Sunday, March 6, 2016

Donald Trump Dismisses Reporter With Same-Sex Marriage Question: "Sit Down!"

As he did after Super Tuesday, Republican front-runner Donald Trump held a press conference of sorts after the Super Saturday contests where he pontificated on beating his rivals, predicting Sen. Marco Rubio getting out of the race and more.

One moment that stood out for me was when he was asked to clarify his position on same-sex marriage by a reporter from the Daily Mail. Trump has gone from saying the ruling is the law of the land to admitting he would pick SCOTUS  nominees that would vote to overturn the Obergefell ruling.

After hearing the question, not only did Trump not offer an answer, he dismissed the reporter telling him to "sit down."

From the Advocate:

After Trump’s wins on Saturday in Kentucky and Louisiana, he held a news conference in Florida and took questions from reporters even though “the press is among the most dishonest people created by God.”

David Martosko of the Daily Mail asked Trump to clarify his position on same-sex marriage.

“We have policy on it, and I've said it very, very strongly, and I think you know it,” Trump shot back at Martosko. “And it's all done and, you know, how many times do I have to say it?”

Trump has never supported marriage equality, calling himself a believer in “traditional” marriage.

Trump has said it’s impossible for Congress to overturn the law, and, most recently, he told Fox News that he would work to reverse the Obergefell ruling by selecting conservative nominees to the Supreme Court. That comment, made in January, was the first time he’d backed any path toward repealing marriage equality.

But Trump insisted he’d given an answer about same-sex marriage before. “I’ve said it 150 times,” he told the reporter. “We’re not here for discussing that. But everybody knows how I feel on it.”

Martosko tried to explain that Trump hadn’t clarified whether he wants to overturn the ruling because he disagrees with its premise that discrimination against same-sex couples who want to get married is a violation of the Constitution.

“David, sit down please,” he repeated while moving onto another question. “David, David, sit down, you know my position.”

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