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Pete Buttigieg is demolishing the religious right’s myths about faith in US politics

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One progressive Christian believes that Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana who is currently running for president, has the ability to completely turn the religious right’s political game on its head.

Writing in New York Magazine, Christian Democrat Ed Kilgore argues that Buttigieg’s willingness to openly talk about his Christian faith, combined with his identity as an openly gay former Navy service member, is scrambling the narrative about what a progressive Democrat is supposed to be.

“Pete Buttigieg offers a particularly interesting contrast with the 45th president,” Kilgore argues. “Would anyone be confident in accusing this married, churchgoing Afghanistan veteran of being ethically inferior to Donald Trump? Not without risking hellfire.”

Buttigieg also offers a powerful counter to much of the religious right’s spin on what it means to be a politically active Christian in the United States, Kilgore argues. In particular, he says that Buttigieg blows up myths that you need to be opposed to LGBTQ rights to be a “true” Christian in the United States.

“To him, LGBTQ folk aren’t third parties who are the subject of some argument between Christians and progressives: He’s Christian, progressive, and gay,” he writes. “So conservative Christians who like to imply that their more accepting co-religionists aren’t ‘real’ or ‘orthodox’ because they don’t exclude gay people need to be willing to tell Buttigieg he’s taking the Lord’s name in vain. And that may be — and certainly should be — uncomfortable for them.”

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Right-wing radio show ratings tank as host undermines Trump’s ‘promises made, promises kept’ re-election slogan

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The fact Donald Trump's base sticks with him no matter what he does is negatively impacting a conservative radio host attempting to hold the president accountable for his campaign promises.

Michael Alan Weiner, who goes by the stage name Michael Savage, hosts the "Savage Nation" radio show.

The host once praised Trump as the "Winston Churchill of our time" has been criticizing the president recently, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

"Now Mr. Savage is an outlier once again, dismayed more each day as the budget deficit continues to swell, thousands of new migrants are apprehended at the border, and the wall Mr. Trump promised to erect and make Mexico pay for remains unbuilt," The Times explained.

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LISTEN: Here’s the creepy broadcast at Trump’s rally telling supporters the right way to deal with protesters

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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his 2020 re-election campaign in Orlando, Florida.

Those who entered the venue were treated to a pleasant female voice booming out instructions to protestors — and a creepy warning.

"While we all have the rights to free speech, this is a private event paid for and hosted by Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., and you came to hear the president," said the voice. "To accommodate the right to free speech and peaceful assembly, while ensuring an orderly rally, we have provided a secure area outside the venue for all protesters, and we ask anyone wishing to demonstrate to please exit to that secure area."

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Ukrainian-Russian developer with Trump Tower Moscow ties suing after getting bilked for $200,000 at inauguration

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It is illegal for foreigners to donate to presidential inaugurations, but a new lawsuit sheds light on how wealthy foreigners attempted to buy access to the Trump administration.

"A Ukrainian-Russian developer who wanted access to President Trump’s inauguration filed a lawsuit on Tuesday saying he was bilked out of the $200,000 he paid for what he thought would be V.I.P. tickets to the event," The New York Times reported Tuesday.

"The developer, Pavel Fuks, who once discussed a Moscow real estate project with Mr. Trump, said in the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, that he had paid the money to a firm at the direction of Yuri Vanetik, a prominent Republican fund-raiser and sometime lobbyist," the newspaper explained. "But, the lawsuit said, Mr. Vanetik failed to come through with the promised tickets, and Mr. Fuks ended up watching the inauguration from a Washington hotel bar."

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