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West Virginia Politician: "LGBTQ is a modern day KKK"

Postby Kannap » Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:54 pm

Charleston Gazette-Mail wrote:A second round of bigoted comments from a Republican delegate has drawn frustration from legislators and no sign of resolve.

Delegate Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, made the comments after calling a reporter to discuss a report in Friday’s Gazette-Mail. That report detailed a flurry of criticism House Democrats aimed at Porterfield on Thursday in response to an inflammatory anti-gay and lesbian rant he delivered in committee Wednesday.

“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.

On Wednesday, he used the anti-gay slur “f----t” in a committee meeting, within the context of quoting the name of a speaking tour that uses the term in its title.

In an extended soliloquy at the hearing, he criticized the LGBTQ community while arguing in support of an amendment. The amendment, which was voted down, would have allowed for the discrimination of gay and lesbian people in cities that have passed ordinances expressly forbidding it. State law does not currently protect gay people from discrimination in housing, employment and other areas.

“The LGBT is the most socialist group in this country,” he said. “They do not protect gays. There are many gays they persecute if they do not line up with their social ideology.”

House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, responded Friday to Porterfield’s comments after a floor session in a limited capacity because he had not yet discussed them with Porterfield personally.

“I hope that no one would make those kind of statements,” he said. “That sounds like nothing I would certainly ever agree with, but I would want to talk to him before I comment on what he said.”

He said talk of removing Porterfield from his committee assignments — a punitive action that was used by the previous speaker against a member who tried to oust him in 2018 — has not come up.

“We’re not going to have a repeat of what happened last week, let’s leave it at that,” he said.

Melody Potter, the chairwoman of the West Virginia Republican Party, did not respond to an interview request.

Although several Democrats have made remarks scolding Porterfield, Delegate Danielle Walker, D-Monongalia, has been among the most vociferous. She challenged him Wednesday in committee, she lambasted him Thursday on the House floor and she spelled out a mix of emotions in an interview Friday evening.

“Why do we need more hate?” Walker, a black woman who has a son who is gay, said. “Why do we need more name-calling? Why do we need to reference other groups that illustrated so much hate and destruction and ugliness. Why do we need to do that?”

She said she’s received an outpouring of support for being a voice supporting equality.

“This is how we grow as a person, this is how we grow as a community, and this is how we grow as a state,” she said.

House Republicans sought to distance themselves from Porterfield’s remarks.

House Judiciary Chairman John Shott, who shares a district with Porterfield, declined to comment, as did Delegate Vernon Criss, R-Wood.

Some were more candid.

“He’s wrong, very wrong,” said Delegate Daniel Linville, R-Cabell. “There’s just no excuse though for some of the things that he said.”

Delegate John Mandt, R-Cabell, said he didn’t appreciate Porterfield’s sentiments.

“When we talk, and when we say things, we need to represent our caucus, instead of putting us, our caucus, out on a limb,” he said. “[Porterfield] is a great guy, I just would prefer that we don’t put people down if they do something that you don’t personally believe in.”

Porterfield initiated the call Friday to thank news outlets for coverage he said will bolster his re-election chances.

In a news release, Belinda Biafore, the state Democratic Party chairwoman, called for Porterfield’s resignation.

“West Virginia has no room for someone who expresses such hate, let alone room for him to hold a public office where he is supposed to represent the people of West Virginia,” she said. “His hate-filled remarks and actions speak volumes, and so does the Republican Party’s silence.”

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There we have it folks. What do you think? Is this something becoming of a politician, of any kind? Should politicians be allowed to get away with saying such wretched things without being held accountable for their words? Does such loud and verbal hate and bigotry really need to exist at this time - or anytime?

Personally, I believe that those are words that she shouldn't have stated publicly. If those are his truly held beliefs, they're best kept to himself or among those who agree with him and not spewed towards the public, especially by somebody in a position to bring real - potentially negative - change to people's lives such as his political position.

I am glad that the apparent bill he was supporting failed to pass and that cities and towns in West Virginia that have passed ordinances to protect their LGBT citizens from discrimination won't have those ordinances shot down. I think that his fellow Republicans and his state's citizens and his constituents should hold him highly accountable for the horrible rhetoric he's spewing forth for everybody to hear. I continue to hope, in regards to bigotry and hatred in the modern day, that it'll diminish greatly in the future but I don't see that happening soon. This man isn't alone in his hatred, many people share his beliefs. I hope we can all learn from this experience and others and people can stop giving LGBT people the "You have same sex marriage, what more do you want or need?" line of argument.
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Postby Grozberg » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:01 pm

Pretty sure the current incarnation of the Klan sides with the Rs.

