Reporter Kyle Clark for 9News pressed Republican candidate and former mayor of Parker, Colorado Greg Lopez on his blatantly homophobic comments about Colorado Democratic Governor Jared Polis and his husband.
Lopez denied his remarks were homophobic, but Clark wouldn't back down.
In March, Lopez addressed an audience during his campaign for the Colorado gubernatorial seat.
In reference to incumbent Governor Polis and his husband, the GOP candidate said:
“Don’t drink the Kool Aid and believe he’s not beatable because he is… I think it’s time we had a real First Lady, don’t you?”
His supporters reacted with laughter.
During the channel 9News interview, Clark circled back to that moment.
Watch the video below:
Gov. @JaredPolis (D) is America's first openly gay man elected governor. He married his longtime partner Marlon Reis while in office. GOP candidate Greg Lopez has said it's time Colorado has "a real First Lady again." Lopez said that's not homophobic. #copoliticspic.twitter.com/TIzEmbCo0M— Kyle Clark (@Kyle Clark) 1651631285
"Why choose to introduce homophobia into the race for governor?"
"It's interesting that you would even mention that word because I didn't use it."
"I don't know how you connected that word to my sentiment."
When Clark asked what he meant by the comment "have a real first lady again," the GOP candidate answered:
"Look, I love my wife. We've been married 34 years."
"You know the first lady is going to work very hard on the issues that pertain to women and children."
"She is going to be a strong voice, a strong advocate for our kids and women's issues. That's what I meant about it."
"For people to twist my words, I find it very interesting that in society today they're always looking to figure out how to make people look like they're something that they're not."
Clark, unsatisfied with that explanation, said:
"I think that there’s a chance that you think that I and the folks watching are dumber than we are."
"Because I think everybody knew what you were saying and the crowd that clapped for you knew what you were saying."
"And I’m asking you why introduce that into the race?"
"You’ve got plenty of critiques of the governor, other than the fact that he’s a gay man.”
As Lopez continued to deny, deny, deny, the reporter didn't back down.
Clark followed up:
“I don’t think you can keep a straight face as you say that."
"Would you have an issue with Heidi Genahl’s husband being the first gentleman?”
After another denial from Lopez, Clark inquired:
“So it’s just the gay guy?”
Viewers were thrilled with Clark's forwardness during the interview.
Praising Clark, one viewer said:
"A master class in holding an interview subject accountable."
"[Kyle Clark] - you are a national treasure!"
Oohhh wheeee! A master class in holding an interview subject accountable. @KyleClark - you are a national treasure!— Ss (@Ss) 1651648942
Another person commented:
"Kudos for calm, considered & persistent questioning & not just accepting his answers at face value (which seems to be the TV journalism standard these days!)"
Kudos for calm, considered & persistent questioning & not just accepting his answers at face value (which seems to be the TV journalism standard these days!)— AnnieGTMD (@AnnieGTMD) 1651672397
Someone else tweeted:
"Kyle, you were fantastic in keeping up the pressure."
"I sure hope Colorado voters will see through this guy and elect Jared Polis again."
Kyle, you were fantastic in keeping up the pressure. I sure hope Colorado voters will see through this guy and elect Jared Polis again.— Susanne always votes blue. Always. \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Susanne always votes blue. Always. \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1651680303
Other viewers commented on how Lopez's argument just fell apart at the seams.
One person commented:
"So only women who are married to the [Governor] can 'work' on women’s issues and kids issues."
"Because for some reason that’s not the Governor’s job?"
So only women who are married to the Govenor can \u201cwork\u201d on women\u2019s issues and kids issues. Because for some reason that\u2019s not the Governor\u2019s job?— Jill Weinstein (@Jill Weinstein) 1651712065
This person tweeted:
"[S]o he's saying only women can help women ... and a male politician can only help men?"
"[G]osh you are right, that he can say this stuff with a straight face is amazing."
so he's saying only women can help women? and a male politician can only help men? gosh you are right, that he can say this stuff with a straight face is amazing.— LaneyEller\ud83d\udc22 (@LaneyEller\ud83d\udc22) 1651680238
wow Kyle Clark you have some major interview skills and are sorely needed on the national stage! excellent questioning and terrific follow through \u2014 outstanding work!— Boyd Waltman (@Boyd Waltman) 1651696347
If a First Gentleman is good enough for the whole country then it is more than good enough for Colorado! #StopHomophobia #LoveisLove— z - Dandilion \ud83e\udd81 #GoAvsGo \ud83e\udd45\ud83c\udfd2 (@z - Dandilion \ud83e\udd81 #GoAvsGo \ud83e\udd45\ud83c\udfd2) 1651701607
"Real" just amplifies the insult. The guy then just denies the obvious meanings. What a charlatan. Good interview.— \ud83c\udf34tp\ud83c\udf12\ud83e\udd89 (@\ud83c\udf34tp\ud83c\udf12\ud83e\udd89) 1651718755
Don\u2019t you just hate it when your base responds well to a comment & then Kyle Clark comes along & makes you answer for your poor choices? Guessing not, since he danced around it like a mulberry bush.— Similitude (@Similitude) 1651631892
Incumbent Democratic Governor Polis is running for reelection to a second term.
Whether Lopez will be his opponent come November will depend on results of the Republican primary which will be held in June.