GOPer Pawlenty engages in political gay-bashing on hate group radio show

Alvin McEwen from Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters sent this news about prospective GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty jumping on the gay bashing bandwagon while on the radio show of the designated hate group American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer. Pawlenty uttered all the usual anti-gay talking points. And, he also said he’d reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. You know, because only 80% of the American people support ending that policy. Right Wing Watch got it on video:

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Alvin provided some context and excellent commentary:

As we all know, the AFA has been called an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and mostly because of comments made by [AFA’s Bryan] Fischer.

However Pawlenty was only interested in playing nice with Fischer, even to the point of talking positively of reinstating Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:

Bryan, I have been a public and repeat supporter of maintaining Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. There’s a lot of reasons for that, but if you look at how the combat commanders and the combat units feel about it, the results of those kinds of surveys were different than the ones that were mostly reported in the newspaper and that is something I think we need to pay attention to. But I have been a public supporter of maintaining Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and I would support reinstating it as well.

Now why a prospective presidential candidate would grace a program from someone who voices such awful opinions is beyond me. Let’s be clear about something – if Fischer’s comments had been racist or anti-Semitic, Pawlenty wouldn’t have dared to come on his program.

But since they pertaining to the lgbt community, some folks may think that these comments and Pawlenty’s appearance on the program of the person making then are both okay.

And it’s par for the course for Pawlenty.

And, it will be par for the course for most of the GOP presidential candidates — except Fred Karger — as the campaign unfolds.


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