Donald Trump is the most pro-gay candidate ever to seek national political office in America and could end up getting 50 percent of the LGBT vote.
That is the contention of outspoken conservative/libertarian British journalist and Trump fan Milo Yiannopoulos as delivered in an interview with Russia Today.
The gay constituency in the U.S. traditionally has given most of its votes to the Democrats.
The controversial Yiannopoulos, a self-described gay man and free speech champion who currently works for Breitbart News, is a ubiquitous presence on YouTube where he can be seen debating progressives and feminists.
His spring/summer tour on U.S. college campuses sparked numerous protests from the social justice movement, notably at DePaul University where Black Lives Matter activists disrupted his speaking engagement.
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Milo’s Twitter feed was suspended at least once, prompting the hashtags #freeMilo and #freeNero to trend on the social network.
University officials recently reversed a decision to suspend University of California Irvine College Republicans for one year after they hosted an early June event featuring Milo Yiannopoulos.
Later this month, Yiannopoulos reportedly plans to lead a gay pride march through a Muslim neighborhood in Stockholm, Sweden.
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According to Yiannopoulous, Donald Trump’s politically incorrect persona should be appealing to the gay community, he explained to the RT anchor.
“What’s interesting about Trump is the message that he has against political correctness which has been such a cancer infecting the political left, should be a message that homosexuals are receptive to, After all, the best thing about gay culture is the dissidence, the subversion the mischief, and when you couple that with what happened in Orlando recently and the left’s total failure to stick up for gay people and instead its insistence on pandering to radical Islam, you see quite obviously why gay people, who I think are natural libertarians, are gravitating towards Trump.”
The journalist also claimed that the terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12 in which 49 persons were killed — the worst mass-shooting event in America’s history — has changed the trajectory of voting patterns in the upcoming presidential election among the gay community.
“…I have a reasonably good idea of what gay people are thinking about as I now have a big enough audience that I can judge how many people are feeling a particular way, and I’m seeing a huge sea change…and it should be worrying for the left, a huge sea change among gays who are sort of voting grudgingly for Trump. They’re saying, ‘you know what, I don’t like anything the guy does, but he’s the only one that is going to protect us.'”
Yiannopoulos, who often refers to Trump as “Daddy” in various media appearances, insisted that as particularly compared to his rival for the presidency, the New York real estate mogul and presumptive GOP presidential nominee is very much in the gay community’s corner.
“Donald Trump is probably the most pro-gay presidential candidate in history. He’s definitely the most pro-gay Republican candidate in history. So if you’re someone that believes in a small state and freedom but you’ve been put off sometimes by the social attitudes of old-style Republicans, Donald Trump is for you… Hillary Clinton will do nothing for gays, and the gays who are ‘I’m with her’ kind of homosexuals, are dumb as sticks…Donald Trump has repeatedly not only in his private life, but also in his public statements, stood up for homosexuals in ways that the progressive left never has…”
Watch the interview in its entirety and draw your own conclusions.
In a 2000 interview with The Advocate when he was considering running for president on the Reform Party ticket, Donald Trump expressed support for traditional marriage along with “very strong” domestic partnership rights for gay couples.
He also added, “I don’t care whether or not a person is gay. I judge people based on their capability, honesty, and merit… Their lifestyle is of no interest to me.” He also backed an amendment to the Civil Rights Act to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination.
On the 2016 campaign trail, Donald Trump has chided Hillary Clinton for her family foundation’s acceptance of money from Saudi Arabia and other regimes that oppress gays and lesbians and where LGBT rights are virtually unknown.
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