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‘We Are All Now More Stupid’: Democratic Rep. Blasts Ben Carson Over LGBT Protections Stonewalling (Video)

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U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) blasted Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson for his responses Wednesday over guidance removed from HUD’s website, which helped protect LGBT people.

“We are all now more stupid than we were when we came in the room today sir, thank you,” Rep. Quigley concluded (video below) after going around and around with Secretary Carson.

At issue, the guidance that explains how to not discriminate against LGBT people.

Secretary Carson claimed that it was not necessary for the guidance to appear on HUD’s website because the rules against discrimination already exist.

“We’ve gone back and studied it very carefully and concluded that putting that sub-regulatory guidance there actually confused the issue, and made a lot more regulations necessary,” Carson tried to claim.

Carson also tried to double-talk his way out of the congressional oversight, saying “the agreement was that the guidelines would be reviewed, it wasn’t that they would be put back up.”

He repeatedly tried to claim that including guidance on policy and rules “confused the issue,” so rather than re-write the guidance, Dr. Carson supports removing it.

“Regardless of how HUD in D.C. views this, across the country people are being discriminated against, and they’re falling victim to crime and all the other issues that come with being homeless and not being able to get into a shelter,” Congressman Quigley added.

Carson also strangely claimed that after talking to legal “experts throughout government,” his “suspicion” is Rep. Quigley “would probably dislike the sub-regulatory guidance.”

Cryptically, Secretary Carson then said, “the rules that are there allow people to have a non-discriminatory attitude, and that’s what we are trying to achieve.”

Although he did not refer to religion, it seems Carson might have been implying any new guidance would favor conservative Christians over LGBTQ people in the name of “religious freedom.”

Rep. Quigley, exasperated, asked why the guidance couldn’t be posted.

“If you have a rule that tells you what to do, you don’t need more guidance on that,” Sec. Carson falsely claimed.

Carson, who has never previously served n government and has no management experience, is clearly unaware of what guidance offers.

For example, over at the Dept. of Education, Secretary Betsy DeVos tossed years-worth of guidance that helped parents, teachers, and administrators understand ways they could help protect the civil rights of transgender students. Parents especially were furious when those documents were destroyed.

Watch Secretary Carson’s condescending responses to Congressman Quigley, via NBC News:

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House Ethics Committee Begins Questioning Santos Staffers

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The U.S. House Committee on Ethics has begun questioning staffers for embattled Rep. George Santos, who on Friday was accused of sexual harassment and improper hiring practice by a prospective aide the New York Republican interviewed and hired.

CNN Capitol Hill reporter Melanie Zanona, reporting the committee’s questioning, calls it “a sign that the committee is looking into some of the allegations against Santos, though it doesn’t necessarily mean a formal investigation has been launched yet.”

“It is unclear what exactly the committee asked these staffers about, but multiple ethics complaints have been filed against Santos,” Zanona adds.

READ MORE: Watch: Democrats File Ethics Complaint Against George Santos After GOP Leadership Calls It an ‘Internal’ Matter

Most recently, a prospective staffer filed a complaint that the congressman made an unwanted sexual advance.

Two New York Democrats last month also filed an ethics complaint against Santos over his financial disclosure reporting.

 

 

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Santos Denies Sexually Assaulting Prospective Staffer Working in His Office – Calls Allegations ‘Comical’

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U.S. Rep. George Santos is denying an allegation he sexually assaulted a prospective staffer he had offered a $50,000 a year job to who was on his second day of work in the embattled and disgraced New York Republican’s Capitol Hill office.

“It’s comical,” Congressman Santos, often referred to as a “serial liar,told CNN’s Kit Maher.

“Of course, I deny that claim,” he insisted.

The staffer, working as a volunteer because, he says, the Santos office was waiting for the congressional payroll department to complete his paperwork, filed an official complaint with the House Ethics Office and, he says, the Capitol Police.

In that two-page letter of complaint to the Ethics Committee dated Friday requesting an investigation, Derek Myers alleges Rep. Santos invited him to a karaoke club on his second day of work, then “proceeded to take his hand and move it down my leg into my inner-thigh and proceeded to touch my groin.”

READ MORE: ‘Whatever Side Bet on Stupid Won Big’: Steve Schmidt Scorches Marco Rubio for ‘Kernels of Imbecility’ on Balloongate

Myers, a former Ohio journalist who also secretly recorded at least one of his other conversations with Santos, alleges the congressman told him: “My husband is out of town tonight if you want to come over,” and told him where he lived.

“The Congressman earlier in the day had asked me if I had a Grindr profile, which is widely-known as an LGBTQ+ social networking app, more commonly used for sexual intercourse,” Myers says in his letter. “The Congressman shared with me that he, himself had a profile.”

Santos called him “buddy,” and “insisted I sit next to him on a small sofa,” he also alleges.

MSNBC columnist Marisa Kabas, pointing to Santos’ characterization of the allegations, says, “however you feel about the veracity of these particular claims, calling them ‘comical’ is quite the choice.”

 

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Morning Joe Reminds Viewers of the Last Time the Koch Network ‘Stopped the Craziness’ in GOP Primaries

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The powerful Koch network is taking a stand against Donald Trump heading into the 2024 election cycle, and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough examined the historical parallel to the Tea Party insurgency a decade ago.

A memo released by Americans for Prosperity shows the conservative heavyweights will oppose the former president’s GOP primary bid after a lackluster showing by Republicans in the 2022 midterms, and the “Morning Joe” host said that reminded him of the Koch brothers taking on the right-wing Tea Party movement.

“The fact the Koch network, so powerful in the Republican Party, is saying, ‘Hey, we don’t usually get involved in primaries but we’re getting involved now,'” Scarborough said. “It reminds me so much of 2014. I don’t know if you remember 2010, Tea Partiers had a massive time, 2012, more Tea Party type candidates were getting nominated, and Republicans started losing races they should never have lost statewide. In 2014, the Koch network, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, other sort of mainstream Republican outfits said, ‘Enough.’ They started getting involved in early primaries. I remember an Alabama one being a special election very early on where they said, ‘We are going in and stopping this craziness and madness.’ That’s what they did.”

READ MORE: GOP faces ‘potentially catastrophic problem’ if Trump loses nomination: conservative

“Looks like that’s what the Koch brothers or the Koch network is looking to do now,” Scarborough added. “It’s one thing when politicians say Donald Trump shouldn’t run again. Explain how powerful and how important the Koch donor network is to the Republican Party in deciding who is going to be the next nominee.”

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