Apparent Trump supporter yells gay and racial slurs at Biden as president visits ice cream shop

An angry person reportedly yelled gay and racial slurs at President Joe Biden as he visited an ice cream shop in Cleveland on Thursday afternoon.
Following a speech on economic policy at Cuyahoga Community College, Biden made an unscheduled stop at Honey Hut Ice Cream, where he ordered a chocolate chocolate chip cone.
According to a White House pool report, a "very angry person" yelled, ""F*ck you, motherf*ckers! ... c*cksuckers!" at Biden and reporters as they walked back to their vans.

"The angry person also yelled slurs for Black and gay people at the press and WH staff," the pool report states.

Also during the visit, Biden weighed in on Senate Republicans' plan to block the creation of an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. A vote blocking the commission was expected to come Thursday evening.

"I can't imagine anyone voting against establishing a commission on the greatest assault since the Civil War on the Capitol," Biden said. "But at any rate, I came for ice cream."

Watch video of Biden's comments below.

‘Despicable’: Mitch McConnell begs GOP senators to vote against Jan. 6 commission as ‘personal favor’

CNN reported Thursday that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been begging GOP senators to vote against a bill that would establish an independent commission to investigate the pro-Trump insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

"Within the last 24 hours, McConnell has doubled down, started reaching out to particular senators he was afraid might be wavering, and asked them to vote against the commission, quote, 'as a personal favor,'" CNN's Jamie Gangel reported.

Host John King noted that it's not uncommon for a leader to ask members of their caucus to vote a certain way as a favor.

"But this is not any vote. This is not a budget vote. This is not, 'Does somebody get a committee assignment?' This is about an attack on the United States government," King said.

"Exactly right, and I'm told the senators were really caught by surprise at his using that kind of language, and just how insistent he's been," Gangel responded. "One Republican source said to me, quote, 'No one can understand why Mitch is going to this extreme of asking for a personal favor to kill the commission.' The source went on to say, 'How can you have an attack on the Capitol and the Republicans leader is saying vote against it?' The source ended by saying, 'It is despicable.'

"Our sources are suggesting that Mitch McConnell may really have been concerned that Mrs. Sicknick's visit today would sway some Republican senators." Gangel added. referring to the mother of fallen Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who is lobbying in support of the commission.

Earlier Thursday, McConnell spoke against the commission on the Senate floor, saying "the role of the former president has already been litigated exhaustively in the high profile impeachment trial."

"I do not believe the additional extraneous commission that Democratic leaders want would uncover crucial new facts or promote healing," McConnell said.

CNN reported that Republican senators are expected to block a bill that would establish the commission as early as Thursday: "The refusal of at least 10 Republican senators to vote for the commission underscores the deeply partisan divide that has emerged over the insurrection earlier this year and comes at a crucial time for Capitol Hill where Democrats are struggling to advance President Joe Biden's agenda. Some Democrats are citing the resistance by Republicans as a sign for why the Senate should blow up the 60-vote threshold to pass most legislation, given the narrowly divided chamber."

Watch the two clips, and check out a few reactions, below.

‘Enough to overtake the GOP’: Poll finds nearly one-third Of Republicans are QAnon believers

Roughly 15-20 percent of Americans — and nearly one-third of Republicans — agree with core tenets of the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Public Religion Research Institute.

The poll's findings prompted one New York Times columnist to suggest that QAnon believers could soon "dominate the political system."

"This is slightly less than the % of Americans who supported Trump circa early 2015," wrote Max Fisher, who authors NYT's The Interpreter column. "Under our system's structural imbalances, that's enough to overtake the GOP and therefore dominate the political system.

"Reminder that QAnon orthodoxy explicitly calls, as a central plank of the movement, for publicly executing hundreds of thousands of Democrats and cultural figures," Fisher added.

The poll found that 28 percent of Republicans agree that "there is a storm coming soon that will sweep away the elites in power and restore the rightful leaders," and that "because things have gotten so far off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country."

A slightly smaller number of Republicans, 23 percent, agreed that "the government, media, and financial worlds in the U.S. are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who run a global child sex trafficking operation."

Notably, the poll also found that those who rely on right-wing outlets such as Newsmax, OANN and Fox News are most likely to be QAnon believers.

