PoliticsThursday 06.20.24

“I bet you CNN pays you a lot of money": Louisiana lawmaker who co-authored Ten Commandments law clashes with CNN host.

Louisiana Republican State Rep. Lauren Ventrella, who co-authored a bill that requires the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public schools, clashed with CNN host Boris Sanchez on Thursday over the law.

“Do you also recognize that the Constitution of this country, its founding document, doesn't include the word ‘God’ or ‘Jesus’ or ‘Christianity,’ and that's for a reason, because the Founding Fathers founded this country as a secular one?” Sanchez said. “You don't see that?”

“I bet you CNN pays you a lot of money, and I bet you got a bunch of dollar bills in that wallet,” Ventrella said.

“What does this have to do with the network that I work for or what I'm getting paid?” Sanchez fired back. “Don't make this about that. Answer the question. Why did the Founding Fathers not include 'God' in the Constitution if they wanted this country to be the way that you see it?”

“Let me finish my statement,” Ventrella responded.

“Answer the question and don’t make this about me,” Sanchez replied.

“Well, make it about me: I got a dollar bill in my wallet ‘In God We Trust’ is written on that dollar. It is not forcing anybody to believe one viewpoint,” Ventrella said. “It's merely posting a historical reference on the wall for students to read and interpret it, if they choose.”

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