Leaders of the pro-LGBTQ rights organization Get Equal claimed they disrupted Donald Trump‘s closed press, invitation-only conference at a Times Square hotel Tuesday.
Get Equal co-director Heather Cronk can be seen in video shot by Mark Winston Griffith and tweeted by the group.
— GetEQUAL (@GetEQUAL) June 21, 2016
“Your lies are causing violence,” Cronk said. “Your hatred is causing violence. We need for you to take responsibility for the massacre in Orlando.” At that point she can be seen being grabbed by a female staffer and very abruptly removed from the room at the Marriott Marquis hotel.
More Get Equal members as well as ACT UP demonstrators, Latin leaders and Christian and Islamic religious groups, all opposed to Trump’s anticipated nomination by the Republican party, joined in a protest outside his New York City event, which drew scores of conservative Christians from across the country.
“We are here to protest Donald Trump and the conservative Christians who embrace him because the xenophobic, racist, and homophobic lies that Trump and his followers tell every day have real-world consequences. While other groups look to gun control or increased policing of LGBTQ people of color, we know that xenophobia, racism, and homophobia are the true reasons for violence against queer and trans people of color.”
At the event, and at a smaller gathering prior to the big conference, Trump vowed to change tax law to allow tax-exempt groups including churches to promote political candidates they support, promised to appoint “pro-life” Supreme Court justices and called religious liberty the number one question facing America today, according to the Washington Post.
“I think maybe that will be my greatest contribution to Christianity — and other religions, is to allow you, when you talk religious liberty, to go and speak openly and if you like somebody or want somebody to represent you, you should have the right to do it,” Trump said.
His remarks reportedly brought the hundreds in attendance to their feet for a standing ovation.
At this earlier, smaller gathering, Trump questioned the faith of Hillary Clinton, who is a Methodist. Trump is a Presbyterian, and he told the dozen or so attendees only one candidate was worthy of their prayers.