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John Kasich to LGBT People Facing Discrimination: ‘Can You Just Get Over It?’ (Video)

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GOP Presidential Candidate Suggests Christians Should ‘Pray For’ Same-Sex Couples

Republican Gov. John Kasich on Sunday told LGBT people who face discrimination they should just get over it. The third-place GOP presidential candidate who is the sitting governor of Ohio also told people of faith who oppose same-sex marriage and LGBT people to “pray for” them. Both comments were made under the guise of uniting the nation.

CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” asked Kasich if there are any steps he “would take to try to stop states from passing” anti-LGBT, so called “religious freedom” laws. The Ohio governor responded, “No, I wouldn’t,” then admitted that he hadn’t even “thought about” it.

“There is a legitimate concern for people being able to have their deeply held religious beliefs, religious liberty,” Kasich continued. “But there’s also people who we shouldn’t be discriminating against. We need to have a balance,” he insisted.   

“I just wish that everybody would just take a breath and calm down, because, you see, trying to figure out how to legislate that balance is complicated, and you keep doing do-overs, because nobody gets it right,” he admitted. 

“So if we would just kind of calm down here, I think things would settle down. And what I like to say is, ‘just relax.'”

“If you don’t like what somebody’s doing, pray for them,” the governor suggested. “And if you feel as though somebody is doing something wrong against you, can you just, for a second, get over it, you know, because this thing will settle down.”

He went on to call the fight for equal civil rights for LGBT people “a wedge issue that can be exploited by people on both sides,” and concluded that “we need a united America, not a divided America. As one of my daughters said, ‘We’re the United States, not the divided states.'”

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LGBT people still face discrimination, many on a daily basis. Housing discrimination, credit discrimination, employment discrimination, public accommodations discrimination like North Carolina Gov. McCrory just enshrined into law, and other types of discrimination are still prevalent today.

Positions like Governor Kasich’s are what continue to divide this nation. “Get over it” is not a solution. In his own home state of Ohio, there is no statewide law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Kasich did sign an executive order making sexual orientation discrimination illegal, but there is also not hate crimes law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

And, of course, Obergefell v. Hodges, the lead Supreme Court case that ultimately struck down bans on same-sex couples marrying originated in Governor Kasich’s state of Ohio during his tenure.

 

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Watch: House Republicans Gang Up on Democrat as They Try to End 1/6 Insurrection Hearing With FBI Director

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House Republicans on Tuesday tried to derail a hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray on Donald Trump’s January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. As California Democratic U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna was speaking to Wray, Republicans tried to end the proceedings.

As Khanna is berating Director Wray, who told the House Oversight and Reform Committee the FBI did not have advance knowledge there would be a deadly attempt to overturn the election in a violent attack on lawmakers, one GOP Congressman  interrupted.

“Madam Chair, I move to adjourn,” the Republicans says, interrupting Rep. Khanna, and violating the rules in the process.

Khanna, looks around to see who interrupted him, asks, “Madam Chair, if I could pause…”

As he speaks another Republican interrupts him.

“There’s been a motion, Madam Chair.”

Another person in the chamber, presumably a Democratic Congress, stunned, says, “HGe doesn’t have the floor,” meaning the Republican has no right to speak.

“The gentleman is not recognized,” the Chair tells the Republicans. “It is Mr. Khanna’s time.”

“We had an insurrection, we don’t need disruptions here,” Khanna said, addressing the Republicans. “Can we allow the democratic process to continue please?”

Republicans insisted they had a right to motion to adjourn, but the Chair told them they were “out of order.”

Democrats called for order as Republicans walked around the dais.

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Fox Fires Reporter Who Declared On-Air She Was Being ‘Muzzled’ by Her Bosses: Report

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Fox 26 Houston reporter Ivory Hecker announced Tuesday she has been fired after announcing live on-air during an on-scene segment that her bosses had been “muzzling” her and she had given secretly recorded audio and video to the discredited far right wing activists at Project Veritas.

“Before we get to that story, I want to let you, the viewers, know that Fox Corp. has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers,” Hecker said on-camera Monday during her report (video below). “And from what I’m gathering, I am not the only reporter being subjected to this.”

The Daily Beast reports that in a phone call with Hecker “she said that she had just been terminated by the Fox outlet.”

But Hecker seems glad to go.

“I have been longing to part ways with this strange, slightly unhinged corporation since last August when I realized what they were,” she told The Daily Beast. “The piece with Project Veritas doesn’t touch what they did. Fox 26 knows I’m fearless.”

She added: “I have zero interest in working for another corporation. They all toe the same line.”

It’s unclear what “line” that is but it would seem she would have been more comfortable at another “unhinged corporation,” possibly OANN.

Here’s Hecker’s report from Monday.

 

 

 

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‘Been Hitting the Pipe a Little Too Hard’: Pompeo Rebrands – Gets Mercilessly Mocked for Illegal Drug Pun

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2024 GOP likely presidential hopeful Mike Pompeo, the Trump-era Secretary of State, has resurrected his old leadership political action committee, CAVPAC, and drawn attention to himself with what many see as a bad illegal drug pun.

The unfortunate tweet includes the word “pipehitter,” and Pompeo’s made-up definition: “someone who is unapologetically American, someone who fights for our future, someone who never gives an inch, someone who is dedicated to stand against the radical Left’s agenda.”

The new “pipehitter” theme signals Pompeo distancing himself from his former boss. He had tried to position himself as the logical successor to the “America First” movement, but for reasons unspecified Pompeo is now hewing to a different brand, one that is decidedly more “Pompeo.”

While the new branding may have passed a Madison Avenue test, it did not pass the Twitter test.

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