The mainstream media narrative framing President-elect Trump as a mean-spirited homophobe could not be further from the truth. From a purely factual perspective, only one presidential candidate can lay claim to a record of anti-gay policy stances. Her name — Hillary Rodham Clinton.
During one of his campaign stops in Greeley, Colorado, President-elect Trump made an unprecedented move by becoming the first GOP candidate in history to openly embrace the LGBTQ community when he proudly displayed a rainbow-colored flag with the words “LGBT For Trump” written across it.
Despite this symbolic move, many members of the gay community possess an unfounded fear that a Trump presidency signals the end of a newfound era of equality ushered in Obama’s years in office. Those who study the facts will clearly see the opposite is the reality.
Trump has, not once, said a thing to disparage the gay community. To the contrary, he has come out (pun intended) time and time again in support of and in favor of of the continued progress made by the LGBTQ community in recent years. In the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub shooting, Trump decried the actions of Islamic terrorist Omar Mateen as “an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want, and express their identity.”
Do these sound like the words of a homophobic tyrant or do they sound like the words of an understanding man committed to protecting, not only the LGBTQ community, but all American citizens?
Many members of the LGBTQ community seem hell-bent on branding President-elect Trump as a militant religious zealot bent on the total elimination of the gay community and the forceful usurpation of all of their rights, leaving them with nothing but a one-way ticket to the nearest LGBTQ concentration camp, which will reside somewhere near the impending Mexican-American wall.
One of the concerns voiced by the LGBTQ community highlights Trump’s proposed support of the FADA (First Amendment Defense Act), which prevents the federal government from discriminating against individuals and institutions who follow their beliefs regarding marriage. This act protects advocates from both sides of the same-sex marriage debate from being stripped of nonprofit tax-exempt status, licenses, grants, contracts, or accreditation.
What the FADA does not do is make gay marriage illegal or take away the right of an LGBTQ citizen to be in the hospital with a significant other should an emergency arise. In other words, nothing will really change.
In January 2000, at a news conference in White Plains, New York, Clinton stated that “Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman.”
Once again, in 2004, then-Senator Clinton reiterated her deeply-held belief that “marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman.”
Conversely, in his 1987 book, The Art of The Deal, Donald Trump spoke highly of a good friend and lawyer he worked with, who Trump says is gay. Trump lauded his lawyer as a great man, argued that his friend’s life was his to live as he wished, and lamented the fact that others were not as accepting of his friend’s lifestyle.
Yet somehow, despite the facts, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the champion of the LGBTQ community during the last presidential election cycle.
When closely investigating whether or not a politician supports gay rights, it is imperative that we begin by following the money trail. And, in this case, the trail appears to have been quite a rocky road for former Secretary Clinton. Among the many other nations guilty of the worst sort of hatred against the LGBTQ community, Hillary Clinton’s campaign was largely funded by Saudi Arabia, a nation known for legal execution of gay people, simply because they are gay.
“She’s been given tens of millions of dollars by countries that treat women horribly,” President-Elect Trump said regarding Clinton in June. “And countries that kill gays, they kill gays, they push them off of buildings.”
Hillary Clinton has still not explained her reasoning for accepting at least $25 million from Saudi Arabia for the Clinton Foundation, according to the New York Times. The Wall Street Journal reported, last year, that Saudi Arabia has donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation since 1999.
DKIM-authenticated Wikileaks emails from the inbox of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, revealed that Bill Clinton received a $1 million birthday gift from the Kingdom of Qatar. Qatar, of course, is a nation governed by laws that make an open LGBTQ community illegal, where criminal sanctions will be levied on anyone publicly acknowledging a gay orientation.
Where exactly is the outrage here?