You just won’t believe some of the names on this list of prominent conservatives and Republicans who want same-sex couples to have the legal right to marriage.
Let’s be honest. The Republican Party has been home to almost if not all of the most anti-gay politicians, religious leaders, activists, and power brokers in America. Which is not to say all Republicans are anti-gay, but when being anti-gay is embedded in the actual text of your party’s platform, there’s little room to claim your party supports equality.
So it should come as both a huge surprise and be viewed as a monumental event that over 300 prominent Republicans, some of whom have publicly spoken out against same-sex marriage or LGBT civil rights, have signed on to an amicus brief sent to the U.S. Supreme Court today.
As TIME points out, the brief states its signers “share the view that laws that bar same-sex couples from the institution of civil marriage, with all its attendant profoundly important rights and responsibilities, are inconsistent with the United States Constitutionâ€™s dual promises of equal protection and due process.”
Who’s on that list?
Here are a few of the more than 300 names:
Ken Mehlman, whose name is listed as the person behind the group of conservatives.
Former EBay CEO and GOP nominee for California GovernorÂ Meg Whitman
Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal
Former Bush Dep. Sec. of Defense Paul Wolfowitz
Former U.S. Senator of Missouri and ordainedÂ Episcopal priestÂ John C. Danforth
Ronald ReaganÂ White House Chief of StaffÂ Kenneth M. Duberstein
Sen. John McCain’s former Press Secretary Crystal BentonÂ
Sen. John McCain’s formerÂ National Spokesman Tucker Bounds
Gov. Scott Walker’s former Deputy CampaignÂ Manager Dan Blum
Former U.S. Congresswoman Mary Bono
Komen for the Cure founder and formerÂ US Ambassador to Hungary under George W. Bush Nancy Brinker
Alex Castellanos, CNN contributor and GOP strategist
U.S Senator Susan Collins (Maine)
BushÂ National Security AdvisorÂ Stephen Hadley
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (Illinois)
CNN’s Ana Navarro
Former Pennsylvania Gov. and Homeland Security Dir. Tom Ridge
CongresswomanÂ Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Mitt Romney Press Sec. Andrea SaulÂ
Perhaps one of the most interesting signatories is Ben Domenech, co-founder of RedState, now run by anti-gay religious right radical Erick Erickson, and co-founder of The Federalist, a conservative website that has published extremelyÂ anti-gay articles.
The one take away from the list is it includes many people behind leading anti-gay politicians, like Mitt Romney and John McCain. But it also includes many old guard Republicans, who grew up in a GOP decades before the politics of ignorance were embraced by the Tea Party. And it includes many younger Republicans, 61 percent of whom support same-sex marriage.
One final note about the list: It is extensive and there are many on it who likely deserve to be listed above. We opted to include some of the more surprising names, along with some of the better-known names. There are others who deserve recognition, and we offer our sincere thanks to each and every one.
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Trump National Security Advisor Blasted for ‘Weaponizing’ Classified Intel Against Bernie Sanders as Nevada Caucuses
President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor was blasted online on Saturday for a smear against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) while Nevada Democrats were caucusing to choose the DNC’s 2020 presidential nominee.
Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for The Washington Post, broke news on Saturday about what Robert O’Brien said in an interview to air on Sunday.
National security adviser Robert O’Brien tells ABC in interview to air tomorrow that he hasn’t seen any evidence of Russia seeking to help Trump. Asked whether Russia might be helping Sanders, he says reports could be credible. “That’s no surprise. He honeymooned in Moscow.”
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 22, 2020
O’Brien was quickly criticized for his comments. Here is some of what people were saying:
It is disgraceful for the national security advisor to lie about intelligence and spin it into a partisan attack. Trump will use the full weight of the intelligence community to try and win this election. https://t.co/aDu0uGWGmK
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) February 22, 2020
Trump doesn't have advisers anymore, only enablers.
— Cam Kay (@canmore2018) February 22, 2020
The next phase is starting and it's scary.
