Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in a new interview late Tuesday afternoon says only states, not the nation’s highest court, can define marriage.
In a Tuesday afternoon interview with Bloomberg Politics’ Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Roy Moore said that he does not allow same sex marriage and will never change his opinion on marriage.
Halperin, the managing editor of Bloomberg PoliticsÂ and co-host of the site’s “With All Due Respect,” along with Heilemann, asked Moore if the late Gov. George Wallace was an “inspiration” to him.Â
Moore responded his opposition to same-sex marriage has nothing to do with race, adding, “We don’t discriminate in Alabama. This is about marriage, and we don’t discriminate there either. All persons have the right to marry, a personÂ of the opposite sex,” Moore told the reporters. He noted the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, which has been struck down as unconstitutional, was passed by 81 percent of voters.
The Chief Justice tried to claim that probate judges are not bound by a federal court’s ruling, but Halperin, a political reporter for over two decades, asked Moore, “Can you explainÂ what the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution means to you then?”
Moore proceeded to recite it from memory.
He then claimed that the state judiciary and federal judiciaryÂ are equal, which is not what theÂ Supremacy Clause says. Moore proceeded to recite from cherry-picked cases opinions that he seemed to believeÂ support his claim.Â
Moore later went on to claim that nothing in the U.S. ConstitutionÂ allows the Supreme CourtÂ “to reinvent the definitionÂ of marriage.”
Asked directly what he will do if the Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, Moore said, “I do not allow gay marriage anywhere. I will not change my opinion on the definitionÂ of marriage,” but he added, “the state courts would be bound” to abide by the Supreme Court ruling.Â
But Moore also set up a constitutional challenge, by claiming that even though state courts are bound by the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court constitutionally cannot extend marriage to same-sex couples because only the citizens of a state can redefine marriageÂ â€“ thus making a Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Asked about gay people, Moore said, “I’ve had many friends who are homosexual. I’ve treated people just like other people. This is not about how I treat people or how I go to a wedding.” Moore added that he would not attend a same-sex wedding.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated for clarity.Â
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Bolton Blasted Trump’s Ukraine Extortion: ‘I Am Not Part of Whatever Drug Deal Rudy and Mulvaney Are Cooking Up’
Three months ago then-National Security Advisor John Bolton warned administration insiders he would have no part of President Donald Trump’s off-the-books shadow government Ukraine extortion scandal. Bolton also apparently implicated both the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvany.
“I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Bolton told senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs Fiona Hill to tell White House lawyers, The New York Times reports in a bombshell article late Monday night.
Bolton, who resigned from the Trump administration hours before President Trump tweeted he had fired him, instructed Hill “to notify the chief lawyer for the National Security Council that Mr. Giuliani was working with Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, on a rogue operation with legal implications,” Hill told House of Representatives investigators on Monday.
Not one to shy away from confrontation himself, Bolton also called Giuliani, who is now reportedly under criminal investigation, “a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.”
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Giuliani Demands Investigation of Ambassador Yovanovitch — but Can’t Even Spell Her Name
Rudy Giuliani on Monday demanded an investigation into former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — who had spent the day testifying before Congress.
Giuliani made the statement while retweeting a conspiracy theory by Tom Fitton of the far-right group Judicial Watch:
“No wonder [Trump] and President Zelensky of Ukraine agreed Ambassador Yonacovitch (sic) was a real problem,” Giuliani said, while misspelling Yovanovitch’s name.
“I wonder if Shiftless asked her about this? Will there be an investigation or is she another ‘Protected Person’ like Biden & Hillary,” Giuliani tweeted.
Despite being implicated in the scandal, Giuliani has continued to speak out in attempts to defend the work he did with Trump to solicit foreign election assistance.
No wonder both @realDonaldTrump and President Zelensky of Ukraine agreed Ambassador Yonacovitch was a real problem. I wonder if Shiftless asked her about this? Will there be an investigation or is she another “Protected Person” like Biden & Hillary. https://t.co/qpQDJbc29I
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) October 14, 2019
‘Complete Gibberish’ and ‘Garbled Nonsense’: Experts Weigh in on Trump Announcement of Sanctions ‘Soon’ Against Turkey
“He’s Yeltsin, without the vodka.”
Experts are weighing in after President Donald Trump finally admitted action must be taken against Turkey’s ethnic cleansing of the Kurds, a move wholly enabled when President Trump pulled out U.S. forces from the region last week. There has been bipartisan and worldwide condemnation of Trump’s actions, which immediately led to the death of at least dozens of now-former U.S. allies.
In a statement posted to Twitter Monday afternoon, Trump threatened sanctions and the raising of tariffs on Turkey, “soon.”
“I will soon be issuing an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of sanctions against current and former officials of the Government of Turkey and any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria,” Trump’s statement reads. “Likewise, the steel tariffs will be increased back up to 50 percent, the level prior to reduction in May. The United States will also immediately stop negotiations, being led by the Department of Commerce, with respect to a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey.”
Experts are weighing in, with some calling Trump’s threats too little, too late – especially given that Trump wholly and single-handedly created the disaster now confronting the world.
One, a researcher at the democracy and freedom watchdog Freedom House, called the president’s remarks “complete gibberish.”
Complete gibberish https://t.co/yYMJpNEIc9
— Nate Schenkkan (@nateschenkkan) October 14, 2019
Another, a senior editor at The Diplomat, an international affairs magazine called Trump’s statement “garbled nonsense.”
This is … garbled nonsense.
— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) October 14, 2019
He also endorsed this observation:
The Twitter Starfish is right. https://t.co/hsf3PCpkI0
— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) October 14, 2019
Bloomberg News reporter notes there are not actually any sanctions yet, just a second round of threats:
It appears we have a second EO threatening sanctions on Turkey, with no actual sanctions yet
Unclear what new authorities this gives to Treasury, State that they don’t already have
Steel tariffs on Turkey go back up to 50% https://t.co/m5hGPfcpxc
— Saleha Mohsin (@SalehaMohsin) October 14, 2019
Former Strategic Planner and Public Affairs official in the Office of the Secretary of Defense:
At this point putting sanctions on Turkey is tantamount to triaging a self-inflicted decapitation with Scotch Tape
— Blickstein's Monster (@AdamBlickstein) October 14, 2019
Crooked Media’s head writer:
it’s like punching a wall, then putting a poster over the hole, then putting out a press release that says “glad I fixed that hole in the wall!” https://t.co/qEe244ryun
— Travis Helwig (@travishelwig) October 14, 2019
Trump is going to sanction himself? https://t.co/ZsgkvsehTB
— Rick Tyler (@rickwtyler) October 14, 2019
A Russian journalist just sent this tweet, with the following message: “Oh, look, Trump says he’s going to sanction Turkey for what he basically gave them permission to do last week. At this point, he’s Yeltsin, without the vodka.” https://t.co/vL7suFfKTt
— Bryan MacDonald (@27khv) October 14, 2019
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