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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

WATCH: Perry Apologizes For Comparing Gays To Alcoholics: ‘I Stepped Right In It’

WATCH: Perry Apologizes For Comparing Gays To Alcoholics: ‘I Stepped Right In It’

Texas governor Rick Perry apologized as only he can on Thursday, acknowledging that he “stepped right in it” when he compared gay people to alcoholics during an appearance at the Commonwealth Club of California last week.

“I got asked about issues, and instead of saying ‘you know what, we need to be a really respectful and tolerant country to everybody, and get back to talking about, whether you’re gay or straight, you need to be…having a job, and those are the focuses that I want to be involved with,'” he said during an event hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. “I readily admit I stepped right in it.”

Perry ignited controversy last Wednesday when he was asked if “homosexuals can be cured by prayer or counseling,” a position that the Texas Republican Party endorsed in its most recent platform.

“I don’t know,” Perry responded. “I’m not a psychiatrist, I’m not a doctor.”

After being pressed by the moderator on whether being gay is a disorder, Perry made his ill-fated comparison. “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that,” he said.

Perry then made matters worse with a clunky appearance on CNBC, in which he drew the ire of host Joe Kernan by repeating the “I’m not a doctor” line.

“I have a really high bar for what I would take offense to, but that would exceed the bar for me on being an offensive comment,” Kernan told the potential 2016 presidential candidate. “I don’t think gay marriage leads to cirrhosis of the liver or domestic violence or DWIs. I don’t see how that’s similar.”

Photo: The Texas Tribune via Flickr

Video via NBC News

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  • charleo1

    When we as a Country start realizing the same incentives, and motivations that influenced the choice of the TX. Legislature to adopt the insulting, and ignorant, and anti-science policy of treating the LGBT persons in their State as mental deviants in need of treatment. Comes from the same place as their economic policies, their immigration policy, or intentional lack thereof. Their foreign policies, and so forth. Are all shaped with a pander to one part, or another of their core minority base. And, I’m sure they would throw that right back in my face. To which I would say, fair enough. But what policies are the most informed Have proven the most beneficial to the largest percentages, over the longest number of years? Have served the interests of progress, and inclusiveness? That address and not deny the challenges? Are more willing to test the will of their own core constituents to compromise, and ultimately solve, or mitigate, our most vexing problems? Then, I think we’ll be able to move past this morass, into a very different place. But not until.

    • nana4gj

      That “pandering” you describe, which is accurate, could more accurately be called what it is because of the pervasive role it plays in governance across Red states and in the US House of Representatives and in the Senate, should Republicans gain a majority there, and in a Republican White House, as well. What it is, is Sectarian Rule.

      We don’t want it in Iraq or other places, but, the Republicans are very impressed with it and have been using it, pushing it, embracing it here in their bizarre form of “democracy”.

      They have even used the same tactics in gerrymandering districts, in voter suppression, and in the verbage they use which sounds just like the old PLO of Arafat, the rantings of Nazi Germany, and the Islamic extremists of the Middle East.

      The biggest threat to our country lies with today’s Republican Party. And I seem to recall one of these ilk saying after this President’s first election that they would do a jihad in their efforts to undermine him.

      We should start calling a spade a spade.

      • charleo1

        I agree, your description is very accurate. Some time ago,
        after Gingrich, and his, “Contract with America, ” malarky
        started being discussed. It was around this time the idea
        was floated that many Conservatives had decided, or had decided to decide, that the Democratic Party was no longer
        to be considered a legitimate Party. Which, at the time I didn’t accept at all. I could not conceive of such a notion being true. But, since I come to realize how this idea is very real, and has taken root, and, opened the door to just a lot of the horrific rhetoric, and disdain, we see coming out of Right Wing today. That for example, the only acceptable option to proposals originating on the Left, or from members of what they insultingly refer to as, “The Democrat Party, ” is not compromise, but obstruction. The idea that it’s okay to intentionally disenfranchise a voter likely to lean Left. Because, at the end of the day, they are not voting for concerns that should be considered legitimate. Plus, as the thinking seems to go, winning, and ousting this enemy from the body politic by any means, is an honorable, and perfectly excusable reason to bend or even break the small, “d’ democratic Rights, all Americans used to defend. Many
        with their own lives! So, I don’t know when, or how long this, insurgent siege, that what it feels like to me, will last. I hope not long. There is so much important work to be done. We have roads to build, children to educate, an economy that needs rebalancing, and an environmental crisis that must be addressed soon. Immigrants are languishing, and the center of our economy is collapsing. While half the Country’s leaders are on strike, demanding a purge, of what they see as the illegitimate other half.