"Interestingly, even after controlling for partisanship and ideology, media news consumption is by far the strongest independent predictor of QAnon beliefs," the report states. "Remarkably, those who report most trusting far-right media sources are nearly nine times more likely to be QAnon believers compared to those who most trust broadcast networks such as ABC, CBS, and NBC. Those who most trust Fox News and those who do not watch television news are 2.3 and 2.5 times, respectively, more likely than those who watch broadcast networks to be QAnon believers. Even with a range of controls in place, Republicans and conservatives are twice as likely as Democrats and liberals to be QAnon believers."

Read the full report here, and check out a few more reactions below.

Matt Gaetz eyes presidential bid despite sex-trafficking probe — to provide cover to Ron DeSantis: report

Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz suggested Wednesday that he plans to seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2024 if Donald Trump opts not to run —despite a pending investigation into whether Gaetz sex-trafficked a minor and had sex with a 17-year-old.

“I support Donald Trump for president. I've directly encouraged him to run and he gives me every indication he will," Gaetz reportedly told the New York Post in a text message. “If Trump doesn't run, I'm sure I could defeat whatever remains of Joe Biden by 2024."

Last week, Gaetz's former "wingman," Joel Greenberg, pleaded guilty to six federal charges, admitting that he had knowingly solicited and paid a minor for sex. Many legal experts believe Greenberg's plea deal spells big trouble for Gaetz,

Gaetz has not been charged and has denied any wrongdoing. According to the Post, he wants to run for president to provide cover for another one of his BFFs, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. who is considered as a frontrunner for the GOP nomination if Trump doesn't run.

A source familiar with Gaetz's thinking told the Post, “He [DeSantis] might like someone else on the debate stage who can torch his opponents and lay down ground cover for him."

However, Gaetz's presence in the race could also raise questions about their relationship, such as whether DeSantis knew about the congressman's alleged involvement in crimes committed by Greenberg.

Ron Be Gone, a group working to unseat DeSantis in 2022, released a video last month focused on the governor's friendship relationship with Gaetz, which was also the subject of a recent Politico piece.

Watch the video below.

Federal lawsuit seeks license to discriminate against LGBT workers based on religion, anal sex, Grindr use

June 15 will be the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, holding that federal law prohibits employment discrimination against LGBTQ workers.

As if to mark the occasion, a group of anti-LGBT activists and churches based in Texas asked a federal judge this week to issue a sweeping ruling that could seriously undermine Bostock.

In its 6-3 decision last June, the high court affirmed that the prohibition on sex discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The ruling upheld a position that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which administers and enforces civil-rights laws, has taken since 2015.

The Texas-based group, which includes hate-group leader Steve Hotze as well as the U.S. Pastor Council, is seeking exemptions to both Bostock and EEOC policy that would allow employers to discriminate against LGBT workers based on sincerely held religious beliefs, under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act and/or the free-exercise clause of the First Amendment.

“The plaintiffs have sincere and deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is limited to a man and a woman, that sex is to be reserved for marriage, and that men and women are to dress and behave in accordance with distinct and God-ordained, biological sexual identity," the plaintiffs wrote in a brief filed Monday. “Title VII, as interpreted in Bostock, requires that the plaintiffs operate their businesses contrary to their religious beliefs by denying them the ability to prescribe standards of conduct and deportment for their employees. At the same time, the plaintiffs believe that they are called by God to obey the civil authorities. So they are caught in a bind, and until this Court grants the declaratory relief that the plaintiffs seek, the plaintiffs have no way to avoid violating their religious beliefs."

Moreover, the plaintiffs allege, Bostock should not bar employers from enacting policies, for religious or non-religious reasons, that target "practicing homosexual and transgender individuals" based on "homosexual or transgender conduct."

“It is easy to imagine rules that comply with Bostock by applying equally to men and women, yet operate to exclude homosexual or transgender individuals from employment," the plaintiffs wrote, before proposing the following examples:

• “No employee, male or female, may enter a gay bar or gay bathhouse."

• “No employee, male or female, may engage in the sexual practices associated with homosexuality."

• “No employee, male or female, may engage in 'deviate sexual intercourse,' as that term is defined in section 25.02 of the Texas Penal Code."

