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‘I never exhaled’: Former GOP governor admits to recent pot-smoking

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A former Republican governor of New Mexico has admitted that he smoked pot as late as 2008.

It’s no secret that Gary Johnson, who was governor from 1994 to 2002, is an advocate for marijuana legalization. In a recent interview with The New Republic, Johnson joked, “I never exhaled.”

In an interview published Monday, Johnson revealed just how recently he inhaled.

“It’s not anything I volunteer, but you’re the only person that actually asked about it,” Johnson told The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack. “But for luck, I guess, I wasn’t arrested.”

During a 2005 paragliding accident, Johnson fell 50 feet when his sails got caught in a tree. He used the drug for the next few years to manage pain from his injuries.

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“Rather than using painkillers, which I have used on occasion before, I did smoke pot, as a result of having broken my back, blowing out both of my knees, breaking ribs, really taking about three years to recover,” Johnson said.

“In my human experience, it’s the worst pain I’ve ever felt,” he added.

Johnson said that he had used legal painkillers in the past but had trouble with side effects and withdrawal.

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After the accident, Johnson was given marijuana by “someone” that cared for him.

McCormack noted that the former governor’s past weed habit isn’t likely to hurt him should he run for president.

“He’s a libertarian prophet crying out for the Republican Party to ‘get back to the religion of the pocketbook,’ and spreading his message takes precedence over appealing to Republican primary voters,” McCormack wrote. “His personal marijuana story may even help him spread the word. And marijuana legalization may, in fact, be a much easier sell to Republican primary voters than Johnson’s positions on national security, foreign policy, and social policy.”

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For example, Johnson suggested that the defense budget may need to be cut as much as 90 percent.

“I don’t want to be irresponsible regarding this. I just have this sense that we’re just spending way too much,” he said.


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The real problem wasn’t the racism — it was the Trump taking ‘the Lord’s name in vain’ twice: supporter

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President Donald Trump was widely condemned after supporters at a campaign rally in West Virginia turned his racist "go back" message into a "Send Her Back" chant against one of a woman of color in Congress.

One Trump supporter in West Virginia also criticized the speech, but not for the racist targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

State Senator Paul Hardesty, a Democrat, wrote to the White House to complain about Trump's use of the word "goddamn."

The letter was republished by the Montgomery-Herald.

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Tongue-tied GOP strategist crashes and burns on-air while trying to deny Trump’s racism

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Republican strategist Amy Tarkanian crashed and burned on CNN on Saturday while attempting to deny President Donald Trump's racism.

"I do not believe that the president’s tweets were racist. I do believe they were not well thought out. He needs that extra, 'Are you sure?' button on Twitter," Tarkanian argued.

"I'm a black man, I'm a Republican and a black man," the Rev. Joe Watkins interjected. "My mother's an immigrant, I would be angry if someone said that to my mother."

"Oh, it’s very offensive. But he did not say, because you are this color, go back to where you came from," Tarkanian argued. "I’m not supporting that tweet. Was it racist? No. Was it stupid? Yes."

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Trump supporter blames Democrats for being targeted by the president: ‘Why is that racist?’

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CNN interviewed a supporter of President Donald Trump in Eau Claire, Wisconsin who refused to acknowledge the racism in the president's "Go Back" attacks on four women of color in Congress.

The network interviewed Kerri Krumenauer of Wiersgalla Plumbing & Heating Company about Trump's attacks.

"How is it racist?" she asked.

"If you don't like this country, get out," she demanded. "Leave!"

She then showed how misinformed she was about the incident.

"He didn't use any names -- they stood up," she falsely claimed. In fact, Trump did use names and the targets did not stand up as they were not at his North Carolina campaign rally.

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