Potential GOP Candidates Cozy Up To Unapologetic Bigot Bryan Fischer

March 29, 2011 2:48 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association's director of issues analysis, is one of the most unapologetically bigoted public figures in the country. Fischer's notable screeds include referring to same-sex relationships as a form of "domestic terrorism" and demanding the deportation of all Muslims who are not willing to convert to Christianity. Just today, Fischer repeated his call for a ban on the construction of new mosques.

Although there's no shortage of intolerance in the social conservative movement, Fischer stands out because he also hosts a radio program, which, despite his odious record, regularly draws high-profile Republican guests. Since January, Fischer has interviewed at least six potential GOP presidential candidates. Right Wing Watch's Kyle Mantyla, Fischer's most dogged critic, has documented several of the appearances:

January 12: Tim Pawlenty tells Fischer that he "would support reinstating" the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

February 25: Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain tells Fischer that the Obama administration's decision to stop defending DOMA is "a breach of presidential duty bordering on treason."

March 2: Mike Huckabee tells Fischer that the media distorted his comment about President Obama growing up in Kenya and doubles down on his attack on the president's worldview: "Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout meetings, you know, our communities were filled with Rotary Clubs, not madrassas."

March 24: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) tells Fischer that she is "looking at that possibility" of running for president and "will be making a decision by early this summer."

March 25: Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) tells Fischer that he would reinstate the ban on gays serving openly in the military because "when you're under fire and people are living and dying of split-second decisions you don't need any kind of amorous mindset that can affect saving people's lives and killing bad guys."

March 25: Newt Gingrich answers Fischer's call to "slow down the homosexual agenda," saying that as president he would emphasize "pro-classical Christianity."

Noticeably missing from the list is former moderate Mitt Romney, whom Fischer scornfully describes as "the man who kick-started the push to legalize sexually abnormal relationships" in Massachusetts. As Steve Benen recently commented, "Try to imagine what would happen if a liberal extremist spewed hate like this every day, and prominent Democrats pandered to him on a regular basis."