One of Donald Trump’s electors isn’t backing down from the hateful comments he made six years ago calling for the murder of gays.
Dennis Scranton, one of Montana’s three Electoral College voters, made the explosive comments in a 2010 Facebook rant against same-sex marriage. Scranton wrote:
“I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions.”
His remarks about Wyoming appear to refer to the brutal murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was tied to a fencepost outside Laramie and tortured in 1998. He later died of his injuries.
Reached this week by the Billings Gazette, Scranton made no apologies.
“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.”
Montana Republican Chairman Jeff Essmann said the comments were not endorsed by the party and that Scranton’s role as an elector was “ceremonial.”
“Some people mellow as they age, some people say ‘I’m over X-years of age and I can say whatever I want,’” Essmann told the newspaper. “Mr. Scranton has taken the second path.”
Scranton and the state’s two other Electoral College voters will meet on Dec. 14 to cast their votes for Trump, the Gazette reported.