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Lawmaker who calls LGBT people ‘terrorists’ says he’d see if his kids ‘could swim’ if they were gay

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A Trump-supporting West Virginia Republican state lawmaker is who is under fire for calling LGBT people a “terrorist group” and likening them to the KKK this weekend said he’d “see if they can swim” when asked what he would do if they came out as gay.

Delegate Eric Porterfield was asked by a WVVA reporter “what would happen” if his son or daughter came to him years from now and said they might be gay or lesbian.

“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,” Porterfield, who was elected to the West Virginia House in November, said as he smiled.

“If it was my son, I would probably take him hunting, I would take him fishing, then I’d see if he could swim,” Porterfield, wearing a MAGA hat, replied without hesitation.

He continued to grin as the reporter, somewhat shocked, paused, then asked him to clarify.

“I just want to make sure they could swim,” he repeated when questioned, continuing to grin.

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Porterfield, who HuffPost notes is “a born-again Baptist missionary and is blind,” has also said he has “no care for diversity of thought.”

“He reportedly used the slur ‘faggot’ in a committee meeting on Wednesday amid discussions over a proposed amendment that would restrict anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people,” HuffPost adds.

Porterfield also called LGBT people “the most socialist group in this country,” as the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

“They do not protect gays,” he added. “There are many gays they persecute if they do not line up with their social ideology.”

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Here’s Del. Porterfield speaking to WVVA about his children:

Fairness West Virginia, a statewide LGBT civil rights advocacy organization says, “We think it’s quite clear what he meant.”

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Editor’s note: NCRM attempted to contact Del. Porterfield by phone but our calls were disconnected before we could speak. He or his office are welcome to contact us to discuss his remarks

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The right-wing scored more in years of Trump than eight years of George W. Bush: report

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President George W. Bush oversaw eight years that restricted rights, banned LGBTQ equality, appointed anti-choice judges and so much more. But under Donald Trump's presidency, social conservatives have managed to roll back any progress made by President Barack Obama's leadership.

A new Axios report listed out any anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-poor policies.

“He campaigned saying that he would be a good friend to LGBT people,” James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project, told VOX. "Actions speak far louder than words. And what he's done has been a wreck."

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New biographer claims she knows how Kim Jong Un will die

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A new biography about Kim Jong Un by Anna Fifield is uncovering many of the unique moments in the childhood of the North Korean dictator. But one piece that isn't included in the book is her prediction for how the leader will die.

In a CNN interview with Brian Todd, Fifield explained that Kim's chain-smoking, drinking and consumption of rich and fatty foods would likely be his undoing. She doesn't anticipate he'll ever have a coup d'etat, but he could probably have a heart attack.

Other shocking observations she made include that Kim's parents had to bring in children so that he would have someone to play with him, effectively meaning his "friends" were paid for.

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Black Republican: Cops ‘treat their dogs better than they treat us’

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Black Republican political commentator Shermichael Singleton was part of a panel discussing the Phoenix police department that violently arrested the parents of a little girl who walked out of a dollar store with a doll.

The incident occurred months ago, but only now the footage is being released by police, revealing the way the family was treated.

Democratic strategist Joel Payne seemed appalled at the police in the video and the mark that likely left on the children who experienced it.

"I think about that young man talking about his child, and this is their first interaction with police," he said, noting Father's Day. "And that is the life, that's the life lesson that that child is being taught is that in that moment, that police officer was trying to hurt her and to hurt her parents. That's unacceptable."

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