For most of this year, Rep. Mike Honda will be trading barbs with Ro Khanna, but this week the San Jose Democrat got to jab at former pitcher — and probably future right-wing radio talk show host — Curt Schilling.
Schilling lost his job at ESPN on Wednesday for his latest social commentary, this one plastered on his Facebook page in response to a North Carolina law forbidding transgender people from using the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.
Schilling shared a post supportive of the law and added this:
“A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
That didn’t go over well with lots of people including Honda, who has a transgender grandchild. He responded on Twitter.
— Rep. Mike Honda (@RepMikeHonda) April 20, 2016
As a Yankees fan, nothing will outweigh that damn bloody sock in Game Six of the 2004 ALCS. And how dare Schilling use “Gehrig” as a Twitter handle. Anyway, Honda returned to Twitter on Wednesday to cheer ESPN for firing Schilling.
— Rep. Mike Honda (@RepMikeHonda) April 21, 2016
To which Schilling, who now has even more time on his hands, replied:
@RepMikeHonda Which makes you a coward
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) April 21, 2016
A whole bunch of folks joined in the conversation after that. You know how Twitter is. Honda didn’t troll deeper, but he did release a statement about the exchange.
“As the proud grandfather of a transgender grandchild, Curt Schilling’s post on social media was personal. The Sportscaster’s booth is no place for such hate filled speech fueled by intolerance and divisiveness. Continue Reading