— JeriB (@knittingamma) February 22, 2020
I'm sorry. THIS is not a security advisor response. This is a Trump edict. The facts have been shredded.
— Patriot🇺🇸Citizenmdg (@Clancy_Dew) February 22, 2020
So even the NSA is just a campaign hack for Trump now
— Mark Gray (@rich29uk) February 22, 2020
Such a good little Trump soldier.
— Paul 👻 (@pablo_honey1) February 22, 2020
Aaaand, the ruse is over before it begins. O'Brien is no national security advisor. He's just a Trump schill & our nation is less safe as a result.
— Jeff Meyer (@meyerjef) February 22, 2020
Can anyone really trust anything trumps installed cronies have to offer anymore?
— James Lewis (@jlewis019) February 22, 2020
Such an odd talking point.
Yes, Bernie Sanders celebrated his honeymoon in Russia.
But if you think that matters, wouldn’t you point out that President Trump hosted the Miss Universe pageant there in 2013 and has sought to build a Trump Tower in Moscow? https://t.co/zp7I9HHI4V
— Shelby Holliday (@shelbyholliday) February 22, 2020
I know the Trumpsters think they are being terribly clever here. But this only amplifies that Sanders directly condemned any interference while Trump can't even muster the gentlest criticism of Putin. The contrast is really something… https://t.co/dq02sXikNn
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) February 22, 2020
politicization of US intel agencies kicking into high gear with eight months to go https://t.co/g7A8xfrYdz
— rat king (@MikeIsaac) February 22, 2020
Yes Sanders honeymooned in Moscow as opposed to Trump who held a beauty pageant in Moscow, took money from Moscow investors, hired aides linked to Moscow, heaped praise on Putin, and publicly asked Russia to get his opponent’s emails in the midst of the 2016 election campaign. https://t.co/4uThdP4GB3
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 22, 2020
To keep your job in the Trump administration you have to act like a partisan hack even in jobs that were not traditionally held by hacks. Grenell will fit right in with O’Brien and Pompeo. https://t.co/ASgriIKMXm
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) February 22, 2020
This NSA may not know much about foreign policy but he certainly knows how to deliver talking points written by his boss. https://t.co/hdUkrTyYIc
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) February 22, 2020
This will get worse. Using intelligence agencies to attack Democratic rivals. Also, has Trump ever admitted Russia interfered? Criticized Putin? Nope? Thought so. https://t.co/LuINoUFH5f
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 22, 2020
Weird, because Robert O'Brien said in 2016 during the primaries that Trump had a "bromance" with Putin and that Trump played up, "how chummy he will be with Vladimir Putin if he is elected."https://t.co/hR7JRvURzA
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) February 22, 2020
Internet Heaps Praise on CNN’s Anderson Cooper for His ‘Must Watch’ Destruction of Rod Blagojevich
CNN’s Anderson Cooper received near-universal praise across the board for what one commenter called his “fiery rebuke” of recently paroled former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Friday night that culminated in the CNN host telling him excuses for why he should not have been in prison were “bullsh*t.”
During the highly-contentious interview, Cooper came armed with facts and did not let Blagojevich get away with comparing himself to political prisoner Nelson Madel a which drew a smirk and rebuke from the CNN host.
Many on Twitter were quick to point to the interview as one all cable hosts should look at as a way to stop guests who go on shows to lie with no pushback.
As former President Bill Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich put it: “At a time when so many lies go unchecked and unaddressed by the media, @andersoncooper ‘s fiery rebuke of Blagojevich’s narrative could not have been more necessary. This is what real journalism looks like.”
You can see similar comments — as well as video — below:
At a time when so many lies go unchecked and unaddressed by the media, @andersoncooper's fiery rebuke of Blagojevich's narrative could not have been more necessary.
