Republican Creeper Claims He Is Being Persecuted By Gay People Who Won't Let Him Persecute Them.
Meet Eric Porterfield, who just may be the dumbest sonofabitch in all of West Virginia. If not the world. This week, the GOP delegate has made headlines for comparing gay people to the KKK. Why? How? What?
Allow me to explain. To the best of my ability.
Porterfield is currently championing a law that would ban counties in West Virginia from enacting laws that protect LGBTQ people from housing and employment discrimination. Which he claims is discrimination against... I don't know, bigots?
In defending this law on Wednesday, he explained:
It is true that to not pass this amendment would be discriminating against people who have either religious convictions or who don't want to run their business the way a socialist-left agenda wants us to run it. [...]
"s legislators, I don't think it's our job to legislate behavior…This is discrimination against the first amendment and religious liberty, and the LGBT is the most socialist group and they don't protect gays.
To prove this point, he explained that "the LGBT" -- which he appears to think is an official advocacy group of some kind, like the ACLU -- once protested gay person and raging psychopath Milo Yiannopoulis.
"This is the name of his tour. This was not what I named his tour. But he was on what he referred to as 'The Dangerous F…… Tour,' and the LGBT stormed that building and did $200,000 worth of damage because he didn't line up with their ideology,"
"We cannot allow discriminatory bigots to determine how our citizens are going to live."
Did it get stupider from there? You bet it did! After he was roundly criticized for that ridiculousness, Porterfield went on a radio show on Friday to explain that, actually, gay people are the KKK now. Because they don't think people should be able to legally discriminate against them.
"The LGBTQ is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate," Porterfield said in an interview Friday morning. He also called the gay community a "terrorist group" and said he is being "persecuted" by the gay community in retaliation for his remarks, including receiving threats on Facebook and voicemails.
And then, on Facebook, he doubled down, calling gay people "vicious monsters" who are trying to hate crime him.
Last night and today, members of the LGBTQ have exercised hate crimes and threatened my safety. We have reported this to the Capitol Police in Charleston and I would like all of my friends to pray for the safety of me and my family. These vicious monsters are proving that they are the most bigoted and discriminatory people in America. Though they try to intimidate and bully and try to strike fear to me and my family, we ask the Lord to help us stand tall against their persecution and their leftist minions within the legislature.
Again, this is all because he wants it to be legal to discriminate against LGBTQ people, because not allowing people to discriminate would be discrimination. The mind, it reels.
Democrats in the state are calling for Porterfield to step down, which of course he will not do -- because he is not a Democrat and Republicans likely do not have a problem with his views.
One thing I want to point out here is the way conservatives like Porterfield think they can adopt the language of the Left to push their own agenda. They think our power is in the language we use rather than the ideas behind that language, that by simply calling someone a bigot you immediately get hand. It's why they're trying so very, very hard to position heterosexual, cisgender, rich white men as an oppressed class -- because they have it in their heads that they can siphon off empathy from actually oppressed groups and gain more privilege than they already have that way. But the words, in these cases, are far less important than the music.
Anyway, this is now your open thread! Enjoy!
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