The Republican presidential candidate told a homosexual Iowa man at a campaign event on Tuesday to vote for President Obama.He likely thinks that offering up such pablum will help him win the Iowa caucus and conservative voters in general, even though he needs every voter he can get as he's slipping badly in the polls.
Scott Arnold, a Democrat and associate professor of writing at William Penn University, approached the ex-House speaker in Oskaloosa wanting to know how Gingrich would represent him as President, according to the Des Moines Register.
"I asked him if he’s elected, how does he plan to engage gay Americans. How are we to support him? And he told me to support Obama," Arnold told the newspaper.
The Gingrich campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
What an asshat.
Yet, the problem is deeper than this. The antipathy and open hostility towards gays and lesbians is palatable across many of the current GOP candidates, including Michelle Bachmann and Newt Gingrich. Who is a Log Cabin Republican supposed to vote for when confronting such hatred and venom? While they are trying to make the GOP more inclusive, they're going against a rising tide of hate despite the fact that the nation is moving towards a more inclusive and equal opportunity environment (such as expanding gay marriage and gay rights).