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Extremism In The Mainstream

Gordon Klingenschmitt

“I’m appealing now to the homosexuals out there. Shouldn’t you treat the Christian couple in Phoenix as if they ought to have religious freedom instead of hiring religious police to metaphorically throw them off a roof? You don’t like it when it’s done to you, so why are you doing it to others?”

—Former Colorado state legislator and Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt on his “Pray in Jesus Name” TV program Dec. 14, in which he compared a Phoenix couple’s refusal to print a gay couple’s wedding invitations in violation of a local nondiscrimination ordinance to ISIS fighters reportedly killing a man accused of being gay by throwing him off a roof.


Michael Savage

“I don’t walk around looking at little white children seeing future slaves anymore.”

Michael Savage on the Dec. 26 edition of his radio program, “The Savage Nation,” declaring that Donald Trump’s election had relieved his concerns about the future of the country.


Michele Bachmann

“We’ve seen evil come out of our State Department, unfortunately, where financial incentives are withheld from countries unless they advance, for instance, the gay agenda.”

—Former Rep. Michele Bachmann, (R-Minn.) speaking to Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on his “Washington Watch” radio show Jan. 5.


Paul LePage

“John Lewis ought to look at history. It was Abraham Lincoln that freed the slaves. It was Rutherford B. Hayes and Ulysses S. Grant that fought against Jim Crow laws. A simple ‘thank you’ would suffice.”

—Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage, suggesting Jan. 17 on WVOM Maine radio’s George Hale and Ric Tyler Show that civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., should thank Republican presidents for civil rights advances, after Lewis said President Trump wasn’t a legitimate president.


Sandy Rios

“I find that many feminists are too good to clean their houses. They live in filth.”

Sandy Rios of the American Family Association on her radio show Jan. 23, mocking those who attended the Women’s March on Washington.


Thomas Lopez-Pierre

“Together we can defeat the Jewish landlords that are engaged in ethnic cleansing, pushing out black and Latino people out of upper Manhattan. I don’t take one dollar in contributions from these greedy Jewish landlords, and Mark Levine has taken over $100,000 in campaign contributions from these greedy Jewish landlords.”

­—Thomas Lopez-Pierre, running in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary for New York’s 7th District City Council seat against incumbent Mark D. Levine, in a YouTube video posted April 25.