Donald Trump is the first Republican nominee to mention LGBTQ Americans in his convention speech. He applauded his fellow Republicans for applauding his promise to protect LGBTQ Americans from violence, and they applauded themselves for their humanity.
But Trump’s exact words show that even his little pander was really code for let’s go beat up Muslims!
Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted LGBTQ community. No good, and we’re going to stop it.
As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology. Believe me.
And I have to say as a Republican it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said. Thank you [Donald Trump, nomination acceptance speech, transcribed by NPR as delivered, Republican National Convention, Cleveland, Ohio, 2016.07.21].
Republicans weren’t applauding anti-discrimination laws, marriage equality, or transgender bathroom choice. Republicans weren’t repudiating conversion therapy or VP nominee Mike Pence’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Republicans weren’t overturning a platform that the Log Cabin Republicans call “the most anti-LGBT platform the Republican Party has ever had.” They were still frothing in their Two Minutes Hate, now with a clever Left-tweaking excuse to bolster their war against radical Islamic terrorism.
Trump got Republicans to applaud for attacking an oppressive foreign ideology without saying a word about their own platform’s oppressive domestic ideology. Trump is no champion for LGBTQ rights.