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President Trump launched his campaign for reelection at a rally in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday night. As the MAGA spirit revved the crowd’s excitement, people began chanting “CNN sucks,” prompting the network to cut away during the coverage.

“CNN cut away from its coverage of President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign kickoff Tuesday night shortly after he spurred the crowd to chant ‘CNN sucks,'” reports The Hill. “Just minutes into his rally speech Tuesday at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., Trump referred to his 2015 campaign announcement as ‘a defining moment in American history’ adding to ‘ask them right there’ as he pointed to the media covering the event.”

At that point, the crowd chanted the infamous “CNN sucks” amid a mixture of boos. Typical of the president, he used the moment for a bit of fun.

“By the way, that is a lot of fake news back there,” the president said, prompting cheers from the audience. “You know what I say, the amount of press we have tonight reminds me of the Academy Awards before it went political and their ratings went down the tubes.”

At that moment, after only six minutes of broadcasting, CNN cut away to John Berman as the president’s voice faded into the background.

“All right. We’ve been watching the president kick off his reelection bid. He’s been on stage for about six minutes. Within two minutes he did talk about the economy, but within four minutes it was attacks on the media,” John Berman said. “So, he was talking about a bright rosy future but then quickly reverted to some of the same themes he has been talking about since he began running for president.”

The chant “CNN Sucks!” and attacks on the media in general have become a staple of Trump rallies ever since the 2016 election. On several occasions, Trump’s critics, such as CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, have cited the moment as an example of President Trump’s alleged “dangerous” war with the media.

“Just a sample of the sad scene we faced at the Trump rally in Tampa. I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans this way. The press is not the enemy,” Acosta said in 2018 after Trump supporters mocked him with chants of “CNN sucks.”

Later, reporters pressed the White House to demand that Trump supporters stop disrespectfully chanting “CNN sucks” at rallies, arguing that it could inspire violence. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave them zero leeway.

“Is the White House willing to say right now, in view of what happened with one of our TV colleagues last night, that it is wrong for his most vocal supporters to be menacing towards journalists doing their job in a situation like that or any situation?” The Daily Mail’s David Martosko asked Sanders at the time.

“We fully support a free press,” Sanders said. “There also comes a high level of responsibility with that. The media routinely reports on classified information and government secrets that put lives in danger and risk valuable national security tools … While we certainly support freedom of the press, we also support freedom of speech. And we think those things go hand in hand.”

Author: Paul Bois

Source: Daily Wire: WATCH: CNN Cuts Away When Trump Crowd Chants ‘CNN Sucks’

“The U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia…”

It seems that the Trump administration is not treating LGBTQ pride as an extension of the United States and has barred several overseas embassies from waving the rainbow flag in concert with the American flag during Pride Month, reports NBC News.

Three American diplomats reportedly told the outlet that the Trump administration has expressly denied their request to wave the rainbow flag during the month of June.

“The U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have requested permission from Trump’s State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles and have been denied, diplomats said,” reports NBC News. “Although the pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds, including inside embassies and on exterior walls, the decision not to allow it on the official flagpole stands in contrast to President Donald Trump’s claim to be a leader in supporting LGBTQ rights overseas.”

As to why the Trump administration has denied the request remains to be seen, though speculation is it sees LGBT rights and pride as two separate issues. For instance, the administration’s recent call to decriminalize homosexuality in countries such as Iran stems from an ideological impulse to see individuals treated with dignity and respect, which makes it a U.S. diplomatic endeavor, not an LGBT endeavor. It would be as if the embassies were to suddenly put crucifixes on the front lawns to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians.

That being said, the Trump administration has only barred the pride flag for being placed on the flagpole alongside the U.S. flag, not on embassy grounds. Openly gay ambassador Richard Grenell of Germany told NBC News in a statement that the rainbow flag will be present in the Berlin Embassy.

“The President’s recognition of Pride Month and his tweet encouraging our decriminalization campaign gives me even more pride to once again march in the Berlin Pride parade, hang a huge banner on the side of the Embassy recognizing our pride, host multiple events at the Embassy and the residence, and fly the gay pride flag,” Grenell said.

The U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, will also be displaying the rainbow flag on the side of the building, not in concert with the American flag on the flagpole.

President Trump also formally recognized Pride Month this year by reiterating his administration’s position on decriminalizing homosexuality in other countries.

“As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals,” the president tweeted earlier this week.

In 2018, the GOP even introduced a bill in the U.S. House seeking to bar the rainbow flag from being displayed in concert with the American flag on U.S. Embassies. Contrary to initial reports, the bill did not single out LGBT flags and simply banned any flag that was not Old Glory.

“The United States flag is the single greatest symbol of freedom the world has ever known, and there’s no reason for anything but Old Glory to be flying over our embassies and posts around the globe,” Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) said at the time.

Author: Paul Bois

Source: Daily Wire: REPORT: Trump Admin Says No To Flying Pride Flags On U.S. Embassy Flagpoles

“America will be a nation that believes forever…”

Earlier this week, while speaking before over 100 religious leaders at the National Day of Prayer dinner, President Donald Trump said prayer is the most powerful thing people can do, vowing that the United States would be a country that holds the practice in high esteem.

