UTAH: GOP Gov. Gary Herbert Denounces “Anti-Mormon Bigot” Steve Bannon For Attack On Mitt Romney

The Deseret News reports:

Gov. Gary Herbert slammed Steve Bannon, former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, as a “Mormon bigot” Wednesday after Bannon accused Mitt Romney of hiding behind his LDS faith to avoid serving in Vietnam.

The governor called it “a low blow because of politics” that was disappointing. “This smacks of good old-fashioned Mormon bigotry. I think that’s what Steve Bannon has demonstrated with his comment, is just he’s a Mormon bigot,” Herbert said on KSL Newsradio’s “The Doug Wright Show.”

“Clearly there’s many ways to serve your country,” he said, joining other Utah leaders in condemning Bannon’s comments made during a rally for embattled GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Like Romney, Herbert spent two years as a missionary for the Mormon Church when he was a young man.

  • bkmn

    I am all in favor of Bannon bashing, the more the merrier.

  • And so continues this episode of Infighting Is Funny.

  • Publius

    Who cares? Literally everyone involved in this little spat is a shitty person. Feel free not to take sides, people.

    • The_Wretched

      I won’t. Bannon, Trump, and the Mormons all have more than enough blame and are crap on the whole individually and taken together.

    • Guest


      • Publius

        The lot of them, I agree!

    • Kevin Andrews

      Just think of them as; “Remote Controlled” gilded feces floating in the septic tank of putrid corruption and bribery that is Washington, District of Corruption.
      You know they are all Tel Aviv owned & operated. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e091689b23814514909b3825bdd997b4d133260d63c524b1612317cc8f2af5e0.png

      • Publius

        You lost me at Tel Aviv.

        Decode the innuendo. Are you suggesting a Jewish conspiracy? Because if you are, there’s no place for antisemitism in this discussion.

  • Do Something Nice

    What’s missing from the convo is that the FUCKING POTUS didn’t serve in the military. Fuck you Bannon.

    • TJay229


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  • Leo

    Mormons vs. ‘Evangelicals’. Well fuck this is getting messy. Grab the popcorn.

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      I hope it’s a cage match to the death!

  • Lazycrockett

    Utah Loves Romney and could beat Hatch.

  • leastyebejudged

    the mormons and the baptists are two shitty peas in a shitty pod

  • Kelly Lape

    Anti Gay attacks by Mormons = Okay
    Anti Mormon Attacks by Republican Henchmen = Not okay

    Got it.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Never piss off the magic panty brigade.

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    Should all the bigotry be confined to Muslims? This administration (and Bannon) have enough to spread around.

  • Paula

    OMG! Mormons actually feeling discrimination? The horror! Kinda’ like they have been doing to us for decades.

    • MT YVR

      And corpses.

      Seriously… am I the only one truly creeped out by that practice?

      • Treant

        Not even close. Baptizing somebody who’s been dead for decades to centuries is creepy at best.

        And having to have it rescinded a la Anne Frank, and then have it redone dozens of times is…absolutely unbelievable.

        • MT YVR

          …I now have images of her bipping in and out of different afterlifes. Randomly one day she pops into existence and is like “What the fuck?”

          “Oh, hey. Yeah, welcome to the Buddhist afterlife…”

          “Oh for …”

          “No! No! We just figured you could use a break. Technically you can go to ANY of the afterlives from here… Also. We have free wifi!”


          And for a set of people who are so adamant about their faith it’s … mindboggling that they’d change some one elses’ after death.

          • The_Wretched

            While I’m sure that dead is the same as oblivion, “you” are your brain and that’s it, it’s rude (at best) that they keep seeking to claim everyone else.

          • RoFaWh

            Life is like a candle flame. Death simply snuffs if out.

            The analogy is closer than you might think; life is all about metabolizing this and that for energy, in effect burning it for energy.

            As for an afterlife, let me ask: where does a candle flame go when it’s snuffed out?

          • Nic Peterson

            Imagine poor Anne realizing that she’s been placed on some true believers celestial kingdom and she has hundreds of sister wives and exists only to populate that world, suddenly pining for a hiding place.

  • another_steve
  • Stev84

    Deseret “News” is the Mormon cult’s propaganda arm

  • Lars Littlefield

    Eh bien, c’est dommage.

  • Bluto

    “Hey! You can’t be a bigot, that’s our job!”

  • JCF

    He’s not wrong…but I feel a greater sense of “Get the popcorn!”


  • Leo
    • Todd20036

      They shouldn’t be protesting Israel over this, but they will

      • Lantor

        Does Bebe not want it in Jerusalem?

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        Im sure israel has the power to say no u cannot move the embassy to jerusalem. If they really wanted to.

    • Treant

      Dumpy don’ know, Dumpy don’ care, not as long as it gets a nice war started and we can’t replace Preznits during a conflict.

    • Gerry Fisher

      “Hey, peace in the Middle East is a *snap*. Jared told me so.”

