Trump-loving evangelical uncorks unhinged rant about Pride flags: 'Everyone must bow a knee to sexual gods'
Evangelical leader Tony Perkins, who infamously gave former President Donald Trump a "mulligan" for cheating on his wife with a porn star, went on an unhinged rant this week about the terror Christians feel when they see Pride flags.
Right Wing Watch reports that Perkins this week gave his followers advice this month for "surviving the rainbow onslaught" during Pride Month, when millions of Americans display rainbow flags as a show of support to the LGBTQ community.
"You can't turn on the television, shop for cereal or scroll through Facebook without being hit over the head with LGBT Pride!" he complained. "The world is upside down when American pride is something we should apologize for, but sexual perversion is the stuff of parades!"
Perkins then said that LGBTQ people were akin to a religious cult determined to convert all Americans by any means necessary.
"Pride is the new religion, and everyone must bow a knee to their sexual gods or face the left's fiery furnace!" he said.
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An accused U.S. Capitol rioter was arrested despite her friend's assurances that she'd been too difficult to track down.
The FBI received a tip Jan. 7 that Nicole Prado traveled from their home in Maryland and took part in the insurrection, and agents later identified her from evidence posted on social media.
"Please meet the new congresswoman," said the other person, who posted video of Prado inside the Capitol on their Instagram account. "She was just in the Capitol for the first time today. She stormed the Capitol, she's the new congresswoman. She's the new speaker of the House."
The FBI obtained a search warrant Feb. 25 for that person's Instagram account, which had been deleted out of fears of being charged with trespassing, and found private communications with a third individual who assured the other person that Prado could not be identified through their posts.
"They would have to cross reference too much," that individual said. "Do police have her fingerprints and mugshots? It's only corroborating but it's weak."
Prado's cell phone data showed she had been inside or near the Capitol on Jan. 6, although the other person had not been in Washington until later that afternoon, and security video showed Prado inside the building during the riot.
She was charged with attempting to disrupt Congress, but the person who made the social media posts has not been charged.
Arizona newspaper exposes all the Republicans rushing into the state to learn about bogus election audit
The Republican Party audit of 2020 election ballots and machines has spurred an influx of GOP members from other states to come to learn how to conduct their own partisan audits. Now, The Arizona Republic has the full list and who paid for it.
Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Doug Mastriano is among those eager to bring a partisan audit to Pennsylvania.
"Specifically, I like this approach in Arizona because it is scientific," he falsely claimed to the press. "I mean, what I saw there, there is no way that they can be accused of slanting or bias because it's just counting votes, looking at ballots, and then doing the forensic analysis."
Rep. Rob Kauffman and state Sen. Cris Dush also joined Mastriano, as did Rep. Seth Grove, the chairman of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Government Committee.
Alaska state Rep. David Eastman, another Republican eager to conduct an audit in his red state, also appeared in Arizona, but not until after he traveled Jan. 6 to Washington for Donald Trump's "stop the steal" rally. Members of his own party have criticized him for the move.
"I am grateful for the efforts that those in Arizona are making to increase confidence in their elections and hope we will be able to increase the confidence that Alaskans have in our elections as well," he told the press.
A whole crew of Wisconsin Republicans flocked to Arizona last week, "including state Rep. Janel Brandtjen. Brandtjen is the chairwoman of the Assembly Elections Committee, which is helping oversee a review of Wisconsin's election," said the report. She was joined by state Reps. Rachael Cabral-Guevara, David Murphy and Chuck Wichgers.
In that case in particular, it was revealed that Christina Bobb and Chanel Rion of the OAN network helped raise money for their trip.
Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was also among the group of Republicans who came to Arizona. He was forced to resign in 2018 after allegedly blackmailing a woman with whom he was having an affair. He's now running for the U.S. Senate.
Georgia Republicans joined as well, with state Sens. Burt Jones and Brandon Beach, who attempted to nulifiy all of the votes in his state with a lawsuit even the GOP attorney general called "constitutionally, legally and factually wrong." State Sen. Marty Harbin also joined them.
The following day, Republican gubernatorial candidate Vernon Jones, who also was at the Jan. 6 events, came to examine the "audit." He switched parties in 2021 to support Donald Trump's failed election. He "aggressively confronted the reporter" when asked about the partisan dollars spent on making the audit happen.
Colorado's Republican state Rep. Ron Hanks came to Phoenix on June 10, six months after his trip to attend Trump's event in Washington on Jan. 6.
Oklahoma pastor, Jackson Lahmeyer, came to Phoenix on June 11. He's running for U.S. Senate against Republican Sen. James Lankford, who had just begun speaking out against the election certification when the Capitol was attacked.
AZCentral then listed off Tennessee Republican, and Shelby County Election Commissioner Bennie Smith. His county covers all of Memphis east of the river. Utah state Rep. Steve Christiansen and Virginia's Amanda Chase, who just lost her gubernatorial campaign. She's the one who told Trump he should impose martial law.
Those Republican leaders add to many Arizona leaders eager to examine the audit themselves.
While it was reported that OAN hosts were raising money for the Republicans, Bobb in particular has a non-profit organization that fully funded the travel of some Republicans, another report revealed last week.
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