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Watch This Republican Lawmaker’s Homophobic Freak Out After a Male Colleague Touches His Arm

December 5, 2017

Not everyone likes to be touched. Philadelphia state Rep. Matt Bradford found this out the hard way when his colleague Rep. Daryl Metcalfe interrupted a House committee meeting today with an unintentionally hilarious response to being tapped on the arm.

During a discussion about a land use bill, Rep. Bradford, the committee’s ranking Democrat, tried to get the attention of Rep. Metcalfe by touching his forearm. But Rep. Metcalfe, the committee chair and a Republican, was irritated by the touch.

Rep. Metcalfe interrupted his fellow representative mid-sentence:

[italic]Representative Bradford, look, I’m a heterosexual. I have a wife, I love my wife. I don’t like men, as you might. But stop touching me all the time. It’s like, keep your hands to yourself. Like, if you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it. I don’t.[/italic]

Rep. Bradford started laughing and the room got very uncomfortable. It should be noted that Rep. Bradford is also married to a woman and has four children. He replied, “We are officially off the rails,” as his fellow representatives joined in laughing. He attempted to explain himself, saying “My intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds.”

“Then beg, don’t touch,” Rep. Metcalfe replied.

“I don’t know where we go from here, really,” Rep. Bradford responded. He then made a motion to postpone, and requested a sidebar “to talk about some of the, what I’ll call, extraneous issues.” Straining not to laugh, Rep. Bradford ended with, “And, uh, yeah, I’m pretty much without any further comment that would be constructive at this time.”

An unamused Rep. Metcalfe tries to cut Rep. Bradford off with a curt “Thank you.”

Watch this space for our upcoming look at the hot new gay sex act — light forearm touching.

by Anonymousreply 55Last Wednesday at 7:22 PM

[bold]Brian Sims Slams State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe for “Homophobic” Rant[/bold]

State Rep. Brian Sims is lambasting State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe for delivering what he called a “homophobic” rant that’s making the rounds online on Tuesday.

As seen in the video, Metcalfe, the same state representative (and God-fearing Christian) who once defended white nationalism and tried to make English the official language of Pennsylvania, feels the need to remind the room that he is “heterosexual” after State Rep. and Democratic committee chairman Matthew Bradford briefly touches his arm.

“Representative Bradford, I’m a heterosexual,” Metcalfe says, interrupting Bradford. “I have a wife. I love my wife. I don’t like men, as you might. But stop touching me all the time. It’s like, keep you hands to yourself. Like if you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it. I don’t.”

“We’re officially off the rails,” Bradford, who also has a wife, responds. “My intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds.”

“Then beg, don’t touch,” Metcalfe says.

The video ends with Bradford suggesting the committee sets up “a sidebar to talk about what I’ll call ‘the extraneous issues’ that have been raised.”

Bradford called Metcalfe’s interruption “very odd” and “problematic” on Tuesday afternoon. “His behavior obviously more than crossed a few lines,” Bradford told Philadelphia magazine by phone. “It tells you something about the status of our politics in America today if [Metcalfe’s words are] somehow acceptable or appropriate.”

Bradford said he reached out to state House Speaker Mike Turzai to “let him know that I found the chairman’s behavior unbecoming.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Sims, an openly gay committee member, took to Facebook to criticize the Republican lawmaker’s comments.

“You can’t make this stuff up!” Sims wrote. “The most homophobic, transphobic, racist, sexist, xenophobic member of our government is using legislative time, and tax payer dollars, to interrupt a meeting to announce his sexual orientation.”

Neither Metcalfe nor Sims were immediately available for comment on Tuesday afternoon.

As to be expected, Twitter user are weighing in on Metcalfe’s rant:

by Anonymousreply 1Last Tuesday at 2:56 PM

Maybe he doesn't like to be touched? Personal space is important to everyone. The thought police are alive and well on Datalounge, if you don't agree with me you're a NAZI!

by Anonymousreply 2Last Tuesday at 2:58 PM

High-functioning autism meets homophobia.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Tuesday at 3:01 PM

I don’t like to be casually touched by anyone like that, male or female.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Tuesday at 3:02 PM

I don't like being touched like that either. Probs better to not go into a homophobic rant about it, however.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Tuesday at 3:04 PM

