Watch as Jeb Bush moves much further to the right of his recent statements on same-sex marriage.
Having lived through the most difficult week of his yet-to-be announced presidential campaign to date, Jeb Bush on Sunday moved much further to the right on the issue of same-sex marriage, all but denouncing the legal, civil unions of two men or two women.
The 62-year old Roman Catholic told the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody that neither America, nor, especially, children born into poverty, can succeed without a traditional marriage society. Bush also said that he does not believe the U.S. Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry, regardless of what the Supreme Court rules.
“I think traditional marriage is a sacrament,” Bush said, assuring CBN’s Brody that he is “concerned” about “the marriage issue.”
“Itâ€™s talking about being formed by oneâ€™s faith, itâ€™s at the core of the Catholic faith and to imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, a child-centered family system is hard to imagine,” the former Florida Republican governor added, framing marriage as solely a religious institution.Â
“So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide, I donâ€™t know what they are going to do, we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”
Calling ‘traditional marriage’ “a core American value,” Bush used the name of his hundred million dollar Super PAC as a talking point.
“If we want to create a right to rise society,Â where peopleÂ â€“ particularly children born in poverty,Â if we want to have them have a chance…we have to restoreÂ committed, loving family life with a mom and dad loving their children with their heart and soul.”
Bush, who has said he “personally” believes only different-sex couples should be able to adopt, and supported a 2001 federal judge’s ruling of that position, did not bother to mention the 200,000 children currently being raised by same-sex parents, many of whom are not their biological offspring.
Bush has been in hot water since last Monday for saying that, like his brother, he would have taken America to war even “knowing what we know now” about weapons of mass destruction actually not being in Iraq, and the tremendous loss of military and civilian life that plagued one of our nation’s longest wars. He changed his response to Monday’s question every day until acquiescing on Thursday he would not have gone into Iraq.
“Do you believe there should be a constitutional right to same-sex marriage because thatâ€™s the argument in front of the Supreme Court?,” Brody asked.
“I donâ€™t but Iâ€™m not a lawyer and clearly this has been accelerated at a warp pace,”Â Bush, quick to respond, said.
“Whatâ€™s interesting is four years ago Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had the same view that I just expressed to you,” he added, making a demonstrably false statement. “Itâ€™s thousands of years of culture and history is just being changed at warps speed. Itâ€™s hard to fathom why it is this way.”
Bush over recent months appeared to have taken a more moderate stance on same-sex marriage than he did today, telling big money Silicon Valley donors “we shouldnâ€™t discriminate based on sexual orientation.”
In February,Â Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins penned a widely-read piece titled, “Jeb Bush, 2016â€™s Gay-Friendly Republican,” in which heÂ wrote, “inside Bushâ€™s orbit, some believe his personal feelings on the subject may have evolved beyond his on-the-record statements.”
Clearly, that is not the case.
Video andÂ Image Screenshot via CBNÂ News/The Brody File
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Just 9 Republicans Joined Democrats to Uphold the Rule of Law and Vote to Hold Steve Bannon in Criminal Contempt
Only nine House Republicans joined with every Democrat in voting to hold Trump ally Steve Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress. Thursday afternoon’s final vote was 229-202.
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 21, 2021
Bannon refused to obey a lawful congressional subpoena ordering him to hand over documents and to submit to congressional investigators for a deposition. His legal defense was mocked by experts after he tried to invoke executive privilege.
BREAKING: The House has adopted the bipartisan H.Res.730, finding Stephen K. Bannon in contempt of Congress for failure to comply with a Congressional subpoena. The Speaker of the House will send the report to the Department of Justice for prosecution.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) October 21, 2021
Minority Whip Steve Scalise had directed House Republicans to vote against the motion.
Top voting rights attorney Marc Elias warns against praising the nine Republicans for doing the right thing in this one instance: “all nine of them voted against voting rights legislation,” he tweeted.
Before anyone praises them, all nine of them voted against voting rights legislation. https://t.co/QMFsczUgjk
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) October 21, 2021
‘Act of War’: Trump Blasted for ‘Chilling’ Statement Calling Election an ‘Insurrection’
Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former president, on Thursday issued what is being called a “chilling” statement on the election and the insurrection he incited.
