November 30, 2017/Press

Attack Ads, Blasting Charitable Giving as “Leftist,” Lewd Jokes: Merry Christmas from NC GOP

Raleigh – The holiday season is upon us, and for the NC GOP, that means launching aggressive, mean-spirited ads using Christmas as a political attack, slamming charitable giving as a “leftist idea,” and posting graphic, lewd jokes about a young woman seducing Santa Claus.

Happy Holidays… err… Merry Christmas from the faith- and family values-based NC GOP!

First, vulnerable Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger – who’s already drawn a Bannon-backed GOP challenger – launched a bizarre Merry Christmas ad attacking political correctness with a scary voice over and images of people rioting in the streets:

“Christmas, a time when we honor the birth of Jesus Christ. Yet some choose political correctness, attacking our faith and values, refusing to say Merry Christmas.”

Then, on Monday, right-wing think tank the Civitas Institute sent out a fundraising email attacking charitable giving as a “leftist idea”:

“The phrase ‘give-back’ comes from the leftist idea that individuals can’t achieve success on their own; that successful people must have taken advantage of others to get where they are; and that they have an obligation to ‘return’ some of their wealth to those they took it from. The Left has used this idea as a fundraising tactic for decades.” [but please donate to them to them]

Finally, at 1:30am that night, Brunswick Commissioner Mike Forte posted a lewd “joke” to Facebook about a young woman trying to seduce Santa. Forte has a history of landing in hot water over “sexually suggestive” posts but that didn’t stop him from posting about a young woman reveling her “naught bits” and Santa getting an erection. Forte’s post ends:

“Santa responds ‘Hey! Hey! Hey! Gotta stay. Gotta Stay. Can’t get up the chimney with my dick this way!’”

All this from the party that claims to hold faith and family values dear. I wonder what Easter will bring…

ICYMI

Charlotte Observer: How did Jesus Christ become an issue in this NC primary?
By Jim Morrill and Tim Funk
November 27, 2017

Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, who faces a Baptist minister in next year’s primary, is airing a new TV ad urging people to put “Christ back in Christmas.”

“I’ve dedicated my life to sharing God’s love through Jesus Christ,” Pittenger says, standing in front of a Christmas tree and fireplace. “Let’s end political correctness and put the true meaning of Christ back in Christmas.”

Pittenger faces a primary rematch with Rev. Mark Harris, former pastor of Charlotte’s First Baptist Church. He beat Harris by 134 votes in last year’s 9th District GOP primary.

While Pittenger has invoked religion in campaigns before, it’s unusual for any candidate to make such a direct religious appeal.

Read the full article here.

News & Observer: Giving Tuesday is ‘leftist’ idea, conservative NC think tank says
By Paul A. Specht
November 28, 2017

If you’re thinking of donating to charity today, a North Carolina-based conservative group is suggesting you think twice.

The Civitas Institute, a Raleigh think tank, distributed a fundraising email Monday night that urges people to carefully consider the motivation for their donations on “Giving Tuesday,” the Tuesday after Thanksgiving during which companies and nonprofits encourage people to donate to charitable causes.

Francis De Luca, outgoing president of Civitas, in the email criticizes the “guilt” associated with what he called a “leftist idea.”

“While giving to charity is good and noble, being ‘guilted’ into giving to charity is not, and that’s what #givingtuesday is all about: transforming ‘giving’ into ‘giving back,’” De Luca wrote.

“The phrase ‘give-back’ comes from the leftist idea that individuals can’t achieve success on their own; that successful people must have taken advantage of others to get where they are; and that they have an obligation to ‘return’ some of their wealth to those they took it from,” he continued. “The Left has used this idea as a fundraising tactic for decades.”

He added that Civitas represents conservatives who believe “the fruits of our labor are ours to do with what we please, and our choice to support a cause we believe in is not made out of guilt or obligation.”

Read the full article here.

Star News: Commissioner’s raunchy Santa joke draws criticism
By Makenzie Holland
November 28, 2017

A raunchy joke posted to Facebook Sunday by a Brunswick County commissioner has raised the question of whether elected officials should be held to higher standards when it comes to social media.

The joke, posted by Commissioner Mike Forte, involved Santa Claus and a “lovely young woman” who was trying to entice Santa Claus into her bedroom. By the end of the joke, the woman’s “naughty bits” were referenced, as well as Santa Claus’ genitals.

The joke wasn’t the first Forte has posted that was sexually suggestive and comes at a time when elected officials and celebrities nationwide are facing backlash for lewd comments and actions.

Commissioners Pat Sykes and Randy Thompson, who serve on the board with Forte, said they felt the joke was “inappropriate.”

Read the full article here.

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