GOP Lawmaker Who Implied He’d ‘DROWN’ His Gay Kids Now Says He Just Said It To Own The ‘Liberals’

A Trump-supporting West Virginia Republican delegate who came under fire last week for comparing gay people to the Ku Klux Klan and calling LGBTQ organizations “opponents of freedom” and “brutal monsters” now says he was just joking when he told a reporter he’d like to see if his children could “swim” when asked what he would do if they came out as gay.

West Virginia House of Delegates member Eric Porterfield (R-Mercer County) was asked by a WVVA reporter “what would happen” if his son or daughter came to him years from now and revealed that they might be gay or lesbian.

“Well, I would dress my daughter first, as I would take her for a pedicure, I’d take her to get her nails done, and see if she could swim,” Porterfield said with a smile. “If it was my son, I would probably take him hunting, I would take him fishing, then I’d see if he could swim.”

“What do you mean you would see if they can swim,” the reporter asked, appearing somewhat shocked by his answer.

“I just want to make sure they could swim,” he repeated with a grin.

“What do you mean by that,” she asked again with what appeared like nervous laughter.

“That’s it. I mean I would take them out to do activities,” he replied.

“Okay,” the reporter said before moving on.

After facing intense backlash for his chilling remarks, Porterfield took to Twitter and Facebook Tuesday evening to claim he made the disturbing on-air comments because “Liberals always take the bait.”

“In my office thinking about my wife and children,” Porterfield, who founded Blind Faith Ministries, wrote. “I was thinking that if my kids did indulge in any type of sinful life, I would love them, pray for them, fast over them and seek the Lord to watch over them. I would not beat them, burn them, shock them or definitely not DROWN them. And for those concerned about me I can swim. Liberals always take the bait.”

The West Virginia freshman lawmaker first came under fire when he compared “the LGBTQ” to the KKK in an interview Friday morning, Charleston’s Gazette-Mail reported.

“The LGBTQ [sic] is a modern day version of the Ku Klux Klan, without wearing hoods with their antics of hate,” Porterfield said.

Porterfield also called the LGBTQ community a “terrorist group” and claimed that he is being “persecuted” in retaliation for comments he made during a House Government Organization Committee meeting two days earlier, the newspaper reported.

During a Wednesday committee meeting, Porterfield made a speech in support of an amendment that would have prohibited municipalities within the state from adopting non-discrimination ordinances protecting sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Gazette-Mail reported that Porterfield used the anti-gay slur “fa-got” in the meeting, within the context of quoting the name of a speaking tour that uses the term in its title.

“As legislators, I don’t think it’s our job to legislate behavior,” he said at the committee meeting. “This is discrimination against the First Amendment and religious liberty, and the LGBT is the most socialist group and they don’t protect gays. There are many gays they persecute if they do not line up with their social ideology.”

“They represent a socialist activist agenda,” Porterfield said Wednesday about LGBT organizations. “They are opponents of freedom.”

Porterfield claimed in a social media post Friday that he had contacted law enforcement after continuing to face harassment from LGBT activists over his support of the amendment.

“These vicious monsters are proving that they are the most bigoted and discriminatory people in America,” Porterfield wrote on Facebook. “Though they try to intimidate and bully and try to strike fear to me and my family, we ask the Lord to help us stand tall against their persecution and their leftist minions within the legislature.”

The proposed amendment to House Bill 2699 was ultimately killed in committee.