    • dpaano

      The funny thing is that I’m a Christian, and I NEVER learned to do the things that they seem to do in the name of a religion! They are not true Christians, or members of ANY faith, because if they were, they’d be doing good for their state instead of wrecking it!!!

  • Lynda Groom

    Whenever that clown steps on his ‘johnson’ it is always something to see. I can’t help but wonder does he remember the 3rd government agency he wants to destroy? What a putz!

  • Daniel Jones

    To all the non-experts who boast of their incompetence:
    a) If you are completely unable to judge something–don’t.
    b) If you get expert testimony from those that are experts–pay attention.
    c) If you disagree–for God’s sake, do the research before you mock theirs.

    • dave

      Also if you don’t know what you’re talking about,SHUT UP !!!!!!

  • Bren Frowick


  • Mark

    Unfortunately, Rick Perry represents what Republicans really think of “people not like us.” We should be used to it by now.

    • nana4gj

      And those “people not like us” he refers to are not just LGBTs, they are anyone who is not Conservative Christian, according to Perry.

      • Mark

        True, but before you worry too much about what comes from his mouth, consider this…even the idiot branch of Conservative Christians doesn’t claim ownership of Rick Perry.

  • nana4gj

    I do not think there is any threat of Rick Perry elected as President. I could be wrong; I’ve been wrong before. When Bulsh/Cheney “won” their first term, I consoled my loss with the mistaken understanding that the ill-prepared, ill-equipped new President would have a trusted and knowledgable advisor in his vice-president, Cheney. I was horribly wrong, but I learned a lesson that became painfully clear on 9/11 when I wondered how a man with all that experience in government, defense, etc., could have been taken by such surprise.

    Anyway, Rick Perry is another ill-equipped, ill-prepared Texas boy, part of the ilk in Texas who are all mouth and image, but, no substance….we do have others not like that.

    He would be nothing without the other “quality” of being a slick enough con man to skate by on the edge of what is legal and what is not. Were it not for his slick exploitation of Conservative Christianity, he’d have no platform, nothing to claim as the basis for his policies and his “governance” and both himself and his wife, a Master’s prepared RN, use it to replace science, social services, and they infuse it into every decision made on behalf of this state.

    The new Texas GOP platform not only exhalts Restorative Therapy for gays, but also does away with mandatory vaccinations of communicable diseases as a requisite for enrollment in schools for children.

    There are limits, however, to his embrace of Christianity, though, perhaps, they are consistent with “Conservative” Christianity, and that is that it is better and more godly to deprive people of healthcare than it is to provide it to God’s children, and that he is deigned by God to eschew imposition of taxes on all of the business he brings to Texas and instead mandates they pay into his personal slush funds to use for his own discretionary purposes, and that it is spiritually acceptable to recieve millions of dollars in personal gifts from these same businesses, as well as spend millions for his security as he travels the world and the country for personal ambitions that have nothing to do with state governance, as if he were a big important person and not the governor of Texas who makes a fool of himself everytime he opens his mouth.

    In summary, he is nothing but a sham, a clown, an inept manager and leader. What he lacks in intelligence and competence he makes up for in all of the attributes of a common ordinary con man, something he did not learn at Texas A&M. It’s unsure what he learned at A&M except how to be a cheerleader, which, if I’m not mistaken, was what “W” Bush was, as well.

    When he starts touting all the great stuff he has done in Texas, ask a Texan what he has done, and not done. He governs not 500 miles from the Mexican border with us and has no relationship with the government there; has not reached out to propose any joint effort at border control. He detests the Federal government, yet, be it a fire, chemical explosion, drought, hurricane, tornado, or open borders, the Feds is the first person he blames, seeks and accepts help from, demands it, actually, but he will not accept 100% Federally funded Medicaid expansion for 3 years and 90% funded, thereafter, to give his people access to healthcare. He has, instead, shut down clinics that have historically provided affordable or free healthcare to women across this vast state, because one of the services available is abortion….which is not paid for by federal or state funds, in any case….and is a legal, medically approved procedure, and a personal, private choice made by many women of various faiths and no faiths, for a variety of reasons that are their own business, and, of course, he doesn’t believe he should be supplying them with oral contraceptives, either, but he also does not want to feed, clothe, house, or provide healthcare to children, either, and he will educate them only if they are educated on what he thinks they should be educated on, from K through University, and forget about pre-K.

    This is another one who would knee-jerk his way through every issue that may come before him as a President, unless it has to do with Uterii.

    • charleo1

      Well said! Takes a lot time just to write down part of what this bunch
      has their fingers in, and are screwing up. You know TX used to be
      a pretty progressive State. They’ve certainly never seen anything like
      Perry, and the Barbarians.

