The Big Lies Of The “Resistance”: A Directory. Big Lie #7: “Trump Is Anti-LGBT”

You may notice that this series jumped from Big Lie #2 all the way to #7. I apologize for the confusion: it will be remedied when the directory is complete and the Big Lies are lined up in the proper order.

However, this Big Lie, which I have been hearing and reading from  my many theater friends and colleagues, was nicely highlighted today by the Washington Blade, an LGTB publication of long standing in the District.  It chose today to publish an extensive post called “All of Trump’s anti-LGBT actions since last Pride (plus a few welcome moves).”  The piece nicely shows why the accusation of anti-gay bias is a politically convenient fabrication.

Big Lie #7 was launched immediately after the election. Gay rights activists decided to join in the attacks on Trump by their fellow progressive base members, even though Trump’s history and statements suggested that he was the most gay-friendly Presidential candidate in history.

“This morning, LGBTQ people — particularly young people and their parents — woke up scared and filled with questions about our country and their place in it,” Sarah McBride, national spokeswoman for the LGBT Left Human Rights Campaign, said. McBride added that “much of our community’s progress over the last eight years is at risk after yesterday’s election.”

This was fantasy, fear-mongering, and deliberate misrepresentation. The greatest threat to gays was the presence of Mike Pence, who had been adamantly against gay marriage as Governor of Indiana, as Trump’s running mate. He was chosen  to  appeal to the Religious Right, and the Mid-West.  Vice Presidents  are almost always chosen for their states, regions, and constituencies, not ideological affinity with the President.  Ike chose Nixon as his VP, and detested him. Kennedy disagreed with LBJ on many issues, but needed Texas in the electoral vote column.. George H.W. Bush was well-Left of Reagan, but Ronnie needed to mollify the Republican center (back when it had one). I think it is fair to regard Pence as anti-gay, but Vice Presidents are not Presidents.

Nobody called Barack Obama an idiot just because Joe Biden is.

As for Trump, he couldn’t have been much more pro-gay. He had donated heavily to charities that focused on the AIDS outbreak in the 80s and 90s. In 1999 he went on record saying talked about adding sexual orientation to the Civil Rights Act. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago is believed to be the first private club in Palm Beach admit a gay couple.

In June 2015,  Trump  condemned the terror attack at the  LGBT Pulse nightclub, and uttered the inconvenient truth that Islam and the LGBT community were incompatible. Trump told Republican delegates, “As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.”

(Islam is a hateful ideology, you know.)

Trump unequivocally reiterated his acceptance of same sex marriage in an interview with  Lesley Stahl. “It’s irrelevant because it was already settled. It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done,” he said when Stahl asked if  he supported marriage equality.

At the same point in his Presidency, Barack Obama was saying that he was “evolving,” but not yet ready to accept same sex marriage. Oddly, nobody among LGTB leadership sounded the alarm as Obama took office, or spun dire prophesies about the anti-gay purge to come.

Trump also said he would not try to appoint judges who would seek to overturn the same sex marriage ruling, again saying, “It’s done. It– you have– these cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And, I’m fine with that.”

Why were  LGBT leaders telling members of their community that Trump’s election presented a threat to gay marriage? They were lying, that’s all. They were and are allied with the Left, the Left was and is violently opposed to Trump. Gays were being good soldiers, and like the rest of the “resistance,” dishonest and corrupt ones.

Now let’s look at what the LGBT community cites to justify its continued false narrative (aka Big Lie) that President Trump is a foe of their rights. Here’s a typical example: “Trump’s TIMELINE OF

HATE!”

..which leads off with the sentence,

“Since the moment Donald Trump and Mike Pence walked into the White House, they have attacked the progress we have made toward full equality for the LGBTQ community and undermined the rights of countless Americans.”

The quality of logic employed here is signaled very early, with statements like, “Trump signed an executive order stating policy to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — landmark legislation that provides access to healthcare for millions of LGBTQ people.” Yes, I remember well how the principled objections to Obamacare were based on its alleged benefits to LGBT citizens.  Another alleged example of Trump’s anti-gay hate? “HRC and millions of demonstrators around the world came together for the Women’s March to protest Trump and his new administration aimed at tearing back our progress.” Ah! If people organize protests claiming something is true, then it is true. Got it.

