Anthony Culler is the Republican nominee for Congress in South Carolina’s 6th District. He’s running an uphill campaign against Congressman James Clyburn, a civil rights hero who has held the seat since 1993. Culler has made national news for a bizzarre anti-gay post that he made to Facebook last week. In the 520 word post, Culler made the following post to his Facebook page:
Same-sex “marriage” is a pestilence that has descended on our society, against our will, by those in the courts and government that do not value the traditional family. These people, like my opponent SC-6 Congressman Jim Clyburn who OPENLY supports same-sex “marriage,” seek to destroy the traditional family and the values we cherish.
If you believe in traditional families and that marriage is defined as an institution between one man and one woman then I ask that you start acting like it and START VOTING like it! Do not buy the “cuteness” and “What will it hurt?” arguments whispered in your ears and marketed to our children. Same-sex couples that seek to destroy our way of life and the institution of marriage are NOT cute and cuddly but rather (for those of you that are old enough to remember the movie), Gremlins that will only destroy our way of life.
There was more to the post, but you get the general idea.
Unsurprisingly, Culler’s remarks were roundly condemned, including by the South Carolina Republican Party. Said GOP Chairman Matt Moore, “Most people learned in kindergarten not to call other people names…Our party believes in the conservative definition of marriage, but we also believe in loving our neighbors and treating them with respect. Mr. Culler’s desperate, attention-seeking antics in no way represent the good, decent South Carolinians I’ve met across our state.”
Frequent readers of this blog will know that, when someone makes a social media fail, they generally do one of two things:
1) Apologize and try to move on.
2) Double down.
In a video, Culler went for the double down, leaning against a cannon and declaring, “No matter how many Gremlins there are across this country, we here in the sixth district will stand against it.” In the caption in which Culler posted the video, he said, “”Gremlins” and pro-abortion activists need to be concerned…there’s a Christian running in South Carolina that you can’t intimidate or stop.”
It’s worth noting that Culler has also used his Facebook page to attack the South Carolina Republican Party, which is probably not the preferred tactic for rallying his base. Even before the above Facebook post, Culler was bashing the South Carolina Republican Party:
Whatever you do, don’t feed Mr. Culler after midnight.