A former Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia is saying presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will turn the U.S. into a “homocracy” if elected.
E.W. Jackson made the “homocracy” comment on his radio show “The Awakening” on April 16.
Jackson emphasized he and his supporters do not want a theocracy.
“But I guarantee you they want a homocracy,” he said, referring to Buttigieg and LGBT people.
Jackson in the same show noted his disgust at seeing Buttigieg kiss his husband and criticized former President Obama for doing “more than any other single president to advance the cause of homosexuality and normalize it.”
Jackson stated he does not want LGBT people to be punished for “what they’re doing,” but rather he wants to “see them converted.”
Efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity have been widely discredited.
Jackson also claimed Buttigieg or “someone like Buttigieg” would attempt to shut down his radio show and other conservatives’ programs.
Jackson is the head pastor of Exodus Faith Ministries, a Chesapeake, Va., church he founded, and a lawyer. He received a law degree from Harvard University.
Jackson is most well-known for his run against current Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in the state’s 2013 lieutenant gubernatorial election. Jackson was also a primary candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012 and again in 2018.
In a 2012 op-ed in The Washington Times, Jackson wrote Democrats have “made the lesbian-homosexual-bisexual-transgender agenda their vision for America.” Jackson has also called LGBT people “frankly very sick” and blamed homosexuality for HIV rates among young black men.
Jackson has made other comments that have been deemed anti-Muslim.
After the 2018 election, which increased the number of Muslims in Congress from two to three, Jackson claimed, “the floor of Congress is now going to look like an Islamic republic.”
The Washington Blade has reached out to Jackson for comment on his comments about Buttigieg