‘He Talks About the Homosexual Ruling, When They Can Be â€“ Pretend to Be Married’
Roy Moore’s fast-talking campaign strategist Dean Young says gay people are just pretending to be married. He also used the word “homosexual” and gestured air quotes.
Young appeared on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily” Friday, and answered Chuck Todd’s questions about why the twice-booted former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice had said the last time America was great was during the time slavery was legal.Â
“I think it was great at the time when families were united â€” even though we had slavery â€” they cared for one another,” Moore had said. “Our families were strong, our country had a direction.”
Defending the embattled GOP candidate who has credibly been accused of child sexual molestation and sexual assault, Young said Moore has talked about the Dred Scott decision, and then said:
“When he talks about the homosexual ruling, when they can be â€“Â pretend to be marriedÂ â€“ Judge Moore says it’s like the Dred Scott decision.”
As Young says “homosexual ruling” he raises his fingers and repeatedly makes air quotes.
Chuck Todd did not offer any push back, just said, “OK.”
To be clear, Young is defending Moore by comparing the case that determined same-sex couples have the right to marry with what most historiansÂ believe was the worst-decided case in U.S. Supreme Court history.
The segment is in the above video and starts just a few seconds past the 5:00 minute mark.
On Twitter, some who were watching expressed outrage.
@chucktodd did you just let Mooreâ€™s campaign person get away with comparing the marriage equality verdict to Dred Scott and then say â€œPretend to be married?â€
What in the actual fuck?
â€” Sidney Joel Stokes (@TheSidJoShow) December 8, 2017
â€” Protect Voter Rights (@jryangolden) December 8, 2017
That was robably the 20th least bad thign he did today on his show. He let Moore’s staffer say homosexuals “pretend” to be married and used actual air quotes. Also let him lie about partial birth abortion and Nelson’s story. #firechucktodd
â€” Protect Voter Rights (@jryangolden) December 8, 2017
I typically like @chucktodd, he usually brings a calm, centrist voice during @MeetThePress, which is why itâ€™s was that much more hurtful when he didnâ€™t so much as blink today while an #Alabamabigot states that #gays only pretend to be married. Viewers deserve better than that.
â€” Protect Net Neutrality (@CouncilofCaleb) December 8, 2017
I just heard Dean Young,Roy Mooreâ€™s spokesman, speaking on MSNBC about bad Supreme Court decisions. He referred to â€œhomosexuals pretending to be married.â€ Itâ€™s the law of the land but what does that matter to these absurd people?!
â€” Roger Danforth (@rogerdan5) December 8, 2017
My wife and I just watched a head campaign person say â€œ#NoMoore believes gay marriage or, as they pretend to be marriedâ€. We ARE married and we live this each day in Alabama. This man canâ€™t take this State backwards even more! Keep spreading the word! @GDouglasJones Dec. 12! pic.twitter.com/P1Iij0xKkJ
â€” HarleyPhDGirl (@HarleyPhDGirl) December 8, 2017
he put homosexual in quotes? #mtpdaily
â€” RichardPainterIsMyPowerAnimal (@HappyHappyBeans) December 8, 2017
Roy Moore’s white supremacist, godless, lying campaign strategist who loves a pedophile just said “homosexuals” are pretending to be married. You’ll spend more time in hell than you will in DC, asshole. #MTPDaily
â€” Katie Reece-Spencer (@KReeceSpencer) December 8, 2017
“Gays can PRETEND to be married..” WTF! #MTPDaily
â€” Simon Byrd (@Uosdwis) December 8, 2017
â€” Angel (@menkhare) December 8, 2017
Chuck, Chuck…softball interview of Dean Young. You didnâ€™t press him on anything!
â€” Beth Hemphill (@BethHempie) December 8, 2017
“The homosexual ruling where they can pretend to be married.” Why did you let Dean Young say this without pushing back @chucktodd?
â€” A Little Royal (@alittlebitroyal) December 8, 2017
â€” Laura Jackson (@Lalaej) December 8, 2017
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Florida Republican Levies ‘Threat’ Against Biden Over Guns After Being Investigated for Cyberintimidation
Florida State Representative Randy Fine, a Republican from Brevard County, Wednesday morning posted what some say appears to be a threat against President Joe Biden. Tuesday evening the President addressed the nation just hours after 19 second, third, and fourth-grade school children and two teachers were massacred in one of the nation’s worst mass shootings.
“We as a nation have to ask when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby. When in God’s name do we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?” President Biden implored Americans as he spoke barely more than one hour after landing at the White House after a five-day Asia trip.
Early Tuesday morning Rep. Fine tweeted: “I have news for the embarrassment that claims to be our President — try to take our guns and you’ll learn why the Second Amendment was written in the first place.”
Some online are seeing that as an apparent threat.
“This sounds like a threat against the President,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Is this a threat Randy?” asked another.
Several reported the tweet to Twitter Safety, and more responded by tweeting it to the FBI and Secret Service.
One user whose bio says she is an Internet Safety Expert tweeted “18 U.S.C. §871(a).” That is the federal law for ‘Threats against President and successors to the Presidency.”
