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Florida Republican Lawmaker Admits GOP’s Hatred of LGBTQ+ People

Florida Republican Lawmaker Admits GOP’s Hatred of LGBTQ+ People

Rep. Jeff Holcomb

Republican Rep. Jeff Holcomb spoke in Florida’s House, and his remarks drew gasps and disturbed looks.

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A Florida state representative expressed how much his political party hates gay people while urging his colleagues to vote in favor of a bill urging Congress to “restore” the military’s “warfighting ethos” and rid it of “woke social engineering and experimentation practices.”

On Monday, Republican Rep. Jeff Holcomb spoke in Florida’s House, but his remarks drew gasps and disturbed looks from some lawmakers.

“Isis, the Taliban, and Al-Qaeda, those are the folks who discriminate. We bombed a building in 2017 like we never usually do. We bombed it because they threw homosexuals off that building,” Holcomb said.

He then said out loud what many are saying was the quiet part.

“Our terrorist enemies hate homosexuals more than we do,” the Republican legislator said.

As Holcomb made the stunning admission, the chamber filled with gasps and rumbles.

State Rep. Kelly Skidmore, a Democrat seated behind Holcomb as he spoke, recoiled, her disgust visible on her face.

“They’re the ones who discriminate our job in the military, our Navy Creed. ‘I’m committed to excellence and fair treatment of all.’ That’s what we learn in boot camp. That’s what we drill into ourselves each and every day,” Holcomb concluded.

Carlos Guillermo Smith, a former state representative running for state Senate in Florida and a gay man, called out the comment.

“Florida GOP Representative Jeff Holcomb says the quiet part out loud on the House floor today. ‘Our terrorist enemies hate homosexuals MORE THAN WE DO.’ Audible gasping in the chamber. And then there’s @RepSkidmore’s reaction,” he wrote, adding a shocked face emoji.

“He outright admits Republicans hate LGBTQ people,” wrote Harvard Law School Cyberlaw Clinic instructor and trans rights activist Alejandra Caraballo, posting a video of the moment.

Others remarked on Skidmore’s revulsion.

One person wrote, “Her face, the moment he says it!”

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Christopher Wiggins is a senior national reporter for The Advocate. He has a rich career in storytelling and highlighting underrepresented voices. Growing up in a bilingual household in Germany, his German mother and U.S. Army father exposed him to diverse cultures early on, influencing his appreciation for varied perspectives and communication. His work in Washington, D.C., primarily covers the nexus of public policy, politics, law, and LGBTQ+ issues. Wiggins' reporting focuses on revealing lesser-known stories within the LGBTQ+ community. Key moments in his career include traveling with Vice President Kamala Harris and interviewing her in the West Wing about LGBTQ+ support. In addition to his national and political reporting, Wiggins represents The Advocate in the White House Press Pool and is a member of several professional journalistic organizations, including the White House Correspondents’ Association, Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists, and Society of Professional Journalists. His involvement in these groups highlights his commitment to ethical journalism and excellence in the field. Follow him on X/Twitter @CWNewser (https://twitter.com/CWNewser) and Threads @CWNewserDC (https://www.threads.net/@cwnewserdc).
Christopher Wiggins is a senior national reporter for The Advocate. He has a rich career in storytelling and highlighting underrepresented voices. Growing up in a bilingual household in Germany, his German mother and U.S. Army father exposed him to diverse cultures early on, influencing his appreciation for varied perspectives and communication. His work in Washington, D.C., primarily covers the nexus of public policy, politics, law, and LGBTQ+ issues. Wiggins' reporting focuses on revealing lesser-known stories within the LGBTQ+ community. Key moments in his career include traveling with Vice President Kamala Harris and interviewing her in the West Wing about LGBTQ+ support. In addition to his national and political reporting, Wiggins represents The Advocate in the White House Press Pool and is a member of several professional journalistic organizations, including the White House Correspondents’ Association, Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists, and Society of Professional Journalists. His involvement in these groups highlights his commitment to ethical journalism and excellence in the field. Follow him on X/Twitter @CWNewser (https://twitter.com/CWNewser) and Threads @CWNewserDC (https://www.threads.net/@cwnewserdc).