According to The Missoulian, a 92-year-old man from Miles City, Montana, who is one of President-elect Donald Trump’s Electoral College voters, has come under fire over some anti-LGBT comments he left on Facebook back in 2010. One of comments suggested that all gay people should be hanged.
“I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions,” posted Scranton. His reference to Wyoming were about Matthew Shepard, who was severely beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead just outside of Laramie in the late 1990s.
During an interview with The Gazette this week, Scranton defended his remarks.
“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 said. “We were raised with good morals.”
Fellow Republican Janice Linn nominated Scranton to be a delegate because he was a World War II veteran. During the Montana Republican convention in May, he was chosen as an alternate delegate and an elector.
Although Scranton was deemed still fit to serve as elector, Montana GOP Chairman Jeff Essmann insists that his remarks do not represent the Montana Republican Party.
“It’s a ceremonial function. If people choose to be outraged, I guess they can be. It’s a free country,” Essmann said. “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.”