Trump appoints gay-haters Reed, Dobson, Falwell to campaign advisory board

One week after claiming to be the second coming of Harvey Milk, and the LGBT community’s savior, Donald Trump has appointed an evangelical advisory board that contains some of the top names of the gay-hating religious right.

Trump’s new board includes Christian Coalition founder Ralph Reed, Focus on the Family head James Dobson, Jerry Falwell Jr. (the son of renowned anti-gay bigot Jerry Falwell, who blamed gays for 9/11), and Robert Jeffress (who has in the past claimed that 70 percent of gays have AIDS, and that¬†there’s a direct link between homosexuality and pedophilia).

Ralph Reed, by Gage Skidmore.

Ralph Reed, by Gage Skidmore.

Trump doesn’t sound like the candidate¬†who just last week said “ask the gays,” when ridiculously claiming that his administration would be better for the LGBT community than Hillary Clinton (who has a stellar record on our issues).

We shouldn’t be surprised that Trump is cozying up to far-right anti-gay bigots. After all, we found out just recently that Trump’s mentor was Roy Cohn. Yes, that’s Roy Cohn. For those too young to remember, Cohn was the right hand-man of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the man responsible for the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s. Cohn was a closeted gay, but that didn’t stop him from conducting witch hunts that ruined the lives of countless gay people working for the federal government during that era.

by default 2016-06-22 at 12.33.26 PMCohn and McCarthy targeted many government officials and cultural figures not only for suspected Communist sympathies, but also for alleged homosexuality. McCarthy and Cohn were responsible for the firing of scores of gay men from government employment, and strong-armed many opponents into silence using rumors of their homosexuality. Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson has written: “The so-called ‘Red Scare’ has been the main focus of most historians of that period of time. A lesser-known element … and one that harmed far more people was the witch-hunt McCarthy and others conducted against homosexuals.”

It’s unbelievable that such an evil man was Donald Trump’s mentor. That tells you all you need to know about how pro-gay Donald Trump is.

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