In the final weeks of the campaign, the Trump camp has surprisingly leaned into the idea that Donald Trump is some sort of LGBTQ+ ally. Both Tiffany and Melania Trump have bizarrely tried to tout the candidate's credentials and been called out at every turn. Now, The Recount, a social media newsletter that repurposes daily news items, has put together a montage that shows the hypocrisy of the position in all of its glory.
The clip juxtaposes a PSA from Melania as well as Tiffany's train wreck of a speech at Trump's Pride Rally during which she stumbles while neglecting to say the letter "T" in "LGBTQIA," with news reports outlining Trump's rhetoric and policies attacking the LGBTQ+ community.
"I was shocked to discover that some of these powerful people have tried to paint my husband as anti-gay or against equality," Melania starts in the clip, which then segues into a journalist reporting about Trump's ban on trans people serving in the military.
Trump's trans ban reversed Obama's prior decision to allow trans people to serve in the military.
He first tweeted about it in July 2017. The Supreme Court later ruled in January 2019 that the ban was legal. Today, the military does not allow new recruits to serve as any other gender other than the one assigned at birth -- those who have already enlisted have been allowed to remain.
The montage also shows Tiffany, saying, "Prior to politics, he supported gays, lesbians, LGBQI.. I A-plus community," which then segues into a clip from 2011 (five years before he announced his run) confirming he was against "gay marriage" and that he "took a lot of heat for that," later adding that he's "for traditional marriage."
In fact, Trump's attacks on the LGBTQ+ community started on day one when all mentions of LGBTQ+ people and issues were removed from the White House website.
\u201cThe Trump family has spent the campaign's closing days whitewashing the president's abysmal record on LGBTQ issues.\n\nLet's roll the tape:\u201d
"My dad doesn't look at someone and say, 'Oh... based on who you love. No they're should be love for all,'" Tiffany also said in the clip, "I wouldn't lie to you. I promise."
The truth is in addition to Trump's continuous attacks, the administration has also banned the words "transgender" and "diversity" in all reports written by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as put a halt on collecting data for LGBTQ+ kids in foster care.
Furthermore, he's barred U.S. embassies and military bases from flying Pride flags in public, including at their desks (though it's still OK for individuals to display a Pride flag in their dorms). The act was met with large resistance from queer people as well as the embassies themselves.
On the flip side, Joe Biden is running the most pro-LGBTQ+ campaign in presidential history.
Biden has affirmed his loyalty to the community by promising to pass the Equality Act in the first 100 days of office. If passed, the Equality Act would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit, the jury system, and other key areas of life.
Biden, who's called the fight for trans equality the Civil Rights movement of our lifetime, said in September during the Human Rights Campaign's United for Equality Live event, "America's at an inflection point. This election is going to determine our future for a very long time. We're facing multiple crisis -- pandemic, recession, racial injustice, climate change, wildfires, assault on LGBTQ+ rights, a declining faith in a bright American future."
He continued, "What's the common thread? A president who makes things worse not better. Who brings chaos not order. Who sees violence and only fans the flames. The White House should never be a source of opposition or fear or oppression. It should be a source of hope, of moral courage and of unification."