Even Defended Pat Robertson’s Views on Same-Sex Marriage
Former CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany, who in the past 24 hours became both the face of “Trump TV” and the national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, is vociferously opposed to same-sex marriage. She is also a birther. Even her boss, Donald Trump, supposedly dropped his vocal opposition to same-sex marriage (although he still opposes it, for now he’s said it’s settled law) and claims to no longer believe Barack Obama was born in Kenya.
Just two years ago, and days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage, McEnany agreed with far right wing religious zealot Pat Robertson, when he said gay people will make Americans “conform” to them.
“You’re gonna say that you like anal sex, you like oral sex, you like bestiality,” Robertson said on his “700 Club” show. “Sooner or later, you’re going to have to conform your religious beliefs to the group of some abhorrent thing. It won’t stop at homosexuality.”
That clip was played forÂ McEnany on the Dr. Drew show, and she was asked to respond.
“I wouldn’t have chosen the same verbiage as Pat Robertson,”Â McEnany told Dr. Drew,, “but he’s making a point about religious liberty and how there’s going to be an infringement upon it because of what came out of the Supreme Court,” she said.
“He largely articulated the same rationale we heard from Chief Justice Roberts, and he’s exactly right.”
She went on to suggest if gay people want to marry they should go to an attorney and have legal contracts drawn up, but should not be able to marry.
McEnany also wrongly claimed Obama Solicitor General Don Verrilli told the justices “in oral arguments said some organizations might lose their tax exempt status because they don’t support same-sex marriage.”
Here’s the exchange between Verrilli and Scalia:
Alito: Well, in the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to tax-Âexempt status if it opposed interracial marriage or interracial dating. So would the same apply to a university or a college if it opposed sameÂ-sex marriage?
Verrilli: You know, I don’t think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics, but it’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is – it is going to be an issue.
There’s a dramatic difference between “I don’t think I can answer that question…it is going to be an issue,” and “some organizations might lose their tax exempt status because they don’t support same-sex marriage.”
And before you consider giving her an out for being a rookie, McEnany has a law degree from Harvard.
Meanwhile, this tweet is making it way around social media today. A birther “joke,” courtesy of McEnany:
How I Met Your Brother — Never mind, forgot he’s still in that hut in Kenya. #ObamaTVShows
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) August 30, 2012
We also dug up this one:
#GuessBidensNextGaffe “we’re still vigorously pursuing any and all leads on Obama’s birth certificate”
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) August 15, 2012
And this one:
birth certificates and college transcripts #ThingsThatEnrageDemocrats
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) August 20, 2012
There are also these tweets she’s posted, which, if you look at them in the context that Trump is now president, they become pretty hypocritical, as she’s now working for him:
Listening to Obama blame Bush for our economic problems AGAIN! Amazing how naive he thinks we are. He has zero self-responsibility…
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) June 14, 2012
Obama filling out his “presidential bracket” now on ESPN. Don’t you have better things to do son? Like.. oh, I don’t know.. govern.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) March 15, 2012
Obama: “My Christian faith is important to me.” Maybe you should try going to church?
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) February 10, 2012
“GALLUP: Obama’s 1st-Term Approval Rating Among Lowest of Post-WWII Presidents…” Then why did America reelect him? #tcot
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) January 21, 2013
Dems suddenly discover word “authoritarianism” Wish they had it in the vocabulary when Obama unilaterally overturned gun, immigration laws
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) May 10, 2017
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‘Breathtaking’: Economists Stunned by Job Growth ‘Boom’ as Unemployment Drops to Level Not Seen Since 1969
The year was 1969: Congress certified the results of the election, officially declaring Richard Nixon would be the 37th President of the United States, Joe Namath led the New York Jets to win Super Bowl III, The Beatles released the soundtrack from their hit film “Yellow Submarine,” and unemployment was 3.4%.
It’s been 54 years since unemployment was at 3.4%, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released January’s report Friday morning, stunning economists who expected unemployment to go up, not down.
Economists projected 187,000 new jobs would be added to the U.S. economy in January. Instead, the number came in at 517,000, Forbes reported. Prior months were also adjusted to be better than first reported.
“This is a breathtaking number. That spike in stories about layoffs? It was about a small unrepresentative slice of the economy. Real America is still getting back to work,” crowed Professor Justin Wolfers, the popular University of Michigan School of Economics professor, a senior fellow at Brookings.
“Average job growth over the past 3 months is a cracking +356k. A boom!” Wolfers cheered.
“We haven’t seen unemployment this low since before Woodstock, baby,” he added. “Groovy.”
Wolfers wasn’t done. He blasted those who continue to talk about recession: “This is a final nail in the coffin of all the 2022 recessionistas. When average job growth is this high we call it a BOOM.”
For those who just want the bottom line, Wolfers offered this take on the jobs report: “It’s all good news.”
