David Brock:The GOP Exploits Gays To Fire Up Their Base
David Brock, CEO of Media Matters of America and a former closeted gay Republican, appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” recently to discuss Obama’s signing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” into law.
Deeming the ban on gays in the military a “phony wedge culture war issue,” Brock went on to say that right-wing leaders “exploit gay people and they exploit the fear of gay people to gun up their base. That’s what they do. It’s a totally cynical thing. Half of them don’t even believe it. I know, I was in the right wing. So that’s what’s going on here.”
When Matthews asked Brock how, as a gay man, he put up with the rampant homophobia within his party, Brock responded, “Self-loathing. I wasn’t confident enough myself…to come out.”