My rule for all such lists is that if the accusers have a legitimate case, he, she, they or it will not include contrived, ridiculous, obviously tortured claims like these.  In law school, we were taught to avoid desperate or contrived arguments in our briefs, because they undermined the strong ones and signal weakness of an advocate’s position.

The few genuine examples of the Trump Administration opposing items on the LGBT political agenda on this site are policy disagreements, and that’s all they are. Big Lie #7 is predicated on the “If you’re not 100% supportive of everything we want, then you’re against us, and that means you hate us, because we are obviously infallible and always right” theory. This isn’t unique to LGBT advocates; it is the same theory whereby all critics of affirmative action, opponents of slavery reparations, those who didn’t think Barack Obama was wonderful, or who question whether every cop who shoots an unarmed black man is a murderer have proven they are racists. This is right out of the progressive play book.

The Blade’s list is more responsible by leagues: as the headline stated, it even includes the positive, LGBT-supportive measures the Trump Administration has undertaken in the past year:

  • Trump restaffed the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS  with 11 new appointees.
  • Trump has appointed LGBT individuals to various posts, including Mary Rowland, a lesbian with ties to the LGBT group Lambda Legal whom Trump named to a federal judgeship in Illinois, and Patrick Bumatay, a gay federal prosecutor whom Trump named for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
  • President Trump’s State of the Union address announced an initiative to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, asserting “remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS” in recent years. The plan seeks to reduce new HIV diagnoses by 75 percent within five years, and by 90 percent within 10 years. Efforts will focus on 48 counties, D.C., and San Juan, Puerto Rico and seven states where the epidemic is mostly in rural areas.
  • Trump’s budget request for fiscal year 2020 followed up on the State of the Union address pledge, seeking $300 million in new funds for domestic HIV programs.
  • In his tweet recognizing June as Gay Pride Month, Trump emphasized acknowledged his global initiative to decriminalize homosexuality. Same-sex relations are illegal in 71 countries. The project is led by U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-ranking openly gay person in the Trump administration.
  • The President tweeted: “Great news today: My administration just secured a historic donation of HIV prevention drugs from Gilead to help expand access to PrEP for the uninsured and those at risk. Will help us achieve our goal of ending the HIV epidemic in America!” The Department of Health & Human Services had reached a deal with Gilead to make PrEP available for generic production one year earlier and to secure a donation of the medication for up to 200,000 individuals each year for up to 11 years.
  • The United States joined 15 allied countries at the U.S. Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe in an investigation of  alleged anti-gay human rights abuses in Chechnya.

Prof. Glenn Reynold’s running joke whenever the President engages in more support for Israel comes to mind here: “Worst Nazi President ever!” Those seven items are inconsistent with a President who is “anti-LGBT,” and in fact disprove the accusation all by themselves.  If President Trump were truly  “anti-LGBT,” why would he bother to embrace any of these measures? That community is allied with his enemies; it is not a constituency that he needs to pander to, since it gives him nothing but abuse.

The negative items on the Blade’s list, meanwhile, demonstrate neither bigotry nor hate. Some are definitely wrong-headed (and, in my view, unethical), such as the so called “conscience clause” protections for health workers and pharmacy workers who have religious objections to same sex relations. These positions and actions, however, are not anti-LGBT just because that community supports different ones. There are legitimate reasons to oppose the Equality Act (#3 on the Blade’s list) , for example, other than  “anti-LGTB” hate.

The Blade’s list also shows the telltale signs of desperation and bootstrapping. For example, President Trump, says the Blade, showed his anti-gay bias by meeting with Ginni Thomas and other anti-LGBT activists, and “quietly listening.” (This is #2 on the list) My favorite of the Blade’s alleged smoking guns is  “anti-LGBT” action #17, however:

“Trump gave an unflattering moniker to Pete Buttigieg, the gay presidential candidate with growing support in the Democratic primary. Trump dubbed him “Alfred E. Neuman,” the Mad Magazine character famous for the phrase, “What Me Worry?” In a dog whistle that perhaps gay people could hear, Trump said, “Alfred E. Neuman cannot become president of the United States.”

