In this week’s Randy Report podcast:
• The National Parks service pulled out of an event where the rainbow flag would fly, for the first time, on federal land
• Donald Trump became the first sitting president to address anti-gay hate group’s Values Voters Summit
• Out actor Colton Haynes (Arrow/Teen Wolf/American Horror Story) shared his struggles with depression & anxiety on World Mental Health Day
• In queer cinema, Tom of Finland and Professor Marston & the Wonder Women open in theaters
• Randy Rainbow parodies the summer mega-hit “Despocito” with a sharp as nails commentary on Donald Trump
All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report
This morning Donald Trump became the first sitting president to address the Values Voter Summit organized by the certified hate group, the Family Research Council.
You read that right – a man with 3 marriages and 15 women accusing him of sexual assault is currently giving a speech on “values”
This is Trump’s third visit to the conference having spoken there in 2015 and 2016.
The Family Research Council has been named by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-gay hate group for spreading false, harmful, and misleading information about LGBT people.
Virulently anti-gay Tony Perkins, the president of the FRC is reportedly behind the Trump’s decision to call for a total ban on transgender service members in the military.
Richard Cohen, the president of the Southern Poverty Law Centre, condemned President Trump’s decision to address the event. “By appearing at the Values Voter Summit, President Trump is lending the legitimacy of his office to a hate group that relentlessly demonizes LGBT people and works to deny them of their equal rights,” he told The Independent.
In addition to religious zealots, the event will host white supremacists and far-right activists, and feature speeches from such luminaries as departed White House advisers Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka.
Bonus bumble: While speaking to the crowd, Trump mentioned that he “met with the president of the Virgin Islands” after Hurricane Maria.
Ahem. He IS the president of the Virgin Islands.
Some news items you might have missed:
• Buzzfeed reports that this ripped daddy (above/below), Pawel Ladziak – the self-styled “Polish Viking,” is actually only 35 years old. He apparently spends thousands each year to look like a really fit 60-year-old.
• Former Hercules actor Kevin Sorbo will speak at the virulently anti-LGBT Values Voter Summit this year. Other speakers include former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former child actor Kirk Cameron, Dr. Ben Carson, and “Duck Dynasty” reality peformer Phil Robertson.
• Donald Trump told reporters he has “no second thoughts” about his decision to rescind the DACA program. And yet, this morning he tweeted that should Congress fail to address this immigration impasse, he will “revisit this issue.” He said he had to end the program because it’s “unconstitutional,” so how would he “revisit” an unconstitutional problem?
• Chocolate giant Mars is committing close to $1 billion to fight climate change.
• Hillary Clinton will sit down this coming Sunday with Jane Pauley of CBS’ Sunday Morning 9:00 AM EST for her first network TV interview since losing the 2016 election. She’ll be talking about the ill-fated quest for the presidency, President Donald Trump and her new book, What Happened.
• You know how boxers love to get in each other’s faces before a match? Like, really, really close? NewNowNext has collected their top 15 times boxers got so “game face” it looked like they were going to kiss. #KissKissKiss
And now, more from the “Polish Viking:”
Apparently (don’t you love sentences that begin with the word “apparently?”), Sarah Palin spoke at the anti-gay “Values Voter Summit” today where she said truth was an endangered species at the White House.
Except, in her smug little way, she thought she’d be cute and use the address of the White House.
You know – the one located at “1400 Pennsylvania Avenue?”
Yeah, I don’t know that one either. I’m guessing she meant “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” – which is where the White House is actually located.
See, when you get too cute, karma has a way of slapping back at you.
Btw – note the tepid response from the crowd. And these are HER people. I’m guessing the Palin magic faded (a while back).
Watch the snark in the video below:
UPDATE: From the former half-term governor herself…
Sen. Ted Cruz won the 2013 Values Voter Summit straw poll with 42%. Rick Santorum came in a distance second at 13%.
It should be noted that past “winners” of the same presidential straw poll include Sen. Ron Paul, Gov. Mike Huckabee and Gov. Mike Pence. And we all know how those “presidential” campaigns ended.
Interesting that the Values Voters, many of whom refuse to believe in the “authenticity” of President Obama’s presidency because they don’t believe he was born in the USA are content with a ultra-conservative politician born in Canada.
(graphic via Politics with Jared and Dave)
At the 2013 Values Voter Summit, Star Parker says “enemies of God” are using homosexuality to undermine marriage, liberals want conservatives to smoke pot and take off their clothes.
Note that she starts with the idea that gay people are “forcing” her to be, think, or act in a way she doesn’t feel good about, and how that’s a violation of her rights – but then proceeds with her idea of forcing gay people to be, think, or act in a way that’s based purely on what makes HER comfortable.
In other words, “do as I say, not as I do.”
Parker also notes that “all sexual behavior is adult behavior, so keep it private.” But SHE’S the one bringing up homosexuality at a public event…?
Speaking at the Values Voters Summit, Ben Carson says Obamacare is the worst thing to happen to America since slavery.
Really??? The WORST thing since slavery?
What’s strange about all the hyperbole about Obamacare is conservatives LOVE the idea of people being responsible for themselves. So why wouldn’t they LOVE the idea of Obamacare?
Oh! I know! Because they like the idea of “other people” being responsible for themselves.
p.s. Obamacare is saving me $200 a month on my health insurance that I PERSONALLY pay for. PLUS, as a cancer survivor, I can’t be kicked off my policy. Just saying…