>Congress should also defund use of taxpayer money by the Department of Justice to push the liberal agenda in the liberal courts. Congress should cut back on the funding for the courts themselves, too, and eliminate rather than fill some of the vacancies.</p> </blockquote> <p>While stopping short of an actual endorsement, <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/phyllis-schlafly-donald-trump-our-only-hope">Schlafly recently called Donald Trump &ldquo;the only hope&rdquo;</a> that grassroots activists have, while <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cruz-touts-endorsements-anti-feminist-eagle-forum">many of her Eagle Forum colleagues have endorsed Ted Cruz</a>. But Schlafly is apparently not satisfied with any of the presidential candidates:</p> <blockquote> <p>While some presidential candidates promise to work with Congress, none of them promise to rein in the Supreme Court in the absence of Justice Scalia. None of them promise to stand up against an unconstitutional order by an activist court by refusing to enforce it, as the next president could do with respect to activist Supreme Court rulings on immigration, abortion, and marriage.</p> </blockquote> Peter Montgomery 2016 Candidates Anti-Abortion Antonin Scalia Election 2016 Immigration Marriage Equality Phyllis Schlafly Supreme Court Eagle Forum Fair and Just Courts Fighting the Right 69346 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:21:17 -0400 Immigration Diana West Decries 'Hispanization' Of US, 'Demographic Invasion' From Southern Border http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/diana-west-decries-hispanization-us-demographic-invasion-southern-border <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/Diana_West_A.jpg?1429198577" /> <p>Conservative columnist Diana West, a frequent guest on Frank Gaffney&rsquo;s &ldquo;Secure Freedom Radio&rdquo; program, <a href="http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2016/02/03/syria-peace-talks-halted-whats-the-presidents-plan/">appeared on Gaffney&rsquo;s program yesterday</a> to discuss with guest host Jim Hanson the struggle that many European countries are having in accommodating millions of refugees and migrants from North Africa and the Mideast.</p> <p>West warned that the U.S. is &ldquo;deep into the same exact transition&rdquo; as Europe and &ldquo;we are being replaced also and our culture is being absolutely taken over in similar ways,&rdquo; not only by relatively small numbers of refugees, whom she called &ldquo;non-assimilable,&rdquo; but by the &ldquo;Hispanization&rdquo; of U.S. culture through immigrants from Latin America.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are experiencing the exact same forces and movement here,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re much bigger, obviously, and the conditions are somewhat different. However, we have no border, we have massive invasions by demographic invasion coming up on the southern border in particular. This would be an effort that we are watching, my father used to use the phrase, the United States becoming the northern tip of South America. I mean, this is a sense of the Hispanization of the country.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;And meanwhile we&rsquo;re watching refugee resettlement and the Syrian quote &lsquo;refugee&rsquo; project also coming in with population blocks, non-assimilable population blocks coming out of the Islamic world and elsewhere being imposed on communities across the country,&rdquo; she added.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245430778&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Miranda Blue C4 Diana West Immigration Center for Security Policy Fighting the Right 68696 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:01:53 -0400 Immigration Schlafly & Pratt: Today’s Immigrants Have No 'Desire To Be American' http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/schlafly-pratt-today-s-immigrants-have-no-desire-be-american <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="390" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_rww/Phyllis_Schlafly_3.jpg?1413406444" /> <p>Eagle Forum&rsquo;s Phyllis Schlafly and Gun Owners of America&rsquo;s Larry Pratt have both&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/phyllis-schlafly-worries-immigrants-dont-want-be-american-and-abide-our-constitutional-laws">opposed</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/schlafly-immigrants-will-destroy-america-if-they-dont-vote-republican">immigration</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/schlafly-immigrants-class-people-coming-now-just-dont-understand-america">reform</a> <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gun-owners-america-warns-you-could-lose-all-your-guns-2035-if-immigration-reform-passes">on the grounds</a> that new citizens will overwhelmingly vote Democratic and, in Pratt&rsquo;s words, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/larry-pratt-id-take-new-citizens-voter-card-and-rip-it-right-front-their-face">vote to take away our guns</a>.&rdquo; So it was no surprise that when Schlafly <a href="http://podcast.gcnlive.com/gunOwnersNews/012316.mp3">joined Pratt on his radio show</a> this weekend, the discussion eventually turned to how immigrants don&rsquo;t understand America and so will never vote Republican.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/244250825&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>Schlafly started things out by alleging that the political problems of conservatives stem from the fact that &ldquo;we&rsquo;ve taken in millions of people who have no concept of the whole idea of limited government&rdquo; and who &ldquo;don&rsquo;t even know what it means or have a desire to be American.