Eric Trump, the son of Donald Trump, went on Fox News earlier this week and declared himself to be a member of the LGBTQ community.
“The LGBT community, they are incredible,” Trump said. “You should see how they come out in full force for my father every single day. I’m part of that community and we love the man.”
Trump was saying this as part of a discussion on a recent article in the New York Times that featured an interview with a lesbian who said she was going to vote for Donald Trump this year. But this is far from the only time the Trump family has tried to push the narrative that Tump is pro-LGBTQ.
Donald Trump, for instance, recently used a survey run by a hookup app as part of his argument that he’s the “most pro-gay president in American history.” The hookup app’s survey, which only contacted the app’s users and didn’t follow any sort of legitimate polling methodology, showed that 47% of the gay men in the US who completed the survey supported Donald Trump.All of this comes at the same time Trump’s campaign is promising he’ll push an anti-LGBTQ agenda if he’s reelected and he’s already pushed discriminatory policies during his first term.
Just recently, for instance, he’s fought to deny funding to school district that are supportive of trans students, advocated for allowing homeless shelters to prevent trans people from seeking services, rolled back protections that prevented healthcare companies from denying life saving medical care to trans people, says companies should be able to fire people based solely upon their sexual orientation or gender identity, and thinks same-sex couples shouldn’t be allowed to adopt or even legally be married. And that’s only a small list of the homophobic and transphobic items he’s tried pushing on the American people.
Considering how horrible Trump has been on LGBTQ issues, it shouldn’t be too surprising that legitimate polling organizations have actually found the exact opposite of what the Trump’s are trying to promote. The much more reliable poll conducted by Morning Consult, for example, showed only 20% of the LGBTQ community actually supports Trump. Combine this and the homophobic and transphobic nonsense Trump spews and the LGBTQ community was quick to respond to Eric Trump’s claims to be a part of the LGBTQ community.
Journalist Erica Lenti, for instance, tweete “we, the gay committee, have had an emergency meeting and we have rejected Eric Trump’s application.” And fellow journalist David Mack added “Eric Trump threw the first brick at Stonewall after demolishing it to build condos.”After facing absolute ridicule, Trump did eventually admit that he’s not actually part of the LGBTQ community.
“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 said according to the New York Post. “As to me personally, as I think you know, I am a happily married man to my wife, Lara.”
An interesting aspect of the whole situation is that Eric Trump mentioned being married to a woman as almost an example of why it would be preposterous to think he was part of the LGBTQ community. This shows a clear lack of understanding of the community as studies show about 50% of people who identify as LGBTQ are bisexual and it also doesn’t rule out that he’s transgender and married to a woman.
What this all really shows, however, is that the Trump family has a long history of trying to say something that might make them look good even though reality is the exact opposite. Unfortunately, that’s simply where we stand today and is a prime example of why 80% of the LGBTQ community doesn’t support Trump.