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Ben Carson: Gay Rights Aren’t Civil Rights Because Gay People Don’t Have Separate Water Fountains



Dr. Ben Carson is at it again, trying to explain his position on civil rights, and offending the LGBT community all over again.

How many times and how many ways can a man who claims he has “no animosity” toward gay people offend them?

Ben Carson on Wednesday sat down with Fox News host Bret Baier, and during a softball interview managed to once again offer up the most insulting and ignorant responses.

(Carson’s comments about gay people begin at the 5 minute mark above.)

Baier challenged the 63-year old retired pediatric neurosurgeon on the comments he made in a now infamous CNN interview, when he claimed that prison proves being gay is a choice. Carson admitted it was a “boneheaded” response to host Chris Cuomo’s line of questioning, but he also admitted he lost his cool during that interview.

“I was a little bit irritated that he was equating the whole [homosexuality] issue with the Civil Rights movement,” Carson said Wednesday. “Because, quite frankly, I didn’t remember any times when there were signs up that says, you know, ‘everybody else here and gay people have to drink at this fountain,'” he said.

It is almost inconceivable that a person running for president, a person with an incredible education and one who built his life in the medical industry, appears to have zero understanding of the discrimination and violence LGBT people face every day.

LOOK: GOP Presidential Candidate Ben Carson’s Top 10 Most Anti-Gay Comments

Separate water fountains are far from the only indication of second-class status. The inability to legally marry still exists for millions of same-sex couples, as does the fear of legally being fired or denied services for being LGBT, just for starters.

Carson’s attempt to appear conciliatory and moderate toward LGBT rights issues on Fox News cannot possibly negate his recent attacks on gay people.

In April, Carson said, “Some people think that I hate gay people, that I’m a homophobe. I’m not.” Then went on to demand Congress impeach judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage.

That same month Carson strongly suggested that Christians are persecuted, and gay people are more protected than Christians and other people of faith.

In January, Carson quipped that gay people shouldn’t try to “force” bakers to make their wedding cakes, lest the bakers “poison” them.

Last year, Dr. Carson told a National Organization For Marriage audience that same-sex marriage is part of a Neo-Marxist plot to impose the “New World Order.”

But perhaps Carson’s most offensive comments came when he placed gay people in the same category as pedophiles, “people who believe in bestiality,” and “NAMBLA.”

On Wednesday, Carson tried to cover all that up.

UPDATE: Ben Carson: Anti-Christian Discrimination ‘More Important’ Topic Than Anti-Gay Discrimination

On “the whole homosexuality thing,” Carson told Fox News, “I would love for the gay community to answer this question for me: What position can a person take who has absolutely no animosity toward gay people, but believes in traditional marriage, that would be satisfactory to them?,” he asked.

Carson says he’s “very happy to compromise” on the issue, but he hasn’t “heard an answer” yet.



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‘One Minute to Live, Sir’: Trump Shared Details of Soleimani Assassination With Top Dollar Donors at Mar-a-Lago Fundraiser



President Donald Trump shared moment-by-moment details of his assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani with top high-dollar donors at  Friday night’s fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago. The Commander-in-Chief also revealed he authorized the killing, not because of any supposed “imminent threat,” as he has previously asserted, but because intelligence reports, he said, found Solemiani was “talking about bad stuff.”

Killing Solemani as an act of retribution instead of as a preventative measure against imminent attack could be a war crime, legal experts have said.

The Washington Post reports Trump “spoke broadly about Soleimani as ‘the father of the road side bomb’ responsible for ‘every young, beautiful man or woman who see walking around with no legs, no arms.'”

Soleimani “was saying bad things about our country, like we’re going to attack, we’re going to kill your people. I said, ‘listen, how much of this shit do we have to listen to, right?’” Trump said, to applause.

The president also gave a blow-by-blow account of Soleimani’s killing.

“‘Sir, they have two minutes and 11 seconds.’ No emotion. ‘two minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They’re in the car, they’re in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. 30 seconds. 10, 9, 8 …’ Then all of a sudden, boom,” Trump told the group of donors, according to audio recordings the Post received.

The Post also revealed that at Friday’s fundraiser, “Trump is heard boasting about increasing the defense budget by $2.5 trillion. To those who criticized his spending and the growing national debt, Trump said, ‘Who the hell cares about the budget? We’re going to have a country.'”




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Lev Parnas Details ‘Intimate’ Cannabis Industry Dinner With Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump



In an extensive interview with the Daily Beast, Lev Parnas — the associate of Rudy Giuliani who is at the center of more allegations of corruption against Donald Trump — revealed details of a meeting he had with Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner that the White House has tried to dismiss.

Speaking with the Beast’s Betsy Swan, Parnas stated that we was a participant at a private dinner at the Trump Hotel, with Swan writing, “In October 2018, he attended a dinner in a private suite at Trump Hotel hosted by the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action. The dinner, with around a dozen people, connected Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with leaders in the cannabis industry. Parnas said he was invited because he “was a Trump loyalist,” and because the super PAC’s Director of Development Joey Ahearn knew he was pro-cannabis.”

According to Parnas, cannabis entrepreneurs were hoping to influence Kushner in the hope he could influence the White House’s stance on weed.

“They wanted Jared to be more involved, maybe help push the agenda with the president because they felt that that was something he needed to be more lenient on,” Parnas explained.

As for a picture taken with the couple that went viral, Parnas sais the White House was lying about the circumstances under which is was taken.

“The White House has claimed that a picture of Parnas with Kushner and Ivanka Trump was ‘taken at an event in a photo line.’” the report states. “Parnas, however, said it was taken at the intimate dinner with cannabis industry insiders. Two sources with knowledge of the dinner confirmed that it happened in October 2018 and that Parnas attended. The decor in the background of the picture–as Zack Everson, author of a newsletter on Trump properties noted–indicates the photo was taken in the pricey Trump Hotel suite where the dinner was hosted.”

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Rod Rosenstein Admits He Authorized Release of Strzok-Page Texts That Spawned Preposterous GOP Conspiracy Theories



In a court filing released on Friday, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein admitted that he authorized the release of the text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Strzok and Page, who were involved in the Russia investigation prior to dismissal by former special counsel Robert Mueller, and whose extramarital affair inflamed Fox News’ outrage for months, revealed a dislike of President Donald Trump in their text messages, which formed the basis of GOP conspiracy theories that the FBI had been secretly working to bring down the president with the Russia investigation.

Subsequent investigations have failed to find any evidence that Strzok, Page, or any other FBI officials tried to politically target Trump with the power of the agency. However, a recent inspector general report suggests some of their surveillance practices may have been improper and require reform.

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