Yesterday, it was reported that Orange County Congressional candidate Michelle Steel was found in a newly surfaced video bragging about her decision to pull her daughter out of college because she supported marriage equality.
Steel can be heard in the clip explaining that she withdrew her daughter from the University of California Santa Cruz after she began voicing her support for Barack Obama and equal marriage. In the video Steel tells a crowd of supporters:
“She chose the University of Santa Cruz, and then she started talking about, you know, ‘I’m going to vote for Obama.’ There’s a change. And then she said, ‘God gave us two men, what’s wrong with gay marriage?’”
“We brought her back and we sent her to Marymount…. one year of brainwash, and then after that, we sent her to Vanderbilt […]
See the whole video of Steel’s comments HERE.
Statement from DCCC Spokesperson Andy Orellana:
“The people of Orange County deserve a leader who believes in equal rights for all, and Michelle’s Steel’s discriminatory remarks prove that she has no place in Congress.”
Read the full story below or HERE.
Equality California accuses Michelle Steel of demonstrating “contempt” for her would-be LGBTQ constituents
By John Riley // July 8, 2020
LGBTQ groups are criticizing a California Republican congressional candidate over a video of her bragging that she withdrew her daughter from college after the young woman expressed support for marriage equality.
Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) in California’s 48th Congressional District, has come under fire after video footage of her making allegedly homophobic comments at a February 2014 meeting of The Newport Mesa Tea Party were released this week.
In the video clip, Steel claims she withdrew her daughter from UC Santa Cruz after she expressed support for same-sex marriage and indicated she was inclined to vote for former President Barack Obama.
“We have two daughters, and one graduated from USC and one graduated from Vanderbilt. I always talk about — the USC kid was just perfect, but God’s always fair, so they give you [a] little different kid for the second one,” Steel said.
“So she actually begin — began, she chose the University of [California,] Santa Cruz, and then she started talking about that, you know, ‘I’m going to vote for Obama. … And then she said, ‘God gave us two men — what’s wrong with gay marriage?’ We brought her back and we sent her to [Loyola] Marymount,” Steel said to laughter from the audience.
“So she graduated — she actually went to [Loyola] Marymount [for] one year of brainwash, and then after that, we sent her to Vanderbilt.”
Following the video’s re-emergence, LGBTQ groups slammed Steel for her comments.
Hans Furtago Laursen, a Seal Beach resident and urgent care doctor in Southern California who is raising a son with his husband in the district, also condemned Steel’s remarks.
“When I take care of patients on the front lines fighting COVID, I don’t care who they are, whom they love or what they look like,” he said.
“I know I would treat Michelle Steel fairly if she were my patient. But she says she wouldn’t represent me and my family fairly as our member of Congress. She is acting just like our last Congressman, whom we fired, who thought homeowners should be able to refuse to sell their homes to families like mine.”