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Maddow schools Rick Santorum for ‘fundamentally wrong’ complaints over same-sex marriage ruling

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow shot down Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum on Wednesday when he tried to argue that Congress could overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing marriage equality.

“You’re fundamentally wrong on civics,” Maddow said. “If there is a question as to the constitutionality of a law, it gets adjudicated. The second syllable in that word means it gets decided in the judiciary. The Supreme Court decides whether or not a law is constitutional. So you could not now pass a law that said, ‘We’re banning same-sex marriage.'”

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Santorum then argued that “Congress can pass anything it wants to pass,” regardless of the high court’s decisions to justify passing a new ban on same-sex marriages.

“So you want them to pass a moot bill?” Maddow asked.

“It wouldn’t be moot,” he insisted, saying that the court could find it “misread the tea leaves” between its ruling last month and a possible new bill.

Maddow also showed footage of Santorum making his argument at the National Right To Life Convention.

“Is that the country you live in?” Santorum asked, repeating a line from his speech. “Of course it is, right?”

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“Well, the Supreme Court is the Supreme Court,” she replied.

“But it’s not a superior branch of government,” Santorum said. “If the Congress comes back and says, ‘We disagree with you, and we’re able to pass a law and get it signed by the president, saying the courts are wrong –”

“No, you could not pass a law that could contradict the constitutional ruling of the Supreme Court,” Maddow countered, as Santorum began asking why. “You could amend the Constitution.”

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“Why?” Santorum asked again.

“Because they’re ruling on the constitutionality of that law,” she responded. When Santorum tried to argue that the ruling was made “on an unconstitutional basis,” Maddow shot back, “They decide what’s constitutional.”

The former Pennsylvania senator later hedged when Maddow asked whether he thought people chose to be gay, citing the legal ramifications of the court’s decision.

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“If it’s an immutable characteristic — you don’t know if it’s immutable or not?” she pressed.

“I don’t know,” Santorum said. “If it is, that leads to a whole bunch of other situations. We have, allowed in the law of the land, sex-selection abortions. If you determine that one of your children is gay, shall we pass a law saying you can’t abort a child because you found out that child’s gonna be gay? You can’t abort a child because you found out that child is a woman?”

“You’re worrying about the consequences of this without knowing whether or not it’s true,” Maddow said, before asking again, “Do you think that some people choose to be gay?”

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“There are people who are alive today who identify themselves as gay and lesbian and who no longer are,” Santorum replied. “I’ve met people in that case. So I guess maybe in that case, maybe they did.”

Watch the interview, as aired on MSNBC on Wednesday, below.


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Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and economic catastrophe, the leader of the free world spent the weekend golfing at his private, for-profit golf course in Virginia.

For the second day in a row, Donald Trump's presidential motorcade traveled to Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

"Today marks the president’s 86th day trip to Sterling," reported HuffPost correspondent S.V. Dáte, who was the White House pool reporter for print covering the day's events.

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Trump ripped as a ‘traitor’ by veterans for his mask photo-op at Walter Reed Hospital

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The veteran advocacy organization Vote Vets on Sunday blasted President Donald Trump for holding a photo-op at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

After a round of golf on Saturday, Trump traveled to the hospital to be photographed by the press pool wearing a mask, which was a first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The ad says it shows "what wounded warriors see when Trump comes for a photo-op."

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Jenna Ellis, an attorney and spokesperson for Donald Trump, suggested that Roger Stone had received a "medical commutation" from the president because he was at risk for COVID-19.

While interviewing Ellis on Sunday, Fox News host Gillian Turner asked Ellis if Trump gave "serious thought" to his decision to commute Stone's sentence.

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"This was a political target that was designed to target President Trump's allies," she continued. "That was just absolutely absurd."

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