U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Tea Party Republican of Florida, must really, really hate gay people. Why else would he, in the space of 24 hours, in two separate interviews, threaten to vote against the immigration reform bill that he co-authored if it includes an amendment that merely treats same-sex binational legally married couples the same as opposite-sex binational legally married couples, and then, hours later, announce that he will vote against ENDA because, as he told a reporter, “Iâ€™m not for any special protections based on orientation.”
Speaking about the immigration reform bill yesterday, Rubio told Fox News pundit Andrea Tantaros on her radio show, “If this bill has something in it that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I’m done.”
KEYES: The Senate this summer is going to be taking up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which makes it illegal to fire someone for being gay. Do you know if youâ€™ll be supporting that?
RUBIO: I havenâ€™t read the legislation. By and large I think all Americans should be protectedÂ but Iâ€™m not for any special protections based on orientation.
Keyes and Adam Peck noted in their report:
Workplace discrimination is an all-too-frequent reality for LGBT individuals.Â Two out of every five openly lesbian, gay, or bisexual employees have reported discrimination at their jobs. Among transgender workers, that figure rises toÂ nine out of ten.
Currently,Â 29 statesÂ have no laws protecting gay and lesbian workers from discrimination in the workplace, and an additionalÂ five statesÂ donâ€™t protect workers based on gender identity. And yet nine in ten AmericansÂ mistakenly believeÂ that it is illegal to fire someone for being gay.
LGBT workers arenâ€™t asking for â€œspecial protections,â€ as Rubio would have people believe. Theyâ€™re asking to be treated like everyone else and be allowed to do their job without fear of being harassed or fired for who they are.
Rubio’s presence at Reed’sÂ â€œRoad to Majorityâ€ conference, which includes anti-gay notables like NOM President Brian Brown — itself is troubling. Reed, who was disgraced and forced to leave asÂ the firstÂ executive director of Pat Robertsonâ€™sÂ Christian Coalition amid allegations of violations of federal campaign finance laws.
But worse, a reported 500 attendees from yesterday’s conference flooded Capitol Hill to demand lawmakers pass a replacement bill for DOMA, which even the anti-gay Christian group believes will be struck down by the Supreme Court.
Rubio, who is 44 and a Roman Catholic, also voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, which included new protections for LGBT people, and he is on record s supporting a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would permanently ban same-sex couples from marrying.
Rubio would have voted against repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” in 2010 but wasn’t a member of the Senate when it was repealed. His spokesperson did say Rubio “supports the current policy and doesnâ€™t see any reason for it to change.”
Not only did Rubio get an endorsement from Perkins, Rubio “boasted the endorsementÂ of anti-gay hate groups like the Family Research Council and during the electionÂ recorded robocallsÂ for the National Organization of Marriage urging Americans to deny equal rights to gays and lesbians,” Igor Volsky at Think Progress reported earlier this year.
And in April 2006, the state of Florida “was being criticized for its inability to place foster children with families, a problem that had become so acute that some foster kids were forced to sleep in a state conference room,” OnTheIssues reports. Rubio, who was serving in the Florida House, “dismissed expanding the program to include gay couples who wanted to take in children. ‘Some of these kids are the most disadvantaged in the state,’ Rubio said. ‘They shouldn’t be forced to be part of a social experiment.'”
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DOJ Spokesperson Tells Fox News Bill Barr Is Opening Investigation Into Unmasking by Obama Administration During 2016 Election
Dept. of Justice Spokesperson Kerri Kupec says Bill Barr has authorized the opening of an investigation into “unmasking” that took place before, during, and after the 2016 presidential election by the Obama administration. It is the latest move by the Attorney General to further politicize the DOJ in an effort to re-write history as President Donald Trump would like it told.
Barr has tasked John Dash, a U.S. Attorney in Texas, with conducting the investigation.
Kupac made the announcement on Fox News Wednesday night, telling host and frequent Trump advisor Sean Hannity that Barr has concerns about the “frequency” and the “motivation” of unmasking requests.
“When you’re looking at unmasking as part of a broader investigation,” Kupac told Hannity, “who was unmasking whom, can add a lot to our understanding about motivation and big picture events.”
Unmasking, the act of requesting to learn the identity of a U.S. individual caught up in Intelligence Community telephone intercepts of foreign actors, is perfectly legal, which Kupac noted.
The Trump administration escalated unmasking requests, nearly doubling them in 2018, as this LA Times Legal Affairs Columnist notes:
Authorized NSA "unmasking" (I think we need a new word for this) requests in last 4 years:
— Harry Litman (@harrylitman) May 15, 2020
But Sean Hannity painted a far different picture for his Fox News supporters.
“I have been told by my sources now Kerri, for years, that there have been unmasking at an increase of three-fold in the second term of the Obama administration. Um… I’ve been told that even members of Donald Trump’s family have been unmasked. Members of the media have been unmasked.”
