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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Extremist pastors, conspiracy mongers, and the greatest political speech since Washington. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Kevin Swanson

Remember Kevin Swanson?

He is the anti-gay, anti-women bigot who last November played host to gracious presidential candidate Ted Cruz, by vowing to smear his body in cow manure if his son turned out to be gay and then describing the state of marriage equality in America thusly: “People are carving happy faces on the sores! That’s not a nice thing to do! Don’t you dare carve happy faces on open, pussy sores!!” (Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal were also in attendance.)

Anyway, Swanson is back with the hysterical gay bashing, asserting in his radio show Wednesday that “homosexuals love each other” just like “cannibals love their victims” — that is to say, because “they taste good.”

Swanson is one of the most extreme anti-LGBT preachers and activists in America; his National Religious Liberties Conference last November, at which Cruz spoke in November, was aptly characterized by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow as a “kill-the-gays rally,” since Swanson told his flock that gays deserve death. Cruz never really apologized for appearing at Swanson’s event, and Swanson is just one of several religious extremists in Cruz’s corner.

Hat tip and audio courtesy of Right Wing Watch

Next: Curt Schilling