Donald Trump Tells Reporter 'Sit Down' for Asking About Marriage Equality
Donald Trump repeatedly told a reporter to “sit down” on Saturday after he asked whether the candidate backs the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality.
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.”
In a follow-up story, Martosko said he’d cornered Trump afterward while the candidate greeted supporters:
"As Trump worked his way through a crowd of well-wishers after the event, DailyMail.com asked him pointedly whether or not he agrees with the Obergefell ruling. 'I've answered this question a bunch of different times,' he replied. Informed that he hadn't in fact answered that question in the past, Trump promised a telephone interview – 'a long conversation' about the subject on Sunday. 'I've answered that question so many times,' Trump protested. 'Call me tomorrow.'"
The Ted Cruz campaign has repeatedly claimed that Trump is weak on fighting marriage equality and suggested a President Trump wouldn’t nominate conservative enough justices to the court.
In an interview with The Advocate in 2000, Trump said he supported amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include protection for sexual orientation, which is partly what backers of the Equality Act now pending in Congress have proposed. Trump has never been asked whether he stands by his comments from 16 years ago.
Watch the complete Trump news conference in video below, with the interaction with the reporter coming at the 14:35 mark: