“LGBT is starting to like Donald Trump very much lately, I will tell you, starting to like Donald Trump very, very much lately,” said Donald Trump at a rally on Thursday, adding that the Clinton Foundation had taken money from countries where “they kill gays.”
“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?” he said.
“The Gays” responded with some solid advice for the presidential hopeful:
— r 0 b y n (@r0bvn) June 16, 2016
— Chuck Jones (@fanchuckntastic) June 15, 2016
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) June 20, 2016
— T H A D (@iamthadadius) June 16, 2016
— itsstuckyinmyhead (@Ruthanniscool) June 16, 2016
Trump: “Ask the gays!”
— Alp Ozcelik (@alplicable) June 15, 2016
Trump: “Ask the gays!”
— Sam Lansky (@samlansky) June 15, 2016
Trump in Atlanta saying ” #AskTheGays”
— Anthony Mercurio (@meiamanthony) June 15, 2016
Even Hillary had something to say:
Putting aside the simple fact that saying “the gays” is offensive, Donald Trump’s tweet signals a growing trend in the Republican party to use anti-gay tragedies as justification for Islamophobia. Trump’s illusion of being a friend to the gay community is laughable, but his statements, whether or not he really believes in them, are a part of a larger phenomenon that the New York Times calls “The G.O.P.’s Cynical Gay Plot.”
Trump’s statements are relatively mild compared to what other Republicans have to say. The LGBTQ community is not a political prop and the powerful backlash of #AskTheGays shows that the queer community is not going to remain silent in this election cycle.
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