We knew it was only a matter of time before 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls started weighing in on the whole Indiana versus the gays debate. And, as expected, they’re shooting themselves in the feet.
Ted Cruz called Indiana’s homophobic governor Mike Pence “courageous” for singing the blatantly antigay bill. Now, George W. Bush’s kid brother Jeb has also come out in support of the bill, saying he’s totally in favor of “religious freedom” laws that make it legal to discriminate against gay people.
While running his mouth to conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt, Bush said: “I think Governor Pence has done the right thing. I think once the facts are established, people aren’t going to see this as discriminatory at all.”
“There are many cases where people acting on their conscience have been castigated by the government,” Bush babbled on. “This is really an important value for our country, in a diverse country,where you can be tolerant of people’s lifestyles but allow people of faith to exercise theirs.”
Given Jeb’s homophobic views towards gay people, this news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone. But it shouldn’t discourage them either. With the nationwide backlash Indiana has suffered as a result of this new law, paired with a recent poll finding that the majority of Americans are now in favor equal rights for gay people, George’s kid brother will likely regret taking this stance on the off chance that he makes it to the general election next year.
What we wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall in Hillary Clinton‘s office right now.