Boris Johnson, the man recently chosen to serve as Britain’s new Prime Minister, is known for sticking his foot in his mouth and making sexist, racist and homophobic comments, according to Business Insider.
In a 1998 Telegraph column, he referred to some gay men as “tank-topped bumboys;” in a 2000 column in The Spectator, Johnson called “the teaching of homosexuality in schools” an “appalling agenda;” and in his 2001 book Friends, Voters, Countrymen, he compared same-sex marriage to beastiality stating:
“If gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men, or indeed three men and a dog.”
He also called attempts for expanded gay civil rights “a spoof.”
In his other columns, he referred to black people as “picaninnies” with “watermelon smiles,” and said that it’s natural for people to be Islamophobes, writing, “Islam is the problem.” He has since written off all of these statements as “satire.”
So how the heck did Johnson become Prime Minister? After former Prime Minister Theresa May resigned, partly because she couldn’t figure out how to orchestrate Brexit (Britain’s exit from the European Union chosen by voters in 2016), Johnson then won the vote of his Conservative Party to succeed May. Previous to this, Johnson had twice served as mayor of London.
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Undaunted by the administrative nightmare of getting Britain out of the EU, Johnson has promised that Brexit will be complete by Halloween. He was one of the key supporters of Brexit during the 2016 campaign and has indicated that he’ll remove Britain from the EU even if there’s “no deal” on how to do it. Thus far, Parliament has held non-binding votes against a no-deal Brexit with opposition to it growing, according to The New York Times.
Naturally, Trump is a fan of Johnson, but it remains to be seen whether Johnson’s ignorant statements will affect his ability to lead his country.