Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Bloomberg: Bill Kristol's "Independent Candidate" Could Be Anti-LGBT Lawyer/Writer David French

National Review staff writer David French

Over the holiday weekend, conservative pundit Bill Kristol teased that an independent conservative alternative to Donald Trump may be entering the race.

According to Bloomberg, it appears that candidate may be David French, a staff writer at the National Review and an Iraq veteran.

French also served as a lawyer for the virulently anti-LGBT legal group Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF has worked in the US and around the world to criminalize homosexuality, and is the force behind several "bathroom bills" popping up in state legislatures across the country.

From Media Matters:

French has repeatedly demonized the LGBT community in his writing and worked as a lawyer at a right-wing legal group that has defended laws criminalizing homosexuality. At National Review, French has written extensively against LGBT equality and women’s access to abortion. He announced in 2010 that he had changed his mind and decided to oppose marriage equality, later warning that America was “racing off on our own cultural experiment.”

He’s written multiple pieces attacking the transgender community, lamented “transgender entitlement,” described a young transgender woman as a “man” who is “on the verge of mutilating himself,” and argued that states should reject federal education funding rather than prohibit discrimination against transgender students.

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