Up until this week Charlie McCaslin, a junior at Southern Methodist University, was the chairman of the Texas College Republicans. But he just stepped down on Thursday because, oopsy, a video of him toasting national College Republican National chairman candidate Alex Schriver leaked, and it shows him denouncing Schriver’s opponents as “nerds and … fags.” In the same speech he says that Schriver is the “right man for the job,” and also he once got wasted at a party before banging some chick.
“I cannot continue my work for the party in this capacity,” says McCaslin in his resignation letter. “The mistakes I have made have put my colleagues, my friends and school in harm’s way and they do not deserve to be part of such a bitter cycle.”
Schriver, who is the current College Republicans vice chairman, and who was there with McCaslin at the Texas College Republicans convention after party where the speech was taped, has distanced himself from his endorser: The video is “inappropriate and highly offensive,” Shriver says, and insists that by laughing along the remarks “it is possible that some could incorrectly interpret my actions to be supportive” of McCaslin’s views. “I regret putting myself in that situation. I hope that any who were offended will accept my sincere apology.”
Jonathan Snyder, a student at Ohio State University and Shriver’s opponent for the chairmanship, isn’t missing an opportunity to lump Shriver in with McCaslin: “No apology or explanation can make this reprehensible behavior acceptable. Having a Chairman who is willing to accept and then toast degrading remarks about women, homophobic slurs and juvenile behavior against anyone is unacceptable. . . . Were Alex Schriver sitting in the Chairmanship of the CRNC currently, this would permanently damage the organization’s integrity and trust with both donors and the Republican community at-large.”
McCaslin, it’s worth noting, is both a member of the National Honor Society and a Hunt Leadership Scholar. And the Texas College Republicans, which he’s no longer a part of, have denounced his remarks: “We wish to reassure our supporters that this organization does not support any of his statements made in the video, and this issue will be handled accordingly and with the utmost care. TCR has always prided itself on being an organization of principle, strong leadership, and integrity; and it is unfortunate that Chairman McCaslin’s behavior has affected TCR. He spoke while inebriated and in a way that does not reflect the values or beliefs of TCR, or Chairman McCaslin’s years of involvement with TCR.”
This statement, frankly, is hilarious given how openly homophobic TCR already is. They’re practically calling our community a bunch of fags already. From their website, a republishing of the Texas Republican Party Platform:
Family Values – We affirm that this section is a response to the attacks on traditional family values. These include well- funded, vigorous political and judicial attempts by powerful organizations and branches of the government to force acceptance, affirmation and normalization of homosexual behavior upon school children, parents, educational institutions, businesses, employees, government bodies and religious institutions and charities. These aggressive, intolerant efforts marginalize as bigots anyone who dissents.
Marriage and Divorce – We believe in the sanctity of marriage and that the integrity of this institution should be protected at all levels of government. We urge the Legislature to rescind no–fault divorce laws. We support Covenant Marriage.
Marriage Licenses – We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.
Homosexuality – We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, refuse to recognize, or grant special privileges including, but not limited to: marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin), custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.
Texas Sodomy Statutes – We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy.
Tellingly, one person on the video warned: “It’s gonna go viral.” Yup.