Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Funny Now, But Not If He'd Won

You can read the transcript, but it doesn't do it justice.

Last night, CNN's Jake Tapper interviewed Roy Moore's spokesman Ted Crockett, asking him why Moore has said Muslims (such as Keith Ellison) shouldn't be able to serve in Congress.

Crockett blabs on about how you have to swear on a Bible when you become a member of Congress, and it wouldn't be right for a Muslim to do that. To which Tapper replies, "You don't actually have to swear on a Christian Bible, you can swear on anything, really. I don't know if you knew that. You can swear on a Jewish Bible." [Or a Koran, like Thomas Jefferson did.]

Staying in his personal bubble, Crockett says "Oh no. I swore on the Bible. I've done it three times."

And Tapper says: "I'm sure you have, I'm sure you've picked a Bible but the law is not that you have to swear on a Christian Bible. That is not the law."

Then there are SEVEN seconds of dead air, the camera trained on Crockett's face as he blinks and works his mouth, unable to process this fact.

As the CNN story goes on to say, " Not only is there no requirement that a member of Congress be sworn into office on a Bible, the Constitution expressly forbids there being any such religious requirement."

The Constitution. That document they all claim to revere, but seem to have never read, let alone understood. This is funny today because Moore lost the Senate race to Doug Jones. I think I would feel differently about it if the outcome had gone the other way.

(The CNN video is preceded by an ad, and then the part in question starts at about the 9:00 minute mark.)

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