“If you want to sum up his evolution on LGBT rights, ‘Mitt Gets Worse’ is a very accurate phrase,” says Barney Frank in a new video for the Mitt Gets Worse Project.
In 1994, Romney told Bay Windows, “I respect the work and the efforts [Ted Kennedy] made on behalf of the gay community and for civil rights more generally, and I would continue that fight,” during his unsuccessful campaign to unseat the late Massachusetts Senator.
Since then, Romney’s record on LGBT rights, according to Frank, is all but nonexistent. ”He has never been in favor of any legislation or executive order that would advance our rights,” says Frank, “Zero. None… This is a man who has no principles, obviously, on this subject.”
Noting tactics shared by former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney to former governor of Alabama—and infamous segregationist—George Wallace, Frank says, “I’m not sure that George Wallace really hated black people and I don’t know that Mitt Romney really dislikes gay people. They were both consumed by ambition and willing to trash minority groups and appeal to prejudice against them for political advancement.”