Macy’s Bails On Trump And Dumps His Menswear Line Over ‘Rapists’ Remarks

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The company emailed a statement to TPM:

Macy’s is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion. We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form. We welcome all customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture. We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico.We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation. In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004.

Macy’s followed NBC Universal, Univision, and Televisa in ditching Trump after his remarks disparaging immigrants during his presidential announcement.

Trump shot back with a statement, reported by Newsweek’s Polly Mosendz, saying that it was in fact he who decided to “terminate” the relationship:

BRENDAN JAMES

Neil deGrasse Tyson Defends Pope And Destroys Religious Climate Denial In One Tweet

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Twitter pic…

ADDICTING INFO

If there’s one person who understands science, it’s world-renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. And if there’s one person who has proven to be an ardent supporter of science, it’s Pope Francis. So, it should come as no surprise to see Tyson stand up and defend Pope Francis against people who refuse to acknowledge science, specifically about climate change, and more specifically, the Republicans doing the science denial. People who typically like to believe they are more religious than the Pope (yes, the Pope).

Besides Tyson thoroughly enjoying and sharing the fact that the Vatican employs a dozen astrophysicists…

… is another tweet where he completely lays the truth out on the table and makes one of the most solid points surrounding climate denial and religion.

Tyson is referring to Pope Francis’ stance on Climate Change and how he has continually spoken about how we need to take the issue of a warming planet very seriously.

These “Christian” conservative Climate Change deniers, who claim to be holier than Thou- who often seem to claim to understand the Bible better than the Pope himself- honestly also see themselves as “supreme holy figures.” And if Pope Francis can acknowledge the science of 97% of scientists surrounding Climate Change, than one would think, so could these Republicans.

The truth of the matter is- being a purveyor of the Bible and having a love for the planet should be going hand in hand. For it is the Bible itself that calls for people to be stewards of the Earth and care for all living things. Denying Climate Change doesn’t make you more religious or a better follower of the Bible, or understand Christianity and how the world works at a higher understanding — it makes you stupid, because the data and evidence is all there in front of your face.

Let’s put it this way — if 97% of chefs told you a piece of food was poison, would you still eat it? Likely not.

Well, 97% of scientists are telling us that we are poisoning the planet and forcing it to warm at a rate that is not natural, and by the time it really starts affecting the day-to-day life of people, it will be far too late to begin giving a damn.

The real question is — why are these Climate Change deniers actually denying the science? And to get to the bottom of that, you need look no further than the closest energy lobby who has their hands very deep in these politicians pockets to make sure energy policies and regulations don’t change — even if those changes are crucial to combating a quickly warming planet.

To put it simply, Tyson is correct — you can indeed be religious while at the same time acknowledge Climate Change and the science behind it.

GOP’S BAFFLING TRUMP COWARDICE

GOP's baffling Trump cowardice: A party too timid to denounce a bigoted gasbag

Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz (Credit: AP/Scott Bauer/Richard Drew/J. Scott Applewhite/Photo montage by Salon)

SALON

Condemning Donald Trump’s obvious racism would be the easiest thing a Republican could do, but no one’s doing it

Just about every second of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, such as it is, has been a disaster. He kicked off his campaign two weeks ago with a speech calling Mexican immigrants criminals and “rapists,” and he’s been dealing with the blowback ever since. Those comments prompted NBC – which had tolerated his bigoted nonsense for years while airing his reality show – to finally cut ties with Trump, who responded by calling NBC “weak” and “foolish.” Univision announced that it would not carry Trump’s Miss USA pageant, prompting Trump to threaten to sue the network. Mexico announced that it would not send a representative to Trump’s Miss Universe pageant because of his “racist” remarks. If there’s a positive to be found in any of this, it’s that Trump’s vanity run for president is backfiring and has helped tear down some of the other garish and pathetically self-congratulatory monuments he’s erected to himself.

But what I find curious about the reaction to Trump’s blatant racism and anti-immigrant posturing is that not one Republican has stood up and done literally the easiest, least controversial, most politically buzzy thing one could do in this situation: denounce Donald Trump.

