Our friend John Becker writes on Facebook (reprinted here with permission):
SHAME -- The chants of "lock her up!" from the delegates and speakers at this week's Republican National Convention are disgraceful and baseless and chilling enough, but now we have a surrogate for and adviser to Donald Trump going even further: he's calling for Hillary Clinton's execution.
That's right, they're calling for the execution of their political opponents now. That's something that happens in dictatorships, not democracies.
Republican friends, let me be perfectly clear: if you do not immediately, explicitly, unequivocally, and loudly condemn and repudiate this hateful ugliness, you are tacitly condoning your party's dangerous slide into the evils of authoritarian fascism. Period.
There can be no hedging on this, no sitting on fences. How you choose to respond will reveal whose side you are on. I'll be watching.
So the fascist rally broadcast from Cleveland Monday night included plagiarized material from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech, music from Freddie Mercury, and America portrayed as a crime-ridden hellscape when crime is down and the economy has significantly improved over the last Republican administration. Even with the sound muted, Rudy Giuliani looked like a madman. The prospective First Lady, aside from being given stolen material to read, showed herself to have a weaker command of English than many of the other immigrants whom her husband attacks. The Democratic candidate was condemned over Benghazi despite nine investigations having found nothing on her, demonstrating again that we are in a post-factual age. What we did not see were policy proposals. Just appeals to the mob.
On Tuesday evening, I could not bear to un-mute my TV to hear what Jeff Sessions was saying in his nomination speech for Trump, but he was grinning like an idiot. One of Donald Trump's sons said, "He will be a great father to this nation." Pardon me, but that is not the job he is running for. One speaker said, "Experience counts." Who was he talking about? Certainly not the Republican presidential nominee.
MSNBC cut into a speech by the president of Standard Waterproofing (seriously, that is typical of their lineup) so Chris Matthews could interview Giuliani. What a painful choice that must have been. They should have interviewed someone with diarrhea from the norovirus that's going around the convention. That would have been more interesting.
Seriously, Uncle Ben last night linked Hillary Clinton to Lucifer. What a sad spectacle he has made of himself, wrecking a once-shining reputation. But keep talking, Doctor. Don't pivot to the general election. Keep the crazy on display.
The Tina Fey of 2016 has emerged, and it is our best girl, @LauraBenanti. Now I have something to look forward to during the rest of this campaign. Brava, Laura. You nailed it. My favorite moment is her squinting at the teleprompter.
Bravo to Jarrett Hill, who just improved his chances of a job offer to return to journalism. On a selfish note, I hope it is in broadcasting, considering how easy he is on the eyes.
Pamela Geller? Geert Wilders? Fine company you are keeping, Chris Barron.
I am appalled to say this, but I entirely agree with Jamie Kirchick, who by the way is not just a conservative, but an outspoken one.
Impressive performances by both President Obama and Secretary Clinton in their first campaign appearance together this year.
Naturally, Trump quickly said it's rigged. Yawn.
Hillary Clinton was hoarse from a heavy speaking schedule when she told this story about the letter George H.W. Bush left for her husband in the Oval Office in January 1993. It speaks to something essential that we have lost, and must get back.
My latest column in the Washington Blade looks at Britain's #Brexit debacle and its implications for the American presidential election. [Note: since I filed the article just before noon on Monday, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn suffered a no-confidence vote from his party members in Parliament, and #Brexit leader Boris Johnson said he would not be a candidate to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister and Tory Party leader. Also, Trump suffered further in polls, even as he was attacking the Chamber of Commerce.]
Early reports indicate that British voters have decided not to leave the European Union. I always knew it wouldn't be in summer.
The song at the end is especially endearing.
Meanwhile, on a wooden deck beside woods, one of Bernie's smarter supporters torches her Elizabeth Warren t-shirt. Just the latest example of the odd tendency of arsonists to burn down their own neighborhoods.
Thank you, Mr. President. #ImWithHer
An excellent speech by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
At a town hall in Elkhart, Indiana with PBS NewsHour, President Obama responds straightforwardly and lucidly to a gun owner who thinks he and Hillary want to take away everyone's guns.
Sondheim's most beloved song, sung by his greatest interpreter. Its rueful tone, rather than fear, seems to fit this absurd election year:
Isn't it rich? Are they a pair?
Hillary's feet on the ground,
Trump in midair?
Where are the clowns?
I was going to agree with this criticism, and it will do me no shred of good not to, but on reflection I think too much is being made of this. I myself (echoed by my GLAA colleagues) called for legalizing sex work eight years ago, which is one of the questions in the 15-page questionnaire; but Hillary is in a race against Trump with grave implications for our country, and must pick her battles. Anyone who doubts her commitment to trans equality should check out the positions page at Trans Equality for Hillary.
Vince Gray tangles with the Washington Post ed board over Ward 7 endorsement https://t.co/rz96M7t3PX— Will Sommer (@willsommer) May 23, 2016
The Washington Post has endorsed Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander based on the five-year campaign against Vince Gray by the U.S. Attorney that came up empty. Indeed, the Post concedes, "Mr. Gray is right about Ms. Alexander’s disappointing performance and about his own deep experience." The supposed endorsement of Alexander hardly mentions her.
As usual, I held back from expressing my personal preferences until after GLAA finished its evaluation of candidates. That was done two weeks ago. Here is my personal view: Vince Gray is head and shoulders above the competition. That being said, GLAA gave due credit to Councilmember Alexander for her good work, including her improvement during the past four years, as can be seen in GLAA's news release on our primary ratings.
Former Mayor Gray earned a +10 rating from GLAA (compared to Alexander's +5.5), as well as the endorsement of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club (with 70 percent of the vote on the first ballot). Gray's GLAA questionnaire response sets the standard in this election cycle for thoroughness and understanding stemming from his experience and commitment on LGBT issues.
Here is my 2014 citation for GLAA's special Distinguished Service Award to then-Mayor Gray. The list of accomplishments is a long one.
To be clear, GLAA does not endorse candidates in partisan races. I am just giving you my personal opinion when I encourage Ward 7 voters to support this experienced and effective public servant, Vincent C. Gray. Personally I like Yvette Alexander, and I appreciate her growth in office. But on the range of issues that are my focus, Vince Gray is simply the best candidate in the race.
Cornel West: Trump is a “narcissistic neo-fascist in the making”; Clinton is a hawkish “milquetoast neoliberal” https://t.co/m2iOw6VsMS— Salon.com (@Salon) May 24, 2016
Intellectual huckster Cornel West, who is big on Bernie, with his latest. How can someone be both hawkish and milquetoast? Oh never mind.