Video: GOP Debate Crowd Boos Soldier Serving in Iraq

During the FOX News/Google GOP presidential debate, a YouTube question regarding ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ from Stephen Hill, a soldier serving in Iraq, was directed at Rick Santorum.

Asked Hill: “Do you plan to circumvent the progress that has been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?”

In a disgusting display of disrespect, Hill – an active soldier serving in Iraq – was booed by members of the audience at the debate.

Answered Santorum:

“Any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military. And the fact that they are making it a point to include it as a provision within the military – that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege, I think tries to inject social policy into the military and the military’s job is to defend our country. We need to give the military, which is all volunteer, the ability to do so in a way that is most efficient and protective of our men and women in uniform and I believe this undermines that ability.”

Megyn Kelly followed up: “So what would you do with soldiers like Stephen Hill. Now he’s out. What would you do as president?”

Said Santorum: “What we’re doing right now is playing social experimentation with our military right now, and that’s tragic. Going forward we would reinstitute that policy…”

In addition to the disrespect shown to an active US soldier serving overseas, Santorum makes the odd statement that “any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military.” So I’m guessing he feels no soldier – gay or straight – has the right to have ANY sex while in the military. Also, he refers to allowing gay and lesbian citizens the right that all heterosexual citizens have as a “special privilege.” I’m not sure how more backward that comment could be. Allowing all citizens the SAME rights is hardly doling out ‘special privileges.’

Notice not ONE of the candidates on that stage defended the soldier from those in the crowd booing.

One more thing – imagine how FOX News would play out the scenario of a Democratic crowd booing a US soldier. Think about that.
(via towleroad)