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Trump Isn’t The LGBTQ Ally He Claimed To Be After Orlando Shooting

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Trump Isn’t The LGBTQ Ally He Claimed To Be After Orlando Shooting

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a campaign speech about national security in Manchester

While Donald Trump framed himself as a supporter of the LGBTQ community following the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse gay nightclub, his record on key gay rights issues tells a much different story.

“I refuse to allow America to become a place where gay people… are the targets of persecution and intimidation,” he said in his speech on Monday. “Ask yourself, who is really the friend of women and the LGBT community, Donald Trump with his actions, or Hillary Clinton with her words?”

Trump’s actions, though, show that the Republican nominee is lukewarm at best — and hostile at worst — on marriage equality and anti-discrimination policies.

Earlier this year, Trump expressed conditional support for the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill that justifies anti-gay discrimination on the basis of religious liberty.

“If Congress considers the First Amendment Defense Act a priority, then I will do all I can to make sure it comes to my desk for signatures and enactment,” Trump wrote in a letter to the American Principles Project, a socially conservative group, according to The Washington Blade.

The bill would allow federal employees to refuse to perform their responsibilities if they conflict with their opposition to same-sex marriage, and prevent the government from taking any action in response. Some say FADA would effectively enable government workers to refuse service to same-sex couples, following the infamous (and illegal) actions of county clerk Kim Davis — who Trump has refused to denounce or publicly oppose.  

When it comes to marriage equality itself, Trump’s public comments aren’t any better. Although he often says gay marriage should be left up to individual states, he has expressed an overall opposition to marriage equality on more than one recent occasion.

Earlier this year, he called Ted Cruz crazy and “the worst liar” on Twitter when the former presidential candidate said Trump supported Obama’s views on the issue.

And when the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling on same-sex marriage in June 2015, he wrote on Twitter that the court “had let us down.”

His most unambiguous comments on the issue came weeks earlier, when, he said on Fox’s Hannity, “I am traditional. I am for traditional, and it’s a changing format, but I am very much for traditional marriage.”

These views may seem innocuous, if unsupportive, given the Supreme Court ruling, but Trump also expressed an interest in appointing judges who could overturn the gay marriage decision.

“If I’m elected I would be very strong in putting certain judges on the bench that maybe could change things, but they have a long way to go,” he said on Fox News Sunday in January.

When host Chris Wallace clarified, “are you saying that if you become President you might try to appoint justices to overrule the decision on same-sex marriage?” Trump said he “would strongly consider” such an approach.

The New York Times has gone so far as to say that Trump’s views are more accepting than his former opponents in the Republican primary contest. While that may be true, his expressed policy views make it difficult to see him becoming “a friend” to the LGBTQ community — regardless of his political pandering after a mass shooting.

Photo: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a campaign speech about national security in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. June 13, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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  1. Dominick Vila June 14, 2016

    By claiming that he, not Hillary, was the champion of gay and women equality rights, he positioned himself to the left of Hillary…and his far rights supporters cheered him on! Is it ignorance, calculated cynicism, political opportunism, or hypnosis?
    I think it is fair to say that the values and goals of the Republican party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and even Reagan, are now confined to the annals of history. Trump has thrashed and destroyed traditional conservatism like no Democrat could have ever done. The very people who fought LGBT rights, and claimed gender inequality in the USA was just a chimera, just a few months ago, are now embracing traditional liberal causes, without realizing what their new hero is saying and doing to them and their party.
    What is happening to the GOP is truly amazing. What remains to be seen is how conservatives will react when they realize what Trump has done to them, and to their party.

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    1. Beethoven June 14, 2016

      There’s been a joke going around: “How do you tell if Donald Trump is lying? If his mouth moves, he’s lying.” But that’s not true. To determine when Trump is lying, you have to carefully listen to what he actually says. If he says anything other than “Duh, I don’t have a clue,” then he’s lying.

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  2. I of John June 14, 2016

    Any group or individual, that Trump tries to be nice to, should constantly check their backs for stab marks. Any moment he’ll change his mind.

