A Republican elected official in West Virginia said Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court means liberals should get their “coat hangers” ready, implying that abortions will soon be illegal.
> Parkersburg City Councilman Eric Barber, who opposed the secularization of the city’s meetings that resulted from a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, was responding in a private group to West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s announcement that he would support Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
> In his reply, the local legislator showed he doesn’t understand women’s rights or basic grammar.
> “Better get you’re coathangers ready liberals.”
Barber made the comment in a Facebook group for current events in the “Mid Ohio Valley” area, but he soon after deleted it.
Several screenshots of the offending remark popped up, however, and began making the rounds on social media.
> Despite deleting the comment, Barber defended himself in the group. He said the statement was appropriate considering a protester once threw coat hangers at him. When that reportedly happened in July, Barber said the “extremists” were “triggered.”
The city council member has also made disparaging comments about the LGBTQ community, according to the Friendly Atheist.
> Barber seems to have little to no respect for members of the LGBTQ+ community, women’s rights, or the Constitution, so it’s not surprising that he has been in trouble for his behavior. In fact, according to a local newspaper report from last year, he has a pretty extensive criminal history.
> “His arrest on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction Monday was not Parkersburg City Councilman Eric Barber’s first brush with local law enforcement.
> He has an outstanding warrant from Belpre Mayor’s Court for failure to appear in 2013 on a possession of marijuana charge, had his driver’s license reinstated earlier this year after a 2012 driving under the influence charge and served time in the state correctional system after pleading guilty to breaking and entering in 1999.”
Barber left the Democratic party last year, just a few months after his last arrest, because he felt its platform was anti-Christian after a local party leader publicly supported the separation of church and state.
> Barber said the idea, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, amounted to “anti-Christian rhetoric.” As if government neutrality on religious matters were somehow a way to persecute people of faith.
> This is a man who has repeatedly insulted some of the most vulnerable people in our society, including his own constituents. He delights in the idea that women who might need abortions — many of whom, it should be said, are conservatives — may have to resort to often-fatal back alley abortions. He also shows no respect for the secular nation that our Founders clearly envisioned — or for the law in general.