Some things you won't see an Arkansas GOP politician do | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Some things you won't see an Arkansas GOP politician do

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Today's headlines include action you aren't likely to see an Arkansas politician take:

* FILIBUSTER: U.S. Senate Democrats are filibustering for action on gun control. Sens. Tom Cotton and John Boozman? Either MIA or in the trenches fighting for the NRA.

* APOLOGIZE FOR HOMOPHOBIA: Imagine if a state Republican official or member of Congress from Arkansas did this:

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox [a Republican] gave a moving, tearful speech apologizing to the LGBTQ community for treating them poorly in his early life, and expressing gratitude to them for helping him realize the error of his ways.

... Cox started off saying that he had "an admission and an apology" for the vigil attendees: "I recognize fully that I am a balding, youngish, middle-aged straight, white, male, Republican politician" (many in the crowd burst into laughter at this) "with all of the expectations and privileges that come with those labels. I am probably not who you expected to hear from today."

Cox continued: "I’m here because yesterday morning, 49 Americans were brutally murdered. ... I’m here because those 49 people were gay. I’m here because it shouldn’t matter. But I’m here because it does."
Arkansas politicians have offered "thoughts and prayers." They've vowed, with varying degrees of vigor, to blast ISIS from the face of the earth. To my knowledge, not a single high Arkansas Republican has acknowledged the attack on LGBT people and offered any sympathy for those in a class targeted for mass killing. But many of them have continued to work this week for legal discrimination against LGBT people.

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