Democrat kisses his husband during Trump’s favourite Fox News show ‘to piss off Republicans’

A Democratic candidate is doing his best to “piss off Republicans” – by kissing his husband during Trump’s favourite TV show.

Rich Madaleno who is running to become Governor of Maryland, bought an ad slot on the Fox News show Fox & Friends this morning (June 7).

In the ad, which aired in the Washington area, Madaleno explains he’s running  to achieve “progressive results and stand up to Donald Trump” – before counting through “the things I’ve done that already infuriate him.”

After recalling his achievements in state politics, including protections for women’s rights and gun control legislation, he shares an on-screen kiss with his husband Mark Hodge while sitting outside his family home.

Rich Madaleno with husband Mark Hodge

He quips: “What’s the number one way I piss off Donald Trump and the Republicans? [kisses husband] …take that Trump!”

The LGBTQ Victory Fund, which supports political campaigns by LGBTQ candidates across the US, notes that “to our knowledge, it is the first political ad in American history to feature a kiss between a candidate and a same-sex spouse.”

Former Mayor of Houston Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, said: “At a time when the White House and other anti-LGBTQ politicians are attempting to erase our visibility and rollback our rights, Rich Madaleno is boldly stating he’s proud of his family and will fight for all Marylanders if elected.

“Not long ago, out LGBTQ people were unable to run for statewide offices such as governor, but voters now recognize there is an authenticity to LGBTQ leaders rarely found in today’s politicians.

Rich Madaleno

“Rich is on-track to win the Democratic primary because of that authenticity, his deep roots in the state, and his 15 years of legislative experience. And it is great to see him share his love for Mark and the kids with voters too – especially in a political ad airing during the president’s favorite television show.”

Madaleno said: “At a time when political attacks by Trump and other Republicans are fueling so much hatred and division, we need to stand up for the people we love and to continue to confront harassment and discrimination against women, African Americans, immigrants, LGBT couples and so many more.

“Having led the charge for marriage equality, achieving true equality and justice for all Marylanders will be my priority as Governor. June is LGBT Pride Month and I couldn’t think of a better time to release this ad.

“I am proud of my family, proud of my record of standing up for our progressive values and proud to be unflinching in standing up against hate. Love does truly trump hate.”

Rich Madaleno with husband Mark Hodge and their children

Madaleno previously alleged an opponent in the gubernatorial race had used homophobic “dog whistles” against him.