Politics

Trump criticized for telling member of ‘Gays for Trump’ that they ‘don’t look gay’

Former President Trump on Wednesday told a gay supporter that they did not “look gay” during a fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Florida.

“Where’s Gays for Trump,” Trump asked a crowd of supporters while speaking at the fundraiser, which was organized to support John Gibbs, a Republican from Michigan and a former Housing and Urban Development official under the Trump administration running to unseat Rep. Peter Meijer (R) in Congress.

According to a video clip of the interaction, an audience member responded, “We’re over here,” prompting Trump to point at them and say, “You don’t look gay,” which drew laughs from the crowd.

On Thursday, Gays for Trump founder Peter Boykin told Newsweek that members of the organization “probably wouldn’t ‘look gay’ because it’s a stereotype that fits more with the typical ‘look’ of leftist LGBT.”

Boykin suggested to Newsweek that he was relatively unbothered by Trump’s comment, but added that Gays for Trump is a “nationwide movement full of various types of gays and the gay community has a lot of diversity, the difference is the Gays for Trump lean right.”

Trump on Wednesday told supporters his administration “did great with the gay population, as you know.” The Human Rights Campaign have been critical over Trump’s treatment of the LGBT community.

HRC President Alphonso David spoke out against Trump and the RNC, saying, “The RNC (Republican National Committee) is hallucinating and advancing misleading and disingenuous rhetoric. Yes, Trump has taken many ‘unprecedented’ steps, but those steps have been to undermine and eliminate rights protecting LGBTQ people, not empower us.”

He added, “Appointing a small handful of gay people out of thousands of nominations and making a very few, and unfulfilled, pledges can hardly qualify as accomplishments. Don’t gaslight us. The Trump-Pence administration is the most virulently anti-LGBTQ administration in decades, the RNC cannot put lipstick on a pig.”

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NBC NEWS

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