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Conservatives concerned about the safety and welfare of their kids recently expressed outrage over the news that LGBT activists marching in New York City's annual transvestite parade Friday had threatened, "We're here, we're queer, we're coming for your children!"
NBC News attempted to defuse the situation and put parents' fears to bed Tuesday with the reassurance that LGBT activists have been threatening to come after American children for years.
Los Angeles-based NBC News journalist Tyler Kingkade, formerly an editor at HuffPost, wrote, "To conservative pundits, activists and lawmakers, the video confirmed the allegations they've levied in recent years that the LGBTQ community is 'grooming' children."
According to the original organizer of the NYC Drag March, Brian Griffin, "If that's the worst they heard, it's only because he wasn't there this year," said Kingkade.
"Griffin said he chanted obscene things in the past, like 'Kill, kill, kill, we’re coming to kill the mayor,' and joked about pubic hair and sex toys during marches. People at the Drag March regularly sing 'God is a lesbian,'" reported NBC News.
Kingkade, who elsewhere claims he is best known for his "coverage of abusive treatment of young people," stressed that the "'coming for your children' chant has been used for years at Pride events, according to longtime march attendees and gay rights activists, who said it's one of many provocative expressions used to regain control of slurs against LGBTQ people."
Besides, it's not the only threat chanted at the march, according to Kingkade.
At last year's march, transvestites reportedly chanted, "Ten percent is not enough: Groom! Groom! Groom!"
The NBC News journalist indicated that conservatives have long stigmatized the "queer community" by associating those who defend drag performances in front of children and "classroom discussions of gender identity with pedophiles." In claiming that those who defend sexual displays and sexual conversations with children are "groomers," Kingkade reckons conservatives are trying to "paint the community as a threat to the country's youths."
The liberal publication's reassurance that there is a precedent for LGBT activists threatening to take and groom American children appears not to have achieved the intended effect.
Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, responded, "DEMONIC: @NBCNews defends targeting of children by extremists."
Musician Brad Skistimas of Five Times August recommended that somebody "please check the writer @tylerkingkade's hard drive."
The DeSantis campaign noted, "According to the media, the chant isn't the problem. You are the problem, because you noticed it and objected."
"'We're coming for your children' is a threat, and you do not get to pretend otherwise when people treat it as such," wrote Mark Hemingway of RealClearInvestigations.
The Heritage Foundation tweeted, "It just confirms conservatives have been spot on about how perverse the #Pride movement is for a very long time."
Conservative commentator Ian Miles Cheong wrote, "Oh, so it’s okay then? They chant about how they’re 'coming for your children' and promote the sexualization of kids and have been doing so for years so that apparently (according to NBC News) makes it normal and acceptable because America as a society has become tolerant and apathetic to degeneracy. Welcome to the last days of empire."
Brittany Hughes, managing editor of Media Research Center TV, quipped, "We've always been coming for your children, why are you surprised?'"
Nationally syndicated radio host and co-founder of Blaze Media Glenn Beck noted that regardless of the activists' intentions, it's not a good look, using the analogy of conservatives taking to the streets and saying, "Hey, we're here, and we really are Nazis," as a means of regaining control of slurs used against them.
Except "nobody would do that as a joke; nobody would do that to taunt the media because that’s horrible — we are not Nazis," said Beck. "So why would they say 'we’re coming for your children' when half the country thinks you are coming for our children? That’s the worst strategy of all time."
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.