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Lawrence O'Donnell Talks to the Missouri GOP Lawmaker Who Came Out, Asks Him Why He's a Republican: VIDEO

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Lawrence O'Donnell spoke with Missouri GOP state Rep. Zach Wyatt, who came out of the closet this week in a speech to Republican colleagues. O'Donnell talks to Wyatt about his motives for coming out and given his party's stance on LGBT issues and its support for the "Don't Say Gay" bill, how he can be a Republican.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(h/t Think Progress)

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  1. What a misguided individual. And he says in this video that he only realized he was gay in January. Please!

    Posted by: Justin | May 4, 2012 1:38:34 PM


  2. *yawn*

    typical insecure cowardly evasive B.S. what, did he have a magical *stroke* like that UK dude? *massive eye-roll*

    the whole "i'm just as shocked as y'all! this is a surprise! i never thought about guys, at all, until recently" thing is an oft-used and cowardly move to appear like an "innocent victim of latent homosexuality"

    this guy is a plebe. why is he republican? because he's a suck-up to bullies, that's why. and probably "isnt' into blacks or asians" :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 4, 2012 1:46:06 PM


  3. He's cute enough. Maybe one day he'll see the light and come out of the darkness a.k.a the republican party.

    Posted by: Christopher Lines | May 4, 2012 1:48:44 PM


  4. "well, i've been thinking about sucking d**k since i was a kid, and i masturbate to images of gay male sex every night, but i figured I wasn't gay because i hate liberals"

    or something.

    sorry, sugar, you can't lie to family. the only people who'd believe this nonsense are small-town conservatives who aren't sure if they should be referring to their siblings as cousins or siblings. because they're both.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 4, 2012 1:54:37 PM


  5. I understand everyone comes out in their own time and I'm certainly not the sexuality police. However, I can't stand when people come out when there is nothing at stake, then act like they are so brave and heroic. I could respect his gay republicanism if he was open from jump and proved to us that the GOP really is the welcoming big-tent they claim it to be. But he didn't, he waited until he was ineffective and a non issue. Further, his original comment on seeing homophobia on both side of the aisle is true to an extent, but in this case it seemed like needless pandering to his own republican base in order to spare their feelings.... Which is perplexing as he is retiring from political life. In short, this dude sucks and needs to find himself

    Posted by: cdubois | May 4, 2012 1:56:37 PM


  6. He safely outed himself after he knew he wasn't going to be running for reelection - wow, how heroic! Not only is he not going back to the Missouri state senate he is lucky enough to be leaving the state altogether. So basically what he has done is of virtually no value whatsoever - I'm gay, I'm Republican, I'm leaving!

    Posted by: ThomT | May 4, 2012 1:58:45 PM


  7. Why is he Republican? Because he puts his money ahead of his freedom.

    Posted by: Pogo Bock | May 4, 2012 2:03:29 PM


  8. If there are 106 Republicans out of 163 legislators in Missouri, that tells you why he was a Republican - he wanted to get elected.

    This is the first time I've been disappointed with a Lawrence O'Donnell interview. It was very lazy on his part (he does look tired, though). He didn't challenge anything this guy said, like when the "marry a goat" guy assured the other legislators he wasn't talking about *them*, Lawrence should have asked whom he was talking about. Or in what way is the Missouri Republican Party inclusive of gays? And what happened in January that made it dawn on this guy that he was gay? Wake up, Lawrence.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 4, 2012 2:03:36 PM


  9. He doesn't seem very bright. Sounds like a true republican.

    Posted by: Joe | May 4, 2012 2:07:53 PM


  10. his excuses and failed logic work against his own trumpeting of conservatism: what good is being a conservative if it makes a grown adult unable to comprehend what, ahem, liberal children know as CHILDREN?

    congrats. you're a republican. and by your own excuse, it led you to not understand that you're gay. therefore a republican or conservative upbringing makes one a completely unaware dunce. so, yay.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 4, 2012 2:09:34 PM


  11. To what Pogo Bock wrote I would add "...and he puts money over other people's freedom."

    Posted by: MichaelJ | May 4, 2012 2:12:33 PM


  12. Guess University of Hawaii will have to deal with another beached whale soon.

    Posted by: laQas | May 4, 2012 2:13:13 PM


  13. He's parroting the talking points of his local party, not talking about how he's helping his community, other than getting out of there once his term is up.

    Next up; the right wing of the GOP thanking God he's leaving so they can get back to steamrolling human rights into their own perverted image.

    Posted by: 99% | May 4, 2012 2:14:54 PM


  14. Well, I think January can be a very gay month.
    I blame the withdrawal from the Bacchanalia of the Christmas season.All those faux straights coming to terms with their 'I was drunk dude' trysts with their 'bros.'

    This guy is so grateful that straights are nice to him.......it's embarassing.
    "I'm not a one issue politician......" was that before or after you fell of the a$$ on
    the way to Damascus.

    Posted by: JackFkTwist | May 4, 2012 2:15:35 PM


  15. Anyhow, if we had creeps like this fighting for our rights then we're £ucked.

    Posted by: JackFkTwist | May 4, 2012 2:17:40 PM


  16. "He safely outed himself after he knew he wasn't going to be running for reelection - wow how heroic!"

    Exactly. He waited until he was bailing out of office when he would have to take zero heat and get perfunctory pats on the back -- just like all the Republican wives and daughters wait until Daddy is out of office to announce that they don't hate the gays.

    The Homocon credo: "Get the money first!...then make a moral stand when it's nice and convenient."


    Posted by: Gry | May 4, 2012 2:21:03 PM


  17. Oh really, what a trite crappy and pathetic response to the questions! Trot out those talking points ya'll, there's no free thinking allowed in the GOP!

    Posted by: CKNJ | May 4, 2012 2:23:26 PM


  18. LOD asked good questions.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 4, 2012 2:26:02 PM


  19. in other news, he only realized that Jews exist in March.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 4, 2012 2:32:11 PM


  20. sorry BUT by his age - YOU KNOW..and YOU'VE KNOWN for a L-O-N-G time! He's Lying.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | May 4, 2012 2:37:12 PM


  21. @ DASTIUS KRAZITAUC I'm not stalikng you or anything, but OMG! Are you my cyber doppelganger or something? It drives me absolutely insane when an interviewer just moves on after an unsatisfactory response. Lazy might be a reasonable explanation, but mostly it's just incompetence. Clearly, O'Donnell is not the latter, so maybe he is simply tired. Wyatt presented the perfect opening for a hard-hitting question when he lied about his sexuality (every gay person in the universe will agree that you don't realize you're gay after you've turned twenty) & an even better opportunity when he defended Scharnhorst's inexcusable behaviour with that rambling non-answer. Wyatt is is as inarticulate as he is deluded & has no business appearing in front of a microphone, let alone in the Legislature. Having said that, I wish him (& the noble world of marine biology) nothing but love & happiness & success.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | May 4, 2012 2:38:18 PM


  22. "I want people to know that the Republican party IS inclusive..."

    Talk about a *massive eye-roll* on that there statement of complete untruth.

    How Lawrence let that one slide by is beyond me.

    Posted by: GBC | May 4, 2012 2:43:13 PM


  23. Hey la, hey la, my boyfriend's back (tossing purple roses to KIWI)! ;)

    Posted by: TJ | May 4, 2012 2:46:42 PM


  24. "Oh my God, Karen... You can't just ask people why their Republican"...

    Posted by: XKCD | May 4, 2012 2:56:25 PM


  25. He "came out?" He wasn't already out?

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | May 4, 2012 2:56:37 PM


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