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“Joe the Plumber” Interview Gets Heated over Anti-Gay Comments

The following post comes from HRC Digital Media Team Member Eric Cameron:

In a 2009 interview with Christianity Today, Samuel Wurzelbacher – better known as Joe the Plumber from the 2008 presidential campaign – declared that he wouldn’t have his homosexual friends anywhere near his children.

Now Wurzelbacher is up for election as the GOP candidate for Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District, but he seems quite displeased to revisit his homophobic comments from the past.

“So this is TMZ? This isn’t CNN?” asked Wurzelbacher in an interview this morning, when CNN’s Zoraida Sambolin asked if he still stood by his anti-gay comments. “You’re trying to do a gotcha moment,” he said. “It’s quite obvious.”

In the end, Wurzelbacher avoids the question and discusses job creation, but not before pointing a finger of blame at the liberal left. “I'm allowed to have my opinions as an American, but it seems like the left becomes very intolerant when you have an opinion other than what they state.”

As we saw with Michele Bachmann earlier this week, anti-LGBT extremists think they can say whatever harmful words they believe to be true, but when the media calls them out, it’s “rude.” Joe the Plumber tells Sambolin to look up the word “queer” in the dictionary; it’s time he looked up “intolerant.”

You can watch the exchange below.


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