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Come Into My Parler | Letter From The Editor | Memphis News and Events – Memphis Flyer

Frank Murtaugh is managing editor of Memphis magazine, but he's also been the primary sports columnist for the Flyer since 2001 or so. He writes a lot about University of Memphis sports and he does a terrific job. And it hasn't always been easy. Frank's seen some mighty lean years, especially in football, including the woeful Coach Larry Porter era.

Each week during the season, Frank writes a column called "Three Thoughts on Tiger Football." Back in the Porter days, I used to tweet about Frank's "Three Thoughts" column by saying "Frank Murtaugh thinks about Tiger football so you don't have to."

I write all this by way of saying we owe a similar debt to sfgate.com writer Bryan C. Parker, who did us all a solid by signing up for parler.com so we don't have to.

Parler, as you probably know by now, is a social media platform aimed at "conservatives" who are disenchanted with Facebook and Twitter. Here's what Parker wrote: "Beneath the thin guise of the app's self-proclaimed emphasis on 'free speech' lies the ability to say not just a hypothetical 'anything,' but specifically to share racist slurs and violent threats toward political opponents. On Parler, Nazi imagery flourishes, death threats abound, and conspiracy theories reign."

To sign up for Parler, you must provide a phone number and email address. The platform claims it will not "sell" your information, but it will doubtless be used for something. Parler is funded largely by the Robert Mercer family, which has made millions on data mining. The app also has ties to Cambridge Analytica, which provided extensive voter micro-data to the 2016 Trump campaign.

Once you're in, Parker reports, you are given a suggested follow list of right-leaning media and political figures: Sean Hannity, Ted Cruz, Dinesh D'Souza, Ann Coulter, Devin Nunes, etc. Beyond that, you're on your own. You can post, follow people, start conversation threads, the usual social media protocol.

It quickly becomes apparent, writes Parker, that hardly anybody on Parler thinks Joe Biden won the election. Profane diatribes, wild election conspiracy theories, QAnon revelations, and racial and homophobic slurs abound.

Free speech in the United States has famously been ruled not to extend to the right to yell "FIRE" in a crowded theater. Does it extend to the right to call for executions of political enemies, to promote anti-Semitism and racism, to proudly post the Nazi swastika? On Parler, yes, it does. This is the free speech that Parler says is being suppressed and banned on Twitter and Facebook.

Parler is the newest addition to the right-wing media silo. Fox is on the decline with the true Trumper/white supremacist/racist/AngryKaren tribe. OANN, NewsMax, The Right Scoop, and others are the primary "news" sources cited on Parler. If you haven't checked out OANN, let me just say, it makes Fox News look like NPR.

I remember when the FCC had a "fairness doctrine" that required TV and radio stations holding broadcast licenses to devote some of their programming to controversial issues of public importance and to allow the airing of opposing views on those issues. This meant that programs on politics were required to include opposing opinions on the topic under discussion. The rule also mandated that broadcasters alert anyone subject to a personal attack in their programming and give them a chance to respond. The doctrine was revoked in 1987, and its elimination was widely credited with sparking the rise of conservative talk radio, including Rush Limbaugh.

Giving equal time to both sides seems like such a quaint concept now. You don't need a license from the federal government to start a website, and so here we are, with an online world where anything goes: from cute kittens to porn to racism to the most depraved corners of the human psyche, where the entire longitude and latitude of humanity can find a home and validation for just about anything.

What to do? Few of us, liberal or conservative, want the federal government to regulate online content. Imagine what Trump could have done with such a power! But surely there are ways we can monitor and clamp down on violent threats, terrorism, and human depravity. Violent words can lead to violent deeds, as we've so often discovered.

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Conservative pundit Ann Coulter speaks to UGA Turning Point about voting, election concerns – Red and Black

Election night was a terrible, terrible, terrible night for Democrats. How terrible it is will depend on you, Georgia, said Ann Coulter, prominent conservative pundit, to Turning Point USA at UGA at the Tate Student Center Theatre.

In a speech to a socially distanced and fully-masked crowd, Coulter spoke on topics including her dislike of President Donald Trump, immigration and election fraud.

John Denhardt, a senior and first year law student, said he was looking forward to the community aspect of the event.

Its certainly a different feeling being in a larger group with other faces and people to meet rather than a kind of faceless recording, Denhardt said.

Abi Hartter, a freshman majoring in middle grades education, said she was excited to hear from a female speaker.

Coulter began her speech talking about the recent election and said she believed election fraud occurred in voting across the country for the presidency.

The Associated Press disputes claims of widespread voter fraud, adding thatTrumps campaign aides and election officials have not identified a sizable number of illegal votes.

Coulter was clear on her dislike of President-elect Joe Biden, the Democratic Party and the media.

Coulter said she wanted to see the media "cry on Election Day." However, she also voiced her disdain for the current president and commented on his obnoxious tweets.

Another four years of Trump would have been an utter, utter disaster, Coulter said.

She advocated for Trump to come and campaign in Georgia, expressing that much of her criticism for the president is in his lack of taking action.

Biden won in Georgia by an extremely close margin. The state will also hold two runoff elections for the U.S. Senate on Jan. 5. The winners of these elections will determine the balance of power in the Senate. Coulter said rather than going to golf over the weekend, Trump should spend his time rallying voters for the runoff races in Georgia.

