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Donald Trump touts hookup app poll to prove he’s the “most pro-gay president in American history”

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Donald Trump tweeted that it’s “Great” that a web poll said that 45% of queer men are going to vote for him, one month after he tweeted that it was a “great honor!!!” to be the “most pro-gay president in American history.”

Trump was responding to a tweet about the unscientific web poll conducted by the queer hook-up app Hornet last week.

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“45% of gay men are voting for @realDonaldTrump!!!!” tweeted Trump supporter Karlyn Borysenko, with a link to a Newsweek article about the web poll.

“Great!” Trump responded.

Of course, the web poll is not proof that even a large fraction of “gay men” will vote for Trump. Hornet did not release data about the demographics of respondents – like their age or race – which were probably skewed because the poll was just something for people using a hook-up app to click on while waiting for responses.

“To hold up this poll as evidence that the LGBTQ community is somewhat split on its support for the presidential candidates is like someone saying the users of Farmers Only represent the ideological spectrum of all farmers or that Christian Mingle users represent the ideological spectrum of all Christians,” Prof. Jason Turcotte of Cal Poly Pomona told the Washington Blade.

Moreover, while Borysenko said that that the poll was about “gay men,” Hornet is used by bisexual, pansexual, and queer men as well as gay men. This is more disappointing than usual considering it’s the middle of Bisexual Awareness Week.

In August, Trump tweeted that it’s his “great honor!!” in response to a gay Republican video calling him the “most pro-gay president in American history.”

While even the Trump campaign’s surrogates tell voters who oppose LGBTQ rights that Trump just needs four more years to enact their agenda, the video from the Log Cabin Republican claimed Trump was the “first president in American history to be pro-gay marriage from his first day in office.

Trump has repeatedly said that he opposes marriage equality – he even criticized the Supreme Court for legalizing marriage equality in its Obergefell v. Hodges decision – and has never come out in support of marriage equality.

Trump has attacked LGBTQ equality – especially transgender rights – hundreds of times since mere minutes after he was inaugurated in 2017.

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