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In the wake of Colin Powell's death of complications from COVID-19, Chris Cillizza penned an op-ed for CNN saying that with the death of the four-star general and 65th United States Secretary of State, his particular brand of Republican no longer exists.
"Powell's personal journey from potential -- and much-coveted -- Republican presidential candidate in the mid-1990s to pariah within the Trump-ified GOP tells the story of how the party went from one that recognized the changing face of America and the need to adapt its policies as a result to one organized around the often-intolerant views of a single man who, it's worth noting, spent less time as a Republican than Powell did," Cillizza writes.
Cillizza points to the fact that during an interview with CNN earlier this year, Powell said he no longer considers himself a Republican.
"You know, I'm not a fellow of anything right now," Powell told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in January. "I'm just a citizen who has voted Republican, voted Democrat, throughout my entire career, and right now I'm just watching my country and not concerned with parties."
It was Donald Trump's rise the GOP that was the final straw for Powell, prompting him to vote for Joe Biden in 2020.
"Powell's alienation from the party he chose for himself following a long and highly decorated military career speaks to just how much that party changed underneath him over that time," writes Cillizza. "The idea of a moderate Republican in the mold of Powell simply disappeared from the GOP landscape entirely."
Read the full op-ed over at CNN.
An Oklahoma Baptist preacher angry the U.S. government isn't "executing" LGBTQ people and angry hate crime laws are, he claims, prohibiting "violent attitudes toward the f****ts and sodomites," is also suggesting he is acting like Jesus Christ by name calling.
"Now they want to execute judgment on the good who will disdain the abominable act of sodomy: you know, the faggots," Brother Salvador Alvarez of Stedfast Baptist Church in Oklahoma City preached on Sunday, as Friendly Atheist's Hemant Mehta reports.
"People who will have a violent attitude towards the f****ts and sodomites will be reported as having committed hate crimes," Alvarez lamented, calling it "a mixed-up justice system" that "needs to be called out."
"If they were to execute judgment, you know, that 'he beareth not the sword in vain,' where they execute, you know, executions, executions like the Bible says? They actually execute? You know, you don't go with a sword and you know, slap them. It's the sword to be able to have executions in Romans 13."
Alvarez suggests he is acting like Christ by "calling names."
"If they would actually commit executions on the pedophile, executions on the f****ts, on the sodomites. If they had executed, executed, you know, an adulterers are committing adultery with another man's wife then, then, we wouldn't have to call them out. There'd be no reason to call out a fox that is not a fox. But Jesus Christ wasn't afraid to call a fox a fox. He wasn't afraid to call names."
Yesterday, Brother Salvador Alvarez of Stedfast Baptist Church in Oklahoma City fantasized about the government executing certain sinners: Gay people, pedophiles, and adulterers.
He was upset with hate crimes laws that he claimed would target preachers like him. pic.twitter.com/ZN7ki7VC7w — Hemant Mehta (@hemantmehta) October 18, 2021
Ever searching for fringe positions to adopt, one of QAnon's most popular leaders and influencers -- unwittingly or not -- tried to introduce his followers to neo-Nazism, reports Vice's David Gilbert.
With interest in Donald Trump's loss of the 2020 presidential election fading, and "Q's" promise of the "Storm" where Joe Biden would be ousted and Trump would be restored to the Oval Office failing to materialize, Gilbert reports that John Sabal, who goes by "QAnon John," pushed a neo-Nazi film that he linked to on Sunday night to his 70,000 followers.
According to the report, Sabal is preparing for a "For God and Country: Patriot Double Down" conference in Las Vegas later this week and on "...Sunday night he took time out of his busy schedule to share a post about people who had praised "Europa – the Last Battle." It's a 10-part film that claims Jews created Communism and deliberately started both world wars as part of a plot to found Israel by provoking the innocent Nazis, who were only defending themselves."
"If you want to know the truth, well look no further. Here it is, escape the matrix and watch it today," the post stated.
"While this film has been shared by some of QAnon's more fringe and extremist figures, the fact Sabal feels emboldened to share it so publicly is a testament to how antisemitic thinking has become normalized within the movement," Gilbert added, before noting comments attached to the post indicated that Sabal's followers were receptive to taking a look with one naysayer being shot down and accused of being part of the "deep state."
Writing, "After Sabal's comments were highlighted by extremist researchers on Twitter, the posts mysteriously disappeared from his channel. The video series is very well-known in extremist circles, yet apparently Sabal shared it completely innocently with his tens of thousands of followers," the Vice reports notes that one Sabal defender explained, "He had no idea that there was any anti-Semitism connected to that film. He has never even watched the movie. It was referred to him by a supposed 'trusted' source.'"
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