Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2016
Why? Because fuck gay people, that’s why.
Courtesy of NBC News:
The Trump administration is rejecting requests from U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during June, LGBTQ Pride Month, three American diplomats told NBC News.
The U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have requested permission from Trump’s State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles and have been denied, diplomats said.
Although the pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds, including inside embassies and on exterior walls, the decision not to allow it on the official flagpole stands in contrast to President Donald Trump’s claim to be a leader in supporting LGBTQ rights overseas.
During the Obama administration, the government granted blanket permission to embassies overseas to fly the pride flag during June. This year, U.S. diplomats said, embassies were told they can display the pride flag in other places, including inside embassies, but that requests to fly it on the flagpole must be specifically approved. No approvals have been granted.
Of all of the groups of Trump voters who deeply regret their decision, and clearly, there are a number of them, the LGBTQ voters, in particular, must be having perhaps the hardest time.
I mean Trump really pulled the cashmere over their eyes.
During the campaign, Trump actively courted their vote, reached out to the Log Cabin Republicans, and convinced Caitlyn Jenner to offer her support.
In the end, he only attracted about 14% of the LGBTQ vote, but that was still better than Republican candidates typically do.
And in return not only did he bring Mike Pence on as his running mate, but he banned transgender Americans from joining the military, is making it harder for gay couples to adopt children, and is allowing health care providers to turn away LGBTQ patients for religious reasons.
Here they thought they would finally have a Republican who openly supported them, and instead, they get a bloated asshole in a bad fitting suit paying lip service to them while slowly stripping them of their hard-won rights.