By: Chris Gilmore/TRT Reporter—
Cynthia Nixon did not just call out former Vice-President, pro-LGBTQ ally and possible Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden on saying Vice-President Mike Pence was a nice guy on social media, she also wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post doubling down about it, according to media reports.
Biden, according to various social media comments—especially Nixon’s—did not live up to his expectations and past stances on LGBTQ justice when he gave accolades to anti-LGBTQ proponent Pence. According to the Advocate, Biden made the remark while appearing with former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at Hagel’s Forum for Global Leadership at the University of Nebraska’s Omaha campus.
When Wall Street Journal reporter Reid J. Epstein tweeted about Biden’s comment, the incident soon went viral and social media erupted into chaos with many posts making reference to Pence’s anti-LGBTQ stance and even mentions of his endorsement of conversion therapy, something he denies.
Nixon, actress, and activist, immediately denounced Biden’s comments via Twitter.
.@JoeBiden you’ve just called America’s most anti-LGBT elected leader “a decent guy.”
Please consider how this falls on the ears of our community. @DrBiden https://t.co/Cw2beknTj7
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) February 28, 2019
“.@JoeBiden you’ve just called America’s most anti-LGBT elected leader“ a decent guy. Please consider how this falls on the ears of our community. @DrBiden”
Biden replied to her via Twitter too: “You’re right, Cynthia. I was making a point in a foreign policy context that under normal circumstances a Vice President wouldn’t be given a silent reaction on the world stage. But there is nothing decent about being anti-LGBTQ rights, and that includes the Vice President.”
You’re right, Cynthia. I was making a point in a foreign policy context, that under normal circumstances a Vice President wouldn’t be given a silent reaction on the world stage.
But there is nothing decent about being anti-LGBTQ rights, and that includes the Vice President.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 28, 2019
But Nixon recently doubled down on her position. In her piece for the WP, she listed the reasons why Pence isn’t to be considered a “decent” guy, but rather an “insidious” man.
“As governor of Indiana, Pence signed a ‘religious freedom’ bill that would have allowed LGBTQ discrimination. He refused to lift a ban on needle exchange programs until a preventable HIV outbreak reached epidemic levels. On the website for his 2000 congressional campaign, Pence suggested support for so-called conversion therapy, which is associated with higher suicide risk for LGBTQ youth. During Pence’s tenure as head of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, it ran an article that suggested that women should have to be married to obtain birth control. He published an article urging businesses not to hire gay people, and his congressional website said that “homosexuality is incompatible with military service,’” are some of her penned reasons why Pence is not to be trusted, nor called nice.
To read Nixon’s full column, click here.