Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) over the weekend blasted Senator Elizabeth Warren‘s (D-MA) viral remarks about those who oppose same-sex marriage. He also appeared to encourage “fighting back, even in a crude or vulgar way” by “Americans with traditional values.”
The Democratic Senator from Massachusetts who is enjoying months-long momentum that has currently placed her close to tied with frontrunner Joe Biden slammed Americans who oppose same-sex marriage during an HRC/CNN town hall last week.
Asked what she would say to someone who tells her, “Senator, I’m old-fashioned, and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Warren served up a one-two punch.
“I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that,” Warren replied. “And I’m going to say, ‘Then just marry one woman.”
That was followed by her quip suggesting it would be challenging for that person to find someone who would want to marry him.
Senator Rubio concocted a tweet that framed the right of same-sex couples to marry as something only “elites” support, which is false. Studies find six out of 10 Americans support same-sex marriage, while just three out of 10 oppose it.
The Senator from Florida in 2016 literally used the massacre of 49 LGBTQ people and their allies, many of whom were also people of color, at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub as a reason to revoke his promise to not run for re-election.
Rubio reposted a clip of Warren’s remarks that frames them as “the best thing you’ll see today,” but offered a very different response.
“Vividly captures the condescension of elites & their incessant ridicule of Americans with traditional values. It elicits glee among celebrities & blue check brigade,” he claimed, speaking of those on Twitter whose accounts have been “verified.”
“But for the millions sick of being disrespected it elicits support for fighting back,” Sen. Rubio continued, “even in a crude or vulgar way.”
Rubio’s remarks were quickly panned.
Hate is not a traditional value. Neither is selling out western democracy to the highest bidder, which in Marco Rubio’s case is *checks notes* Vlad Putin and the m’fkn gun lobby. https://t.co/ue7mm2qWh0 #LoveWins #LetUsLive #MarchForOurLives #WeThePeopleMarch #MarcoRubio #NRA pic.twitter.com/0yVwd7cSKn
— 🏝 Kim (@kim) October 13, 2019
Heaven help us if the small minority of Americans like Rubio who hate same-sex marriage but love the rapist president starts fighting back in a crude and vulgar way! https://t.co/Z5m86HaQAW
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) October 12, 2019
What traditional values would you say you are successfully promoting?
— CrimeBusterHat (@Popehat) October 13, 2019
Since I don’t have a blue check, Marco wants me to respond:
It’s hilarious hypocrisy that someone who mocked a presidential candidate on live TV for his micro-penis is now scolding other people about how unseemly it is to ridicule others.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) October 13, 2019
Even when Republicans are the oppressors — and discriminating against the LGBTQ community is definitely oppressive — they still believe they are the victims. Their martyr complex is out of control. https://t.co/pkDYcWDiT6
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) October 12, 2019
Moron, she’s saying YOU can decide who YOU marry, but get the fuck out of other people’s bedrooms. Got it, you homophobic piece of shit?!! https://t.co/u4Vuh9QUkL
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) October 13, 2019
Sorry, Senator, if your “traditional values” are racist, misogynist, or homophobic, what you’re experiencing is not condescension, it’s repulsion.
And since when is sticking up for the oppressed an “elitist” act?
Finally: you yourself are a blue checked elite, by the way. https://t.co/LrCRh6Cpc7
— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) October 12, 2019
Just what “traditional values” are those, Marco? Those of the serial sex-abuser, rapist, racist, lying, traitorous, corrupt, criminal president? Or those that enable him, hypocritically spewing scripture while violating every commandment of every religion known to man?
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 12, 2019
Yeah, it really sucks when no one respects your bigotry. Cry me a river, Senator. https://t.co/eBVNRpMN1q
— Jennifer Mendelsohn 🇺🇸 (@CleverTitleTK) October 12, 2019
You traditionalists support a crude & vulgar cheat who bags porn stars while his wife is pregnant, has 43 sexual assault charges against him, pals around with pedophiles, disparages disabled ppl & tortures children. It isn’t elitist to disrespect you hypocrites, it’s necessary. https://t.co/OhsmZxRAgu
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) October 12, 2019
Also, you’ve got a lot of nerve clutching your pearls at Warren’s joke here when your entire party spends its time crapping on anyone who lives in a city or has a bachelor’s degree as overprivileged snobs who can’t even feed themselves.
