Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump, has notoriously alienated many voters with his bigoted, inflammatory, and hyperbolic statements. In the past, he has placed the blame on blacks and hispanics for violent crime in America. In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, he has claimed that racism no longer exists. Most recently, Trump suggested that all Muslims should be banned from entering the United States.
For some LGBT voters, who are willing to ignore his incredibly poor treatment of other minority groups, he may be a viable candidate.
”He is one of the best, if not the best, pro-gay Republicans to ever run for the presidency,” claims Gregory T. Angelo. Angelo heads the group Log Cabin Republicans, who describe themselves as “the nation’s oldest and largest organization representing gay conservatives and allies.”
LGBT Republicans point out that Trump has long supported anti-discrimination laws being expanded to include protections for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. As early as 2000, he told the Advocate, “I like the idea of amending the Civil Rights Act to include a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation. It would be simple. It would be straightforward. […] Amending the Civil Rights Act would grant the same protection to gay people that we give to other Americans – it’s only fair.”
In another interview, Trump also expressed support for hate crime legislation, saying, “When somebody is victimized because of their ethnicity, the color of their skin, or their sexual orientation, that must carry a harsh penalty.”
Although Trump has long opposed marriage equality, and continues to do so, his most recent comments make him sound resigned after the June 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex marriage across the country. “You have to go with it. The decision’s been made, and that is the law of the land.”
There are those, too, who see Trump’s xenophobia as a protection of LGBT rights. One such man, Pax Hart, actually applauds Trump for his proposal to build a wall between Mexico and the United States and his suggestion to ban Muslims from traveling to the United States. “We are importing people who are the absolute most hostile to gays and lesbians,” Hart said of some immigrants who come from countries the discriminate against the LGBT community.
Even with Trump supporting some issues that are important to the LGBT community, it is unlikely that he will win over LGBT Democrats, especially with those who believe that minority groups should work to support each other.