White nationalist Trump supporter gay-baits candidate in Utah

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Evan McMullin

Evan McMullin isn’t gay (as far as we know). But his mom and her wife are. And Evan, a Mormon,  says that while he believes in the “sanctity of traditional marriage,” he loves and respects his mother. That may not seem like any big news, except that McMullin is running as an independent candidate for president, and it looks like it is possible that he might win Utah’s electoral college ballots.

Apparently that’s got Donald Trump and his supporters in a bit of an uproar. (I can’t vouch for this site, but I’m including the link for the screencaps of Tweets included in it and the vitriol in the comments, both of which support the idea of “an uproar.”)

McMullin was formerly chief policy director for the House Republican Conference in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has also been a CIA operations officer, a volunteer refugee resettlement officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Jordan, as well as an investment banker. For many of the folks in Utah — and Mormons elsewhere, supposedly — he is a better choice for president than either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump.

And the Trump camp is taking McMullin seriously enough that Trump supporter William Johnson of California this week unleashed a barrage of robo-calls lambasting McMullin’s relationship with his lesbian mother and suggesting that the independent candidate is, himself, “a closet homosexual.”

The robo-call says: “Hello, My name is William Johnson. I am a farmer and a white nationalist. I make this call against Evan McMullin and in support of Donald Trump. Evan McMullin is an open borders, amnesty supporter. Evan has two mommies. His mother is a lesbian, married to another woman. Evan is okay with that. Indeed Evan supports the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage. Evan is over 40 years old and is not married and doesn’t even have a girlfriend. I believe Evan is a closet homosexual. Don’t vote for Evan McMullin. Vote for Donald Trump. He will respect all women and be a president we can all be proud of.”

The robo-calls supposedly cost Johnson $2,000 and will go out to 193,000 households in Utah between Monday night, Oct 31, when they started, and Wednesday night, Nov. 2.

When Daily Beast asked him to back up his claims, Johnson responded via email: “Wikipedia tells his story [about his mother]. Also, if you Google him, it readily comes up. I said that ‘I think he is a closet homosexual.’ Calling someone a homosexual is no longer defamation. Also, he is a public figure. Word on the street is that he is gay.”

So. Here at Dallas Voice, we are not surprised to see a Trump supporter trying to gay-bait another candidate. In fact, after lo these many years, we aren’t surprised to see any Republican candidate or their surrogate trying to gay-bait another candidate. What bothers me, though, is the fact that this guy is SO VERY PROUD TO CALL HIMSELF A WHITE NATIONALIST, and that’s not making headlines!

(In case you aren’t sure, Mirriam-Webster defines “white nationalist” as: “one of a group of militant whites who espouse white supremacy and advocate enforced racial segregation.”)

Johnson isn’t trying to hide the fact that he is a racist bigot. I mean, he starts out his damn robo-call describing himself as a “farmer and a white nationalist.” And this isn’t the first time. In February, he paid for robo-calls on Trump’s behalf in Vermont and Minnesota urging voters not to vote for “a Cuban” (Marco Rubio) and to not be afraid of being called racist and to protect against the “gradual genocide of the white race” by electing Trump.

According to information published by Daily Beast, in September 2015, Johnson, as leader of the American Freedom Party, donated $250 to the Trump campaign, and shortly after established the American National Super PAC to start making robo-calls supporting Trump in Iowa. Then when asked about the contribution at a town hall in New Hampshire, Trump told the questioner “Don’t be so angry about it,” and said his campaign would return the donation. And they did return it.

BUT ….

The Trump campaign has not returned the two donations, totaling $1,500, that Johnson made to Trump in June this year. And Johnson told Daily Beast he believes he has actually donated more than that — close to the $2,500 limit.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks on Monday told CNN the Trump campaign “strongly condemn[s] this rhetoric and these activities of which we have no knowledge.”

—  Tammye Nash

Save the Day: Get registered and VOTE

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There are less than three weeks left — 18 days, as of today (Friday, Sept. 23), to be exact — to register to vote in what may be the most important election of our lifetimes. And no, considering the candidate the Republicans have put on the ballot, that’s not hyperbole.

And remember, there is more at stake here than the presidency. We will be electing U.S. senators, U.S. representatives, state leaders. The future of the U.S. Supreme Court is on the line.

Are you registered? Do you even know for sure? Find all the information you need to know for sure at Texas’ statewide elections website. Dallas County voters can check here for their status, and Tarrant County voters can look here.

And now, just to drive the point home, here’s a whole shit-ton of famous people talking about how important it is to vote Nov. 8.

(Seriously. Register. Vote.)

—  Tammye Nash

History is made: DNC officially nominates Hillary Clinton for president

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton

The Democratic National Convention has just made history, nominating former First Lady, former U.S. Sen. and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president of the United States of America. Fifteen votes from South Dakota put her over the top.

Clinton is the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party.

The count ended with Sen. Bernie Sanders moving to suspend the rules and nominate Hillary Clinton by acclamation as the Democratic candidate for president. Final delegate count (not counting super delegates) is  Clinton, 2,842; Sanders, 1,865, with 56 delegates not voting. Go here to see how the final delegate count played out.

—  Tammye Nash

President Obama officially endorses Hillary Clinton for president

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In a video released today by the Clinton campaign, President Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for president.

President Barack Obama today (Thursday, June 9) issued a ringing endorsement, via video released by the Clinton campaign, of former Secretary of State (former Senator, former First Lady) Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency. He also added praise for her primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and called on voters to take a stand for “the values that make America great” and “win a brighter future for this country that we love.”