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) October 12, 2019
Ridiculous ideas deserve ridicule, banning adults from loving other adults qualifies. You don’t have to be elite to understand that. https://t.co/PRckr5bN1M
— feminist next door (@emrazz) October 12, 2019
You still haven’t figured out that you and your party have permanently forfeited the right to smug piety, have you?
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 12, 2019
Fighting back against what?? My civil rights?? So you think you’re somehow better than me and that I shouldn’t be an equal citizen? My husband and I have been together for 20 years… your President cheated on all three of his wives. You can shove your “values” asshole. https://t.co/Yf2YxJn1ug
— Ari Solomon (@VeganAri) October 13, 2019
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Franklin Graham Serves Up Massively Hypocritical Claims on Vaccines, Trump and the Press in Axios Interview
Pro-Trump conservative Evangelical leader Franklin Graham sat down with Axios co-founder Mike Allen and served up several hypocritical takes on topics ranging from former President Donald Trump to vaccines to the media.
Perhaps the greatest falsehood was a short exchange on the coronavirus vaccine.
Numerous reports for months make clear conservative Evangelicals are the largest group of Americans refusing to get the vaccine, and given that one in four Americans are evangelical, that alone will make it hard for the U.S. to reach herd immunity.
“Evangelical resistance to the COVID-19 vaccine presents a public health challenge,” NPR reported April 5.
A New York Times headline that same day made the problem ever clearer: “Millions of white evangelicals do not intend to get vaccinated.”
One month earlier an AP/NORC poll found “40% of white evangelical Protestants said they likely won’t get vaccinated.”
According the Graham (who has been encouraging evangelicals to get the shot) evangelicals aren’t the problem.
“Over the last four years as you supported President Trump you saw everything being more politicized, polarized, like do you feel like some of this is on your doorstep?” Axios’s Mike Allen posited in the interview (below.)
“No,” Graham replied. “I appreciate what the President did for our country.”
“Because a lot of his followers,” Allen continued, “a lot of Christians, a lot of evangelical Christians do not believe science, the truth, the press.”
“Many accept vaccines,” Graham said, “Many don’t. And it’s not an evangelical thing,” he claimed, which is false.
Allen also asked Graham about how Trump treated the press.
“Rally after rally, President Trump would say, ‘don’t believe them,’ pointing to the cameras, like, ‘don’t believe the press, don’t believe anyone but me.'”
“And I would have never had said that,” Graham claimed. “And I’ll think this, this is hurting. I think you’ve built a wall. I think it created animosity when it shouldn’t have. Just because somebody disagrees with you, doesn’t mean they’re your enemy.”
“You think it was a mistake for President Trump to demonize the press?” Allen asked point blank.
“No question about it,” Graham replied (video below.)
Here’s Graham doing the exact same thing Trump did, and to help advance Trump’s agenda (all quotes from Graham’s Twitter account):
“I’ve never seen hatred like we’re seeing in our nation today. The mainstream media is so biased & will do whatever they can to attack @POTUS Trump. He has done more for our country in 4 yrs than any president in my lifetime, but that doesn’t matter to agenda-driven media.” Oct. 16, 2020
“Much of the media has lost it. There’s no respect, no honor. What happened to professionalism & to journalists reporting the facts w/no personal agenda?” Dec. 7, 2018
“Never before has there been such a level of hatred as we have seen for Donald Trump from the Democrats & liberal media. Why? It may be because he hasn’t bowed down to them.” Jan. 13, 2020
“The news media are so vicious & relentless in their fault finding & their attacks on the President. It’s just sickening.” Dec. 26, 2018
“I lay much of the blame at the feet of the media for feeding the divisions & pushing their own agendas rather than accurately researching & reporting the news.” Jan. 23, 2019
“For once, I agree with House @SpeakerPelosi—our country is in a constitutional crisis. However, I strongly disagree with her on the cause. I put the blame at her feet & those in the Democratic Party who follow her, along with many in the media. May 10, 2019
“The Mueller report is in—no evidence of collusion. The sad thing is, the US lost 2 years & millions of dollars on investigations as @POTUS @realDonaldTrump’s enemies spouted lies. The liberal media was also culpable in this nightmare.” Mar. 24, 2019
.@mikeallen: "Do you tell [Trump] hard truths?"
