State Representative Gordon Klingenschmitt (R-Colorado Springs) has found himself in some hot water with his fellow Republicans for remarks made on his YouTube channel Tuesday, and he’s refusing to back down.
Klingenschmitt, a former Navy chaplain, stepped in it on Tuesday when he referred to a brutal crime last week, in which a stranger stabbed an expectant mother and removed the fetus from her womb, as God punishing America for its stance on abortion. Specifically, he said that “This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb,” and that “Part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our pregnant women are ripped open.”
To prove his point, Klingenschmitt quoted Hosea 13:16:
The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God … They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.
He considered whether the quote has “prophetic significance” to the United States today (because Klingenschmitt, like other fundies, treats the Bible like a Rorschach test), and then asked viewers to join him in prayer to help end “the holocaust which is abortion in America.”
When asked about it on Thursday, Klingenschmitt stood by his comments, saying that “I believe the Bible and I quoted the Bible and I applied it to current events. If other people are offended by the Bible, that’s okay, they don’t have to agree with me or come to my church or watch my TV show. It’s a free country.”
When asked whether he would look the victim in the eye and tell her that what happened to her was God’s punishment for our abortion laws, however, Klingenschmitt backed off, maintaining that, “Well, that’s not what I said, first of all. I quoted the Bible and I stand by the Bible.”
He may stand by the Bible, but Republicans aren’t standing by him. The Party Reagan Destroyed is running full-steam away from Klingenschmitt:
“As a mother, I am appalled by these abhorrent comments made about a horrific and heartbreaking tragedy,” said Assistant Minority Leader Polly Lawrence (R-Littleton) in a statement to HuffPost. “These comments in no way align with the Republican caucus’ views and we soundly reject them.”
Laura Carno, a Republican political strategist who started the “Conservatives Against Gordon Klingenschmitt” Facebook page in January, seconded that sentiment in an emailed comment.
“I am disgusted by his comments,” she said. “They do not represent the Republicans and conservatives I know. Rep. Klingenschmitt politicized this tragedy to drive business to his ministry. It’s disgraceful.”
You can watch Klingenschmitt’s remarks below: