Vicky Hartzler is a hater. The Missouri congresswoman, who replaced Ike Skelton, wants to shove gays and lesbians serving their country back in the closet.
In a meeting with active, reserve and retired military members and spouses in Warrensburg, Hartzler said she would really, really like to bring back "don't ask, don't tell." But why stop there? Hartzler knows that gays are out in the open now, and once you find out someone is gay, you can't just take that back. So she'd like to quarantine them in their own housing. Really.
Asked by a military retiree if there was a growing sentiment to reinstate "don't ask, don't tell," Hartzler responded:
Of course she thinks it's ill-advised. Even if a Pentagon study found two-thirds of service members are cool with serving alongside openly gay soldiers. But you can't live up to a moniker like, "The Most Anti-Gay Candidate in America" (via Mother Jones) without a little bit of crazy.
"I can tell you people on the committee, who are my side of the aisle,
think it's very ill-advised and do not support that," Hartzler said, and
are "pushing back."
Hartzler said that during a hearing with military brass, she asked why, because separate housing exists for male and female troops, gays are not housed separately, too. She said a general, she did not know which, responded first with a gurgling-type noise before answering, ""We're recruiting professionals."'Vicky Hartzler opposes the military recruiting professionals to serve this country because they may be gay. I can't even feign shock. Good luck with your homophobic cause, Vicky.
Hartzler's description led some in the crowd to laugh.
"So we have some work to do there," she said. "We're going to keep advancing the cause."