Mary Matalin shrugs off Russian anti-LGBT laws: ‘All of my gay friends’ say Putin is hot

By David Edwards
Sunday, January 19, 2014 13:15 EDT
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Mary Matalin speaks to ABC News
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Republican strategist Mary Matalin on Sunday asserted the Russia’s laws against homosexuality were irrelevant because “all of my gay friends” think Russian President Vladimir Putin is “so buff in his shirtless photos.”

During a panel discussion on ABC’s This Week, host George Stephanopoulos said that he had recently interviewed Putin and he “absolutely believes this law is the right thing, doesn’t want to change it and he even tied it, at some point, to the need to increase birth rates.”

The New Yorker’s David Remnick pointed out that Russia’s law criminalizing homosexual “propaganda” had given cover for hate crimes across the country.

“It’s hard to believe he will punish anybody during the Olympics,” Stephanopoulos told Matalin.

“Can I just say that I’m so sick of sports,” Matalin replied. “Someone came up this week and said, I am not gay and I know I’m going to get in trouble for this, but all of my gay friends thinks he looks so buff in his shirtless photos.”

“I’m just saying, why is he even talking about this?” she added.

Watch this video from ABC’s This Week, broadcast Jan. 19, 2014.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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