Trump Attacks Iowa Hate Group Leader

Back in 2013 Bob Vander Plaats paraphrased Winston Churchill and declared that it would be better to die than live in a gay-friendly nation. In 2014 his group Family Leader put out a video that links same-sex marriage to terrorism. And in early 2015 his group signed onto a SCOTUS brief which claimed that same-sex marriage will lead to a nation of slutty girls and violent boys. Therefore we are especially enjoying today’s latest Trump tweetstorm. You might recall that in 2012 Vander Plaats was accused of selling his endorsement to Frothy Mix for $1 million.

UPDATE: Vander Plaat was on Fox this morning to predict a win for Ted Cruz.

  • Joe in PA

    Trump: Vanderpantz is a total phony and con man. Yayayayayay. Finally I agree with Trump.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      First actual GOP candidate to put Vandersplash’s grifting in print??

      I think so.

    • Herald

      He’s a “total phony and con man” only because he didn’t endorse Trump.

  • Gigi

    Finally he says something I can stand behind. Then again, even a broken clock is right two times a day.

    • Herald

      Eh, he’s not saying it because the guy is a rabid homophobe. Trump is only attacking him because he endorsed Cruz.

      • Gigi

        Trump called Vander Plaata a phony. Which he is. Hence my comment.

        • Herald

          How is he a phony? He’s very upfront and sincere in his homophobia. He’s not a phony, he’s a hateful bigot.
          Why didn’t Trump attack him for that? That would be something worth complimenting Trump for.

          • Gigi

            Vander Plaats is a phony, as are many of the other “family values” types, because he preaches one thing but believe something entirely different. Vander Plaats presents himself as a pious and god-fearing Christian yet he’s nothing more than a money-grubbing social climber. His gods are money, power and influence. He’s a liar and a grifter. A fake and a phony. Trump didn’t attack him for being a hateful bigot because he’s a hateful bigot himself.

  • JT

    sTRUMPet trying to appear reasonable? Just before the primary.

    • DaddyRay

      Nah – it is just sTump putting down anyone who doesn’t endorse him – nothing new here

  • Michael Rush

    Another example of Trump making everything about Trump ,
    no one wins , nothing to see here .

  • basically not only does Bob Vander Plaats want to influence the primary but he wants to make a nice cut of money doing so. I wonder how much Cruz gave him for the endorsement

    • DaddyRay

      Maybe that is why Cruz needed to do the Money Beg

    • Westcoast88

      Don’t expect Fox News to ask him how much money changed hands for that endorsement.

  • Dot Beech

    Trump is a pig, but he’s a smart business man. He knows the extremists are ultimately bad for business and he generally won’t give them the time of day. He’s leagues ahead of Cruz in terms of ability to do anything successfully.

    All Cruz can do successfully is prey upon other arch conservatives for his own advancement. But that can only take him so far. Which is good.

    • marshlc

      Don’t kid yourself, if this guy had endorsed Trump, it’d be all “Bob
      Vander Plaats is a very valuable person, his group does very good work”.

  • WebSlinger
    • Jimmie Z

      At least he didn’t eat it in the Sistine Chapel.

      • 2karmanot

        Gawd! Yes oh yes, yes, yes, yeah…that’s it, yes!!!!!!

  • anne marie in philly

    vander messypants sounds like a real douchebag. I would like to see rump and messypants mud wrestle for the title of “worst phony”.

    • David L. Caster

      Biggest Phony.

  • Robincho

    Things are never so bad that they can’t get worse. And similarly, nobody is so vile or so foul that someone even more detestably loathsome cannot be found. Rumpdump has just proved it…

  • Kevin Perez

    infighting is funny 🙂

  • Rolf

    I really hate being forced to look at the glistening, wet interior of Turnip’s mouth. Please Joe, no more. Please.

    • Silver Badger

      This picture of Trump about to suck cock defames one of the most wonderful pastimes ever invented, Please no.

    • Jimmie Z

      Your avatar is quite distracting!
      What did you say?

    • vorpal

      I agree with this comment. I know it is near impossible to find a pic of tRump not only not yelling but with his mouth closed, but surely there must exist one somewhere that is more hilarious and less vomit-worthy.

  • Steven Leahy

    But, if VanderPlaats hadn’t asked for money and had endorsed Trump, would Trump be attacking him? Very likely not. Trump’s ethics are about an inch deep, it’s all about whether he received adoration or not.