Coulter ended her speech by encouraging audience members to canvass and register voters.

Georgia, the entire future of western civilization comes down to you, Coulter said.

Coulter then moved on to audience questions, which crowd members were able to submit through a QR code provided for each person. One student asked whether Coulter would ever consider running for office.

I say what I mean. Ive never been able to stop that, Coulter said, adding that she didnt think she would run for office.

While Coulter repeatedly criticized Democrats and liberal ideology, she said she does care about everyone.

I do care about my fellow Americans, even the liberals, Coulter said.

Conservative students in attendance said they liked hearing from Coulter, whose views dont necessarily always align with the Republican Party.

Im a very big supporter and campaign for President Trump, but she shares criticism that I have for him, like her talking about people in his administration that Im not a fan of, said Michael Shinholster, a sophomore double majoring in international affairs and political science. She keeps it relevant, voicing her concern about that which is refreshing to me.

Suhas Gummadi, a freshman majoring in finance, said he has disagreements with Coulter but enjoyed listening to her speak.

I think she made a good suggestion that Trump should come to Georgia and campaign, Gummadi said.

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Ann Coulter tells Texas crowd "a second term of Trump would have killed us": "I’m glad he lost" – Salon

According to a report from Breitbart,far-right conservative Ann Coultertold a college crowd that she was happy to see Donald Trump lose to former Vice Presiden Joe Biden, saying another four years of Trump would have been devastating for the country.

Coulter who had a highly-publicized falling out with the president, spoke at the University of Texas at Austin on Thursday night and lashed out at the president saying she likes what he stands for but can't stand the man.

Calling the election results the "best of all possible worlds," the conservative gadfly reportedly told the crowd, "The reason I'm very happy that [President] Trump lost and lost narrowly is that a second term of Trump would have killed us. What we want, and what I think we can get in four years, is Trumpism without Trump."

Continuing in that vein, she added, "We have to take care of our own first. That's Trumpism. And it hasn't been tried. It certainly hasn't triumphed. [W]ith Trump . . .He'd say these wild things that we'd get blamed for, he'd get attacked on, and then actually did nothing. Trump thinks, 'I tweeted it. Therefore, it's done'."

"Talking about it isn't the same as doing it," she added. "Much like as he tweeted out, 'Law and Order,' and yet cities are still burning across the nation. [He] didn't do anything about it. It's like he didn't know he was president."

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Ann Coulter grades Trump’s performance as president and says he lost election by listening to ‘wonderboy’ Jared Kushner – Washington Examiner

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, one of the first on the Right to support then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016, believes the president deserved to lose his bid for reelection.

In an email interview with the Washington Examiner, Coulter placed the blame of Trump's defeat squarely on the feet of son-in-law, adviser, and "wonderboy" Jared Kushner, who she said knows just as much about politics as she does about Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. "I do not know the first thing about Kathmandu," she joked.

The New York Times bestselling author, who wrote the book In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome! to defend Trump's 2016 platform, said in a speech last week to students of University of Texas, Austin, that Joe Biden's presidential victory and the Republican results in Congress were "the best of all possible outcomes."

"This wouldve been Arnold Schwarzeneggers second term, except even worse, Coulter said on a second Trump term, asserting that "Trumpism without Trump that is the winning formula."

Coulter said Kushner's counsel led the president to abandon his winning 2016 agenda. In some cases, such as on the issue of trade, she said that Trump governed opposite to how he campaigned for his first term.

"In fact his tax cuts provided incentives for offshoring. But at least Jared got to hang with Gary Cohn!" she quipped.

Coulter said Trump failed to court enough white, working-class voters, which made up his base, during his reelection campaign.

"He deserved to lose, but the country doesn't deserve what the Democrats have in store for us," Coulter said. "He did not earn any Trumpsters vote. He earned the votes of Jeb! supporters. But I still hate his opponents more."

In states like Florida, Trump over-performed among minority voters, including Hispanic voters in Miami-Dade county. Following the election, GOP politicians like Florida Sen. Marco said to Axios that the future of the Republican party is a "multiethnic, multiracial working class coalition." Meanwhile, commentators like MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said the results of the election foretell that "demographics is destiny," meaning shifting racial demographics in the U.S. will ultimately favor Democrats. When asked if Trump's turnout disproved the phrase, Coulter said Biden's win is a "confirmation" to the phrase "Demographics are destiny," advising Republicans that a successful campaign is built upon appealing to a large segment of white voters.

"As in every election for nearly a century now, the only demographic that gave the Republican candidate a majority of its votes was white people. Trump just didnt get enough of them. (Thanks, Jared!) Like all Republicans, it baffles me that we dont already get a majority of black, Hispanic, Asian, gay, etc etc votes. Love it when we get our numbers up with minorities! Yet and still, the only swing voters are white people," she said. "70% of the voting population is white people. How white people vote determines the result of presidential elections. In a sane world, youd think Dems and GOPs would be jockeying for their votes. Youd be wrong. Both political parties cant crap on white people enough. Thus, Jareds philosophy was: Screw you, whites! Haha! Youve got no place else to go!"

