If you’ve been following politics even just a tad over the last year or so, you know that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is probably the only Republican to stand a chance of thwarting another Donald Trump presidential run two years from now.
This is because, like Trump, DeSantis is one of the few current members of the GOP who actually ignores the cultural and media elite and does what he said he was going to do.
Most recently, he signed the (ridiculously nicknamed) “Don’t Say ‘Gay'” bill (actually HB 1557, or “Parental Rights in Education“) into law which prohibits teachers from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3. Of course, this has driven the usual suspects insane, with the predictable proclamations of the GOP wanting to turn back the clock on gay rights, yada yada yada.
“As Republicans, in particular, become more and more open with their desire to roll back hard-won rights for LGBTQ people in the United States, they have found themselves again emulating tactics of demagoguery and hate that have been a mainstay of the Russian leader for more than a decade,” Maril says.
Maril, the former associate legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, calls HB 1557 a “hateful measure” and equates various Putin anti-LGBTQ measures (a federal “anti-gay propaganda law,” claiming LGBTQ equality is “Western aggression” against Russia) to GOP senators’ questioning of Biden Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson about the protection of women’s sports and so-called “gender-affirming medical care.”
Maril calls this “anti-trans” language and a “demonization” of trans individuals.
Invoking organizations such as the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Heritage Foundation, Maril alleges “there is little daylight between Putin’s anti-LGBTQ policies and erasing messaging and that of the American right.”
This hogwash is as ridiculous as Yale shrink Bandy Lee’s “diagnosis” of President Trump as unfit for office (while invoking, yes, Adolf Hitler), as idiotic as Duke’s Allen Frances saying the former president may be worse than not only Hitler, but Mao and Stalin too, and as cretinous as these academics‘ similar analogies to der Führer.
The vast majority of Americans believe in “live and let live” and are nowhere near as ogreish as Maril and others make them out to be. Florida’s HB 1557 is supported by not only a majority of Floridians (including a majority of Democrats) but of Americans nationwide. Are these folks also vehement haters of the LGBTQ community akin to the dictator of Russia?
Of course they aren’t. They’re rational, fair-minded people who believe in age-appropriate material in schools and basic fairness for women athletes.
Professor Maril isn’t stupid — she went to Temple Law School after all, one of top legal universities in the country. But she is a demagogue. Anyone who with a straight face can make comparisons of any elected American leader to one of the worst autocrats in the world has an agenda. And in this case, it makes perfect sense:
The Human Rights Campaign does not fight for LGBT rights.
It fights to elect liberal Democrats as a fundraising organ of the DNC.
— Log Cabin Republicans (@LogCabinGOP) March 30, 2022
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