Last month a tornado ripped through parts of Marion County and nearby areas, causing upward of $20 million in damage.
One of those affected was state Rep. Joe Harding, a Williston Republican who authored Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education law.
Showing the compassion, empathy, and tolerance liberals are well known for, USA Today columnist Michael J. Stern cheered for the tornado.
On Twitter, he said, “I’m not a believer [in God], but the tornado that just ripped apart the home of the author of Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law is making me reconsider. Hey, Joe Harding (@josephbharding), God thinks you’re a rotten bigot and just b—h-slapped you.”
Sure, but some other data suggest Harding got the last laugh on wokesters like Stern.
The website Florida Politics reported on Wednesday that Harding hauled in more than $70,000 in campaign contributions last month.
While his official campaign finance report isn’t due to be filed until Sunday, Florida Politics added, two-thirds of Harding’s 3,700 donors in March lived outside of Florida.
As the website pointed out, that was 23 times the $3,126 that Harding returned to Disney after the entertainment behemoth came out forcefully against his bill and announced that it would work to repeal it in the Legislature or overturn it in the courts.
In a press release, Harding said, ‘The outpouring of support from ordinary citizens all across America is one of the most encouraging things that’s happened during my time in office.”
“They know the truth is being distorted, and they know that parents’ rights are worth fighting for. We’re in it together, and I will always fight for the defense of parents and families.”
Contrary to the smears portrayed in media coverage of the measure, Florida’s new law says nothing about the word “gay,” and prohibits school districts and classroom teachers from creating or implementing lesson plans centered on sexual orientation or gender identity.