Sam Clovis, President Trump’s pick to be the top scientist for the Department of Agriculture (USDA), has argued that homosexuality is a choice and that the legalization of same-sex marriage could lead to legalized pedophilia, CNN’s KFile reported on Monday after a review of Clovis’ writings, radio broadcasts, and speeches ranging from 2012 to 2014.
“If we protect LGBT behavior, what other behaviors are we going to protect? Are we going to protect pedophilia?” Clovis asked in a video uncovered by the CNN team. “We’re not thinking the consequences of these decisions through.”
When a questioner suggested that some might call Clovis’ opinions “extreme,” Clovis said that he believes they are “logical.”
“I think it’s a logical extension of thought. And if you cannot follow the logic, then you’re denying you’re in denial.”
CNN also uncovered that Clovis has repeatedly argued that being a member of the LGBT population is a “choice.”
“The science on this issue seems to be uncertain, and if one followed the arguments from plaintiffs, the issue argued was that these individuals, because of ‘love,’ should be allowed to marry just like opposite-sex couples,” he said in 2011.
When reached for comment about Clovis’s controversial opinions, a USDA spokeswoman referred CNN to the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states.
“The Supreme Court settled the issue in 2015,” the spokeswoman said.
Clovis previously suggested that former President Obama wanted to “be a dictator” and “enslave” his opponents, according to reviewed transcripts of episodes of Sam Clovis’s radio show, audio from his radio appearances and blog posts by Clovis.
“This president is a dangerous person,” Clovis wrote in an April 2012 blog post reported by CNN.
“He is dangerous in that he does not have the interests of the nation in mind and is more than willing to do anything to advance an ideology that is absolutely opposed to American exceptionalism.”
Having Obama as president for four more years could result in “the total destruction of our Constitutional republic,” he wrote.
“He wants to be a dictator and he wants to enslave all who are not part of his regime,” Clovis wrote.
“As Althusius advised in the 17th Century, we have a right to throw off imprudent magistrates. The current president certainly qualifies. Vote in November.”
In September 2012 during an episode of his online radio program, “Serious Civics with Sam Clovis,” Clovis said Obama seemed “happy” following the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
“This is something that tells you that he is dismissive of the entire affair and in fact, I would even hate to stretch this out but it’s almost as if it was intentional,” Clovis said.
“As if he is happy that these things have occurred.”
“Right after the event, where does he go? He goes and he does an interview on the hip hop guy who is a pimp and on top of everything else,” Clovis added.
“The fact that he goes to Las Vegas and essentially just mentions in passing that we’ve had four Americans killed in Libya under a premeditated orchestrated attack and he doesn’t seem to have any more attachment to it than that. This is frightening.”
Clovis also said in a 2012 blog post that Obama for over a decade let his publisher carry a biography “that had him born in Kenya.”
“Only after beginning his pursuit of public office did he ‘correct’ the entry,” Clovis wrote.
As The Hill notes, the “reports surfaced after Clovis’s nomination that he was a climate change denier who holds no science degree.”