UPDATE (9/29/2020): Only hours later and Eric Trump is already walking back some statements. AFter he went on Fox and Friends and let loose a few poorly constructed phrases, social media was ablaze with some saying he had come out as queer. Now, he's clarifying the message.
“To clarify, many of our close friends are part of the LGBT community, which was the intent of my statement — the left has taken that vote for granted for a long time and support from the gay community for my father is incredible,” Trump told the New York Post. “As to me personally, as I think you know, I am a happily married man to my wife, Lara.” The 36 year old also denied being bisexual.
ORIGINAL (9/29/2020): Over the last few weeks there seems to have been a concerted effort to nod to a nameless, faceless group of queer and trans Donald Trump supporters. It came first with a report from Hornet that found that a few responders to an online poll they conducted said they would be voting for trump — the results have been labeled "clickbait, sloppy" journalism by experts. Then a pundit said there was a large contingent of gay staffers on Capitol Hill working for Republicans. Yesterday, the New York Times stepped into the fray with an op-ed by Bret Stephens that profiles a woman named Chris, who is a lesbian and plans to vote for Trump.
But in a round of press interviews commenting on the press, Trump's son Eric Trump made a statement that's going viral.
"There are a lot of people that might be voting for your dad that might be admitting it," host Ainsley Earhardt says to Eric Trump in the clip. "So are you counting on this person? The 'secret voter?'"
"Ainsley that person's there, I'm telling you I see it every day," Eric Trump responds. "The LGBT community, they are incredible. You should see how they come out for my father, every single day. I'm part of that community and we love the man. Thank you for protecting our neighborhood, thank you for protecting our cities." Excuse me what?
On social media, some people have taken it as a coming out but when the sentence structure is broken down, Trump is attempting to quote these supposed supporters. "I'm part of that community and we love the man. Thank you for protecting our neighborhood. Thank you for protecting our cities," are all things that he's claiming they are saying. Claims we aren't sure anyone believes but claims all the same.
Plus, one would hope that if Eric Trump was a part of this communiy, that his father's admninistration wouldn't pursue a line of governing that has attacked and undermined LGBTQ+ rights since he was elected to office.