Supporters of Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren were caught on video ridiculing and demeaning a gay staffer working on Republican Senator Scott Brown’s campaign.
According to the Weekly Standard, Warren’s supporters heckled Ross Hemminger, Youth Coordinator for the Scott Brown for Senate campaign, with demeaning anti-gay words.
A Warren supporter with a United Auto Workers sign was caught on video saying Hemminger “likes it up the a–” while other Warren supporters mocked Hemminger in “effeminate voices,” saying things like, he “sounds kind of gay” while laughing at him as he was rallying Brown’s supporters.
Warren’s Campaign Manager Mindy Myers wrote to Hemminger and apologized for the actions of Warren’s supporters:
It has come to my attention that some of our supporters made very inappropriate comments to you outside the Springfield debate hall tonight. On behalf of Elizabeth and our campaign, I am writing to express our deepest apologies. Elizabeth completely denounces this kind of behavior, and we are very sorry it occurred.
Elizabeth for MA
Lisa De Pasquale, who is the interim chair of GOProud, first reported the news.
The Weekly Standard describes a second video that came to light:
A second video of another Warren supporter shows a man admitting to ridiculing the staffer. The cameraman asks the man if he was chanting “Sounds kind of gay” toward the staffer.
“Oh yeah, I did,” the man says, laughing. He then adopts an effeminate voice to mock the staffer saying, “We want Scott, we want Scott.”
“I’m like, ‘Sounds kind of gay, sounds kind of gay,” the man says before laughing again. “We’re not going to say that anymore, because they’re ready for us,” he adds.
The Warren supporter then says the group better stop the ridicule because they will be tagged as “homophobes,” something the left often falsely accuses those on the right of being.