Conservatives always seem to vote against their own interests and such is the case with the Log Cabin Republicans, who define their group as “dedicated to representing LGBT conservatives and allies” and “who believe inclusion wins.” One would think the group would have supported Hillary Clinton, considering her strong stance on gay rights.
And now, they feel left out in the cold after supporting Donald Trump:
The Log Cabin Republicans of Miami, particularly, were bamboozled by The Donald, whom they pushed as the most LGBT-friendly candidate. Although the national group refrained from endorsing Trump, the Miami chapter endorsed, campaigned, and voted for the Donald Trump-Mike Pence ticket – ignoring the threat to the gains achieved for the gay community during the Obama years.
After picking Mike Pence as his choice for vice-president, that should have told them everything they needed to know. The former Indiana governor’s attacks on gay rights is jaw-dropping. He went as far as to sign a bill to jail same-sex couples for applying for a marriage license. Gay conservatives were conned.
In Colorado, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump took the stage displaying a rainbow flag as he paced the stage. “LGBTs for Trump” was written in black marker on the flag as Trump displayed the flag to cheers from the crowd. In 2016, Trump said that transgender people should “use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate.”
Meanwhile, Trump picked a bigot for his vice-president.
On Wednesday, Trump rescinded protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity. Trump is trying to erase former President Barack Obama’s legacy of inclusion.
“I wish this had not happened,” Vincent Foster, president of the Log Cabin Republicans of Miami, told the Miami Herald.
Still yet, he stands by Trump.
“We’re not a monolithic community. We do not focus on one issue, whether it’s gay marriage or a bathroom bill. Security is the most important thing, then the economy…. I find it offensive when liberals try to pigeonhole me on how I should or shouldn’t vote on issues as if I were a sub-American,” he said. “Obviously, I care about gay rights. But at the end of the night, I care more about whether I’m going to be targeted because of my sexual orientation and whether I’m going to be fired because of my sexual orientation.”
Even while Trump is taking away LGBTQ rights, Foster still thinks the alleged president will be able to pass legislation giving gays more lasting protections. He was critical of former President Barack Obama for not calling the Pulse killer “a radical Islamic terrorist.” Because obviously, if you say ‘radical Islamic terrorist’ three times while clicking your heels together, the problem of terrorism goes away. Just like that. He also believes the Democrats want to take away his guns. That’s kind of weird because Obama confiscated zero guns during his two terms in office. So he’s standing by Trump while LGBTQ rights are on the chopping block, even though he just said, “I wish this had not happened.”
Caitlyn Jenner called Trump’s move to rescind protections for trans students “a disaster.” She’s not wrong.
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