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Gay Marriage: One Of The Most Important Discussions You Can See Right Now

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This morning, Governor Chris Christie was grilled on his same-sex marriage positions and his veto of a same-sex marriage bill that the New Jersey legislature passed last week. MSNBC contributor and Washington Post op-ed writer Jonathan Capehart had the courage to step into the ring — unscheduled — and debate Christie on marriage equality and the African-American civil rights movement. MSNBC host of “Morning Joe,” Joe Scarborough, performed a ridiculous act (and was quickly called out on it,) asking to compare the killing of black babies in Southern churches to the fight for marriage equality. Truly offensive.

Chris Christie (a married man who earlier in the segment hit on MSNBC co-host Mika Brzezinski,) in his appearance today claimed his position on marriage equality is exactly the same as President Obama’s, a claim that anti-equality advocates love to parrot. Capehart, who is fast becoming one of the most intelligent and powerful voices for equality, took him on — and down.

Scarborough also says to Christie that Obama and the New Jersey Governor have the exact same positions on marriage, “but you’re called a bigot for taking that position, and the president’s called ‘enlightened’.”

Um, wrong, Mr. Scarborough. And Capehart explains why.

Christie actually had the gall to say, on marriage equality, “my feet are planted right next to President Obama’s.” Not even close. For Christie to claim there’s no difference between his positions and Obama’s is ludicrous.

But Christie’s comments serve a worthy purpose — and that is to get folks riled up again.

DOMA was again yesterday declared unconstitutional. Anti-gay marriage and anti-gay military service laws have been declared time and time and time again unconstitutional by the federal courts. There truly is no more “debate” to be had, because the courts have ruled in our favor, as have the majority of Americans, also time and time and time again.

And kudos to John Heilemann, whose comments are much appreciated.

But I implore you to watch this entire video from beginning to end, because there are so many important issues discussed, and it’s important for everyone to know not only how to respond to our detractors, but it’s time to get Obama to finally evolve. I wish the President, David Axelrod, and his other top advisors would watch this segment.

Yes, I believe Obama will ultimately come out in support of same-sex marriage. His toying with the issue is getting old. The “evolving” comment is getting old. It’s actually 14 months old. How long does it take for one to “evolve”?

Chris Christie’s positions are, by the way, totally wrong, and Capehart was absolutely right in his response. (Christie’s attempt to bully Capehart was typical, and Capehart’s response was impressive.)

You do not let civil rights be voted upon. The founding fathers were clear in that. A fact the right conveniently forgets.

 

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‘Just Shoot Them’: Trump Told Top US General to ‘Crack Skulls’ and ‘Beat the F’ Out of Civil Rights Protestors: New Book

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President Donald Trump told America’s highest-ranking general and top law enforcement officials to “shoot” civil rights protestors in Seattle and Portland, “crack their skulls,” and “beat the f–k” out of them, according to a new book by a Wall Street Journal reporter.

“The President would highlight videos that showed law enforcement getting physical with protesters and tell his administration he wanted to see more of that behavior,” CNN reports, citing excerpts from Michael Bender’s book, “Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost.”

“That’s how you’re supposed to handle these people,” Trump told his top law enforcement and military officials, according to Bender. “Crack their skulls!”

Trump also told his team that he wanted the military to go in and “beat the f–k out” of the civil rights protesters, Bender writes.

“Just shoot them,” Trump said on multiple occasions inside the Oval Office, according to the excerpts.

But Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley (photo, right) refused, Bender reveals, with Milley and Attorney General Bill Barr often finding themselves the only ones willing to push back against the president.

General Milley, who made headlines Wednesday after delivering a stunning lecture on critical race theory and “wokeness” to U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who was not pleased by it, also pushed back against Trump senior advisor, white supremacist Stephen Miller.

During one Oval Office debate, senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller chimed in, equating the scenes unfolding on his television to those in a third-world country and claiming major American cities had been turned into war zones.

“These cities are burning,” Miller warned, according to the excerpts.

