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‘Conservatives are Intellectuals’, ‘Immigration is Like Rape’ and Other CPAC Gems

This weekend drew a close to the CPAC 2014, the Conservative activism fest filled with speeches, poking fun at liberals and plenty of shout-outs to Jesus and Ronald Reagan. Yet while Huckabee’s God-filled speech declaring America’s divine destiny and Paul Ryan’s demands that ‘poor kids don’t need food, but parents who care’ may have hogged the spotlight, here are four other gems from CPAC you might have missed.

1. Ben Carson Calls People Who Believe in Same Sex Marriage ‘Dummies’ and Demands Gay People Don’t Get ‘Extra Rights’

Potential GOP Presidential contender Ben Carson has made it clear he does not like gay people, going as far as to compare it to ‘bestiality’ (a remark he later denied.) During CPAC, he told the conservative audience just how stupid he thinks same-sex marriage truly is.

“I still believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Carson said. “Of course they’re not the same thing. Anybody who believes that is a dummy.” He added that, “Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else,” denying that he was trying to limit the freedoms of the LGBT community.”But they don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage,” he stressed to applause from the crowd.

2. Ann Coulter Compares Immigration to Rape

At a CPAC press conference, Ann Coulter took her anti-immigration rhetoric to the extreme, comparing the ‘insertion’ of people through immigration into the United States to rape.

“My favorite network for humor is MSNBC. They’re always sneering, demographics are changing. No this isn’t a natural process,” Coulter told the press about the problem she dubbed the ‘browning of America’. “It’s like you’re being raped and the guy is telling you ‘my penis is in you.’ No, you’re raping me. Demographics are changing by force. There is nothing natural about it.”

3. Tom Fitton Compares IRS to Deposed Ukrainian Regime

Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch is not a fan of the IRS and their alleged targeting of conservative groups and funding. During his time at the CPAC mike, he went as far as to say that the suffering of the tax oppressed was a bad as those dying in the Ukraine.

“People are dying in the streets in Ukraine. People being oppressed by the political regime. That’s what the IRS was doing,” Fitton told the CPAC audience, referring to the dubious Tea Party conspiracy theory that Obama is using the IRS to snuff out his political opponents ,which in Fitton’s analogy at least, is just as bad as actual blood shed on the streets of Kiev.

4. Michele Bachmann Calls Conservatives ‘Intellectual Movement’

Joining the chorus calling for the government to back down on laws that attack religious liberties and traditional family life, Bachmann encouraged the CPAC activists to fight back against liberals because, as it turns out, conservatives are the smart ones who know what is best for America.

The conservative movement is “at its core is an intellectual movement” Bachmann preached to the choir, adding that the conservative movement is based “on the greatest ideas that have ever been conceived in the mind of man.”​

Photo Credit: Michele Bachmann’s Speech at CPAC/Youtube



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