I love it. It’s so, so MSNBC, so progressive, so typical of the “Gotcha! You’re a racist/xenophobe/sexist/homophobe!” tactic that was polished into high art during the Obama Administration. Trump engages in juvenile name calling with everyone from Rosie O’Donnell to Marco Rubio to Hillary Clinton to Adam Schiff,  but when he does the same with Buttigieg, it’s proof of anti-gay bias.

Sure. I’m convinced!

Does anyone seriously believe that Trump wouldn’t have called him “Alfred E. Newman” if he were as straight as laser beam?

Enough. The Big Lie that Donald Trump is anti-LGTB is a cynical device without evidence or justification that relies on the audience’s ignorance and bias to succeed.

9 thoughts on “The Big Lies Of The “Resistance”: A Directory. Big Lie #7: “Trump Is Anti-LGBT”

  1. I’d boil this down even further: Trump is anti-LGBT because he had the gall to deny our beloved, adorable Hillary Clinton her presidency. And he’s not a Democrat, which means, ipso facto, he’s a Republican and Republicans, ipso facto, hate LGBT people.

  2. Not that I dislike your exposing and chronicling these lies, but we could probably sum them up this way:

    • Anything bad in the world or America today is either actually or perceptually caused or worsened by Trump.

    • Any improvements or good in the world or America today, actually or perceptually, is despite Trump’s efforts to make them worse or less effective.

    The rational find the Left’s desperation and machinations laughable, but please do go on.

    • But of course, to those gulled by the lies, they are not laughable; they actively distort perception. That’s why specifics are needed to set off the ethics alrams—so people can instantly recognize a lie and who is lying to them. For example, one lie on the list that I hear all the time is “Things are terrible!” This is easily debunked, but you have to zero in on reality to make it clear. What the lie means is “I feel terrible!” and these lies are designed to make people feel terrible by promoting fear, hate, paranoia and ignorance.

      • That’s why specifics are needed to set off the ethics alarms—so people can instantly recognize a lie and who is lying to them.

        That’s why the Left actively trains people to ignore specifics, (otherwise known as “facts”) and focus on the emotions of the worst imaginable downside of whatever they are talking about, emphasizing only the facts that support the desired emotional reaction.

        The Right does this too, of course, mostly in the abortion debate, although to be fair, no amount of debate will change the reality that a human life is being extinguished deliberately every time an abortion is performed. It can also be seen in fear-mongering about countries we oppose, emphasizing the threat and minimizing the low chances of it ever materializing.

        But the Left has raised it to a high art far beyond anything the Right has ever managed. This is why ethics alarms don’t ring more often… well, that and confirmation bias that has been drummed into the body politic by the media.

  3. You’re right, of course, but I don’t think you understand how a progressive mind works. The entire reason they use a 16 bit encryption key for an acronym (LGBTTQQIAAP&2fs! Uppercase… lowercase… special symbol, number, Yup! It’s all there!) is because they want to bring as many people into the same group and confuse and conflate them. On some level, it makes sense, the populations we’re talking about are small, but on others, it’s abrasive. Believe me, every letter they added after the B made me relate to the acronym less and less.

    The daily grind and disenfranchisement, such that they are, of a gay person is fundamentally different from that of a trans person, and all an asexual person has to do is continue converting oxygen into carbon dioxide. But that’s not the point. Solidarity Bro….ther…s? Sisters? Siblings! Solidarity Siblings! And so even though president Trump has taken more material action towards the enfranchisement of gay people of any Republican (and frankly, most Democrats) ever, he ran with a fundamentalist Christian running mate, and denied trans people the privilege of serving in the military. Seen in that light, it’s totally obvious why the alphabet soup brigade wrote him off, right? /snark

    I think it’s important to point out that this, as with all other progressive talking points, is a show. Things like this that can’t really be explained in a way that makes sense starts to crystallize once you change the paradigm to a power struggle: Progressives don’t care about the acronym or the people who identify with it, the acronym is a cudgel. Facts be damned, it’s about power.

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