Of Course the GOP Selected an Election-Denying, Homophobe Who Wants To Ban Abortion as Speaker
The extremists have now won as the few GOP moderates left in the House caved to pressure from the right-wing this afternoon. After three weeks, a plethora of failed votes, and the humiliation of several of the Party's leaders, Republicans elected a relatively unknown congressman from Louisiana named Mike Johnson as Speaker of the House.
Johnson is the quintessential right-wing MAGA Republican and was endorsed by Donald Trump earlier today. Johnson supports a nationwide abortion ban without exceptions, was the architect of a lawsuit to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election, opposed marriage rights for same-sex couples, and has voted twice against bills sending aid to Ukraine.
Prior to entering Congress, Johnson worked for the Alliance Defense Fund, now known as the Alliance Defending Freedom [ADF]. ADF was founded by leaders of the religious right, including James Dobson of Focus on the Family, and Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ. ADF has a reputation for advocating for discrimination against the LGBT community and is listed as an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which also notes ADF’s efforts against abortion access and its support of the recriminalization of sexual acts between consenting LGBTQ adults.
Rep. Johnson has been especially vocal regarding his views of gays and lesbians.
New York Times: Mr. Johnson, the evangelical Christian who won the speakership on Wednesday with the unanimous support of House Republicans, has also spoken out sharply against homosexuality, calling it “inherently unnatural” and a “dangerous lifestyle” and linking it to bestiality, according to opinion essays unearthed on Wednesday by CNN.
“Experts project that homosexual marriage is the dark harbinger of chaos and sexual anarchy that could doom even the strongest republic,” he wrote in one such article in 2004.
In so many ways, Mike Johnson is the perfect individual to represent the GOP in the age of Donald Trump.
By: Don Lam & Curated Content