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Rick Perry: No ‘free ride’ from criticism for Gold Star dad

Washington (CNN)Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that the Gold Star father involved in a war of words with Donald Trump shouldn’t get a “free ride” from public criticism.

Perry said Khizr and Ghazala Khan should have known that the Republican Party’s presidential nominee would respond to their Democratic National Convention address.
    “Mr. Khan is the one that went out and struck the first blow, and in a campaign, if you’re going to go out and think that you can take a shot at somebody and not have incoming coming back at you, shame on you,” Perry, a Trump supporter, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.”
    Perry added: “Because he had a son that was lost in this war against terror, I mean that gives him a free ride to say whatever he would like against a candidate that he’s not for? That’s not proper, that’s not correct.”
    The Khans’ son, a Muslim-American U.S. Army solider, was killed in Iraq in 2004. In a fiery speech at the DNC last month, Khizr Khan accused Trump of not understanding their sacrifice, an attack the real estate mogul later called “vicious.”
    But Perry said Democrats had used the Khan family to score political points as both campaigns pivoted toward the general election.
    “We love our veterans, we love our Gold Star families, but the fact of the matter is Mr. Khan politically used his time on that stage to go after Donald Trump,” Perry said. “Why in the world he thought that he was going to get a free ride with that is beyond me.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/16/politics/rick-perry-khizr-khan-free-ride/index.html


    The Awkward Arranged Marriage of Trump and Pence

    After a two-day botched rollout of his grand vice-presidential reveal, Donald Trump barely shared a stage with Mike Pence on Saturday morning. “>

    On Saturday morning, in the Hilton hotel in midtown Manhattan, The Rolling Stones You Cant Always Get What You Want reverberated in the hall, symbolically announcing the new union of Donald Trump and his veep pick, Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

    After a whirlwind 48 hours in which the news of Pences pick leaked, and Trump reportedly waffled on the choice so much that he was making midnight calls on Thursday night to try to find an escape hatch, the two menopposites in most qualitative respectsbriefly shared the limelight behind a podium emblazoned only with Trumps name.

    We are the law-and-order candidates, Trump declared in a dizzying 30-minute address before Pence even made it to the stage. And were the law-and-order party.

    As the Indiana governor looked on from the side of the stage, the presumptive Republican nominee devoted much of his address to bashing Crooked Hillary Clinton and weighing in on recent global conflicts, including the attempted military coup in Turkey on Friday.

    "Great people, amazing people, Trump said of the Turks, switching back and forth from prepared remarks to his usual riffing. We wish them well. A lot of anguish last night but hopefully it’ll all work out.

    A day after the Trump campaign scrapped the initial scheduled rollout for his vice presidential pickwhich was ultimately unceremoniously announced on Twitterthey quickly pulled together an event at the same location where Ronald Reagan announced his 1980 presidential bid, with all the pomp and circumstance of a man meeting a mail-order spouse.

    Indiana Governor Mike Pence was my first choice, Trump said despite the fact that he reportedly struggled to choose between an establishment-pleasing pick (pushed by campaign chairman Paul Manafort) and two men with whom hes had better rapport: Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

    Much of Saturdays speech, a rollout that was accompanied by a website redesign to include Pences face and a new logoreplacing a suggestive image that was mocked on social media on Fridaysounded like any other Trump address.

    Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of corruption, Trump said before suggesting that she got away with murder for not being charged after an investigation into her use of a private email server. He dropped typically braggadocious lines like I was the one that predicted it, in reference to Brexit, before seemingly remembering that Pence was supposed to be the man of the hour.

    Back to Mike Pence, hed interject before beginning to discuss his success in the Republican primary again (I dominated with evangelicals). Trump conceded that one of the reasons Pence was selected was for party unity before adding he looks really good.

    When he finally called Pence to the stage, the two men shared a brief handshake before Trump waltzed off and gave the governor the floorchoosing not to stand beside him for a visual representation of the Republican ticket.

    Pence, with close-cropped white hair and a strong mandible, represented a striking divergence from Trump; a disciplined, conservative Republican who read from prepared remarks with designated moments for applause.

