Ken Blackwell, an anti-LGBT “traditional marriage” defender who said that homosexuality is a choice that can be cured, (comparing it to kleptomania and arson) and has blamed mass shootings in America on “the crumbling of the moral foundation of the country” and “the attack on natural marriage and the family,” has been tapped by Donald Trump to lead his domestic transition team.
Blackwell is also a senior fellow at the anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council.
Blackwell, according to a document obtained by Politico, is in charge of the Trump “action team” examining the departments of energy, environmental protection, labor, transportation, health and human services, housing and urban development, interior and agriculture.
Blackwell backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Republican primaries, but came aboard with Trump after he secured the nomination.
Reached by The Cincinnati Enquirer, Blackwell said he could not discuss his duties because he had signed a non-disclosure agreement.
Blackwell, 68, a fiscal and social conservative, has a long history in the Buckeye State.
The former Cincinnati mayor was the first black major party nominee when he ran for Ohio governor in 2006. He lost to Ted Strickland. He also served as Ohio treasurer and secretary of state. More recently, he worked at the Family Research Council as a senior fellow for human rights and constitutional governance.
During the campaign Blackwell served on Ted Cruz’s “religious liberty” advisory council intended to help the Texas senator sound the dog whistle of “religious freedom” and advocate for discrimination against LGBT Americans.
Welcome to Trump’s America.