Seriously, it’s utterly baffling. Let’s think about this for a moment. The Republican Party is painfully aware that it has a major problem appealing to voter demographics outside its core coalition of old white people and religious white people. This problem is especially acute in presidential election cycles — like the one we’re in now. Recognizing how toxic this alienation of minority groups was in the 2012 presidential race, the Republican National Committee put out a big report explicitly recommending that the party’s candidates and committees do more to reach out to and engage with Latino voters and make them feel less like the GOP actively despises them. “If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States (i.e. self-deportation),” the report counseled, “they will not pay attention to our next sentence.”

In this light, Trump’s comments should have been a big, fat, hanging curve for an enterprising Republican 2016 candidate to swing hard at. What he said was bigoted; there’s no disagreement on that. As far as adversaries go, you could do worse than Trump – he is a semi-sentient pile of hair and sadness, he has no feelings to hurt, and by being on the opposite side of him you win the argument by default. And what he said has nothing to do with immigration policy. By weighing in on it you wouldn’t be taking any dangerous positions you’d later have to defend. And the media would eat that mess up.

All you’d have to do is just stand up and say Trump is wrong and a racist, and that undocumented immigrants are not all rapists. It would be a small step toward demonstrating that Republicans recognize the basic humanity of the people at the center of a controversial policy fight and don’t view them merely as criminals or some sort of invasive species.

But no one did that.

The most outrage the RNC could muster came from its communications director, who said on CNN that “painting Mexican Americans with that kind of a brush, I think that’s probably something that is not helpful to the cause.” And as far as I can tell, the only candidate who has responded with any sort of criticism to Trump is Jeb Bush, who offered a mild Spanish-language rebuke of The Donald:

But on Saturday, Mr. Bush did address comments Mr. Trump made in his campaign launch speech about the Mexican border, in which he said people coming to the U.S. from Mexico are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

At a Saturday event in Nevada, Mr. Bush said in Spanish, “I do not agree with his words. They do not represent the values of the Republican Party and they do not represent my values,” according to a campaign aide.

As for the rest, they’ve either kept their mouths shut or, remarkably, agreed with Trump’s assessment of the immigrant community. “I like Donald Trump. I think he’s terrific, I think he’s brash, I think he speaks the truth,” Ted Cruz said on Fox Newsyesterday. I’m sure Republicans would much rather that Cruz and Trump be viewed as pariahs and extremists on this issue. By clamming up, though, they’re letting those two speak for the party. And this whole business with Trump being a flaming bigot won’t just go away. He’s Donald Trump – he doesn’t stop talking. The longer he’s out there saying racist garbage while running for the Republican nomination, the more awkward it becomes that no one is challenging him on it.

Again, I’m not saying that denouncing Trump would accomplish much of anything or solve any problems. The GOP has issues with Latino voters that go well beyond the bigotry of one rich white guy. But that’s why the silence on Trump is so strange to me. The party clearly has little intention of implementing policy changes to help broaden its appeal (border security now, border security forever!) so it would at least make some sense to go for the superficial outreach efforts. “Sure, we’re still going to deport you and your families and otherwise treat you like criminals, but hey – we don’t assume you’re rapists!” But apparently even that is too much to ask.

10 things you need to know today: July 1, 2015

Greek pensioners try to get into a bank in Athens. AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza

THE WEEK

1. Greece signals readiness for concessions after defaulting on IMF debt
Greece missed a Tuesday deadline to make a $1.8 billion loan payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first developed country to default on a debt to the IMF. Hours earlier European ministers rejected the Greek government’s request for an extension on its bailout. European finance ministers, who are demanding tax hikes and social spending cuts in exchange for new financing, are meetingWednesday to discuss a new bailout proposal from Greece, after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras signaled he was willing to make most of thebig concessions demanded by creditors.

Source: The Washington Post, The Associated Press

2. U.S. and Cuba to reopen embassies 
The Obama administration announced Tuesday that the U.S. and Cuba have reached a deal to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals. The initiative is the biggest step President Obama can make toward restoring normal ties with America’s neighbor and former Cold War rival. It also is the most decisive move Obama can make on his own. Only Congress can lift the economic embargo against Cuba, which the communist Caribbean nation’s leaders say must be part of any rapprochement.

Source: Los Angeles Times

3. Chris Christie launches bid for GOP presidential nomination
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie formally announced Tuesday that he would run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. “I am now ready to fight for the people of the United States of America,” the straight-talking second-term governor said in the gymnasium of his old high school in Livingston, New Jersey. Christie criticized Congress and President Obama as dysfunctional, and said the country needs his “strong leadership and decisiveness.”

