For a long time I found it extremely puzzling why so many right wing men seemed to believe that there were all these gay predators out there, just waiting to “groom” otherwise impeccably straight men and boys into “the homosexual lifestyle” if they could just get a couple of drinks into their victims first:
Prominent conservative activist Matt Schlapp sexually fondled a staffer for Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker as he was driving Schlapp back to his Atlanta hotel on Oct. 19, the staffer told The Daily Beast. Schlapp, head of the American Conservative Union and lead organizer of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), was in Georgia for a Walker campaign event, and the alleged sexual assault took place after Schapp had bought the staffer drinks at two bars, The Daily Beast‘s Roger Sollenberger reported Thursday night.
“It was a public space, and I was thinking that he got the hint,” the staffer told The Daily Beast. “But it escalated.” He said that as he drove Schlapp back to the hotel, Schlapp reached over and “fondled” his crotch for an extended period as he froze in shock, calling the episode “scarring” and “humiliating.” He said he declined Schlapp’s invitation to come up to his room.
In videos he recorded right after the incident, which he shared with The Daily Beast as well as his wife and another person close to him, the staffer said Schalpp “put his hands on me in a sustained and unsolicited and unwanted manner,” and “grabbed my junk and pummeled it at length,” adding that the incident left him feeling “so f–king dirty.” He said he informed the Walker campaign the next morning, and felt “nothing but support” from campaign officials.
The staffer, in his late 30s, told The Daily Beast he would come forward with his name if Schlapp denied his allegations. Schlapp attorney Charlie Spies told The Daily Beast in a statement that “the attack is false and Mr. Schlapp denies any improper behavior. We are evaluating legal options for response.” Schlapp has been married to Mercedes Schlapp, a conservative commentator and former White House official, since 2002.
The Walker campaign “confirmed the details of the campaign’s involvement as the staffer described it,” Sollenberger reports.
Left out of this proto-fascist rom-com script treatment are various charming details, including:
(1) Schlapp was the chief organizer of the Brooks Brother riot back in the day.
(2) He’s married to a woman and has five daughters.
(3) The CPAC conferences he’s organized have been epicenters of propaganda for claims about “groomers” — you know, men who buy you a couple of drinks and next thing you know you’re as gay as George Santos (who if I know anything at all about this series at this point probably isn’t even gay, but whatever).
The every accusation is a confession trope is perhaps most pathetically illustrated by the legions of closeted right wing men in the Straight While Sober club, who not surprisingly spend a lot of time fantasizing about a society full of “groomers,” who will magically convert totally straight men like them into helpless victims of the LGBT conspiracy.