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    by Reagan Reese   The U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) hosted an “Equity and Access” summit in 2021 that featured presentations on gender ideology and anti-racism, according to a report by the Claremont Institute. The “Equity and Access” summit trained military school educators on curriculum and practices which featured teaching gender identity using a “genderbread person,” according to the report by the Claremont Institute. The DODEA oversees more than 160 K-12 schools on military bases throughout the world and is responsible for educating roughly 69,000 students. One summit presentation, titled “Ally 101—Creating an Inclusive Classroom for LGBTQ+ Students,” told educators that elementary school is the “ideal time” to talk to students about gender expression, the report by the Claremont Institute showed. Educators are told to use the “genderbread person” to explain that gender identity comes from the brain, sexual attraction comes from the heart, sexual orientation comes from the genitals and gender expression comes from clothing and actions. Another presentation at the summit, “REDI: First Steps for Leaders: Let’s Talk!” promotes “How To Be An Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi,...
    A Trump-inspired think tank has reportedly unveiled its secret "Sheriff Fellowship" revealing the far-right's level of investment in law enforcement. According to Slate magazine's assessment, the Claremont Institute's curriculum "reveals a program that presented for the sheriffs two sets of people in America: those communities sheriffs should police as freely and brutally as they see fit, and those “real” Americans who should be considered virtually above the law." "Public information requests and other reporting have provided insight into the stated and unstated reasons behind the Claremont Institute’s recruitment of county sheriffs, and revealed the curriculum of the fellowship," Slate's Jessica Pishko wrote. READ MORE: 'The institute is badly damaged': Think tank behind John Eastman is reeling after sticking by him Pishko's report also offers a brief breakdown of the curriculum. "The first day was focused on policing and heavily featured the Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald, a lawyer who has written dozens of articles arguing that law enforcement in America does not have an implicit or explicit racism problem," she wrote. "The supplemental readings for this section included articles...
    For many years, the Claremont Institute was known promoting traditional Goldwater and Reagan conservatism. The right-wing think tank was founded in 1979 by students of the late Harry V. Jaffa, who had been a speechwriter for Sen. Barry Goldwater during his 1964 presidential campaign. But in recent years, Claremont has taken what critics consider a much more authoritarian turn, wholeheartedly embracing the MAGA ideology of former President Donald Trump and his allies. Journalist Elisabeth Zerofsky takes a look at Claremont’s influence in an article published by the New York Times on August 3. Claremont aren’t as well-known as the Heritage Foundation or the libertarian CATO Institute — two other think tanks on the right — but Zerofsky emphasizes that it has become increasingly influential. “The Claremont Institute is not a conventional think tank…. Yet Claremont’s reach is extensive,” Zerofsky explains. “Claremont scholars have collaborated with Ron DeSantis and helped shape the views of Clarence Thomas, Tom Cotton and the conservative activist Christopher Rufo, and the Institute received the National Humanities Medal from President Trump in 2019. When Trump failed to...
    According to a report from the Washington Post, the California-based think tank that was home to Donald Trump attorney John Eastman is reeling after having its reputation irreparably damaged by sticking by him after it was revealed he was one of the main architects of the Jan 6th insurrection and riot that shocked the nation. As the report notes, the Claremont Institute in Upland was previously known for a staid "America-first, originalist ideology" as it pumped out position papers for conservative policymakers. As the WaPo's Marc Fisher and Isaac Stanley-Becker wrote, the institute jumped on to the Trump bandwagon,with some misgivings in 2016, and some members are ruing the day after Eastman became a central figure in trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election -- and then the institute hesitated before disavowing him and his work. "In the final months of 2020, he [Eastman] burst into the national consciousness as he helped lead Trump’s drive to overturn the results of the 2020 election. He wrote confidential memos urging then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject official electoral vote totals and went...
    The foundation belonging to anti-public school activist and former Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her husband, is handing a right wing group, The Claremont Institute, $640,000. “The Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation donated $240,000 to Claremont in 2020 and approved another $400,000 to be paid out in the future, tax records show,” Rolling Stone reports in an article titled, “Revealed: The Billionaires Funding the Coup’s Brain Trust.” The Claremont Institute is home to John Eastman, who was best known (and currently serves) as the chairman of the anti-LGBTQ organization NOM, the National Organization For Marriage. Eastman agreed to “retire” as a law professor at the Chapman University School of Law exactly one week after he delivered a speech, on stage with Rudy Giuliani, at Donald Trump’s rally that preceded the violent and deadly January 6 insurrection. But only later would Americans learn that John Eastman was the architect and author of several documents, now called the “coup memos,” detailing how Vice President Mike Pence could, effectively, steal the election for Donald Trump...
