Tancredo Is "Just Asking" If We Can Still "Segregate" Gay Troops

December 22, 2010 10:50 am ET — Kate Conway

Tom Tancredo

Last Saturday, someone decided it might be a good idea to give former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo a three-hour guest hosting slot on Colorado talk radio station 850 KOA. (Consolation prize for his failed gubernatorial bid on the Constitution Party ticket?) Tancredo elected to use most of his allotted time to discuss topics the Senate had recently taken up (coincidentally, also perhaps his greatest fears): immigrants and gay people.

Unsurprisingly, Tancredo, who has made his anti-immigrant views well known, isn't in favor of the DREAM Act (which, he claimed, will give special affirmative action treatment to tons of people sneaking in from Latin America and Africa). He was also skeptical about the "political" repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," but fortunately for the large majorities of Americans and military personnel who wanted DADT to go away, Tancredo isn't in charge; President Obama signed repeal into law this morning.

Yet, knowing what was coming, Tancredo clung to hope that our combat troops might be saved from actually having to serve in close quarters with those scary gays. "I wonder," he mused, "to what extent this ruling allows the military to segregate within their own ranks."

TANCREDO: I have a feeling there may be other problems that develop. Certainly those kinds of things have been expressed by the head of the — by the common head of the Marine Corps. And I would — among other things I wonder to what extent this ruling allows the military to segregate within their own ranks. That is to say, it's okay, just as we said that it was ok to have females in the military but we would segregate them into non-combative roles, then would this be — I wonder if we could do the same thing in this situation, saying that just the environment in combat does not lend itself to having these other pressures on the people that we ask to do the fighting. I don't know. I'm just asking a question. I do not know if that was part of the bill that was passed today by the Senate, whether it really went into that kind of detail. I doubt it. Usually these things go over to the military and you know the military is just simply told, "implement."