Donald Trump Waves LGBT Flag at Rally in Colorado
Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller said in an interview, “Mr. Trump is campaigning to be President for ALL Americans and was proud to carry the ‘LGBT for Trump‘ rainbow flag on stage in Greeley, CO yesterday. He will protect all Americans from the radical Islamic extremists who perpetuate hate and violence around the world, unlike Hillary Clinton who dangerously plans for open borders and has accepted millions of dollars from repressive regimes with a history of violence, discrimination and oppression against women, gays and minorities.”
Back in 2000 Donald Trump was interviewed by the gay Advocate magazine.
Why should gays and lesbians be interested in you as a presidential candidate?
I grew up in New York City, a town with different races, religions, and
peoples. It breeds tolerance. In all truth, I don’t care whether or not a
person is gay. I judge people based on their capability, honesty, and
merit. Being in the entertainment business — that is, owning casinos and
… several large beauty pageants — I’ve worked with many gay people. I
have met some tough, talented, capable, terrific people. Their lifestyle
is of no interest to me.
Would we see gay people in a Trump administration?
I would want the best and brightest. Sexual orientation would be
meaningless. I’m looking for brains and experience. If the best person
for the job happens to be gay, I would certainly appoint them. One of
the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people
don’t go into government. I’d want to change that.
What would you do to combat antigay prejudice?
I like the idea of amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include a ban
of discrimination based on sexual orientation. It would be simple. It
would be straightforward. We don’t need to rewrite the laws currently on
the books, although I do think we need to address hate-crimes
legislation. But amending the Civil Rights Act would grant the same
protection to gay people that we give to other Americans — it’s only
fair. I actually suggested this first, and now I see [Democratic
presidential candidate] Bill Bradley has jumped on the bandwagon and is
claiming the idea as his own. [A bill to amend the Civil Rights Act that
would have included protections on the basis of sexual orientation was
first introduced in the 1970s. — Ed.] Let me tell you something. Bradley
is as phony as a $20 Rolex. He says the president ought to have big
ideas. His last big idea — the 1986 [Tax Reform Act] — caused a
recession and cost thousands of people their jobs. This guy destroyed
the real estate industry, and he tanked the S&Ls. It was a disaster.
Bradley walked out of the Senate like he was some kind of statesman
declaring that “politics is broken.” The truth is, the voters were going
to dump him in New Jersey. He walked away. Now he poses as some kind of
outsider. What a joke. Bradley was a member of the Senate Finance
Committee and a longtime part of Washington establishment. When I was
$900 million and my companies were $9 billion in debt, I didn’t walk
away. While others were declaring bankruptcy, I clawed my way back. My
businesses are now bigger and better than ever.
Are your gay employees allowed to be out?
Everyone makes a personal choice. Look, it just doesn’t matter to me. I
try to treat everybody equal and fairly. Maybe that’s why I can count
men like Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Sammy Sosa as my friends. When you hang with people who are different from you, you get an appreciation for other cultures.
Trump made history being the 1st republican ever to show support for the LGBT community at the RNC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r444t...