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On Friday, the co-hosts of ABC’s ‘The View’ slammed Republicans for supporting parental rights laws, saying the party’s platform is not ‘consistent with American values’ and accusing him of trying to “target marginalized people”.
The liberal co-hosts claimed, during a segment focusing on bills in a number of states limiting what can be taught to young children in schools regarding gender and sexuality, that “fear” Past Republican rhetoric about same-sex marriage had now turned into “fear” about children being “groomed”, “sexualized” and “brainwashed to be gay”.
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“The LGBT community has been making headway in the fight for their rights in America for years, but the GOP has introduced a series of ‘don’t say gay’ style bills that target the community. They even accuse the left of preparing kids to come out as gay, like you could do it,” co-host Joy Behar began.
She released a video clip of Democratic Michigan State Senator Mallory McMorrow ranting against a Republican colleague on the floor of the Michigan State Senate after that colleague accused her of ‘grooming and sexualizing children because of his opposition to a parental rights bill.
After playing the clip, she said Republicans “have no politics” and noted anonymous statistics showing Americans had become “much more tolerant of the gay community.”
“So the country is moving. Apparently the GOP is not,” Behar said.
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Co-host Ana Navarro claimed Republicans used “fear, phobias and paranoias” because it worked for them politically, but they couldn’t do it anymore with gay marriage.
“So today’s fear is not about gay marriage anymore because we’ve moved past it. Today’s fear is about your kids, and your kids are cured, and your kids are sexualized, and your kids are indoctrinated,” she said. .
She turned to co-host and guest actress Jane Lynch, who is gay, and asked if kids could “be indoctrinated to be gay or straight.”
“Absolutely not,” Lynch replied.
Co-host Sunny Hostin claimed the issue was one with the Republican Party’s ability to connect with voters.
“I think it’s because the Republican Party doesn’t really have a platform that’s consistent with American values,” she said. “When you don’t have a platform, you have to resort to fear, and it’s just cyclical and it’s not part of their playbook.”
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She then turned the question to race and quoted former President Lyndon Johnson to explain why she thinks Republican voters would support such policies.
“I think LBJ said it best. He said, ‘If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the highest colored man, he won’t notice you make the pockets. and he will empty his pockets for you.'”
“We have seen this happen with [critical race theory], right? Don’t let – let’s just target blacks and browns. Once they’ve managed to do that, the next group, the LGBTQ+ community. They try to target marginalized people,” she added.
Behar questioned why Republican voters were “breaking down” and claimed they were “voting against their own interests.”
“The Democratic Party is trying to help them in their lives,” she said.