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04/30/2015

Tony Perkins is denying he calls for pro-equality judges to be impeached; he's lying and here's empirical proof

by Jeremy Hooper

If you saw this past weekend's edition of CBS's Face The Nation, you might have seen host Bob Schieffer ask Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, "Did you really say that justices who come down on the side of gays on this should be impeached?" Perkins emphatically replied, "No, I didn't say that." You can watch the clip here (pertinent point at 3:53).

Today, in the afternoon "Washington Update" column that goes out under his name, FRC is going on the offensive claiming that the whole thing is an outrageous lie concocted by Right Wing Watch. FRC writers are honing in on one recent clip that RWW captured and claiming it is out of context:

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[FRC]

Okay, first off, I don't think it was out of context. I've listened to the full interview and to RWW's isolation of it, and I think it's more than fair to say Tony was agreeing with the host (Iowa's Jan Mickelson) that impeachment proceedings could follow a pro-equality ruling. You can judge for yourself.

But here's the thing: It doesn't even matter if this particular clip was out of context. Why? Because Tony Perkins already called for Anthony Kennedy to be impeached back when the conservative-appointed justice was the swing vote in the Windsor case. To wit:


[SOURCE: Washington Watch w/ Tony Perkins; 7/31/13]

There is zero denial here. None. Tony Perkins called for Kennedy to be impeached for only the comparably smaller DOMA ruling. Basic logic says he will apply that same standard (and then some!) to a full fifty-state ruling.

But of course Tony never wants to speak to the actual issue and the actual rhetoric that gets him into trouble, instead wanting to shoot messengers for daring to note his own extremism. This time, he's caught redhanded.

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