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pratt agreed that we are &ldquo;bringing in people who have never had any tradition of, never been schooled in what it means to have a limited government&rdquo; and that &ldquo;folks coming abroad are all natural Democrats, they&rsquo;re looking, as you say, for big government, that&rsquo;s their whole idea of what government is about, it&rsquo;s there to give them more and more things.&rdquo;</p> <p>He added that Democrats are &ldquo;eagerly bringing in these immigrants who at best don&rsquo;t have an idea of what it means to be an American if they were to become one and may well be terrorists.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;You know, I have friends who came in long ago,&rdquo; Schlafly said, &ldquo;and they told me with pride that after they got off the boat at Ellis Island to immigrate, their parents would stand them up and say, &lsquo;And now we&rsquo;re in America and we&rsquo;re going to be Americans and we&rsquo;re going to learn English and we&rsquo;re going to learn a whole new set of laws and this is our country now, we&rsquo;re going to be American.&rsquo; But you don&rsquo;t find these immigrants saying this today.&rdquo;</p> <p>Now, she said, &ldquo;anybody can come, no matter how much you hate us, no matter how you have no concept about limited government and the rule of law and the things that we believe in.&rdquo;</p> <p>Pratt added that this problem was especially acute with Muslim immigrants because &ldquo;they&rsquo;re taught from the Koran, they&rsquo;re taught to hate people like us, they&rsquo;re taught to want to kill people like us, and to the extent that they don&rsquo;t, that&rsquo;s taqiyya, that&rsquo;s just a temporary lying to get along until they are tactically and strategically in a position to strike.&rdquo;</p> Miranda Blue C4 Gun Owners of America Immigration Larry Pratt Phyllis Schlafly Eagle Forum Fighting the Right 68371 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:08:30 -0400 Immigration Ann Coulter: God Raised Up Trump To Save Us From 1,000 Years Of Darkness http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ann-coulter-god-raised-trump-save-us-1000-years-darkness <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_teaser_astory" width="709" height="395" alt="" src="http://www.pfaw.org/sites/default/files/images/a_story_images/AnnCoulterTrump.jpg?1452710463" /> <p>Yesterday on &ldquo;<a href="http://www.frc.org/wwlivewithtonyperkins/scott-garrett">The Eric Metaxas Show</a>,&rdquo; Ann Coulter <a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ann-coulter-president-trump-proof-god-hasnt-given-america-yet">repeated her claim</a> that God is using Donald Trump to save the U.S. &mdash; and all of civilization &mdash; from destruction.</p> <p>Coulter started off the interview by defending herself from charges that she&rsquo;s &ldquo;divisive,&rdquo; noting that Jesus Christ was divisive as well. &ldquo;Yeah, I&rsquo;m &lsquo;divisive&rsquo; because I say things I believe, generally, so does Jesus, and liberals yell at me, that makes me &lsquo;divisive.&rsquo; It&rsquo;s the hecklers&rsquo; veto,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>She went on to liken the media&rsquo;s treatment of her to how it covers Donald Trump, whom she believes will save the U.S. and, therefore, the whole world.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are talking about the future of not only of America but of the last genuinely Christian country on earth and thus the world,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;If we lose America, it is lights out for the entire world for a thousand years.&rdquo;</p> <p>Coulter explained that God has a role in lifting up Trump&rsquo;s candidacy: &ldquo;It is like the fall of Rome but, thank God, and I am not using the Lord&rsquo;s name in vain, I mean that absolutely literally, thank God for raising up Donald Trump and giving us a chance to save the country.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/241798350&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>&ldquo;Unless Donald Trump is elected, we&rsquo;re never going to have another Republican president,&rdquo; Coulter added, warning that having another Democrat in the White House would mean that &ldquo;it&rsquo;s over&rdquo; and &ldquo;the country is finished&rdquo; because there will be a &ldquo;Supreme Court of nine Ruth Bader Ginsburgs.&rdquo;</p> <p>If Trump loses, Coulter said, she will probably &ldquo;stop wasting my time on politics&rdquo; since &ldquo;a Republican can never be elected president&rdquo; if the country fails to enact severe restrictions on immigration.</p> <p>&ldquo;What is the point of talking about abortion or anything else unless you get Donald Trump in to build the wall, deport illegals, end this &lsquo;anchor baby&rsquo; nonsense, stop importing 100,000 Muslims a year, in addition to two million Third Worlders per year,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s madness what this country has been doing.&rdquo;</p> <p>Coulter went on to say that President Trump should &ldquo;deport [Sen. Marco] Rubio&rdquo; and members of the advocacy group National Council of La Raza.</p> <p align="center"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/241798496&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Brian Tashman Ann Coulter C4 Donald Trump Election 2016 Immigration Marco Rubio Fighting the Right 67801 Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:45:36 -0400 Immigration