"And that, boys and girls, is why Trump is a rare incumbent president who couldnt win re-election (even running against a senile dementia patient on his 4th [sic] try for the presidency)," she continued, referencing Biden's failed attempts to run for president in 1988 and 2008.

There is one upside to Trump's presidency that Coulter identified, saying his election is "proof that any candidate who runs on popular issues will win unless he already did run on popular issues, won, and then failed to follow through as president."

When asked to grade Trump's performance on a scale from A to F, Coulter said she thinks his "grade is obvious" but was "charitable" in her assessment.

"He lost didnt he? He pissed away the most spectacular campaign and most spectacular victory in the history of politics. That all our hopes came down to the integrity of this man is heartbreaking," she said. "I think his grade is obvious, but to be charitable Ill give him an 'incomplete.'"

Coulter isn't certain about a Republican candidate who would best embody "Trumpism" in the future, though she did rule out Rubio, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. In her speech last week, she said, As long as [Republicans] can run someone half believable with the Trump issues, the establishment Republicans dont have a chance."

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We’re nearing the end of Donald Trump’s tabloid presidency. Will America correct course? – LGBTQ Nation

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Barack Obama, Born in Kenya and Is Illegitimate President. Alien Caravan Heading Toward Southern Border. Joe and Hunter Biden Controlled by Ukrainian Oligarchs. Deep-State Out to Take Down Trump.

Mexican Coyote and Violent Gang Invasion Sweep U.S. Theyre Spreading Drugs, Raping our Women, and Multiplying Crime Rates. Anti-Republicans are Human Scum.

Related: Trumps 2016 victory wasnt a fluke. Heres how to keep it from happening again.

These headlines could easily come from 60-point bold typeface from the cover of any supermarket tabloid. But no, the manufactured conspiracy theories and invective come directly from the thumbs and lips of the current Commander-In-Chief on the White House toilet.

What makes this worse is that Trumps mishigas are picked up (sometimes even manufactured) and amplified by his state-sponsored media, Fox News, Sinclair, Breitbart, The Drudge Report, and several others plus the increasingly viewed QAnon propagandist.

It is simply too easy comparing Trumpism to the dangerous post-World War II McCarthyism, when a young and brash Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy raised high his gaslight to accuse alleged communists and homosexuals beneath every governmental pillar.

Ancient Greek philosopher and pedagogue, Socrates, declared that the unexamined life is not worth living. This dictum relates not only to individuals examining themselves, but correlates to societies who fail to critically evaluate (or examine) the words and actions of their leaders, and in particular, those whom they elect supposedly to honestly and diligently represent their interests.

When anyone in positions of power violently rip children away from parents who are attempting to make a better life for their families, we the people must examine and intervene by speaking out to end the atrocities.

When anyone in positions of power fails miserably to prepare for an impending viral pandemic and continually spreads lies by downplaying its seriousness, we the people must examine and intervene by demanding truth and leadership from the scientific experts in the field.

According to The Washington Post, by July 9, 2020, Donald John Trump uttered 20,000 verifiable lies or misstatements since taking office on January 20, 2017.

At the second and final Presidential debate on October 22, 2020, Trumps mouth poured out a virtual tsunami of deceit and treachery flooding into the hall and over the airwaves. For example, according to Trump, we have done an incredible job environmentally, we have the cleanest air, the cleanest water, and the best carbon emission standards that weve seen in many, many years.

Well, Donald, tell that to the estimated 2 million U.S. residents, primarily people of color, who have limited or no access to clean water and sanitation.

Anyone can examine the Trump regimes actions against the environment and in favor of corporations to destroy the environment by eliminating 23 environmental protections in law, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act.

What the Frack has Trump done to our country and to the Earths environment?

Another of Trumps debate lies comes regarding immigrant children he dumped into cages. They are so well taken care of, he asserted. Theyre in facilities that were so clean.

This is blatant lie. Children were ripped from the arms of their vulnerable and frightened parents, and put into chain link cages as if they were chicken going to slaughter. They were forced to lay on damp concrete floors with only Mylar blankets to cover them. The U.S. government has been unable to locate the parents of an estimated 666 children, a higher number than the previously reported 545, thus making them virtual orphans.

Back at the debate, when his mic was turned back on, Trump asserted, I am the least racist person in the room. We all know that anyone who feels compelled to declare this is usually the most racist person in the room!

After examining ourselves and our society, it is obvious that Joe Bidens election will bring an end to the constant tsunami of lies and these harrowing 23-day weeks, among other things. With two more Senate seats up for grabs to complete the blue wave, we have the possibility to cleanse the country from the past four years of Trumpism.

Even Ann Coulter is elated that Trump has lost A second term of Trump would have killed us, she admits but not without calling for Trumpism without Trump from the right moving forward.

I fear, however, our PTSD Post Trump Stress Disorder will linger for many decades.

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Wave That Flag: Meet the Deadheads Who Stump for Trump – Variety

On the lawn of Jeff Whritenours house in Kinnelon, New Jersey, a sign reads, Presidents are temporary, the Grateful Dead is forever. A few feet away, a flag bearing the iconography of the Grateful Dead flies above a Trump 2020 banner. Passersby often pause for a double-take, no doubt questioning what many would perceive as conflicting messages. After all, the Dead were liberal, pot-smoking hippies of the San Francisco counterculture; musicians inspired by the LSD experience of the 1960s and the Beat Generation. These attributes arent what naturally comes to mind when thinking of Donald Trumps supporters but Whritenour doesnt see it that way.

