“In the final analysis, what we want is an executive order that will meet the scrutiny of the judicial process,” said Blackwell. “If there is no executive order, that will disappoint [social conservatives]. But a good executive order will not. So we’re still in the process.” The order, in essence a license for people to discriminate against LGBT people, could permit people working at any business or organization—including government officials—to refuse to serve someone solely based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
TRUMP WATCH DAILY DIGEST
We count the days to ensure that they’re numbered!
Day 43, “Another One Bites The Dust”
1. ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS is in the hot seat after explosive allegations contained in a Washington Post article this week revealed he had twice made contact with Russian ambassadors while a surrogate of the Trump campaign, despite affirmatively denying such contact in his Senate Confirmation Hearings. He has recused himself, but Congressional Democrats are asking for his resignation.
An apt summary from HuffPost:
SESSIONS REC– USES HIMSELF FROM INVESTIGATIONS INTO 2016 CAMPAIGN, TIES WITH RUSSIA Bowing to bipartisan pressure following news that Sessions had met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice in 2016 after telling the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath that he hadn’t had any communications with Russians. Sen. Al Franken, who asked the Russia question in Sessions’ hearing, wants to know why he didn’t come clean earlier. President Donald Trump said he had “total” confidence in Sessions. Here are four ways Congress could investigate potential Russian election meddling. And check out this timeline of Sessions’ meetings with Kislyak, a list of other administrative officials who have met with him, as well as an explainer on just who the Russian ambassador is.
2. MIKE PENCE: YOU’VE GOT MAIL
Speaking of Pence, his hypocrisy reached new heights this week — after calling for Hillary Clinton to face justice over her use of private email, it appears he has used an AOL account for official business as well…even after his first one was hacked.
3. NO, DONALD TRUMP’S ADDRESS TO CONGRESS WAS NOT PRESIDENTIAL
Our very own Alex Mohajer takes to task the media pundits who praised Donald Trump‘s address to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday. The piece was featured on Huffington Post’s Politics page and was inspired by a Twitter thread that went viral.
[THREAD] Just to be clear, the American news media is normalizing Donald Trump by hailing his speech tonight as presidential and impressive. pic.twitter.com/jFQFuRjvct
4. ANTI-LGBT EXECUTIVE ORDER STILL IN THE WORKS
Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell who served as domestic policy chair of President Trump’s transition team, said in an interview with Huffington Post Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile that the so-called “religious freedom” order is being redrafted because the original version was considered too vulnerable to legal challenges.