The comment infuriated Milley, who viewed Miller as not only wrong but out of his lane, Bender writes, noting the Army general who had commanded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan spun around in his seat and pointed a finger directly at Miller.

“Shut the f–k up, Stephen,” Milley snapped, according to the excerpts.

Read the entire report at CNN.

 

Image of President Trump and General Milley: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr

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‘No Time to Waste’: DeSantis Blasted for Going on Fox News as Biden and Miami Mayor Urge Him to Request State of Emergency

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Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis is taking time to pose for the cameras and talk to Fox News in the wake of the stunning partial building collapse that more than 12 hours later has left 99 people missing, and feared dead.

DeSantis reportedly added an interview with far right Fox News host Mark Levin to his calendar for Thursday.

President Joe Biden during a news conference announcing a bipartisan agreement on, appropriately, an infrastructure bill on-camera Thursday afternoon urged the Florida Republican governor to ask for a declaration of a state of emergency, but DeSantis has yet to do so – nor has he declared a state of emergency himself for the Surfside disaster. President Biden appears to have ordered FEMA to Florida to assess the situation, which is the most they are allowed to do until the governor acts.

Also urging DeSantis to request a state of emergency declaration is Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, who says “there is no time to waste.”

Apparently DeSantis believes there is, and many are blasting the likely 2024 GOP presidential hopeful.

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Watch: MSNBC’s Joy Reid Takes Down Architect of the Critical Race Theory Culture War in Epic Debate

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MSNBC host Joy Reid took on Christopher Rufo, the think-tank “scholar” who claimed to be an expert on race because he works as a “scholar” at a conservative think tank. Speaking Wednesday, Reid got him to confess that he’s neither an expert in race nor in law, which is where the idea of critical race theory is generally taught.

Rufo claimed that Reid was attacking him on air, which she corrected, saying that she was doing nothing more than reading the quote from his own documents.

Reid began by asking at what point “critical race theory” was invented, and he didn’t know, saying sometime in the 1980s or 1990s. Reid cited the Harvard University paper in which it was first mentioned in 1981 by Professor Derrick Bell, who died in 2011.

She cited Rufo’s “documentary” on critical race theory that cites professors or professorial types who he admits are academics who he claims are replacing equality with equity, which is a conservative charge Reid said she’s been hearing since she was in high school. “To ending individual property rights and even to committing reverse genocide or calling for reverse genocide.”

Rufo said that it wasn’t true, which is when Reid said she would play the clip if Rufo allowed her to do it, but he wouldn’t. He said that the term is counter genocide, a genocide perpetrated in retaliation to another genocide.

Rufo claims in his talking points that the father of critical race theory was Ibram X. Kendi, who told Reid that he wasn’t a critical race theorist.

“I admire critical race theory but I don’t identify as a critical race theorist. I’m not a legal scholar, so I wasn’t trained on critical race theory,” Kendi said. “I’m a historian and Chris would know that if he actually read my work or understood that critical race theory is taught in law schools. I didn’t attend law school.”

Rufo began to complain that Reid was citing things and not letting him answer, but she explained she wanted to go through her list of disputes.

Rufo claimed that he wasn’t a political operative, but Reid rolled a video of Rufo speaking at the Claremont Institute on May 18 in which he called critical race theory a political “cudgel,” meaning a giant political weapon. He went on to supplement his point by quoting Barbara Applebaum, who he said was a critical race theorist. She’s, in fact, listed as being trained in philosophy and education and “her research is heavily influenced by feminist ethics, feminist philosophy, and critical race theory.”

He also quoted American author Robin DiAngelo who did her thesis on whiteness in racial dialogues. She also is an education professor, not a critical theorist, according to her website.

“There are these very pathetic and very angry graduate students who try to fight me on these highly technical haggle interpretations,” said Rufo. “I don’t have time for this. Like I don’t give a sh*t.”

Reid noted that there again explains that critical race theory isn’t something being taught in kindergarten, it’s a graduate-level conversation among academics.

His argument fell apart from there.

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