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Katrina Pierson shrugs off 2012 anti-gay remarks: It was my job to say that

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At the 2016 Republican National Convention, Donald Trump declared himself to be a friend of the LGBT community, in spite of the party’s medieval platform, which forbade same-sex relationships, endorsed “conversion therapy” and vowed to amend the U.S. Constitution so that marriage is defined as being between one man and one woman.

Trump surrogate Katrina Pierson has become ubiquitous on the airwaves as the campaign’s national spokesperson, for better or worse.

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On Wednesday, BuzzFeed’s Dominic Holden unearthed a series of tweets from 2012 that might give us a truer picture of the Trump campaign’s view of LGBT Americans.

“Gay is not normal, accept that,” she said at one point.

“Further, she argued that if a same-sex couple got married in a church, it still would not be marriage,” Holden wrote, “and questioned where the US Constitution addressed marriage equality.”

When Holden reached out to Pierson via email, she replied, “It’s a long reach to go back to 2012 to try to create a new hit piece and call it relevant. You’ll also find that as a grassroots volunteer for multiple campaigns, it’s quite common that Twitter is a platform to promote/defend the policies and values of the candidates at the time. Many times, it’s about engaging trolls which can lead to humorous and sarcastic banter.”

Her argument is, essentially, that the views she espouses online are not her own, but those of whoever she’s working for.

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“I’m sure you’ll also find that the positions/values of the candidates are not necessarily a sole reflection of the individual promoting or supporting said candidate,” she contnued. “Therefore, there is nothing to square.”


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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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