White House Press Secretary and men’s hairstyle model Josh Earnest appeared on This Week with George the Greek this morning to respond to Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who defended his state’s new religious freedom law.
When host George Stephanopoulos interviewed Pence, the governor made a point that will come as a surprise to most of the #BoycottIndiana crackpots. That is, that Barack Obama, when he was a state senator in Illinois, voted for a religious freedom bill that provides the same protections as the one in Indiana.
Stephanopoulos asked Earnest about that.
“Look, if you have to go back two decades to try to justify something that you’re doing today, it may raise some questions about the wisdom of what you’re doing,” Earnest replied.
So there it is. Obama voted for a religious freedom bill 20 years ago, so it really doesn’t matter any more. Maybe the President evolved on that issue just like he evolved on gay marriage.
Memo to Mr. Earnest: The concept of freedom of speech in this country is more than two centuries old. We still think it’s a good idea.
As somebody who speaks for a living, we hope that you do, too.