The pinnacle of the Oklahoma Republican Social gathering on Tuesday known as on Republican Nationwide Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to resign after she expressed the social gathering’s dedication to the LGBTQ+ neighborhood at a gala earlier this month.
In an 1,100-word fundraising e mail headed “RNC Chair MUST Change Course or RESIGN,” OKGOP chair John Bennett stated McDaniel “should resign” if “she can not or is not going to stand for who we are saying we’re.”
“The OKGOP is not going to cooperate with this resolution and, as your Chairman, I guarantee the Oklahoma Republican Social gathering that I’ll proceed to face up for our Republican Social gathering Values and our rules,” Bennett wrote within the e mail. He added that spiritual freedom is “flat-out incompatible with the pillars of the LGBT motion.”
“Let’s clear the way in which of those that are both too incompetent or too egocentric to really defend liberty and our Judeo-Christian founding,” Bennett wrote, then requested for donations to his group.
McDaniel crossed conservative Christians when she introduced the creation of an “RNC Pleasure Coalition” on the annual Spirit of Lincoln dinner placed on by Log Cabin Republicans— a bunch of conservative LGBTQ social gathering members . The occasion, held Nov. 9 at Donald Trump’s Mar a Lago membership, fêted Melania Trump and Ric Grenell, Trump’s former performing head of nationwide intelligence and the primary overtly homosexual cupboard member in U.S. historical past.
“Conservatives in Log Cabin don’t simply share our imaginative and prescient for a free, safe and affluent America. They enrich it by including distinctive views to our social gathering and recruiting much more numerous candidates and supporters to affix our trigger,” McDaniel stated on the gala, in keeping with Fox News.
McDaniel’s announcement of the pleasure coalition prompted criticism from conservatives, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who objected to McDaniel’s try at inclusion.
However not solely did Bennett go a step additional than his colleagues by calling for McDaniel’s resignation if she didn’t retract her statements, he did so the morning after she clarified her place.
His e mail cites the official GOP platform, which, greater than six years after the Supreme Courtroom legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, nonetheless defines “pure marriage” as between “a person and a lady.” (The present platform, which is able to prolong by at the very least 2024, is an identical to the platform from 2016—the 12 months after the landmark SCOTUS ruling—which the social gathering left unchanged final summer season amid chaotic and contentious negotiations forward of the nationwide conference.)
Bennett additionally blasted a handful of Log Cabin insurance policies within the e mail, together with its name for “a nationwide ban on conversion therapy for anybody below the age of 18.”
A right-wing hawk who as soon as known as Islam “a cancer in our nation which needs to be cut out,” Bennett was himself the topic of calls for resignation from members of his own party in August after he in contrast vaccine mandates to the persecution of Jews in the course of the holocaust. In response, he doubled down and used the controversy to raise money.