Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Trump erratic at best on gay rights

So, where is Donald Trump on gay rights?

Trump has not singled out LGBT as a group of “enemies” as he has others.  The New York Times has a piece in April by Maggie Haberman, suggesting past opposition to the SCOTUS decisions on gay marriage  and other stories are somewhat inconsistent on the transgender issues.  One of Trump’s few backers in Silicon Valley, Peter Thiel, is gay, story.

But other reports (Chris Johnson in the Blade  ) say that he could undermine, by executive order, the effective repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” if he thought that somehow open troops weakened the military, given his views on “enemies”.   But service chiefs now stand behind the repeal.

Trump has a disturbing tendency to judge individuals merely by their belonging to an indentifiable group rather than by their actions as individuals.  And he seems very thin-skinned about criticism.

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