By Jessica Bennett August 18, 2018 12:38:10While many Republicans have expressed dismay at the Republican party’s embrace of vegans and other nontraditional religious groups, the GOP seems to be embracing a very different group: vegetarians.
While the GOP may be more tolerant of vegetarians than other Christian denominations, some GOP officials, like Speaker Paul Ryan, have been vocal about their desire to change the party’s stance.
A number of Republicans have spoken out against vegans in the past.
They included Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who spoke out in 2014 against the vegetarian movement and its use as a platform for “anti-humanitarian” policies.
In 2018, former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush (R) said vegans were “people who don’t believe in what Jesus taught” and that they should be “held to a higher standard” because “they’re just more of a bunch of hippies.”
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said in January that vegans should be forced to wear “face paint” if they want to participate in politics.
And Sen. Jeff Flake (R, Ariz.) said veganism was “antihuman.”