    • David L. Caster

      An inch deep? More like a few angstroms.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    I would have more respect if trump called out this hate monger for being a hate monger rather than trying to get free stuff.

    • Stev84

      It’s not just his homophobia that’s problematic. Why does such a nobody have this much influence? Even considering the ridiculous importance of Iowa in national politics, why does this clown have so much power?

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Agreed. In the past his obscene homophobia earned him points. But to expect free stuff and huge payments for being a bigoted asshole? Please…

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        He has so much power because he claims family’s need saved…fags are bad and fundys are fabulous. He leads the extreme of the state and is the most disgusting person in Iowa.

        I am very disheartened that he is getting national attention now.

        • David L. Caster

          It happens every election cycle there.

      • Here’s some dish…

        The Republican party here in Iowa was taken over by religious extremists years ago. Vander Putzz was also successful in having three state Supreme Court justices lose a vote of retention. He targeted them, and they had to step down, because of their votes for marriage equality. This small state has its share of progressive values and acceptance, more than many realize. It’s not simply knee-jerk reactionary. Except for the Republicans.

  • bkmn

    It’s funny cause it is true.

  • Blake Jordan

    Neither is obviously the best option, but trump is so much better than cruz.

    • Necessitas

      Couldn’t agree more. Trump believes whatever he needs in order to get through the day. Cruz, on the other hand, is a TRUE BELIEVER ™ itching for HOLY JIHAD.

    • Queequeg

      Absolutely. Cruz is far more dangerous.

      • Joe knows who I am.

        Cruz is less dangerous. Look at his poll numbers. He doesn’t stand a chance in hell.

        • Queequeg

          I don’t think he’ll get the nomination, but it would be bad if he did. I also think that Rubio, who very well could get the nomination, would be a terrible president.

    • canoebum

      Trump doesn’t want to be President, he just wants to win the election. I seriously doubt he will win, but if he should, the resulting chaos and destruction would be huge.

      • Joseph Miceli


      • zeddy303

        How do you doubt trump will win? Is it once after the Iowa and NH primary the losers will fall off and vote for Cruz? Just curious.

        • canoebum

          I doubt he would win because the American electorate is made up of more than just angry white guys and racists. Lots of the non-angry and non-racists vote in big numbers during Presidential elections. There were no fewer angry white guys and racists during the 2008 and 2012 elections, yet Barack Obama was elected twice.

          • Strepsi

            DON’T BE COMPLACENT!

            Trump has things McCain and Romney didn’t — the mythos of amazing business acumen, and a tough line on immigration. Visiting family in liberal Western CANADA and in chatting fully HALF said they’d vote for Trump. I was gobsmacked. Because 1) They think he could handle the economy, 2) He will screen Muslims carefully before admitting them, and 3) They believe Hillary Clinton is a corrupt kleptocrat.

            So there you go, but please, vote!

          • canoebum

            Rest assured, I am far from being complacent. Very far.

  • Randy Left Brooklyn

    Vander Platts did the same thing in 2012 when Romney would not pay the shake down. The sooner these skunks are exposed the better off the country will be. Every 4 years they pull this crap, where religious leaders try to extort from the political process.

    • Queequeg

      Trump is a loudmouthed know it all, but I love it when he calls out these self righteous pricks. Vander Platts is one of the worst.

    • David L. Caster

      Most christianist leaders are extortionists.

  • JT
  • WebSlinger
  • SFBruce

    It’s obvious that neither Cruz nor Vander Plaats is our friend, and while Trump hasn’t made anti-LGBT rhetoric part of his campaign, I don’t trust him for a second. This morning he told Chris Wallace same sex marriage is not a settled issue and that he would strongly consider appointing supreme court justices who would overturn Obergefell. If either Cruz or Trump becomes president, the country is in for a whole shitload of problems.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Is he pandering before Iowa? That’s an insane statement on Trump’s part. Also note Trump’s style of leaving an escape clause – “would strongly consider.” Cruz wouldn’t need to consider; it’s not pandering with him, he really wants Obergefell gone – he doesn’t know how, he just wants it one. I’m still more scared of Cruz, but as I’ve said before, it’s as if Trump has taken that as a dare.

