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Scott Walker: ‘I Don’t Know’ If Being Gay Is A Choice (But I Want Gay Marriage Banned)

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Scott Walker is yet again refusing to give a straight answer to a basic question that, despite his claim that his opinion doesn’t matter, it actually does when people are deciding if they want to vote for him for president.

Scott Walker repeatedly refuses to give straight answers on gay issues. That might sound funny but it’s really not.

Today, “State of the Union” ran an interview with Gov. Walker conducted by CNN’s Dana Bash.

Let’s just give you the transcript so there’s no question about his comments:

BASH: Do you think that being gay is a choice?  

WALKER: Oh, I mean I think — that’s not even an issue for me to be involved in. The bottom line is, I’m going to stand up and work hard for every American regardless of who they are, no matter where they come from, no matter what their background. I’m going to fight for people and no matter whether they vote for me or not.

BASH: On behalf of people is to do that properly you have to understand or at least have an opinion on who they are and where they’re coming from.  

WALKER: But again, I think — no I don’t have an opinion on every single issue out there. I mean to me that’s — I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that question.

So I’m just saying, I don’t know what the answer to that is. And again I’m going to spend my time focused on things that I do know and what I can work on.

That last part should be an automatic disqualification for being president: “I’m going to spend my time focused on things that I do know and what I can work on.” Walker’s scope of knowledge is rather limited to begin with, so saying he’s just not going to deal with issues he’s unfamiliar with should be a deal breaker for every American.

But that first part, the “I don’t know” part?

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Scott Walker has a cousin who’s a lesbian. It should be pretty easy for him to find out the answer to the question. Has he never asked? His sons and his wife have an opinion, so why doesn’t he? And, it’s 2015. The science is clear, every major medical organization has a clearly stated position on the subject. If Scott Walker doesn’t know, he’s either lying or is one of the least-curious people in American politics.

Walker, as we know, is a two-term Republican governor of Wisconsin. He spent a good part of last year teasing voters about his position on same-sex marriage and gay people in general. In June, one year before the Supreme Court would rule that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, Walker, running for re-election, told Wisconsin refused to give voters a straight answer, instead, saying that his opinion on the issue “really doesn’t matter.”

But it did matter to him just three months later when he gave one of Wisconsin’s most anti-gay organizations, which he was asking for asking an endorsement, a straight answer. Walker told them in no uncertain therms that he supports only one-man, one woman marriage. There, they got a straight answer.

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Recently, when every likely and current Republican presidential candidate was being asked if they would attend a same-sex wedding, Walker again tried to play coy, telling reporters he would – and had – attended a same-sex reception, but not a same-sex wedding. Again, successfully refusing to offer a straight answer to a basic question. 

Last week, Walker actually gave a straight answer to a reporter who asked him for his opinion on the news the Boy Scouts of America were preparing to drop their decades-old ban on gay adult Scout leaders. Walker said he preferred the ban because it “protected” boy scouts from gay men. 

In other words, Walker suggested gays are pedophiles, garnering great outrage.

When the heat got too hot, Walker tried to twist the meaning of his original response, claiming he meant the ban protected boy scouts from having to be involved in the media attention of the issue. If the ban stays in place, there’s no media attention, Walker offered, trying to convince America that was his intention.

CNN’s Dana Bash didn’t bring it up, but Walker as recently as three weeks before the Supreme Court handed down its marriage ruling, called for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Scott Walker clearly has an issue with gay people, and Scott Walker clearly is remarkably incurious. Both of those should be non-starters for anyone running for president.

 

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Internet Disgusted After Trump Retweets Gross Video of Texas Mayor in Bathroom: ‘I Think You Have Hit a New Low’

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For some reason Donald Trump decided on Saturday to retweet a video of a Texas mayor who was unaware he was still wearing a hot mic when he went to the bathroom, which stunned even Trump’s regular critics on Twitter.

Trump pushed out the tweet with the video that stated, “THIS IS HILARIOUS. Mayor of Georgetown in the US excused himself to go & use the washroom in the middle of a meeting & forgot to switch off his mic on his tie & this is what happened.”

