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Former Navy Secretary Spencer issues warning to US allies — and lambasts Trump — in blistering op-ed

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In a blistering op-ed for the Washington Post, former U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer is highly critical of the way President Donald Trump has handled military policy — especially when it comes to the case of U.S. Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher.

“The case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who was charged with multiple war crimes before being convicted of a single lesser charge earlier this year, was troubling enough before things became even more troubling over the past few weeks,” Spencer asserts.

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Gallagher, Spencer notes, was “formally charged with more than a dozen criminal acts, including premeditated murder, which occurred during his eighth deployment overseas.” And by interfering in the matter, Spencer stresses, Trump showed a lack of understanding of how the United States military works.

“President Trump involved himself in the case almost from the start,” Spencer points out. “Before the trial began in March, I received two calls from the president asking me to lift Gallagher’s confinement in a Navy brig; I pushed back twice.”

Spencer (who was fired) wraps up his op-ed by emphasizing that when Trump doesn’t allow military justice to play out naturally, he sends a troubling messaging to the United States’ allies around the world.

“The public should know that we have extensive screening procedures in place to assess the health and wellbeing of our forces, but we must keep fine-tuning those procedures to prevent a case such as this one from happening again.” Spencer stresses.  “More importantly, Americans need to know that 99.9 percent of our uniformed members always have, always are and always will make the right decision. Our allies need to know that we remain a force for good, and to please bear with us as we move through this moment in time.”

You can read the entire editorial here.

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‘Drinking the Kool-Aid’: Famous anti-cult attorney explains what Trump has in common with notorious People’s Temple leader

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Los Angeles-based attorney/journalist Paul Morantz is famous for his work against cults — most notably, Synanon, which tried to kill him in 1978 by placing a rattlesnake in his mailbox. And in a scathing op-ed for his website, Morantz compares President Donald Trump to the infamous cult leader Jim Jones, arguing that Trump, in effect, committed “mass murder” by downplaying the severity of the coronavirus pandemic and encouraging large gatherings despite the dangers.

In 1978, the same year in which Morantz survived a rattlesnake bite, Jones was responsible for a mass killing in a remote area of Guyana — where the leader of the People’s Temple ordered his followers to drink Kool-Aid that was laced with cyanide. More than 900 cult members died at the Jonestown settlement on November 18, 1978, and in 2020, the slang expression “drinking the Kool-Aid” is still used to criticize people who blindly accept bad information.

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Ignorant mask opponents keep using one of the worst analogies imaginable as COVID-19 sweeps across America

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Earlier this year, my college students and I joined our chaplain and a graduate student in traveling to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. The insensitive treatment many attendees gave the terrors that the museum was trying to educate people about are being repeated in a new way: weaponizing the Holocaust against any mask mandates, social distancing, or other health regulations designed to combat the deadly spread of COVID-19.  Amazingly, some of their targets are Jewish.

About a week ago, a couple went into a Minnesota Wal-Mart with swastika masks over their faces.  The Minnesota GOP apologized this month for a Washaba County Republican Party meme comparing mask mandates to Jews having to wear yellow stars.

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Louie Gohmert’s daughter begs him to heed medical advice and not to follow Trump to ‘an early grave’

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In a statement posted to Twitter this Friday, the daughter of Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert said that her father contracted the coronavirus because he chose to ignore medical expertise.

Gohmert’s daughter Caroline, who is also a recording artist known as BELLSAINT, said that “wearing a mask is a non-partisan issue.”

“The advice of medical experts shouldn’t be politicized,” her statement read. “My father ignored medical expertise and now he has COVID.”

“It’s not worth following a president who has no remorse for leading his followers to an early grave,” she added.

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