    Im a Christian, a conservative and a Republican in that order, Pence said to applause in the room. The Indiana governors address and policy positionswhich include much more conservative opinions on LGBT rights and abortionwere intended to assuage on-the-fence Republicans who cant fathom a former reality television star being the standard-bearer of their party.

    He told the crowd that Trump had called him with the decision on Wednesday night, which runs counter to the narrative Trump himself presented to the media in various interviews on Thursday, during which time he proclaimed he hadnt made his final, final decision.

    These are good people, Pence said of Trump and his family. And Trump will make a great president of the United States of America.

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    The tenuous relationship of the two men has developed over the past two months since Pence made a less-than-enthusiastic endorsement of Senator Ted Cruz ahead of the Indiana primary (today, Trump said that endorsement was essentially one for him).

    Their policy differences have played out on Trumps favorite form of social media, with the Indiana governor tweeting his support of the Trans Pacific Partnership in 2014, something that the real estate mogul is adamantly against.

    In December 2015, Pence tweeted: Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional, in response to an initial proposal from Trump that the United States place a temporary ban on Muslims coming to the country after the attack in San Bernardino.

    But on Friday during his first interview as Trumps vice presidential pick, Pence told Sean Hannity that he is very supportive of Donald Trump’s call to temporarily suspend immigration from countries where terrorist influence and impact represents a threat to the United States," a more recent iteration of the proposed ban.

    As their official union got off to a bit of a clunky start, Trumps family joined Pence onstage at the end of the event, giving the two men an opportunity for a rare side-by-side photo.

    Roger Stone, a one-time adviser for Trump who showed up in a grey striped suit, was pleased with the results.

    "It was strong. A winning ticket!" he texted The Daily Beast after the event.

    Michael Caputo, an adviser who resigned from Trump’s campaign last month in the wake of former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s firing, echoed Stone’s remarks. 

    "Pence’s speech was solid, exceptionally well written and delivered expertly," Caputo told The Daily Beast. "I think he made perfectly clear what he can do for this ticket. His speech was a rousing call to arms for Republicans and a full volume defense of Donald Trump. Mission accomplished."

    Before the two men appear together once again at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week, the governor is returning to Zionsville, Indiana on Saturday for what is billed as a Welcome Home Rally according to the Trump campaign.

    Please note that Mr. Trump will not be in attendance, the media advisory reads.

    Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/16/the-awkward-arranged-marriage-of-trump-and-pence.html


    LGBT Community to Donald Trump: Shove It, You Homophobe

    The presumptive GOP nominee has made a big show of reaching out his tiny hands to the LGBT community this week. The response? An overwhelming pass.”>

    The orange stripe in the gay flag symbolizes healing. At this rate, Donald Trump will be claiming that it stands for him by the end of the week.

    This Tuesday, two days after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, the presumptive GOP nominee inexplicably thanked the LGBT community on Twitter. It didnt take long for LGBT Twitter users to respond in kind with the hashtag #LGBTQHatesTrumpParty.

    Because while most Americans dont like Donald Trump, LGBT people despise him.

    Based on his tweet, Trump seemed to be under the impression that the mass shooting had convinced a sizable number of LGBT people to support his proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the country.

    LGBT social media users quickly disabused him of that notion with witty replies and, of course, a flood of GIFs: GIFs of Tyra Banks, GIFs of Tyler Oakley, and, of course, GIFs of RuPaul.

    Theres more proof than a few thousand tweets that LGBT Americans loathe the Republican candidate for president.

    According to May Gallup polling, Trump has a favorability rating of just 18 percent among LGBT people as compared to Hillary Clintons 54 percent rating with the same demographic. This gap between them is one of the widest, surpassed only by Trumps large deficits among non-white and Muslim voters.

    Another May poll indicated that more than four out of five LGBT voters would rather pull the lever for Clinton.

    And yet Trump continues to claim on the campaign trail that Clinton is no friend of LGBT Americans and that hell do more to keep them safe from radical Islam.

    At a campaign rally in Atlanta on Wednesday, he claimed that the LGBT community, the gay community, the lesbian communitythey are so much in favor of what Ive been saying over the last three or four days.

