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Thousands turn out for first ever Pride parade in Mike Pence’s tiny Indiana hometown

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The first Pride celebration in Columbus, Indiana, the hometown of notoriously anti-LGBT Vice President Mike Pence, was a hit.

“The first gay pride festival here, the hometown of socially conservative Vice President Mike Pence and a city that once drew protests against health benefits for same-sex couples, proved surprising Saturday,” the IndyStar reported.

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 “The turnout was larger than expected,” the outlet noted. “More than 2,000 people cared less about the gloomy weather and more about the message.”

The celebration was organized by high school senior Erin Bailey, stemming from a class project. “It’s crazy,” she told the newspaper. “It’s awesome.” The celebration covered two blocks and featured drag performances and three dozen vendor booths.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) was also in attendance to “celebrate with local advocates at the first-ever LGBT Pride Festival in Columbus, Indiana —  hometown of Vice President Mike Pence,” the organization wrote, “whose political career has been predicated on anti-LGBTQ animus.”

 “By fearlessly standing up for equality, Erin Bailey is showing Mike Pence, who has a long, disturbing record of attacking and demonizing the LGBTQ community, that Hoosiers won’t stand for his brand of discriminatory politics,” HRC Senior Public Policy Advocate Jennifer Pike Bailey advised.

Twitter users quickly shared images of the event:

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‘Weasel’ McConnell blasted for lying in his Senate impeachment speech about following the Clinton precedent

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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) falsely claimed on Tuesday that his proposed impeachment trial rules are the same rules that were used in former President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial -- and he's getting raked over the coals for it.

Attorney Neal Katyal in particular called out McConnell for not issuing any guarantee about securing documents in witnesses for the trial that could offer more insight into President Donald Trump's actions.

"He will do anything, and say anything, to try to prevent the American people from learning the truth," Katyal wrote of McConnell. "It should be simple -- if the President’s behavior was perfect and beautiful, why are they so afraid of documents and witnesses?"

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McConnell’s rules only permit senators to drink water or milk during Senate trial: report

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Rules proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will prevent senators from having a Coke and a smile while attending the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) told journalist Matt Laslo that senators will only be allowed to drink water or milk during the trial.

Scott did not explain the reasoning behind the rule.

Sen. Rick Scott tells me the rules only allow senators to drink water and milk on the Senate floor during the impeachment trial

— Matt Laslo (@MattLaslo) January 21, 2020

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Rick Wilson: GOP senators will be ‘drowning in public anger’ after they aid Trump’s coverup

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Conservative political strategist Rick Wilson had some harsh words for Republicans in the Senate as they prepare to act as purportedly impartial jurors at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

Writing on Twitter, Wilson predicted that Republicans would dutifully toe the line for the president who has been accused of violating his oath of office by trying to shake down the Ukrainian government to launch investigations into his political opponents.

"You're going to moo and walk into the chute like cattle, terrified of Trump and Mitch," Wilson said.

However, Wilson warned that the real day of judgement would come for Republicans in November and he said it was likely that even more damning evidence against the president would emerge after his acquittal.

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