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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  • doug dash
  • Eye Offend

    That is why it is important for every sane person to make sure Donald Trump is not elected.

  • Eye Offend

    Robert Jeffress should ask Dennis Hastert about the direct link between Republicans and pedophilia.

  • DoverBill

    No imagination necessary; look at what they’ve already done.

  • PattyJM

    That’s not funny.

    Scalia is dead, and Ginsberg and Kennedy are in their 80s. The next president will select at least one and maybe even three new justices. Imagine what people like these could do to our nation.

  • DoverBill

    What’s next for these guys, the Supreme Court?

  • You have the option to ban from your Disqus feed any user whose comments you do not wish to see any more.
    Consider using that option, rather than posting insults.
    Your next ad hominem attack will be deleted.

  • Hey Bill, there’s a huge stick up your butt. Please remove it before posting anything else.

  • You’re right Hillary is a relic from the past. She has no place in modern politics.

  • Pennywadams3
  • Moonbeam_Song

    Again, “every other Democrat”… years ago. Being stuck in the past, fighting the battles of the past, can blind you to the present and the future.

    I just don’t agree that the proper reaction to someone who has moved to our side is to be aggressive or suggest that there’s little difference between them and our unrepentant enemies.

  • Bill_Perdue
  • Yes, only the one user is blocked. If another user replies to your blocked user’s comment, you can still reply to that responding user, who may be quoting or responding to the blocked user.
    It is up to you and your preferences.

  • Bill_Perdue

    A few years ago these same Democrats demonstrated their ongoing bigotry by refusing to pass ENDA and amending it with pro-bigot (pro cult) exceptions.

  • emjayay
  • FelineMama

    GET THE F**K OUT & VOTE PEOPLE!! This “person??” Trumpelstiltskin” (h/t driftglass) is sooo damn dangerous to ALL of US!! I’m a white, female, hetero, OLD, & I am scared of this scarey man!!!!

  • Phil in FLL

    I did see that feature, and I just used it. If I had used it before, my reply to Bagerite would have been different, but I still would have replied to Bagerite. I won’t try to “undo” the block that I placed on Bill’s comments. That means I might see a comment I want to reply to which is underneath the “This user is blocked” message. My replies will look correspondingly different. However, it doesn’t mean that I won’t reply to someone just because their comment is under “This user is blocked”–and in my case, only one use is blocked. Is that reasonable?

  • angryspittle

    Corrupt carnival barking con men and grifters all.

  • Phil in FLL, I do not know if you or others are aware of this, but Disqus has recently made available to commenters a “user blocking” ability.
    Commenters can still flag inappropriate or abusive comments to let us Moderators know, but now they can block other users from showing up on their own ABlog content.
    It does not block the other user from ABlog, but you will not see their comments any more.
    If you go to the right of that particular user’s name and click on the small down arrow, a drop-down menu will appear, where you can click on “Block User.”

  • Phil in FLL

    As if to make the stakes of the current election clearer, the U.S. Supreme Court has, today, just split on whether to affirm Obama’s temporary hold on deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. That effectively blocks Obama’s action, putting those millions of undocumented immigrants in immediate danger of deportation. Both Obama and Hillary immediately condemned the decision. Trump, of course, will be delighted. The next Supreme Court nomination will decide which way the Court will rule next year. But why should Bill care? He’s not an undocumented immigrant. Under the circumstances, Bill’s habit of calling Democratic officeholders and voters “racist” is bizarre.

  • Badgerite

    I know. I shouldn’t have even bothered. It’s just sometimes when he goes on I can’t help myself. Bad on me.

  • Phil in FLL

    Your replying to a suggestion to walk off the end of a pier. People are certainly able to multitask and do both of the following:

    (1) work with workers organizations, environmentalists, etc.
    (2) vote in elections

    The lie is that (1) is the only way to further civil rights, while (2) is useless. That is an obvious lie from a troll who would prefer to see the progressive vote depressed so that conservative Republicans win.

