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Santorum: SCOTUS Marriage Ruling Not ‘Law Of The Land’ – Kim Davis Should Follow Conscience (Video)

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Rick Santorum this morning made several false statements, including claiming the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling is not the law of the land.

Appearing just minutes after Rowan County clerk Kim Davis told reporters this morning she will continue to defy the U.S. Supreme Court but will not interfere with her deputies issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Rick Santorum claimed the SCOTUS marriage ruling in Obergefell is “not the law of the land.”

That false statement was followed by another: the Supreme Court, Santorum claimed, said religious accommodations should be made for people like Kim Davis.

EARLIER TODAY: Breaking Video: Kim Davis Will Not Obey SCOTUS But Will Not Prohibit Deputies From Issuing Licenses

“I would encourage Kim Davis to follow her conscience,” Santorum told CNN’s “New Day” this morning. “The Supreme Court decision made no provision for what county clerks should do. In fact, they wrote extensively about how after this decision there had to be accommodations, there had to be things works out by the legislatures and others as to how to implement the court decision,” the GOP presidential candidate claimed.

“Kim Davis has every right to say this should be a religious accommodation, I believe the state of Kentucky, as well as the federal government should be passing things like the First Amendment Defense Act, which does provide accommodations for people both in government and out of government who have religious convictions that differ with the Court ruling.”

“Because the Supreme Court says something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the law of the land,” Santorum, running for President but at the bottom of the polls, said. “My belief is that when the Supreme Court acts beyond their constitutional authority, that we have every obligation to fight that, and I think if you look at Justice Roberts’ opinion, he said there’s no constitutional basis for this decision, that the court acted beyond its authority.”

Justice Roberts was in the minority, so his opinion carries zero legal weight.

“The Supreme Court made a decision about same-sex marriage, again, which I believe was beyond their authority to do so, but it did not provide anything that Kim Davis had to issue a marriage license,” Santorum continued. “It said, very clearly, that there had to be accommodations provided for people of faith.”

The First Amendment Defense Act Santorum referred to is a license to discriminate against LGBT people being push by the GOP in Congress.

On Sunday, the New York Times Editorial Board called it “a nasty bit of business” that “would not…defend the First Amendment” but “would deliberately warp the bedrock principle of religious freedom under the Constitution” and “would permit discrimination against anyone who has sexual relations outside… heterosexual marriages.”

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who did not conduct the interview, dashed off this tweet after Santorum’s interview, apparently in shock:

Others on Twitter were also quick to respond:

 

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COMMENTARY

‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection

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Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.

Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”

“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”

“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.

“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”

He later added, “This is a serious moment.”

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‘Something That’s Under Way’: Trump Aims to Use Russian Tactic to Be ‘Installed Without Winning’ in 2024 Says Yale Historian

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Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that’s common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.

“As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the ‘administrative resource,'” author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. “What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource.”

Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.

“Historically speaking, what we know about a ‘big lie’ is that because of its very scale, it’s not about truth or not truth; it’s about living in a kind of alternative reality,” Snyder added. “What we’re looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you’re basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that’s very concerning.”

He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.

“The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election,” Snyder said. “I don’t think it’s something that could happen. I think it’s something that’s under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?”

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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.

Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:

The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:

A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:

This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:

And many others:

 

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