GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel’s tweet about LGBTQ Pride Month raised more than a few eyebrows and prompted Chasten Buttigieg to call out her hypocrisy. Read on for the full story.
LGBTQ Pride Tweet by GOP Chair “Hypocritical,” Chasten Buttigieg Says
(Op-Ed) Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted using the #PrideMonth hashtag on June 2, saying:
GOP proud to have doubled our LGBTQ support over the last 4 years, and we will continue to grow our big tent by supporting measures that promote fairness and balance protections for LGBTQ Americans and those with deeply held religious beliefs.
Needless to say, it caused more than a few eyebrows to skyrocket up, jaws to hit the floor, and fingers to fly across the keyboard as the community responded. Among those replies was Chasten Buttigieg, husband to Pete Buttigieg (Transportation Secretary with plans to run for President).
Buttigieg responded by calling McDaniel out for her hypocrisy, saying,
Those with “deeply held religious beliefs” are often the parents who force their LGBTQ children out of the home and onto the street. I’ve met with those kids. 40% of homeless youth in this country are LGBTQ. Re-visit your party’s platform before you open your mouth about #pride.
During an interview with MSNBC News yesterday, Buttigieg expanded on that a bit, explaining that the GOP still opposes same-sex marriage, adding:
“I think that kind of language is hypocritical, and it’s dangerous. And I want to be clear: I don’t think all people with deeply held religious beliefs are homophobic, and I know many LGBTQ people who consider themselves to be deeply religious.”
According to MSNBC, Buttigieg said that he feels the underlying message is that the GOP “will tolerate the LGBTQ community, but we’re also going to tolerate the people who would like to deny you housing, deny you civil rights.”
GOP introduced 100+ bill against the LGBTQ community in 2021
Buttigieg had just cause for calling out the GOP’s hypocrisy. In just the first half of 2021, not only have Republicans refused to sign off on the Equality Act, but they’ve introduced more than 100 different anti-LGBTQ bills, targeting same-sex couples, transgender individuals, and LGBTQ healthcare.
The Daily Beast puts the number of bills at a much higher number, reporting that more than 250 bills- with 130 of them specifically targeting transgender individuals- have been introduced this year so far. Of those, 23 actually passed. Freedom for All Americans keeps track, for those who would like to learn more.
So, yes, Chasten Buttigieg had absolute just cause for calling out the GOP’s hypocrisy. He was far from the only one to respond to McDaniel’s tweet. Let’s close this off with a look at a few other replies from the community.
Twitter user Josh T. writes, “Come join the Republican party. We only support some oppression of LGBTQ rights” is an interesting sales pitch.”
Grandma Muses asked, “The same “big tent” that shoved Liz Cheney out? That one? Not to mention “LGBTQ Americans and those with deeply held religious beliefs” are often one and the same. Your inference is indicative of your “big tent” metaphor being nothing but a meaningless phrase.”
Josh Dorner writes, “I’ve been around for 40 years and you can keep Pride out of your mouth until the GOP stops abusing and shaming trans kids and gives up on taking away my rights because some people in society believe they are exempt from the rules.”
Kim Seigel points to the countless anti-LGBTQ bills, saying, “A surge in anti-trans bills, insisting that religious exceptions be made to civil rights laws only when applied to LGBTQ people, and an administration arguing against job protections is not fairness.”
Last, but not least, Chris Bradley threw their own platform’s words back in their face, writing, “Doubled? From what? 2 to 4? The GOP does NOT support LGBTQ Americans. This much is evidenced by the party platform “[Family] is the foundation of civil society, and the cornerstone of the family is natural marriage, the union of one man and one woman.”
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