For weeks, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has been touting his “youge!” fanbase with Mexicans, women, a slew of other minorities — often times alienating them with the same breath. On Wednesday, he added “the gays” to his list.
On a campaign stop in Atlanta, Trump attempted to frame this past weekend’s horrific shooting in Orlando as a reason for banning Muslims and other immigrants from entering the country, yet at some point in his remarks, he attempted to argue that he was a stronger ally of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people than Hillary Clinton.
“The LGBT community, the gay community, the lesbian community — they are so much in favor of what I’ve been saying over the last three or four days,” Trump said. “Ask the gays what they think and what they do, in, not only Saudi Arabia, but many of these countries, and then you tell me — who’s your friend, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?”
Similarly, Johnson sees Trump’s “ask the gays” as pandering to “a community that’s not monolithic.”
“His call to ask the gays ignores the full diversity of our community,” he said. “For months he’s campaigned against Muslims, Latinos, Mexicans, but we have LGBT members who are Muslim, Latino, Mexican. He’s trying to divide us, but he’s not speaking to us.”