Trump Nominee Says Protecting LGBT Rights Could Lead to Legalizing Pedophilia

Image via CNN.

CNN has unearthed an interview in
which Sam Clovis, the potato sack Trump nominated to head
science research within the Department of Agriculture, is
sharing his thoughts on homosexuality. Surprise: they are very,
very bad.

Clovis, who like many in the Trump administration has no
qualifications for his post and a long history of saying and writing stupid
things
as a far-right talk show host, has described “LGBT
behavior” as a “choice” that, if protected, could lead to the
government also protecting pedophilia.

Here’s the transcript, taken from footage of a campaign stop
during Clovis’s failed Republican Iowa senate nomination in
2014, via CNN:

“Someone who engages in LGBT behavior — I don’t know what the
science is on this, I think it’s still out — but as far as we
know, LGBT behavior is a choice they make, Clovis says in a video obtained by CNN’s KFile. “So
we’re being asked to provide Constitutional protections for
behavior, a choice in behavior as opposed to a primary
characteristic.”

“There’s no equivalency there between the civil rights issue
associated between those protected classes and the civil
rights of someone who engages in a particular behavior,”
continues Clovis. “Follow the logic, if you engage in a
particular behavior, what also becomes protected? If we
protect LGBT behavior, what other behaviors are we going to
protect? Are we going to protect pedophilia? Are we going to
protect polyamorous marriage relationships? Are we going to
protect people who have fetishes? What’s the logical
extension of this? It can’t be that we’re going to protect
LGBT and then we’ll pull up the ladder. That’s not going to
happen, it defies logic. We’re not thinking the consequences
of these decisions through.”

“I don’t think it’s extreme,” said Clovis, when someone rightly
pointed out that his statements were offensive. “I think it’s a
logical extension of thought. And if you cannot follow the
logic then you’re denying you’re in denial.”

A USDA spokeswoman responded to CNN’s request for comment by
saying, “The Supreme Court settled the issue in 2015.”

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