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Right-wing Christians look to cement their gains under Trump by keeping voters away from polls: report
Right-wing Christians saw their influence expand during Donald Trump's presidency, and they're not about to let voters take that away.
The Christian right became one of the strongest forces in U.S. politics by mobilizing its voters on hot-button issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, but rapidly changing demographics have led right-wing evangelical activists to cement their political gains by embracing voter suppression legislation, reported Vox.
"The 2020 elections revealed genuine concerns in the election process that could threaten election integrity and the very foundation of our Constitutional Republic," said Jason Yates, CEO of the voter mobilization group My Faith Votes, which launched its own "election integrity" initiative that calls some results into question. "Yet, even more dangerous than election fraud is that many Christians have lost confidence in the election system."
Voter turnout among religious conservatives is lower than it used to be -- with white evangelical Protestants now making up just 14 percent of Americans, down from 23 percent in 2006 -- although that dwindling share of the electorate made up more than a third of all Trump voters in the last election.
"Without such broad support for Trump among White evangelicals, [Joe] Biden would have beaten him by more than 20 points," wrote analysts from the Pew Research Center.
That's why religious conservatives are backing "election integrity" bills intended to crack down on voter fraud, despite a paucity of evidence of such wrongdoing, and restricted access to the vote for millions of Americans, especially Black voters, on the basis of Trump's lies about his loss.
"I pray, Lord, that you will do something ... for our election system, that we'll never have another election stolen from us," said Robert Morris, pastor of the Gateway megachurch in Dallas, during a recent conference call with Trump's evangelical allies. "So, Lord, whatever we need to do to fix the electoral process, I pray for that, I pray for our country, and I pray for President Trump and his family … in Jesus's mighty name."
Trump's handler played show tunes to 'pull him back from the brink' and soothe his 'terrifying' rage: new book
Donald Trump's anger was "terrifying," according to his former press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who says the former president constantly berated her and made outlandish requests.
"When I began to see how his temper wasn't just for shock value or the cameras, I began to regret my decision to go to the West Wing," Grisham writes in her new book, "I'll Take Your Questions Now," according to the New York Times, which obtained a copy of the forthcoming tell-all.
"At one point, she writes, Mr. Trump's handlers designated an unnamed White House official known as the 'Music Man' to play him his favorite show tunes, including 'Memory' from 'Cats,' to pull him from the brink of rage," the Times reports.
As it turns out, the aide was Grisham's ex-boyfriend, Max Miller, who reportedly has his own history of anger problems. Grisham and Miller eventually broke up after he allegedly pushed her against a wall and slapped her in the face when she accused him of cheating on her. Miller is now running for Congress in Ohio, and has been endorsed by Trump.
Grisham also writes in the book that she never held a press briefing because, "I knew that sooner or later the president would want me to tell the public something that was not true or that would make me sound like a lunatic," according to the Times.
"The truth was that pretty much everyone eventually wore out their welcome with the president," Grisham writes. "We were bottles of milk with expiration dates. ... I should have spoken up more."
Facebook's own internal memos come back to haunt them after they deny ignoring platform's harmful effects
On Tuesday, writing for CNN, fact-checker Tara Subramanian demolished Facebook's claims about its business practices — using its own internal documents to reveal three times the company blew off its own analysts' warnings.
The article was a response to Facebook vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg, who reacted to a recent Wall Street Journal investigation by saying, "At the heart of this series is an allegation that is just plain false: that Facebook conducts research and then systematically and willfully ignores it if the findings are inconvenient for the company."
That couldn't be further from the truth, wrote Subramanian — who proceeded to reveal three times that Facebook did exactly that.
First of all, wrote Subramanian, Facebook ignored its negative impacts on children and teenagers. Documents uploaded to an internal message board, some more than a year before Zuckerberg's testimony and obtained by the Wall Street Journal, indicate that Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has negatively impacted many of its millions of users, especially young women. In a September 2021 episode of the 'The Journal' podcast, executive editor and co-host Kate Linebaugh reported that, 'One internal document says that for teen girls who'd recently experienced body image issues, Instagram made those feelings worse for one in three of them.' But as recently as March 2021, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a congressional hearing the evidence is "inconclusive."
Second is the impact of Facebook disinformation on the 2016 election. "In July 2017, a Facebook spokesperson told CNN 'we have seen no evidence that Russian actors bought ads on Facebook in connection with the election' but in September, Facebook said an internal review conducted between June 2015 and May 2017 had uncovered some 3,000 ads 'connected to about 470 inauthentic accounts and pages in violation of our policies.'" Further, per the company's information, these accounts "likely operated out of Russia" and at least some referenced the election.
And third, Facebook allegedly knew that its metrics on video viewership on its platform were wrong in ways that cost advertisers money. "A lawsuit filed in October 2018 alleged that Facebook knew about the errors before they were first publicized, citing internal emails in which [COO Sheryl] Sandberg acknowledged that she had been aware of the problems with the potential reach metric for several years." Some of these documents date to before Zuckerberg announced the company was about to enter a "golden age of video."
Taken together, these three incidents directly contradict Facebook's denial that it has been ignoring its own internal reports.
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