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GOP: Gang of Pedophiles
The list of Republican and Trump-connected child rapists, sex traffickers, pedophile enablers and child porn offenders keeps growing
No one exemplifies the hypocrisy of modern day “Conservative Christians” quite like Southern Baptist pastor-turned-politician Mike Huckabee.
This so-called “Man of God” is so determined to protect America’s children from the evils of the world that back in January 2015 he publicly slammed the Obamas for allowing their daughters to listen to Beyonce’s ‘mental poison.’
Later that year, when his friend Josh Duggar admitted to molesting five young girls, including two of his own sisters, the former Arkansas Governor wasn’t quite so harsh. According to Huckabee, “Josh’s actions... (were) ‘inexcusable,’ but that doesn’t mean ‘unforgivable.’”
Having been told that molesting kids was not quite as bad as letting them listen to Beyonce, Josh Duggar was absolved of his sins and sent back out into the world. Soon afterwards, it was revealed that the “family values activist” was also active on Ashley Madison, “a web site created for the express purpose of cheating on your spouse.”
Six years later, Josh Duggar is back in the news after being arrested on federal child pornography charges.
One Homeland Security agent described the images Duggar had downloaded to his computer as among “the worst of the worst” he’s ever had to examine. According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Arkansas, the two charges Duggar faces carry sentences of up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000 on each of the two counts if he is convicted, making his total possible sentence 40 years. His trial has been set for July.
Q had the right idea, wrong party
Mike Huckabee, of course, is not the only prominent, pedophile-enabling Republican to have shrugged at reports of sexual abuse.
Former wrestling coach Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a Trump-defending thug frequently seen on Fox News, is accused of turning a blind eye to a “cesspool of deviancy” at Ohio State University, to the point of even telling one referee alarmed at the rampant abuse by the team doctor, “Yeah, that’s Strauss.”
According to the AP, a total of 2,200 total instances of fondling and 127 instances of rape attributed to Strauss have now been tallied. George Clooney is producing a documentary based on an October 2020 Sports Illustrated story about the case.
Trump, Foley, Hastert, Moore and Gaetz were just the start…
In February 2021, Melissa Gira Grant wrote in the New Republic about “the string of Trump-associated Republicans (who) have recently faced charges related to the sexual exploitation of minors.” Among the cases she documents:
Sex-offender-turned-Trump-access-peddler George Nader, now serving 10 years in prison for transporting a child into the country for sex and possessing child pornography. As Grant wrote: “Nader had participated in diplomatic meetings with Jared Kushner and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who went on to become a QAnon hero and devotee.” This Trump-Kushner access happened despite the fact that, as Middle East Eye reported in 2019, Nader had been “repeatedly been caught in possession of child pornography” and had previously “served a prison sentence for the abuse of young boys.”
Ruben Verastigui, a digital strategist who had worked for both the RNC and the Trump reelection campaign, arrested as part of a federal child sexual exploitation investigation. In messages obtained by federal investigators, the pro-life activist wrote: “Babies are some of my biggest turn-ons.” According to The Daily Beast: “In a group chat with 18 others, Verastigui allegedly traded child porn and graphically discussed his preference for videos depicting child abuse… Verastigui also discussed ‘in great detail’ how much he enjoyed seeing children be abused and killed.”
Former Kentucky judge Tim Nolan “who served as a Trump delegate and ballot observer” and who was “charged with multiple human trafficking offenses, after an investigation found that he had a pattern of paying minors and adults for sex, in some cases recording them.” As Grant wrote: “The young woman whose story helped open an investigation into Nolan reported him to her school counselor. He was her family’s landlord, she said, and he had tried to pay her for sex when she was underage, and put his hand on her crotch.” Nolan is currently serving a 20-year sentence.
Republican state senator Ralph Shortey, Trump’s Oklahoma campaign chair, was convicted of child sex trafficking and sentenced to 15 years. As NBC News reported, the then-married Shortey was arrested in a motel room with a 17-year-old boy he hired for sex. Police found exchanges on the teen’s tablet in which Shortey referred to him as “baby boy” and offered him cash in exchange for “sexual stuff.” Shortey was also discovered to have sent and received child pornography and used Craigslist to seek casual encounters with males, the “younger the better.”
Ben Gibson, a 2020 Republican congressional candidate from Louisiana, who lost his election in November and got arrested in December on four counts of pornography involving juveniles under the age of 13.
Just three weeks after Grant’s New Republic article, Politico reported that a second Trumpublican had been arrested in the same federal child pornography investigation that had ensnared Ruben Verastigui:
Trump Commerce Department official Adam Hageman, 25, has been held since last November accused of “sharing a child pornography video and commenting several times on sexually abusing children.” Hageman was a member of the group for months before Trump hired him and was “an active participant, often soliciting child pornography or commenting on it.” He also “invited at least one other person who he knew to be interested in child pornography and bestiality to the chat.”
QAnon adherents appear untroubled by the flood of recent stories about the child rapists and sex traffickers in their midst. These “Anderson-Cooper-eats-babies” conspiracy theorists continue to put their faith in the Party of Donald Trump, Mark Foley, Dennis Hastert, Roy Moore and Matt Gaetz as the only way to “Save the Children” from the Satan-worshipping pedophiles they know are out there somewhere, hiding in the deepest recesses of the Deep State.
All evidence to the contrary will be ignored.
UPDATE: August 12, 2021: Today brought news of another arrest. As the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota said in a press release, prominent GOP strategist Anton Lazzaro was “arrested and indicted on federal sex trafficking charges for allegedly recruiting six minor victims to engage in commercial sex acts.” Read more here.
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