Im not a big fan of the president, but at the end of the day, Trump is about individual freedom and so was the Dead, says the insurance claims consultant. His take, along with that of an unknown number of Trump-supporting Deadheads, is that the Grateful Deads philosophy was about individual liberties and not telling people what to do.

I aint buyin it, declares Dennis McNally, the Grateful Deads longtime publicist and author of A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead. McNally worked for the band from 1984 to 2004 and feels that the essence of the Grateful Deads music and its core members Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann is to be compassionate and tolerant. The capacity for people to compartmentalize their lives is infinite, and anyone who is serious about being a Deadhead and then supports Trump is more or less consciously overlooking the values that he espouses which are bigotry and cruelty.

The Deads lyrics are not a polemic, there is a lot of room for interpretation and disparate perceptions. Further, its difficult to identify a singular theme or collective Grateful Dead political philosophy. Most of their lyrics were written by Robert Hunter, a poet inspired by folk music whose words elicited no mundane meanings but rather formed an authentic journey into an old, ideal, adventurous storybook America. The Dead saw themselves as meta-political, playing concerts at anti-war protests but never supporting any political candidates. In fact, its rare that an original song by the Dead even reference a news event of its time. The Dead have no Ohio in their repertoire.

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That political agnosticism may in fact be what draws Republicans and libertarians to the band. Deroy Murdock, a political commentator and Fox News contributor, saw the Dead over 70 times and uses the song Liberty specifically Hunters lyric to find my own way home as evidence that the Deads values are inherently conservative. Murdock attended Dead shows in the 80s and 90s with other rightist commentators like Ann Coulter and Marc Caputo. The emphasis of individuality, self-expression, and patriotism is appealing to Trump supporters, says Murdock, who prefers to focus on the presidents policy record rather than his public demeanor. Yet, after over four years of nonstop coverage, late-night tweet storms, and questionable leadership, its hard not to focus on Trumps character. Murdock thinks that Garcia, the Deads somewhat reluctant leader, and Hunter would have found Trump amusing. They would have laughed at his antics.

Actually, Hunter is spinning in his grave, says McNally, who worked closely with the late lyricist and Garcia. Steve Silberman, a New York Times best-selling author who co-produced So Many Roads, a boxset of Grateful Dead music, says of Garcia: Could you imagine Jerry supporting a government kidnapping 500 children and losing their parents? I cant.

This isnt to say the band never took a political stance. In the summer of 1989, members of the Dead testified before Congress to raise awareness of deforestation in Malaysia. Garcia lit a cigarette in the non-smoking chamber before Representative Claudine Schneider, a Republican from Rhode Island, stated that her guess would be 90% of Deadheads did not vote. Garcia himself rarely voted, except as Silberman recounts, for Lyndon B. Johnson over Barry Goldwater in 1964. A few years later in 1993, Garcia stood in the oval office wearing sweatpants and sneakers as Vice President Al Gore explained the origins of the Resolute Desk, wearing a three-piece suit. We would have never gone to the White House if a Republican was in office, says McNally.

Garcias small acts of rebellion were indicative of a Grateful Dead philosophy that put great stock in freedom, autonomy, independence and not telling preaching to the population. Still his reasoning for being invested in the rainforest issue was: I am an earthling on this planet, pointing toward a spirit of caring that is at the core of the Deads philosophy.

Conservative Deadheads have gotten much more stupid and much more programmed, says Silberman, who fears civil war may be imminent with potential polling place violence on election day and Trumps continued spread of Covid-19-related misinformation. He, like countless others quarantined in their homes for months, has found himself returning to the comfort music of his youth, turning to the Deads melodies and sense of community for something more meaningful, as a place to be reborn at every show.

But Silberman also recalls shows in the 70s and 80s where he felt afraid to hold his boyfriends hand in public, worried about being gay-bashed by those in attendance. Homophobia and sexism ran in the Grateful Dead family, he says.

Murdock, who is a Black gay man, insists that the scene was inclusive. He also feels strongly that Trump is not a racist. If he were racist, he would not have ended mass incarceration, states Murdock, falsely, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

The issue at the heart of conservative Deadheads point of view is the desire for little to no government interference in their private lives. Offers Whritenour: We shouldnt focus on Trump the man, but instead the right to do what I want with my time, money, and life.

North Carolina newspaper editor Brian Clary, who attended Dead shows in the 80s and 90s, counters that the peace and love vibe does not square with Trump at all. If anything, he believes Trump-supporting Deadheads are misinterpreting the songs and the culture. The I got mine, you got yours philosophy that [Trumps] supporters are all about is the antithesis of the Grateful Dead.

Among the Deads guiding mantras is Garcias oft-sung line, Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world. And while Deadheads may not collectively agree on the greatest Dark Star jam or who was the bands best keyboardist, never mind politics, fans from all walks of life would endorse the fact that American has the right and duty to make their own decision on election day.

