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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.

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“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.

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

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

https://twitter.com/JakeJarvisWV/status/1094823914973421568

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

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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"Only a climate-specific debate will show whether the candidates are climate ready or not."

The Democratic National Committee faced increased pressure on Monday to hold a climate debate from progressive organizations demanding the party live up to its own governing platform and "treat this crisis like the emergency it is."

Efforts to change the DNC's mind appear headed to a headed to a fever pitch as the committee will meet later this week and reportedly vote (pdf) on a proposed resolution to hold a climate debate—and potentially a resolution put forth by DNC Chair Tom Perez that critics believe represents an effort to kill a climate-focused debate.

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Twitter and Facebook said Monday they had uncovered a campaign by China to use the social media platforms against pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

"We are disclosing a significant state-backed information operation focused on the situation in Hong Kong, specifically the protest movement and their calls for political change," Twitter said in an online post.

Facebook said a tip from Twitter led to the removal of a network of pages, groups and accounts originating in China and involved in "coordinated inauthentic behavior" focusing on Hong Kong.

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President Donald Trump's re-election campaign could be destroyed by a recession before a single vote is cast, an Associated Press reporter explained on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" on Monday.

Guest host John Heilemann read a quote from AP White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire.

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