Trump Is Allergic To The Word ‘How.’
Donald Trump Sunday repeatedly refused to answer questions on same-sex marriage. The GOP frontrunner who lost in IowaÂ last week for years has said he is “for traditional marriage,” but surprised many last week when he told a local reporterÂ who happens to be a lesbian that he will “unite” the country and the LGBT community can look forward to enhanced equality if he is president.
Trump told ABC News’Â George Stephanopoulos on Sunday’s “The Week” that he will appoint “great” “conservative” justices to the Supreme Court.
“We’re going to see how they stand depending on — on what their views are,” he said, again refusing to explain how a judicial ruling overturning ObergefellÂ â€“ the same-sex marriage caseÂ â€“ will “unite” America, when over 60 percent of Americans support marriage equality.
To see Trump’s sheer and total inability to not just explain how he will actually accomplish his goal, much less even define it, is stunning.
Above, the videoÂ â€“ forward to the 5:45 mark. Below, the transcript via ABC News, because following just the audio is impossible.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But just last Sunday, you said you would strongly consider appointing justices who would overturn it.
TRUMP: I’m talking about bringing people together and we — I would appoint justices. It would take a long time, frankly, because I don’t know how long it would take to appoint a…
STEPHANOPOULOS: But you want them to overturn…
STEPHANOPOULOS: — that Supreme Court decision?
TRUMP: If they — if they — I would appoint them and we will see how they will vote but I would…
STEPHANOPOULOS: But how does that move us to equality?
TRUMP: We’ll find out. I mean we’re going to find out. There’s a lot of people that want to see that. But I would, I’d — more important than anything else to me, this country is so divided right now, as per her question. This country is so totally divided, it’s probably almost never been as divided as it is right now and we have to bring it together.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But a majority of Americans now support the idea of gay marriage.
Wouldn’t it be divisive to try to overturn it?
TRUMP: It has — it has really been determined and we will see what happens. We’re going to look at judges. They’ve got to be great judges. They’ve got to be conservative judges. We’re going to see how they stand depending on — on what their views are.
But that would be my preference.
STEPHANOPOULOS: See, that’s what I mean.
Where do you want them to stand?
TRUMP: I would prefer that they stand against it, but we’ll see what happens. It depends on the judge.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And how does that move us toward equality for gays and lesbians?
TRUMP: Well, I think what will happen is — and, look, George, it’s very simple. We’re going to bring our country together. We’re going to unify our country. We’re going to do whatever we have to do. I’m going to put the absolute bed — best judges in position. If their views — we’re going to see what their views are. I will make the determination at that time.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But what do you say to gays and lesbians who think that overturning that decision is not unifying our country, it’s dividing our country?
TRUMP: Well, I think I understand what they’re saying and we’re going to see what happens. It’s a long way off, George. It’s a long way off.
TheÂ Daily Mail called it “a perplexing answer” and a “word salad.”
Really makes one wonder…
Image: Screenshot via ABC News
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‘Could Have Killed One of Our Colleagues’: Former Trump Official Rips Him for Hiding Positive COVID Test
Former Trump White House official Alyssa Farah on Wednesday shredded her one-time boss for concealing his positive test for the novel coronavirus last fall.
Appearing on CNN, Farah told Jake Tapper that she was stunned to learn from former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows that Trump had tested positive for the virus days ahead of his first debate with President Joe Biden and decided against informing his staff members.
“Very few things shock me and this revelation shocked me,” she said.
Farah went on to explain that she had not been informed of Trump’s positive COVID-19 test, and accused the former president of recklessly endangering his own staff members.
“This demonstrates a flagrant lack of regard for public health and for the well-being of others,” she said. “At this time in the White House, I had staffers who were pregnant. I had one who is a multi-time cancer survivor. Plenty of people in the West Wing over 65. We could have killed one of our colleagues and instead they decided to not tell anyone, putting every one of us at risk.”
Watch the video below.
Mark Meadows Retweets Trump’s Denial He Tested Positive for COVID Before Debate – a Fact That Appears in Meadows’ Book
Less than 24 hours after former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appeared to agree to cooperate with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, news broke that The Guardian had obtained a copy of his new book, and from it the revelation that three days before appearing on stage with Joe Biden at the Sept. 26 presidential debate the then-president, Donald Trump, had tested positive for coronavirus.
Never mind that a second test showed a negative result – one Harvard epidemiologist says that merely meant Trump was not yet infectious but he was, by the debate, “blazing positive” but decided to go on a potentially infect countless others. That act, the noted disease specialist and professors says, “was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision.”
Trump, as usual, especially in recent days, issued a quick statement via his spokesperson, this time denying the revelation in Meadows’ book, a revelation The Washington Post Wednesday afternoon reported it had confirmed with two other former Trump aides.
What is stunning is that, as Politico National Political Correspondent Meridith McGraw notes, Meadows himself retweeted Trump’s statement of denial:
Mark Meadows retweeted Trump’s denial pic.twitter.com/hUxZRL2OTP
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) December 1, 2021
The Washington Post also notes that at least six people close to Trump tested positive for coronavirus shortly after the debate, including Melania Trump, Hope Hicks, Stephen Miller, and Kayleigh McEnany.
“Trump on Wednesday was furious that Meadows revealed the anecdote in his forthcoming book and that it was published via the liberal-leaning Guardian website, according to a person familiar with the former president’s reaction, who requested anonymity to reveal a private conversation,” the Post adds. “Meadows through an emissary has offered to put out a statement ‘clarifying things,’ but that offer was rejected, the person said.”
Which is likely why he decided to retweet Trump’s statement.
Writer and political activist Don Winslow has another take on the day’s events:
Notice how Donald Trump’s three line statement today denying the Covid-test story does NOT mention Mark Meadows even though the claim ORIGINATES in Meadows upcoming book.
In EVERY other case Trump attacks the person by name + denigrates them.
Trump and Meadows are in lock step.
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) December 1, 2021
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Stacey Abrams has just announced she is running for governor of Georgia. Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives for more than six years ran for governor in 2018, losing by a slim margin to then Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in a race many saw as tainted by his voter suppression actions.
Abrams went on to become a highly-effective voting rights advocate and activist, and many credit her with helping elect Joe Biden president by helping him win the state by registering an estimated 800,000 more voters.
I’m running for Governor because opportunity in our state shouldn’t be determined by zip code, background or access to power. #gapol
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