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Republican Senate candidate ridiculed for promising to make Donald Trump president before 2024

Rep. Billy Long
Rep. Billy LongPhoto: U.S. Congress

Anti-LGBTQ Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) is running for U.S. Senate this year, and he’s promising something that no one else is: making Donald Trump president again before 2024.

“My [Missouri Senate] platform,” Long tweeted yesterday, writing a list: “1.) Get Kamala Harris to resign 2.) Have [President Joe Biden] appoint Trump as [vice president] 3.) Get Joe Biden to resign 4.) Finish Keystone XL 5.) Finish the wall.”

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The last two items on the list refer to the Keystone XL pipeline – a project to build an over 2,000-mile-long pipe for oil from Canada to the U.S. – and Trump’s promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Long did not explain how he would do any of those things; the Senate does not have the power to force the vice president or the president to resign, nor does it have the power to force the president to appoint anyone in particular.

His plan was not well-received.

Long got national attention earlier this week for blaming school shootings on women who get abortions, even though most mass shooters are men.

“Unfortunately, they’re trying to blame inanimate objects for all of these tragedies,” Long said in a radio interview, decrying how Democrats are trying to pass gun control legislation. “When I was growing up in Springfield, you had one or two murders a year. Now we have two, three, four a week in Springfield, Missouri, so something has happened to our society and I go back to abortion. When we decided it was okay to murder kids in their mother’s wombs, life has no value to a lot of these folks.”

Long has gotten a score of “0” for years on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard, showing his solid opposition to LGBTQ rights.

In 2015, he said he was “disappointed” that LGBTQ people got the right to marry in all 50 states.

“This decision is troubling as it will overturn voter-imposed state bans on the practice, such as in Missouri,” Long said at the time. “I believe this decision directly removes and marginalizes the will of the people.”

“It undermines the very democratic principle America is founded upon and deprives states of their Tenth Amendment rights. I join many southwest Missourians in expressing frustration with the Court’s judgment, as it violates the traditional meaning of marriage.”

Missouri’s primary elections are scheduled for August 2.

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