Monday, May 01, 2017

Why Trump’s Second 100 Days Will Be Even Worse For LGBT Equality

Trump with leading gay hating Christofascists who have his ear

As was noted in a post yesterday about the rally Der Trumpenführer held in Pennsylvania on Saturday, one of the motivating factors for the deporables in attendance was the desire/need to feel superior.  Superior over blacks, superior over Hispanics, superior over non-Christians, and of course, superior over LGBT individuals.  The latter is especially true for the morally bankrupt 81% of evangelicals who voted for Trump, a serial adulterer, sexual predator and pathological liar just to name a few of his less than Christian traits.  Adding to the mix is Trump's polling numbers that are in the toilet and GOP fears for the 2018 mid-term elections.  Thus, as Michelangelo Signorile predicts, the next 100 days of the Trump/Pence regime will likely bring more assaults of LGBT equality and, most frighteningly, a likely executive order that will legalize anti-LGBT discrimination nationwide and  override state and local non-discrimination ordinances.  Trump and the GOP simply will need to show the anti-modernity, anti-science, and largely uneducated evangelicals that they have delievered some small sliver of campaign promises.  Here are Michelangelo's post in HuffPost:
When I wrote a piece a few days after the election, “The Mike Pence (Donald Trump) Assault On LGBTQ Equality Is Already Underway,” I hoped against all hope that something might change to alter what was already happening during the Trump transition.
But in fact, much of what I reported has materialized in the first 100 days. And there’s reason to believe the second 100 days will be worse.
In the first 100 days Trump installed viciously anti-gay individuals in his cabinet and throughout the government departments, all of whom were brought forth from the Mike Pence-run transition team, from Ben Carson and Roger Severino to Tom Price and Jeff Sessions. Trump and Sessions, the attorney general, already rescinded guidance on fighting discrimination against transgender students across the country, and had the Justice Department halt litigation against North Carolina regarding HB2 and the equally discriminatory law that replaced it. The Trump administration decided there was “no need” to move forward with the Census Bureau’s planned data collection on LGBT Americans, thereby keeping LGBTQ people invisible. 
Though Trump made a little bit of a spectacle of not rescinding President Obama’s executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors, his administration later quietly issued an order ending data collection among contractors about such discrimination – thus allowing for it. Similarly, the administration stopped collecting data on discrimination against elderly LGBTQ people. Trump removed Eric Fanning as Army Secretary, appointed by President Obama and the first openly gay Army Secretary in history, and has now nominated an anti-LGBTQ Tennessee legislator, Mark Green, to the job ― a man who sponsored a bill allowing discrimination against LGBTQ people and who has called transgender people “evil.”
And perhaps most consequentially, Trump placed on the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch, a constitutional originalist in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia ― by his own description ― and someone whose idea of “religious liberty” is a direct threat to LGBTQ rights. 
But here’s why the next 100 days ― and after that ― could be far worse: Trump is continuing to plummet in approval ratings and he needs his base to back him ― and to back the GOP ― more than ever if he has any hopes of re-election and of keeping Congress in the hands of the GOP in 2018 and beyond. He just barely made it in 2016, and any softening of any part of his base will spell doom. The anti-LGBTQ religious right turned out for Trump in numbers as great or bigger than every previous recent Republican presidential candidate. 
Christian right activists are already demanding much more. They were hoping a religious liberty executive order ― which would allow for widespread discrimination against LGBT people [and others] ― would have been issued already, and were disappointed when the Trump administration early on said a leaked draft of it wasn’t coming soon.
Last week USA Today reported that a group of 51 GOP legislators in the House sent a letter to the White House asking for the order to be signed.
They’re pressuring him to move ahead with the anti-LGBTQ agenda he promised. Though the media downplayed it, Trump courted these people at events and through their media during the campaign, promising everything from “protecting” religious liberty to getting the Obergefell marriage equality ruling overturned. 
The Christian right isn’t satisfied with what they see as the crumbs Trump has given them in the first 100 days. They’re demanding much, much more, and Trump, like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, both of whom courted the Christian right and believed they needed evangelical voters for re-election, will feel compelled to deliver. 
That’s why the next 100 days and beyond are even more treacherous, and why we’ll have to pay great attention and fight back hard. 
All I can say to my "friends" who voted for Trump is this:  I will NOT forgive or forget your betrayal. You have proven yourselves to be false friends who I now know I simply cannot trust.  

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