      • Paul Dorsey

        I’ve heard on TV that Perry is seriously thinking about moving to blue state California. He has travelled there many times in the last couple of years. I’d love to see how his ultra-conservative views, especially on social issues, plays in San Francisco & Los Angeles metros!!!

        • charleo1

          Well I feel sorry for CA. if that’s true. Between the
          drought, and all the wildfires, they’ve got enough
          problems without Rick Perry adding his two cents
          worth to them. I know where I’d like him to go!!!

          • Paul Dorsey

            Same here Charleo1!

        • dpaano

          Heaven forbid! Why in heck do you think I moved OUT of Texas and won’t even admit that I was born there! Thank God my parents had the brains to get me out of there while in infancy! I’d be going bats….t if I had to deal with the nuts in that state. If he moves here, he’s going to have to change his ways!! This is a very, very blue state!!!

          • disqus_W4Sm4WGP6n

            He seems to prefer San Diego-has been there many times according to news reports. I think it would be funny if that moron ran for mayor of San Diego and actually won!!!

  • johninPCFL

    Perry is Bush without Rove. Both are clueless rubes, and without Rove’s ruthless direction they show their incompetence at the slightest provocation.

    • Dominick Vila

      Your analogy hit the nail on the head.

  • highpckts

    He stepped in it? So what else is new! President? ROFL!!

  • Canistercook

    Guess we are not very tolerant of the right of all to their opinions these days!

    • dtgraham

      What do you say about the opinion of game50 just above you? Legitimate…or juvenile, childlike, hate-promoting, all-caps brigade, total fuc***g nonsense. What do you think? What’s your tolerance of that opinion?

      • Kansan

        Wait a minute! For all you know, game50 may be Greg Abbott, the next governor of Texas!

        (On the other hand, “50” might be just referring to the poster’s I.Q.)

        • dtgraham

          Sadly, I actually checked out game50’s claims. Michelle Obama was supposedly born Michael LaVaugh Robinson on January 17 1964. Now it’s mind boggling enough that he/she was able to naturally conceive and give birth to 2 girls after her sex change operation, but according to the photo on the website, she also appeared to play center for the Army football team in the 1940’s as well. I think that Michelle looks just outstanding for a 92 year old post op transsexual who apparently spent her youth blocking for Glen Davis and Doc Blanchard in a leather helmet without a face mask.


          • Kansan

            That was a great team! It and Navy were the only college ones not savaged by selective service.

            I assume she did her six year commitment in exchange for tuition-free college, so she probably was there for the landing in Inchon.

            Even then the “game50’s” of the nation won’t cut “her” any slack, despite her being a vet.

          • dtgraham

            A time travelling, Normandy beach storming, college football hero and she still gets dissed. What’s the world coming to.

    • awakenaustin

      You have a right to an opinion and even idiots have a right to an opinion. Others have a right to point out your opinion is stupid and unsupported by any facts other than the ones you made up. Apparently you have mistaken tolerance with acceptance.

    • charleo1

      I didn’t know Fascist used the word tolerance. So there’s that.

  • game50

    Why don’t you ask the Illegal Gay MALE COUPLE in OUR WHITE HOUSE about gay issue. Should you not believe me I dare you to ck out…Michael LaVaugh Robinson a.k.a.Michelle Obama…Barry the fairy GAY MALE LOVER. ENOUGH SAID.

    • BillP

      Oh I thought you were referring to your two dads.

    • awakenaustin

      We could start restorative therapy for idiots. You could be first to see how it works.
      I suppose you think you are being insulting. But you are merely displaying a lack of intelligence that is awe inspiring.

    • charleo1

      You’re trying to sound stupid, or you are stupid? Either way, Mission

  • Budjob

    How can this turd “step in something” he already is?

    • charleo1

      Good point! How could it be determined? A POS steps in a POS.

  • MaatMenNefer

    For those who miss ‘W’…here comes the sequel….

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  • Bruce_in_PD

    That’s an “apology”? Sorry, Governor– that won’t even wash in TEXAS!

  • Jambi

    Stepped in it?…This dirt-dumb, Cowboy Clown fell in it Face-First!!!

  • EnlightenOne

    Can the “Republican” Party be impeached?

  • Paul Dorsey

    Rick Perry is your typical right wing conservative Republican today that adheres to the extremist positions dictated by the Tea Party which now controls both the GOP agenda & idealotry. I am so convinced that it really doesn’t matter who the GOP nominates in 2016, Hillary will easily beat any of them. As long as the Republican Party believes in its extremist positions they are never going to attract enough voters, especially minorities and young people, to their cause. It’s that simple. Changing demographics have the GOP running scared everywhere which is why they have been resolute in trying to suppress minorities rights to vote. Thank God the Courts have ruled mostly in our favor in these states like WI and OH.

  • Rick Perry has serious memory loss problems.