The “Fox & Friends” crew celebrated Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s signing of the anti-LGBT “Save Chick-fil-A” bill into law by eating and praising the chicken fast food and defending the Christian retailer by misrepresenting opposition to the bill and to the company.
The “Save Chick-fil-A” law now makes it illegal in Texas for the government to take “adverse action” against anyone or any entity for their “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction, including beliefs or convictions regarding marriage.”
It was created in response to the San Antonio city council barring Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in its airport, based on the company’s multi-million dollar support of anti-LGBT organizations, including an anti-gay hate group.
But that’s not the story “Fox & Friends” told its viewers Wednesday morning.
“The area lawmakers said no” to Chick-fil-A opening in the San Antonio airport, co-host Ainsley Earhardt said, “because there’s some controversy with this restaurant, what their beliefs are on LGBT, so they voted no.”
(It’s not “LGBT.” It’s “LGBT people.”)
And the issue is not the company’s beliefs, but their massive multi-million dollar financial support of anti-LGBT organizations that discriminate against or work to harm LGBT people.
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On Wednesday, Good Morning America reported that Sean Spicer, former White House Press Secretary to President Donald Trump, will be appearing on "Dancing With the Stars."
This show is not new to giving a lighthearted platform to controversial political figures — it famously hosted former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who now heads up the Department of Energy. Moreover, Spicer — who attracted controversy for lying about Trump's inauguration crowd size and claiming that Hitler never gassed people, has sought credibility as a political veteran, with Harvard's Kennedy School giving him a fellowship.
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Trump's lack of respect for the country's long-standing democratic norms and institutions also extends to America's alliances, security arrangements with its allies and friends, and the international order more broadly. To that end Trump has threatened to remove the U.S. from NATO, hailed the merits of nationalism (while barely pretending that does not mean white nationalism), tried to surrender U.S. security to Russian President Vladimir Putin and proclaimed on numerous occasions that America will now stand (mostly) alone in the world.
This story first ran at Salon in November of 2018.