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  3. FireBaron June 14, 2016

    Just remember, folks, whatever Donnie says at any instant has nothing to do with whatever Donnie said five minutes ago. This is called his “evolving view”, and it changes with whatever happens to pique his interest at any given second. This is what happens when you have a person with the attention span of an overbred dog.

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  4. charleo1 June 14, 2016

    Trump’s pretend advocacy for the LGBT Community yesterday, was as big a con job as he’s ever tried to pull off in his entire farce of a campaign. And his loyal supporters know it. They realize he had to come out, and say something in consolation, so he could make the tragedy all about himself. As do bigots like Ralph Reed over at the, “Family Research Council,” know, the practice of robbing minorities of their Civil Rights, by it’s very nature requires much lying, slander, and subterfuge.
    If Trump were true a friend of the Gay, he would call on these States enacting discriminatory laws that empower homophobes like the shooter in Orlando, to cease, and repeal them forthwith. He might have pointed out that these laws are not who we are as Americans. And the reason these kind of terrorists hate us so. That to grant a Civil Right to marry in the morning, only to be legally fired for exercising that Right in the afternoon, as it stands now, is simply not right. For Gays to be denied housing, or being told to leave a public facility, or business. Or having government officials protected by law when choosing to deny services to a law abiding, tax paying Gay person, because they personally don’t like who they are, or find their lifestyle sinful, is an outrage.
    But Trump said none of those things. Instead he used the massacre to promote his vision of America, by taking a victory lap on his Muslim ban proposal. Lying about the shooter’s birthplace, to shamefully suggest the President was complicit in the attack.

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  5. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 14, 2016

    Lying Cruz put out a statement, “Trump & Rubio are w/Obama on gay marriage.” Cruz is the worst liar, crazy or very dishonest. Perhaps all 3?/// but really now for people to have a chance to believe him the DUMPSTER had to look into the mirror for hours for then he see the biggest liar of all . that’s how he gets ready for any kind of lying speech . for the life of me I cant think stop thinking about how truly brain dead his followers are

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  6. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 14, 2016

    he works this the same way he worked his big fraud and con with his DONNY DUMP U .

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  7. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 14, 2016

    Donald J. Trump ✔

    @realDonaldTrump

    Once again the Bush appointed Supreme Court Justice John Roberts has let us down. Jeb pushed him hard! Remember!/// so his point here is ???????? maybe it is that he feel’s any member of the GOP gang of idiot party that makes it to be Pres. picks the worse (appointed Supreme Court Justice’s ) that one would be easy he wouldn’t need the mirror to look into on that one .
    ///

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  8. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 14, 2016

    and DONNY DUMP says I am traditional. I am for traditional, / and I hate women I only like to rape them beat them and rip out patches of their hair . when I hold that patch in my hand I feel strong . but I do hate women what can I do ? maybe ill get lucky soon and find a nice guy .

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  9. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 14, 2016

    him as pres. his first thing would be to sign in the 3 stooge’s to be appointed Supreme Court Justice’s

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  10. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 14, 2016

    When host Chris Wallace clarified, “are you saying that if you become President you might try to appoint justices to overrule the decision on same-sex marriage?” Trump said he “would strongly consider” such an approach./// with a clause don’t hurt and male that at a time we may fall in love and then be together for the rest of my life because you all know I hate women

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  11. ivory69690@yahoo.com June 14, 2016

    truly how much flip flopping to his brain dead followers have to see ? heck he is like I HOP pancake house

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  12. ham hock June 14, 2016

    Disgusting. These sub human conservatives never cared for the gay community, and have been actively killing our people for centuries. And they think we will come around to these people because they capitalized on a tragedy and desperately tried to pander to us? Screw them. They should go back to saying gays belong in death camps, cause that is their true colors.

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  13. Ken Walker June 14, 2016

    Trump’s pandering knows no boundaries. He’ll kiss whichever ass is in his face at the time. He managed to push every right-wing hot button during the primaries, even when it was so apparent that he didn’t believe his own BS.

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