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Pete Buttigieg hits back at Amy Coney Barrett's not-so-subtle homophobic slur

Pete Buttigieg hits back at Amy Coney Barrett's not-so-subtle homophobic slur
Pete Buttigieg via Gage Skidmore, Amy Coney Barrett via Screengrab.

We all pretty much know who Amy Coney Barrett is.

I see such super-Catholics on my social media feeds pretty regularly because, well, I went to Catholic grade school and high school, and a lot of my old classmates either haven't figured out that I'm a filthy secular humanist or, to their credit, don't care.

And by "super-Catholics" I don't mean anyone who's more Catholic than me — because that would include just about everyone. I mean people who care about blastulas and zygotes more than they care about kids in cages. Put a couple frozen embryos in an Igloo cooler and stash it in a holding cell at the border and maybe some of these folks would finally wake up to this administration's inhumanity.

So, needless to say, Barrett isn't exactly forward-thinking when it comes to LGBTQ issues. Unless the baseline we're talking about is sometime in the early to mid-11th century.



BARRETT: "I have never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would not ever discriminate on the basis of sexual preference."

There's a lot wrong with that statement. First of all, it's an orientation, not a preference. For instance, my orientation is heterosexual. Watching Glee reruns while stoned out of my mind is my choice. Secondly, I'm pretty certain she's not a friend of the LGBTQ community, so this is all just window dressing anyway. And bad window dressing at that.

Well, erstwhile presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg noticed Barrett's verbal sleight-of-hand and was having none of it:


That's my preference, too, Mayor Buttigieg.

Unfortunately, Mitch McConnell's orientation is reptilian, so don't hold your breath.

Are you outraged? Well, then vote. And donate. And do everything else you have to do to deliver us a Biden presidency and a Democratic Senate.

Make it so.


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