In a tirade from this weekend, GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore used the classic TV show M*A*S*H to make a point about transgender people.
“You know, the LGBTQ-VRSTUV,” Moore said sarcastically. “I don’t know what it is – LGBTQ, when they first came out, I said, ‘Transgender? Never. That’s dumb.'”
“Do you know what transgender is? That’s not Biblical,” Moore continued. “And when men want to be women? I was watching ‘M*A*S*H’ the other day, talking about Korea, Vietnam … talking about what’s his name, Klinger. He wanted to get out of the Army because they didn’t accept transgender. Now, I guess he would get a promotion.”
As HuffPost points out, Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger’s character on M*A*S*H wasn’t transgender. He was a straight man who wore women’s clothes in an attempt to get booted from the Army.
“LGBT have an agenda,” Moore warned. “They won’t even put my name on a billboard now on church because they would get attacked. Who speaks against LGBT? Tell me the last politician you heard to talk about transgender rights. Even the Supreme Court hasn’t recognized transgender rights.”
In 2017 during his run for the Alabama Senate, Moore was beset by accusations that he sexually groomed and assaulted teenage girls as young as 14 when he was in his 30s.
According to The Washington Post’s Julie Zauzmer, in Southern Christian culture where “people tended to date and marry younger in the 1970s and 1980s, when Moore allegedly was dating teenagers, an age gap such as that between Moore and the girls would still have been highly unusual.”
“In the South, in general, younger marriages would have been more common. But we’re talking here about … teenagers going steady in high school — maybe a year or two or three between him and her,” sociologist Brad Wilcox told the Post. “You don’t have 30-year-old guys dating a 14-year-old. It may have happened in some occasional context, but it would not have been a cultural norm.”
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