This is what real journalism looks like. https://t.co/gjO4CW2aFH
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) February 22, 2020
1. To completely lack empathy for disenfranchised people to the point of malice until you, yourself, are forcibly placed in the exact same position as the people in question
2. To get your ass handed to you on live TV by Anderson Cooper
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) February 22, 2020
I could watch this 1,000 times. Bravo Anderson Cooper. This is the kind of take down I expect from you at all times.pic.twitter.com/FhztC95Atd
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) February 22, 2020
Listen & learn from Anderson Cooper. Journalists interviewing Donald Trump must confront his lies w/ total, in-your-face, incisive criticism. America’s absurd acquiescence to Trump’s frauds & media manipulations end now. Force the issues. Demand answers.
— Stephanie Kennedy (@WordswithSteph) February 22, 2020
Oh my god. I’m finally watching this. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Anderson Cooper this livid. Even when he was calling out that homophobe attorney general in Florida. Wow. https://t.co/vFySKr5rAe
— John Aravosis🇺🇸 (@aravosis) February 22, 2020
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) February 22, 2020
I am floored by Anderson Cooper’s masterful interview of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He laser focused on Blago’s incredible hubris, hypocrisy, and lies.
He did everything but make the shriveled up ex-con beg for mercy.
This segment should be shown in all journalism classes. pic.twitter.com/OtEj9LpJuv
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) February 22, 2020
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) February 22, 2020
Cathartic. A display of real, passionate journalism and truth-telling by @andersoncooper. He deserves a lot of credit here.
*This* is what we should be incentivizing in reporting. Not robotic neutrality.
The audience cares when the journalists care.https://t.co/GQ6QgMeA18
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) February 22, 2020
In the age of Trump, scumbags thrive.
They all run the same Trump playbook of acting like they’re the real victims.
Watching Anderson Cooper not let Blagojevich get away with it is a small win for decency. https://t.co/s7c7261lNR
— Sarah Longwell (@SarahLongwell25) February 22, 2020
Anderson Cooper went to TOWN on Rod Blagojevich: "you have an obligation…to admit what you did was wrong…you're creating a whole new alternate universe of facts and that may be big in politics today, but it's still frankly just bullshit." pic.twitter.com/87c1Fkg0rN
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 22, 2020
‘Stay Out’: Sanders Eviscerates ‘Thug’ Putin After Russia Exposed for Trying to Help His Presidential Campaign
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the current presidential frontrunner for the Democrats, had decidedly harsh words for President Vladimir Putin after the Washington Post reported he had been briefed by federal officials that Russia is working to get him elected.
“I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president,” Sanders told The Washington Post in a statement. “My message to Putin is clear: Stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.”
“Unlike Donald Trump, I do not consider Vladimir Putin a good friend. He is an autocratic thug,” Sanders also said. “I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president. My message to Putin is clear: stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.”
Many are heralding the Independent Senator from Vermont who, unlike President Donald Trump whose campaign was assisted by Russia in 2016 and is also now being aided, Sanders emphatically told Putin to stop.
This is the correct response from @BernieSanders Sanders:
“Unlike Donald Trump, I do not consider Vladimir Putin a good friend. He is an autocratic thug who is attempting to destroy democracy and crush dissent in Russia.”
— Ben Judah (@b_judah) February 21, 2020
And unlike Trump, @BernieSanders had the correct response:
“I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president,” Sanders said in a statement to The Washington Post. “My message to Putin is clear: stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.” https://t.co/nVsHEDm9W2
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 21, 2020
.@BernieSanders has the response Trump should have, but doesn’t. Bernie isn’t responsible for Russia’s crimes. Like Trump, he’s responsible for his response to them & his is the right one: “My message to Putin is clear: Stay out of American elections.” https://t.co/DliMnrIgAH
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) February 21, 2020
Trump, on hearing that Russia wanted to help him, fired his intelligence director. Sanders, on hearing that Russia wanted to help him, put out a statement calling Putin a thug and to stay out. https://t.co/C734gGT7Pv
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) February 21, 2020
Well lookie there. That’s how one who cares about American democracy responds:
Sanders: “My message to Putin is clear: stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.”
Not: Russia if you are listening…https://t.co/7yQSlwPMOt
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) February 21, 2020
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