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Michael Gove’s Lobbyists at the Heart of White Nationalist Trumpworld – Byline Times

In the next part of this special Byline Times investigation, Nafeez Ahmed delves into a controversial Alt-Right event attended by key figures in a conservative lobbying group with Home Office funding to research Islamist militancy

In November 2017, both Douglas Murray and Dr Alan Mendoza of the prominent conservative think tank the Henry Jackson Society (HJS), spoke at the annual Restoration Weekend, organised by the David Horowitz Freedom Centre.

Held the year after Donald Trumps election, the 2017 Restoration Weekend was a key celebration of the success of Alt-Right nationalists. It was hosted by David Horowitz, who had spent years mentoring President Trumps senior advisor Stephen Miller, regarded as the driving force behind his administrations racist policies including the legal architecture of the Muslim ban.

An email leak revealed that Miller promoted white supremacist conspiracy theories to the Alt-Right publication Breitbart while forging close ties with its then executive chairman, Steve Bannon. In 2013, Bannon attended a Restoration Weekend event along with his Breitbart sponsors Robert and Rebekah Mercer and came up with the idea of installing a new leader into the conservative movement an outsider to shake things up.

Just six months before the 2017 Restoration Weekend, the HJSs executive director Dr Alan Mendoza invited the host David Horowitz onto his YouTube television show to discuss extremism on college campuses. After raising legitimate concerns about anti-Semitism in universities, Horowitz went on to claim that American Muslim student groups are little more than terrorist front groups orchestrated and funded by the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Mendoza nodded as he listened to Horowitzs claims, even though they have been debunked as Islamophobic conspiracy theory.

Horowitz has been described as a driving force of the anti-black movement. Just a week before the event attended by the HJS, Horowitz declared that the countrys only serious race war is against whites.

Many of the attendees joining Murray and Mendoza at the Restoration Weekend read like a Whos Who of Trumpworld white nationalists: the Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos; the shock-jock reporter Ann Coulter; and international counter-jihad icon Robert Spencer whose publication Jihad Watch was cited 162 times in a manifesto by neo-Nazi terrorist Anders Behring Breivik who killed more than 70 people in Norway in 2011.

Also present was the far-right British commentator Katie Hopkins, who told the conference that in the UK discrimination against whites is institutionalised and systemic. She was joined by James Damore, the engineer fired from Google after sending out an internal anti-diversity memo, claiming wrongly that biological causes explain the under-representation of women in tech.

Other speakers included Gavin McInnes, the founder of Proud Boys, a group designated as extremist by the FBI in 2018. McInnes has published anti-Semitic material and Holocaust denialism via the Canadian media organisation Rebel News and on his own personal platform. At the Restoration event, he began his talk by describing France as a weak country of homos and then boasted about how the Proud Boys regularly beat the crap out of anti-racism protestors using justifiable violence.

Another speaker was Trumps former deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka, previously Breitbarts national security editor. Forward magazine revealed Gorka to be a member of a Hungarian military order which collaborated with the Nazis by helping to deport thousands of Hungarian Jews to concentration camps in 1944. According to the American Jewish advocacy group, Bend the Arc, Gorka co-founded a far-right political party in Hungary with known anti-Semites and wrote several op-eds for Magyar Demokrata, a paper notable for publishing anti-Semitic articles.

These speakers had been announced well in advance of the event, but Mendoza and Murray attended anyway.

Douglas Murray first attended Horowitzs conference in 2011 the year he joined the HJS as an associate director.

His 2017 speech to the key figures around Donald Trump focused on ethnicity and concluded that Europe was in danger of becoming a swamp and a larger version of Mogadishu.

Drawing on his book The Strange Death of Europe, Murrays main theme was the danger of diversity in Europe resulting from the mass movement of foreigners from Asia and Africa into Europe going on for decades. He described ethnic minorities in Europe as different people who have simply walked into that continent.

He particularly singled out Indian and Sudanese people: The first person from, for instance, India to bring Indian cuisine into the UK does an interesting service, vims up the local cuisine. Its not the case that the next 100 Indians who come in, for instance, bring a hundred times more interesting cuisine.

Its not the case that the first Sudanese poet who enters the UK massively brings interest, and that the next 1,000 people who come in from Sudan continue to just bring ever richer versions of the poetry of Sudan.

He then suggested that a wider range of cuisines in Europe due to immigration would be offset with more gang-rape and beheading.

Murray described Europes ethnic minority communities as fundamentally different people whose presence on the continent means it is no longer the same. Europes Muslim minority would, in particular, be very hard to digest compared to other minorities.

He concluded that Europe is committing suicide, or at least its leaders have decided to commit suicide and warned that they were in danger of passing on something like a large version of Mogadishu to the next generation.

Murray observed: Its in the balance there in Britain as it is here. But in the years ahead were all going to be walking through the same swamp.

His speech to the Trumpworld luminaries was the culmination of Murrays previous thinking. In 2013, for instance, he complained about white Britons being abolished due to too many ethnic minorities in London. As Byline Times reported, Murray has previously endorsed a ban on immigration from Muslim countries and, three months before the Trump campaign announced its Muslim ban, Murray told Frank Gaffney (the man cited by the Trump team to justify the policy) that such a measure could be the solution to the Muslim demographic time-bomb.

At this point, the Henry Jackson Society began receiving funding from the UK Home Office for research on Islamist militancy.

