Republicans, dissatisfied with having passed one unconstitutional law on marriage, are now trying to pass another to defend it.
The Republicans have been lying about DOMA, the federal law that bans marriage for same-sex couples, ever since President Obama announced he would no longer defend the unconstitutional law in court. Case in point, this blatant lie, an op-ed in The Hill, titled “The president cannot declare a law unconstitutional,” penned byÂ Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), that is devoid of facts.
Burton, a 2006 award recipient from the now-certified hate group Family Research Council, writes, “President Obama made an unprecedented decision to declare a Federal law unconstitutional and thereby abdicate his responsibility to uphold and defend that law,” adding it isÂ “the Presidentâ€™s constitutional duty to execute that law up to and including defending that law before the courts.”
Presidents have a duty to enforce, but not to defend laws they believe to be unconstitutional in court.
The fact is, manyÂ other presidents, including Eisenhower, Kennedy, Truman, Ford, Clinton, Bush 41, Bush 43, and yes, even Reagan,Â have refused to defend laws they believed unconstitutional. Add to that the fact that Obama has made clear he will enforce DOMA until it is repealed, Obama did not “abdicate his responsibility to uphold and defend that law.”
Burton claims to see, “the Presidentâ€™s apparent flip-flop on his position that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman…”
Sadly, not yet. Since at least 1996, Obama has always said he believed DOMA was unconstitutional. Burton is intentionally albeit falsely equating, as Huckabee and Palin are trying to do, the president’s position on marriage with his position on DOMA. It’s a typical GOP trick these days, and typical of the Republican zero-sum mentality.
Burton falsely calls Obama’s decision to not defend DOMA, “the unconstitutional action the President took to impose his new vision of marriage on the American people.” Language straight out of Maggie Gallagher’s talking points, no doubt.
Burton — a Vince Foster conspiracy-theorist who has no problem mixing business with pleasure, putting family on his payroll, and spamming constituents while forcing them to pay for it — says, “the truth is that marriage has always, since the foundation of this nation, been defined as that special union between one man and one woman. Hell, even Maggie Gallagher says that’s false! (See: Mormons.)
He adds, “most Americans support the traditional definition of marriage.” Well, Congressman, no, no longer true.
In August of 2010, anÂ AP/Roper pollÂ showed that a majority of Americans support marriage equality, and believe the government should not make any distinction between same-sex and opposite-sex couples when determining government benefits.
Additionally, a CNN poll also in August 2010Â showed that 52% of Americans think marriage equality is a constitutional right.
And let’s remember that an August 2010 Pew study showed that same-sex marriage is the least-important issue to voters.
But what really is beyond the pale is the Republicans’Â â€œMarriage Protection Act of 2011,” which Rep. Burton has reintroduced into the House last week. It Â — unconstitutionally — removes the right of citizens to petition their government through the federal courts.
Burton, co-sponsor of Rep. Steve King’s “Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011,”Â and introduced a bill to spend money on contraception for horses (but is 100% pro-life,) is not fond of civil rights apparently.
Burton says, “I, along with a number of my colleagues, reintroduced the â€œMarriage Protection Act of 2011.â€ This bill simply states that no courts created by an Act of Congress â€“ meaning Federal courts â€“ will have jurisdiction to hear cases regarding same-sex marriage. Additionally, the Supreme Court will not have appellate jurisdiction to hear these cases. In short, the bill makes same-sex marriage an issue to be determined by the people through their state legislatures or via referendum, not by Federal judges.”
Republicans like Rep. Burton are hard at work, not creating jobs, but trying to remove constitutional protections from good and decent Americans.
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Treasury Dept. Finally Hands Over Six Years of Trump’s Tax Returns to Powerful House Committee
The U.S. Dept. of the Treasury has finally handed over six years of Donald Trump’s tax returns, after the U.S, Supreme Court denied the ex-president’s request to block the document transfer. The powerful House Ways and Means Committee is now in receipt of all six years, according to a Wednesday afternoon report from CNN.
The returns are primarily from Trump’s time as president.
The Committee will need to work quickly, as Republicans will take over the House majority early next year, and the current Chairman, Richard Neal, will no longer serve in that role.
Republicans are expected to end any investigations into Donald Trump, including his tax returns, as they begin investigations into top GOP priorities: Hunter Biden’s laptop, the origin of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and President Joe Biden’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
This is a breaking news and developing story.
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Trump Allies So Shaken by His White Supremacist Dinner a Top Campaign Aide Will Now ‘Be Present With Him at All Times’
Top allies of Donald Trump were so disturbed by his decision to have dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes last week that the ex-president and 2024 GOP candidate will now have a handler with him around the clock.
The Associated Press also reports the campaign has also changed the protocols for visitors and will start to vet guests who come to see Trump, after the few procedures in place allowed antisemite Kanye West to bring along three guests.
“In an acknowledgment of the severity of the backlash and an effort to prevent a repeat, Trump’s campaign is putting new protocols in place to ensure that those who meet with him are approved and fully vetted, according to people familiar with the plans who requested anonymity to share internal strategy,” the AP adds, revealing the campaign apparently does not trust the 76-year old ex-president to make decisions about who he should or should not spend time with.
