Conservative radio host Steve Deace said on his nationally syndicated show Monday that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) gave conservatives “a middle finger” by hiring an openly gay man as a senior adviser.
Tim Miller, the former executive director for the Republican-leaning opposition-research group America Rising and one of National Journal’s “30 Most Influential Out Washingtonians” of 2014, was recently hired by Bush’s political team as the former governor considers a run for President.
Deace, whose show is based Iowa, said he found several “red flags” on Miller’s social media accounts, including indications that he attended a protest against California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 and a gay happy hour.
“It’s one thing to say, ‘You know, I really don’t want the base of the party,’ Deace’s guest, conservative activist Robert Van Der Plaats, said. “It’s another thing to actively employ people who are going after the base of the party.”
“That is a middle finger,” Deace said. “That’s not even substantive disagreement. That is just — Robert, that is someone just giving you the finger.”
Listen below, via Right Wing Watch:
This post has been updated.