The GOP and hypocrisy. Name a better duo. It seems like no matter where you look, the GOP is criticizing itself without meaning to. From the popular subreddit /r/TrumpCriticizesTrump, to Fox News hosts openly admitting they were hard on Obama for things they'd let a Republican president get away with.
Perhaps the biggest hypocrisy in the GOP is when it comes to LGBT rights. Take Mary Cheney and her family's fundamental opposition to same-sex marriage as a prime example. Or perhaps Mike Pence being secretly gay. (Okay, that's unconfirmed.)
Well, today we can add another story to the long list. Former Republican Illinois Congressman, Aaron Schock, was recorded slipping a few bucks into the underwear of a male dancer. And normally this would be a pretty "so what" piece of news, but it's Schock's consistent voting history and public position on LGBT issues that have forced people to pay attention.
So how did we get into this mess in the first place?Well, like any great story, let's start at the beginning.
Adam Schock was the Representative of Illinois' 18th Congressional district until 2015.
Apart from Chicago, Illinois is a pretty Republican state.Mostly because there's a whole lot of corn in Illinois. And nothing goes with corn quite like a systematic theft of personal liberties.
Anyway! Schock was the rep until 2015.Why was he ousted during a non-election year, you ask? Very astute observation!
Schock resigned in 2015 after "theft of government funds".Well, actually theft of government funds at 23 other things like fraud, making false statements and filing false tax returns.
As someone who used to live in Chicago, I didn't realize the corruption was migrating to other parts of the state!I consider this a win for everyone.
Now that seat is being held by some other white Republican man.But he's not the point of this article.
We're going to quickly run down Schock's policy decisions so you can get an idea of who he is.And before you roll your eyes and click away, I promise it'll be fun!
Okay, here we go. Deep breath in.In 2010 Schock received a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LBGTQ advocacy group. You know, the yellow equal sign on the blue background. Yeah, them.
Schock voted against changing federal hate crime laws.The change would make it illegal to target people based on sexual orientation or gender. Nailed it.
Schock also voted against repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".A policy that bans openly gay members of the military. Why was this even a policy in the first place? Jesus.
Keep breathing. In 2011 he voted against the Employment Discrimination Law Amendment.An Amendment that would punish companies for discriminating against their employees and would offer training grants to women seeking to improve their salary negotiation skills.
In 2012, Schock voted for an amendment that made it illegal to use government funds to combat the Defense of Marriage Act.This one kind of makes sense, but the Defense of Marriage Act was impossibly stupid. It basically declared on a federal level that marriage was between one man and one woman and individual states could refuse to recognize marriages outside of that construct. It was ruled unconstitutional in 2013 and 2015.
Stay with me, we're almost done.We can go for ice cream after this. My treat.
Okay, let's just get the rest of them out quickly.Schock is pro-life and voted to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. He voted against the DREAM Act. He also voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Aaannndddd breathe out.That was way too many shitty things to do in only six years.
But guess what?Aaron Schock's past is coming back to bite him. But just not in a sexual way. Please.
There have long been rumors that Schock has been gay.And it's not cool to just go ahead and out someone like that, but he's long denied these allegations.
Calling questions about his sexuality "completely ridiculous and inappropriate."And people are only so obsessed with it because he's no aggressively anti-LGBT rights, and, well, maybe because he's kind of good looking?
As messed up as it is, you can't deny that he's a pretty good looking dude.
And, well, the rumors exist for a reason.It's not just aimless speculation. We're better than that.
For example, earlier this year a video came out of Schock at Coachella.Well, apparently it's Schock. With his hands down another guy's pants. You can judge for yourself.
But now another photo has emerged. One of Schock with his hands in another man's pants.*Clutches pearls* oh my heavens! He's done it again.
Here's Schock allegedly stuffing a few bucks into a go-go boy's underwear at a Mexico City nightclub.
“Hey Cutie, I’m Aaron Schock. As a congressman I voted against marriage equality, the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t T… https://t.co/0wghTfbKu9— Greg Hogben (@Greg Hogben)1561668056.0
And the internet is having a field day with this one.This actually makes a lot of sense. Commitment is scary.
Does this tweet cross a line?
@MyDaughtersArmy That's a "I just might blow you right here" smile if I ever saw one.— McGrain v. Daugherty, 273 U.S. 135 (1927) (@McGrain v. Daugherty, 273 U.S. 135 (1927))1561668467.0
A common misconception.
@MyDaughtersArmy @EvelDick I thought Aaron Schock was the stripper's name....— Annie Jane (@Annie Jane)1561695893.0
The wordplay is extreme. Extreme!
@MyDaughtersArmy @BettyBowers I’m Schocked, Schocked...— Gerard S Harbison (@Gerard S Harbison)1561677972.0