From 2015 to 2017 the same year that the HJS attended the Restoration Weekend the Home Office paid more than 80,000 to the organisation to produce research on Islamist extremism, according to the investigative journalism outlet Declassified.

In 2018, the HJS had a staffer working in the office of then Home Secretary Sajid Javid and, since then, the group has influenced a range of Boris Johnsons foreign policies.

In the year they attended the Restoration Weekend, Murray and Mendoza worked closely with the current Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove who is not only a founding signatory to the HJS statement of principles, but from January to June 2017 was a director at the HJS.

In 2016, the HJS paid Gove 2,764 for a visit to New York. A year later, it paid him 492 for a trip to Washington DC to meet Trump administration officials, Congressional representatives and NGOs.

HJS staff have played key roles in influencing the highest levels of Government policy under Johnson, fed into the UKs counter-extremism strategy, and liaised with the Metropolitan Police.

The Cabinet Office, Michael Gove, Douglas Murray and the Henry Jackson Society were contacted for comment. Gove was asked whether he agreed with the HJS participation in the network of white nationalists, and the comments made by his former colleague Murray. No responses were provided.

As Byline Times will report in Part 4 of this special investigation, the influence of the HJS raises serious concerns about the use of a registered charity as a lobbying front for foreign interests, in light of new evidence of its corporate structure and funding.

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US election: How to watch the vote and what to look out for – City A.M.

Theres now just a day to go before Americans head to the polls for the US presidential election 2020.

While Joe Biden is currently leading the polls against Donald Trump, its far from certain who will emerge victorious, with Covid-19 and the use of early and mail-in voting adding to the uncertainty.

Americans will vote tomorrow, but much of the coverage and potentially the results will take place in the early hours of the morning UK time on Wednesday 4 November.

So if youre planning to pull an all-nighter to watch the drama unfold, heres where you can watch all the action.

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If you want to watch UK coverage of the big night, heres whats on offer from some of the main broadcasters:

BBC

BBC One and BBC News will be airing an election night special from 11.30pm with Andrew Neil and Katty Kay.

Kay will be broadcasting from Washington, while Neil will be providing interviews and analysis from London. Its the second time the two hosts have paired up after co-presenting the 2016 election.

The programme will run through until 9am on Wednesday morning, when the coverage will be handed over to other presenters.

ITV

ITV will also be airing an election special, called Trump vs Biden: The Results, from 11pm until 6am.

The programme will be hosted by lead presenter Tom Brady in Washington. He will be supported by Washington correspondent Robert Moore and US political analyst Dr. Keneshia Grant, while Julie Etchingham will report live from the swing state of Florida.

ITV said it will provide analysis from top political figures and commentators, including Anthony Scaramucci, Ann Coulter and Martin Luther King III.

Sky

Sky News special programme, dubbed America Decides, will be broadcast from Washington from 10pm into Wednesday morning.

The show will be anchored by Dermot Murnaghan, while US correspondent Cordelia Lynch, former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman and the former British Ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch will also feature.

Sky said its coverage will be complemented by an augmented reality setup at its London headquarters, which will allow viewers to visualise the race as votes are counted.

If youd rather watch US coverage of the election, there are some options available to viewers in the UK.

Earlier this year CNN made its channel available to stream live in the UK, meaning all Brits can follow the drama as it happens. The channel is also available to Sky and Freesat customers.

Sky and Freesat customers can also tune into CNBC, whose coverage will kick off at midnight with a special edition of The News with Shepard Smith.

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Polls will close at different times across the US, with the last closing at 2am local time.

The high number of postal votes in this years election means the final results of the election may not be known until some time after voters have been to the polls.

However, all eyes will be on key swing states to give an idea of which way the vote is going, and US media will call a result when a majority of votes are in.

Heres an overview of when some of the major results might come through UK time:

11.30pm: Polls close in North Carolina, with results expected immediately due to the high number of mail-in voters

12am: Initial results are expected in the key swing state of Florida

1am: Polls close in Minnesota, with initial results expected soon after

3am: Initial results expected from Arizona

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As It Were: Voter suppression is alive and well in the United States – Daily Trojan Online

I once had a teacher that said something along the lines of, There is no excuse not to vote in this country. He definitely knew that limitations to voting exist for non-citizens, felons and mentally incapacitated (the latter two dependent on ones state), but what he meant was that anybody eligible to vote can. If not overly circular, that is a true statement; anybody who can vote can vote.

That being said the statement is uncharitable and ignorant of the reality of voter suppression in this country. American voter suppression is the same age as this country. There have been voter suppression highs (the Jim Crow South) and lows (the years following implementation of the Voting Rights Act), but its always been present. Since the Supreme Courts 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder invalidating sections four and five of the Voting Rights Act, which required state and local governments with a history of voter discrimination to preclear any changes to their voting laws or practices, voter suppression has been steadily approaching a new peak.

The face of voter suppression has changed throughout the years. The poll taxes, literacy tests and record-keeping requirements of the Jim Crow South have been replaced with voter-roll purges, cuts to early voting, poll closures and voter ID laws. The rise in voter suppression is found particularly in the South and Republican-led swing states and its consequences, while hard to exactly quantify, have been palpable.

