Conan O’Brien’s debate regarding Indiana’s anti-LGBT “religious freedom” law veered off course on Tuesday when the state’s self-proclaimed “religion czar” shared way too much about his research into the issue.
“I personally spent literally thousands of hours studying the habits of homosexuals by reading their literature, and watching their erotic adventures on DVD,” Don Beederman (Chris Parnell) assured O’Brien.
“So, sir, your research has consisted entirely of reading and watching gay pornography,” O’Brien asked.
“Now you’re starting to sound like my ex-wife,” Beederman chided, after defending the Republican-supported law by saying it was more about protecting Christian businesses than discriminating against the gay community.
“It is a known fact, Conan, if there are any homosexuals nearby, God cannot hear your prayers,” Beederman argued.
He also boasted that he honed his “gaydar” by combing through the dating app Grindr, to the point that he no longer needed it to “red flag” any gay men nearby.
“If I sense there’s a homosexual nearby, my gaydar goes off, and my penis instantly lengthens and hardens, veering up defensively,” he assured O’Brien.
“That’s not gaydar,” the host protested, before Beederman demonstrated his method of “poking” any offending gay men away from him.
Watch the segment, as posted online on Tuesday, below.
‘All over the map’: CNN details the bizarre surge of Trump’s flip-flops
Following two mass shootings in one weekend, President Donald Trump promised to strengthen background checks for gun purchases. But just the next week--reportedly after speaking with NRA head Wayne LaPierre--dropped his resolve and said there were already sufficient background checks on the books.
That's not the only recent policy flip-flop by the President.
On CNN Thursday, White House reporter Sarah Westwood chronicled all the policies on which the president has reversed course. First, the president abruptly cancelled plans to cut foreign aid.
"President Trump, the White House, they were facing a wave of opposition from Congressional appropriators in both parties and from the State Department who thought that this move could do harm to national security," Westwood said.
Ex-Trump official bashes White House ‘apologists’ who haven’t quit yet: ‘There’s not much hope for them’
A report on the silence coming from first daughter Ivanka Trump and her White House advisor husband Jared Kushner after Donald Trump attacked American Jews turned to the future of White House aides who are either complicit in the president's policies or stand idly by as he lurches from controversy to controversy.
In an interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar, former Trump adviser J.W. Verret pointed out there are still some "adults in the room" with Trump, but CNN's Kaitlan Collins first pointed out that -- as of late -- Ivanka and Kushner are not among them.
"This fits a pattern that we've seen from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump at times during times when the administration tried to repeal parts of Obamacare, and of course, the big one the president has made about Jewish people who are supporting Democrats," Collins explained. "Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are both Orthodox Jews. They've been involved with the president on many things. but neither of them have said anything publicly about the president's comments. and when we asked the white house have they been advising the president privately on this, the White House did not get back to us."
GOP facing nightmare scenario as rural America gets hit with a depopulation crisis
The Republican Party is entrenched in rural America with the overwhelming majority of small towns being represented by the GOP. But the population in these areas are under a huge decline.
That's a nightmare scenario for Republicans in Congress, whose districts are determined by population. The Republican Party has worked diligently to ensure gerrymandering can protect their rural members as the population shifts toward the suburbs.
One key component of the Affordable Care Act went to subsidizing rural hospitals to prevent them from closing. Most of that has been defunded by Republicans if the states were even willing to allow Medicare/Medicaid expansion in the state, to begin with. A Navigant report out earlier this year showed that more than one in five rural hospitals have closed so far.