“Look, I know how hard this job can be. That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it,” Obama said in the video. “In fact, I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. She’s got the courage, the compassion and the heart to get the job done.

“I’m with her,” the president continued, echoing Clinton supporters’ “I’m With Hillary” slogan. “I’m fired up, and I cannot wait to get out there and campaign for Hillary.”

Obama praised Sanders for waging a hard-fought campaign, for bringing to light important issues like economic justice and for bringing thousands of young people into the democratic process. Both Clinton and Sanders, he said “are patriots who love this country.”

Watch the complete video below.

—  Tammye Nash

Trump celebrates Cinco de Mayo

Here he is ladies and gentlemen, the presumptive GOP nominee for president of the United States, Donald Trump. Aren’t we all just so proud?!

(But seriously, after the party nominated Sarah Palin for VP, are we surprised that it’s come to this?)

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—  Tammye Nash

TrusTed? Google ‘trus’

Screen shot 2016-02-05 at 10.17.34 AMSo Ted Cruz wants everybody to trust him. He is building his presidential campaign around that idea — the idea he is totally trustworthy, the idea that we can all “Trust Ted.” His oh-so-clever advertising folks even came up with an oh-so-clever campaign slogan: TrusTed, with the first four letters in white, and the last three in red

But maybe his advertising folks and whomever in his campaign staff approved that slogan/logo should do a little research before launching such slogans/logos. Why? Just Google “trus”:

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Abbreviation: TRUS

Imaging of the prostate gland and periprostatic tissues with an ultrasound transducer inserted into the anus and directed toward the anterior rectum. It is used to identify malignant tumors, guide biopsies, and provide assessments of tumor staging.

Synonym: endorectal ultrasound (2)

Ummm, yeah. One more reason not to vote for Ted Cruz. And here’s a campaign video that will help reinforce reasons not to vote for him.

—  Tammye Nash

Clinton campaign appoints new LGBT liaison

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Dominic Lowell

Democratic presidential candidate — and former First Lady, former U.S. senator and former Secretary of State — Hillary Clinton has appointed Dominic Lowell as director of LGBT outreach for her campaign, the Washington Blade reported earlier today.

Lowell, 29, will officially join the campaign on Thursday, Oct. 1, coming from Rock the Vote, where he worked as director of strategic partnerships, coordinating outreach to progressive movements. Before working for Rock the Vote, he was vice president of investment services at Democracy Alliance.

Lowell is one of several out LGBT people on Clinton’s campaign staff. Others include campaign manager Robby Mook, deputy political director Brynne Craig and national finance director Dennis Cheng.

News of Lowell’s appointment comes just days before Clinton is set to speak to the board of directors and supporters of Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C. Clinton’s speech to the group happens the same day as HRC’s national dinner, where Vice President Joe Biden will be delivering the keynote address.

—  Tammye Nash

Rick Perry’s broke. Whoops

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Former Gov. Rick Perry

Former Gov. Rick Perry stopped paying his staff at his national campaign headquarters in Austin and in early primary and caucus states Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, The Washington Post is reporting.

According to the Post, Perry told his staff on Friday, the day after the first Republican debate, that the money has dried up.

But does the lack of money mean Perry will be the first of the — currently 18 — Republican candidates to drop out of the race? His super-PAC has plenty of money, but since a super-PAC can’t coordinate with a campaign, it had no idea about the cash flow problem at the campaign.

The super-PAC is gearing up to expand its operation, but it’s not clear if that means hiring all those campaign workers.

Either way, Perry said he’s committed to participating in the early caucuses and primaries.

In a poll by NBC/SurveyMonkey, Rick Perry remained at 2 percent support after the debate. The poll showed no one thought he did best in the debate and 2 percent thought he did worst.

—  David Taffet

Local LGBT group organizes for Bernie

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Sen. Bernie Sanders

About 25 people gathered at Resource Center on July 29 for a Bernie Sanders for President event. The local event was organized by members of the LGBT community, but attracted a mixed crowd.

At the same time, about 100,000 people participated in 3,500 similar events that took place in every state around the country.

Sanders broadcast a short speech live from a house meeting in Washington, D.C. He called this the largest online political organizing effort in history. So far, Sanders has received 325,000 contributions, more contributions from individuals than any other candidate.

He’s been attracting large crowds at events in different cities. His Dallas appearance several weeks ago attracted 7,000 people.

In his speech, he laid out his platform that includes making college tuition-free at public universities, creating a path toward citizenship for undocumented residents, raising the minimum wage and guaranteeing paid sick and vacation time to all workers. He spoke against mass incarceration and police brutality.

The event was to add volunteers to the campaign. More information is available on his website.

—  David Taffet

Clinton campaign video: ‘All love is equal’

Screen shot 2015-06-24 at 4.22.23 PMHillary Clinton, former First Lady, former U.S. senator, former U.S. Secretary of State and current Democratic candidate for president, today (Wednesday, June 24) unveiled a 2 1/2-minute video, called “Equality,” in which Clinton calls for legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

Release of the video comes just hours before the next rulings — possibly including a ruling on marriage equality — are scheduled to be released by the U.S. Supreme Court. With seven decisions expected to be released before the end of this session, the court has scheduled rulings to be announced Thursday, June 25, Friday, June 26 and Monday, June 28.

The video includes audio from Clinton’s speech earlier this month in New York, playing alongside images and audio of happy same-sex couples proposing or exchanging bows. In the speech, Clinton declares:

“Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct. But in fact they are one and the same. Being LGBT doesn’t make you less human. And that is why gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”

—  Tammye Nash