Cory Booker really wants to know how Mike Pompeo feels about gay sex

Sen. Cory Booker and Mike Pompeo

Cory Booker was thinking about gay sex, cheap identity politics points, and the presidency on Thursday. (AP/Graeme Jennings/Washington Examiner)

by Philip Wegmann  |   Washington Examiner

If confirmed, CIA Director Mike Pompeo will become the next secretary of state, a position that comes with the responsibility to advise the president on foreign policy, negotiate with foreign powers, and generally conduct U.S. foreign affairs.

Pompeo will have to deal with a nuclear North Korea, an aggressive China, and an increasingly meddlesome Russia. Pompeo will come to the State Department at a dangerous moment under a distracted president.

But Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., has bigger concerns. He wants to know how Pompeo feels about gay sex.

More specifically that New Jersey Democrat and aspiring presidential candidate wanted Pompeo to apologize for holding an opinion contrary to his own. While still a Kansas congressman, Pompeo expressed an opinion that just about every single U.S. president until Barack Obama also expressed. He opposed same-sex marriage and called homosexual sex a “perversion.”

Apparently, that makes Pompeo unqualified to conduct foreign affairs. And so, again and again in the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Booker asked him about gay marriage.

To his credit Pompeo didn’t dodge: “When I was a politician, I had a very clear view on whether it was appropriate for two same-sex persons to marry. I stand by that.” What’s more, and the only thing that really matters, is that Pompeo dismissed the idea that he would treat anyone differently because of their sexual orientation. His record at the CIA is exemplary, and in contrast to other Trump appointees, there are no substantive complaints against him based on his performance.

One should be able to disagree with Pompeo on his personal views and also agree that he is well suited to run the State Department. One would hope that a senator like Booker would be able to make that distinction. But Booker was thinking about gay sex, cheap identity politics points, and the presidency on Thursday.

 

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