Robert Foster, a former Mississippi lawmaker and gubernatorial candidate whose Christian faith has always been a large part of his identity, says that anyone who supports transgender rights should be executed via firing squad.
The Republican—though, admit it, you already knew that before I said it—made the remark on Twitter Thursday night:
Some of y’all still want to try and find political compromise with those that want to groom our school aged children and pretend men are women, etc.
I think they need to be lined up against wall before a firing squad to be sent to an early judgment.
When reached for comment by Ashton Pittman of the Mississippi Free Press, Foster doubled down on his faith-based murder fantasies.
“I said what I said,” he wrote, adding to what he had tweeted. “The law should be changed so that anyone trying to sexually groom children and/or advocating to put men pretending to be women in locker rooms and bathrooms with young women should receive the death penalty by firing squad.”
To be clear, supporters of trans people aren’t in favor of grooming children or allowing men in women’s locker rooms and bathrooms. It’s a typical right-wing tactic to equate trans people (and gay people) with pedophiles while turning a blind eye to actual corruption within their ranks. It’s yet another lie conservative Christians tell themselves because they believe tolerance and acceptance are four-letter words. They would rather deny the existence of trans people than come to terms with their own ignorance about who trans people are.
Maybe this kind of rhetoric could simply be ignored if Foster was a random online troll, but he’s not. He served two terms in the Mississippi State House (from 2017 to 2020) and ran for governor in 2019. Even though he placed third in the Republican primary that year, he was able to snag up over 67,000 votes. He may well run again for higher office in the future.