Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Why are Republicans so concerned about ‘grooming’?

By Joel Mathis The Week

Suddenly the American right is fairly exploding with accusations of sexual “grooming” against its political opponents.

Christina Pushaw, the spokesperson for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, used the term last month to defend the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill. “If you’re against the Anti-Grooming Bill,” she tweeted, “you are probably a groomer or at least you don’t denounce the grooming of 4-8 year old children.” Rod Dreher, who writes at The American Conservative, has in recent days lobbed the term at “pervy” Disney for its (belated) opposition to the new law, and labeled Democrats the “party of child mutilators & kidnappers.” And MAGA outlet American Greatness on Monday printed a broadside against “Groomer Fragility.

“It’s not a very nice word, to be sure,” wrote the American Greatness author. “But the right must decide: Do we prefer to play nice with perverts who are very sexually interested in our children? Or do we prefer to stand up for the innocence of childhood against societal forces that seek to mutilate little kids for political gain?”


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