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Richard Grenell rages at journalists during trainwreck press conference

MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff (L) presses Richard Grenell (R) for information during a Trump campaign briefing in Nevada, US. (Screen capture via Twitter/MSNBC)

MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff (L) presses Richard Grenell (R) for information during a Trump campaign briefing in Nevada, US. (Screen capture via Twitter/MSNBC)

Richard Grenell raged at a pool of journalists reporting at a Trump campaign press conference in Nevada Thursday (November 5), both refusing to name himself and to provide evidence of his allegations of voting fraud.

In an effort to snuff out the narrow lead held by Joe Biden in the western state, the Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit alleging that mail-in votes have been tampered with, according to The Independent.

During a briefing in front of a polling station, the former ambassador to Germany and close Trump ally accused Nevada election officials of covering up incidents of voter fraud in order to serve a win up for Biden.

But when pressed by reporters for evidence, he refused to defend his claims, MSNBC said.

Richard Grenell rages at reporters and refuses to give evidence to his claims of election fraud. 

A Bloomberg News reporter, Josh Wingrove, tweeted that local journalists began the briefing, organised to announce the lawsuit, by asking Grenell and conservative activist Matt Schlapp their names – a common practise in journalism.

“Grenell scowled at him,” Wingrove wrote, “didn’t say and just kept talking.”

After journalist shouted “what’s your name?”, Grenell bit back, telling the press gaggle they are: “Here to take in information. Do your jobs, it’s pretty easy.”

Grenell was later chased down by MSNBC reporter Jacob Soboroff after the meeting. “Where is the evidence of fraud?” he asked.

Grenell implored him to direct his question at Clark County – he alleged officials denied letting a journalist observe the county’s election count – before ducking into a van and fleeing the scene.

It comes after the former acting director of national intelligence sought to shore up support for Trump among LGBT+ voters by pegging him as an ally.

At a “Trump Pride” function in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Grenell described Trump as the “first pro-gay president”.

This is despite both the president’s track record on certain queer issues as well as his administration’s attempt to reel back an array of LGBT+ protections across several branches of the federal government.

His reasoning was instead that Trump has been “comfortable with gay men since the ’80s.”

Evangelical rages over Facebook conversion therapy advertisement ban

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Christopher Doyle, a “former homosexual”, co-founded the “ex-gay” group Voice of the Voiceless. (Voice of the Silenced/ YouTube)

Evangelical anti-LGBT+ Christians are fuming after Facebook confirmed that it would ban advertising for conversion therapy on the social media platform.

Facebook confirmed on Friday, July 10, that as part of a push to expand its hate speech policies, it will take down content deemed to be promoting the traumatic practice.

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, also said last week that it would pull down content from the UK-based Core Issues Trust, a group that promotes debunked theories that gay people can be cured.

In a statement to CNN, Instagram’s Tara Hopkins said: “We don’t allow attacks against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity and are updating our policies to ban the promotion of conversion therapy services.”

But anti-LGBT+ evangelicals are convinced that the ban on conversion therapy advertising is an “assault on free speech and religious liberty”.

Christopher Doyle is the executive director of the Institute for Healthy Families, which describes itself as a “non-profit therapeutic organization” which “specializes in sexual/ gender identity affirming therapy, and works with clients and families all over the world who experience sexual and/or gender identity conflicts”.

Doyle, a “former homosexual”, also co-founded the “ex-gay” group Voice of the Voiceless which says its mission it “to defend the rights of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction, and their families”.

He said that he founded the group “simply because of the invasion of homosexual activism within the secular American society”.

He strongly objects to Facebook and Instagram’s ban on conversion therapy advertising, and told the Christian Post: “While the company claims they are taking this action to prevent discrimination towards the LGBT community, the real people they are hurting are those who experience unwanted sexual and gender identity conflicts and are seeking options for healing and ethical, licensed therapy.

“Everyone should have the right to seek help for unwanted attractions or sexual/gender conflicts without interference, and public companies should not be able to discriminate the views of some they may disagree with for political purposes.”

Conversion therapy is often compared to torture and has been linked to higher risks of depression, suicide, and drug addiction.

A UK survey conducted last year found that one in five people who had been through conversion therapy later attempted suicide.