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ESPN columnist rips NC GOP freakout over NCAA tournament pull-out: ‘No one’s gotten raped’

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Senior ESPN writer LZ Granderson responded on Tuesday to the NCAA withdrawing several events from North Carolina by denouncing state Republicans’ defense of the anti-LGBTQ law known as HB2 through scare tactics involving rape, Media Matters reported.

“I’m a sports fan, you’re a sports fan, we’ve all been in sports arenas, in which we’ve seen women come out of men’s restrooms because the lines in women’s restrooms are too long, right?” he asked Sportscenter host Cari Champion.

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“I’ve done it, yeah,” she said.

“Right? No one’s gotten raped,” he responded. “In fact, this is the law that was created not because there was a rash of rapes that were happening in public restrooms, but because local government did not support what the Department of Education issued two-and-a-half years ago in regard to transgender students.”

Conservatives supporting the heavily-criticized legislation have argued that it was necessary to protect minors from predators using trans-inclusive policies as an excuse to assault them in restrooms.

On Monday, the NCAA announced that it would be moving its mens’ basketball tournament and several other championship events out of the state in response to the law, which has already cost North Carolina next year’s NBA All-Star Game.

Kari Mueller, a spokesperson for the state GOP, scoffed at the decision, saying, “With this logic, I genuinely look forward to the NCAA merging all mens’ teams and womens’ teams into a unified unisex team, ’cause that’s exactly where this logic is gonna get us.”

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Granderson quickly slammed her remarks as “disingenuous.”

“In North Carolina, it is now legal for a DMV officer to not issue me a driver’s license because they may not agree with me being openly gay,” he told Champion. “That’s the extent of which this law goes. It’s not just about ‘bathroom bill,’ which we have gravitate towards, but it makes it legal for government officials to discriminate against LGBT people.

Watch the discussion, as posted by Media Matters, below.

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Steve Schmidt breaks down why Joe Biden should be an ‘easy’ choice for moderate Republicans

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On MSNBC Friday, former GOP strategist Steve Schmidt criticized Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-AK) claim that she was struggling over whether to support the president — and laid out why she should unequivocally decide she doesn't.

"We saw the president direct violence against peaceful protesters this week, and seen the president lie to the country nearly 20,000 times," said Schmidt. "We've seen the president divide the country and incite violence. And we've seen a level of ineptitude in this historic pandemic that defied description, but included standing in front of the nation when tens of thousands are dead, talking about his ratings or telling the American people that it is a good idea to ingest or household disinfectants. We've seen a president preside over the shattering of an economy. We have seen a president race-bait, demean, disgrace his office, to desecrate the bonds of affection that exist between us as Americans."

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‘Not appropriate at all’: GOP senator admits it was wrong to gas protesters for Trump’s photo-op

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The decision to gas protesters so President Donald Trump could hold a photo-op holding a Bible were criticized by a Republican senator on Friday as cracks start to emerge in Republicans' support for the president.

"As you know, outside the White House when protesters were peacefully exercising their rights, there were rubber bullets and tear gas, they were disbursed so he could go for the pictures, the photo-op at the church," CNN's Erin Burnett reported.

She noted criticism by former General Mattis and asked Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) if he agreed.

"I would say no question the scene that I understand occurred there with the tear gas and rubber bullets was unnecessary, not appropriate at all," he replied.

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‘A coward and a commander’: New Lincoln Project ad contrasts Trump with James Mattis

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On Friday, the conservative anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project released a new attack ad against President Donald Trump — this time using the criticism of his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, and comparing and contrasting their leadership ability.

"This is the story of a coward and a commander," said the ad's narrator. "The coward Trump dodged the draft. Jim Mattis led American troops for forty years. While a frightened Trump hides from protesters in a deep bunker firing off tweets, Jim Mattis does what he's always done: Leads. While Donald Trump angrily attacks, General Mattis' words deserve to be heard by every American."

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