• “No employee, male or female, may use Grindr (or other dating apps used primarily by homosexuals)."

• “No employee, male or female, may seek or obtain hormone therapy unless it is prescribed for a medical condition other than gender dysphoria."

• “No employee, male or female, may undergo surgery to modify their genitals, unless that surgery is needed for a medical condition other than gender dysphoria."

Elsewhere in the brief, the plaintiffs argue that Bostock should apply only to gay and transgender workers, and should not prohibit employers from discriminating against people of other sexual orientations, including bisexual folks.

In addition to summary judgment and a permanent injunction against the EEOC, the plaintiffs are seeking class-action status for their lawsuit. And, sadly, they seem likely to prevail — at least at the district court level.

The case is in the Fort Worth division of the Northern District of Texas, which is presided over by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor, who is among the nation's most notorious right-wing federal judges. O'Connor previously issued high-profile decisions striking down the Affordable Care Act and gutting Obama-era transgender protections.

Back in February, after O'Connor initially allowed the Bostock religious exemption lawsuit to move forward, LGBTQ advocates slammed the decision.

Adrian Shanker, executive director of Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, told the Philadelphia Gay News: “Judge O'Connor's ruling misrepresents the clarity the Supreme Court provided in Bostock in favor of unnecessary and harmful religious exemptions to basic civil rights protections. Conservatives like to complain about judicial activism. But Judge O'Connor is the poster child for it with his repetitively fringe rulings that only a far-right zealot would find sensible. His ruling is a reminder that it is so critical that Congress passes explicit federal non-discrimination protections this year."

Justin F. Robinette, a civil-rights attorney, told the newspaper he is expecting "another unfavorable ruling from Judge O'Connor and potential appeals."

"The underlying lawsuit is part of a worrisome trend of putative Christian groups reframing the enforcement of LGBT-inclusive antibias laws as a form of discrimination against their religion," Robinette said. "They want to create a right to discriminate that — taken to its extreme — would exempt them from every civil law, including the civil rights laws and the recent Supreme Court ruling in Bostock."

Attorneys representing the EEOC from the Department of Justice have not yet filed a response to the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment. You can read the plaintiffs' brief in support of the motion below.

U.S. Pastor Council v. EEOC by John Wright on Scribd

Marjorie Taylor Greene goes off on House GOP leaders who condemned her insane Holocaust rant

Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene apparently believes House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy should always defend her no matter how offensive — or politically damaging to the GOP — her antics may be.

One day after retweeting — then deleting — a post that called McCarthy "insane" and a "feckless c*nt" for condemning her recent rant comparing mask mandates to the Holocaust. Greene appeared Wednesday night on NewsMax to attack House GOP leaders who have dared to criticize her remarks.

After praising Greene as "the most famous Republican in the House of Representatives right now, more so than Kevin McCarthy," Newsmax host Greg Kelly asked about her most recent spate with party leaders.

"You have to have respect for [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi, in that she never allows attacks on her own," Greene responded. "And she defends them even when they sleep with Chinese spies, when they attack Israel, when they stand with Hamas terrorism, and when their rhetoric is so disgusting that Antifa pro-Palestinian rioters are on the streets attacking American Jews.

"Nancy Pelosi stands with their own, and Kevin McCarthy never had to say a word," Greene added. "He could have said, 'You should ask Marjorie about her words and ask her what she has to say.' That would have been the right answer for him, so it's unfortunate that he took this route. And he didn't even text me or call me, which is really a shame, before I found out seeing it in the news that he had said that.

"And then sadly Elise Stefanik, our new GOP chair, followed suit of course right along, and then I think Steve Scalise and others," Greene said. "And they shouldn't have done that. None of them called me and asked me what I meant by what I said."

Greene went on to accuse the media of "twisting my words," before effectively doubling down on her comparison between mask mandates and Nazi Germany.

"It's terrible how people are being treated in this country about masks and about vaccine passports, and we have to stand up to these aggressions, and these are the exact types of aggressions that take away our freedoms, and we've seen it with tyrants in the past throughout history, and these are definitely countries that pursued the Socialist path, the same path that the Democrats are pursuing," she said.

Earlier Wednesday, Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty weighed in on the relationship between Greene and House GOP leaders, comparing her to a "Frankenstein" that the GOP has created, and calling on them to expel this monster from their caucus.

