YouTube screenshot, Donald Trump talks to ABC News about LGBT Pride Month, Iftar dinner.Photo: Jeff Taylor
Donald Trump told ABC News he would “look into” continuing the tradition of President Obama’s annual LGBT Pride Month proclamation if elected president.
He then pivoted to attacking his presumptive opponent in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, attempting to sell himself as the best candidate for women and, as he calls them, “gays.”
“I feel so badly (about) what happened (in Orlando),” Trump said. “We have to do something about it. And just remember, some of these countries that are contributing to Hillary Clinton, some of these countries where we’re taking in thousands of people, they kill gays, alright? They kill gays. They enslave women. They enslave women and yet they give money to Hillary Clinton, she accepts it. She wants more people to come into this country.
“I’m better for women, I am better for gays and I am better for a lot of people. And I think people are starting to see that.”
Trump recently called on Clinton to return $25 million the Clinton Foundation reportedly received from Saudi Arabia, citing human rights concerns.
The Republican National Committee also attacked Clinton along these same lines in a memo sent out last week stating, “For years, Hillary Clinton’s State Department ripped the human rights records of many Middle Eastern governments, all while her family foundation raked in millions from these same regressive regimes.”
This line of attack may backfire, however, as Trump also has financial ties to the region, including licensing his name to a golf club in Dubai and leasing his New York estate to Moammar Gaddafi.
Also counter to his pro-“gays” statement, Trump recently assembled an evangelical advisory board that includes such members as Michelle Bachmann and James Dobson, all of whom have anything but pro-LGBT backgrounds.
Former Congresswoman Bachmann voted against hate crime protection legislation, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) and a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Dobson is the founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, an organization that has been heavily involved in the fight against LGBT rights and has argued that homosexuality is “preventable and treatable.”