Christian hate: Trump-loving GOP lawmaker Eric Porterfield says he would drown his own children if they came to him and told him they were gay.
Porterfield, a West Virginia lawmaker and Baptist preacher is under fire after making derogatory and false statements about the LGBT community.
Earlier this week Porterfield appeared on WVVA TV, an NBC affiliate, to discuss his recent inflammatory comments. At one point in the interview the GOP lawmaker was asked what he would do if his young children came to him one day and told him that they were gay.
Wearing a red MAGA cap, the smiling Porterfield replied:
Well, I would dress my daughter first, as I would take her for a pedicure, I’d take her to get her nails done, and see if she could swim.
If it was my son, I would probably take him hunting, I would take him fishing, then I’d see if he could swim.
The reporter, obviously uncomfortable about Porterfield’s apparent threat to drown his own children, asked him to clarify the alarming statement. Porterfield continued smiling and replied:
I just want to make sure they could swim.That’s it. I’d take them out to do activities.
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
Reporting on Porterfield’s disturbing remarks, LGBTQ Nation notes:
He was still smiling, as if threatening to kill his own children were cute.
Before threatening to drown his children if they came out as gay, Porterfield recently made other homophobic remarks, such as arguing that people should have the freedom to fire or deny someone housing based on their sexual orientation, and claiming that LGBT people are terrorists and “likening the LGBTQ community to the Ku Klux Klan.”
Late last week Porterfield told a reporter:
The LGBTQ is a modern-day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate.
The West Virginia Democratic Party is calling for Porterfield’s resignation. In a statement WVDP Chairwoman Belinda Biafore said:
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.
His hate-filled remarks and actions speak volumes and so does the Republican Party’s silence. The Republican majority’s leadership needs to condemn these actions. Their silence is complicit and the people of West Virginia deserve better.
Bottom line: Claiming “the LGBTQ is a modern-day version of the Ku Klux Klan,” West Virginia lawmaker and Baptist preacher Eric Porterfield says he would drown his own kids if they were gay.