Rising GOP candidate Kathy Barnette has a long history of bigoted anti-gay and anti-Muslim speech

Rising GOP candidate Kathy Barnette has a long history of bigoted anti-gay and anti-Muslim speech

In a speech uploaded to YouTube in 2015, Barnette strongly argued that it was okay to discriminate against Muslims and likened rejection of Islam to “…rejection of Hitler’s or Stalin’s worldviews”. In comments to her radio show, she said that accepting homosexuality would lead to accepting incest and pedophilia. In a post she wrote, a transgender person was described as “deformed” and “demonic.”
Barnette soared in recent polls in the upcoming Pennsylvania Republican US Senate primary, putting her in a dead heat between Donald Trump-backed former TV star Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund manager David McCormick. The Pennsylvania Senate seat is one of the best opportunities for Democrats this November, and Barnette’s sudden, rapid rise is raising concerns among Trump allies.
Barnette had a rapid and unforeseen surge in the polls ahead of next Tuesday’s primary. She is best known as an Army Reserve veteran and conservative political commentator who appeared regularly on Fox, and was previously the host of a Christian radio show called “Truth Exchange,” which also had a website where she sometimes blogged. She previously ran for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district in 2020, but lost to Democratic Rep. Madeleine Dean.

Barnette’s campaign did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

Comments against homosexuals

In posts and commentary on her radio show, Barnette frequently denounced being gay and transgender.

“Two men sleeping together, two men holding hands, two men caressing each other, that’s not normal,” she said on her radio show in July 2015, as a Supreme Court ruling paved the way for same-sex marriage .

On the same show, Barnette argued that accepting same-sex marriage would lead to a “slippery slope” of acceptance of incest and pedophilia, in an episode deleted from her SoundCloud page after CNN’s KFile dropped the Barnette campaign by one comment requested.

“If love is the litmus test who are we to say well your love is legitimate love same sex couples but your love father and daughter is not legitimate. Or your love, a man and three women, it is not legitimate, or an elderly man and a 12-year-old child. When love is the litmus test, it becomes a very slippery slope. And that’s where we are today.”

In a 2015 post, Barnette attacked former transgender reality star and Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner as “deformed” and “demonic” while attacking what she described as a “barrage aimed at normalizing sexual perversion.” In comments on the same post, Barnette warned of a “takeover” by the “gay agenda.”
In another show from the same period, Barnette hosted “two ex-gays” to show “the real story behind all these happy ‘gay’ photos we see and God’s redeeming story in both of their lives.” One conversation was about the president of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX). In a 2010 post, Barnette wrote the “gay AGENDA” seeks “domination.” In a 2013 post, Barnette said America cannot coexist with the “gay agenda.”

“The aggressive gay agenda is coming soon to a kitchen table near you,” she wrote.

Anti-Muslim Views

In tweets and posts, Barnette frequently targeted Islam and Muslims. In a post on her website, Barnette shared an apparently manipulated image of a Muslim man holding up a sign in front of the rubble of the World Trade Center that read, “Vote the Democrat! We need your help to kill you.”
In December 2015, in a speech published online, Barnette argued that it was acceptable to discriminate against Muslims and Islam, comparing it to rejecting the worldviews of Stalin and Hitler, leaders who systematically discriminated against and ordered the killing of millions of people – including Jews, people with disabilities, Slavs and gay men.

“You are not a racist if you reject Islam or if you reject Muslims because they are not a race of people. They are a certain point of view. “We discriminated against Hitler’s Nazi Germany worldview, didn’t we? It was a worldview. That was how he saw the world around them. And we discriminated against it. We rejected it. We rejected Stalin’s worldview… right? Because that’s a certain worldview that we don’t agree with.”

“We have the right to discriminate against worldviews because not all views are morally equal,” she added. “All views are not created equal. So we have the right to refuse them. And let me just say I reject the way Muslims see the world.”

She tweeted in 2015, “There is nothing sensible about Islam.” In another She wrote“Pedophilia is a cornerstone of Islam.”

In 2019, Barnette attacked Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan for her comments on Trump, tweeting that she was a “MUSLIM” in all caps.

“Aren’t you all so glad you voted in the first ‘open’ Palestinian Muslim? (Sarcasm for you who don’t get sarcasm)” wrote Barnette.

Spread conspiracy theories Obama was a Muslim

Barnet too frequently shared the conspiracy theory that Obama, who is Christian, was a Muslim. A tweet mocked Obama as “Muslim or from another country”.

On her radio show and in speeches, Barnette frequently referred to Obama by his full name, Barack Hussein, apparently to imply that he was a Muslim.

“We have a president in office right now, Barack Hussein Obama,” she said in a 2015 speech. “I try to say his name as often as possible. I think at some point someone’s lightbulb will turn on.”
“Don’t we get it? Obama is a Muslim!” read a tweet in January 2016.
“Obama is a Muslim. Read a tweet from 2016. A tweet from 2015 called him “Muslim Obama”.

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