Gloria Allred Threatens to Sue Trump Over Trans Pageant Contestant; Trump Threatens to Display His Genitals: VIDEO
Attorney Gloria Allred appeared with Jenna Talackova, the Miss Universe Canada contestant who was disqualified last week from competing in the Miss Universe pageant (the decision was reversed but it's not clear if Talackova will compete).
Allred said that Talackova is considering suing the pageant, People reports:
"Mr. Trump's statement fails to state that the rule that only naturally-born women will be allowed to compete will be eliminated," Allred said. "Otherwise, we are considering all of Jenna's legal options."
"Jenna entered this competition and gave the pageant her time, her best efforts and her money. She did not think for one moment that what she might have looked like at birth would be relevant. She did not ask Mr. Trump to prove that he is a naturally-born man, or to see the photos of his birth, to view his anatomy, to prove that he was male. It made no difference to her. Why should it have made a difference to him?"
Donald Trump responded by calling TMZ and telling them that Allred would be very impressed with his genitalia, and that he "couldn't care less" if Talackova competed.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Last week I showed a preview for last Friday's ABC News What Would You Do? which featured a pair of children being harassed by a couple of bullies in a restaurant because their parents are gay.
Patrons in the restaurant don't hesitate to react to the situation.
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Legal Director for HRC Brian Moulton and former White House advisor Van Jones joined MSNBC's Alex Wagner to talk about the GOP backing off of same-sex marriage as an issue, and whether or not Obama will come out for marriage equality under pressure from Democrats and LGBT rights groups.
Former White House advisor Van Jones talked about the President's position with relation to Obama's African-American base:
“I think if President Obama came out as gay he wouldn’t...President Obama is not going to lose the black vote no matter what he does. I don’t understand this particular strategy. Certainly, our numbers are a little bit more — because we’re more religious as a community — a little bit softer on some of this stuff, but it’s not a hardcore issue for that many African Americans. I don’t even understand the argument that gay marriage is a threat to marriage. It’s not like there is some [thinking that] if the gay people get married then the heterosexual people gotta get divorced. [Or] There is some shortage of marriage. [Or] They’re (gay people) are trying to come and get all the marriage that’s left. It’s just kind of nuts. You can play to that sentiment, but I don’t think it shows up at the ballot box at all."
Wagner asks Moulton why Obama doesn't just come out then. Adds Moulton: "We hope that he would evolve on this issue soon."
Watch the segment, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Frank Schubert the mastermind behind the false and misleading scaare ads and the campaign to pass Proposition 8 in California, Question 1 in Maine, and other anti-gay initiatives, is leaving his firm Schubert Flint Public Affairs behind to start a new one:
Schubert, a conservative Catholic, said he would build a new national consulting practice focused on social issues such as protecting life, strengthening families, preserving traditional marriage and protecting religious liberties, along with pursuing conservative public policies that promote prosperity and liberty.
In an email to "friends" accompanying a press release announcing his decision, Schubert touts his anti-gay triumphs:
Until 2008, my entire career in public affairs consulting was devoted to assisting the business community deal with challenges it was facing, including successfully managing dozens of ballot initiative campaigns in California and many other states. As you know, in 2008 I took on the Proposition 8 campaign to restore marriage in California as the union of one man and one woman. I did so as a lifelong Catholic because it reflects my own beliefs about the issue as well as those of my faith. I was honored to have won the Prop 8 campaign, despite conventional wisdom. My colleagues in the political consulting profession found it to be the best-managed initiative campaign in the nation that year. In 2009, I also won a marriage fight in Maine, and in 2010 I helped remove three Iowa Supreme Court judges from office after they imposed same-sex marriage in that state.
In the email, Schubert suggests Schubert Flint Public Affairs has been blacklisted because of its association with the anti-gay campaigns:
The marriage issue obviously is a highly-controversial one, with strong passions on both sides. My involvement in marriage and other conservative issues has never resulted in any problems for my clients, and no client has ever stepped away from the firm due to my work on those issues. However, being involved in those issues has resulted in a reluctance by some in the general business community to hire my firm for new work. Additionally, the media focus on my marriage work has overshadowed the work of others in the firm who are accomplishing a lot of great things for our clients.
It has become clear to me over the past year or so that if I wanted to be in a position to successfully compete for future work with the business community I would need to step away from working on social conservative issues, regardless of what my faith teaches me about those issues.
At the same time, there is a tremendous need for accomplished consultants to work on issues like marriage, life, religious liberty, and similar subjects – all issues that I care deeply about.
I have carefully and prayerfully considered the pros and cons of the conflicting paths, and I have decided to focus my work on the issues I care about. Accordingly, I will leave Schubert Flint and have opened a new firm focused on conservative issues – Mission: Public Affairs, LLC.