A rightwing pundit said that he will be touring the country to show that “fa***ts are maggots,” and he said that he was inspired by none other than Donald Trump.
Mike Heath of Helping Hands Ministries appeared on Dave Daubenmire’s livestream last week to announce his upcoming speaking tour. Daubenmire himself has engaged in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in the past, and he has been honored by his local Republican Party.
“I’m going to do a world tour,” Heath said on the program, reading from prepared remarks. “The theme is ‘Fa***ts are Maggots.’”
While Heath’s words are more hateful than even most rightwing organizations’, he made sure to point out that he was inspired by Donald Trump.
“The tour is inspired by the work of Donald Trump,” he said. He stressed that “this isn’t satire,” explaining that he supports Trump specifically because Trump engages hateful discourse and bullying.
“I started supporting Donald Trump early in the 2016 primary for one reason: he insults his enemies. He makes things personal that deserve to be personal. The decades of leftists being the only ones allowed to make everything personal are over. It’s long past time for WASP manners to take a back seat to the truth. Long past time.”
Explaining the name of his tour, he said that he believes that gay men literally eat dead bodies: “Maggots consume the rancid flesh of rotting dead things. Fa***ts are no different.”
Heath said that he’s “beyond sick and tired of being told that I can’t call sodomites fa***ts,” saying that the slur itself is “the truth.”
He explained that he takes this seriously because “the idea that sodomy is good was always a personal insult” because he feels emasculated knowing that gay men exist.
“It’s just like pornography. It is aimed at the heart of a civilization’s manhood. It is designed to emasculate and weaken everything and everyone. And it is boring as hell.” he added.
Before anyone compares Heath to Fred Phelps, he compared himself to the infamous leader of the Westboro Baptist Church.
“To those who will stoop to compare me to the late Fred Phelps of ‘God Hates F**s’ fame, so be it. He was always more right than he was wrong. That’s now obscenely evident.”
Video from the livestream was captured by Right Wing Watch.
In a bizarre exchange, Heath said that the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision “ended civil marriage in the United States,” even though that decision expanded marriage to same-sex couples, increasing the number of people who could get married.
Someone off-camera then shouted, “No it didn’t, we just think it did!” Which is… actually true. Heath chuckled and said, “That’s right,” which is also right, because Obergefell didn’t end civil marriage at all since civil marriage is still happening, five years later.