Some Republicans just can’t even pretend that they are not homophobic long enough to get through a simple meeting. In fact, The Hill reports that one Republican lawmaker in Pennsylvania reportedly lashed out during a meeting to accuse a Democratic colleague who touched his arm during the meeting of being gay. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe told Rep. Matt Bradford after he touched his arm, “Look. I’m a heterosexual. I have a wife. I love my wife. I don’t like men as you might, but stop touching me all the time.”
Metcalfe continued: “Keep your hands to yourself. If you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle who might like it. I don’t. We are officially off the rails.” Unfortunately for the Republican lawmaker, his disturbing outburst was caught on video and then went viral. When told about the Democratic Party’s demands for him to step down, Metcalfe said he had no plans to resign even those numerous concerned citizens are calling for him to step aside after the homophobic outburst.
What’s more, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday called on Republican House leaders to take away Metcalfe’s chairmanship of the House State Government Committee for making “offensive and discriminatory” statements. “Unfortunately, this is part of a disturbing pattern of behavior. I urge House leadership to re-examine whether it is appropriate for him to continue controlling a committee that oversees civil rights legislation,” Wolf explained on social media.
Metcalfe also blasted Wolf for siding with the “perpetrator” and said he that he has asked Bradford to stop touching him before.Wolf and Metcalfe share different views on social issues including sexual orientation, which is not surprising given his homophobic outburst. Not only was it offensive. It made Metcalfe look like a fool. What grown man say that to a colleague in a professional setting?