Wingnuts Play Victim Card at DOMA Hearing; Sen. Grassley Portrays Equality Seekers as Violent Mob: VIDEO


At the beginning of today's hearing on DOMA repeal, Senator Chuck Grassley suggested that the GOP had wanted to call a female witness (Maggie Gallager, perhaps?) but that she was too frightened to testify, Think Progress reports:

GRASSLEY: The minority very much hoped to call a witness today at this hearing to testify in support of DOMA, I’m sure she would have done an excellent job.She declined, however, citing one reason the threats and intimidation that have been leveled not only her but her friends and family as a result of her support of DOMA. She will continue to write on the issue but will no longer speak publicly.


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  1. Afraid of perjuring herself maybe.

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Jul 20, 2011 1:00:42 PM

  2. oh, boohoo.

    Posted by: nic | Jul 20, 2011 1:03:47 PM

  3. "She will continue to write on the issue but will no longer speak publicly."

    It couldn't possibly have anything to do with her not wanting to lie to Congress or having her "argument" and "facts" easily disproved, could it?

    Of course she's not testifying. Why would a member of the Anti-Gay Industry want to hurt their own business by being exposed as a liar?

    Posted by: justme | Jul 20, 2011 1:05:18 PM

  4. Was Senator Grassly under oath when he made the statement? I don't think there was a real person scheduled to testify but he used "her" to make an accusation against opponents of DOMA.

    Posted by: ChP12 | Jul 20, 2011 1:07:47 PM

  5. I wonder if Gandhi or Rosa Parks ever backed down like this? What a courageous crusader for truth.

    Posted by: Dan | Jul 20, 2011 1:08:44 PM

  6. Afraid to testify because of threats, huh? That's still better than being afraid of getting beat up while walking down the street minding your own business just because someone doesn't consider you "normal". But yeah, Maggie, you're the victim.

    Posted by: brijodev | Jul 20, 2011 1:10:46 PM

  7. The life of a bigot is so hard!
    Isn't the more likely explanation: she didn't want her testimony to be filmed and thus preserved for eternity.
    Or, perhaps the pink sweater set was at the cleaners.

    Posted by: sjorgl | Jul 20, 2011 1:11:25 PM

  8. Oh please. We should be so lucky if Gallagher never spoke publicly again.

    Posted by: Rob | Jul 20, 2011 1:12:26 PM

  9. Show us the DOMA supporters and other right wing bigots who have been beaten, permanently disfigured, murdered, and driven to suicide by the "vicious equal rights supporters"..... I'm waiting.
    On the other hand......

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Jul 20, 2011 1:26:10 PM

  10. Mags has no problem peddling her lies and appealing to people's fears and prejudices where she is not under oath and can't be cross examined. She won't appear because her biased claims and indefensible views cannot withstand any real public examination of the facts. You will never see any of these cowardly DOMA supporters put themselves in the true light of day to have their bigotry examined. This the same pathetic argument they made during the Prop. 8 trial to keep the testimonial evidence from public view.

    Posted by: Timzilla | Jul 20, 2011 1:29:10 PM

  11. Since it was read by a Republican Senator for Ms. G:

    "Not intended to be a truthful statement."

    Posted by: Gus | Jul 20, 2011 1:29:17 PM

  12. Perfect Stillmarried@

    What goes around comes around.

    Posted by: uffda | Jul 20, 2011 1:30:58 PM

  13. PROOF...I would like to see proof to substantiate these "threats" to her safety and the safety of anyone she knows. I suspect like most anything that falls from her mouth or that she's all a pack of lies.

    Posted by: JKM | Jul 20, 2011 1:34:49 PM

  14. I donno. Usually, Maggie is not worried about making a fool of herself. However, maybe she was afraid of being cross-examined. She is not afraid for her safety.

    Posted by: Married in MA | Jul 20, 2011 1:35:50 PM

  15. @justme: That's exactly why she declined to appear. She's smart enough to avoid lying under oath, and all witnesses at today's hearing were sworn in.

    She'd have been happy to appear if she could have done so without taking an oath to tell the truth.

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Jul 20, 2011 1:51:33 PM

  16. A pulled pork sandwich would get her on the stand.

    Posted by: clark | Jul 20, 2011 1:54:09 PM

  17. I'll be the British said similar things about Americans in the 18th century. Any group that's vociferously demanding their equal treatment under the civil law and ridiculing their oppressors look like a mob to those who would deny their equal humanity. To those who believe in equality, that mob looks more like a majority of the American people.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 20, 2011 1:54:22 PM

  18. I'm guessing it's not maggie. She's never had a problem promoting her bigotry. She would be happy to be the grand marshal of a bigot pride parade.

    Posted by: Craig | Jul 20, 2011 2:12:25 PM

  19. Right-wingers are perpetual victims.

    Posted by: James | Jul 20, 2011 2:16:28 PM

  20. I think the proof has to come from the pro-DOMA side because there is no real justification for the law. The only benefit it provided at the time was to stop Newt Gingrich from introducing the FMA, which might have passed.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 20, 2011 2:29:13 PM

  21. The GOP and professional bigots like Maggie might want to rethink the strategy of pretending to be shivering and quaking in fear at the thought of getting beaten up by gays. Somehow I don't think that's gonna play well out there in America, even with the homophobes.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Jul 20, 2011 2:37:26 PM

  22. "She will continue to write (publicly) on the issue but will no longer speak publicly."

    ...That way she does not have to logically argue her reasoning with people who do not think and act as she does.

    So difficult being the martyr these days.

    Posted by: J. Page | Jul 20, 2011 2:39:48 PM

  23. "she will no longer speak publicly"--well that obviously rules out Maggie the Mouth. Who can it BE?

    Posted by: jim | Jul 20, 2011 2:50:29 PM

  24. Give the fat pig free cake.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Jul 20, 2011 2:52:21 PM

  25. me ONE person who has ever been injured or killed by a gay rights supporter? yet we have hundreds of examples of LGBT people who are injured or killed every year by those who hate us and yet we still stand up and demand our rights!!!!

    Posted by: Douglas | Jul 20, 2011 2:54:07 PM

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