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Ben Carson Hasn’t Enacted Protections for LGBT Homeless People Because He Wants to ‘Protect the Rights of All the People’

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‘It’s a Very Complex Issue’ Carson Claims

Asked why he hasn’t implemented protections for LGBT homeless people in the year since he’s been the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson told Democratic U.S. Senator Mike Quigley he wants to make sure he’s protecting the rights of “all the people” (video.)

Testifying Tuesday before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Carson was asked about the training materials used to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ homeless people that Carson had removed from HUD’s website. 

Carson stonewalled, saying first “it’s a very complex issue,” then blaming not having a general counsel at HUD until December for not having reviewed the documents or reposting them on the federal agency’s website.

“Remember, it is complex,” he repeated. “Obviously we believe in equal rights for everybody, including the LGBT community. But we also believe in equal rights for the women in the shelters, and shelters where there are men, and their equal rights. So, we want to look at things that really provide for everybody and doesn’t impede the rights of one for the sake of the other.”

Senator Quigley was not impressed.

“How is protecting the rights of transgender homeless potentially impact -” he began to ask, until Carson cut him off.

“I’ll give you an example: There are some women who said they were not comfortable with the idea of being in a shelter, being in a shower, and somebody who had a very different anatomy.”

Carson then got a bit persnickety when the Illinois Democratic Senator pushed him on the lengthy of time these regulations have not been implemented, enforced, and made publicly available.

“I don’t think you would have wanted us to do this without a general counsel,” Carson told Quigley. “I would like to work with you on this and I would be particularly interested in your ideals on how we protect the rights of all the people involved.”

Quigley invited Carson to visit with LGBT people in his home state of Illinois.

WATCH: Ben Carson Mocks Transgender People As ‘Height of Absurdity’

Carson infamously in 2013 likened LGBT people to pedophiles. During his confirmation hearing last year, Secretary Carson told the Senate he would follow the law but he was opposed to LGBT people getting “extra rights,” which is how many right wing conservatives define LGBT protections.

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Trump ‘Honors’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By Visiting His DC Memorial – for 30 Seconds

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President Donald Trump decided to “honor” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. late Monday afternoon by dragging his vice president to Washington, D.C.’s MLK Memorial. The two top executives spent all of 30 seconds there, on Martin Luther King Day, without saying a word. They then left. Both were back in the White House ten minutes later.

CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins documented the curious event:

Reuters’ Steve Holland posted this photo of Trump and Pence:

The Hill posted video of Trump and Pence getting booed and cheered.

By any standard Monday’s visit was astonishingly short. Last year Trump and Pence made the same visit – and stayed just 94 seconds.

Earlier Monday Trump “honored” the civil rights icon by posting a tweet making the holiday all about himself. Trump suggested his own inauguration was a more important event than the celebration of Dr. King’s life, while Kellyanne Conway claimed his impeachment was akin to the battles Dr. King fought.

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McConnell’s Impeachment Rules Package Fails by His ‘Own Standard’: CNN Legal Analyst

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On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” national security and legal analyst Susan Hennessey excoriated the rules proposal for the Senate impeachment trial put forward by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“Look, Mitch McConnell has gone all in on the notion that this is going to be the same as the Clinton impeachment, that that was sort of the standard of fairness here,” said Hennessey.

This fails pretty plainly by McConnell’s own standard, forcing the presentation of the House managers’ case in 12 marathon hours that are going to stretch well into the middle of the night.”

“The American people are going to understand exactly what is going on here, which is that Mitch McConnell is hoping to exhaust the House managers, to exhaust the Senate, such that whenever it actually gets to the point that they have the choice to maybe call witnesses, there are going to be incentives against that,” continued Hennessey. “He’s also racing against other witnesses and other information that might come out.”

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‘Racist White Man’ Donald Trump Destroyed for Making MLK Day About Himself

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President Donald Trump supposedly was “preparing for Davos” on Monday but spent an extraordinary amount of time tweeting. It was bound to happen: he made Martin Luther King Day about himself.

Although King’s actual birthday is January 15, the federal holiday falls on the third Monday in January of each year, which this year happens to be January 20, when America’s presidents are sworn in to office every four years.

Trump couldn’t resist.

“It was exactly three years ago today, January 20, 2017, that I was sworn into office,” he tweeted. “So appropriate that today is also MLK jr DAY. African-American Unemployment is the LOWEST in the history of our Country, by far. Also, best Poverty, Youth, and Employment numbers, ever. Great!”

Note how not only did Trump make the day about himself, he made his inauguration more important than honoring Dr. King’s birth.

Earlier in the day Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway linked Trump being impeached to the injustices Dr. King fought.

We’re not going to challenge Trump’s economic assertions, but many took a moment to challenge how offensive it is to equate one’s self with the American civil rights icon.

 

 

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