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Dallas-area radio station KERA has landed a new interview with controversial Texas State Board of Education candidate Mary Lou Bruner, in which she explains her accusation that President Obama paid for a drug habit by working as a gay prostitute.

Here comes the “logic”:

In one Facebook post, she said Obama once prostituted himself. It’s a logical conclusion, she says, since he admitted to smoking pot as a young man.

“If he’s on drugs, then how did he pay for them?” she says. “There’s two ways that people on welfare pay for drugs — they prostitute themselves or they steal.”

Bruner’s prostitution accusation is evolving. At first, Bruner explained, the president must have been a prostitute because his support of equal rights for LGBT people shows he has a “soft spot for homosexuals.” Now the explanation is that the president admitted to smoking marijuana, ergo he must have been a) on welfare, and b) there’s only two ways people on welfare pay for drugs, one of them being prostitution. At least she hasn’t accused the president of stealing … yet.

You can listen to the KERA story here, which includes Bruner explaining why she’s running for… Read More

Yes, by most accounts Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House has been a terrible thing for the country and for our politics. And it’s turning out to be a terrible thing for the relationship between the far-right Texas Eagle Forum and the group’s national founder, conservative icon and activist Phyllis Schlafly.

And it’s all because Schlafly has endorsed Trump over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

To be fair, the rift isn’t just between Schlafly and the Texas affiliate of the Eagle Forum. Other state Eagle Forum affiliates are also at odds with Schlafly over the Trump endorsement, mostly because the affiliates have been backing Cruz. But it’s the way in which the Texas Eagle Forum reacted to Schlafly’s endorsement that’s particularly surprising.

Cathie Adams, who once served as the chair of the Republican Party of Texans and was head of Texas Eagle Forum before stepping down to run for vice chair of the Texas GOP this year, dismissed the endorsement of Trump with an ageist attack on Schlafly. As Adams told the Dallas Morning News, Trump supporters are taking advantage of the Eagle Forum’s 91-year-old founder:

“We have no respect for that man. [Schlafly’s endorsement] is going to be widely dismissed. At… Read More

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, in full desperation, has apparently decided that the only way to catch Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary race is to out-Trump Trump or to at least match him blow by extremist blow.

Early this morning, terrorists struck a train station and an airport terminal in Brussels, Belgium, killing dozens and injuring many others. Before long, the opportunistic Cruz had popped open a fresh pack of dog whistles and was marching in front of reporters with his own Trump-like plan on how to prevent terrorism here at home:

“We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”

In other words, Cruz essentially wants to wall-off entire neighborhoods and tell law enforcement that anyone who is Muslim — or who is perceived as being Muslim — should be considered a suspect. Doing anything less, Cruz said, would be caving to “political correctness.”

Cruz has now become the other candidate not named Trump who will do or say anything (last Friday he called undocumented immigrants “hardened, vicious, violent criminals.”) to get elected, and he doesn’t mind attacking an entire faith to do it.

Last week, Cruz… Read More

As Donald Trump swept most of the Republican presidential primaries on Tuesday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tried to portray himself as the only real alternative for GOP voters. But Cruz didn't spend much (if any) time criticizing the Trump campaign for its hateful divisiveness. There's a reason for that: Cruz's campaign is infected with the same kind of hate, as our friends at Right Wing Watch reminded everyone on Monday. From the Right Wing Watch post:…… Read More

Controversial Texas State Board of Education candidate Mary Lou Bruner is upset at the media. But not just any media. While it’s not unusual for politicians and activists to blame the so-called “left-wing liberal media” for just about everything, Bruner is, surprisingly, upset at the uber-conservative news website Breitbart.

The tiff between Bruner and Breitbart writer Merrill Hope includes an accusation that the Republican running in SBOE District 9 released Hope’s private cell phone number on Facebook.

Hope contends that Bruner’s publication of the cell number was in retaliation for a story Hope wrote, for which she interviewed Bruner, previewing the March 1 Republican primary. Bruner won that race but not with enough of the vote to avoid a runoff. In an article published Wednesday, Hope offers this account of the incident and what she believes set off Bruner:

Bruner is now one of two Texas Republican hopefuls headed for a May 24 run-off race for the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) District 9 seat. She threw what many would call an online tantrum and posting this reporter’s private cell phone number on Facebook.

In addition to that posting, she put the entire content of the interview… Read More