“January marked the 25th straight month of solid job growth,” The Washington Post reports, observing that the “labor market shattered expectations.” The Post adds: “the labor market remains formidable, inflation is beginning to normalize and there are signs that the global economy may be on stronger footing than originally feared.”
Image: President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy, Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Steamfitters Local 602 United Association Mechanical Trades School in Springfield, Virginia. Official White House Photo by Erin Scott via Flickr
‘When Was Your Most Recent Period?’: Student Athletes in Florida May Be Required to Share Menstrual History
For the past two decades teenaged women participating in Florida high school athletics have been asked to submit their menstrual history, including the date of their first period, the date of their last period, and how many periods they have had in the last 12 months. The board of directors of the Florida High School Athletic Association, the organization in charge of coordinating high school athletics in the Sunshine State, will debate later this month if they will make divulging that information mandatory for participating in sports. According to the FHSAA website that board is comprised of 14 men and two women. Not one is a physician or medical professional.
Critics are voicing concerns over a variety of issues, including the right to privacy, the need for the highly personal medical information, who has access to it, how it is stored, and how it could be used against the students, including to determine possible pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, or if the athlete is transgender.
“Many parents and doctors are worried that schools will use the menstrual data to monitor students for late or missed periods, a possible sign of pregnancy, or to out transgender students by watching for girls who don’t get periods or boys who do,” The New Republic reports, calling it “a terrifying glimpse of our dystopian post-Roe world.”
The three-page form, called the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation, asks:
“When was your first menstrual period?” “When was your most recent menstrual period? “How much time do you usually have from the start of one period to the start of another?” “How many periods have you had in the last year? and “What was the longest time between periods in the last year?”
A draft form slightly alters the questions, asking instead, “Have you had a menstrual period?” and “How old were you when you had your first menstrual period?” in addition to the other three questions.
While it currently states answering is optional, at the end of this month those questions could become mandatory, although the reason for the possible change has not been disclosed.
Because the information is not being given by the athletes to a physician or other medical professional or organization, the information is not subject to HIPAA regulations. And in some school districts the inform action is stored on a third-party platform, possibly exposing it to other entities.
“This is clearly an effort to further stigmatize and demonize transgender people in sports [and] meant to further exclude people who aren’t assigned female at birth in girls sports,” the president of PRISM, a South Florida nonprofit organization that provides sexual health information to LGBTQ+ youth, Maxx Fenning, told The Tampa Bay Times. “Beyond that, I think there’s concern among LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ [students] alike. This is an extremely invasive mode of gleaning into someone’s reproductive history, which is especially dangerous in this post-Roe world we live in.”
TIME adds that critics “have noted that this policy would be a major challenge for transgender athletes who may have to out themselves with their responses to the questions. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis approved a bill last year—which is currently under legal fire—that bans transgender female students from playing on women and girls’ sports teams.”
According to the fan-checking site Snopes, “these written forms with students’ medical information are submitted to school officials, contrary to a number of other states where only a doctor’s signature is required to clear an athlete for play.”
Snopes adds that “concerns grew as many states worked to criminalize abortions after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and transgender athletes faced scrutiny. In Florida, abortions are banned after 15 weeks, with only a few exceptions.”
“Any forms (physical or digital) could be subpoenaed. Meanwhile, in Palm Beach County, nearly all athlete-registration forms moved online, which meant reproductive data for athletes was being stored by a third-party software company called Aktivate. Other counties were also planning to digitize their forms.”
Last October NBC News reported that an Aktivate spokesperson said a student’s information could be removed but only with parental and school district consent.
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George Santos Says Man Interviewed for Staff Position ‘Violated’ His Trust After Secretly Recording Conversation
The freshman New York Republican lawmaker who is believed to be under multiple DOJ and local investigations, suggests the candidate handed the recordings over to Talking Points Memo, and says he expects an article will be published there Thursday evening, after the news site contacted his office.
“According to Santos, his office had been in the process of hiring Derek Myers for a position, but paused when they saw he faces wiretapping charges in Ohio after publishing recorded court testimony — obtained from a source, he said — as part of a story for a small newspaper,” Semafor reports. “FIRE, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to First Amendment issues, has defended Myers, arguing local authorities in the state were criminalizing legitimate journalism.”
“While they said they expect the audio will just show them questioning him about his specific circumstances, it’s unknown if he recorded other exchanges.”
Regardless, Santos is taking action.
The GOP congressman accursed of deceiving his constituents with countlessly false claims that helped get him elected, says he is going to report Myers to the Biden administration, claiming he has a White House press pass.
Santos says he wants Myers’ White House press pass to be revoked, after Myers, the congressman says, claimed to have one.
“He should have that revoked if it’s true, if it’s even remotely true he has it,” Santos told Semafor.
It’s not known if Myers does, and if so it’s unlikely it’s a permanent hard pass. It’s also unlikely it would be revoked if Myers did not break the law.
Semafor adds in Washington, D.C. it is legal to record your own conversation with another party without obtaining their consent.
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