Rep. Allen West (R-FL) said that LGBT people do not face employment discrimination in the U.S.
Think Progress’ Scott Keyes on Thursday asked West if he would be willing to support a law that bans hiring or firing of people based on their sexual orientation.
“That don’t happen out here in the United States of America,” West insisted.
“You don’t think people get fired because they’re gay?” Keyes inquired.
“Well, I don’t see that as being a big issue with small businesses,” West replied. “I sit on the Small Business Committee. You know what they’re concerned about? They’re concerned about onerous tax policy, regulatory policy and lack of access to capital because Dodd-Frank is absolutely decimating small community banks."