GOP homophobes suddenly concerned about gays, now that 50 are dead in Florida

UPDATE: GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal attended a rally last November at which the host called for gays to be put to death. Neither of the three men said a word of protest. In view of the anti-gay carnage in Orlando, Florida, it’s time they apologized.

UPDATE: Must-watch TV, Anderson Cooper asks GOP Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi if she’s an anti-gay hypocrite for acting all concerned about gays being mowed down in Florida after years of dehumanizing Florida’s gays in court.


Now that at least 50 people are dead, and as many wounded, in a horrific attack against a gay club in Orlando, Florida, Republicans who loathe gays are suddenly expressing concern about our community.

Below are a series of tweets from GOP homophobes who are suddenly concerned about us, now that we’re dead.

Huckabee and Cruz, for example, attended a rally hosted by a pastor who has called for gays to be put to death:

On Friday, three Republican presidential candidates — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — attended an event in Des Moines, Iowa, hosted by a controversial Colorado pastor who has frequently advocated against gay people, including that the government should put them to death.

The event, dubbed the National Religious Liberties Conference, was hosted by pastor Kevin Swanson, who delivered a fiery speech in which he said Biblical law calls for “homosexuals” to be executed.

“Yes, Leviticus 20:13 calls for the death penalty for homosexuals,” he said. Swanson said he was “willing to go to jail for standing on the truth of the word of God.”

Mike Huckabee, homophobe:

by default 2016-06-12 at 12.36.16 PM

Marco Rubio, homophobe:

by default 2016-06-12 at 12.35.56 PM

Rick Scott, homophobe:

by default 2016-06-12 at 12.46.04 PM

Ted Cruz, homophobe:

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Donald Trump, homophobe:

by default 2016-06-12 at 12.37.25 PM

Paul Ryan, homophobe:

by default 2016-06-12 at 12.52.43 PM

Marsha Blackburn, homophobe:

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Pete Sessions, homophobe:

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Pat Roberts, homophobe:

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Pete Olson, homophobe:

by default 2016-06-12 at 12.52.09 PM

Bob Corker, homophobe:

by default 2016-06-12 at 12.51.51 PM

Mitch McConnell, homophobe:

by default 2016-06-12 at 12.51.41 PM

Shelley Capito, homophobe:

by default 2016-06-12 at 12.51.34 PM

Scott Tipton, homophobe:

by default 2016-06-12 at 12.51.26 PM

Mike Kelly, homophobe:

by default 2016-06-12 at 12.51.20 PM

Tom Cotton, homophobe:

by default 2016-06-12 at 12.51.10 PM

Richard Shelby, homophobe:

by default 2016-06-12 at 12.51.02 PM

John Cornyn, homophobe:

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Igor Volsky at ThinkProgress has also noted how many of those expressing concern are pro-gun and pro-NRA, and are the very reason these guys are so widely available to terrorists and other madmen.

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57 Responses to “GOP homophobes suddenly concerned about gays, now that 50 are dead in Florida”

  1. Badgerite says:

    Well, here’s something you don’t see or hear everyday. And from Utah no less. Headline of the day.
    From Talking Points Memo. GOPer Apologizes to LGBT Community at Orlando Vigil: My Heart Has Changed.
    It’s a start.

  2. Andrea Mullins says:

    Remember, the GOP didn’t give a crap about 20 murdered toddlers at Sandy Hook, either. They claim that life is so precious, but they don’t give a shit about anyone’s life unless it’s part of the 1%.

  3. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    It’s so true. I would love to hear them explain how the following fits into their legislative plan – Matthew 25:35.

  4. Zorba says:

    If they actually did something meaningful for every “thought and prayer” offered, I’d be a lot more impressed.
    These are supposed to be “Christians” for the most part, offering their meaningless prayers.
    Maybe they should read their own damned Bible.

    14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but
    you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

    James 2:14-17
    But no, they are hypocrites. They don’t mean a damned word they are saying.

  5. Zorba says:

    Exactly so, craigbear. Excellent comment.
    It’s more than tiresome- it’s heinous and execrable.

  6. Zorba says:

    They’ve always done this.
    A Civil War was fought over the right of some people to own other people. (And it wasn’t only about States’ Rights. It was also about Property Rights, which included slaves.)
    They also resisted integration of public accommodations, housing, and schools as long as they could (and it still happens, only now de facto rather than de jure).
    And they’re still fighting and chipping away at a woman’s right to an abortion.
    {{Sigh}} The radical Christianists aren’t really that much different than the radical Islamists.
    The problem is religion.