    In true Trump fashion, his sudden concern for the safety LGBT Americans comes after years of mocking them and opposing their rights. Indeed, the LGBT animus against Trump runs so deep because it has been so long in the making.

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    Its easy to list off Trumps most memorable displays of homophobia. For example, in a 2011 New York Times interview, Trump compared his stance on same-sex marriage to his traditionalist attitudes about golf putter size. The bizarre analogy implied that gay men and lesbians were weird.

    [A] lot of people are switching to these really long putters, he said, Very unattractive. Its weird. You see these great players with these really long putters because they cant sink three-footers anymore. And I hate it. I am a traditionalist.

    In 2014, as Gawker reminded its readers on Tuesday, Trump reacted badly when Michael Sam made NFL history as the first openly gay NFL draftee. He had some particularly choice thoughts about the celebratory kiss Sam shared with then-boyfriend Vito Cammisano, telling Fox & Friends that the football player was really going at it.

    And, in what should by now be familiar rhetoric, Trump complained that the country is going to hell because homophobes were afraid to express their own thoughts about the lip-lock because were too politically correct.

    And while Trumps long-running habit of insulting Rosie ODonnell has primarily been seen as misogynisticespecially after he doubled down by calling her a pig at the first GOP primary debatethe comedians sexual orientation has also played an undeniable role in Trumps bullying of her.

    LGBT critics on sites like AfterEllen and Autostraddle have long perceived the real-estate magnates fixation on ODonnell as having a homophobic dimension.

    Trump seems to have taken a special interest over the years in ODonnells love life. In 2011, after she got engaged to Michelle Rounds, Trump sarcastically tweeted that he felt sorry for her new partner in love whose parents are devastated at the thought of their daughter being with Rosiea true loser.

    And back in 2006when Trump told ET that ODonnell was disgusting, both inside and out and that she talks like a truck driverhe actually threatened to send a buddy over to steal the comedians girlfriend.

    Rosies a person thats very lucky to have her girlfriend, and she better be careful or Ill send one of my friends over to pick up her girlfriend, he said. Why would she stay with Rosie if she had another choice?

    Autostraddle Editor-in-Chief Marie Lyn Bernard noted that this attack, like many others, was tinged with [a] particular brand of homophobic misogyny based on ODonnells gender presentation.

    Trump hasnt been content to keep his offensive comments confined to the first two letters of the LGBT acronym, either. In August of 2012, he went after Arianna Huffingtons now-dissolved marriage to Michael Huffington, who came out as bisexual all the way back in 1998.

    [Arianna Huffington] is unattractive both inside and out, he tweeted. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a manhe made a good decision.

    In less than 140 characters, he managed to insult Huffingtons appearance, repeat a rumor about their divorce, and invoke the stereotype that bisexual people are unfaithful because of their orientation.

    At least one transgender woman has also found herself on the receiving end of Trumps insulting word salads, too.

    In a 2012 interview with Barbara Walters, Trump openly floated a conspiracy theory about the name of transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant Jenna Talackova, who was temporarily kicked out of the Trump-run competition after organizers discovered that she had undergone sex reassignment surgery.

    During the interview, Trump held up a piece of paper on which he had written Jennatal and rambled, I looked at her nameand somebody brought this up to meJennatal. Those are the first letters of her name. And its genital. And Im saying to myself, Hmm… thats strange. Could there be an ulterior motive?

    Trump supported Talackovas readmission into the pageant but his strange Jennatal theory did not go unnoticed by the transgender community.

    At this point, theres little use trying to pin down Donald Trumps inscrutable and ever-shifting policy positions on LGBT issues. Back in April, for example, he adopted a surprisingly progressive stance on transgender bathroom use before walking back to a milquetoast states rights position. Somewhere around that time, Caitlyn Jenner paid a visit to the Trump Tower womens room after he gave her express permission to do so.

    The Trump campaign has been somewhat murky on same-sex marriage, too. In January, he told Fox News that he would strongly consider appointing Supreme Court judges to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges. But as Politico reported Wednesday, some gay Republican advocates now see a Trump White House as an opportunity to soften their partys stance on same-sex marriage.

