LGBT voters came out strong for Hillary, dumped Trump in historic numbers

There’s an opinion piece in the Huffington Post alleging that LGBT voters sold out the most vulnerable among us by voting for Trump. The numbers disagree.

In fact, it was the complete opposite. LGBT voters came through, even stronger than in 2012, to support the Democratic presidential candidate and oppose the Republican.

Here are the CNN exit polls showing who voted for whom in 2012 and 2016.

LGBT and minority turnout 2012 and 2016

And here is the LGBT vote from 2000 to 2016:

lgbt exit polls 2000 to 2016

What do those numbers show us?

1. A greater percentage of LGBT voters supported Hillary (78%) in 2016 than supported Obama (76%) in 2012. In contrast, other minorities communities showed a percentage drop in support for Hillary 2016 vs. Obama 2012, and a percentage rise in their support for Trump over Romney.

2. Trump got the lowest percentage of LGBT votes (14%) of any GOP presidential candidate since 2000.

3. Fewer LGBT voters supported Trump (14%) than Latinos supported Trump (29%) or Asians supported Trump (29%).

Before discussing this, let me quote from that Huffington Post piece:

One of many emotions that LGBTQ people are navigating and grappling with is a very distinct and cutting sense of betrayal. Despite repeated attempts by veteran activists, countless writers and influential organizations to warn about the radical dangers for the LGBTQ community under a Trump/Pence administration, 14 percent of our voting community reportedly aligned themselves with the Republican ticket.

And that is a sobering and agonizing reality.

The message sent by the results of the election and subsequent exit polls are not ambiguous: A significant portion of the LGBTQ community prioritized other issues and experiences over the threat that many of the most vulnerable members of our community could face under a Trump presidency.

In fact, when you look at the numbers, the opposite is true. LGBT voters came through for Hillary, and against Trump.

Now, do I think 14% of LGBT people should be voting for Trump? Heck no. No one in our community should be supporting a man who has been so comfortable associating himself with racist, sexist, anti-Semitic and homophobic people and policies. But 14% is a really low number. It’s not that far off from the African-American community support for Trump (8%). And Latinos and Asians voted in much higher percentages for Trump (29%). So I’m not sure we should be singling out the LGBT community.

Suggesting that LGBT voters somehow fell short, when in fact they stepped up to the plate more than many others, is wrong.

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  • HandsomeMrToad

    What were her parents thinking???

    Megyn = “Me: gyn” = “I am a vgina”.

  • I’m glad that I posted what I did since you were ignorant of facts that were already widely reported.

  • siribalwant KHALSA

    While she should have spilled the beans before the election, not waited for her book release, it would not have effected the election. EVERYONE knew who they were electing. The Trumpies wanted a nasty, creepy strongman type. They don’t find him creepy because they are so creepy themselves. And if you voted for Trump and did not realize who you were electing then you are stupid. Sad for America and the world.

  • Yes they are. :)

  • goulo

    Ah, you’re talking about other stuff not even mentioned in the blog post?! The post was was only about the threats, so I (rather naturally) supposed that the threats were what you were talking about as “these stories”.

    Your comment is actually the first I’d heard that Trump tried to bribe her, or that Fox leaked debate questions to Trump. (Goes off to do some web searching and returns…) OK, yes, I agree with you that she should have said something about THOSE things sooner!

  • That Trump attempted to bribe her? No, that’s just coming out. The same for her claim that Fox News leaked debate questions to Trump. Oh and while knowing that she went off on Donna Brazile for doing the same thing. So no, not before the election.

    About the sexual harassment? Yes, that was before the election, but even then after years of letting it go on. But she didn’t have a book coming out so who cares when there no payday in it for you, right?

  • goulo

    Is it just me, or are the Disqus comments buggy lately and migrating between various posts? I’m seeing this comment thread right now on the Megyn Kelly post, but we had this conversation on the post a couple days ago about the Huffington Post article about LGBT Trump voters…?!

  • goulo

    “Fuck her”? WTF are you talking about? What an uncharitable blame-the-victim mentality… why do you assume that she waited until after the election to say anything?

    She DID speak up, as a few moments of web searching would show you, if you didn’t remember her speaking up.

    E.g. in 5 seconds of web searching I found this article from April:
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/megyn-kelly-says-shes-received-death-threats-since-trump-went-after-her/

    and this one from August:
    http://www.businessinsider.com/megyn-kelly-death-threats-trump-supporters-2015-8?IR=T

  • Trump got less of the gay vote than any Republican since they started polling that question. So this is not our fault.

  • He’s had a chance all year. We paid attention. Everything he said made me more convinced that he shouldn’t be president. A chance? He’s unqualified and surrounded by the worst sort of people. Give him a chance? Fuck you.

    As for Houston, that’s my home town, btw. Yes, we can be discriminated against there. Also most of the rest of the state including where I live. That sucks. You know how to fix that. Vote for Democrats so we can get a federal nondiscrimination bill!

  • She waited until after the election to tell these stories? Are they even true? And does it matter now? He’s going to be president. She could have spoken up when it mattered and chose not to. If these stories are true then she betrayed her country. Fuck her.

  • I have not had much to say during this election. Some of it due to health , some due to disgust that a man such as Trump would even get within smelling distance of the White House much less live in it.
    Over the couple of years I have posted on Johns Blog , I have always been very happy whenever we won a small victory. A state here , a ruling there. But I have always said to keep your powder dry and don’t get too comfortable. Now you know why. It wasn’t because I was one of those old school fags.
    I have seen too much , looked into the faces of far too many people who can just barely hold their hatred back. My family , we are and always have been in a struggle that will take decades if not a century to stabilize into normalcy. But we must keep fighting. And it may become brutal.

  • S1AMER

    On the one hand, this proves we LGBT people are wiser than most of our fellow citizens.

    On the other hand, this proves there aren’t enough of us.

    Maybe we need to spend more energy on those “recruiting” efforts that the homophobes always claimed was how we got started on all this?

    (Seriously, folks, what we really need to do is be vigilant and actually work harder to defend and increase rights for all the minority groups the Republicans seek to suppress.)

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  • Well, I think Trump qua Trump — meaning, Trump on his own, was more or less pro-LGBT. Then he ran for president and suddenly was talking about using the Supreme Court to overturn gay marriage, his vice president likes taking AIDS money and spending it instead on curing gays, and Trump has hired a man from the Family Research Council to oversee all domestic policy for the transition. I fear we’re not going to see anything good from Trump. Let’s see if he appoints a justice with ahistory of supporting gay marriage,. and let’s see if he doesn’t take away all the executive orders President Obama set out to protect LGBT employees, trans people in school bathrooms, and more. I doubt they’ll survive.

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