Last week, Trump used the massacre of 49 people in Orlando to promote his bigoted immigration policies and claim to be a better friend to women and the LGBT community than Hillary Clinton. Just days before the massacre the reality TV star told a group of religious right leaders that he would defend “Christian values” including “marriage and family.”
Right Wing Watch reports that the presumptive Republican presidential candidate’s advisory group is expected to include thrice-married televangelist Paula White, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., Southern Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress, Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, current and past Southern Baptist Convention presidents Ronnie Floyd and Jack Graham.
The choice of these activists as campaign advisers would further undermine Trump’s attempts – bolstered by some in the media – to portray himself as either supportive of gay rights or at least distanced from the GOP’s anti-LGBT politics.
Jeffress, as we’ve noted, “believes that gays and lesbians are ‘perverse’ people who are either pedophiles or likely to abuse children in the future; compared homosexuality to bestiality and called it ‘a miserable lifestyle’; accused gay people of using ‘brainwashing techniques’ to have homosexuality ‘crammed down our throats’; said that gay people ‘are engaged in the most detestable, unclean, abominable acts you can imagine’; predicted that the gay rights movement ‘will pave the way for that future world dictator, the Antichrist’; and labeled homosexuality a ‘filthy practice’ that will lead to the ‘implosion of our country.’”
Floyd, the SBC president, once said that Satan is using the “gay lifestyle” to destroy cultural values and labeled the adoption of children by same-sex couples a “tragedy.”
— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) June 17, 2016
Last Thursday, Trump made the frankly ridiculous claim that the “LGBT community is starting to like Donald Trump very, very much lately.”
Watch Bill Maher on Trump’s reaction to the Orlando massacre below.