“A day of glorified hate speech.” ~ Newsweek
No sitting President ever. Never. A President wouldn’t do this, shouldn’t do this, but Donald Trump is not President of America. He is President of his donors, his Fox News anchors, his billionaire cronies and he is President for the Saudi’s and Russians, but he is not governing America for you and me.
The one year anniversary of Donald Trump speaking to a hate group passed on October 13th. October 13th joined the list of days in this administration that we all were ashamed, sickened and saddened, much like the Charlottesville murder of Heather Heyer by one of Trump’s supporters as one of the darkest days in American history.
Donald Trump has dragged our country through the mud.
I would like to commend Americans for not stooping to his level, for rising above the hate and building strong coalitions and stronger friendships, for fighting for each other and our communities, as we seeing in Missoula today.
From Newsweek on this event last year:
Speaking of the president’s decision to attend this year’s 12th annual event, SPLC President Richard Cohen told The Independent: “By appearing…President Trump is lending the legitimacy of his office to a hate group that relentlessly demonizes LGBTQ people and works to deny them of their equal rights.”
“His appearance puts the lie to his campaign promise to be a friend to the LGBTQ community. Bigotry is not an American value, and our president should speak out against it,” he added.
Trump’s attacks on the LGBTQ community have not gone unnoticed, with the president rescinding Obama-era protection for transgender students that allow them to use the bathroom that matches the gender they identify with. Trump also suggested a ban on transgender troops in the military, and failed to recognize Pride Month or National Coming Out Day, unlike his predecessor.
The group organizing the summit has previously commented on homosexuality. “Family Research Council believes that homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed. It is by definition unnatural, and as such is associated with negative physical and psychological health effects.”