Hannity could have actually done some basic research to get actual facts.
It’s important to note that in administrations that don’t politicize intelligence and turn the Dept. of Justice into a weapon for the president’s re-election, any announcement of a major investigation would be made in a non-partisan environment like the DOJ’s press briefing room, and all regular media outlets would be included.
DOJ spokesperson announces an unmasking probe pic.twitter.com/5ibxOxZR4H
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) May 28, 2020
‘Political Hack’ Kellyanne Conway Destroyed for Condescendingly Comparing Standing in Line to Vote to Buying Cupcakes
White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway for the second time on Wednesday is drawing outrage for her offensive remarks. After painting a target on the back of the Twitter executive responsible for preventing disinformation and hoaxes, she’s now under fire for comparing standing in line to vote to standing in line to buy cupcakes.
On Wednesday, Conways remarks drove her to the number two slot on Twitter’s top trending items, just below the SpaceX launch.
“People are very proud to show up and go to the polls,” Conway told reporters. “They really are. I mean they wait in line at Georgetown Cupcake for an hour to get a cupcake,” she said, somewhat condescendingly.
“So I think they can probably wait in line to do something as consequential and critical and constitutionally significant as cast their ballot.”
Kellyanne: If you can stand in line for a cupcake, you can stand in line to vote pic.twitter.com/iTEvPZjNu7
— Peter Wade 🤦♂️ (@brooklynmutt) May 27, 2020
Not all of America waits in line to buy cupcakes in Washington, D.C. And those who wait in line the most to vote generally live in poor and minority neighborhoods.
Americans can and do wait in line, often for hours, to vote. They shouldn’t have to. In the middle of a pandemic Americans want the opportunity to not contract – or spread – the deadly virus the President she works for has made even worse.
One American, U.S. Congressman Mark Pocan, Democrat of Wisconsin, had the perfect response to Conway’s condescension.
To be clear, Georgetown Cupcakes in D.C. right now is delivery only.
So if that’s your arbitrary standard Kellyanne, I think it’s time that our country has national vote-by-mail. https://t.co/AyNttIxJTC
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) May 27, 2020
His remarks were echoed by others:
— Janet Johnson (@JJohnsonLaw) May 27, 2020
And still others had a few words to share about Conway’s comments:
It is so glaringly obvious they want to create two voting systems, one for them and their voters and one for the rest of us. Similar to the legal system they’ve created for themselves. Rest assured, Kellyanne and everyone in the WH will vote-by-mail. Because it is convenient. https://t.co/GhHt3FvJdB
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) May 27, 2020
If you can mail people checks you can mail people ballots.
Is she living in a fantasy world where criminals don’t want to steal checks but really want to vote?
— JRehling (@JRehling) May 27, 2020
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) May 27, 2020
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) May 27, 2020
.@KellyannePolls assumes that those in line for a cupcake are those hesitant to vote in person. Numerous immuno-compromised individuals aren’t buying cupcakes & they would like to vote.
— Indivisible NE Iowa (@IndivisibleNEIA) May 27, 2020
.@KellyannePolls is a paid propagating debunked BS, with the gall of comparing vote by mail to cupcakes from the party who believes guns are just like cars.
This is a transparent effort to suppress & disenfranchise your constitutional right to vote bc they fear it https://t.co/oJlAAcKYoz
— Trinity (@TrinityResists) May 27, 2020
Voting is a constitutional right.
Eating fancy cupcakes is a luxury
There’s a big difference Kellyanne
But you knew that already. pic.twitter.com/gyOBX2FKFC
— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) May 27, 2020
‘Objective Is to Destroy Democrats’: Trump-Loving MAGA Broadcaster Admits He Doesn’t Care About ‘Being Factual’
MAGA “life coach” and right-wing broadcaster Brenden Dilley admitted during his program today that he doesn’t care about the truth of the things he says and that he has no problem “making shit up” because his “objective is to destroy Democrats” and “anything that opposes President Trump.”
“I don’t give a fuck about being factual,” Dilley said. “I make shit up all the time.”
“I don’t give a fuck,” he continued. “My objective is to destroy Democrats, OK? To destroy liberals, liberalism as an idea, Democrats, and anything that opposes President Trump. That’s my goal. I’ve never made any bones about that.”
“You don’t have to fact check me because I don’t give a fuck,” Dilley added. “I fucking make up shit sometimes, from time to time. I don’t care. I don’t care. Democrats know it. Republicans know it. I don’t mind admitting it. I don’t give a shit … When I get a chance to shit on the left, I don’t mind making shit up. No, not at all.”
On Tuesday, Dilley praised the president’s baseless accusation that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough had something to do with the 2001 death of a woman who worked in Scarborough’s congressional office and urged his listeners to start “investigating” whether Scarborough may have also been involved in the 1996 death of JonBenét Ramsey.
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
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