Rep. Fine has been investigated but not prosecuted for cyberintimidation, among other allegations.
In February, “prosecutors announced that after an exhaustive investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and a thorough review by Chief Assistant State Attorney Stacey Salmons …, no criminal charges would be filed in allegations leveled at State Representative Randy Fine by Brevard County School Board Member Jennifer Jenkins, and Publisher Robert Burns,” the Florida State Attorney’s Office stated.
“Jenkins and Burns alleged that between July and August of 2021, Fine had committed the offenses of Corruption by Threat Against a Public Servant; Cyberintimidation by Publication; Stalking; Residency Qualification Violations; Campaign Finance Violations; and Voter Fraud (Oct. 2019 – Nov. 2020).”
The State Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against Fine, but State Attorney Phil Archer added: “Although no criminal charges are being filed, I am concerned that the continued use of heated rhetoric on social media and public statements by both sides, could produce a volatile and dangerous escalation we should all seek to avoid.”
Top Texas Republicans Resist Gun Control and Push for More Armed Teachers and Police at Schools in Wake of Uvalde Shooting
“Top Texas Republicans resist gun control and push for more armed teachers and police at schools in wake of Uvalde shooting” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
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In the hours after a gunman killed more than 20 people at a South Texas elementary school Tuesday, the state’s top Republicans sought to immediately squelch the possibility of gun control measures in the wake of yet another mass shooting.
As the death toll mounted from the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde and President Joe Biden vowed to push for stricter gun laws, Texas Republicans made it clear that any kind of gun restriction in response to the tragedy was off the table.
“Inevitably when there’s a murder of this kind, you see politicians try to politicize it, you see Democrats and a lot of folks in the media whose immediate solution is to try to restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “That doesn’t work. It’s not effective. It doesn’t prevent crime.”
In an appearance on the far-right television network Newsmax, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton quickly dismissed the notion of enacting restrictions on firearms — reasoning that shooters wouldn’t follow the law anyway.
“I’d much rather have law-abiding citizens armed and trained so that they can respond when something like this happens because it’s not going to be the last time,” Paxton said.
Meanwhile, Biden called for a renewed push to reform the nation’s gun laws in the wake of the shooting during a nationwide address Tuesday evening.
“We as a nation have to ask: When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name do we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?” Biden said.
In the wake of mass shootings at Santa Fe High School in 2018 and a Walmart in El Paso in 2019, Texas Republicans vowed to take steps to prevent similar killing sprees in the future and passed laws that cover issues like identifying potentially dangerous students, training school employees to deal with emergencies and giving teachers more access to guns.
But in gun-friendly Texas, any laws restricting access to firearms have been a nonstarter. Instead, state legislators have expanded access to firearms — including with a law allowing residents to carry guns without a permit.
On Tuesday, Republican officials revived ideas to stop future mass shooters — arming teachers and school administrators, putting more police officers on campus and limiting entryways to school buildings.
“We have to harden these targets so that no one can get in ever except through one entrance,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told Tucker Carlson in an appearance on Fox News. “Maybe that would help. Maybe that would stop someone.”
Gov. Greg Abbott, Cruz and former President Donald Trump are scheduled to talk in Houston on Friday at the National Rifle Association’s 2022 annual meeting. Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Abbott’s Democratic opponent in this year’s gubernatorial race, called on Abbott to skip the convention and tell the NRA to take the convention elsewhere.
“Governor Abbott, if you have any decency, you will immediately withdraw from this weekend’s NRA convention and urge them to hold it anywhere but Texas,” O’Rourke tweeted Tuesday night.
Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2022/05/24/texas-republicans-uvalde-gun-control/.
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Biden: ‘When in God’s Name Are We Going to Stand Up to the Gun Lobby?’
President Joe Biden arrived at the White House at 7:18 PM ET Tuesday evening after a five day trip to Asia. About 75 minutes later he stood before television cameras in the Roosevelt Room and asked America, “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?”
As the President made his way on Air Force One back to the United States he was confronted with the news that multiple elementary school children – first reported as two, then 14, and now 18 – along with at least one teacher, had been gunned down in yet another mass shooting, this time at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
“I’d hoped, when I became president, I would not have to do this again. Another massacre at a Texas elementary school. Beautiful, innocent second, third, fourth graders,” President Biden, clearly emotional and choked up, announced. “As a nation, we have to ask: When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When, in God’s name, will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”
Just ten days earlier a gunman, an avowed white supremacist and antisemite, shot and killed 10 Black people in a local Buffalo grocery store.
“I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage,” he said. “For God’s sake, we have to have the courage to stand up to the industry.”
President Biden added, “if an 18-year-old can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons, it’s just wrong. What in God’s name do you need an assault weapon for except to kill someone? Deer aren’t running through the forests with kevlar vests on, for God’s sake. It’s just sick.”
“Why are we willing to live with this carnage?”
Pres. Biden: “As a nation, we have to ask: When, in God’s name, are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When, in God’s name, will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?” https://t.co/AAqNDbY83f pic.twitter.com/YNfzMdmf0e
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 25, 2022
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