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In a dismissive and hostile interview, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton displays his amazing stunning anti-LGBT animus and disrespect for the U.S. Constitution.

Newly-elected Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton went on CNN this morning to discuss his state legislature’s anti-gay marriage bill, a bill that would make it illegal for the State of Texas, any of its locales, or any local or state employee to recognize same-sex marriage, including issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple, or document the marriage of a same-sex couple in any official state records.

The clearly unconstitutional bill literally defunds same-sex marriage in the Lone Star State, as it also mandates no taxpayer funds can be used in any way to support or facilitate same-sex marriage.

Paxton amusingly told Camerota that in his state, voters overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment in 2005 banning same-sex marriage, as if that happened only in Texas, and as if that gives them special rights no other states should have. 

Camerota updated Paxton, showing him a 2014 poll that found 48 percent of Texans support marriage equality, and 47 percent oppose it. Paxton’s response? The same as NOM president Brian Brown. “The real poll is whatever happens on Election Day.”

Amusingly, Paxton then says his job is to “enforce the will of the people,” as he ignores the poll showing the will of the people is in support of same-sex marriage.

Asked what happens if the Texas anti-gay marriage bill becomes law, what will happen when the Supreme Court rules, Paxton started to dance around the issue.

He told Camerota “we don’t know” how the language of the bill will be finalized, nor how the Supreme Court will rule, he insisted.

But the most stunning, shocking, and disturbing moment in Paxton’s interview comes when he is asked, “Texas would have to conform to the federal law, yes?”

“If the Supreme Court is making the ruling on marriage, we deal with that all the time,” Paxton responds.

Camerota pauses, wholly unsure what Paxton’s comment means.

“Meaning what?,” she asks.

Silence.

Literally silence from Paxton, for almost two seconds.

Camerota pushes, trying to get an answer.

“Meaning Texas would have to conform to the Supreme Court,” she says, assuming he will agree.

“Again, we would have to see how it worked,” Paxton, shockingly says. “We would have to see exactly how that opinion is written, versus how this law is passed.”

Paxton goes on to say he doesn’t know how the Texas anti-gay law “will fit together” or be in “direct opposition” with the Supreme Court ruling.

The obvious correct answer would have been, “Yes.”

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Camerota went on to quote Lambda Legal’s statement calling the proposed Texas law “blatantly discriminatory.”

“Aren’t you saying that the gays and lesbians in your state are not as valued, because they can’t form into a union?”

Paxton responded that the legislature is merely defining marriage as it has been “for over two centuries.” 

“And what about homosexuals who fall in love?,” Camerota asks. “What should they do?”

“Well, I mean, they can do whatever they want,” was Paxton’s dismissive, inhumane response.

Camerota, not satisfied, pushed for a better answer.

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“Well, they can’t really do what they want,” she reminded him. “Do you understand why gays in Texas would feel that that’s discriminating against them?”

“Well,” Paxton muttered, “They can feel how they want.”

CNN has not yet posted the video to its website but did post it to Twitter. You can enlarge it below:

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Raw Story posted the video:

Some responses via Twitter:

 

Related:

Alabama’s Roy Moore Tells Texas If He Didn’t Fight Gay Marriage He’d Be ‘Guilty Of Treason’

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Gunman Threatens and Tries to Break Into FBI Field Office in Ohio – Armed Suspect on the Loose: Reports

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An armed man tried to break into an FBI field office in Cincinnati, Ohio Thursday morning, and is still on the loose. Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers are in pursuit, according to the Wilmington News Journal.

“Troopers in Wilmington area in pursuit of man who tried to break into FBI building in Cincinnati,” the Journal adds.

“Unconfirmed reports say his [sic] now firing at police from a corn field,” reports NBC 15 News.

The “police pursuit and ongoing police situation in Clinton County has shut down two highways and prompted an area lockdown. It all started after a potential threat was made at a FBI building in Cincinnati,” WLTW reports. “Officials with the Cincinnati FBI field office confirmed the situation began after a potential threat was made at an FBI building in Cincinnati.”

The Ohio suspect’s motivation is unknown but the news comes just days after the FBI executed a search warrant on the Mar-a-Lago home of Donald Trump, drawing massive right wing outrage including calls for “civil war.”

UPDATE: 12:16 PM ET –
FBI Cincinnati confirms earlier reporting:
At approximately 9 AM this morning an armed subject attempted to breach the Visitor Screening Facility at #FBI Cincinnati. After an alarm and a response by FBI special agents, the subject fled north onto Interstate 71.”

