SAN DIEGO (LifeSiteNews) — The U.S. Navy christened the USNS Harvey Milk, named after the murdered San Francisco supervisor who made history in the 1970s as the California’s first openly homosexual elected official.
The person chosen for the time-honored tradition of breaking a bottle of champagne across the ship’s bow was a gender-confused man who calls himself ‘Paula,’ a 1985 U.S. Naval Academy graduate who currently serves as Clinical Program Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health. The surreal christening can be seen here:
NEW – U.S. Navy names military ship after gay rights leader Harvey Milk and it’s christened by a transgender veteran. pic.twitter.com/nVa1fFxadd
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) November 7, 2021
Others who spoke in praise of Harvey Milk at the event were Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro, Vice Adm. Jeffrey Hughes, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfighting Development; and Rear Adm. Michael Wettlaufer, Commander, Military Sealift Command.
The USNS Harvey Milk “will carry a rich legacy of civic leadership,” said U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a letter read at the ceremony.
The Navy, in conjunction with General Dynamics NASSCO which built the ship, proudly live streamed the event via social media.
Milk was a pederast, not a hero
Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by Dan White, a former police officer and former city supervisor, on November 27, 1978. Although his homosexuality had nothing to with his murder, the implication that it did has led to Milk becoming a gay martyr, icon, and even a saint.
Omitted from most accounts of Milk’s life are his alleged sexual relationships with underage boys.
Milk was attracted to “boyish-looking men in their late teens and early 20s,” wrote Randy Shilts, a homosexual friend of Milk in his biography. “Harvey always had a penchant for young waifs with substance-abuse problems.”
One of his young victims was allegedly Jack Galen McKinley, a 16-year-old runaway from Maryland. Jones also had a relationship with a 25-year-old alcoholic named Jack Lira, who eventually killed himself.
Social media backlash
“Harvey Milk was a degenerate pederast who preyed on teenage boys,” wrote conservative activist, Daily Wire commentator, and blog host Matt Walsh on Twitter in response to the ship’s christening.
“He was the Kevin Spacey of his time. And now he has a Navy ship named after him. We will lose our next war and deserve it,” added Walsh.
Harvey Milk was a degenerate pederast who preyed on teenage boys. He was the Kevin Spacey of his time. And now he has a Navy ship named after him. We will lose our next war and deserve it. https://t.co/D85OQJti7i
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) November 7, 2021
“Harvey Milk was literally a pederast with a long record of physically abusing his underage live-in ‘boyfriends,’ explained podcast host Daryl Cooper, a.k.a., “Martyr Made.”
“After one committed suicide in his apartment, he moved another one in two weeks later. Sick, total psychopath, murdered by a man he & Moscone destroyed by slander,” he continued.
Harvey Milk was literally a pederast with a long record of physically abusing his underage live-in “boyfriends.” After one committed suicide in his apartment, he moved another one in two weeks later. Sick, total psychopath, murdered by a man he & Moscone destroyed by slander. https://t.co/Bdx5GKFsEs
— Martyr Made (@martyrmade) November 8, 2021
Provocateur Ann Coulter tweeted: “Navy also changing its fight song from ‘Anchors Aweigh’ to ‘YMCA.’”
Navy also changing its fight song from “Anchors Aweigh” to “YMCA.”https://t.co/wlChK2DGBk
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 7, 2021
While president, Barack Obama heaped posthumous honors on his hero, Harvey Milk
The decision to name a ship after Harvey Milk was made by President Obama’s Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who signed a Congressional notification in 2016 to commission the now-under-construction Military Sealift Command fleet oiler.
In 2009, President Obama posthumously awarded Milk with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2014, Obama again honored Milk, this time with a commemorative U.S. postage stamp bearing his image.
Milk’s adopted state, California, also pays tribute each year to him with a “Harvey Milk Day” on May 22 that was signed into law by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, in 2009.
The USNS Harvey Milk is included in a class of oilers being built by General Dynamics NASSCO carrying the names of civil rights leaders, including former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and abolitionist Sojourner Truth.
Though Milk served in the Navy during the Korean War as a diving officer on a submarine and his family had a Naval background, he publicly opposed the Vietnam War. Other than his brief political career and gay rights advocacy, Milk held no other positions in public office.
Milk also had a close relationship with infamous cult leader Jim Jones, responsible for the forced suicides of more than 900 people in the infamous Jonestown massacre, just nine days before Milk’s death.
Jones provided Milk “with a printing press, gave him hundreds of campaign ‘volunteers,’ yielded the Peoples Temple pulpit to him, and provided free publicity to him in the Peoples Forum newspaper,” said Daniel Flynn in a 2018 FrontPage Magazine interview. In exchange, Milk publicly vouched for Jones.