    The MAGA think tank at the vanguard of pro-Trump public intellectuals is recruiting sheriffs with ties to the far right and a dubious devotion to the “rule of law” to be academic “fellows” as part of a new program launched by the conservative institute this week. The Claremont Institute, a far-right research group that’s home to a number of former Trump administration officials, announced a new crop of eight “sheriffs fellows” selected from across the country on the basis of their “character, aptitude, accomplishments, zeal, and community reputation” to visit Claremont’s California campus and study a syllabus of standard conservative political catechism. The coursework, Claremont says, is fairly anodyne—lectures on Locke, the Federalist Papers, and English legal history—but the Institute’s choice of students is far more radical. Of the eight fellows announced this week, six have some affiliation with the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), an organization labeled as an anti-government extremist group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center for its endorsement of the idea that sheriffs can pick and choose which laws to...
    The right-wing Claremont Institute published a report in mid-October 2020 that gamed out a scenario where Donald Trump would remain in office through an alliance between law enforcement and militant extremists. The report was prepared by attorney John Eastman, who authored a memo laying out another strategy for keeping Trump in office, and former Trump deputy national security advisor K.T. McFarland, as well as Kevin Roberts, then-executive director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, alt-right figure Jeff Giesea and right-wing blogger Charles Haywood, reported The Bulwark. "Despite the authors' pretensions to scholarship and rigor — 'for a simulation to be valuable, the other side gets a vote and actions must be based in realism' — the final document is a frenzied and paranoid piece of work, revealing of the anxieties and aspirations of the authoritarian right," writes columnist Christian Vanderbrouk. "Practically, the report is an instruction manual for how Trump partisans at all levels of government — aided by citizen 'posses' of Proud Boys and Oath Keepers — could, quite literally, round up opposition activists, kill their leaders, and install...
    Former President Donald Trump may have had an overwhelming number of supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol to "stop the Steal, but one conservative think tank is still helping to perpetuate the big lie. According to Vice News, the Claremont Institute and its top-ranking members played a dominant role aiding Trump as he attempted to overturn the presidential election. Per Vice: "Claremont Institute leaders' actions leading up to, during, and after Jan. 6 are the culmination of five years of increasingly alarmist rhetoric and calls to action from the think tank, whose embrace of Trump and Trumpism have helped mainstream fringe views into the Republican Party ecosystem by positioning themselves as the vanguard in an existential "cold civil war" between true Americans and anti-American progressives." One leader in particular was Trump loyalists and lawyer John Eastman. Not only did he attempt to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the election but he also echoed many of Trump's biggest lies about the election being stolen. Like many of the conspiracy theorists, Eastman claimed "dead people voted"...
    The Claremont Institute's John Eastman gesticulates while sharing the stage with Rudy Giuliani at the stage of the "Stop The Steal" rally Jan. 6 that preceded the Capitol insurrection. Eastman told the audience that the election had been stolen. At one time, the California-based Claremont Institute was a fairly normative conservative think tank. But ever since it embraced the politics of Donald Trump in 2016, it has grown increasingly extremist, reflecting Trump’s own politics of conspiracism and cultural war. One of its leading lights, ex-law professor John Eastman, even authored the memo outlining a plan for a Trump coup that would invalidate the election. And in the months since the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection that plan engendered, Claremont and its fellows have doubled down on their antidemocratic agenda: claiming Donald Trump won the election and that the insurrectionists were simply patriotic citizens defending the Republic, while proposing a proto-fascist approach to political discourse reliant on Proud Boys-style street thugs and “real American” patriots. Its most recent initiative, however, is even more insidious: recruiting the support of law enforcement officers throughout...