What an idiot. Maybe he does not like to be touched but his rude comments were totally unnecessary. Tell the the man who touched him you don't like it privately and leave your sexual preferences out of it. I don't like to be touched, either, but I'd never react that way, I'm not into shaming and embarrassing people. And I can tell a friendly touch from a warm person, a pervy touch from a perv, and a sexy touch from someone who interests me.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Tuesday at 3:06 PM

How long before that touchy lawmaker becomes one of the “Accused.” He looks a little too friendly with the hands if you ask me.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Tuesday at 3:12 PM

Me thinks the lady doth protest too much.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Tuesday at 3:20 PM

He was happy for the postponing to adjust his erection in his pants.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Tuesday at 3:25 PM

The not liking to be touched part is not the issue here, obviously. The bizarre triggered rant in a public place from a public servant is what's making the news.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Tuesday at 3:35 PM

I “touch”during a conversation on occasion. Learned it from my family. I have to force myself not to do it because it makes some folks uncomfortable.

I don’t mean anything sinister by it but understand some folks don’t like it.

by Anonymousreply 11Last Tuesday at 3:42 PM

Queen, please...

by Anonymousreply 12Last Tuesday at 4:19 PM

Good lord, he touched him on the arm, he didn't finger fuck him! What a weirdo.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Tuesday at 4:24 PM

Metcalf is a fucking pig. Who would want her?

by Anonymousreply 14Last Tuesday at 4:29 PM

But going after 14 year old girls when you’re 30 is A-OK with Republicans. Got it.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Tuesday at 4:33 PM

I don't like being touched like that either, but the proper way to handle it is in private, you tell the offending person that you just don't like being touched, it is nothing personal but you just are not comfortable being casually touched.

However I am sure the homophobe would not want a private conversation with the homosexual.

by Anonymousreply 16Last Tuesday at 4:33 PM

Agree with r16. This guy is a homophobic nutjob. I don't like being touched in that way either but there is a way to handle it with decency and civility. This guy is an asshole.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Tuesday at 4:55 PM

Touching anyone like that other than a friend or family member is unacceptable behavior. All the warm and fuzzy folks need to learn. But the reaction to the touch was psycho.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Tuesday at 5:00 PM

The way he was touched him in a workplace setting like that is condescending and controlling.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Tuesday at 5:14 PM

But, I"m sure he would have been fine if Milo touched him.

by Anonymousreply 20Last Tuesday at 6:20 PM

Does anyone from PA remember if it was Metcalfe who kept an ENDA bill from passing in PA a few years ago?

by Anonymousreply 21Last Tuesday at 6:46 PM

He was practically molesting him.

by Anonymousreply 22Last Tuesday at 7:26 PM

Miss Metcalfe seems more than a little "touched" to me . . .

by Anonymousreply 23Last Tuesday at 8:18 PM

[quote]I’m a heterosexual. I have a wife, I love my wife. I don’t like men.

So painfully obvious that just the OPPOSITE is true!

by Anonymousreply 24Last Tuesday at 9:14 PM

What an asshole.

by Anonymousreply 25Last Tuesday at 9:20 PM

I'm a divorced woman!

by Anonymousreply 26Last Tuesday at 9:21 PM

Every day, a new example of the mental illness that's all the [italic]rage[/italic] in Trumpmerica.

by Anonymousreply 27Last Tuesday at 9:29 PM

Soooooo we agree he's gay right.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Tuesday at 9:35 PM

I could not care less if someone touched me like that.

by Anonymousreply 29Last Tuesday at 9:48 PM

R2 is clearly the Nazi among us. Only bug-crazy right-wings worry about "thought police".

by Anonymousreply 30Last Tuesday at 10:02 PM

the women in the blue cracked me up. She was trying to hide her laughter.

He will be #metoo soon. He was molested by the democratic Rep.

by Anonymousreply 31Last Tuesday at 10:10 PM

[R2] You're a cunt.

As far as homophobia goes...shouldn't gays and lesbians have 'heterophobia'? There are more reasons to be afraid of heterosexuals, especially the men, than the other way around.

by Anonymousreply 32Last Tuesday at 11:01 PM

[quote]The not liking to be touched part is not the issue here, obviously. The bizarre triggered rant in a public place from a public servant is what's making the news.

Yeah, that's why I posted it. I don't like being tapped or touched either but I'd never fly off the handle like that.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Wednesday at 4:19 AM

R33 is the OP, forgot to sign my name

by Anonymousreply 34Last Wednesday at 4:21 AM

....

by Anonymousreply 35Last Wednesday at 5:49 AM

[quote]However I am sure the homophobe would not want a private conversation with the homosexual.

