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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ted Crockett, a spokesman for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, apparently just found out that lawmakers don't have to be sworn into office with a Christian Bible. The lesson was delivered during a Tuesday interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. When Tapper asked why Moore believed that Muslim Americans should be barred from Congress, Crockett said it was because the former judge thinks it's unethical for Muslims to swear on the Bible. "You have to swear on the Bible to be an elected official in the United States of America," Crockett claimed. Then Tapper informed the campaign spokesman that elected officials can be sworn in on any text of their choosing. Crockett, a former county commissioner, was left speechless.

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He froze for over seven seconds, which can feel like forever on live TV.

"You don't actually have to swear on a Christian Bible," Tapper told Crockett. "You can swear on anything, really."

Crockett pushed back: "Oh no, I swore on the Bible. I've done it three times, Jake."

Tapper replied by reminding Crockett that the Constitution does not require officials to use a Bible during their oath ceremonies: "The law is not that you have to swear on a Christian Bible. That is not the law."

After the excruciating silence, Crockett attempted to redeem himself by pointing out that President Donald Trump was sworn into office with the Bible, but Tapper noted that was Trump's own choice ― not the Constitution's.

And the CNN host is absolutely right.

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These are the people that Repubilcraps are electing to uphold the Constitution...a document they don't even understand and I doubt that they read.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2017-12-13 08:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

A Brief History of Oaths and Books

www.newyorker.com

"There is no constitutional requirement for any federal official -- firefighter, ambassador, or President -- to take the oath of office over a particular text or, in fact, over any text at all."

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2017-12-13 08:14 AM | Reply

What kind of lunatic becomes a spokeman for a child molester? These people are all beneath contempt. That they have no understanding of the Constitution is a given. Of course they don't, these are the segregationists from the past. F them, ridicule them, drive them from every position of power they ever hold. They are evil and removing them from power improves America!

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-13 08:36 AM | Reply

Crazy. From the video, it's obvious this guy had no idea he was wrong.
He said "you have to swear on a Bible" three times in ten seconds.
His argument: I did it, and Trump did it, so it's the law.

#4 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-12-13 10:33 AM | Reply

Behold the GOP base.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2017-12-13 11:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

My son sent me this last night. I almost fell out of my chair... You just can't make this --- up.

#6 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-12-13 04:12 PM | Reply

www.youtube.com

This is where we're headed as a nation.

#7 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-12-13 04:14 PM | Reply

From the video, it's obvious this guy had no idea he was wrong.
He said "you have to swear on a Bible" three times in ten seconds.
His argument: I did it, and Trump did it, so it's the law.

#4 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-12-13 10:33 AM | Reply | Flag:

These are the people that snoops and boaz want in charge. People that have no actual knowledge of the Constitution that will enact Christian Sharia Law.

#8 | Posted by 726 at 2017-12-14 07:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

These are the people that snoops and boaz want in charge. People that have no actual knowledge of the Constitution that will enact Christian Sharia Law.

#8 | POSTED BY 726

Didn't we kick Moore off the Alabama Supreme Court for trying that? Twice?

#9 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-14 09:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I've watched this video three times in the past 24 hours. Hi-larious.

And Tapper isn't even didactic about it. He just states the facts.

Damn elitists and their facts!

#10 | Posted by cbob at 2017-12-14 11:14 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

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What do you expect from country bumpkins???

#11 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-12-14 11:18 AM | Reply

Republicans; lmgtfy.com

"Theodore Roosevelt did not use a Bible when taking the oath in 1901. Both John Quincy Adams and Franklin Pierce swore on a book of law, with the intention that they were swearing on the constitution. Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in on a Roman Catholic missal on Air Force One."

It isn't that difficult.

#12 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-12-14 12:13 PM | Reply

This level of stupidity is dangerous. I'm happy Alabamians rejected it.

Though, about 3 in 10 white Alabamians explicitly voted for it. That's far too many.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-14 12:27 PM | Reply

And people wonder where Trump got all those votes. The country is full of Ted Crocketts who think their traditions are facts.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-14 12:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

You can almost hear the banjos playing in the background while he vapidly stares and blinks with mouth open.

#15 | Posted by 726 at 2017-12-14 01:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Watching this video makes one understand where Republican votes come from. (And why Republicans oppose any type of legislation that enhances the education of America's youth. They need this kind of ignorance to survive as a party.)

#16 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-12-14 01:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That is the new Merriam Webster definition of "slack jawed yokel".

#17 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2017-12-14 02:11 PM | Reply

The republican constitution starts and ends with half of one amendment

#18 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-12-14 03:03 PM | Reply

#7
youtu.be

#19 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-15 11:37 PM | Reply

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