Source: The New York Times

4. Death toll from Indonesia crash reaches 142
The death toll from the crash of an Indonesian military transport plane into a residential neighborhood has risen to 142, a police official saidWednesday. The C-130 Hercules aircraft slammed into a densely populated area on the island of Sumatra and exploded. Authorities said 122 people were on the plane, including 12 crew members. Search crews do not expect to find any survivors. The rest of the victims were on the ground when the plane hit.

Source: Time

5. Iran nuclear talks extended until July 7 as deadline passes
Nuclear talks with Iran have been extended to July 7 as a June 30 deadline passed without a deal. The announcement coincided with the return of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the talks, boosting hopes that an agreement can be reached to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for world powers lifting economic sanctions against the country. The Obama administration has until July 9 to send any agreement to Congress, which would then have 30 days to review the deal.

Source: ABC News

6. Seventh Southern church burns
A fire on Tuesday destroyed a South Carolina church that was torched by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995. The church, Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, was the seventh predominantly African-American church to burn since a white gunman shot and killed nine people during a Bible study at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. Investigators could not immediately say what caused the blaze.

Source: The Post and Courier

7. Oregon law legalizing recreational marijuana takes effect
A law legalizing the smoking and growing of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use took effect in Oregon on Wednesday. Voters approved the measure in November. Pot is expected to become available in shops in the state by next year. Oregon became the latest in a string of states on the West Coast to make recreational marijuana use legal. Alaska and Washington state already have put similar laws into force.

Source: Reuters

8. Misty Copeland becomes first black top-ranked dancer at American Ballet Theater
Misty Copeland, one of the country’s most famous ballerinas, was promoted to become the first African-American female principal dancer ever in the American Ballet Theater. Copeland has been performing with the 75-year-old company for more than 14 years — eight of them as a soloist. Copeland has said becoming the first black woman to be named as a principal dancer at the prestigious company was one of her goals.

Source: The New York Times

9. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits
After 10 years of marriage, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are calling it quits. “After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce,” the pair told People in a joint statement. “We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children.” The celebrity power couple originally met on the set of 2001’s Pearl Harbor, and became involved two years later when they were costars in 2003’s Daredevil. They have three children together.

Source: People

10. U.S. women beat Germany to advance to World Cup final
The U.S. women’s soccer team upset top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday to advance to the finals of the World Cup. The U.S. on Sunday will play the winner of a match between England and reigning champion Japan. The U.S. will be making its second appearance in the Women’s World Cup final in four years. Midfielder Carli Lloyd led the U.S. squad with a goal and an assist. “I’ve just been training my tail off for the last 12 years,” Lloyd said after the match. “These are the moments that I live for.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Harold Maass

Who thought that an #AskBobby Jindal Twitter dialogue would be a good idea?

Who thought that an #AskBobby Jindal Twitter dialogue would be a good idea?

Bobby Jindal (Credit: Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)

SALON

“When you disband the Supreme Court for disagreeing with you, will the Koch brothers buy you another?”

Someone on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s campaign staff had the brilliant idea of opening up a discussion between the Republican hopeful and Twitter. The result was a terrible idea, poorly executed.

The first, and possibly most important, set of questions for the candidate:

Yes — he most certainly was. Not that people didn’t have more serious questions:

Continue reading the hilarious Tweets HERE

KKK to hold pro-Confederate flag rally at South Carolina’s statehouse

Armed Klansman in Ohio, circa 1948

Because heritage n’ stuff | attribution: Wikicommons

DAILY KOS

Sure, why not.

The Ku Klux Klan plans to hold a rally at the South Carolina Statehouse next month to protest renewed efforts to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.The Loyal White Knights out of Pelham, N.C. requested the rally from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 18 at the north grounds of the Statehouse.

I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate what the Confederate flag means to southern “heritage” than to have a white supremacist group with a long American history of vicious murders march around yelling and waving it at people. By all means, you do that.

Legacy Sealed: Obama’s Approval Ratings Soar After Historical Wins For Progress (VIDEO)

ADDICTING INFO

Obama’s working hard to preserve a strong, positive legacy as he winds down his historical presidency, but many are wondering if he can keep it up considering the racial tension brimming across the nation, despite recent poll numbers showing the president surging to a 50 percent approval rating once again.