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Postby ShakaZuli » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:12 pm

Imagine if a Muslim politician said this, nobody would care.

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Postby Pope Joan » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:15 pm

ShakaZuli wrote:Imagine if a Muslim politician said this, nobody would care.


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Postby El-Amin Caliphate » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:16 pm

ShakaZuli wrote:Imagine if a Muslim politician said this, nobody would care.

Prove it. This is effed up no matter who says it.
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ShakaZuli wrote:Imagine if a Muslim politician said this, nobody would care.


Do you have a source for this, or are you just spouting paranoia?
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Postby Trumptonium1 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:16 pm

Grozberg wrote:Pretty sure the current incarnation of the Klan sides with the Rs.


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ShakaZuli wrote:Imagine if a Muslim politician said this, nobody would care.


It's okay they vote Democrat.
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Postby Loben » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:19 pm

Heh. hilarious.

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Postby Vassenor » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:19 pm

Loben wrote:Heh. hilarious.


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Postby El-Amin Caliphate » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:20 pm

Loben wrote:Heh. hilarious.

Maybe, until someone ends up believing what that politician said and goes crazy.
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El-Amin Caliphate wrote:
Loben wrote:Heh. hilarious.

Maybe, until someone ends up believing what that politician said and goes crazy.

and until that point, i will find this funny.

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Postby The Huskar Social Union » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:26 pm

Thats fucking retarded.
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Postby Western Vale Confederacy » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:27 pm

Seriously, why is it either of the Virginias?

You got racist Dems and homophobic Reps over there!

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He also called the gay community a “terrorist group”

The fuck...? :eyebrow:
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Postby USS Monitor » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:32 pm

Kannap wrote:
Charleston Gazette-Mail wrote:“The LGBT is the most socialist group in this country,” he said. “They do not protect gays. There are many gays they persecute if they do not line up with their social ideology.”


Whaaaaaaat?

Does he think "The LGBT" is a specific organization like the SPLC or something?

Dude needs to get a brain.
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Postby Ifreann » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:33 pm

I love that defences from other Republicans that are just "Dude, you can't say that out loud! The Democrats can hear you!"
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Loben wrote:
El-Amin Caliphate wrote:Maybe, until someone ends up believing what that politician said and goes crazy.

and until that point, i will find this funny.

Tbh, it quite is.
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Postby Loben » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:34 pm

Ifreann wrote:I love that defences from other Republicans that are just "Dude, you can't say that out loud! The Democrats can hear you!"


p much its really the only thing that they really have to worry about. if the democrats cant swing a fetus in the air about it then dont worry about it.

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Loben wrote:
Ifreann wrote:I love that defences from other Republicans that are just "Dude, you can't say that out loud! The Democrats can hear you!"


p much its really the only thing that they really have to worry about. if the democrats cant swing a fetus in the air about it then dont worry about it.

Really highlights how the GOP hates LGBT people and courts the support of voters who hate LGBT people.
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Postby Loben » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:43 pm

Ifreann wrote:
Loben wrote:
p much its really the only thing that they really have to worry about. if the democrats cant swing a fetus in the air about it then dont worry about it.

Really highlights how the GOP hates LGBT people and courts the support of voters who hate LGBT people.


uh-huh.

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Vassenor wrote:
ShakaZuli wrote:Imagine if a Muslim politician said this, nobody would care.


Do you have a source for this, or are you just spouting paranoia?

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ShakaZuli wrote:Imagine if a Muslim politician said this, nobody would care.

Prove it. This is effed up no matter who says it.[/quote]
There was already such cases. You should Google it. The left tolerates a lot of retrograde statements from minorities.

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Postby Western Vale Confederacy » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:47 pm

Ifreann wrote:
Loben wrote:
p much its really the only thing that they really have to worry about. if the democrats cant swing a fetus in the air about it then dont worry about it.

Really highlights how the GOP hates LGBT people and courts the support of voters who hate LGBT people.


Eh, I’m pretty sure that most Republican voters are at worst neutral or tolerant of LGBT people..

Also, Log Cabin Republicans.

Anyways, this schmuck is stuck in the past with his delusions that the gay agenda and the Freemasons are cooperating to eat the newborn of the white folk.

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ShakaZuli wrote:There was already such cases. You should Google it. The left tolerates a lot of retrograde statements from minorities.

Can you prove it or not?
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