    John C. Eastman — the far-right attorney, Donald Trump ally and Claremont Institute extremist who devised a memo outlining a game plan for preventing now-President Joe Biden's Electoral College certification by Congress on January 6 — is being slammed as dangerously authoritarian by his critics, while Eastman and his Claremont colleagues see him as a victim of cancel culture. But Niskanen Center senior fellow Laura K. Field, in an article published by the conservative website The Bulwark on October 18, lays out some reasons why Eastman's cancel culture claims are nonsense. Field explains, "You may know the Claremont Institute as the intellectual home of John Eastman, the lawyer behind the infamous six-point memo, who helped President Donald Trump concoct his plan for rejecting the Electoral College results on January 6…. In recent weeks, the Institute has been entangled in a dispute with the American Political Science Association. APSA is the country's premier professional association for political scientists, and the dispute with Claremont concerned Eastman's participation in APSA's annual conference. Spoiler alert: The conference is over, Eastman did not participate, and...
    Conservative think-tank the Claremont Institute is getting pilloried for their statement on John Eastman’s six-point plan to overturn the 2020 election.  Eastman, a Claremont Institute scholar and lawyer for former President Donald Trump, made headlines last month as Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book Peril revealed that he presented a six-point plan for former Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the election ahead of the scheduled electoral college count on Jan. 6. The plan called for Pence to recognize multiple slates of electors in seven states when in reality, there was only one slate of electors in all 50 states. “When he gets to Arizona, he announces that he has multiple slates of electors, and so is going to defer decision on that until finishing the other States,” Eastman wrote. “This would be the first break with the procedure set out in the Act.” The legal memo essentially claimed Pence had the authority to reject electors from the states that Trump had lost, which he alleged would lead to Republican-led state legislatures appointing their own slates. “The main thing here...
    Ohio State Rep. Douglas Swearingen (R-OH-89), Ohio Republican senate primary contender J.D. Vance, and The Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence have filed an amicus brief in State of Ohio v. Google, a case filed against the tech giant by the state’s attorney general, taking aim at its allegedly anti-competitive practices. The lawsuit, filed by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, asks a Delaware County Court to declare Google a public utility, on the grounds of its market dominance and “discriminatory and anti-competitive behavior.” As a public utility, Google would be subject to tough federal regulations on how it treats other businesses and users that depend on its services. JD Vance, the venture capitalist and author of “Hillbilly Elegy”, speaks with supporters following a rally Thursday, July 1, 2021, in Middletown, Ohio, where he announced he is joining the crowded Republican race for the Ohio U.S. Senate seat being left by Rob Portman. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean) Sundar Pichai CEO of Google “Google uses its dominance of internet search to steer Ohioans to Google’s own products — that’s discriminatory and anti-competitive,” Yost said...
                        An Ohio U.S. Senate candidate and attorney has signed onto a lawsuit in support of the state’s bid to regulate Google like a public utility. JD Vance is part of the Claremont Institute, which filed an amicus brief supporting Attorney General Dave Yost’s June lawsuit against the Silicon Valley giant. Vance announced the filing of the brief on one of his campaign’s Twitter accounts. “The filing of the amicus brief follows Google’s motion to dismiss the case,” a statement attached to the tweet says. “Yost filed the lawsuit against the company in June. JD Vance and DJ Swearingen joined the Claremont Institute’s John C. Eastman and affiliated attorney Adam Candeub in its filing of the amicus brief, which opposes Google’s motion for dismissal.” BREAKING: U.S. Senate candidate @JDVance1 signs on to lawsuit taking on Big Tech. pic.twitter.com/4adR4VzmrG — JD Vance for U.S. Senate Press (@JDVancePress) September 15, 2021 “Great to work with the Claremont Institute to fight back against Google’s control of the public square,” Vance said...
    Claremont Institute Chairman Thomas Klingenstein says Republicans are devoid of leadership at a crucial point in history. Klingenstein told the Washington Examiner that America is the battleground in a regime contest between those who favor American justice and "woke communists." "They have social justice. We have American justice," he said. "It's the job of leaders, perhaps the most important job, to explain what's going on in the world, to explain in this case that we're in a war, and what it means to be in the war." TEXAS PRINCIPAL SUSPENDED AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF TEACHING CRITICAL RACE THEORY This war is to decide the morals of the nation and how people view the country, Klingenstein said. "We have a choice ... between two regimes, or, to put it more simply, between those who think America is good and want therefore to preserve it, and those who think it's bad and therefore want to throw it out," he said. For Klingenstein, preserving the American way of life is the starting point of a mission...
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