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Dan Savage: Why would Santorum and Huckabee’s ‘imaginary gay friends’ invite them to their wedding?

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The real question is not whether Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin or other GOP presidential hopefuls would attend a same-sex wedding, columnist Dan Savage said on Tuesday — it’s how anybody believes they would be invited to one at all.

“When the anti-gay bigots like Rick Santorum are challenged on their anti-gay bigotry, or [Ted] Cruz or [Mike] Huckabee, they always point to their imaginary hypothetical gay friends who might apparently invite them to a gay wedding,” Savage told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “In Walker’s case it was his own sister, and that’s what’s so interesting about it.”

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Hayes played a clip of Walker telling MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt that he went to the reception for an unidentified relative, but not the actual wedding. Hayes described the response as the governor’s attempt to “thread a very fine needle” on the issue of marriage equality, which Savage said was pitting Republicans not just against progressives, but against their more conservative supporters.

“When it comes to flesh and blood and family versus base, a lot of Republicans are having a hard time now choosing base over family,” Savage argued. “And that’s really the whole trajectory of the LGBT civil rights movement right there in a nutshell.”

Another prospective GOP candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, told CNN he planned to attend a gay friend’s wedding despite his personal opposition to same-sex marriage, a stance Hayes said humanized Kasich while also painting him as an “ideological and philosopical basket case.”

“What the heck is the rationale for showing up at something that you think is some sort of deep violation that you think should be illegal?” Hayes asked.

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Watch Hayes’ interview with Savage, as aired on MSNBC on Tuesday, below.


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The View audience goes wild when Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman get schooled on democratic socialism

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Both conservatives on "The View" warned of the dangers of democratic socialism, but co-host Joy Behar drew a rowdy response with her impassioned defense of wealth distribution.

The panelists were discussing Sen. Elizabeth Warren's climb in the polls, and Meghan McCain speculated about the possibility of the Massachusetts Democrat heading into a contested Democratic convention with Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"I happen to love Elizabeth Warren," Behar said. "I think she would make a magnificent president, and I think this whole talk about she's too far to the left is a lot of hooey, frankly."

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In her new gig as a Fox News contributor, former White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders complained to host Sean Hannity that the "out-of-control" media makes "stuff up" about Donald Trump because they hate him for winning in 2016.

Sanders, who once told reporters that "countless" FBI agents had lost confidence in James Comey only to later tell investigators from special counsel Robert Mueller's office that she made it up, complained to the Fox host about the press being untrustworthy.

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In 2020, we need to pay attention to state elections as well as elections for president and Congress. State elections could decide whether the Republican Party further corrupts American democracy.

As demographics change — and America becomes more diverse and more liberal — the GOP has responded by implementing policies that will take away power from the American people. Rather than changing with the times, they’ve got another plan: minority rule – by them.

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