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Gay White House reporter’s thirst tweet about Josh Hawley has everyone scratching their heads

Everyone is deeply confused about a tweet posted to Washington Blade White House reporter Chris Johnson’s Twitter page yesterday in which the openly gay journalist appeared to be thirsting over antigay Sen. Josh Hawley.

Around 5 p.m. Monday afternoon, Johnson tweeted: “I’m on Capitol Hill and just saw Sen. Hawley walk by. His chest is so built you can see it protruding from underneath his suit. I’m sorry but it’s true.”

The tweet came completely out of nowhere and left many people wondering: Why is the well-respected chief political reporter for one of the oldest LGBTQ newspapers in the country publicly thirsting over one of the most homophobic members of Congress?

Don’t get us wrong. We respect Johnson and his reporting. He does good work and has had to overcome some real obstacles to get where he is today. He was also a vocal critic of the Trump administration’s treatment of the press and famously clashed with Kayleigh McEnany on multiple occasions.

That’s part of what makes his Hawley thirst tweet such a head scratcher.

In addition to opposing the Equality Act, Hawley criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling on banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. He has also spoken out against same-sex marriage, believes businesses should have the legal right to deny services to LGBTQ people based on religious objection, and thinks taxpayer-funded adoption agencies should be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples.

Here’s how folx have been responding to Johnson’s thirst tweet…

Queerty tried contacting Johnson for comment, but we were unable to reach him. So, Chris, if you’re reading, give us a [email protected]! We’d love to know the story behind this tweet.

Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.