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Scott Walker Calls For Constitutional Amendment To Make Same-Sex Marriage Bans Constitutional

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Likely GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker is calling for a constitutional amendment making same-sex marriage bans constitutional, should the Supreme Court strike them down.

For a while, it looked like Scott Walker might be (one of) the first Republican presidential candidates to support same-sex marriage. The Wisconsin governor, who routinely offers ambiguous answers, over the past year has allowed many to infer he might not oppose extending the institution of marriage to same-sex couples. Walker’s most-recent example of allowing voters to infer his actual positions and beliefs was his unique comment that he had not attended a same-sex wedding (no response if he would) but he had attended the reception for a same-sex wedding.

One reason some believed in Walker’s possible support is that he has a cousin who is gay, and his son was a witness at her wedding. And another was public opinion. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported last October, “polls have shown more support for same-sex marriage,” and added that Walker “has repeatedly answered questions about the ban by saying his opinion doesn’t matter because a governor can’t change the constitution.”

Apparently, Gov. Walker can’t change the Wisconsin constitution, but he thinks trying to change the U.S. Constitution is fair game.

If the Supreme Court grants same-sex couples the constitutional right to marry and prohibits states from banning that right, the 47-year old union-busting Tea Party Republican governor says he would support a federal constitutional amendment allowing states to ban same-sex couples from marrying.

LOOK: Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage May Cost GOP The White House In 2016, New Poll Says

In response to a Supreme Court ruling supporting same-sex couples, “the only other viable option out there is to support a constitutional amendment, which I would, again, believing, I believe in not just in marriage being defined as one man and one woman, but I also believe in states’ rights. I think that’s an issue that appropriately belongs in the states,” Walker told the conservative blog Caffeinated Thoughts on Saturday.

“I’m still holding out hope the United States Supreme Court will say, ‘Yes, indeed, states have a right to define what marriage is,'” Walker added.

He noted that as a state lawmaker and as a voter, he voted for a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, and he “defended it as governor” in federal courts.

The interview also included questions about abortion and personhood laws, which declare life begins at conception and therefore abortion by definition – and thus, state law – would be murder, and illegal.

Right Wing Watch reports Walker “immediately” dodged the question “by saying that if he were president he wouldn’t ‘handle any constitutional amendments.'”

So, to be clear, a President Walker supports constitutional amendments allowing states to ban same-sex marriage, but a President Walker doesn’t “handle any constitutional amendments” when it comes to a woman’s right to choose.

Once again proving Scott Walker is the king of ambiguous and conflicting answers.

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Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr and a CC license
Hat tip and video: Right Wing Watch

 

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‘It’s Called Obamacare’: Trump Scorched for Bragging He Will Sign Order Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions – Which Is Already Law

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President Donald Trump Friday night, desperate to save his flailing re-election campaign with less than 100 days to go, promised to force insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions – a policy that has existed for years as current law under ObamaCare, and with no increase in premiums.

“Over the next two weeks I’ll be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all customers,” Trump said from his Bedminster golf resort. “That’s a big thing. I’ve always been very strongly in favor. We have to cover pre-existing conditions so we will be pursuing a major executive order requiring health insurance companies to cover all pre-existing conditions for all of its customers.”

“This has never been done before,” Trump said, in a massive lie.

In fact, Trump and his administration are not only suing to get rid of the requirement to cover people with pre-existing conditions, they have begged the Supreme court to void all of ObamaCare – the entire Affordable Care Act.

Right on cue, Trump’s top campaign advisors went to work, tweeting out the “news.”

Here’s Boris Epshteyn, Trump 2020 Strategic Advisor for Coalitions, a former Special Assistant to the President:

Here’s Jason Miller, Trump 2020 campaign Senior Advisor, a 2016 campaign communications advisor (who left the team under a cloud just before Trump entered the White House):

And here’s former Trump acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell:

All of them, including the president, were destroyed on social media.

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Jerry Falwell Jr. on Leave of Absence After Request From Board of Trustees – Just Days After Unzipped Pants Shot

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Jerry Falwell, Jr., the President and Chancellor of Liberty University, has been asked to take an indefinite leave of absence, just days after he posted, deleted, and later offered a strange and some say possibly intoxicated explanation about a photo showing him and a young woman in a strange state of undress.

MSNBC’s Jesse Rodriguez:

National Review’s David French adds the request came from the Board of Trustees:

Liberty University is one of the world’s largest Christian universities. Falwell, Jr. is a close ally to President Donald Trump. This is far from his first stunning scandal.

This is one of a few photos he posted Monday. There was a strange video as well. All were quickly deleted.

Falwell, Jr. then called into a local Virginia radio station, explaining the woman his arm was wrapped around was his wife’s assistant.

“You know it was weird, cause she was, she’s pregnant, she couldn’t get her pants up, and I was, trying to like – my, I had on a pair of jeans I haven’t worn in a long time so I couldn’t get mine zipped either,” Falwell told WLNI. “And so I just put my belly – I just put my belly out like hers, and it was just, um, she’s my wife’s assistant and she’s a sweetheart. I should never have put it up and embarrassed her because, um, anyway, I’ve apologized to everybody and I promised my kids, I’m gonna try to be a good boy from here on out.”

Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) called Falwell’s behavior “appalling,” and called for him to step down.

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Top US Counter Intelligence Official Formally Announces Russia Working to Attack Biden, Helping Trump Win Re-Election

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The top counterintelligence official in the United States government has just released an official statement saying the Intelligence Community is actively working to help President Donald Trump get re-elected.

“We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘establishment.’ This is consistent with Moscow’s public criticism of him when he was Vice President for his role in the Obama Administration’s policies on Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia,” states National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) Director William Evanina.

“For example, pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach is spreading claims about corruption – including through publicizing leaked phone calls – to undermine former Vice President Biden’s candidacy and the Democratic Party. Some Kremlin-linked actors are also seeking to boost President Trump’s candidacy on social media and Russian television.”

Evanina does not limit his assessment to Russia. China and Iran, he says, prefer Biden to win the election – which would account for Trump’s recent attacks on both countries, while refusing to challenge or confront Russian President Vladimir Putin on any issue.

“We assess that China prefers that President Trump – whom Beijing sees as unpredictable – does not win reelection. China has been expanding its influence efforts ahead of November 2020 to shape the policy environment in the United States, pressure political figures it views as opposed to China’s interests, and deflect and counter criticism of China.”

“We assess that Iran seeks to undermine U.S. democratic institutions, President Trump, and to divide the country in advance of the 2020 elections.”

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) says Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other top Democrats, have been urging Evanina to release this information to the public.

But he warns that President Donald Trump is unlikely to act on it.

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