Log Cabin Republicans Endorse Trump, Claims his 'Bold Actions' Benefit LGBTQ People

Saturday August 17, 2019

Is Donald Trump good for the LGBTQ community? Log Cabin Republicans think so.

In an op-ed published in the Washington Post on Friday, the group's chairman and vice chairwoman, Robert Kabel and Jill Homan, made the case for supporting the President in the upcoming election.

"President Trump has followed through on many of his commitments to the United States, including taking bold actions that benefit the LGBTQ community," they wrote.

The reasons for their endorsement include Trump's commitment to end the spread of HIV/AIDS in ten years; influencing foreign governments in lessening harsh treatment of their LGBTQ citizens; initiating tax cuts that have benefited all Americans; and spearheading a seismic shift in the Republican Party as to LGBTQ issues.

In citing the appearance of LGBTQ billionaire Peter Thiel at the 2016 Republican convention, Kabel and Homan write: "And in an extraordinarily uplifting moment, Thiel uttered the words for the first time, 'I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all, I am proud to be an American.' He was met with thunderous standing applause from the body of the Republican Party.

"This is the party that Trump has helped make possible by moving past the culture wars that dominated the 1990s and early 2000s, in particular by removing gay rights as a wedge issue from the old Republican playbook."

The response was swift. The Daily Beast published a piece called "The Reality-Defying Shame of Log Cabin Republicans Who Endorse Trump," in which senior editor Tim Teeman compared the LCR's endorsement to "the world as imagined by Lewis Carroll's Alice in 'Alice in Wonderland': 'If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?'

Later in his piece Teeman observes: "It takes a certain level of perverse chutzpah, or a certain level of confidence in your gaslighting abilities, to claim that President Trump is good for LGBTQ people in the same week that the Trump administration moved to let federal contractors use 'religious exemptions' as an excuse to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans in the workplace."

In response to LCR's opposition to "the transgender service restriction and will continue to press the administration to reconsider," Teeman asks, "How's that going?"

He also points out how little attention Trump and his minions pay to LGBTQ issues.

"Oddly, Trump and Pence don't have much to say on the campaign trail about Trump's determination to see homosexuality decriminalized in all the countries around the world where homosexuality remains a crime—but the Log Cabin are very excited about this alleged commitment."

Teemans ends by asking a question: "Reaching the end of this odd, upside-down piece of writing in the Washington Post, the question in the reader's mind becomes less 'why are you doing this?,' than 'how on earth did you get to this point as LGBTQ people?' In this, the 50th anniversary year of the Stonewall Riots, what happened to your gay pride?"

A look at the Log Cabin Republicans Twitter feed found these comments, first from comic Dana Goldberg:

Scriptwriter Robbie Couch:

Activist and writer Dan Savage:

But support came from a likely suspect: Richard Walters, Chief of Staff for the Republican National Committee:

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