“Gateway Pundit” Jim Hoft’s repulsive ploy to use Orlando to benefit Trump

After spending his professional life stoking venom against LGBT people, “Gateway Pundit” Jim Hoft, famously dubbed “The Dumbest Man on the Internet” for his shoddy reporting standards and conspiracy peddling, and reviled in St. Louis for mocking an activist who died from breast cancer, decided the Orlando tragedy was the perfect opportunity to come out of the closet and usher the mourning LGBT Community into the waiting arms of Donald J. Trump.

So glad those 49 horrific deaths could be put to good use.

Hoft writes:

I came out in the 1980s to family and friends during the AIDS epidemic. I saw a lot of friends get sick. I saw a lot of friends die. I went to a lot of funerals.

It was a scary time to be gay.

Like most gay Americans, I don’t wear my sexuality on my sleeve. I go about my daily business. I try not to harm anyone. I love my family. I love my friends. I love my country.

I’ve been a conservative activist for years. But today I’m coming out as a conservative gay activist.

In the past few years I’ve built one of the most prominent conservative websites in America. I created The Gateway Pundit because I wanted to speak the truth. I wanted to expose the wickedness of the left. I was raised to love my country. Today I serve my country by defending her from the socialist onslaught.

But last night at least 49 gays were slaughtered at an Orlando club.

Despite this obvious Islamic attack, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are still in denial.

I can no longer remain silent as my gay brothers and sisters are being slaughtered at dance clubs.

There is only one man who can lead this nation and protect all gays and all Americans. His name is Donald Trump.

In 2015 a conservative Supreme Court granted gays the right to marry.

In 2016 only one candidate will protect gays from another Islamist attack.

I pray that gays will come back home to the Republican Party – no more death.

Dear God, please no more death.

It’s really hard to explain just how wretched Hoft is without picking up my computer and slamming it against the wall. This is someone who tried to take down GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), an organization devoted to helping gay high school students avoid bullying, by claiming GLSEN taught fisting (a sex act) techniques to fourteen year old kids, and handed out “fisting kits” and recommended about first graders having orgies.

Here’s a sampling of Gateway Pundit’s GLSEN stories:

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And here are a few more Gateway Pundit stories:

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And, my personal favorite, here is how Hoft, a gay man, welcomed the historic news that President Obama had nominated the first openly-gay Secretary of the Army:

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You get the idea.

Hoft routinely promotes the work of disreputable anti-gay hate group MassResistance, designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, to bring down GLSEN founder Kevin Jennings when the Obama Administration appointed the openly -ay educator Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

Few hate LGBT people like Hoft’s BFF and MassResistance founder Brian Camenker, who denied gays and lesbians were killed in the Holocaust (the US Holocaust Museum says otherwise), claimed that the gay agenda included legalizing bestiality, traveled to Jamaica to encourage the nation to pass laws criminalizing homosexuality, and who has viciously fought against anti-bullying and suicide prevention programs aimed at LGBT youth. Camenker’s organization lauded a book that claims gays were behind the Holocaust. It’s beyond despicable that Hoft, a gay man, promoted Camenker, the worst of the worst when it comes to anti-gay hate.

It’s also sadly telling that Camenker and his hate group are still promoted all over Hoft’s Web site. It’s one thing if Hoft repented for promoting anti-gay hate groups. It’s quite another when Hoft is still giving them oxygen. To this day, there are still 120 stories on Hoft’s Web site that mention MassResistance:

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Jim Hoft hatched and ill-conceived plan to lure a mourning LGBT Community to endorse Trump.

Jim Hoft hatched and ill-conceived plan to lure a mourning LGBT Community to endorse Trump.

Hoft missed no opportunity to spread rumors about anti-bullying efforts either, using his blog to claim an Anti-Bullying Conference was mostly focused on how to satisfy sexual partners.

Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs has a great deal of history with Hoft, who retaliated against Johnson’s fact checking by smearing Johnson with accusations of supporting porn and fisting kits in classrooms.