“America will be a nation that believes forever, and we certainly believe – more than anyone – the power of prayer,” Trump said at the dinner, according to LifeSiteNews. “It’s the most powerful thing there is.”

Christians, Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, and Hindus were all in attendance at the dinner. The president called it a moment of unity due to their shared love of God. “Tonight we break bread together united by our love of God, and we renew our resolve to protect the sacred freedom of religion – all of us,” he said.

As noted by CBN, Trump also pointed out the spate of anti-religious hate crimes that have erupted recently against Christians overseas and Jews on American soil.

“All of us in this room send our love and prayers to the Jewish Americans wounded at the Chabad of Poway shooting in California,” said the president. “And our hearts break for the life of Laurie Gilbert-Kaye who was so wickedly taken from us.”

“We mourn for the Christians murdered in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday and grieve for the Muslims murdered at their mosques in New Zealand,” he added. “Here at home, we also remember the three historically black churches burned recently in Louisiana and the horrific shooting last year at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.”

This is not the first time Trump has praised the power of prayer. Last year, he said on the National Day of Prayer that the practice “changes hearts and transforms lives.”

“Our country was founded on prayer,” Trump said in 2018. “Our communities are sustained on prayer and our nation will be renewed by hard work, a lot of intelligence, and prayer.”

The president’s praise of prayer came on the very same day his administration expanded conscience protections for health care workers, protecting doctors from the government forcing them to perform services against their religious beliefs, such as abortions. He touted this accomplishment at the National Day of Prayer Dinner.

“Just today we finalized new protections of conscience rights for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students and faith-based charities,” Trump said. “They’ve been wanting to do that for a long time.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) denounced the new measure as a license to discriminate. “Religious liberty is a fundamental right, but it doesn’t include the right to discriminate or harm others,” Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the ACLU said in a statement. “This rule threatens to prevent people from accessing critical medical care and may endanger people’s lives. … Medical standards, not religious belief, should guide medical care.”

The Human Rights Campaign also denounced the new rule, arguing it would put LGBTQ patients at greater risk. “The administration’s decision puts LGBTQ people at greater risk of being denied necessary and appropriate health care solely based on their sexual orientation or gender identity,” HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy said in a statement. “Everyone deserves access to medically necessary care and should never be turned away because of who they are or who they love.”

Author: Paul Bois

Source: Dailywire: Trump: Prayer ‘Most Powerful Thing There Is’

“It is one of the great treasures of the world”

The horrific fire that has engulfed the glorious Notre Dame cathedral in Paris has hushed the world into silence as people wrestle with the reality that one of the West’s greatest monuments to God may burn to ash. Leaders from across the world have delivered gestures of solidarity to the French people, from the Vatican itself to President Trump.

As the news broke Monday, the president issued a tweet expressing the shock that many people felt as the news broke.

“So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!” Trump wrote.

Various others had expressed similar sentiment on social media. Unfortunately, flying water tankers would likely make the situation worse due to the building’s structure, according to the French Civil Defense agency.

“The drop of water by air on this type of building could indeed result in the collapse of the entire structure,” the agency said in French, according to NBC News. “Alongside those … who are currently doing the maximum to save #NotreDame.”

“Helicopter or airplane, the weight of the water and the intensity of the drop at low altitude could indeed weaken the structure of Notre-Dame and result in collateral damage to the buildings in the vicinity,” the agency added.

Later, President Trump delivered a message on the fire during a tax roundtable in Minnesota in which he referred to the cathedral as “greater than almost any museum in the world.”

I’ve been in communication with France. They’re having a terrible, terrible fire that you probably saw — some of you have heard, some of you have not because you’ve been here — but I will tell you the fire they’re having at the Notre Dame cathedral is something like few people have witnessed. When we left, we had a whole group of your great representatives, and when we left [Air Force One] it was burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burn.

It is one of the great treasures of the world, the greatest arts in the world. If you think about it, it might be greater than almost any museum in the world and it is burning very badly. It looks like it is burning to the ground. So, so, that puts a damper on what we’re about to say, to be honest, because that is beyond countries, it is beyond anything. That is part of our growing up, it is a part of our culture, it is part of our lives. That is a truly great cathedral, and I’ve been there, and I’ve seen it, and there is no cathedral, I think, like it. It is a terrible scene.

And they think it was caused by — at this moment, they don’t know. But they think it was caused by renovation, and I hope that’s the reason. Renovation, what’s that all about?

It is a terrible sight to behold.

The Vatican later issued a statement on the tragedy expressing “sadness” over the fire, calling on all Catholics to join in solidarity. “The Holy See has seen with shock and sadness the news of the terrible fire that has devastated the Cathedral of Notre Dame, symbol of Christianity in France and in the world,” said the Holy See.

Author: Paul Bois

Source: Dailywire: WATCH: President Trump Delivers Message On Notre Dame Fire: ‘Greater Than Almost Any Museum In The World’

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