Posted By Eric Ethington on January 9, 2011
Utah – The Beehive State’s new Junior Senator, Mike Lee, isn’t wasting any time drawing battle lines and making sure he’s recognized as far right wing. Following yesterday’s harrowing shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and 19 others, Lee went on CNN and seems to blame the LGBT community.
CNN’s Candy Crowley asked whether political rhetoric like Palin’s “crosshairs” ad was to blame for the shootings, Mike Lee denies that it is. Crowley pushes further and asks that with the huge uptick in political death threats in the last decade, and if the problem isn’t the increasingly threatening rhetoric, what is responsible? Here’s Senator Mike Lee’s response:
I don’t know and I don’t think anyone pretends to have the answer to that, but some have pointed to the breakdown in the family structure, many people who engage in these activities come from families that have broken down in one form or another.
Conservatives have been referring to same sex marriage as a “breakdown to family structures” for years of course, but what purpose is Mike Lee trying to serve here? What possible rationalization, evidence or proof could he have that gay marriage causes murderous shooting rampages? Oh that’s right, he has none. He simply just wants to make sure to remind everyone that he aspires to the dangerous political levels and rhetoric of Palin, Beck, O’Reilly and Hannity.
Now while it is possible that Lee is referring to a different form of broken home, the fact remains that we’ve been hearing about “family structures” from him in relation to the lgbt community for a long time now and I see no reason to let him slide back on the ambiguousness of his statement.
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