President Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, raised eyebrows this morning when he claimed he was part of the LGBTQ community during an interview on Fox News. He is not.
“The LGBT community, they are incredible,” Eric Trump said, “and you should see how they come out in full force for my father every single day. I’m part of that community, and we love the man.”
Trump was commenting on a recent New York Times column about a lesbian who says she is supporting Donald Trump.
Republicans have been trying to win votes in the LGBTQ community by gaslighting voters on the president’s record on queer issues. While he has undoubtedly been the most harmful, the GOP is trying to sell him as “the most pro-gay president in American history.”
Like his father, Eric Trump is known for sticking his foot in his mouth. While he was obviously referring to people in the community and what they’re telling him – and likely claiming allyship despite numerous anti-LGBTQ tweets and statements of his own.
Needless to say, his statement caused some confusion and laughter online.
UPDATE: Trump has clarified his comments. In a statement to The Post, Trump said he was paraphrasing LGBTQ supporters.
“To clarify, many of our close friends are part of the LGBT community, which was the intent of my statement — the left has taken that vote for granted for a long time and support from the gay community for my father is incredible,” he said.
“As to me personally, as I think you know, I am a happily married man to my wife, Lara.”
…I mean, I think I speak for all of us when I say "no thanks", but I'm still in shock
— Collin McNaught (@CMoney7189) September 29, 2020
He probably should have told his wife before announcing it on fox.
— Jenny Burns (@JennyGoBlue67) September 29, 2020
Eric Trump: "The LGBT community, they are incredible. And you should see how they come out in full force for my father every single day. I'm part of that community, and we love the man."
The LGBT community: pic.twitter.com/mV1kPIvIJw
— Ben Yahr (@benyahr) September 29, 2020
“Thank you for protecting our neighborhoods, thank you for protecting our cities”… Does he think LGBT is some kind of law enforcement agency?
— Lorne (@LornestoToledo) September 29, 2020