As speculation grows that Mark Green, President Trump’s pick for Army secretary, may drop out, supporters say the Tennessee state lawmaker and devout Christian is being targeted for his religious beliefs.
Several liberal groups and lawmakers are calling for Green to withdraw, accusing him of homophobia, Islamophobia and transphobia due to his past remarks. But those who know him say Green is a victim of groups who want to tear down those who are religious, especially those supported by Trump.
“I’ve been called a racist,” said Monica Youngblood, a Christian conservative state lawmaker in New Mexico who is also a Latina. “We see these things and the way that they play out and it turns into a form of censorship.”
Youngblood, who got to know Green through a conservative political action committee, said the outcry against his nomination is part of wider effort by liberals to scuttle any Trump nominee, but also a move to silence his Christian beliefs, such as his opposition to gay marriage.
Originally published by the Washington Examiner.