    • Nic Peterson

      Who didn’t see that coming?

    • RoFaWh

      Not his fault!

  • TimCA

    Discrimination? You mean like trying to forcibly divorce 10’s of thousands of legally married same sex couples here in California and funding a campaign to strip gay men and women of our civil rights via Proposition 8?

  • netxtown

    …and how much money did the mormon church dump into california?
    fuck you, whiner.

    • Cackalaquiano

      ^^THIS^^ over and over.

  • Todd20036

    Typical republican. They’re ok with bigotry so long as it doesn’t affect their own allies or themselves.

    No empathy

  • Guest

    Cry me a frigging river, all of you.

  • Beth Sanders

    isnt that a culty religion? Margaret is mormon and says no but i SWEAR she is hiding something in her hair. Me and the gals do not let her play bridge with us.

    In Christ,

    • The_Wretched

      All religions are culty. Your personal anti-mormon bigotry is noted.

      Also stop wearing the corpse. It’s rude and disrespectful of the dead.

      • Beth Sanders

        Someone needs to read more scripture… just saying. Will pray for you.

        • The_Wretched

          There’s a verse about wearing the dead? Last I saw, necromancy was punishable by stoning. Your blood be upon you.

      • RoFaWh

        Mormons also don’t use the cross as a religious symbol.

        • The_Wretched

          I was referring to her gravitar which was of a deceased woman. She posed as the dead woman.

    • Treant
      • MT YVR

        … I … I kind of like Beth in this one. I mean… “Hides something in her hair”?

        That’s all sorts of awesome.

        And also? PUPPIES!?!!!!

        (grabby hands)

        • Treant

          Yeah, I haven’t blocked her because she’s a hoot.

          • MT YVR

            I think it’s performance art. You know, short the black onsies.

          • Treant

            Well, thanks for the surprisingly firm erection.

          • MT YVR

            Ah, spandex in play.

            (happy sigh)

          • RoFaWh

            I love spandex, aka Lycra aka elastane. All exactly the same stuff.

          • RoFaWh

            Black: during my intensive studies of undies from Montreal, I’ve noted that more shows through thin black material than any other color, including white.

      • Beth Sanders

        oh my heavens is it ok if i share this with the gals?

        • Treant

          Have at.

      • Tawreos

        They are so adorable, but someone needs to open the door properly so the puppies don’t get hurt

      • Gerry Fisher

        Look at dah puppies!

    • Welcome to the table.
      May we offer up some pie?
      We make the best pies.

      In dog’s name,

      (damn dyslexia)

      • Treant

        Mene, mene, Satana, Satana!

    • Tawreos

      You Satanic harlot! Who else would be playing cards? We all know they are Satan’s doorway into your home.

      • MT YVR

        Remember at one point they were considered ungodly. They were heathen icons, naturally.

        And when you add in money? Well, my.

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      “In Christ”?

      Really, still? He must be very sore by now.

      • MT YVR

        He’s on a Saint Andrew’s Cross and no ONE person is in him permanently. He prefers people rotate through.

        He’s a trouper, that one.

      • Tawreos

        I am sure the Holy Asshole can take quite a pounding and three minutes later it is like new again.

        • Reality.Bites

          It’s an asshole, not a sphincter-equipped Timex.

          I was going to post a classic Timex commercial, but found this one that I’ve never seen or don’t remember.


      • Lantor

        Body of Christ, all muscle and toned!


    • BearEyes

      Must be that pork chop.

    • Nowhereman

      All religions are cults. And what they hell are you doing here? No need to answer–I really don’t care. Buh bye now.

  • Mike

    Let’s unpack this, as the kids like to say. Mitt Romney is a horrible facsimile of a human being. He’ll win, but he only deserves rejection and disgrace. And, the Mormon church, which is obviously very important to him, is a thoroughly deplorable, despicable, antisocial, irredeemable, cruel cult. And, Steve Bannon is a professional bigot. But, it is not necessarily out of line to loathe a religion and to say so. Although, Bannon probably doesn’t give a damn about the Mormon church but pretends to and uses it as a political weapon. Therefore, once you add in the cynicism and dishonesty, it makes his Mormon trashing a bit contemptible. Still, Mormons and the Mormon church deserve every nasty thing anyone has to say about them. And so, enjoy the show as the hyenas devour each other.

  • Tawreos

    He didn’t seriously believe that Romney was loved when he ran for president, did he? He only got votes because he was white and had an R after his name.

  • clay

    “This smacks of good old-fashioned Mormon bigotry. . . he’s a Mormon bigot,”

    Uh, shouldn’t that be “good old-fashioned anti-Mormon bigotry”?
    Freud is Fun!

  • Ray Page

    Is this the same Mormon Church that ilegally funneled money to the anti prop 8 bill in California a few years back? Yes, Bannon is a vile bigot, but so is the Mormon church.

