Andrew McDonald, the openly gay nominee for the chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, was the target of a homophobic and anti-Semitic screed on an extremist website.
In addition to claiming that the former Connecticut senator is a “zionist plant” who supports a “non-Christian” and “un-American” agenda, the Family Court Circus labeled McDonald “a deviant mole on a mission to undermine American society with LGBT issues, like misuse of a public restroom, butcher surgery of genitalia of the unfit, gender confusion, [and] pedophilia.”
“This sick gay boy whose brain is so miswired he holds deep affection for another man’s anus, ascends to the Chief Justice position solely by his deviant sexual alliance with the deviant Governor and his zionist pals,” it continues. “[He has] no experience [and] no qualifications other than perverted sexual behavior and a close connection to Daniel Gay Boy Malloy.”
— Governor Dan Malloy (@GovMalloyOffice) January 8, 2018
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were swift in their condemnation of the written attack.
“I’ve lived with a lot of homophobia in my life,” said Democratic state Sen. Beth Bye, a lesbian. “I, who have lived with it, am shocked that these factions are picking a fight with Andrew McDonald. We think we’ve made progress, but there are still these factions that are out there. They’re insidious and they’re disrespectful of human beings.”
Bye blamed Donald Trump and Mike Pence for “[giving] cover to this kind of bigotry.”
Republican gubernatorial contender Tim Herbst, a vocal opponent of McDonald’s nomination, said he was disturbed by the site, as well.
“I do not condone discrimination in any form. This is not about anything but a person’s record and credentials, as it should be.”
Still, it’s expected Republicans in Connecticut will do everything in their power to block McDonald’s nomination: They argue he has a tendency to legislate from the bench, and object to the timing of the nomination, shortly before Governor Dannel Malloy leaves office.
McDonald, currently an associate justice, was nominated by Malloy last month. If confirmed, he’ll be be the first openly gay chief justice in U.S. history.