The toucher and the touchee both identify as married heterosexuals.

For Metcalfe to insinuate that a man who touches his arm must be a homosexual like all the other homosexuals on the other side of the aisle was completely uncalled for, unprofessional, and unhinged, as Simms (the homosexual observer) had pointed out.

by Anonymousreply 36Last Wednesday at 12:48 PM

i think the stunned laughter of most of this mentally ill guy's colleagues says it all.........he made a fool of himself and also an embarrassment. the guy touched his arm for what, 3 seconds? i can't take it anymore.

by Anonymousreply 37Last Wednesday at 1:02 PM

#MeToo

by Anonymousreply 38Last Wednesday at 1:56 PM

Basically, Metcalfe was pissed off that not everything was going his way. The guy to his left was trying to make a counterpoint and Metcalfe used his anger of not getting his way to go off on a homophobic tirade.

That gavel should be taken away - and whatever responsibilities he has.

It wasn't about being touched - not at all. It was about his anger - he would have used anything to come back at that guy.

by Anonymousreply 39Last Wednesday at 2:05 PM

Hands off queers. He's mine.

by Anonymousreply 40Last Wednesday at 2:12 PM

I laughed at r35’s reference to Barbra when I first clicked it, but was reminded of just how dynamic and fantastic her delivery of a song can be as I continued to listen. She can be schmaltzy, but few can match her effortless blend of pitch, power and perception. Her voice is just so rich....

by Anonymousreply 41Last Wednesday at 3:32 PM

I don't understand how so many of you don't like to be casually touched. I get that poking, prodding or pushing or repeated touches would feel uncomfortable but why would a tap or or touch on a forearm be so inappropriate or cause for concern and deemed an invasion of personal space? It just seems so uptight or histrionic to make so much out of it.

by Anonymousreply 42Last Wednesday at 3:46 PM

You should just respect other people’s wishes, R42. It’s not that hard. I agree that this guy was, indeed, histrionic, but casual touching needs to go. Especially in the workplace. Some people associate it with negative experiences, and they deserve our respect.

by Anonymousreply 43Last Wednesday at 3:52 PM

I agree we should respect other people's wishes. My point is why the hypersensitivity? When people are freaking out about meaningless casual touching, whether they voice their wishes or not, they could start by examining themselves and why they are so bent out shape. It just reeks of melodrama.

by Anonymousreply 44Last Wednesday at 4:10 PM

WAKE UP! This is Trump's America. Quit acting surprised.

by Anonymousreply 45Last Wednesday at 4:11 PM

Because we know what that leads to, R42. It's the devil's own asscrack to sodomy and unspeakable perversion. Poor Mr. Metcalfe. I so feel for him and his PTSD. May the lord save and perverse him.

by Anonymousreply 46Last Wednesday at 4:16 PM

"HOMOPHOBIA! HOMOPHOBIA!" The SJWs scream "HOMOPHOBIA!!!"

by Anonymousreply 47Last Wednesday at 4:24 PM

Some people do have genuine PTSD from sexual trauma.

by Anonymousreply 48Last Wednesday at 4:25 PM

If he posted the metoo hashtag, SJW heads would explode.

by Anonymousreply 49Last Wednesday at 4:28 PM

Oh for fucks sake..all you SJWs need to shut the fuck up. The closet queen had himself a hissy fit. End of story.

by Anonymousreply 50Last Wednesday at 4:34 PM
by Anonymousreply 51Last Wednesday at 6:45 PM

[quote] I laughed at [R35]’s reference to Barbra when I first clicked it, but was reminded of just how dynamic and fantastic her delivery of a song can be as I continued to listen. She can be schmaltzy, but few can match her effortless blend of pitch, power and perception. Her voice is just so rich....

We are officially off the rails.

by Anonymousreply 52Last Wednesday at 6:58 PM

OP, Methinks the lady doth protest o'er much.

by Anonymousreply 53Last Wednesday at 7:17 PM

Paranoid snoid. Asshole, delusional, authoritarian. Projection as a defense mechanism due to his own repressed 'attractions'.

by Anonymousreply 54Last Wednesday at 7:21 PM

What r24 said

by Anonymousreply 55Last Wednesday at 7:22 PM
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