  • Harveyrabbit

    “Bannon accused Mitt Romney of hiding behind his LDS faith to avoid serving in Vietnam”

    And tRump hid behind his LDS, Little Damn Spur, to avoid serving so you can all fuck off.

  • RoverSerton

    “Clearly there’s many ways to serve your country,” As a veteran, going to France to god-bother people isn’t the worst duty to do. Especially, when it pleases your religion/cult.

  • Yixing’s Fluffer

    Romney should challenge Bannon to a boxing match for charity. Bannon bursts, Romney gets doused in sewage, and everyone enjoys their donation.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Ummm, Gary, in case you haven’t noticed, Bannon’s not a “Mormon bigot.” He’s a “bigot bigot.” He hates *many* things. Welcome to the club.

  • Pip

    So all of the racist and anti Semitic shit spouted by him was fine. But now that it’s about Mormonism he’s in the wrong. Got it.

  • Friday

    And, yeah, like these Christian Righties and fascists like Bannon’s Trump didn’t hide behind their *money* rather than serve before warmongering in politics. Not that Romney gets any credit for trying to spread his Christianist crap in posh areas, either. That’s not ‘serving the country.’

    • RoFaWh

      Mormons are not considered to be Christians; they don’t honor the Nicene Creed.

      • Friday

        Lots of Christians call other Christians ‘not-Christians’ especially when it’s convenient.

  • Cuberly Deux

    Well, ignoring the fact that Joseph Smith was a vicious racist including bigotry as an integral part of their religion….somehow I think the Momos have more in common with Bannon than Bannon or the Gov would be willing to admit.

    Yeesh, finally figured it out. Bannon is a grown up Garbage Pail Kid.


  • Hank
  • djlee

    Disagreement is often seen as persecution here in Mormonland.

  • Kevin Andrews

    I did not know that Bannon was a Magic Underpants wearing Mormon Bigot. I thought those all resided in Salt Lake City when they aren’t out being Missionary of Hate like in California’s Prop 8. Can’t feed the hungry or house the homeless but they sure can piss away $300 MILLION on prejudice toward the LGBTQ and Cis-Gendered taxpaying Citizens whom they will deny equal rights any day.
    Now that’s the Mormon Bigotry that hangs out all over the West. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/54cea54fd5194da4537487ff7d7efebe28e29fb861254d576cbf9f16128d9636.png

  • Xaca

    President PussyGrabber McBoneSpurs x Infinity.

  • BobSF_94117

    “This smacks of good old-fashioned Mormon bigotry. I think that’s what
    Steve Bannon has demonstrated with his comment, is just he’s a Mormon


    What a nitwit.

    • Reality.Bites

      Bannon is not only a Mormon bigot but an avowed Semite

  • RoFaWh

    It may be bigotry but it’s also true that many young momos avoided the draft by becoming “missionaries”.

  • Nic Peterson

    Gary, please remind us about the whole polygamy thing. When does my marriage start causing polygamy? Is it soon?

    BTW — explain to us about how the belief is now that polygamy will be practiced in the afterlife when you get your own planet and become a god. I bet christians love that part. That is the whole end game with the belief system, isn’t it. Don’t you need to be a missionary in order to get your own planet? Isn’t that what Mittens is really after?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Oh please. Anti-gay mormon moron bitches about anti-mormon moron while missing the glaring irony of the situation. Fuck you and your sister wife too.

  • geoffalnutt

    One force to destabilize a region or the whole world in very short order…even instantly.: R E L I G I O N. Hankering for a little death in your life?? Add religion!
    Here we go.

  • Stubenville
  • James

    No, good old-fashioned Mormon bigotry was when the Mormons tried to derail marriage equality.

  • Friday’s_cat

    How dare they, just because a cult believes in magic underwear to keep them safe from sins of Onan.

  • Bj Lincoln

    At least the Mormons do something. I can’t stand missionarys and what they do. I have no sympathy if they are run out of town or killed. It is more than the Amish do. But then the Amish don’t push their religion on others or get political.

  • Mickey Bitsko

    This smacks of good old-fashioned Mormon bigotry. I think that’s what Steve Bannon has demonstrated with his comment, is just he’s a Mormon bigot

    Either the governor needs to take a remedial English course or he’s saying Bannon is a Mormon.

    Signed, the Little Ol’ Nit Picker Me

  • boatboy_srq

    The Eating Of Their Own continues.

    In related news, ConAgra was down 9 cents today. When was the last popcorn run?

  • Gianni

    Can Bannon get any more repulsive? I can stand no more that a few seconds of looking at him let alone listening to the dirtbag.

  • Charlie In SF

    Run, Mitt, Run! Rip the GOP apart…

  • Gene Perry

    Gov. Gary acts like he is actually surprised that Bannon makes a bigoted statement …

  • JAKvirginia

    Just FYI: Bannon served in the USN from 76 – 83…. after the Vietnam War ended. This is a cheapshot on Romney.