It’s hard to imagine he’ll be remembered poorly, though, regardless of his bedfellow ties to Wall St., considering under his presidential terms he’s found and killed Osama Bin Laden, brought us the Affordable Care Act, helped the country rebound from one of the worst financial crashes in the last century, has continually struck down the Keystone Pipeline, and in just the last week has witnessed and been party to the legalization of same sex marriage and the national “TAKE IT DOWN!” of the Confederate flag.

And while nobody is perfect, how can we expect to ever have a perfect president, and beyond that, a perfect presidency?

Love him or hate him, you can’t shake a stick at some of the accomplishments the Obama administration has achieved. More likely than not, Obama will be looked back upon as an incredible president who should have been more accepted, revered, and supported during his service. Not that everything he’s done or tried to do (ahem, trade deals, anyone?) has been the best.

But one thing America is already trying to do that you cannot blame Obama for is the surfacing of our ever-present racism in this country. It’s a given that the first black president in a country known for oppressing black people is going to get the bigots puffing their chests and floating to the surface like the bloated corpses of their own archaic, privileged ideologies that they are, bobbing on a sea of ignorance.

Again, America tries to blame black folks for their own oppression, even so far as blaming black folks for racist America’s own reaction to the audacity of a black person ascending to anything as prestigious as the President of the United States. It drives them crazy, causing some to act out violently, and then Black America is blamed and called “race-baiters” and “agitators” because the bigots can’t stand that we have a black president, go nuts and do something incredibly stupid.

So what would their solution be? So as not to upset them in order to not cause them to enact violence (which they will anyway, on the regular) we should avoid having a black president. If we’d just avoid any further black presidents, we won’t be race-baiters, and we won’t agitate, and everyone can live with their “freedom” in “peace.”

Allegedly.

But gee, that sounds kind of racist, doesn’t it? Don’t you think?

And Americans are sick of racism, even if they don’t know exactly how to get rid of it, despite how many intelligent folks out there are telling them exactly how to get rid of it. It’s mainly the folks who recently saw their “heritage” lowered on flagpoles around the country that will try to hold the amped up blatant racism around the country right now as Obama’s fault.

Which means, overall, Obama’s really killing it as a president, despite whatever particular critiques every person out there may have against him.

According to a recent CNN/ORC poll, Obama not only has surged to a 50 percent approval rating, he’s also risen in approval on issues such as: the economy, race relations, gun rights, and more people now believe Obama will use the remainder of his presidency to address social issues within the country – all good signs pointing toward a favorable legacy.

No doubt, it will be interesting to see what Obama takes up after exiting the presidency, and just how, exactly, he’ll speak out for social justice. But if nothing else, at the very least, he did run on change and now we have it. The legalization of same-sex marriage alone is a monumental moment in history that should leave Obama’s legacy in a positive light. He helped America take one more step in the march toward equality.

Now, if the Supreme Court would just legalize marijuana under his presidency, as well, Obama will truly be destined for glory.

You can read more on the CNN/ORC poll, here.

10 things you need to know today: June 30, 2015

Greece’s prime minister prepares for a TV interview. AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

THE WEEK

1. Obama expands overtime pay to millions
President Obama announced Monday night that his administration is proposing to expand overtime eligibility for up to five million Americans by 2016. Currently, those with salaries over $23,660 are considered managers or professionals exempted from mandatory overtime pay for working more than 40 hours in a week. The rule change would raise the threshold to $50,440. “In this country, a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay,” Obama wrote in a Huffington Post op-ed.

Source: Politico, The Huffington Post

2. Finance minister confirms Greece won’t pay back IMF loans
Greece’s finance minister confirmed Tuesday that the country will not pay back the 1.6 billion euros it owes to the International Monetary Fund by this evening’s deadline. A default could force Greece out of the eurozone. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged by 350 points, or 2 percent, Monday on fears the crisis would spread. Thousands of Greeks rallied for a “no” vote in a July 5 referendum on whether to accept tough financial reforms demanded by Greece’s lenders.

Source: Reuters, TIME

3. Supreme Court allows controversial drug that was used in botched execution
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday that a controversial drug used in a botched lethal injection was allowable under the Constitution. Three death-row inmates in Oklahoma had sought to have the drug, a sedative called midazolam, banned, saying it risked causing excruciating pain. The majority said the inmates had failed to show the drug raised the risk of pain. Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in a scathing dissent that the lethal cocktail was a “barbarous method of punishment — the chemical equivalent of being burned alive.”

