Donald Trump has been asked about voting for a gay president and *just about* claimed he would in a pretty bizarre answer.
Speaking on Geraldo Rivera’s podcast, the president was asked about Mayor Pete Buttigieg's run for Democratic presidential nominee and whether the American public might one day elect a gay president. He said:
I think so. I think there would be some that wouldn't, and I wouldn't be among that group to be honest with you. I think that, yes, I think that it doesn't seem to be hurting 'Pete Boot-edge-edge' as you say, as you would call him. It doesn't seem to be hurting him very much but ... there would be a group that probably wouldn't. But you or I wouldn't be in that group.
While Trump has claimed to be an ally, in March 2017 his administration rolled back key components of the Obama administration's workplace protections for LGBTQ+ people. This is the same man who, in July of the same year, tweeted that transgender people would not be allowed to serve in the military "in any capacity".
In 2019, clearly emboldened, the Trump justice department urged the Supreme Court to rule that LGBTQ+ employees are not protected under a longstanding act that prohibits “sex discrimination”.
Oh, and the president recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour, to talk show host Rush Limbaugh. This is a man with a history of bigoted comments who routinely campaigned against HIV research. In Trump’s words, “a special man beloved my millions of Americans.”
The LGBTQ+ community must surely be thinking that with friends like these, who needs enemies?