North Carolina voters on Tuesday decided to send to the U.S. House of Representatives a Republican state lawmaker who is also an investor in a social media site popular with neo-Nazis, white nationalists, white supremacists, and the alt-right.
Republican State Senator Dan Bishop, who is the architect of the state’s anti-transgender, anti-gay, anti-seniors, and anti-veteran “bathroom bill” law known as HB2, beat Democratic candidate Dan McCready, an entrepreneur and former U.S. Marine captain.
The New York Times reports Bishop has won the NC-9 race by just under two points, 50.6% to 48.8%.
Bishop, a Trump supporter (photo) is also an investor in Gab, a social media site The New York Times says is “a haven for white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other extremists,” and has a “reputation for accommodating extremism.”
Bishop, an attorney, has equated the Black Lives Matters movement with neo-Nazis and the alt-right. He has also equated LGBTQ activists with the Taliban and said “the LGBT movement jeopardizes freedom.”
McCready has an MBA from Harvard.
Bishop also compared his work of trying to enable anti-LGBTQ religious discrimination to the efforts of German industrialist Oskar Schindler, who worked to save Jews during the Holocaust.
His anti-transgender law would have cost the state of North Carolina $3.7 billion.
US Supreme Court agrees to decide if taxpayer funded religious adoption agencies can discriminate against LGBTQ people
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Catholic Social Services is claiming it has a First Amendment right to discriminate against same-sex couples and LGBTQ people, – including refusing to allow them to adopt or foster children – while still accepting taxpayer funds.
Julian Assange lawyer tells court: After pardon fell through, Trump administration resorted to ‘extortion’
An attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused the Trump administration of extortion in a London court on Monday.
The WikiLeaks attorney appeared at Woolwich Crown Court along with U.S. prosecutors, who argued that Assange should be extradited the United States, where he faces 18 charges and up to 175 years in jail.
Attorneys for Assange previously told the court that former Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) tried to broker a pardon deal between the White House and Assange if he would agree to say that Russia was not the source of hacked Democratic Party emails.
Black teens shocked after basketball announcer calls their names ‘disgusting’
A longtime announcer at high-school basketball games in Oklahoma sparked outrage last week when he said that black players on the Crooked Oak High School lady's basketball team had "disgusting" names.
Local news station KFOR reports that the announcer made the remarks during a game between Crooked Oak and rival Newkirk High School on Friday.
In a video taken at the game, the announcer can be heard saying, "The Crooked Oak Lady Ruff Necks, now their names are pretty disgusting."