Enzi Apologizes for ‘Poor Choice of Words’ on LGBTs

Said at high school last week that guy into tutu who goes into bars and gets in fights ‘kind of asks for it’

Senate Budget Chairman Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., and his panel are arbiters of the final scores over legislation, but the parliamentarian, which ruled in favor of the GOP on a key question about health care legislation, determines questions of jurisdiction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Senate Budget Chairman Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo., and his panel are arbiters of the final scores over legislation, but the parliamentarian, which ruled in favor of the GOP on a key question about health care legislation, determines questions of jurisdiction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted April 26, 2017 at 9:38am

Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi apologized Tuesday for comments he made last week that were seen as insensitive to the LGBT community.

Speaking at Greybull High School last week, Enzi was asked what he was doing to help Wyoming’s LGBT community.

“We always say that in Wyoming you can be just about anything you want to be, as long as you don’t push it in somebody’s face,” Enzi says in a recording obtained by The Associated Press. “I know a guy that wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is always surprised that he gets in fights. Well, he kind of asks for it a little bit. But that’s the way that he winds up with that kind of problem.”

“The biggest thing that we need is civility,” he adds.

Enzi said Tuesday he regretted his “poor choice of words.”

“None of us is infallible and I apologize to anyone who has taken offense. No offense was intended. Quite the opposite in fact, and so I ask for your understanding as well,” he said.

Enzi’s spokesman said that the senator had also spoken to students about being respectful to other people and treating others how they would want to be treated.