Saturday, January 20, 2024

GOP House member tells Uganda to ‘stand firm’ in face of opposition to anti-gay law. (The Hill)

Rebarbative U.S. Rep. TIMOTHY LEE WALBERG (R-Mich.) typifies the genre of corporate cat's paws, rough beasts, nuts and homophobes who have taken over the once Grand Old Party, which now is more like the GQP, emitting QAnon nuttiness.  With fear-filled, fishy feculent hick hack Florida politicians joining in the Gay-bashing, or remaining silent, what is to be done?  ROY ALYRE ALAIMO, JR. is one of these homophobes. Appointed by bigoted Governor RONALD DION DeSANTIS, jejune ALAIMO is one of four corporate cat's laws currently on St. Johns County Commission. Vote them out! With friends like them, who needs anemones?  From The Hill:

GOP House member tells Uganda to ‘stand firm’ in face of opposition to anti-gay law

Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., speaks during an event at the COP28 U.N. Climate Summit, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel)

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) in October remarks said Ugandan leaders, including President Yoweri Museveni, should “stand firm” in the face of international outrage over the passage of a law criminalizing same-sex conduct, including potentially the death penalty for individuals convicted of “aggravated homosexuality.”

“Whose side do we want to be on?” Walberg asked during Uganda’s National Prayer Breakfast on Oct. 8. “God’s side. Not the World Bank; not the United States of America necessarily; not the U.N. God’s side.”

Your esteemed president, his excellency President Museveni, needs a nation that stands with him and says, though the rest of the world is pushing back on you, though there are other major countries that are trying to get into you and ultimately change you, stand firm,” Walberg added.

Museveni, who signed Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act in May, later said Walberg’s remarks show there are Americans who “think like us.”

Homosexuality was already illegal in Uganda, but the new law’s harsh penalties have drawn widespread condemnation from human rights groups and international political leaders on both sides of the aisle. In June, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) called the law “horrific & wrong.”

Walberg’s remarks, which were first reported by TYT, have also drawn swift outrage, which the congressman during the October event said he anticipated.

“This will probably get back to the national media in the United States, and I expect some pushback,” Walberg said at the time. “But I’m not going to give in.”

Rep. Robert Garcia (D-Calif.), one of 11 openly LGBTQ members of Congress, in a Thursday post on X, formerly known as Twitter, called Walberg’s support of the Uganda law “disgusting.”

“News that House Republican Tim Walberg traveled to Uganda to support their anti-gay bill, including the death penalty, is disgusting,” Garcia wrote. “Tim, do you think the government should execute me and my 11 fellow gay Members of Congress because we are LGBTQ?”

Walberg’s office said reports that characterized his remarks as support for the law were inaccurate.

“Congressman Walberg never endorsed any legislation or law while in Uganda,” his office said in an emailed statement.

He did call out the World Bank for repeatedly holding Uganda, a Christian nation, to a different standard than much of the rest of the world,” the statement continued. “There is an undeniable double standard where other nations, like Afghanistan, receive uncriticized support from the World Bank. Global organizations, like the World Bank, should adhere to their mission and fiduciary duty to help bring economic prosperity to developing countries.”

“This is just one example of a growing trend of global organizations abandoning their duties and missions to pursue a political agenda and Congressman Walberg will continue to speak against this trend, even when it comes with gross mischaracterizations and inaccuracies,” his office said.

— Updated at 12:25 p.m.


Oscar said...

Bunch of religious fundamentalist bigots in charge of far right propaganda for the GOP. Jesus would not be pleased with their fascism and bigotry. Meanwhile, the SJC GOP on Twitter pumping out bigotry and far right propaganda for Orange Hitler...who has been indicted 90+ times for felonies. What signals corruption more than the promotion of a man who has been charged with 90+ felonies?

Anonymous said...

Two categories of GOP voters nowadays. 1) Stupid people 2) Those who exploit stupid people.