Meet Pete Sessions.
Pete is, by a power that simply astounds us, a professional lawmaker.
In fact, Pete is the Texas House Rules Committee Chairman. Fancy title, Pete.
Pete also has some interesting ideas, which he unfortunately shares with anyone who will listen.
For instance, he thinks a “witch hunt” means “there must be a witch somewhere.” Pete would have been popular in the 1600s.
He also believes it is “immoral” to extend unemployment aide to people struggling to find work.
Oh, and he’s a strong believer that his government salary should be spent solely on “messaging,” and not, you know, on governing.
Now that you’ve met Pete — and ain’t he a peach?! — get ready for his latest comments, which actually manage to make the above examples seem thoughtful by comparison.
The Daily Beast reports:
Asked on Tuesday afternoon whether the massacre of 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub changes his opposition to a pro-LGBT bill, House Rules Committee chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) denied the venue had anything to do with the gay community whatsoever. “It was a young person’s nightclub, I’m told. And there were some [LGBT people] there, but it was mostly Latinos,” told reporters, according to National Journal.
Sessions has stood in firm opposition to the Maloney Amendment, an attachment that would bar federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT individuals.
Later, a spokesperson for Sessions said, “What my boss meant to say was that there weren’t only gay individuals at the club but people from all walks of life were present.”
Even if we’re living in some parallel universe where that is what he’d meant to say, to divert attention away from the fact that the attack targeted gay people specifically, and that the majority of the victims were gay, is so tone-deaf we fear our windows might shatter.
It’s safe to assume that the tragic blow to the community hasn’t changed any of Sessions’ antigay leanings.