What would Del. Porterfield do if his son thinks he’s gay or if his daughter thinks she’s a lesbian? He would “see if they can swim.” It’s disturbing how quickly the WVVA reporter moves on. pic.twitter.com/ESb3EswfZz
— Jake Jarvis (@JakeJarvisWV) February 11, 2019
You know you kinda hope that misheard or misunderstood that, for the sake of the kids at least, but nope.
Courtesy of the News Sentinel:
Since first making remarks last week using a derogatory term for gay and lesbian people, a Mercer County delegate has escalated his comments, drawing a rebuke from the state Republican Party and possible punishment by the House of Delegates.
Del. Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, told reporters Monday after a private meeting with House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, he wasn’t sorry for remarks he made during a House Government Organization Committee meeting Wednesday.
During that meeting, Porterfield called the LGBTQ community a “socialist” group, and used an inappropriate word used to demean lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered individuals. During television news interviews Friday and Sunday, he compared members of the LGBTQ community to the Ku Klux Klan. He stood by those comments Monday.
“I don’t only not regret them…the LGBTQ are the most brutal tyrannical group in our country,” Porterfield said. “They’re the closest thing to political terrorism in our country.”
During an interview on WVVA-TV in Bluefield Sunday, Porterfield was asked what his reaction would be if his young son or daughter came out as gay to him when they are teens.
“I would take her for a pedicure, I’d take her to get her nails done, and see if she could swim,” Porterfield said. “If it was my son, I’d probably take him hunting, I’d take him fishing, and I would see if he could swim.”
The West Virginia Republican party has denounced Porterfield for his remarks, but I think it is a little too late to put this genie back in the bottle.
Seriously what is it about the Virginias that makes the people there think it is okay to don blackface or attack the LGBTQ community?