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Far right activist behind CRT panic brags about attacks on Disney, State Farm for LGBTQ support: Others ‘will be next’
The far right-wing activist whose work helped ignite millions of Americans into fighting against the specter of something they had never heard before and knew nothing about is now bragging about turning his tactics against corporate America's support for the LGBTQ community – and he's just issued a warning, or, some might say, a threat.
Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the right-wing Manhattan Institute, is the man behind the right's false panic and fury over CRT, Critical Race Theory. He's proudly said he wants to "have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think 'critical race theory,'" and "put all of the various cultural insanities under that brand category."
To Rufo, those "insanities" include support for LGBTQ people.
"Mr. Rufo has taken aim at opponents of a new Florida law that prohibits teachers in some grades from discussing L.G.B.T.Q. issues and that critics call 'Don’t Say Gay,'" The New York Times reported last month. "He declared 'moral war' against the statute’s most prominent adversary, the Walt Disney Company. And he has used the same playbook that proved effective in his crusade on racial issues: a leak of insider documents."
Rufo consulted on and appeared with Governor Ron DeSantis "at the signing of a bill known as the Stop W.O.K.E. Act, which bars teaching in workplaces and schools that anyone is inherently biased or privileged because of race or sex," The Times added, noting that Rufo "warned Disney that an in-house program it had run that urged discussion of systemic racism was 'now illegal in the state of Florida.'"
The signing was the culmination of Mr. Rufo’s long campaign to short-circuit corporate and school efforts at diversity and inclusion training.
On Monday news broke that State Farm, the insurance giant, had been supporting a program designed to put LGBTQ-supportive books into schools, libraries, and community centers. State Farm has been actively promoting its support of the LGBTQ community, but within hours the company dropped its support of the program, citing consumer complaints after a right-wing media outlet published a report.
Rufo is taking credit for the extensive vitriol being catapulted at State Farm, a century-old company whose "Like a good neighbor" slogan has been part of American culture for 50 years.
And now, just one week before LGBTQ Pride month, he's very publicly threatening any other company that supports LGBTQ people, the LGBTQ community, diversity, or equality they will be next:
"There are three ways to wage war against corporations: reputational, political, and financial," Rufo adds. "With Disney, we drove public approval down to 33 percent, passed legislation to remove its special status, and helped tank the stock by $50 billion. That's how we win."
Seven candidates vying for former President Donald Trump's endorsement spent at least $400,000 combined at Mar-A-Lago.
Federal and state campaign records show the GOP candidates backed by the former president spent tens of thousands of dollars at the private club, and Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker spent nearly $200,000 there so far during the election cycle, including a payment of more than $135,000 in December and about $65,000 last month, reported CNBC.
“In Republican politics today, there’s only two seasons that matter: Mar-A-Lago season and Bedminster season, because it’s where candidates, organizations, and donors want to be,” said Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich.
Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue spent more than $2,000 at Mar-A-Lago this month, and the invitation to a March fundraiser at the private resort asked donors to give or raise $24,200 to have their photo taken with the former GOP senator and Trump.
Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), who challenging Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger, spent more than $38,000 in February at Mar-A-Lago, and Trump hosted the congressman at the club for a private fundraiser.
Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, who is facing off against George P. Bush in a primary runoff, spent more than $45,000 of his campaign funds from November and December at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump's former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA); and former Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones have also spent campaign fund at Mar-a-Lago.
Keith Olbermann slams MSNBC for hiring Jen Psaki -- and calls the network a 'cushy landing' for Biden employees
It's now official that former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has landed a job at MSNBC where she is expected to make appearances as a contributor as well as hosting her own show, Yahoo! News reports.
Her show, set to debut next year, will “bring together her unique perspective from behind the podium and her deep experience in the highest levels of government and presidential politics,” the network said in a statement Tuesday.
Psaki's move to MSNBC in the wake of her White House tenure has sparked criticism from those who see her hiring as just another cog in an unethical White House-to cable news pipeline that's further undermining trust in the news industry.
One of those critics is former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who tweeted this Tuesday that he'd "like to apologize" for what MSNBC has become.
"This news equivalent of the high salary, cushy landing for former employees of the current president - like they were staffing a sports studio show or Fox News - is the last thing I had in mind at the start," Olbermann wrote.