He's been to a gay wedding. Probably more than one. And that hair matches the orange in the rainbow flag. So when Donald Trump lands in Atlanta on Saturday, he should totally crash the city's big gay Pride party, hang around for the parade and add his presidential circus to the celebration.
After all, the Trump circus would be just one of many entertaining sideshows during Pride weekend. He'd totally fit right in.
Trump's record on LGBT issues isn't perfect, but it's among the best of the crazy train of Republican presidential candidates he's currently leading. So spending a little Pride time with tens of thousands of LGBTs might help him evolve on the issues.
Trump says businesses shouldn't fire employees for being LGBT, via Washington Blade:
Trump made the remarks during an extensive interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when host Chuck Todd asked whether private companies should be able to terminate an employee based on sexual orientation. “It’s a big discussion and I guess it’s getting a lot of negative rulings right now, that whole thing, and I’m willing to go with what the courts are saying,” Trump said. Asked by Todd to clarify whether that means a company shouldn’t be able to fire an employee for being gay, Trump said, “I don’t think it should be a reason.”
He's done a gay wedding, via Hollywood Reporter:
You say you would have liked the states, rather than the Supreme Court, to decide on gay marriage. Have you been to a gay wedding?
Yes, I have. [Broadway theater owner] Jordan Roth. You know Jordan, right? Great guy.
He doesn't support gay marriage, via Huffington Post:
“I have been against [same-sex marriage] from the standpoint of the Bible, from the standpoint of my teachings as growing up and going to Sunday school and going to church, and I’ve been opposed to it, and we’ll just see how it all comes out. But, you know, if I was ever in that position I'd just have to explain it.”
Trump's stance on same-sex marriage has been known for quite some time. Back in 2011, he told Bill O'Reilly he didn't “feel right” about it. In February 2013, he told Howard Stern “it's not [his] thing.” Later that year, he told MSNBC's Thomas Roberts that his views were “evolving” but that he was still “for traditional marriage.”
But it's the law so he's ready to move on, via Hollywood Reporter:
So is this a dead issue for the GOP at this point?
Some people have hopes of passing amendments, but it's not going to happen. Congress can't pass simple things, let alone that. So anybody that's making that an issue is doing it for political reasons. The Supreme Court ruled on it.
Can't you imagine Trump on a float flanked by a drag queen or two and some go-go boys? Ok, maybe not. But by crashing Sunday's parade he can join a long list of LGBT-friendly elected officials and hopefuls that could share insights on reaching gay voters.
Maybe he could do the Pride parade shuffle with U.S. Rep. John Lewis. Or walk with those gay-marriage loving Libertarians. Or go after the gay law-and-order vote by rubbing elbows with Fulton sheriff hopeful Charles Rambo.
Or he could make small talk with the other elected officials in the parade, including state Sen. Vincent Fort, Atlanta Board of Education member Leslie Grant and several Atlanta City Council members: Alex Wan, who is gay, Michael Julian Bond, Andre Dickens, Carla Smith, Mary Norwood and Ceasar Mitchell.
Trump makes his first campaign stop in Georgia on Saturday to speak before supporters in Norcross and maybe a few black pastors. He'd certainly be more welcomed at Pride than Ben Carson, the other GOP presidential candidate who's coming to metro Atlanta this weekend.
Carson speaks to a Gainesville Church on Sunday, probably to say some stuff like this – via Washington Blade:
During a March interview on CNN, Carson said prison proves being gay is a choice because “a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay.” After outcry, Carson issued an apology to “all that were offended” and said his “choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues.”
It wasn’t the first time Carson issued an apology for making anti-gay remarks. In 2013, Carson during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity said gays, pedophiles and those who engage in bestiality cannot “change the definition” of marriage.
“My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Carson said. “It’s a well-established fundamental pillar of society. And no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association,) be they people who believe in bestiality — it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.”
So while Carson panders to religious conservatives at the Free Chapel on Sunday, Trump totally should pander to gay Atlanta during Pride.
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