Mass. GOP official cites Trump to defend tweet about gay politicians

A Massachusetts county commissioner has cited President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE's social media practices to defend a tweet in which he suggested that gay politicians were "too self-absorbed" to adequately represent their constituents.

“I pretty much only do what President Donald Trump does relative to his social media postings,” Barnstable Commissioner Ron Beaty (R) said in an email to The Cape Cod Times on Tuesday. “If it is good enough for our president, whom I support 100 percent, then it is good enough for me as well.”

The comment came the same day Beaty posed a question to his 10,000 Twitter followers about politicians who are gay.

"Generally speaking, are gay politicians too self-absorbed and self-centered to adequately represent ALL of their constituents in a fair and equitable manner?" he asked. 

The Cape Cod Times noted that Beaty posed the question less than a week after a pair of openly gay state lawmakers, state Sen. Julian Cyr (D) and state Rep. Sarah Peake (D), were named to leadership positions. 

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“I am disappointed to hear that Ron Beaty made such an uninformed statement regarding the value LGBTQ people bring to Cape Cod and our commonwealth," Cyr said in response to Beaty's comments, according to the news outlet. “It appears he would prefer to spend his time as an elected official causing division and spreading disrespect.”

Peake told The Cape Cod Times that she did not want to “dignify Mr. Beaty’s statement with a response, other than to say it demonstrates the depth of his ignorance and homophobia.”

Beaty said that he wasn't intending to single anyone out with his tweet. 

“[I] had people make some statements to me in recent weeks, so I thought I’d look for other people’s opinions on the matter," he said. 

Republican state Rep. Timothy Whelan called on Beaty to resign, saying that he was "upset" by the commissioner's question. 

“There is no place in the public arena for this kind of talk, and we cannot condone such outrageous behavior,” James Lyons, chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, added. 

Beaty issued a statement Wednesday insisting that he had nothing to apologize for while maintaining that "in speaking my mind, I am not politically correct and hope others will speak their minds in an equally candid fashion."

"In this country, we have something called the United States Constitution, which includes our First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech!" he said in the statement.

"Since I have done nothing wrong, then I have absolutely nothing to apologize for, and most assuredly will not consider resigning from my position as Barnstable County Commissioner!"  

Beaty, who served a 14-month prison sentence after threatening to kill former President George H.W. Bush and other politicians in the 1990s, has consistently aired controversial thoughts on Twitter, The Cape Cod Times noted.