The gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans recently announced that it wouldn’t be endorsing Trump after crowing for nearly a year about what a pro-LGBT candidate Donald Trump is, and Michelangelo Signorile takes them to task for it over at the HuffPost.
This decision, and its timing, exposes how completely soulless and deceptive the group is, lacking backbone while engaging in rank hypocrisy.
…It comes when Trump looks like he’ll lose the election, so it’s a cowardly action — far from standing up to a bigot who has a strong shot to win and declaring the group will do what it can to stop him from becoming president. Far from it, LCR, in its statement discussing the group’s declining to endorse Trump, in fact notes it “welcomes the opportunity to work with” Trump should he still win, and said that it will still help to elect Republican to Congress — to the same Republican-controlled Congress that has blocked LGBT rights throughout the Obama years.
And the LCR’s “pro-LGBT” rhetoric even deceived New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, Signorile notes, who broadcast LCR’s assertions about Trump being accepting of gay people, and fooled many people into thinking this was the case:
While Haberman’s assertion was completely in opposition to the views of much larger, mainstream LGBT groups like the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD and The Task Force (not quoted in her article), and while the piece was criticized by LGBT commentators — including, strongly, by me — Haberman’s piece, andothers by the Times’ Jeremy Peters and other Times reporters, set a narrative in much of the media that Trump was supportive of LGBT rights.
Finally, Signorile brands the group “cowardly and craven” for ignoring the other reasons they should have rejected Trump:
Even if Trump actually were “pro-LGBT,” LCR should have opposed Trump based solely on his racist attacks on immigrants (who include LGBT people), and Muslims (who include LGBT people), and for his misogynistic attacks on women (who comprise more than half the LGBT population, just as in the general population.) The group should have been opposed to Trump for his attacks on other marginalized groups — and for his promotion of sexual assault in a leaked tape, followed by accusation after accusation by women over the past month.