A Brief And Ugly History of the GOP's Anti-LGBT Platform

Rich Juzwiak · 07/20/16 02:00PM

“It’s the most anti-LGBT platform in history,” said Gregory T. Angelo of the 2016 Republican Platform, which was released in its entirety on Monday. That’s quite an admission coming from the president of the best known gay conservative group in the country, the Log Cabin Republicans. Indeed, this year’s platform—which, it bears noting, Donald Trump is under no obligation to uphold as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee—is totally gay for anti-LGBT legislation.

Veterans Reject "Singularly Shameful" Donald Trump

Brendan O'Connor · 07/19/16 01:49PM

CLEVELAND — It is a great American tradition, especially during presidential campaigns, for political candidates to deploy military veterans and active service members as evidence of both their robust patriotism and their qualifications to be commander-in-chief. Donald Trump, of course, is neither a patriot nor qualified to be commander-in-chief, and on Tuesday morning a group of veterans gathered in the public square here to make that very point.

Cleveland Teen Says: "Make Memes Great Again"

Brendan O'Connor · 07/19/16 11:42AM

CLEVELAND — In the public square on Tuesday morning, as the Patriotic Millionaires spoke out from the podium against money in politics, local teen Zach Alberty unfurled a sign asking Americans to Make Memes Great Again.

Meet the Man Whose Dog Is Filming the RNC

Brendan O'Connor · 07/18/16 03:25PM

CLEVELAND — In the public square on Monday, as religious fundamentalists condemned sodomy to anyone who would listen, William Hale made sure his dog, wearing a vest laden with GoPro video cameras, was staying hydrated. “A lot of people ask if the dog is a boy or a girl,” he told Gawker. “I try to be gender neutral. It’s just ‘Liberty.’”

White Nationalists at the RNC Don't Think Trump Goes Far Enough

Brendan O'Connor · 07/18/16 01:15PM

CLEVELAND — Outside the Republican National Convention on Monday, Gawker ran into Matthew Heimbach, a podcast host for The Daily Stormer, who is encouraging delegates to write in the late George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party, for president. Donald Trump, Heimbach said, doesn’t go far enough. “He needs to become an ethno-nationalist. He needs to understand that a people is the basis of a nation,” he said. “Specifically, white people.”

The Republican National Convention Is Going to Be Such a Mess

Brendan O'Connor · 06/27/16 08:47AM

The Republican National Convention in Cleveland next month is shaping up to be a complete disaster, with hundreds of delegates in revolt and many prominent members of the GOP forgoing the event entirely. In fact, so few people want to speak that Donald Trump said earlier this month he is considering instituting a “Winners’ Night,” for sports stars.

Republican Chaplain Tries to Block Muslim Nominee From Office Because "Islam and Christianity Do Not Mix"

Brendan O'Connor · 05/19/16 09:05AM

On Monday, at a meeting of the local Republican Party in the third-most-populous county in the United States, a Christian pastor who serves as chaplain for the Harris County GOP tried to stop a Muslim man from serving as a precinct chair because of his religion. “Islam does not have any basis or any foundation,” the pastor, Trebor Gordon, said. “It is the total opposite of our foundation.”

Republican Financiers Aren't Sure Where to Send Their Money Because the Trump Campaign Keeps Disavowing Super PACs

Brendan O'Connor · 05/16/16 07:23AM

Since he declared his candidacy for president, a number of “scam PACs” have taken advantage of the havoc Donald Trump—who needs to raise $1 billion if he wants to even be competitive in the general election—has wrought upon the Republican donor class. Now, as more of these groups insinuate themselves into the fundraising chaos, the financiers who have resigned themselves to a Trump candidacy aren’t sure where to send their money.