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4. What he’d say to a gay grandchild: “‘I have been against [same-sex marriage] from the standpoint of the Bible, from the standpoint of my teachings as growing up and going to Sunday school and going to church, and I’ve been opposed to it.”
If you had a gay grandchild, you’d tell them that they’re sinners and you don’t think they should get married? Don’t expect too many invitations to Thanksgiving if that’s the case. Trump comes off as Charles Foster Kane these days: a rich egomaniac who surrounds himself with luxury but alienates everyone close.
3. “It’s like in golf. A lot of people — I don’t want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It’s weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can’t sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.”
This is a looooooong way of saying that he doesn’t think gay people should marry because they are, um, like mismatched golf clubs? Nice to know that that’s how he thinks of us. The ability to visit your partner in the hospital, to receive emergency shelter during disasters, to inherit property, to be protected from legal proceedings, to be treated as a fully recognized American citizen — all that stuff, to Trump, is no more important than your choice of golf club. We may be fabulous, but we are not equal. hmm.
2. About homophobic Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean: “That’s the belief of 70 percent of the people, so it wasn’t a horrible answer.”
Trump was defending the beauty queen who told Perez Hilton that she opposed gay marriage because “I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”
It was a dumb response, but Trump somehow managed to make it dumber by saying that a majority of Americans supported it. There are a couple of problems with that statement: at the time, polling was clearly shifting towards a majority of Americans supporting equality. And even in the polls that showed lingering opposition, it was nowhere near 70%.
Carrie, for her part, quickly vanished from the public consciousness. Good riddance. If only Trump would do the same.
1. Regarding equal treatment for LGBT people: “It’s something I haven’t given lots of thought to.”
It was back in 1999 that he said this; and to be fair, a lot of Americans hadn’t given much thought to equality for queers back then. It was 17 years ago, and the culture regarded us with some curiosity (at best) and hostility (at worst).
We’re ranking this as his #1 worst statement because Trump has had nearly two decades to give the matter more thought. He’s been asked time and time again for his opinion. And throughout all that time, he hasn’t improved or gotten more thoughtful. He’s never come out for marriage, never acknowledged that we might be due the equal protection of the law–just that we are somehow “fabulous” if we happen to run in his circle. If anything, we’ve seen his homophobia calcify as the he courts the right-wing of the electorate.
If only we could go back to those days when he hadn’t given it much thought.