The Family Research Council, which recently fired an employee after she complained about a top organization official telling her young women who use birth control pills are “whoring around,” is now horrified to learn Donald Trump talks about women in similarly derogatory terms. The Washington Post revealed on Friday that in 2005 Trump was caught on a hot mic talking about his failed bid to “fuck” a married woman and commenting on how he likes to grab women by their lady parts.
Calling Trump’s comments on the newly revealed video “deeply offensive and degrading,” FRC president Tony Perkins said in a statement he would continue to back the GOP nominee because his “support for Donald Trump in the general election was never based upon shared values rather it was built upon shared concerns.”
“These concerns,” Perkins explained, “include the damage the Supreme Court would continue to do to this country through the appointment of activist justices, concerns over the security of our nation because of our government’s refusal to confront the growing threat of Islamic terrorism, and concerns over the prospects of continued attacks by our own government upon religious freedom.”
Perkins cast his choice as the lesser of two evils.
“At this point in the political process, because of our lack of engagement and involvement as Christians, not just in this election but in the government and culture as a whole, we are left with a choice of voting for the one who will do the least damage to our freedoms,” he contended.
“This is far from an ideal situation, but it is the reality in which we find ourselves and as difficult as it is, I refuse to find sanctuary on the sidelines and allow the country and culture to deteriorate even further by continuing the policies of the last 8 years.”
Moira Gaul’s widely-reported sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the Family Research Council was settled in 2013 — probably for money, legal experts say — shortly after all the embarrassing publicity. FRC did not dispute that its vice-president, Bill Saunders, made the remarks his underling alleged. They just said Gaul, a veteran social conservative, was fired for unrelated budgetary reasons.
Perkins has never publicly reproached Saunders for his broadsides against women