In a story that likely won’t come as a shock to most, 93-year-old Dennis Scranton (pictured center in the above photo), who will be voting for President-elect Donald Trump as part of our country’s electoral college, has said some really nasty things about gay people. Violent things, in fact. Scranton is currently coming under fire for things he posted back in 2010 on Facebook, but which he has no intention of backing down from today.
According to Montana newspaper The Missoulian, Scranton has commented in the past that gay people should be hanged. “I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions,” he said seven years back to The Billings Gazette.
Pressed by The Gazette recently about those comments, Scranton has used his age as a defense: “Don’t forget, I’m 93 years old. I come from a different era. I hadn’t heard of anyone being homosexual until I joined the Navy, and then I encountered them.”
Scranton was chosen to be part of Montana’s electoral college (which has three votes total) back in May, nominated because of his status as a WWII veteran.
The state’s GOP Chairman Jeff Essmann has said Scranton’s remarks don’t represent Montana’s Republican Party, but despite his outrageous past statements, he’s still fit to serve as a member of the electoral college. “It’s a ceremonial function,” Esmann says. “If people choose to be outraged, I guess they can be. It’s a free country. Some people mellow as they age, some people say, ‘I’m over X-years of age and I can say whatever I want.’ Mr. Scranton has taken the second path.”
Unfortunately, it’s too late to replace Scranton as an elector, not that the state’s GOP wants to.
The country’s electoral college is slated to place its votes on Dec. 19. Many have questioned the possibility of the electors overturning Trump’s presidency and casting their votes for Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote handily.
(Photo via The Billings Gazette)