The Log Cabin Republicans, who for some reason are still (sort of) a thing, has endorsed anti-LGBTQ President Donald Trump in their latest bid to become even more irrelevant and unnecessary.
Trump’s anti-LGBTQ record is long and well-documented (likewise his VP’s), but the Log Cabin Republicans, in an embarrassingly dishonest and bootlicking op-ed published by The Washington Post, has wrongly claimed he has kept his commitments to the LGBTQ community.
The article, written by Robert Kabel, the group’s chairman, and Jill Homan, its vice chairwoman, offers little in the way of pro-LGBTQ examples and conveniently ignores the numerous ways in which he has undermined LGBTQ rights since taking office. Meanwhile, the examples offered for Trump’s supposed commitment to LGBTQ people are either intentionally dishonest or misinformed.
Kabel and Homan note Trump has pledged to end the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2030. But those easy to speak words have not been backed up by action, in fact, quite the opposite. The Trump administration diverted funds from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program to cover the increased costs of detaining immigrant children, and twice requested cuts to PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
He also quietly shutdown research that was closing in on a cure over its use of fetal tissue.
Trump is so ignorant on this issue he asked Bill Gates on not one but two occasions what the difference was between HIV and HPV.
Next, the op-ed gives Trump credit for pretending to care about the global decriminalization of homosexuality, despite not even knowing his administration had said it would work towards that end. There is still zero evidence of any movement on this issue.
The group admitted that it didn’t agree with the president on every issue, citing the transgender military ban, which it said it would continue to “press” with the administration, urging them to reconsider. So far those efforts have gone nowhere. Expect more of the same.
Lastly, and most laughably, they claim: “’Inclusion Matters’ is a mantra we share with the president.” No word yet on which president they’re referring to, because even they can’t possibly be clueless enough to think Trump stands for inclusion.
In 2016, the Log Cabin Republicans chose not to endorse Trump, with then-President Gregory T. Angelo saying the board felt it couldn’t trust him. That decision showed some integrity. Now, with the advantage of proof it was right to doubt him, the Log Cabin Republicans have decided to undo what respect they earned by withholding their endorsement, showing their true allegiance is not to LGBTQ people but to the Republican Party.