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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 5512/06/2017

[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 112/05/2017

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 212/05/2017

High-functioning autism meets homophobia.

by Anonymousreply 312/05/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 412/05/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 512/05/2017

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 612/05/2017

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 712/05/2017

Me thinks the lady doth protest too much.

by Anonymousreply 812/05/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 912/05/2017

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 1012/05/2017

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 1112/05/2017

Queen, please...

by Anonymousreply 1212/05/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 1312/05/2017

Metcalf is a fucking pig. Who would want her?

by Anonymousreply 1412/05/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 1512/05/2017

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 1612/05/2017

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 1712/05/2017

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 1812/05/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 1912/05/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 2012/05/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 2112/05/2017

He was practically molesting him.

by Anonymousreply 2212/05/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 2312/05/2017

[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 2412/05/2017

What an asshole.

by Anonymousreply 2512/05/2017

I'm a divorced woman!

by Anonymousreply 2612/05/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 2712/05/2017

Soooooo we agree he's gay right.

by Anonymousreply 2812/05/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 2912/05/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 3012/05/2017

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 3112/05/2017

[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 3212/05/2017

[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 3312/06/2017

R33 is the OP, forgot to sign my name

by Anonymousreply 3412/06/2017

....

by Anonymousreply 3512/06/2017

[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 3612/06/2017

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 3712/06/2017

#MeToo

by Anonymousreply 3812/06/2017

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 3912/06/2017

Hands off queers. He's mine.

by Anonymousreply 4012/06/2017

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 4112/06/2017

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 4212/06/2017

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 4312/06/2017

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 4412/06/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 4512/06/2017

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 4612/06/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 4712/06/2017

Some people do have genuine PTSD from sexual trauma.

by Anonymousreply 4812/06/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 4912/06/2017

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 5012/06/2017
by Anonymousreply 5112/06/2017

[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 5212/06/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 5312/06/2017

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

by Anonymousreply 5412/06/2017

What r24 said

by Anonymousreply 5512/06/2017
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