President Trump took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to issue a repulsively insincere and entirely performative celebration of LGBTQ pride month that immediately sparked a furious backlash on social media for its infuriating hypocrisy.
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….on the basis of their sexual orientation. My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2019
The president’s tweet references a February 2019 “campaign” to fight against the criminalization of homosexuality across the world that was mentioned once and never spoken of again; Trump himself was not aware of the “policy” when reporters asked him about it.
It immediately became clear that the sudden concern for the criminalization of LGBT people was just an excuse to inflame tensions with Iran, since two of the world’s most homophobic governments (who just so happen to be very close to Trump), Saudi Arabia and Russia, did not warrant any attention from the State Department.
The hypocrisy is particularly galling because the Trump administration’s entire tenure has been characterized by appalling bigotry against LGBTQ Americans. One of his first acts as president was to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military; since then, he has made it easier for adoption agencies to turn away same-sex couples and removed the LGBT categories from the 2020 census.
Trump’s Education Secretary has stopped investigating complaints from trans kids alleging discrimination from their schools, his Health and Human Services Secretary rolled back LGBTQ protections in the healthcare industry, and Trump has filled the courts with homophobic right-wing pyschopaths.
His pretend concern for the LGBTQ community is absolutely disgusting, and Twitter did not waste any time letting him know:
orientation or gender identity. The Human Rights Campaign, a top advocacy group for LGBT issues, has created a 16-page document outlining administration actions that it says are hostile to LGBT Americans. You should read it. Never mind. Just resign. #ResignOrBeImpeached
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) May 31, 2019
You mean those countries you break rules to sell weapons to?
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) May 31, 2019
Does Trump think we have forgotten about his despicable ban on transgender Americans who want to serve in the military or his new rule to allow for discrimination against same-sex couples who want to care for children in the foster care system?! https://t.co/daq58kWVfn
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) May 31, 2019
…Except your @vp believes they can pray the gay away, your Evangelical bedfellows want to drive them from the planet, and your Administration is systematically taking away their rights to work, adopt, and get partner benefits.
But sure, yay Pride Month!https://t.co/SBfqQPEzrG
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) May 31, 2019
Trump's State Department JUST passed a policy that withholds American citizenship from the children of married same-sex U.S. citizens who are born abroad, claiming that they are "out of wedlock."
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) May 31, 2019
— Laurie Charles (@TheStuffOfMemes) May 31, 2019
Get fucked, asshole.https://t.co/tAXZHaeGKq
— IndivisibleDFW (@DFWIndivisible) May 31, 2019