Barnstable, MA – Barnstable Commissioner Ron Beaty (R) defended a recent tweet by saying that if the President can do it, so can he.
The original tweet reads: "Generally speaking, are gay politicians too self-absorbed and self-centered to adequately represent ALL of their constituents in a fair and equitable manner?"
Beaty sent this tweet out as a poll to his followers. After receiving backlash for what many citizens and other representatives deemed offensive, he followed up with the Cape Cod Times saying: “I pretty much only do what President Donald Trump does relative to his social media postings...If it is good enough for our president, whom I support 100 percent, then it is good enough for me as well.”
In the wake of these comments, many elected officials have called for Beaty to resign. The most vocal of those calling for Beaty to step down is Rep. Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster). Whelan was quoted saying: "I'm calling for Commissioner Beaty to resign, I'm that upset...I don't even know what else to say."
These comments also come only one week after openly gay lawmakers state Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Truro) and state Rep. Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown) were named to leadership positions. “I am disappointed to hear that Ron Beaty made such an uninformed statement regarding the value LGBTQ people bring to Cape Cod and our commonwealth,” Cyr said. “It appears he would prefer to spend his time as an elected official causing division and spreading disrespect.”
This isn't the first time Beaty has posted inflammatory remarks.
The Cape Cod Times reports that Beaty has tweeted in the past denying climate change, comparing drinking habits of past Massachusetts governors, as well as comments aimed at survivors of the Parkland school shooting.
Even farther back, Beaty once served a 14-month prison sentence in the early 1990's for threatening to kill George H.W. Bush, who was President at the time.
With the calls for his resignation heating up, it is unclear what Commissioner Beaty intends to do.
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