'Not Going To Keep Quiet Today': KEX/Portland's Michael Castner Comes Out On The Air
March 4, 2016 at 3:23 AM (PT)
Saying, "Never before in our lifetime have we witnessed what we are seeing now in politics," iHEARTMEDIA News-Talk KEX-A/PORTLAND midday host MICHAEL CASTNER told listeners THURSDAY (3/3) that he is gay and that he was motivated to come out on the air after hearing Republican candidates MARCO RUBIO and TED CRUZ vow that "topping their agenda is the overturning of the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality" and noting that DONALD TRUMP has echoed the sentiment.
CASTNER criticized TRUMP for bring back "the hate and fear" of the GEORGE WALLACE days "by his ham-handed handling of the KKK/DAVID DUKE endorsement ... he knew what he was doing. He didn't want to lose a single vote … even if those votes came wrapped in white sheets." He then added, "There is a trust that you have in me listening everyday ... and I in you. We don’t always agree … but in our country that is allowed. I have never said this on the air before … well … I guess out of decades long fear … and even perhaps cowardice. But I will today. I am gay."
Noting that he had kept his sexual orientation quiet for years and was concerned about the reactions of friends and family, CASTNER said, "I am not going to keep quiet today. I have a responsibility sitting behind this microphone to speak up … not just for myself but for others who don't have a voice and especially when someone is hell-bent on denying me and so many others rights that everybody else already has."
Speak up ... that is what being a patriot really means.
He said that in light of TRUMP's lack of "the stability to be president ... He is a fraud and a con man," CASTNER said that he can understand why some "hardcore" Republicans have talked about "going over to the dark side to vote for HILLARY (CLINTON)," adding, "This is not an endorsement ... far from it. I think she has a problem telling the truth ... every answer seems to have been run through a committee and tested with a focus group. But what in the hell are we left with as a choice?"
Recalling GEORGE SANTAYANA's aphorism "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," he concluded, "It is now up to us not to repeat it. We are better than that. Speak up ... that is what being a patriot really means."
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