Source: The New York Times, The Washington Post

4. David Sweat says he and fellow escapee planned to flee to Mexico
Recaptured murderer David Sweat told authorities Monday that he and fellow escapee Richard Matt had planned to flee to Mexico after breaking out of a maximum-security prison in upstate New York three weeks ago. The plan unraveled when prison tailor-shop manager Joyce Mitchell decided not to drive off with them as planned, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said. Sweat and Matt tried to make it to Canada instead, but Matt was shot and killed shortly after the pair split up. Sweat was shot and captured by a state trooper on Sunday.

Source: USA Today

5. Egyptian prosecutor dies in bombing
Egypt’s state prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, died Monday in a bombing that hit his convoy in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis. Barakat had presided over the government’s crackdown on Islamist groups. He was the highest ranking official successfully targeted by apparent militants in the clash with Islamists, which began nearly two years ago. The assassination occurred on the eve of the anniversary of 2013 protests that led to the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader.

Source: Los Angeles Times

6. Obama signs fast-track trade bill
President Obama on Monday signed a bipartisan bill giving him fast-track authority to put trade deals to an up-or-down vote in Congress, with no chance for amendments. The legislation was nearly blocked by Obama’s fellow Democrats who sought greater protections for U.S. workers, before supporters managed to revive it. The fast-track authority was seen as necessary to help Obama seal a 12-nation Pacific trade pact.

Source: The New York Times

7. Supreme Court blocks Texas law from closing abortion clinics
The Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked Texas from implementing an abortion law threatening to close more than half the state’s 19 abortion clinics this week. The law, scheduled to take effectWednesday, would impose tough new standards and require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The stay is expected to remain in force through the summer as the court considers whether to take up the case in its next term.

Source: The Washington Post

8. Indonesian military plane crashes into neighborhood, killing at least 30
An Indonesian military transport plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in northern Indonesia on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people in the plane and on the ground. The Hercules C-130 transport plane hit houses and a hotel in the Sumatra city of Medan about two minutes after taking off. The plane, with 12 people on board, was flying low and hit the roof of the hotel and exploded, a witness said. The pilot reportedly had asked to return to the air base due to technical problems.

Source: Reuters

9. Christie joining Republican presidential field 
Blunt-spoken New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is expected to announce Tuesday that he is running for president. He will be the 14th candidate in a crowded GOP field. Christie turned down calls from supporters to run four years ago, saying, “now is not my time.” As he enters the race, he faces record-low home-state approval as New Jersey’s economic recovery sputters. After his announcement, he plans to start making his pitch to centrist voters in New Hampshire.

Source: Bloomberg

10. NBC dumps Donald Trump over comments on Mexican immigrants
NBC on Monday announced that it was dropping the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants over derogatory comments Donald Trump, part owner of the pageants, made about Mexican immigrants when he declared himself a candidate for president last week. The network also reiterated that Trump would not appear in The Celebrity Apprenticeany longer. “Respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” NBCUniversal said in a statement. Trump last week threatened to sue Spanish-language network Univision when it, too, dropped Miss Universe.

Source: USA Today

Harold Maass

Here are the 6 biggest hysterical right-wing freakouts after last week’s Supreme Court rulings

Louie Gohmert (World Net Daily)

Louie Gohmert (World Net Daily)

THE RAW STORY

1. Mike Huckabee had a very difficult week.

Sensing the tide of history and the Supreme Court going against him, Mike Huckabee called on conservative Christians to engage in a massive “Biblical disobedience” campaign against the “false god of judicial supremacy,” in advance of the Supreme Court decision in favor of gay marriage this week. Not clear what exactly constitutes “biblical disobedience,” but whatevs.

The GOP presidential aspirant went on to compare the gay marriage act to the Dred Scott case that upheld the Fugitive Slave Act, which is odd to say the least, since legalizing gay marriage is a step forward for civil rights, saying in a way that gay people are fully human, and Dred Scott was, of course, a terrible distortion of justice that said black people were not.

So, huh? But then again, the ideological conservative Christian brain does not trouble itself with such logical inconsistencies.

After the ruling, Huckabee reacted in a Fox News segment with Megyn Kelly with another completely insane comparison, “I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.”