Rev. @Franklin_Graham: “Yes, I do.”
Allen: "How does he take it?"
— Axios (@axios) May 17, 2021
Boebert, Cawthorn, Greene on List of 101 ‘Pro-Life’ and ‘Pro-Family’ GOPers Who Just Voted Against Pregnant Workers
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill to protect the rights of pregnant workers, but 101 Republican members of Congress who claim to be both “pro-life” and “pro-family” voted against the legislation.
The bill, sponsored by New York Democrat Jerry Nadler, was first introduced 9 years ago. It passed Friday in a 315-101 vote. All the no votes were from Republicans. No Democrat voted no.
The bill was supported by the right wing U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which called it “a balanced approach that clarifies an employer’s obligation to accommodate the known limitations of employees and job applicants that accompany pregnancy.”
The website Motherly put it even more simply: “No one should have to choose between their paycheck and a healthy pregnancy.”
Democratic Rep. Val Demings of Florida:
Pregnant workers have been fired or discriminated against simply for being pregnant. Today we passed legislation to protect pregnant Americans. This is just basic fairness. Proud to cosponsor this legislation.
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) May 14, 2021
Apparently, 101 Republican lawmakers disagree.
Among the more notable Republicans voting “no” were Lauren Boebert (CO), Kevin Brady (TX), Mo Brooks (AL), Ken Buck (CO), Madison Cawthorn (NC), Liz Cheney (WY), Scott DesJarlais (TN), Virginia Foxx (NC), Louie Gohmert (TX), Paul Gosar (AZ), Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Jody Hice (GA), Thomas Massie (KY), and Chip Roy (TX).
Here’s the list of all the lawmakers who voted against pregnant workers:
Armstrong (North Dakota)
Barr (Kentucky) NAY
Bishop (North Carolina)
Budd (North Carolina)
Cawthorn (North Carolina)
Duncan (South Carolina)
Foxx (North Carolina)
Franklin, C. Scott (Florida)
Herrell (New Mexico)
Mace (South Carolina)
McHenry (North Carolina)
Miller (West Virginia)
Norman (South Carolina)
Rice (South Carolina)
Rouzer (North Carolina)
Scott, Austin (Georgia)
Timmons (South Carolina)
Van Duyne (Texas)
McEnany Lectures Biden: ‘It’s the Role of the President of the United States to Stay Back, to Not Inflame’
Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday blasted President Joe Biden for speaking out about the Derek Chauvin trial even though her former boss, Donald Trump, often expressed his opinion on similar events.
After the sequestered jury began its deliberations in the Chauvin trial, Biden told reporters that he was praying for the “right verdict.”
McEnany, in her role as Fox News host, criticized the current president.
“I’m glad that he at least waited until the jury was sequestered,” McEnany ranted. “But I think that the country is such a tinderbox right now, especially Minneapolis. There’s so much hurt, so much pain.”
And I think it’s the role of the president of the United States to stay back, to not inflame the tensions,” she added. “I think he should have just reserved comment and said he’s praying for the family as we all are.”
As president, Trump often weighed in on legal matters and controversial events.
After Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with homicide for shootings that left two protesters in Wisconsin dead last August, Trump offered a defense of the suspect.
“He was trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like,” Trump opined at the time. “I guess he was in very big trouble. He probably would have been killed.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
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