“The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!” Trump said in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh simply and clearly calls it an “act of war.”
This statement is an act of war against America. ANY Republican who does not publicly rebuke this statement must be defeated. ANY Republican. pic.twitter.com/mVAsPXkqGK
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 21, 2021
U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) during debate on the House floor has “repeatedly” been “calling on Republicans to denounce the Trump statement,” according to reporter Jamie Dupree.
“All my colleagues were elected on November 3,” McGovern said. “If you believe that Election Day was an insurrection, then your election results are illegitimate.”
McGovern is not the only one to blast the Trump statement:
In debate on the January 6 investigation today on the House floor, Democrats are repeatedly bringing up this new statement from Donald Trump. Rep. Jim Clyburn D-SC says the “Big Lie” is just like the “Lost Cause” after the Civil War. pic.twitter.com/NDNHdjKrYq
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) October 21, 2021
Some journalists are also slamming the former president’s latest remarks.
S.V. Dáte, the White House correspondent at HuffPost weighed in, saying, “Donald Trump tried to overthrow American democracy after he lost his election by 7 million votes, but nearly a year later, he’s still lying. About all of it.”
Washington Post national political reporter Felicia Sonmez called it a “chilling statement … that makes clear his stance on peaceful democracy vs. violent insurrection.”
Washington Post White House bureau chief Ashley Parker pointed to the statement and said: “In which Trump’s shamelessness continues to be his political super power.”
ProPublica Senior Reporter Peter Elkind says: “This is the position of the widely embraced leader of the GOP. Republicans all behind that?”
A former president of the United States who took an oath to uphold the US Constitution: “The insurrection took place on November 3, Election Day. January 6 was the Protest!” #DonaldTrump #ThisIsGoingWell NB: almost no evidence of voter fraud has been uncovered or confirmed.
— Priscilla Huff (@phuffdaddy) October 21, 2021
Watch: Garland Destroys GOP Congressman’s False Suggestion His School Board Memo Calls Parents Terrorists
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland Thursday morning was forced to respond to repeated Republican false claims about his memo directing the DOJ to hold “discussions” with local leaders about threats of violence made against school board members, and several times had to push back hard against false accusations made by GOP Congressmen.
Franklin Graham, Stephen Miller, and countless others on the right for weeks have been falsely claiming that Garland has ordered DOJ to investigate parents merely for opposing school board decisions, mostly on mask mandates and what they claim is “critical race theory.”
U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) on Wednesday during a Judiciary Committee hearing falsely suggested Garland was calling parents’ challenging school boards domestic terrorists.
“One example of a so-called terrorist incident was a parent, merely questioning whether school board members had earned their high school diplomas. Now that might have been rude, but does that seem like an act of domestic terrorism that you or your Justice Department ought to be investigating?” Chabot asked.
“Absolutely not,” Garland replied. “And I want to be clear the Justice Department supports and defends the First Amendment right of parents to complain as vociferously as they wish, about the education of their children, about the curriculum taught in the schools. That is not what the memorandum is about at all, nor does it use the words ‘domestic terrorism’ or ‘Patriot Act.’ Like you, I can’t imagine any circumstance in which the Patriot Act would be used in the circumstances of parents complaining about their children, nor can I imagine a circumstance where they would be labeled as domestic terrorism.”
As NCRM has previously reported, school board members and educators in at least nine states this year have been targeted with threats, death threats, and often racist death threats, including in Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Vermont, according to local news reports.
Ironically, it was Congressman Chabot who, a decade ago, was legitimately accused of violating the First Amendment when his staffers directed local police to confiscate video cameras at the Congressman’s town hall event, held in a public school.
Chabot, ruffled and rebuffed by Garland’s response, decided to end the inquiry there.
“Thank you I’m nearly out of time.”
Garland: That is not what the memorandum is about at all nor does it use the word domestic terrorism or patriot act pic.twitter.com/6vJqDDPcBf
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 21, 2021
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