I must admit, when I first heard that Trump’s maladministration had decided to start a campaign to encourage gay rights across the world, I thought I was losing my mind. Trump, who cosies up to religious christo-fascists who would see gays burned at the stake? Trump supporting gay rights? Internationally? Among all the dictatorial regimes he aspires to emulate and who hate gay people?
Well, first there’s the perspective that the last person who should be defending gay rights should be the moron Trump. The hypocrisy is appalling.
The article enumerates the many ways Trump and his allies on the far Christian right, including VP Mike Pence, a born again, Christianist, anti-gay bigot, have acted to restrict gay rights in the US. The author concludes:
I am extremely tired of watching far-right politicians use gay people to increase hostility towards Muslims and non-white cultures, while actively encouraging discrimination at home and turning a blind eye to their homophobic allies. LGBT+ rights are not a game. For some of the most marginalised people in the world, they are the difference between life and death.
Looks like the stunt is another means of distracting attention from bigoted domestic policies by pretending to focus on bigots abroad, without actually meaning any of it.
But it gets worse. Apparently Trump is unaware of his initiative!
Mr Trump, apparently missing the question, asks, “Say it?” to which the reporter repeats, “Your push to decriminalise homosexuality around the world”.
“I don’t know which report you’re talking about. We have many reports,” Mr Trump responds, before attempting to move on to another question.
There is speculation he feigned ignorance because he wanted to avoid offending his christofascist base. But Trump is nothing more than a gasbag, an illiterate, pompous, self-serving, hypocritical, narcissistic and egotistical liar, who as has no aim other than to advance his own power and wealth. It’s perfectly credible he has no idea what his administration is doing.
And given that his administration is composed almost entirely of corrupt fools in it for themselves, I can see that this initiative of white ex-colonialists lecturing former colonies about anti-gay laws the colonialists imposed in the first place is not much more than a distraction to increase hatred of Muslims.
It’s true a lot of Islamic nations persecute and execute gay people. A lot of those nations are Trump’s close allies. He doesn’t give a shit about gays, any more than he gives a shit about anyone who can’t offer him anything to make him feel good. Or wealthier.
This gay rights initiative stinks to high heaven and because Trump’s cronies are behind it, will get nowhere. Even if Trump hasn’t a clue what’s going on. It’s just a pinkwash to make the US look supportive of gay rights domestically, while increasing American opposition to certain Muslim nations (Iran and Iraq).
Makes you sick.