Monday former Republican Senator Alan Simpson made some remarkably candid and critical remarks about the current GOP, blasting the conservative party for homophobia, misogyny, and moral hypocrisy.
Simpson made the jaw dropping remarks while appearing on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Mathews. There Simpson said:
“We have homophobes in our party. That’s disgusting to me. We’re all human beings. We’re all God’s children. … it makes you sort out hard what Reagan said, you know, ‘stick with your folks.’ But I’m not sticking with people who are homophobic, anti-women, you know, moral values while you’re diddling your secretary, while you’re giving a speech on moral values. Come on, get off of it.”
When speaking of Republican homophobia Simpson singled out Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. Simpson rightfully claimed that Santorum “said some cruel things. Cruel, cruel things about homosexuals.” Santorum has frequently compared homosexuality to bestiality, and has been one of the most obnoxious Republican critics of the LGBT community
Simpson’s reference to misogyny (“anti-women”) came in the context of a discussion concerning the recent buzz around Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to reproductive heath care. Simpson told Mathews:
“Who the hell is for abortion? I don’t know anybody running around with a sign that says, ‘Have an abortion! They’re wonderful!’ They’re hideous, but they’re a deeply intimate and personal decision, and I don’t think men legislators should even vote on the issue.”
As for Simpson’s remark about “moral values while you’re diddling your secretary, while you’re giving a speech on moral values” it is hard not to think of GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich. For many, Gingrich’s moral hypocrisy is the stuff of legend.
Gingrich has admitted having multiple affairs during his first and second marriage, and having an affair while leading impeachment hearings against then President Bill Clinton, hearings which centered around Clinton’s own marital infidelity. Yet Gingrich still has the gall to claim some sort of moral high ground while he grovels for the vote of the Christian rights.
The Twitter stream is mixed about Simpson’s recent remarks, although the majority express approval of Simpson’s candid remarks. The following is a sample from the relevant Twitter stream, both for and against:
Bravo Alan Simpson, for speaking out about the homophobes in the Repub party. It takes courage to speak truth.
Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson on current GOP prez candidates: “We have homophobes in our party. That’s disgusting to me.”
Somebody buy Alan Simpson a drink: It’s not about sticking with your party, it’s about treating humans like humans.
Gotta love Sen. Alan Simpson taking his own #GOP to task on#Hardball for their hatred & #bigotry.
Soros owned MSNBC hauls Nutjob RINO fORMER Rep Sen SIMPSON out of mothballs to namecall GOP
Alan Simpleton, please go away
Hey Alan Simpson, you have done anything in years so stop trying to rally the idiots behind you
Sen. Alan Simpson is an idiot, says “We’re all Gods Children” but he doesnt seem to have a problem with Aborting Babies