Rising GOP candidate Kathy Barnette has a long history of bigoted statements against gays and Muslims

In a speech uploaded to YouTube in 2015, Barnette forcefully argued that it was acceptable to discriminate against Muslims and likened rejection of Islam to “…rejection of Hitler’s or Stalin’s worldviews “. In comments on her radio show, she said accepting homosexuality would lead to accepting incest and paedophilia. An article she wrote called a transgender person “deformed” and “demonic”.
Barnette surged in recent polls in Pennsylvania’s upcoming Republican U.S. Senate primary, putting her in a stalemate between former Donald Trump-backed TV star Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund manager David McCormick. The Pennsylvania Senate seat is one of the best pick-up opportunities for Democrats in November, and Barnette’s sudden and rapid rise has Trump allies worried.
Barnette has seen a rapid and unexpected rise 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 previously was the host of a Christian radio show called “Truth Exchange”, which also had a website on which she sometimes blogged. She previously ran for Congress in 2020 in Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district, but lost to Democratic Representative Madeleine Dean.

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

anti-gay comments

In posts and comments on his radio show, Barnette has frequently condemned 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, when 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 accepting incest and pedophilia, in an episode that was removed from his SoundCloud page after KFile’s CNN has reached out to the Barnette campaign for comment.

“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, is not legitimate, or an older man and a 12-year-old child If love is the litmus test, it becomes a very slippery slope. let’s meet today.

In a 2015 article, Barnette attacked former transgender reality star and Olympic champion Caitlyn Jenner as “distorted” and “demonic”, while attacking what she called a “dam to normalize sexual perversion”. . In comments to the same article, Barnette warned of a “takeover” by the “gay agenda.”
In another show from around the same time, Barnette hosted “two ex-gays” to show “the real story behind all those happy ‘gay’ pictures we see, and God’s redeeming story in both of their lives”. A conversation featured the president of “Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX)”. In a 2010 article, Barnette wrote that the “homosexual AGENDA” seeks “dominance”. In a 2013 article, Barnette said America could not coexist with the “gay agenda”.

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

Anti-Muslim views

In tweet and messages, Barnette frequently targeted Islam and Muslims. In a post, on his website, Barnette shared an obviously doctored image of a Muslim man holding up a sign in front of the wreckage of the World Trade Center that read, “Vote Democrat! We need your help to kill you.”
Speaking in December 2015, in a speech posted online, Barnette argued that it was acceptable to discriminate against Muslims and Islam, likening it to rejecting the worldviews of Stalin and Hitler, leaders who systematically discriminated against and ordered the murder of millions of people, including Jews, people with disabilities, Slavs and homosexuals.

“You are not racist if you reject Islam, or if you reject Muslims, because they are not a race of people. They have a particular vision. They are people who have a particular vision of the world , and we have the right to discriminate against worldviews,” she said. It was a worldview. That’s how he saw the world around him. And we discriminated against him. We rejected it? Because it’s a particular view of the world that we don’t agree with.”

“We have the right to discriminate between worldviews because not all worldviews are morally equal,” she added. “Not all views are equal. So we have every right to reject it. And let me just say that I reject the way Muslims see the world.”

She tweeted in 2015, “There is nothing rational in Islam.” In other she wrote“Pedophilia is a cornerstone of Islam.”

In 2019, Barnette attacked Democratic Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan for comments she made about Trump, tweeting that she was a “Muslim” in all caps.

“Aren’t you all so happy to have voted for the first ‘open’ Palestinian Muslim? (Sarcasm for those who don’t understand sarcasm)” wrote Barnette.

Spreading Conspiracy Theories Obama Was Muslim

Barrette too frequently shared the conspiracy theory that Obama, who is a Christian, was a Muslim. Tweet derided Obama as “Muslim or from another country”.

On his radio show and in his speeches, Barnette frequently referred to Obama by his full name, Barack Hussein Obama, ostensibly 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 mention his name as much as possible. Thinking that at some point a light bulb is going to go off in someone’s head.”
“We don’t understand? Obama is a Muslim!” read a tweet in January 2016.
“Obama is a Muslim. Make Muslims like THINGS! » read a tweet from 2016. A tweet from 2015 called him “Muslim Obama”.

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