  7. craigbear says:

    There’s been a phenomenon the past few years of conservative legislators actively trying to curtail LGBT rights within American (and Canadian) society, but then turning around to make a grand concern-troll show of their commitment to LGBT rights in foreign countries, so long as they could pin the blame for that situation on a Muslim (or Vladimir Putin) instead of actually having to take responsibility for doing anything about it.

    It’s classic “pointing out the mote in your brother’s eye, while ignoring the beam in your own”, and needless to say it’s getting tiresome.

  8. John Smith says:

    If I had a nickel for every thought and prayer they offered I would be the richest man in the world and every one of their thoughts and prayers would still be worthless.

  9. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    They understand. At least, the educated ones understand, but they’re picking the passages that support their bigotry.

  10. gratuitous says:

    Never let it be said that the Republicans didn’t do the least they could do about something. This “thoughts and prayers” nonsense plays perfectly to their strengths: Keep quiet and do nothing.

  11. emjayay says:

    Actually, another way of looking at it is that since we do now seem to exist and get to have weddings and things and equality is clearly the way things have been going, they have gotten a lot more active in condemning and Jesusing and concentrating on rear guard actions, desperately trying to resist the trend of history wherever they can.

  12. emjayay says:

    They of course ignore 99.9% of Leviticus and the rest of the OT as well, other than the ancient mythological stories.

  13. Arthur Dent says:

    I cannot fathom how so-called Christian ministers do not understand Jesus’ new and everlasting covenant that freed his followers from the precepts of the old testament. That Leviticus nonsense, along with all of the old testament, is no longer valid if you believe in and follow Jesus. If a Christian says otherwise, they are denying the power of their Savior.

  14. MoonDragon says:

    My conscientiousness on grammar and pronunciation comes from my dad. He told me, omitting an obvious adjective, “People are going to look at your last name and think ‘Just another dumb fucking mill Hunky.’ Don’t justify their opinion by the way you speak.” I don’t call people out on things I think are wrong, but I am puzzled that some people take pride in cultivating poor usage and grammar (I’m looking at you, Ms. Palin.)

  15. Fred Weller says:

    They’re not concerned. The tiresome, limp “thoughts and prayers” statements from republicans are a pallid substitute for insight and action.

    What this does show us is that conservatives hate Muslims more than they hate gays, like their universal support of Cosby shows that they hate women more than they hate blacks. It’s nice to get these hierarchies of hate out in the open.

  16. quax says:

    You generally seem to be a bit out of your depth. I think you should seek out some helpful education. I heard Trump University has special deals for folks like you.

  17. quax says:

    That’s all you’ve got? Sad!

  18. YetAgain25 says:

    Yes. That stringey red hair.

  19. quax says:

    Clearly we are getting closer to the source of your phobias.

  20. YetAgain25 says:

    It’s not ISIS going on mass rape sprees in Germany.

  21. YetAgain25 says:

    that stringey red hair….geez

  22. 2patricius2 says:

    Ah, yes. So concerned about the GLBT people killed at a GLBT club that they conveniently forget to mention that LGBT people were killed at this LGBT nightclub. I heard Rubio when he expressed his thoughts. What a phony. Of course, they want us to disappear, so they make us disappear by omission. And of course instead of calling for protection and rights for LGBT people, and instead of addressing the need for sensible gun control legislation, they offer their useless thoughts and prayers. Prayer is cheap and a salve for any consciences they may have. Action takes effort.

  23. quax says:

    You wouldn’t be able to properly identify the source if it bit you in the arse. You obviously swollow the instant ISIS conversion hook line and sinker.

  24. Houndentenor says:

    Prayer…literally the least you can do. Nothing actually. Because we all know they aren’t going to do anything either for gay rights or to prevent terrorists from buying weapons.

  25. quax says:

    I share that relieve, rather don’t have you as a Doppelgänger.

  26. Houndentenor says:

    Of course not because they don’t give a fuck about gay people. Never did and can’t even pretend to now.

  27. Houndentenor says:

    Worst than nothing. They are using dead gay people as an excuse to discriminate against Muslims. Never mind that they blocked an attempt to keep guns from being sold to those on the terror watch list.

  28. BobSF_94117 says:

    It’s particularly galling to see them talk about “victims and their families” when these politicians have been fighting for decades to prevent gay people from forming families.

  29. johnbales says:

    For all these politicians, their Tweet was, literally, the least they would do for the LGBTQ community, short of saying nothing at all.

  30. YetAgain25 says:

    I can’t even remember his accent ? He was from Texas but born in …MA, I think I remember ? Whatever.

  31. Brent Burnworth says:

    George W Bush’s way of saying American

  32. YetAgain25 says:

    Oh…I’d say the source matters.