      • Strepsi

        I don’t know how their believers can even swallow it for a second! California Prop 8 failed because it TOOK AWAY EXISTING RIGHTS, which is unconstitutional. The fact a few people got married did it in. So now there are hundreds of thousands of people nationwide who are married, and you think the Federal government can sue to remove that right? Never gonna happen. Or that those people won’t form a Class Action suit that will win instantly? Or that there’s even a case to bring to change the law in the first place? The whole idea of it is absurd

        • KnownDonorDad

          I’m betting Trump is completely aware of that and is just whipping up a few more evangelical votes – that’s one GOP establishment tradition he’s decided to use in the home stretch to Iowa. I haven’t figured out if Cruz is so far around the bend that he actually believes Obergefell could be overturned (Constitutional amendment? Good luck) even though he certainly wants that to happen.

  • Queequeg

    Every so often, I want to cheer something that Trump says. This is one of those times. I also enjoy his attacks on Cruz.

    • zeddy303

      He’ll attack anyone to further his cause. Yet he won’t stand up for gay rights ever.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        True, but any step to marginalize the evangelicals, rather than treating them as representatives of God herself, is a step forward. (Unfortunately, it’s a step forward politically for the GOP who wants to pivot to the middle, but you take what you can get.)

      • Queequeg

        No, he probably won’t. I would never vote for him, but I like it when he attacks the far right who think they are immune to criticism.

      • jmax

        He’s anti- everything and pro- nothing. To actually take a stand on an issue would require thought and commitment. neither of which he is willing to do.

  • William

    Why isn’t Vander Plaats busting rocks at Fort Leavenworth?

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Because no one he deals with in the GOP machine will come out and say the things Trump just did?

  • thank-you-thing

    I don’t have much use for Donald Trump …

    • Dan Robinson

      Somebody should make and sell Trump-faced doggie pick-up bags. I’d buy em’.

    • anne marie in philly

      dingdingding, comment of the day!

    • 2karmanot

      Divine did it better…but yes…

  • 2karmanot

    “it would be better to die than live in a gay-friendly nation.” Let us help

    • It would be the compassionate thing to do for them. I thought dying is supposed to be the most awesome thing to christians – they get their own mansions, gold-paved streets, an eternity of basking in their savior’s gaze.

      So, Vanderputz ….why the delay? Get your golden mansion today!

  • Joseph Miceli

    Um….selling endorsements for cash. Isn’t this a matter for the Federal Elections Commission? Then again, the FEC doesn’t seem to really do much anyway.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Also, too, from Trump’s mouth: “I love the evangelicals.” So, they are relegated to another “special interest” getting lip, rather than the default – by the GOP frontrunner.

    Weird times.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    And Re: “2 Corinthians”.

    It was as if Star Wars fans had spent 40 years making themselves the life and death center of a given party’s political life, then the party leader shows up and says, “Hey, I LOVE Captain Kirk.”

    Loved it.

  • Matt

    This is a vile, vile man. Vander Plaats is basically Iowa’s version of Fred Phelps, but with money from his grifting activities. His hatred of all that is not his mirror image runs deeper than most. Fortunately, he only speaks to those stupid enough to believe his words (by merely invoking “god”). But these are the types who turn out for primary elections and caucus night.

    Iowa Democrats generally do a decent job at ferreting out the best candidate(s), but the Iowa GOP are every bit as reactionary, paranoid, and narrow-minded as anywhere else, and tend to vote for literally the worst people possible on their side (ie., the most deranged, selfish, theocratic evangelicals).

  • olandp

    This is news? Didn’t we hear all of this last go-round?

  • Macbill

    The enemy of my enemy is my enemy, too.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Or with a southern accent:
      The enema of my enema…

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    Trump blasting a hate group leader one moment, and wanting to overturn Obergefell the next. How about talking from a multitude of sides of your mouth.×232.png

  • Ninja0980

    If he had endorsed Trump, he’d be singing a different tune.
    I will say that Trump is right about Vander Platts being a lying asshole.
    After all, god was supposed to smite Iowa for allowing same sex marriage back in 09 and it hasn’t happened yet.

  • Secure

    Delicious! Trump is more fun than the rest of the GOP contenders.

    • Friday

      As long as that bull stays in *their* glass house, that’s fine. 🙂

  • JCF
  • Michael Hampton

    I guess Cruz paid him more for his endorsement than Trump was willing to part with. Like Frothy did when he gave Van DerPlotz a million bucks for his endorsement.