Not everyone agreed, with one commenter pointing out the putative Leader of the Free World “… has too much time on his hands.”

You can see a sampling below:

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Trump Deploying Border Patrol’s Highly-Armed Elite Tactical Agents to Round Up Undocumented Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities

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Continuing his attacks on his enemies one week after being acquitted on articles of impeachmenmt President Donald Trump on Friday ordered a group of the Border Patrol’s elite tactical agents to deploy in major sanctuary cities to round up and arrest undocumented immigrants, The New York Times reports.

Agents from the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tactical Unit, BORTAC, are being sent to sent to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, N.J.

BORTAC “acts essentially as the SWAT team of the Border Patrol.”

These are top border patrol agents, who use stun grenades and other weapons usually reserved for warfare “in the most rugged and swelteringly hot areas of the border.”

BORTAC agents receive “enhanced Special Forces-type training, including sniper certification,” and “the officers typically conduct high-risk operations targeting individuals who are known to be violent, many of them with extensive criminal records.”

“Their presence could spark new fear in immigrant communities that have been on high alert under the stepped-up deportation and detention policies adopted after Mr. Trump took office,” the Times notes.

Former CBP commissioner Gil Kerlikowske calls the decision a  “significant mistake.”

“If you were a police chief and you were going to make an apprehension for a relatively minor offense, you don’t send the SWAT team. And BORTAC is the SWAT team,” Kerlikowske, a former chief of police in Seattle, told the Times. “They’re trained for much more hazardous missions than this.”

 

Image by Kristoffer Grogan/U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Flickr 

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Trump Raged and Swore at Aides Because His Enemies Aren’t Being Prosecuted: Report

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There are two key ways a president can abuse the Justice Department and federal prosecutorial powers: he can protect his friends, and he can go after his enemies.

In recent days and months, especially with developments around the Michael Flynn and Roger Stone cases, observers have been deeply concerned that President Donald Trump is engaging in the first kind of abuse. But according to a new report from the Washington Post, what Trump really cares about — and what he is really furious hasn’t happened yet — is the prosecution of his enemies.

The report explained:

Behind that public fight, according to people familiar with the discussions, is a deeper tension between Trump and Barr’s Justice Department over the lack of criminal charges against former FBI director James B. Comey and those close to him.

The flare-up over the Stone case comes against a backdrop of growing behind-the-scenes anger from the president toward the Justice Department — more about whom the department has not charged with crimes than about whom it has charged, according to people familiar with the discussions

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz referred Comey’s handling of the memos to prosecutors for possible criminal prosecution, but lawyers quickly determined it was not a close call and did not seek to build a case.

That sent Trump into a rage, according to people briefed on his comments. He complained so loudly and swore so frequently in the Oval Office that some of his aides discussed it for days, these people said. Trump repeatedly said that Comey deserved to be charged, according to their account.

 

“Can you [expletive] believe they didn’t charge him?” Trump said on the night of the decision, these people said.

It’s not just Comey. The report noted that Trump has also been eager to see charges against Comey’s former deputy, Andrew McCabe. And Trump also reportedly became enraged when the Washington Post reported in January that U.S. Attorney John Huber’s investigation into vague allegations about Hillary Clinton came up dry. (Trump had asked former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to look into Clinton, according to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.)

The Post continued:

Separately, Barr has tapped U.S. Attorney John Durham in Connecticut to investigate whether any crimes were committed by FBI and CIA officials in the pursuit of allegations in 2016 that Russia interfered in the election to benefit Trump’s campaign.

 

After learning that the Huber investigation is not likely to produce charges, Trump has become more insistent that Durham finish his work soon, according to people familiar with the discussions. Trump, these people said, wants to be able to use whatever Durham finds as a cudgel in his reelection campaign.

 

All of that frustration has fed into the public fight over the Stone case.

What’s not clear from the report is how much Trump has directly expressed this anger and desire for prosecutions to Barr himself. On Thursday, Barr claimed in an interview with ABC News that Trump hasn’t asked him to do anything in a criminal case. It’s not clear if that’s true — but even if Trump hasn’t made his demands explicit to Barr, there’s no doubt the attorney general knows what’s expected of him.

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