- The Washington Times - Monday, June 13, 2016

Conservative blogger and The Gateway Pundit owner Jim Hoft came out as gay Monday morning in the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Hoft, who kept his sexuality private until now, said it’s time for gays to “come home” to the Republican Party, after an Islamic extremist killed at least 49 people and injured more than 50 others at Pulse nightclub.

“After the deadliest Islamist attack on American soil since 9-11 Barack Obama blamed hatred and guns,” he wrote. “His inability to [call] the attack what it is — Islamic jihad — has progressed from denial to psychosis. It’s never been more apparent than Sunday, when Barack was comparing the Pulse club attack to a movie theater shooting by a schizophrenic, that our poor president has lost his own grasp of reality.”

Mr. Hoft blasted “leftwing gay activists” such as Sally Kohn and Perez Hilton for  focusing their blame on Christianity and the National Rifle Association.

“I came out in the 1980s to family and friends during the AIDS epidemic. I saw a lot of friends get sick. I saw a lot of friends die. I went to a lot of funerals,” Mr. Hoft wrote. “It was a scary time to be gay.

“Like most gay Americans, I don’t wear my sexuality on my sleeve. I go about my daily business. I try not to harm anyone. I love my family. I love my friends. I love my country,” he continued. “I’ve been a conservative activist for years. But today I’m coming out as a conservative gay activist.

“I created The Gateway Pundit because I wanted to speak the truth. I wanted to expose the wickedness of the left,” he wrote. “I can no longer remain silent as my gay brothers and sisters are being slaughtered at dance clubs.”

Mr. Hoft declared that there is only one presidential candidate who would protect gays from another Islamist attack.

“There is only one man who can lead this nation and protect all gays and all Americans. His name is Donald Trump,” he wrote. “I pray that gays will come back home to the Republican Party — no more death. Dear God, please no more death.”

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