The Donald said #AskTheGays — and they answered

June 16, 2016

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump believes he will be a greater champion for gay rights than his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

Speaking at a rally in Atlanta on Wednesday, Trump implored the assembled crowd to “ask the gays.” The command struck some on Twitter as a little, well, odd. And the #NeverTrump cohort on social media wasted no time mocking the comments, often with animated gifs:




In other words…

The Trump campaign’s “issues” page doesn’t list gay rights among the candidate’s stated platforms. That said, his campaign has been seen by some as a bright spot for gay Republicans who have at times felt alienated by more traditional, socially conservative candidates. Gregory Angelo, the president of Republican gay rights advocacy group Log Cabin Republicans, in April told the New York Times that Trump would be “the most gay-friendly Republican nominee for president ever.”

But clearly it’s not all sunshine between Trump and the gay community. He’s been called out for inconsistencies on this topic — and in January, Trump told Fox News he would “strongly consider” appointing justices to overrule the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

Clinton, meanwhile, has enjoyed widespread support from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) voters throughout the campaign, both in the primary and in a matchup against Trump. A survey published by the Washington Blade last month showed Clinton, who has asserted progressive views on gay rights, beat Trump among LGBT voters by a 4-to-1 margin. (She hasn’t weighed in on #AskTheGays on social media just yet.)

Trump’s team did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

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