Homophobia definitely pays when it comes to getting important endorsements for one’s candidacy for any office in the Republican Party. Seven GOP presidential candidates are looking to capitalize on this fact by attending a bizarre “presidential family forum” over the Thanksgiving holidays. The forum, hosted by right-wing hate group The Family Leader, will take place with the candidates all gathered like one big, happy, hateful family at a Thanksgiving dinner table. The purpose of this is to compete for the endorsement of the group’s leader, Bob Vander Plaats, as an endorsement from him is sure to win the candidate an Iowa Caucus victory.
Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Rand Paul, and, of course, King of the Homophobes Mike Huckabee will all be in attendance at the forum. Despite Donald Trump’s absence, Vander Plaats said to a member of the press that Trump had said to him:
“If you can guarantee me your endorsement, I will turn the plane around and get there.”
The catch to having someone like Bob Vander Plaats on one’s side, though, is that the person winning such an endorsement doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning a general election. Vander Plaats’ views are extreme, even for most right-wingers. He sincerely believes that anything that “goes against the law of nature” also goes against the U.S. Constitution. Of course, marriage equality is at the top of that list, and he wants a president who will defund all judges who support equal marriage. He also believes that the government’s sole purpose is to “to promote righteousness,” and that government officials must enforce “God’s principles and precepts” as part of their jobs. To that end, any candidate who wishes to have the endorsement of this man must profess these same extremist views.
Considering that there’s no way the average voter would go for someone who believes this crap, it’s pretty safe to say that while these candidates seek the approval of Vander Plaats and his group, as well as the rabid bigots in the GOP’s base, they’ll never win over a general election. Great for Democrats, terrible for the rabid right. Sounds good to me.
Watch a clip of Bob Vander Plaats in action below, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:
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