Since Donald Trump won this year’s presidential election, it’s been hard to keep up with his supporters’ racist and bigoted remarks. But we can add yet another deplorable to the basket.
A 92-year-old Montana resident, who is one of President-Elect Trump’s Electoral College voters is coming under fire for comments he made about LGBT people on Facebook in 2010.
According to The Missoulian, Dennis Scranton commented that gay people should be hanged in an online conversation about gay marriage.
The conversation was reported in The Billings Gazette seven years ago which ran a story about former Big Sky Tea Party Association leader Tim Ravndal and cost him his chairmanship.
In the post, Ravendal wrote “marriage between a man and a woman period!” to which Scranton responded by saying, “I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions.”
Wyoming was an apparent reference to Matthew Shepard, a gay university student who was beaten, bound to a fence post and left to die outside Laramie in the late 1990s.
Scranton spoke to The Gazette this week and didn’t exactly retract his remarks — instead he used his age as an excuse.
“Don’t forget, I’m 93 years old,” he said. “I come from a different era. I hadn’t heard of anyone being homosexual until I joined the Navy, and then I encountered them. We were raised with good morals.”
There’s a notion that as we age, we become wiser and more reflective about the world around us, but in Scranton’s case, perhaps Oscar Wilde said it best when he said, “With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.”
The Montana Democratic Party has condemned Scranton’s remarks, calling them a “troubling pattern” for the leaders of the Republican Party, but there have been no calls to replace him as an elector, albeit the fact that they can’t replace Scranton even they wanted to.
Apparently, state law lists absence on the day the Electoral College votes as the only reason the secretary of state can appoint an alternate elector.
Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump courted racists and bigots through racially-charged language and innuendo.
He recently appointed Steve Bannon, a self-proclaimed member of the “alt-right” who has a history of white nationalism, anti-semistism and sexism, as his chief strategist.
With people like Bannon running the White House, a bigoted nonagenarian in Montana barely pops up on the radar. But it’s troubling nonetheless.
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