This is rich. After it was revealed that Donald Trump paid $130,000 of hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels, the GOP in Florida has decided to elevate Pornography to the same level as the opioid crisis and Hurricane Irma. The bill making the rounds in Tallahassee would officially declare porn a “public health crisis.”

Josh Marcus writes for Vice News:

With the resolution, the Florida GOP is simply following in the footsteps of its national party, which already declared porn a public health crisis in 2016. X-rated content, however, continues to be a crisis for the White House, which is battling allegations that President Trump’s lawyers paid former porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about an affair the two had. That’s not to mention the president’s cameos in several softcore porn videos.

Still, that hasn’t stopped Florida Republicans from finger-pointing.

“Whether it is the link to human trafficking, the link to increased domestic violence, or the changes it causes in one’s mental and emotional state, it is a discussion we need to have as leaders, however uncomfortable it may be,” Ross Spano, who introduced the bill, told the Christian Post in November. He’s also running for state attorney general.

Speaking of uncomfortable, Spano once liked a porn video on Twitter from an account called “Goddess Lesbian.” The representative chalked it up to an unintentional error. Ironically, the clip was from Reality Kings, the same porn site that put out the video Republican Sen. Ted Cruz liked on Twitter last year.

If only the Florida GOP would have the same passion about the health crisis that is caused by oil spills, drilling and mining on top of state aquifers, sea level rise or the deadly toxic discharges from Lake Okeechobee to both the Atlantic and Gulf coast communities. And of course, the repeal of Obamacare and Medicaid expansion in a state that has large populations working low wage jobs in tourism and other industries. 


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