  • One of the best lines in one of my favorite movies is this: (from The Opposite of Sex)

    Bill Truitt: Listen to me, you little grunge faggot. I survived my family, my schoolyard, every Republican, every other Democrat, Anita Bryant, the Pope, the fucking Christian Coalition, not to mention a real son of a bitch of a virus, in case you haven’t noticed. In all that time since Paul Lynde and Truman Capote were the only fairies in America, I’ve been busting my ass so that you’d be able to do what you wanted with yours! So I don’t just want your obedience right now – which I do want and plenty of it – but I want your fucking gratitude, right fucking now, or you’re going to be looking down a long road at your nipple in the dirt! Do you hear what I’m saying?

    The “every other Democrat” line should stick out. So yes, I’m glad many have “evolved” but they’re not our parents. We need to remind them of the shitty decisions they made and hold them accountable or they may repeat similar mistakes. IMHO.

  • Badgerite

    Yes, because that worked out so well under Stalin. So, let’s do that again. I don’t believe Stalin was a ‘worker’, yet he ended up in charge of everything and everyone.

  • Badgerite

    Bingo. This man is nothing but a grifter. Hell, the Grifter. And he follows a lot of Roy Cohn’s worst practices. And there were so many. They were both born to privilege. Cohn considered himself to be above anyone who was not. And his actions always showed this. So do Trump’s. I wouldn’t trust him with the groceries, let alone the country.

  • Her support has been spotty. I don’t understand why gay people are so enamored with her. When she was senator of NY I remember her telling me that I shouldn’t be allowed to get married – my husband was dying and we wanted to get me on his pension. Could only do that with marriage. She came out for it years later when it was safe to do so, but she has the ability to be a leader on many social issues but she doesn’t either because she is too cautious or she doesn’t beleive in it. I don’t know but I never felt like she had my back as a gay man. Sure she’s better than most Republicans but that’s not really all that much of an accolade.

  • Bill_Perdue

    The question of compelling change from bigots running for office does not revolve around the lies and rebranding of individual candidates. Clinton and Trump represent nothing but a personal drive to get the access to money and bribes.

    Both have a long history of rightist and hateful policies about the LGBTQ communities and both make feeble and hypocritical attempts to hide their history by rebranding and trawling for votes. Both are lying about supporting us.

    The only real way to get our rights is to continue to build alliances with working people fighting for a decent minimum wage, people of color fighting for an end to racist murders by cops, environmentalists fighting for an end to fracking, etc.

    They engage in independent mass movements and mass demonstrations to compel change and are our natural allies. The DP/RP are not our allies but we can still compel some forms of change as we did in the fight for marriage. Real change will not come from capitalist parties. Real and fundamental change will come when the left creates a workers government.

  • Moonbeam_Song

    And that was over 20 years ago now. People learn and grow. Heck, my own mother went from “Don’t talk to me about this stuff because I’m sad you are going to hell” to “I am so thrilled to go to your wedding” in about the same timeline.

    At some point, you should applaud people who’ve grown in the right direction rather than continuing to punish them for the mistakes of the past.

  • Quite a few Democrats who are supposedly our allies now voted for DADT and/or DOMA. Those were NOT party-line votes in the 90s.

  • This is going to be like the first Obama term when we had to put pressure on the administration to get any changes. Some people seem to think that electing an ally is the end of the process. Actually that’s just the beginning. No one running this year had a spotless record on gay rights. It’s hard to find any baby boomer that does. We’ll one day have a millenial as president and that won’t be a problem. Until then, we have to elect fair weather friends and make sure they know what kind of shit-storm will come if they cross us.

  • Moonbeam_Song

    Fair-weathered? How so? Her track has pretty much been consistent — to get better and better on LGBT issues, not back and forth. So I don’t see how that is really “fair-weathered”. And that’s been the track of a lot of the Democratic party as well.

    Our whole country has gone through a sea-change in terms of our rights in the last two decades. I don’t really fault anyone — politician or not — who was poor on gay issues in the 1990s but is good on them now.

