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WATCH: Seth Meyers Hilariously Mocks North Carolina’s ‘Ridiculous’ Anti-LGBT ‘Bathroom Bill’

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‘No Evidence Sexual Predators Have Ever Exploited Equal Rights Laws to Commit Crimes in Bathrooms’

Seth Meyers comically destroyed North Carolina’s HB2, a broad and sweeping anti-LGBT ordinance the state’s own Attorney General says is unconstitutional. Wednesday the “Late Night” host took on both North Carolina and Georgia‘s anti-LGBT bills, praising Governor Nathan Deal for vetoing Georgia’s, and mocking Governor Pat McCrory for signing North Carolina’s.

But he began with an amusing clip of a police officer practicing some community outreach.

“Last year’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage,” Meyers explained, “found the right for same-sex couples to marry as well as the right for this cop at last year’s pride parade to bust out some dance moves,” Meyers quipped. “I don’t know if he’s protecting, but he’s definitely serving.”

Meyers then took a swipe at “Kentucky’s anti-gay ‘Kathy’ cartoon, Kim Davis,” before getting serious.

He moved to Georgia’s state Senator Greg Kirk, who infamously said he had no problem with his anti-LGBT bill protecting “faith based” groups like the KKK.

And he reminded Gov. Deal that quoting the New Testament isn’t necessarily a good idea for Republicans.

“You need to read the New, New Testament, where Jesus is opposed to same-sex marriages, teachers’ unions, financial reform, and Obamacare,” he mocked.

But when all the fun and games were done, Meyers masterfully put out a few important facts.

McCrory “signed a law passed by Republicans in that state, that not only allows discrimination against LBGTQ people, it actually overturns a non-discrimination ordinance passed last month by the city of Charlotte,” Meyers said. 

“The North Carolina bill not only reverses Charlotte’s non-discrimination ordinance and bans all North Carolina municipalities from passing their own non-discrimination ordinances, it also requires trans individuals to use bathrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificates, not the gender they identify with,” Meyers said. “This law is similar to other so-called bathroom bills that have been proposed by Republicans across the country, most severely, in Florida.”

And he closed noting that “these so-called bathroom bills are ridiculous. For one thing, there is no evidence sexual predators have ever exploited equal rights laws to commit crimes in bathrooms. Most importantly, laws like these legalize discrimination.”

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EkGMlHxRQQ

 

Image: Screenshot via Late Night with Seth Meyers/YouTube
Hat tip: Media Matters

 

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AOC Slams McCarthy and His GOP ‘Ku Klux Klan Caucus’ for Allowing ‘Violent Targeting’ of Women of Color in Congress

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is criticizing House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for refusing to deal with the members of his “Ku Klux Klan” caucus who are ignoring and allowing the “violent targeting” of women of color members of Congress.

The Democratic Congresswoman from New York, herself the frequent target of violent threats, pointed to this video of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar playing a death threat received after she was targeted by GOP Congresswoman Lauren Boebert:

“People truly don’t understand the scale, intensity, & volume of threats targeting” Congresswoman Omar, Ocasio-Cortez says.

“Kevin McCarthy is so desperate to be speaker that he is working with his Ku Klux Klan caucus to look aside & allow violent targeting of woc members of Congress. This cannot be ignored,” she warns.

Congresswoman Boebert over the past week was exposed – on video – suggesting Rep. Omar is a terrorist three times, including in one video she herself posted to social media.

McCarthy has refused to take any action against Boebert.

 

 

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‘Massive, Dangerous, Likely Intentional’: Immunologist Blasts Trump for Ignoring Positive COVID Test Before Biden Debate

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A Harvard epidemiologist, immunologist and physician is blasting Donald Trump‘s decision to continue his activities as normal in September 2020, not go public with the results of his positive COVID test result, and continue business as usual – including participating in a debate against Joe Biden – revelations made in a new book by Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Wednesday.

Dr. Michael Mina says if Trump had been given a rapid COVID test the day of the first presidential debate against Joe Biden, President Trump “would have been blazing positive,” and calls the decision to not test “massive, dangerous and likely intentional.”

“The decision to continue to not test on [the] day of the Rose Garden superspreader event and on [the] day of the debate with now @POTUS Biden was a massive, dangerous and likely intentional decision,” says Michael Mina, an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“Was Trump the superspreader? For a year, I’ve suggested Trump was the likely superspreader at White House Rose Garden on 9/28/20,” Mina posits. “All were supposedly tested, so how would a superspreader enter? Now we know Trump tested COVID positive 2 days earlier.”

Citing Meadows’ new book, The Guardian reported Wednesday morning that Trump tested positive on Sept. 26, and shortly thereafter, before the Sept. 29 presidential debate, tested negative – but three days after the debate, on Oct. 2, again tested positive, and was rushed to Walter Reed hospital hours later.

Because Trump “was testing so frequently, he was [likely] detected using a molecular test at the earliest time, before becoming infectious,” says Mina.

“So when he immediately tested again with a rapid Ag test, it did not yet register positive because he was not YET infectious,” Mina explains. “Had he used a rapid test later that day or next day though, once he was becoming slightly infectious, he almost certainly would have been positive.”

 

 

 

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Listen Live: US Supreme Court Arguments in Case That Will Decide Future of Abortion in America

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The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday morning will hear oral arguments in what will be a decisive case for the future of abortion in America.

Justices will hear arguments in the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, over a Mississippi abortion ban designed to overturn the nearly 50-year old precedent-setting ruling in Roe v. Wade.

Listen live starting at 10 AM ET below via C-SPAN or a Reuters feed:

 

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