    While it may not be certain what a President Trump would do on LGBT issues, the things that he has said about LGBT people are crystal clear. It seems unlikely that a demographic that already hates himand that he has spent years offendingwould turn to him now for protection.

    Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/16/lgbt-community-to-donald-trump-shove-it-you-homophobe.html


    Donald Trump Hearts Chris Christie, Buys Himself a Share of Bridgegate

    It turns out that Jerseys dirty business doesnt stay in Jersey.”>

    What a tangled web we weave when our high-level staffers engage in a criminal conspiracy to exact political retribution on an unassuming elected official and his constituents and then we make it out of the scandal alive only to sully what remains of our reputation by enlisting as the butt-boy for a neo-fascist presidential candidate.

    Thats how the old saying goes, anyway.It might need updating now that a significant development in the Bridgegate saga threatens to pull Chris Christie back injust when he thought he was outand drag in Donald Trump, too.

    From the vantage point of the tail-end of the Republican primary, Bridgegate looks like ancient history.But in New Jersey, its still very much an ongoing story.

    One that Trump dipped into Monday when he announced Christie would serve as the chairman of his transition team (something not usually announced until the fall, just before the general election, but why start abiding by the customs of American democracy now?)

    Christie, of course, endorsed Trump in February, after dropping out of the Republican primary following a humiliating performance in New Hampshire.

    The two are longtime friends, but politics had seemed to get in their way.

    Trump suggested, in December, Christie totally knew about Bridgegate (which would make him guilty of a crime) and Christie spent much of the last few weeks of his campaign cautioning his crowds against supporting Trump.

    Bravado, by itself, is not a plan, hed said a few days before he ended his campaign. Hes just not the right person to be president of the United States and not the person wed want representing our country. He then went on to do a long and involved impression of Trump and his plan to build a big, beautiful wall.

    They put all of that behind them when Christie decided to stand behind Trump. But the drip, drip of Bridgegate is incessantthe trial is set to begin in September, and Christie may testifymaking it hard not to wonder if Trump is setting himself up to regret their reconciliation.

    On Tuesday, Trump told the Associated Press that Christie had not been ruled out of the running to be his vice president. Trump has, he said, a list of five or six people hes consideringhe wants a politician, someone who the media have already vetted, not a businessmanand he implied Christie is on it.

    Also Tuesday, a federal judge in New Jersey was deciding to release the names of the unindicted Bridgegate co-conspiratorsthe people who knew about the plot to close the access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, but werent charged. The decision came after 13 media outlets requested the information be unsealed.

    Although privacy for third parties is indeed important, U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton wrote in her statement, this court is satisfied that the privacy interests of uncharged third parties as insufficiently compelling to outweigh the publics right of access.

    Judge Wigenton specifically said individuals thus far identified as being involved in the lane closings have been public employees and/or elected and appointed officials.

    Wonder who that could include.

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    This being a story about Trump and the governor of New Jersey, there is, it should come as no surprise, a complicated twist involving prison.

    As part of her decision, Judge Wigenton cited a 2005 case called U.S. v. Kushner, but I like to think of it as Christie v. Donald Trumps Son-In-Laws-Dad.

    Christie, at the time, was the (Bush-appointed) United States Attorney. He charged Charles Kushner, a real estate developer and big-time Democratic donor, with tax evasion, witness tampering, and illegally contributing to campaigns.

    Charles Kushner is the father of Jared Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, Donald Trumps favorite daughter.

    In that case, the judge had decided the public has a strong interest in the use officials make of their positions of public interest.

    Christie locked Kushner up for two years.

    And as if thats not all strange and confusing enough, theres another wrinkle to consider.

    In 2006, Jared Kushner purchased the New York Observer, which owns Politicker NJ, a New Jersey politics website founded (as PoliticsNJ.com) by David Wildstein, the architect of Bridgegate.

    This is the business, and family, that Trump has chosen.

    Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/11/donald-trump-hearts-chris-christie-buys-himself-a-share-of-bridgegate.html


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