Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) criticized Hillary Clinton on Monday over her statements that the anti-LGBT policies signed during her husband’s presidency were “defensive actions” meant to stop conservatives.
“It bothered me to hear Secretary Clinton saying ‘Well, what DOMA was about was to prevent something even worse,'” Sanders told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. “That just wasn’t true. It wasn’t true.”
The former secretary of state argued to Maddow on Friday that the Defense of Marriage Act was introduced as a way to stop conservative legislators from pushing through a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. The law was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in June 2013.
Similarly, Clinton said, the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy for military service members was a reaction to the “overreaction” by lawmakers after Bill Clinton promised to let LGBT troops serve openly during his first run for the presidency.
Maddow noted on Monday that the senator, who is competing with Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination, has made it a point to emphasize that he opposed not only DOMA, but the Iraq War and the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline before Clinton did so.
“On all of those issues, you and Secretary Clinton agree now,” she said. “I wonder if I could just zero in on exactly why you think it’s important that you were right first. When Democratic voters are making the decision on who their nominee ought to be, why are you a better choice on those grounds?”
“That’s an excellent and fair question,” Sanders said. “And the answer is, we live in a tough world and leadership counts. It’s great that people evolve and change their minds, and I respect that. I’m not being demeaning here. But it is important to stand up when the going gets tough.”
Watch footage from the interview, as aired on Monday, below.
Ben Stein: Black people have a ‘very deep attachment’ to feeling like ‘they’ve been victimized’
On Monday's edition of Fox Business' "Trish Regan Primetime," conservative writer and actor Ben Stein complained about how African-Americans refuse to be grateful for what President Donald Trump is doing for them because they have an "attachment" to feeling like "they've been victimized."
"Let me ask you, though, Ben, in this environment, we're now looking at the lowest unemployment rate for black Americans in the history of the United States of America under none other than President Trump," said Regan. "Is any of that loyalty starting to shift? I mean, are traditional black Democrats saying, hey, maybe the Democratic Party has failed me? Maybe I need to rethink this?"
‘I don’t have to do it, legally’: Trump says he can invade Iran without Congress’ permission
On Monday, CNN reported that in a new interview, President Donald Trump said that he can invade Iran without congressional approval — and that although he would "like the idea" of keeping Congress in the loop, he doesn't "legally" have to do so.
"I like the idea of keeping Congress abreast, but I wouldn't have to do that," said Trump. In response to the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said he must obtain congressional approval first, Trump said, "I disagree. I think most people seem to disagree."
"I do like keeping them — they are intelligent people," added Trump. "They will come up with some thoughts. I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress which I think were helpful to me. I do like keeping them abreast, but I don't have to do it, legally."
US foes are goading Trump because they know he’s a ‘blow-hard and full of bluster’: CNN analyst
President Donald Trump walked back from the brink of atrocities last week, from calling off a military strike against Iran to pushing back planned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in major American cities.
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin told anchor Wolf Blitzer how foreign adversaries have been emboldened to challenge Trump — because for all his bombast, they know they are calling a bluff.
"I think Donald Trump is pretty well a known quantity at this point," said Toobin. "I mean, I think people around the world know he's a blowhard, knows he's full of bluster. But that's no reason to get into a war."