CHARLESTON, WV (NBC News) Eric Porterfield, a Republican delegate in the West Virginia legislature, is being denounced by his own party and is facing calls to resign from Democrats after calling LGBTQ groups “the closest thing to political terrorism in America” and “a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan.”
He initially made the remarks last week during a legislative debate in the state’s House of Delegates, but he then doubled down on his anti-LGBTQ views during a phone interview with NBC News.
“The LGBTQ — not homosexuals, but the LGBTQ — is the closest thing to political terrorism in America,” Porterfield told NBC News. While Porterfield did not elaborate on what he specifically meant by “the LGBTQ,” he appeared to be speaking about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people who advocate for LGBTQ rights.
Porterfield started his nearly week-long series of commentary regarding “the LGBTQ” last Wednesday in the West Virginia House during a debate about local discrimination ordinances.
“The LGBT is the most socialist group in this country,” he said during an “extended diatribe,” according to The Charleston Gazette-Mail. “They do not protect gays. There are many gays they persecute if they do not line up with their social ideology.”
Porterfield then reiterated his views during an interview on Friday with the paper. “The LGBTQ is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate,” Porterfield told the Gazette-Mail.