Brody: I want to talk to you about this way forward for the GOP. When you use that word ‘intolerant,’ ‘you know we have to be more tolerant’ in what the RNC put out. Evangelicals start to grab the Excedrin bottles when they hear ‘tolerance’ because they think ‘oh no the GOP is changing and the whole gay marriage situation.’ Why don’t you address this and maybe put evangelicals at ease or can you put them at ease at all here?
Priebus: Well, one hundred percent. I don’t know if I’ve used the word ‘tolerance,’ I don’t really care for that word myself. I don’t have a problem with it, I just think it has another meaning politically that can go the other direction.
RIght. It can go in the direction of sounding like a human being who lives in the 21st century, and not some asshole screaming about “political correctness” like that’s still a thing. I swear whenever some Republican makes the air quotes and says something racist followed by “that’s not politically correct, I know” all I can think is how exhausting that kind of neediness was 20 years ago and it’s still exhausting. Don’t want to embrace tolerance? Fine. Then shut the fuck up about “tolerance” for your views that the following are true:
Priebus: Looking at the evidence, what you will see is a party that embraces life, a party that embraces marriage and a chairman that understands that there’s only one sovereign God and that we ultimately aren’t dependent on what happens in politics, that that ultimately matters in our lives is that we’re salt and light in the world and that we’re honoring God in the things that we do every day. I get that. I think our party gets that and there’s never been a movement away from that. So ‘tolerance,’ maybe some people use that word, what I would tell you, when I think about it, I think about grace, I think about love, I think about respect, and I think those are things that are very square with our beliefs as Christians.
And nothing says “love” like denying someone’s relationships and human rights from the podium of a national political convention, amirite?