“The changes will include expediting a system, borrowed from Trump’s White House, in which a senior campaign official will be present with him at all times, according to one of the people,” the AP adds, revealing what appears to be a previously unknown fact.
The lax security at Mar-a-Lago was in place when Trump was storing 300 documents with various classified markings, including documents with top secret information and a set with the highest level of classification.
In yet another stunning revelation the AP reports that the antisemitic Holocaust “denier” and white supremacist Fuentes “arrived by car with Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, and was waved into the club by security, even though only Ye had been on the security list, according to one of the people present and others briefed on the events.”
The AP also reports that “Fuentes apparently did not show his ID and the car’s driver, a frequent guest at the club, got in using a credit card after misplacing her license.”
The report does not mention the other two guests Trump dined with, reportedly far right wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, who has supported adult men having sex with young teens, and Karen Trump 2016 aide Karen Giorno, who was reportedly involved in a pay-for-pardon scheme.
Charlie Kirk, Purveyor of ‘Rigged’ Election Lie, Complains GOP Lost ‘Because a Lot of People Do Not Trust the System’
Far right wing activist Charlie Kirk complained on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” show Tuesday that many Republicans in Arizona lost their elections earlier this month because they “do not trust” the election system. Kirk is a purveyor of Donald Trump’s “Big Lie,” and has repeatedly promoted the false claim that U.S. elections are “rigged.”
“400,000 people that showed up for Donald Trump or voted for Donald Trump in 2020 did not show up or vote for the midterm election,” Kirk told his audience. (NCRM has not verified these numbers and could find nothing to support the claim.)
“Now, I believe it’s because a lot of people do not trust the system,” Kirk claimed.
Why does Charlie Kirk believe “a lot of people do not trust the system”?
Because he told them not to. Over and over and over again.
In January on his show Kirk hosted Mollie Hemingway, the editor in chief of The Federalist, a right wing website founded by Ben Domenech and Sean Davis. The Federalist has been a purveyor of false election claims, according to Reuters, which reports the claims “are presented inaccurately.” Twitter had to append a “cautionary label” to a Federalist tweet after The Federalist wrongly stated, “Yes, Democrats Are Trying To Steal The Election In Michigan, Wisconsin, And Pennsylvania,” according to The Daily Beast.
Hemingway is also the author of the book, “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections.”
The title of that episode of The Charlie Kirk Show? “Why Conservatives Can’t Turn Our Backs on Rigged Elections with Mollie Hemingway.”
(The Federalist was also cited by The New England Journal of Medicine for belong create a “superspreader” event of false information about the effectiveness of masks in the fight against COVID-19.)
In April Kirk hosted right wing activist David Bossie, president of the political lobbying group Citizens United, and a former Trump 2016 campaign official.
The title of that episode?
Kirk likes the word “rigged.” On Twitter he’s used it a lot to suggest that the U.S. elections are “rigged.”
“The same people who spent the last 4 years falsely saying Russians rigged our elections are now saying there’s no way an election could be rigged by illegal ballots and voter fraud. How does that work?” (Nov 6, 2020)
“BREAKING: A mail carrier was just charged with attempted election fraud after changing party affiliations on mail-in ballots Still think there aren’t any issues with rigged elections due to mail-in voting? RT so the media has to report on the DANGERS of mail-in voter FRAUD!” (Apr 16, 2020)
“Democrats should be livid. This is a rigged game to protect the ruling class Thank goodness the GOP is a true grassroots party where ANY voice or person can win Democrats corruption will not allow fair or free elections” (Feb 4, 2020)
Or this tweet from 2019.
Must suck to be a Democrat:
You lose the election you rigged to win in 2016
And in 2019, the rigged hoax you created to make up for losing in 2016 gets blown up by the man who led the investigation
Not sick of winning!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 25, 2019
On November 9, this was the opening of a New York Times article.
“On the morning of Election Day, Charlie Kirk, the conservative talk show host from Arizona, shared a video on Twitter about broken voting machines in Maricopa County, followed by a series of posts suggesting that the problems were intentional,” The Times’ Sheera Frenkel and Steven Lee Myers wrote. “’This is manufactured chaos,’ he wrote, calling for those responsible to be arrested.”
“The video was shared nearly 20,000 times and liked by more than 30,000 users, including many prominent accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers. The post and others like it on a dozen online platforms kindled a false narrative of widespread voting shenanigans among those predisposed to believe that the country’s elections are rigged.”
In addition to hosting his talk show, Kirk is also the founder of right wing student activist group Turning Point USA, and he is a member of the highly-secretive far Christian right organization, Council for National Policy (CNP).
Fast forward to Tuesday.
Here’s Kirk complaining to Steve Bannon that Republicans didn’t vote in the November, 2022 election several weeks ago, “because a lot of people do not trust the system.”
Charlie Kirk says there was a poor Republican turnout in AZ because their voters think elections are rigged: “400,000 people that voted for Trump in 2020 did not show up or vote for the midterm election. I believe it’s because a lot of people do not trust the system.” pic.twitter.com/UJvHiCQfQm
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) November 29, 2022
Watch Kirk’s video above or at this link.
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