Perhaps the man who most personified this shift of voter suppression tactics is Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. Kemp is a descendant of a once politically and economically prominent (and slave-owning) Georgia family that all but lost relevance in the years following the abolition of slavery. The would-be scion entered state politics in 2003 and was later appointed Georgia Secretary of State, before winning the statewide office as an incumbent.

In the eight years he served before his infamous election to the Governors office, he was responsible for purging nearly 1.5 million Georgians from the voter rolls, half of which were purged in the two years immediately preceding his gubernatorial election. Over the same time period, more than 200 polling places were shuttered, doubling Georgians average distance to the polls, especially hard hit were Black and low-income communities populations that would have been more inclined to vote for Kemps competitor, Stacy Abrams. And as if those two barriers were not enough, Kemp also implemented burdensome voter ID laws, proof of citizenship requirements, and cuts to early voting.

A report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and verified by multiple non-partisan statistics experts, concluded that without Kemps closure and relocation of voting places, an estimated 54,000-85,000 more Georgians would have participated in the election. Kemp won by 54,723 votes.

These problems are not unique to Georgia or Kemp since Shelby County v. Holder, thousands of polling stations have closed across the South. In fact, Georgia is only third on the list of the worst-offending states.

In Texas, which is already ranked the hardest state to vote in by researchers at Northern Illinois University, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott recently limited counties to one absentee ballot dropoff locations, irrespective of size or population, a move that will hurt the most-populous counties that tend to vote Democratic. With the same intention, he exempted polling places from his statewide mask order a truly indefensible order designed to intimidate the most vulnerable Texans.

Voter suppression, in its current iteration, is the manifestation of the last gasps of a dying Republican Party that has nothing to stand for. A Republican Party that, even excluding its current leader, is increasingly populated by figures that are more than willing to buck democracy in order to obtain and maintain power.

In the run up to the 2016 election, mainstream Republican commentator Ann Coulter used a tweet to muse about a hypothetical grandfather clause, writing that If only people with at least 4 grandparents born in America were voting, Trump would win in a 50-state landslide. Earlier this month, perpetually unprovoked Utah Sen. Mike Lee hopped on Twitter to declare that Were not a democracy, a claim he qualified exactly five hours later with the not-quite-less-bizarre tweet Democracy isnt the objective; liberty, peace, and prospefity [prosperity] are. We want the human condition to flourish. Rank democracy can thwart that.

To Republican leadership, the purpose of our democracy is to ensure the continued existence of the Republican Party and that continued existence is more important than democracy itself. It is with this ethos that they are emboldened to brazenly suppress voters and push an explicitly anti-democratic (note the lowercase D) agenda when it comes to statehood for Washington D.C., redistricting and, above all, voting.

The Republican Party is coordinated, from county clerk to president to the Supreme Court, in their quest to suppress the vote. The evidence is clear as day and this knowledge is critical in the fight against voter suppression. As Vann R. Newkirk II wrote in The Atlantic, The true nature of voter suppression as an accumulation of everyday annoyances, legal barriers, and confusion has come into full view. Today, voter suppression is a labyrinth, not a wall.

Understanding this doesnt change the fact that virtually anyone eligible to vote can, with enormous effort, vote, but it acknowledges the real challenges faced by millions of Americans around the country as they attempt to surmount voter suppression from the hands of their so-called leaders to accomplish our most basic civic duty. This election, Im voting for capital D Democrats for lowercase D democracy.

Michael Mikail is a senior writing about race, culture and politics. His column, As It Were, runs every other Wednesday.

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64 things President Trump has said about women – The Week

Here are 64 more things Donald Trump has said about women since becoming president of the United States.

On women, generally

1. "I actually like women much more than I like men, I have to say." [Sept. 19, 2020]

On Kamala Harris, the first woman of color on a major-party presidential ticket

2. "The meanest, the most horrible, most disrespectful of anybody in the U.S. Senate." [Aug. 11, 2020]

3. "Extraordinarily nasty" [Aug. 11, 2020]

4. "A mad woman" [Aug. 13, 2020]

5. "An insult to our country" [Sept. 8, 2020]

6. "This monster that was onstage with Mike Pence." [Oct. 8, 2020]

On the progressive "Squad" of Democratic congresswomen

7. "Go back" to "the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came." [July 14, 2019]

8. "A Nightmare for America!" [July 23, 2019]

On Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democratic congresswoman

9. "A wack job" [Oct. 3, 2019]

10. "This is not even a smart person, other than she's got a good line of stuff. I mean, she goes out and she yaps." [Aug. 13, 2020]

On Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democratic congresswoman and Somali refugee

11. "She is somebody that doesn't really understand life, real life." [April 16, 2019]

12. "Foul Mouthed" [July 19, 2019]

13. "She's telling us how to run our country. How did you do where you came from? How is your country doing?" [Sept. 22, 2020]

On Michelle Obama, former first lady

14. "She's in over her head." [Aug. 17, 2020]

On Muriel Bowser, mayor of the District of Columbia

15. "Incompetent" [June 5, 2020]

On Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Democratic senator

16. "Lightweight" [Dec. 12, 2017]

On Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democratic senator

17. "If I can test her [DNA] personally That will not be something that I enjoy doing." [Oct. 15, 2018]

18. "She opened that fresh mouth of hers." [Dec. 10, 2019]