This was too much even for Kelly, who tried to give the Huckster a brief lesson in Constitutional Law. “How do you not accept it?” she asked incredulously. “Like it or not, the (Supreme Court) gets the final say.”

But lest you think there’s been some breakout of sanity and humanity on Megyn Kelly’s show, she also invited her pal Tony Perkins, head of the anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council, to discuss the decision. Shockingly, he too was glum about it.

2. Everything has gone dark for Ted Cruz.

So many Texas politicians are despairing about the Supreme Court decisions this week, a massive pity party might be in order. Ted Cruz was definitely crying in his beer. At least the poor fella found a sympathetic ear on Sean Hannity’s radio show.

“Today is some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history,” Cruz said without any regard to subject verb agreement. “Yesterday and today were both naked and shameless judicial activism.”

Hannity concurred. “I couldn’t say it more eloquently.” (Unless, of course, he injected grammar into the statement.)

As we all learned in school, judicial activism is when you don’t agree with the high court’s decision. This is a universal truth. “It is lawless, and in doing so, they have undermined the fundamental legitimacy of the United States Supreme Court,” Cruz continued portentously and nonsensically.

3. Louie Gohmert completely freaks out, recommends fleeing country since that’s what God did.

God is going to be very very mad at us, according to Texas tea partier Louie Gohmert. He predicts a noticeable drop-off of God’s protection of the good ol’ U.S. of A. now that we’ve gone and legalized gay marriage.

“Founders and leaders including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and most all of the Presidents have noted that it is God who has been the source of this nation’s unfathomable blessings,” Gohmert stated. “But if Moses, Jesus, and contributors to the Bible were correct, God’s hand of protection will be withdrawn as future actions from external and internal forces will soon make clear. I will do all I can to prevent such harm, but I am gravely fearful that the stage has now been set.”

And if that does not convince people, how about this? Gohmert argued, “It is a tragic and ominous day for the United States when a decision by five unelected justices of the U.S. Supreme Court blatantly violates the law in order to destroy the foundational building block for society provided by Nature and Nature’s God — that was stated as divine law by Moses and Jesus.”

Get a grip, Gohmert.

4. Bobby Jindal continues to demonstrate how the Republican Party really is the party of stupid.

Bobby Jindal, the brainiac former Louisiana governor who showed how he’s going to smarten up the Republican Party by allowing creationism to be taught as science in his state’s public schools, had a characteristically brilliant reaction to the Supreme Court decisions affirming the right to same-sex marriage. “If we want to save some money let’s just get rid of the court.”

Jindal, who just launched his 2016 presidential campaign on Wednesday, calmlyblasted the decision the first step in an “all-out assault” on Christians’ religious liberty.

So, not hysterical or anything.

5. Bill Kristol: “Polygamy, here we come.”

That’s all. That’s what the right-wing pundit tweeted. This connection seems perfectly obvious and reasonable to him.

6. Pat Boone is really sick of everyone talking about racism when obviously Satan is to blame for the Charleston murders.

Ultra-conservative former child star Pat Boone thinks Obama injected race into the Charleston shootings of nine black churchgoers by avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof. Where on earth would the President or anyone else get that impression? It makes Boone foot-stomping mad, and it makes him want to lecture Obama, like this:

“As the president who came to office, a black man promising to bring people together, a man ideally suited for that job since you were born both black and white, you had a God-given chance to actually proclaim and demonstrate that racial divides and prejudice had greatly diminished and that our society was truly becoming colorblind.”

Thanks, Pat. Thanks also for your other pearls of wisdom on other racially charged crimes, like your comment about Michael Brown being a “very large black man.” That certainly cleared things up about why the unarmed teenager deserved to be shot and killed by a police officer.

Anyway, Dylann Roof’s hate-filled massacre had nothing to do with race, obviously, says Pat. It had everything to do with Satan.

“This boy wasn’t just a sadist, or even criminally insane,” Boone said.  “He was carefully prepared and led by the Devil himself to kill as many Christians as he could. The fact that they were black was an excuse more than a reason.”

There’s only one solution to all this, and it’s the same solution to the whole gay marriage catastrophe, and that is to get right with God, and cast the devil out!

Chris Christie, a faded Republican star, expected to launch presidential campaign Tuesday

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

THE WASHINGTON POST

TRENTON, N.J. – Chris Christie, a onetime rising Republican star whose political stock fell sharply after a traffic scandal involving former aides and appointees, is expected to formally launch his presidential campaign on Tuesday.

