Wednesday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow welcomed Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank (D), who came out to the Boston Globe in 1987, thus becoming the first openly LGBT person to serve in the U.S. Congress. Frank and Maddow welcomed the president’s announcement yesterday afternoon that he supports marriage rights for same sex couples.
Maddow expressed her view that the Obama administration has been a massive improvement over the Clinton administration in terms of LGBT rights. She described former President Bill Clinton’s LGBT rights legacy, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as a “disaster.” While the Clinton administration may have hired LGBT people and given a certain amount of lip service to the idea of equal rights, on a policy level, LGBT people’s rights were clearly not a priority.
And while she and Frank agreed that President Barack Obama has done a great thing by personally endorsing same sex marriage, he said that he will not be inviting the chief executive to his wedding later this year. Frank, who has announced that he is not seeking re-election, intends to marry his partner Jim Ready before retiring from office.
Frank said it’s not that he would object to the president’s attendance on any ideological grounds, but rather that he doesn’t want “to put my guests through the metal detector.”
Saying that the Secret Service does a “wonderful job of protecting the president,” while thoroughly disrupting the lives of everyone around them, Congressman Frank quipped, “I want my wedding to be celebratory, not militarized.”
Watch the video, embedded via MSNBC, below:
Trump supporters shouted ‘go home’ at Native Americans protesting Mount Rushmore rally on their land: report
The protesters argued that it is their land after the Ft. Laramie Treaty of 1868, which was ratified by the U.S. Senate.
The Black Hills of South Dakota, where Mount Rushmore is located, was among the lands the tribes received to bring about an end to Red Cloud's War, which is also known as the Bozeman Trail War.
WATCH: Native American protesters ‘reclaimed the road’ to Donald Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore
Police in camouflage fatigues and riot gear faced off against protesters in South Dakota on Friday evening.
"More than 100 protesters gathered on a highway leading to Mount Rushmore on Friday ahead of President Donald Trump’s speech at the monument," Indian Country Today reports. "Native women in ribbon skirts created a line across the highway, behind them members of NDN Collective, a nonprofit Native advocacy organization, parked white vans across the road."
Trump impersonator hilariously previews the president’s Mount Rushmore speech
On Friday, musician and Trump impersonator J-L Cauvin posted a video satirically previewing the president's Independence Day speech at Mount Rushmore.
"The Democrats want you to wear masks, but we don't need masks," said Cauvin, impersonating Trump's New York accent. "Everybody's feeling great — stop coughing! Everybody's feeling great. So healthy. Such great health."
"Democrats want to kill you and silence you," he continued.
He then delivered a parody rant against removing statues, which sources report Trump will make a central point of his speech. "Thomas Jefferson, that's another one they hate. Everyone makes mistakes, but he had African-American girlfriends!"