Donald Trump likes to pretend he is an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. He has a group of LGBTQ+ supporters who share and signal boost his messages, ignoring all he has done to deprive their community of rights. They sport Trump Pride gear, and apparently gather for sparsely populated Trump Pride events.
Earlier this month, an invitation to a "Trump Pride" event turned up online, boasting Lara Trump and Richard Grenell as hosts -- Lara is Eric Trump's wife, and Grenell is a former U.S. ambassador to Germany under Trump. To be fair there was no mention of LGBTQ+, or gay, or any sexuality or gender identity for that matter. But the term "Pride" being rendered in rainbow colors with Grenell on the docket was enough bathroom floor tapping to get the point across.
At that event, held in Newton Square, Pennsylvania, Lara said that "cats that have been dead are getting votes in the mail," accusing the Democratic party of voter fraud. She then went on to say that "Donald Trump has been the most pro-gay American president in history." And last night in Tampa, Florida, Tiffany Trump kept up the charade.
At another Trump Pride, Trump's daughter took to the stage to give a few of her thoughts about her father and the LGBTQ+ community -- Grenell also spoke as did conservative Rob Smith. Or well, the LGBQIA+ community, no T.
"So let me just say how excited I am to be in this room with probably with so many of my friends," she started. "It's such an honor to be able to be able to be here and speak truthfully, and honestly from my heart. I know what my father believes in. Prior to politics, he supported gays and lesbians, the LGBQIA+ community.
"You, unfortunately, see social media and you see these fabricated lies, it saddens me. I have friends of mine who reach out, they make up stories, they say how could you support your father? We know you. We know your best friends are gay, we know your best friends are this, this, and this.
"I say it's because my father has always supported all of you." With friends like these ... as the saying goes.
You can take Tiffany's omission of T in the LGBTQ+ acronym however you want -- as either purposeful or accidental -- but the fact remains that trans folks have bourne the brunt of the attacks from the Trump administration on our community. He has removed the word transgender from some government websites, he passed an executive order depriving trans soldiers of their right to serve in the U.S. military, threatened schools with the withdrawal of federal funding over allowing trans girls to compete in women's sports, and weakened nondiscrimination laws. The latter point applies across the board for the entire community as this administration has prized and fought for the discriminatory preferences of so-called religious conservatives over the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
This doesn't count the changes to the judiciary, the impact of which will be long-lasting. This administration has appointed over 200 judges to various levels of the judiciary, and a third of the more than 50 circuit court judges he nominated have a "demonstrated history of anti-LGBTQ bias." This is most notably happening at the Supreme Court level with Amy Coney Barrett who could eventually help overturn marriage equality. So to say that we really don't care who Tiffany Trump's friends happen to be is an understatement. Having gay friends, aides, or family members hasn't had a great track record in stopping Republicans from depriving us of our rights.
"Donald Trump is the worst President the LGBTQ community has ever seen," Nadine Smith, Executive Director of Equality Florida Action, Inc, said in a statement. "This event is a pathetic attempt to hide his appalling record and it's fooling no-one. We are tired of Trump's lies and our community understands a second term would be devastating."
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