  • Well to be fair, we really don’t have any idea what Trump would do since he’s never held any office but we can imagine that it would almost certainly be awful and I think we have enough evidence to say that he wouldn’t be an ally. Clinton on the other hand will be a fair-weathered friend, a light ally acting only when she thinks it’s completely safe to do so. It’s doubtful at this point she’ll act against our interests given where we are in society now, but history has shown she’s done that too. So neither one is and ideal candidate for gay Americans but yes I’d rather have a fair-weathered friend in the office than an unpredictable hurricane.

  • The Clintons haven’t always been as good on gay rights as I would have liked (and I’ve been vocal about that for over 30 years), but she is currently very good on lbgt issues. Trump has personally been okay with gay people in his business dealings, but is cozying up to anti-gay bigots and has promised to appoint judges to overturn Obergefell. That’s a stark contrast. I don’t know what either of their personal feelings are, but they have each made it clear what they would do as president and one is good on gay issues while the other is horrible.

  • Neither candidate is particularly strong on gay rights, but yeahTrump much less so.

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  • fry1laurie

    Those “religious” “leaders” really love themselves the Bibble, don’t they. Let’s take a look at the Ten Commandments.
    No other god – yeah right
    Graven images – “Trump” emblazoned over everything
    Lord’s name in vain – I plead ignorance on this one
    Remember Sabbath – yeah right, again
    Honor father & mother – Just give me the loan, dad
    Shall not kill – another gimme
    Shall not commit adultery – NEXT!
    Shall not steal – NEEEXXXXT!
    Shall not bear false witness – NEEEEEEEXXXXXXXTTTTTTT!!!!!
    Shall not covet – (chuckles)

    So you see why these guys are signed up for Drumpf. They’re as hypocritical as the man himself.

  • MoonDragon

    Tiny Donald loves the gays and will save them from the Mooslims. He will then endow these advisors of sagacity, empathy, and selflessnes (ASSES) with the authority to author legislation that will be presented to Congress. The legislation will then invest authority in the ASSES to persecute, imprison, and, in extreme cases, execute these gays with which he has so generously gifted the ASSES. The legislation will also enable all manner of personal harassment in the civil fora (jobs, family, public accommodations). But they will be safe from Mooslims.

  • emjayay

    And that’s why all us gays love Donald so very much.

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  • I don’t think any of the people running on the Republican side this year really wanted to be President. The whole primary campaign was an overblown publicity stunt to push their shitty books, increase their speaking fees, and for those still in office, to raise their profile so they get more attention from lobbyists – and to bolster their prospects for their future lobbyist job. There’s a reason why most of them really didn’t seem to try at all, and folded at the first sign of real damage to their financial prospects.

  • Phil in FLL

    Would Trump continue declaring June as LGBT month? ABC News reports (link here):

    “I would look into it,” Trump said in an interview on Friday when asked if he’d continue declaring June as LGBT Pride Month, as President Obama has done.

    Classic bullshit artist.

  • This is completely unnecessary blatant pandering, as if he hasn’t already completely locked up the evangelical bigot vote.

  • Phil in FLL

    I agree that Trump is more interested in running for president than in being president. After his electoral defeat in November, he will have spectacular celebrity status, which is what feeds his enormous ego.

  • Phil in FLL

    Trump falls short of the European Mussolini-type strongman, and he could never aspire to that European fascist ideal since Americans have a tradition of almost two and a half centuries of democratic self-governance. Trump is just an all-American bullshit artist. There is no better way to describe him. I think voters are catching on.

  • Quilla

    Got it!

    “Running” for President is a fun ego boost where he can say anything for applause! “Being” President is a job that would make his brain hurt! Trump’s not interested in actually winning so can we stop with his being the top story – “if it bleeds it leads” – on every major “news” program?

    Hey, Lester Holt, want to do a follow-up to that softball interview you pulled at Trump Tower? Your fellow’s a phony. Just sayin’

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