Former Senate candidate Don Grundmann and his group, the National Straight Pride Coalition (NSPC), announced last month intentions to hold a straight pride rally in its home town of Modesto, California.
Despite the NSPC's website claiming to celebrate the "inherent superiority" of whiteness and heterosexuality, Grundmann insisted its members aren't racist.
Until he didn't.
At a recent city council hearing regarding the NSPC's rally permit, Grundmann accidentally told councilmembers that the NSPC was a "peaceful, racist group," eliciting heavy laughter from the crowd.
Grundmann was accusing Councilwoman Kristi Ah You, who hasn't kept her criticisms of the event secret, of pulling "the race card."
"You pulled the race card to justify attacks against us in that park. When they come, you're going to turn right around and say we deserved it. We haven't done anything. We're a totally peaceful racist group."
Ah You, along with the rest of the observers, descended into raucous laughter and applause, leaving Grundmann unable to reclaim his point. The laughter continued on Twitter:
@MeAustinC @tribranchvo Lmao even the councilwoman loses it— Mr Manager (@Mr Manager)1565240993.0
@mmanning24 https://t.co/O9O1lNsBjM— Dragapult Fanclub President (@Dragapult Fanclub President)1565311707.0
@mmanning24 @SDWolf I've heard of Freudian slips, but this is a SlipNSlide with inflatable rainbows, sparklers and… https://t.co/BsN6XMhR1k— Preston Bear - Delightfully Dumm (@Preston Bear - Delightfully Dumm)1565328475.0
@mmanning24 @stefenauris Totally peaceful RACIST group... lmfao— Kraton (@Kraton)1565354998.0
@mmanning24 Hahah! They got so used to saying the quiet part out loud, they can't control themselves anymore!— Mirel (@Mirel)1565307556.0
But not everyone was laughing.
@emilysahlman @mmanning24 @BabyChelleBell honestly me knowing that I live among these people https://t.co/UT3oiRmpe4— court ◡̈ (@court ◡̈)1565245108.0
@mmanning24 @samswey I'm with the Sikh guy. This shit is getting serious.— Anuj S. Vaidya (@Anuj S. Vaidya)1565352005.0
@mmanning24 @breplease_ This man really said “a totally peaceful racist group” I’m sick 😷— Miguel Gomez (@Miguel Gomez)1565277481.0
Grundmann isn't the only straight pride advocate with skeletons in his not-closet. Another straight pride parade in Boston has also been linked to far-right and white supremacist groups.
Funny how that works.