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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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‘Worst pain I’ve ever felt’: Diner employees in shock after getting maced by angry anti-masker

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Three employees at a Missouri pizza diner got maced earlier this week by a customer who was angry that they were asked to wear a face mask as a precondition of being served.

Local news station KMOV reports that a group of maskless people went into the Incredible Pizza Company in South St. Louis County on Sunday, where they were asked to leave because of their refusal to wear masks.

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Atlanta mayor tears into ‘narcissist’ Trump for ‘blasphemous’ claim he did more for Black America than John Lewis

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On CNN Tuesday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tore into President Donald Trump for his suggestion in a new interview that he has done "more for Black Americans" than anyone else, during a discussion on the late civil rights leader John Lewis.

"What do you think about when President Trump says he personally has done more for Black Americans than anyone else?" said anchor Alisyn Camerota.

"He's delusional. He's a narcissist and he is delusional," said Bottoms. "The only person that believes that is him. He's done nothing for African-Americans in this country, and to speak that in the same sentence as speaking of John Lewis is almost blasphemous."

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‘I could have died’: Arizona Trump voters beg friends to take COVID seriously after getting hospitalized

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A pair of Arizona residents who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 are now imploring their friends to not make the same mistake they did when they refused to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.

In an interview with CNN, Debi and Michael Patterson told reporter Omar Jimenez that they laughed off public health recommendations about protecting themselves against the disease.

"It was almost like a joke in our group of friends," Debi Patterson explained.

"Did you wear a mask?" Jimenez asked.

"Nope," she replied.

"Did you hang out with your friends as normal?" he asked, to which she nodded her head.

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