CNN has obtained forty-two minutes of audio against evolution by Dr. Mark Green, the Republican state senator in Tennessee who is President Donald Trump’s second nominee to serve as Secretary of the Army.
The provenance of the audio recording is a 2015 speech that the Tennessee politician gave to a church in Cincinnati, Ohio. This comes only weeks after another audio recording was unearthed of Dr. Green saying government’s role is to, “crush evil” by fighting against Transgender Equality. Previously, video had been released of Dr. Green claiming, “transgender is a disease.”
Rejecting the science behind evolution is just the latest scandal for the embattled appointee. Even before he had been officially nominated, Mark Green was criticized for fighting to legalize discrimination against LGBT Americans.
“I look at the world around me and I draw the conclusion that it was made,” Dr. Green explained in the audio recording. “I know God that the next step for me is to pursue you and figure out what it is and why you made me, but before all that, I can’t get away from the fact that you created me, it is intuitively obvious to even the most casual observer.”
The theory of evolution “is supported by so many observations and confirming experiments that scientists are confident that the basic components of the theory will not be overturned by new evidence,” the National Academy of Sciences told CNN in a fact check of Dr. Green’s evolution denying claims. “Because the evidence supporting it is so strong, scientists no longer question whether biological evolution has occurred and is continuing to occur.”
Evolution wasn’t the only scientific theory that Green questioned in his speech.
“The theory of relativity is a theory and some people accept it, but that requires somewhat of a degree of faith,” Dr. Green suggested.
It remains to be seen if rejecting science will disqualify a nominee to lead today’s high-tech Army. So far, Senate Committee on Armed Services Chair John McCain has refrained from scheduling confirmation hearings, letting Green’s nomination dangle.
Meanwhile, opposition to Dr. Green’s nomination has been growing. While the fate of his nomination rests with the United States Senate, 31 House Democrats came out against Green’s nomination last week. Today, Congressman Steny Hoyer, the number two Democrat in the House, issued a statement calling on President Trump to withdraw Mark Green’s nomination for, “disgusting statements.”
“I strongly urge President Trump to withdraw Mark Green as his nominee for Army Secretary,” pressed Democratic Whip Hoyer. “Appointing someone with a clear record of homophobia and transphobia, who has made disgusting statements demeaning toward groups of Americans, would send the absolute wrong signal about the values for which our military service members are risking their lives.”
On Friday, The Hill described the growing opposition as “ballooning” after a group of esteemed former service academy faculty released a statement saying, “Mark Green is a serious threat to what makes our military great.”
Previous criticism of Dr. Green had focused on his religious extremism, which should be further cemented with the release of 42 minutes of audio arguing against evolution.
“Green’s political ambitions reveal a full-scale messianic complex that manifests itself as a dangerous willingness to exploit the military to advance an unvarnished view of straight, white Christian supremacy” wrote Nathaniel Frank, the director of the What We Know Project at Columbia Law School. “Green seems poised to substitute his own theology for fact-based, professional judgment of how to run a diverse military in twenty-first century America.”
Here is the new audio of Dr. Mark Green denying evolution.
White House tells Corey Lewandowski to keep his mouth shut when appearing before Congress
Corey Lewandowski is slated to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, but President Donald Trump's White House is telling the possible Senate hopeful to keep his mouth shut.
Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey tweeted about the instruction Monday, less than 24 hours before Lewandowski is scheduled to be sworn in.
"White House has instructed Corey Lewandowski not to testify about his conversations with POTUS or other White House officials that are not already delineated in Mueller report, per aide familiar with strategy. He testifies tomorrow," Dawsey tweeted.
Ilhan Omar: If Trump lies about ‘weather maps and crowd sizes,’ he cannot be trusted with war powers
On Monday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) discussed the attack on Saudi oil facilities with CNN's Erin Burnett — and weighed in on the possibility of President Donald Trump using military force.
"Should a military strike be on the table right now as an option by the U.S. specifically, Congresswoman, or do you think no?" asked Burnett.
"Congress has the constitutional right to declare war," said Omar. "The president doesn't have it, secretary of state doesn't have it, and Saudi Arabia certainly doesn't have it. I think we need to make sure that the American people understand that this administration that lies about weather maps or crowd sizes cannot be trusted to give us the full information we need to be able to make a decision whether we should be going to war or not with Iran. We are not in a position to think about another endless war, and I really hope that my colleagues in Congress are going to pressure this administration to take a step back and figure out how we use diplomacy in the escalating situation."
‘He better do this or he’ll look stupid’: MSNBC host tells Trump to do something on gun safety
If President Donald Trump doesn't act on gun safety laws he's going to look like an idiot, according to one MSNBC host.
During an introduction about an upcoming segment, Chris Matthews handed it to the president over his inaction with gun safety. Despite multiple mass shootings with high-powered weapons and overwhelming support for stronger background checks and an assault weapons ban, Trump has refused to act.
"Democrats back President Trump corner on gun legislation making him an offer on background checks, I don't see how he refuses," said Matthews. "His response remains muddled so as not to anger his pals at the NRA. He is scared right now. Trump doesn't know what to do. This is one time on guns I think he knows that Nancy and Chuck have put something on the table, a firm offer to do background checks and background checks alone. He better do this or he'll look stupid."