Rep Holcomb Apologizes for Saying "Our Enemies Hate Homosexuals More Than We Do"
Last updated 6/9/2023 at 12:37am
TALLAHASSEE – During a second reading of Senate Memorial 1382 on Monday, Representative Jeff Holcomb may have inadvertently used his "inside voice" when he announced that Republicans "hate gays." And no, Holcomb is not a Democrat.
Democrats have long held that Republicans are homophobic and intolerant to diverse lifestyles, so the timing couldn't be worse when Holcomb picked up a mic and stated, "Isis, the Taliban, and Al-Qaeda, those are the folks who discriminate. We bombed a building in 2017 like we never usually do. We bombed it because they threw homosexuals off that building." Holcomb then goes on to say, "Our terrorist enemies hate homosexuals more than we do." Grumblings could immediately be heard in the background and one lawmaker's jaw dropped in disbelief.
It's unknown if Holcomb was referring to Americans, the Military, the GOP, or just himself, when he made that statement, but one thing is for certain, Democrats will use that soundbite to support their claims that Republicans are anti-gay, for years to come.
Holcomb tells R News that he simply misspoke, claiming he was pressured to finish his speech. Holcomb says, "Unfortunately, I rushed my statement due to just having a few seconds to speak. As a Navy veteran our creed is 'I am committed to excellence and fair treatment of all.' Those are the words I live my life by. Those are the words I legislate by. Those are the words I stand by while serving in the military to protect the rights and freedoms of all Americans." Holcomb goes on to thank Democrats for giving him the opportunity to clarify his statement and the positive responses he received as a result. "In no way did I mean to reflect animosity or hate towards anyone," says Holcomb.
Only time will tell if Holcomb's mea culpa will conciliate the already galvanized opinions of the Left or if his words will forever haunt his career.
SM 1372 was introduced by Senators Jay Collins and Ed Hooper, urging Congress to restore the United States Department of Defense's superior warfighting principles of recruiting, assigning, training, promoting, and retaining personnel solely based on merit. Republicans reject the idea of allowing gender identity to influence traditional military values.
Ironically, the U.S. Navy introduced its first "drag queen" digital ambassador to help attract younger recruits. Yeoman 2nd Class Joshua Kelley, aka "Harpy Daniels," announced says he has over 1,300,000 likes on TikTok. Conservatives believe this will further erode the traditional foundation of the U.S. Military.