"Anything less makes hollow Republican leaders' efforts to portray Greene as merely a fringe player among their ranks," Tumulty wrote. "They created her, and they continue to elevate her.

"This is the consequence of seeking power without regard to what else it may bring," Tumulty added. "To borrow the subtitle from Mary Shelley's famous novel, Marjorie Taylor Greene is the fruit of Republicans' own efforts to become the Modern Prometheus."

Watch Greene's appearance on Newsmax here.

Fox News cuts away from ‘Save America’ rally after Don Jr.’s expletive-laden, anti-trans rant

Fox News was airing Donald Trump's "Save America" rally live on Wednesday morning when the president's son, Don Jr., went on a bizarre, expletive-laden, anti-transgender rant. "To all of you red-blooded patriotic Americans, thank you for being in this fight with us," Don Jr. told the crowd. "Thank you for standing up to the bullshit. Amen and a-woman, right?" he said, mocking Democratic Congressman Emanuel Cleaver's opening prayer from Sunday, which was a tribute to the record number of women serving in the new Congress. When the crowd booed, Don Jr. added: "I know, but that shows you literally the mentality of where the Democrat Party is, right? I think I put it up on my Instagram, which is being censored to hell right now, but I put it up yesterday. They spent money on a study, that came to the incredible conclusion yesterday, that trans women playing in female sports have a competitive advantage. No shit! Who could have seen that coming? I had no idea!" At that point, even State TV dropped its live feed. Watch:

Trump-loving pastor: If Mike Pence doesn't overturn election, it's  because Dems have blackmail pictures of VP

Trump-loving megachurch pastor Greg Locke says if Vice President Mike Pence doesn't somehow overturn the presidential election on Wednesday (which he can't do), it means that Democrats must have blackmail photos of the vice president. Locke, the radical right-wing leader of Global Vision Bible Church in Tennessee, is among those scheduled to speech at Trump's "March to Save America" rally in Washington on Wednesday. "Mike Pence is about to show his true colors in this nation," Locke said this week during his Sunday sermon, in a clip posted by Right Wing Watch. "He's a principled guy — I thought. This joker may turn out to be one of the worst RINOs we've seen. I know you think I'm crazy right now, but you watch.  Mike Pence ain't got but two plays. He ain't got but two plays, and he's either going to try to bring down the whole house of cards, or he's going to bow out gracefully, because you'll be shocked how many of them Democrats don't have those people on their side, but they got pictures. You better be careful what you've been searching on the Internet, because someone's gonna blackmail you one day." Right Wing Watch reports that Locke also claimed during his sermon that in 2021, God will "dethrone" House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, destroy the state of New York, remove California Gov. Gavin Newsom from power and expose the Clinton’s supposed involvement in “pedophile sex-trafficking rings.” Watch below.

‘We ain’t got your back no more!’: Pro-Trump protesters assault and threaten DC police on eve of ‘Save America’ rally

Two officers were hospitalized Tuesday night after hundreds of Trump supporters reportedly rushed a police line near Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington.

Video posted to Twitter by Brendan Gutenschwager, an independent journalist, shows the clash that occurred just before 10:15 p.m. at BLM Plaza and I Street NW, on the eve of today's "March for Trump/Save America" rally.

About 200 Trump supporters marched to the police line, according to a report from the Washington Post.

"Punches were thrown at the line and a woman was bloodied," the newspaper reported. "Police used pepper spray to help disperse the crowd. It was unclear how the clash started or whether any arrests were made. A D.C. Fire and EMS Department spokesman said a woman and two D.C. police officers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries."

NBC News reported that as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, six people had been arrested in connection with the protests on the eve of today's rally. Charges included carrying firearms without a license, possession of unregistered ammunition and firearms, and assaulting a police officer.

In another video posted by Gutenschwager, Trump supporters can be seen screaming at police.

"You don't want to fuckin' protect the Constitution, so you lost both sides of support," one protester tells the officers. "We had your fuckin' back, but we don't have your back no more. We're the veterans, we're the business owners, and we had your back, but we ain't got your back no more, because you don't got our back."

"Heads are gonna roll!" another protester screams repeatedly.


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