The recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida has been a huge hurdle for the LGBT community after the loss of 49 Americans. Many LGBT community members have hailed the terrorist attack a simple attack stemming from homophobia, not one that was racially or religiously motivated. However, some Donald Trump rally supporters are turning heads within the LGBT community. Here’s why.
LGBT community members have been showing up to Donald Trump’s rallies and expressing their support. They have rejected Hillary Clinton’s new anti-gun policy and by extension ditched President Obama and his anti-NRA narrative.
23 year old Stephen Zieman is a gay Donald Trump supporter. He told reporters from Foxnews.com,
“I knew I had to fully support Trump because he called out the threat for what it was — radical Islamic terrorism. He stood up for the LGBT community and called himself a friend. It’s something we all needed and he was there — Hillary was not. She was making excuses for the religion and calling for gun control, which is not what I needed to hear.”
Nesto Moto Jr., another gay Donald Trump supporter took to social media to express his support of the Republican presumptive nominee,
— Nestor Moto Jr (@nestormotojr) June 14, 2016
Moto spoke to the Washington Post after the Orlando, Florida shooting when he had attended the Los Angeles Pride event in California. He told reporters,
“I think [Trump] did a good job in outlining what he wants to do to protect this community. For the first time ever, a presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States directly and explicitly addressed the LGBT community and expressed a sympathy for the violence that LGBT people were subjected to.”
A plethora of LGBT pro Donald Trump Facebook pages have been very active this week.
Gregory T. Angelo, the executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative group of mostly Republican’s that advocate for the LGBT community, spoke in support of Donald Trump after the terrorist attack in Orlando.
“Mr. Trump’s speech in New Hampshire was historic. Never before has the presumptive Republican nominee so directly and explicitly made an appeal to the LGBT community. Have we ever even had a nominee use the phrase ‘LGBT’? I don’t think so. He’s showing leadership where others in the party were reluctant to even confront why those people [in Orlando] were targeted.”
Donald Trump has been condemned for his comments on Latinos, Mexicans, women, and Muslims. He is is depicted by the liberal media as a demagogue who spreads xenophobic rhetoric. However, this evidence seems to paint a different picture. Instead of a hateful businessman we’re seeing someone who appeals to all different demographics.