  33. YetAgain25 says:

    I know. Rotherham….ugh. But my buds there still don’t think it’s too late.

  34. YetAgain25 says:

    I hate that. I know some snobs in Manhattan (not even originally from NYC) that think they’re classy if they’ve managed to shed every bit of an accent. They’re always judging others who sound too……well, usually West Virginia or Hillbilly. Massachusetts is considered acceptable. Blacks they don’t even really notice. But it’s all that baloney where people try to categorize each other.

  35. YetAgain25 says:

    Well thank goodness I don’t see YOU when I look in the mirror.

  36. quax says:

    Chances are you see one if you look in the mirror. They also tend to troll a lot.

  37. quax says:

    To the dead the source of the homophobia hardly matters.

  38. MoonDragon says:

    I don’t, usually, except when I’m told I’m putting on airs because I try to pronounce things properly and use standard grammar. Particularly if the same people criticize blacks for “talking ebony-icks” and not “knowing good English”. It also doesn’t help if they have a bumper sticker that says “America, talk Englesh.”

  39. KairoTheDragon says:

    we dont want or need your PRAYERS. Especially when we know you dont mean them.

  40. Halou says:

    Look what’s happening in the UK.

    It would be hard not to since that is where I happen to live.

  41. YetAgain25 says:

    I never make fun of peoples’ accents. I’m from NYC, with a heavy accent, so I can’t throw stones.

  42. MoonDragon says:

    A phonetic approximation of a colloquial, red-state pronunciation of American. As a resident of Pennsyltucky, I hear this pronunciation regularly.

  43. YetAgain25 says:

    What’s an Amurkin ?

  44. YetAgain25 says:

    Can you imagine how bad it will be when Muslims’ numbers double ? Look what’s happening in the UK. This is the third mass murder of gays a Muslim has tried in the U.S., and the first that was successful. For such a small segment of society…that’s pretty bad.

  45. YetAgain25 says:

    John Aravosis furious he can’t blame Christians for the massacre. (Well…he can try, but..)

  46. quax says:

    The irony is so rich it is dripping blood.

  47. Halou says:

    I am saddened by the number of gay men and lesbians who in the space of less than a day have all but forgotten the work of these politically powerful individuals, instead agreeing with these people that Muslims who have just short of zero political influence in the United States are the real enemy we should be fighting.

  48. Is that a well-regulated militia in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

  49. BearEyes says:

    we’re still invisible to them and they want to keep it that way.

  50. MoonDragon says:

    This is nothing new. For years, the inhabitants New York City represented sub-human scum. They weren’t real Amurkins. During the oil crisis in the 70s, real Amurkins (who would secede in a New York minute) expressed the desire that New Yorkers “freeze in the dark”. Then, when the towers fell and the world could see the heroism and self sacrifice of those who addressed the tragedy, New Yorkers became something to be cherished and, above all, prayed for. Vermin love their enemies when they’re dead. It’s especially nice if one can lay the deaths at the hands of another hated group (multiple hategasm).

  51. Jimmy says:

    At least an asshole like Dan Patrick says what he believes. I don’t think for a moment this list of homophobes gives a shit about those who were murdered.

  52. ComradeRutherford says:

    Ugh. Hypocrites. How do they ignore what their own ‘god’ says about hypocrites?

    And clearly lying is a far worse ‘sin’ than being gay, but the Conservative Christian says it’s the other way around.

  53. BeccaM says:

    Notice as well how only one of those homophobes even mentions it was a gay nightclub and that gay people were specifically targeted? (And it’s Cornyn.) All the rest ignore the why.

    Generic victims, families, praying are the common themes…which in this case will be more “wishing really hard” and doing absolutely nothing.

  54. John Braun says:

    A snake is still a snake, it’s their nature . Too many of these Republican Bigots expressing sympathy to make it sincere. Political Bull Shit. Trump, Cruz, Rubio, McConnell, Huckabee, Paul Ryan, Gov. Scott, it looks like form letter, just fil in your name. No sincerity in that group, just trying to save their asses!

  55. snoshoo93 says:

    I hope none of these hypocrites ever pray for me…if they try, God should strike them dead. How disgusting it is to read their hollow remarks….only to make themSELVES look good to the morons whom they expect will believe them. Huckabee tops the list. He is such a charlatan. Not a very good bass player, either. Then there’s his problem with gluttony …

  56. Ty Morgan says:

    :Still worried about those trans people in your bathrooms?”
    I doubt it, thought I wouldn’t be surprised of some of them aren’t thinking that there’s less of ‘them” to worry about.

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