19. "She is a very mean person and people don't like her." [March 6, 2020]

On Maxine Waters, California Democratic congresswoman

20. "Crazy ranting and raving." [July 3, 2018]

Frederica Wilson, Florida Democratic congresswoman

21. "Wacky" [Oct. 22, 2017]

On Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House

22. "Stone-cold crazy" [Aug. 13, 2020]

23. "Crazy as a bedbug" [Oct. 26, 2020]

On Gretchen Whitmer, Democratic governor of Michigan

24. "Your Governor, Gretchen 'Half' Whitmer, is way in over her head, she doesn't have a clue." [March 27, 2020]

25. "Don't call the woman in Michigan." [April 2, 2020]

On Mika Brzezinski, Morning Joe co-host

26. "Dumb as a rock" [July 1, 2017]

27. "Crazed" [Dec. 13, 2018]

28. "Wacky" [May 26, 2020]

29. "Ditzy airhead" [Aug. 13, 2020]

On April Ryan, CNN political correspondent

30. "Sit down." [Nov. 7, 2018]

31. "You talk about somebody that's a loser. She doesn't know what the hell she's doing. She gets publicity, and then she gets a pay raise. ... She's very nasty, and she shouldn't be." [Nov. 9, 2018]

Cecilia Vega, senior White House correspondent for ABC News

32. "I know you're not thinking, you never do." [Oct. 1, 2018]

Kristin Fisher, Fox News correspondent

33. "You should say, 'Congratulations, great job,' instead of being so horrid in the way you ask a question." [April 6, 2020]

On Yamiche Alcindor, reporter for PBS NewsHour

34. "Look, let me tell you something. Be nice. Don't be threatening. Be nice." [March 30, 2020]

On Abby Phillip, CNN White House correspondent

35. "What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question. But I watch you a lot, and you ask a lot of stupid questions." [Nov. 9, 2018]

On Maggie Haberman, White House correspondent for The New York Times

36. "A third rate reporter" [March 11, 2018]

On Sarah Jeong, member of The New York Times editorial board from 2018 to 2019

37. "Disgusting" [Aug. 19, 2018]

On Weijia Jiang, CBS News journalist

38. "You ought to be ashamed of yourself [you] asked your question in a very nasty tone." [April 3, 2020]

On Omarosa Manigault-Newman, former Apprentice contestant and White House political aide

39. "She was vicious, but not smart." [Aug. 13, 2018]

40. "Wacky and Deranged" [Aug. 13, 2019]

41. "Disgusting and foul-mouthed" [Aug. 31, 2019]

On Ann Coulter, right-wing pundit

42. "Wacky Nut Job" [March 9, 2019]

On suburban women

43. "Housewives" [Oct. 15, 2020]

On Carmen Yuln Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico

44. "Crazed and incompetent" [April 1, 2019]

45. "A despicable and incompetent person who I wouldn't trust under any circumstance." [July 18, 2019]

On Theresa May, former British prime minister

46. "A fool" and "spineless" [June 30, 2020]

On Angela Merkel, German chancellor

47. "Stupid" [June 29, 2020]

On Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

48. "I said, 'Why are you being so kind [to Yovanovitch]?' 'Well, sir, she's a woman. We have to be nice.'" [Nov. 22, 2019]

49. "This was not an angel, this woman, okay? I just want to let you know, this was not a baby that we're dealing with." [Nov. 22, 2019]

On Oprah Winfrey

50. "Very insecure" [Feb. 18, 2018]

On Michelle Wolf, comedian

51. "Filthy" [April 29, 2018]

Samantha Bee, comedian

52. "No talent" [June 1, 2018]

On Melania Trump, first lady

53. "So I had a choice. 'Do we have no food for [the Clemson Tigers' visit to the White House after their College Football National Championship]? 'Cause we have a shutdown. Or do we give you some little quick salads that the first lady will make along with the second lady?" [Jan. 14, 2019]

54. "[Rep. Steve Scalise's wife] cried her eyes out when I met her at the hospital that fateful day I mean not many wives would react that way to tragedy, I know mine wouldn't." [Oct. 31, 2019]

On Hope Hicks, a senior counselor to Trump who contracted COVID-19

55. "It's very, very hard when you are with people from the military or law enforcement, and they come over to you, and they want to hug you, and they want to kiss you, because we really have done a good job for them. And you get close and things happen. I was surprised to hear with Hope, but she's a very warm person with them." [Oct. 1, 2020]

On Savannah Guthrie, Today co-anchor and town hall moderator

56. "They asked me if I'd do it, I figured, 'What the hell? We get a free hour on television.' And we got Savannah Guthrie. She's always lovely, isn't she?" [Oct. 15, 2020]

57. "Totally crazy" [Oct. 16, 2020]

58. "This Savannah Guthrie, who is just terrible. She was coming out of her chair. She was crazed." [Oct. 26, 2020]

On Lesley Stahl, reporter for 60 Minutes and presidential debate moderator

59. "So hostile to me." [Oct. 26, 2020]

On Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Trump-appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault and attempted rape

60. "If the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed." [Sept. 21, 2018]

61. "I evened the playing field [by mocking her accusations]." [Oct. 7, 2018]

On E. Jean Carroll, a writer who accused Trump of raping her in a department store in the 1990s

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