On Hoft’s pitch to lure LGBT people to the Republican party with a rich history of demonizing them, Johnson writes:

The idea that gays should “come home” to the Republican Party is so delusional it beggars description; this is the party whose presidential candidates openly endorse a far right pastor who thinks gays should be executed, a party that works ceaselessly to deny basic rights to LGBT people, a party that has tried for years to pass amendments to the US Constitution that would permanently ban gay marriage, etc., etc. The list of Republican anti-gay positions is practically endless.

For Hoft to say he “tries not to harm anyone” and wants to “speak the truth,” well — wow. Again, this is the guy who for years has been propagating every fake and/or dishonest right wing conspiracy theory that bubbles out of the fever swamp, a guy who spread a completely phony story that the cop who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson had suffered major injuries after being attacked by Brown and used a crudely altered version of a CT scan to do it, a guy who often cites white supremacist websites and has even plagiarized them for his crummy right wing blog, a guy who often refers to black protesters with dehumanizing terms like “roaches.”

It’s not surprising that Hoft stepped off the stage at his ridiculous debutante ball and face-planted. Comments across social media and the blogosphere have been unforgiving, and rightfully so.

What got to me the most was his audacity to use the line “my gay brothers and sisters.” I ain’t your brother, buddy. The “We” in We Are Family doesn’t include you and never will. You’ve gleefully spent your pitiful life polishing the shoes of those demonizing and dehumanizing us to win elections. You’ve perpetrated the nastiest smears about our community, including that we prey on children. And you’ve never recanted any of them.

Like you, I live in St. Louis. But unlike you, who have been completely absent from our LGBT community aside from attacking us, I know who really made the history you seek to exploit. People like Michael Mullen, who founded PAWS after finding pets dead from starvation in the homes of AIDS patients. People like Daniel Flier, who co-founded St. Louis Effort for AIDS and personally bathed countless patients rotting in their own urine and feces because hospitals wouldn’t touch them.

And how freaking dare you use the deaths of 49 largely Latino and Black people to push your wretched agenda? You’re a cheap, shameless and desperate hack representing a cheap, shameless and desperate party. A party whose nominee is a peddler of cheap suits, and a party whose constituents think political action is sitting in the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A. 

You will NEVER be one of us. And neither will your dominatrix daddy, Donald Trump.

Chris Andoe
Chris Andoe is an author and seasoned activist. After meeting John Aravosis at a Chicago “StopDrLaura.com” protest in 2000, Chris was inspired to organize his own major demonstrations in St. Louis, which drew national attention. Since then, his activism has revolved around LGBT, affordable housing, and mass transit issues. In 2011 Andoe made headlines taking on the amorphous hacker group Anonymous for publishing nude photos of a Bay Area Rapid Transit spokesperson, saying “Puritanical shame-based tactics have no place in the capital of sexual liberation”, and he extensively covered San Francisco's jarring gentrification, from mass evictions to the nudity ban. Andoe was on the ground in Ferguson at the height of the unrest, recording events as they unfolded. Always in the fray, Andoe’s been interviewed by NPR, CBS, and has been quoted from CNN to The St. Louis Post Dispatch.

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  • jharp

    Nice take down.

    And really, just what in the fuck goes on in the mind of an asshole like Jim Hoft?

  • Moderator3

    I believe you are misinterpreting that comment.

  • johnbales

    Talk about self-loathing.

  • No one ever said that projection had to be conscious or deliberate. In fact, it’s usually not.

  • goulo

    Wow. What a jackass he is.

    It’s grotesque seeing so many rightwing homophobes now hypocritically clumsily trying to pander to gays with their moslem-bashing demagoguery, when they have their own anti-gay Christians in their own ranks (including those who also say gays should be killed), and when they have always been hostile to gay people and gay rights.

    It’s also interesting to see them unwittingly show how simplistically they view things in black and white. E.g. Pat Robertson recently said: “The left is having a dilemma of major proportions and I think for those
    of us who disagree with some of their policies, the best thing to do is
    to sit on the sidelines and let them kill themselves.”

