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The Christian conservative movement in America is receiving harsh criticism for embracing situation morality by continuing to back Herschel Walker despite his scandals.
"Less than 24 hours after The Daily Beast’s explosive report about Herschel Walker allegedly paying for an abortion, Republicans and anti-abortion rights groups are rallying behind the former football star turned politician," conservative Daily Beast columnist Matt Lewis wrote. "Ralph Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition, told The New York Times that 'he expected ‘100 percent’ that evangelical Christians would stick with Mr. Walker.' He’s probably right."
Christians conservatives are choosing to stick by Walker despite the fact he is challenging Sen. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church.
"Let’s be honest. Character doesn’t matter. Today’s Christian conservatives and the Republican Party have concluded that we are in a war with the left. And in wars, we do not have any room for niceties like policing our own side—or being concerned with silly things like character. Warriors have to do gruesome and immoral things sometimes," Lewis wrote, noting he would still vote vote for Warnock.
He noted the similarities to evangelical Christians backing Trump after the "Access Hollywood" tape came out during the 2016 presidential election.
"Herschel Walker being a 2022 Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate is yet more proof that Idiocracy was a documentary. And the fact that Christian conservative groups and the Republican Party are immediately rallying to support him demonstrates that the conservative movement is decadent and depraved," Lewis wrote. "So go ahead, conservative Republican politicians. Grab women by their privates. Pay for abortions. It doesn’t matter what you do. Character doesn’t count. Family values are for suckers."
The tactic has proven remarkably successful.
"The quick consolidation behind Mr. Walker, less than 24 hours after The Daily Beast reported on the abortion claim on Monday, exposed a Republican Party that has become increasingly conditioned to discount questions about personal behavior in pursuit of political victories," The New York Times reported. "It’s a trade-off that has paid remarkable dividends in recent years. Social conservatives embraced Donald J. Trump despite his history as a brash former Democrat who once supported abortion rights. He rewarded the movement by appointing three conservatives to the Supreme Court, justices who delivered the long-sought decision to overturn federal abortion rights."
Mar-a-Lago logs inadvertently posted on court website — show few seized docs were privileged: report
Bloomberg News correspondent Zoe Tillman scored a major scoop on Tuesday when she reported that under-seal Mar-a-Lago search documents were posted online.
"The thousands of documents seized from former President Donald Trump’s Florida home included a mix of government, business and personal affairs, including analysis about who should get a pardon, call notes marked with a presidential seal, retainer agreements for lawyers and accountants, and legal bills, according to newly disclosed logs created by federal investigators," Tillman reported. "The detailed lists of seized materials were attached to a recently unsealed Aug. 30 report from the Justice Department. A judge had ordered the logs stay under seal but they appeared to be inadvertently posted to the public court docket. They’re no longer publicly visible."
Tillman's scoop came the same day Trump appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"In its Aug. 30 report that included the logs, the Justice Department explained to the judge how the privilege review team did the initial search at Mar-a-Lago. The team was assigned to flag documents that might be covered by attorney-client privilege -- for instance, records that referred to lawyers or legal work," Bloomberg News reported. "Those records were set aside and kept separate from Justice Department attorneys and FBI agents managing the criminal probe. The filter team identified 520 pages -- out of what Trump’s lawyers have said is a collection of 200,000 seized pages -- that warranted a closer look, but later determined very few of those could fall under any legal privileges."
In the end, 383 pages were flagged to be returned to Trump.
"The Justice Department failed to persuade a judge in Florida that the filter process meant there was no need for an outside special master to go through the documents so the 521 pages are now part of US District Senior Judge Raymond Dearie’s review," Tillman noted.
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Donald Trump's legal team "stepped in it" with its use of a key term in its appeal to the United States Supreme Court.
MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell on Tuesday evening directed his audience to a single word in the 37-page filing.
"In their appeal today, the Trump lawyers still offered absolutely no reason why Donald Trump would be entitled to these documents and they made the mistake of using a word that they have not used before," O'Donnell said. "In describing Donald Trump's relationship to these documents, after saying in their Supreme Court appeal tonight, once again, that this case is, 'essentially a document storage dispute,' the Trump lawyers, on page 30, went on to say the 'government has sought to criminalize President Trump's possession and management of his own personal and presidential records.'"
"Possession of those records is a crime," O'Donnell noted.
"That is why Donald Trump's lawyers have been avoiding that word, possession. But on page 30 of their filing to Clarence Thomas tonight, the Trump lawyers stepped in it," O'Donnell said.
"In every filing the Trump lawyers have made in this case, they have been trying to suggest that possession of the documents by the former president is perfectly legal without ever using the word possession. But tonight, they did," O'Donnell said.
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