Rand Paul: "ur so gay lulz"

[Content Note: Homophobia.]

Because the remaining part of the Republican Party that isn't comprised of robber barons and robber baron aficionados is comprised of schoolyard bullies, Rep. Rand Paul (R-Onpaul), son of legendary gold fancier and presidential candidate Ron Paul, "drew big laughs at a gathering sponsored by the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition" when he quipped: "Call me cynical, but I wasn’t sure his views on marriage could get any gayer." Good one. Very solid joke. 100% approval rating from homophobic fourth graders.

Even professional homophobe Tony Perkins (!) thought Paul crossed the line, but Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wasn't so sure, responding to David Gregory's question about the joke on Sunday's Meet the Press by stammering nonsense about not understanding what Paul meant (seriously) then pivoting to say some crap about Mitt Romney.

He also said in the same interview that gay rights aren't civil rights, and wheeled out this gem: "People in this country, no matter straight or gay, deserve dignity and respect. However, that doesn't mean it carries on to marriage."

After that, Iain and I were both screaming at the television so loudly I could barely hear the rest of the illogical, indefensible, hateful garbage shooting out of Priebus' face.

This, then, is the current state of the Republican Party: Even juvenile gay jokes cannot be condemned by national spokespeople, lest the base revolt at the whiff of decency.

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