He enters a crowded field as an underdog, wagering his retail political skills and brash style will propel him into serious competition for his party’s nod.

The New Jersey governor is expected to make his campaign official Tuesday morning in a gymnasium at the high school that he attended in Livingston, N.J. Later, he plans to hold a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, pivoting to his signature political venue in a state many strategists see as a must-win if Christie is going be a real contender.

Christie steps into a fray where top competition for the GOP establishment support he has long sought is already underway. Some of the biggest donors in the GOP have signed on with former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R). Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has also made strides with top fundraisers. And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is expected to soon announce his own bid after stocking up resources for months.

Tuesday’s expected announcement will come as his appeal to Republicans has hit a low point — a sharp departure from the highs of late 2013 when he was fresh off a decisive reelection victory in his heavily Democratic state and was seen widely as the GOP establishment favorite for president. Dogged by the“Bridgegate” scandal in which then-aides and appointees snarled traffic in an apparent act of political retribution, Christie’s popularity has since plummeted. He’s also faced heavy skepticism from conservative activists throughout his tenure.

Still, the unique persona that made him a Republican rock star early in his first term remains: part former federal prosecutor and part suburban dad yelling at a soccer game. As he becomes the 14th official GOP presidential contender, Christie is banking on his liveliness to revive his wilted prospects.

“I get accused a lot of times of being too blunt and too direct and saying what’s on my mind just a little bit too loudly,” Christie said in a two-minute Web video released over the weekend, adding that his Sicilian mother taught him to “never hold anything back.”

His slogan, “Telling It Like It Is,” reiterates the message that his aggressiveness is an asset.

After holding his Tuesday evening town hall, Christie will stay in New Hampshire for the remainder of the week for a series of town-hall meetings and diner stops. It is at those gatherings, in a state that has shown a soft spot for more centrist Northeast Republicans, where his advisers believe he can gradually win support from voters so far unexcited by others.

But he faces stiff headwinds. While Christie insists he was not involved in the late-2013 “Bridgegate” scandal and no legal authorities have found that he was, the questions surrounding the governor have been damaging.  Other troubles at home have included a cascade of credit downgrades and shuttered casinos in Atlantic City that have rattled the state’s economy, and a pension system touted by Christie that now has billions in unfunded liabilities.

Christie’s antidote: return to his roots. His blunt, outspoken style has often produced viral moments at town halls that helped define his reputation as a tough-talking, tell-it-how-it-is executive.

While those exchanges have won him many fans, others have criticized his brusqueness, leading to polarized opinions of Christie.

A recent Fairleigh Dickinson University poll showed his approval rating in New Jersey was a paltry 30 percent. Just 17 percent of Democrats approved of the job Christie was doing.

Christie also faces problems in his own party. Just half of Republicans in the FDU survey approved of Christie. And he’s mostly been in the low single-digits in national primary polls.

In New Hampshire and other battlegrounds, Christie will likely encounter difficulties and deep pockets of conservative doubt about his politics that began to build when he worked agreeably with President Obama on hurricane relief during the closing days of the 2012 election and his relationship with then nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign grew icy.

Cultural conservatives, too, have their concerns. A previous supporter of abortion rights, Christie has since become an anti-abortion voice. Meanwhile, Christie once backed the Common Core school standards that have become anathema to GOP activists, and has sought to distance from them more recently.

Christie’s statements on gun control have also stirred suspicions about his conservative inclinations, like when he called in April for the “right balance” between public safety and gun owners. The National Rifle Association declined to invite him this year to its annual convention.

To counteract such reservations on the right, Christie is expected to to highlight elements of his record that are popular with Republican primary voters, like his hawkish foreign policy, which could play well in New Hampshire. His work to curb prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders and put them into treatment could also help him there.

Christie’s group of unwavering supporters, led by Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone and strategists Bill Palatucci and Mike DuHaime, keep asking naysayers to be patient. In time, and especially after the primary debates begin in August, they argue, Christie will stitch together a coalition.

Until then, Christie plans to plod ahead, town-hall meeting by town-hall meeting. He is seeking to recapture the political magic that drew millions of clicks on YouTube in 2010 when his office first began uploading his clashes with public-school teachers, landing him on the cover of conservative magazines and earning cheers from right-wing television personalities.

Robert Costa and Sean Sullivan