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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DOJ Served Trump With Grand Jury Subpoena for Classified Documents Months Before FBI Raid: Report

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The U.S. Dept. of Justice served Donald Trump with a grand jury subpoena months before the FBI raided the former President’s Mar-a-Lago home Monday, according to a right wing media outlet.

News of the existence of the grand jury subpoena being served on Trump months ago comes from Just the News, a website created by John Solomon. Solomon is a longtime journalist who in 2019 was labeled by The Daily Beast as “the Trumpian right’s favorite ‘investigative reporter,'” and the “Trump-friendly scribe” whose “Biden-Ukraine conspiracies were cited multiple times in the whistleblower memo.”

“Many of his co-workers are ashamed to be associated with him,” The Daily Beast reported, citing “his questionable reporting, which often seems specifically tailored to stoke the flames of right-wing paranoia.”

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Solomon on Thursday writes: “Two months before his Florida home was raided by the FBI, former President Donald Trump secretly received a grand jury subpoena for classified documents belonging to the National Archives, and voluntarily cooperated by turning over responsive evidence, surrendering security surveillance footage and allowing federal agents and a senior Justice Department lawyer to tour his private storage locker, according to a half dozen people familiar with the incident.”

If accurate, that’s news.

“Very clearly not the intention of that John Solomon article, but it inadvertently reflects very well upon the Justice Department,” NBC News Justice reporter covering the DOJ, Ryan J. Reilly observes. “A subpoena was issued to the former president of the United States and it held for nearly three months, until Trump’s own team publicly disclosed it!”

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National security and civil liberties journalist Marcy Wheeler adds: “Here’s what propagandist John Solomon says FBI had reason to believe Trump didn’t turn over in the original 15 box collection of stolen documents: Correspondence with foreign leaders.”

She points to this section of Solomon’s article:

“The subpoena requested any remaining documents Trump possessed with any classification markings, even if they involved photos of foreign leaders, correspondence or mementos from his presidency.”

According to multiple news outlets, FBI agents carted away an additional 10 to 12 cartons on Monday, in addition to the 15 the National Archives was forced to travel to Mar-a-Lago to retrieve earlier this year.

Even Rupert Murdoch’s Trump-friendly New York Post on Tuesday reported a “showdown over the materials first erupted back in January when the National Archives said it had retrieved 15 boxes of White House records — including classified information — from Mar-a-Lago that Trump should have turned over when he left office. The feds took another 12 boxes of material on Monday.”

 

 

 

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Watch: Beto O’Rourke Swears at Heckler for Laughing at Uvalde Deaths: ‘It May Be Funny to You … But It’s Not to Me’

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Just like his speech in a sweltering Cleburne, Texas gymnasium Wednesday morning, it was also standing room only Wednesday night when Beto O’Rourke, positioned in the center of the room and surrounded by hundreds of people at a town hall in Mineral Wells, Texas, swore at a heckler who laughed when the former U.S. Congressman mentioned the Uvalde, Texas elementary school mass shooting.

“It may be funny to you, motherf—er,” shouted O’Rourke, a former Democratic Party presidential candidate now running to unseat GOP Governor Greg Abbott, “but it’s not funny to me.”

The tall 49-year old father of three shared his profane remarks to massive standing applause, cheers, and the waving of black and white signs that matched the candidate’s black Levi’s and white long sleeve woven shirt.

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He didn’t miss a beat.

O’Rourke had passionately reminded the audience that it’s now been “eleven weeks since we lost 19 kids and their two teachers, shot to death with a weapon originally designed for use in combat, legally purchased by an 18 year old who did not try to obtain one when he was 16 or 17, but followed the law that’s on the books ladies and gentlemen, that says that you can buy not one, you could buy two or more if you want to. AR-15s, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and take that weapon that was originally designed for use on the battlefields in Vietnam to penetrate an enemy soldier’s helmet at 500 feet and knock him down dead up against kids at five feet.”

Out of nowhere, a laugh from someone in the audience, apparently near where a few people were holding up signs for Gov. Greg Abbbott.

READ MORE: Watch: Video of Beto O’Rourke Confronting Texas GOP Governor and Lt. Gov. Goes Viral

“It may be funny to you, motherf—er,” the Democratic nominee shot back, “but it’s not funny to me.”

“We’re gonna make sure that our kids who are starting their school year that they don’t have to worry about somebody walking into their school with a weapon like this,” he continued amid the applause and cheers, “that we take common sense steps we find the common ground, Democrats or Republicans gun owners non-gun owners alike.”

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