    I see rightwingers frequently crowing about this alleged “dilemma” after Orlando. Pfff, what dilemma? They seem unable to conceive of being able to simultaneously oppose the homophobia of mainstream Islam while simultaneously opposing demonizing an entire religion and stripping civil rights from people. They set up a bogus straw man that “the left” never criticizes anything at all about Islam… somehow conveniently forgetting e.g. that many more on the left criticized the draconian anti-gay laws in various Islamic countries far more than those on the right criticized them. (Partly because some of those on the right were Christian activities ENCOURAGING anti-gay laws in other countries!)

  • matthewdean616

    Holy crap. I always thought this guy was suffering from serious psychosis. I had no idea he was gay. I’m guessing it sucks to be him, massively.

  • Hue-Man

    Given what’s happened, it’s perhaps a good time to reflect on LGBT community. We talk often about the different factions within Democrats and Republicans and how they are sometimes in opposition. The challenges of the LGBT community are even greater – every age, every culture, every race, every religion, every economic class, and all sexes are represented. It’s truly amazing how infrequently battles arise (John A. is well-aware of how bruising they can be when they occur); I think the cohesion exists because we have common cause and respect one another. I am even willing to give a “gay card” to LGBT people who have conservative political beliefs. I am welcoming to people of all stripes who convert to becoming allies.

    That solidarity ends when people actively campaign against the interests of others in the group. This pundit and others are traitors to the LGBT community and should be shunned. They are delusional if they think that anyone within the community is going to seriously consider Trump for president.

  • gratuitous

    “Obviously Islamic attack”? Really? Then why did Mr. Mateen drive for a couple of hours to shoot up a gay nightclub instead of cruising over to Disney World, just a few minutes away? Wasn’t Disney World sufficiently representative of America for him?

    If Hoft gets any dumber, they’re going to have to water him twice a week and turn him every now and then so he grows evenly.

  • 2karmanot

    Thank you Chris. It’s great to see you back. After the sewer of propaganda that’s been flushed through here lately, it’s refreshing to read a professional, well written article again.

  • Ross

    Book read. Library closed.

  • I sometimes interact with gay Republicans. It always becomes clear very quickly that their main narrative is “liberals are evil”. Anything that doesn’t fit that narrative is ignored or dismissed. Anything that fits that narrative must be true regardless of any evidence to the contrary. There is no reasoning with them or moving them out of that narrative. In short, people like Milo and Chris Barron or any of the others do EXACTLY what the constantly complain about the left doing. (Some of those criticisms are legit, btw, but not all.) They are using the same tactics they claim are unfair and too blind to see it.

    P.S. lease keep tweeting pics of Sasha. They really have helped.

  • And what really bothers me is that he’s not even disowning his past anti-gay activism. I’m all for people coming over to our side and repudiating their bad past. But standing by your past? Jesus.

  • BlueIdaho

    He is the epitome of “self-loathing”–defined as an extreme dislike or hatred of oneself, or being angry at or even prejudiced against oneself. The term is also used to designate a dislike or hatred of a group, family, social class, or stereotype to which one belongs and/or has. He hates himself so much that he wants to damage our community as much as possible. If anyone needs ex-gay therapy it’s this dude. His first session is on me.

  • He’s an anti-gay bigot with a long history of advocacy against gay rights. The fact that he’s gay makes that bigotry even less excusable. A conservative court ruled for us on Obergefell? Only one conservative justice ruled for gay marriage (Kennedy) and had McCain been elected in 2008 and appointed two justices, Scalia’s dissent would have been the majority opinion and everyone knows that. He’s insane. Right wingers love a quisling. Milo Douchelopolis and his ilk are very useful idiots. They don’t speak for gay people. 86% right now are polling for Clinton. That’s higher than gays supported Obama. Trump would be better for us? How? By closing the door to Muslim immigrants when there are plenty of homophobic Muslims already here (like Sunday’s shooter!). That’s bullshit and everyone knows it except for the idiot homocons who will look for any excuse to bash liberals and vote for anti-gay bigots like Trump.

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