Kentucky’s Democrat Governor Andy Beshear is facing a tough reelection battle this year and his head-scratching pick of a flaming left-wing writer as his state’s cultural ambassador isn’t likely to win the hearts and minds of much of the electorate whom he has repeatedly insulted.
On Monday, the governor proudly announced the appointment of author Silas House as the 2023 – 24 Kentucky Poet Laureate despite the author’s extensive history of derisive social media posts about folks in Appalachia which he believes is “homophobic” and has said that a majority of the Bluegrass State’s voters are “bigots” in addition to once tweeting that conservative Supreme Court justices, the Trump administration and all of the former president’s supporters can “kiss my gay country ass.”
“We are so proud of Silas, who grew up in Kentucky, was educated in Kentucky and now represents our state with such pride,” Beshear said in a statement. “Our commonwealth is fortunate to have him here teaching our future writers and now serving as our literary ambassador to the world.”
Today, Gov. Andy Beshear appointed Whitley County native and award-winning author @silasdhouse as the 2023-24 Kentucky Poet Laureate. The announcement was part of the @KYArtsCouncil's Kentucky Writers’ Day event.
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— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) April 24, 2023
House, a local celebrity who is openly gay, was bestowed with the high honor by the governor during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, a move that could easily backfire on the governor with Kentuckians expecting far more than insulting and often foul-mouthed diatribes from the state’s “literary ambassador to the world.”
“I usually try to be a bit more elegant in public but this seems like a good day to tell Thomas, Alito, Kavanaugh, Trump administration and all Trump fans/defenders: you can kiss my gay country ass,” House tweeted in June 2020.
I usually try to be a bit more elegant in public but this seems like a good day to tell Thomas, Alito, Kavanaugh, Trump administration and all Trump fans/defenders: you can kiss my gay country ass.
— Silas House (@silasdhouse) June 15, 2020
In May 2019 he wrote, “If you support Trump you’re a bigot. Just claim it.”
“Unfortunately, Appalachia IS part of the reason Trump is in office. Unfortunately, the region as a majority IS homophobic. We can deny it all we want, but it’s true. The issue is that we get ALL the blame…,” he wrote in June 2019, smearing the very voters that Beshear is going to need to appeal to if he is to retain his spot in the governor’s mansion in November’s election.
Beshear’s “ambassador to the world” also penned an essay for Time Magazine last November, an anti-Christian diatribe in which he described people of faith along with Republican lawmakers as terrorists.
“Today, members of Congress and rising Republican stars are the ones who terrorize LGBTQ children and anyone who does not follow their doctrines. These are not just fringe politicians and candidates; Christian Nationalism, the belief that the American government should be defined solely by Christianity, is now firmly entrenched within much of the GOP,” House wrote in the piece which evokes his childhood trauma about church and Christians in a paranoid screed that reads like hallucinations from a fever dream that should do wonders to endear Beshear to religious Kentuckians.
Prior to the ceremony, the Poet Laureate gushed over being recognized for the honor.
“I am honored to have been named the new poet laureate of Kentucky by Gov. Andy Beshear. As a writer who was raised working class and in trailers, as a questioning person of faith, and as the first openly gay poet laureate I will do my best to represent my place and my people,” he tweeted.
According to a Washington Free Beacon report, “House is a risky choice for Beshear, who faces a dicey reelection bid this November. Kentucky hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996 and swung for Trump by nearly 26 points in 2020. Beshear won his first term in 2019 by just over 5,000 votes. He has since kept President Joe Biden at arm’s length, saying in December that his re-election campaign ‘isn’t going to be about national figures.'”
Among House’s books is the 2022 novel “Lark Ascending,” described by the WFB as” his vision for what a Republican-led future could look like” with the book being the story of a young gay male who flees across the pond to the safety of Ireland after the U.S. is “overrun by extremists,” a paranoid fantasy that could be to homosexuals what the dystopian television series “The Handmaid’s Tale” is to feminists.
It’s hard to imagine that crudely insulting the majority of Kentucky voters with foul language would be viewed as being desirable by their “literary ambassador to the world.”
While Kentuckians wait on Gov. Beshear to explain, the Republican Governors Association will be making sure they hear the truth about what their governor’s pick for Kentucky’s “literary ambassador to the world” really feels about Kentucky.
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