No More Pretending – Trump’s Speech to LGTB Hate Group Cements His Position

President Donald Trump promised to be a champion for the LGBT community during his campaign, yet his first nine months in office have demonstrated him to be anything but an ally. On Friday, he appeared as a speaker for the vehemently anti-gay group the Family Research Council (FRC), cementing once and for all that he has no respect for queer rights.

The Value Voters Summit is an annual gathering of fervent Christians who want to see a religious takeover of the government, along with intolerant attitudes. Politicians will often show up at the event to shore up the support of the Evangelical community.

That said, Trump’s appearance is still unprecedented. No other sitting president has ever visited this conference because of just how controversial the FRC’s views can be. Of course, Trump is no stranger to courting controversy.

The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the FRC as a hate group because the organization “relentlessly demonizes LGBT people and works to deny them of their equal rights.” For the president to associate with a group like this is to say that he supports their efforts to demean people based on their sexual orientation.

In a statement, FRC said, “Family Research Council believes that homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed.

In his speech Friday morning, rather than give anti-LGBT sentiments, Trump focused on religious platitudes like the need to say “Merry Christmas” again, which was met with a standing ovation.

“We don’t worship government, we worship God,” Trump told the Christians in the audience. “We are stopping all our attacks on Judeo-Christian values.”

“One of the promises I made you was that I would come back,” Trump also said. “See? And I don’t even need your vote this year, that’s even nicer.”

Ah, but instead of votes, he’s in need of an ego boost, and this crowd is one of the few that won’t respond with animosity toward him at this point.

Trump has made appearances at the Value Voters Summit in the past. In 2015, he lost the presidential straw poll by a wide margin, presumably because his foul language and history of adultery don’t exactly gel with the image evangelicals try to project. Nevertheless, his pandering has won over their cheers in the long term.

Trump didn’t need to specifically address LGBT issues to make his views any clearer, particularly when sharing a stage with a crew that might as well be the Who’s Who of Homophobia: Michelle Bachman, Rick Santorum, James Dobson, Tom Cotton, etc.

Recently, the White House has tried to stop transgender people from serving in the military and denied that federal law prevents workplace discrimination against gay people. If and when Trump is up for reelection, the LGBT community would be wise to remember who he spent his time in office rubbing elbows with because his actions have not backed up his promises.

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93 comments

Marie W
Marie W8 months ago

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Jerome S
Jerome S10 months ago

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Jerome S
Jerome S10 months ago

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Jim V
Jim Ven10 months ago

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Jim V
Jim Ven10 months ago

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R10 months ago

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natasha p
Past Member 10 months ago

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Lesa D
Lesa D11 months ago

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hillabout a year ago

Considering what the Bible says about those lifestyles...

The Bible says hate the sin, love the sinner.

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Mike R
Mike Rabout a year ago

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