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8 Takeaways from Trump’s Speech to an Anti-LGBTQ Evangelical Conference (Video)

Yesterday, while former FBI director James Comey was calling U.S. President Donald Trump a liar, Trump was speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition national conference, an evangelical Christian event filled with anti-LGBTQ speakers. We listened to his speech and pulled out all the important bits so you don’t have to.

Here’s the full 35-minute speech if you’re a glutton for punishment (followed by eight takeaways below):

1. He’s still taking a victory lap

He thanked evangelicals for helping him get elected by knocking doors, phone banking and e-mailing in key battleground states and said that they worked hard for “our shared cause.”

“You didn’t let me down and I will never ever let you down, you know that,” Trump said. “We will always support our evangelical community and defend your right and the right of all Americans to follow and to live by the teachings of their faith. And as you know, we’re under siege, you understand that. We will come out bigger and better and stronger than ever. You watch.”

He then blustered a bit about fighting for “America first” and making sure that “the forgotten people” are never forgotten again. He then made a general reference to those who would stop “this righteous cause,” adding, “They will lie, they will obstruct, they will spread their hatred and prejudice, but we will not back down from doing what is right.”

He later referred to Democrats repeatedly as obstructionists.

2. Delivering racial dog whistles to white voters

He added that God would help the people “get the change that they voted” for and that they “so richly deserve,” touting his own alleged accomplishments of increasing military spending and reducing illegal immigration and cracking down on sanctuary cities that protect “gangs and drug dealers.”

“I believe that people who come to our country should love our citizens and embrace our values. Our values,” Trump said.

Throughout his campaign, Trump infamously touted his immigration policy as a way to get rid of Mexican drug dealers and rapists coming over the border and talked about getting tough on crime in the inner cities, a way of backing police practices that primarily target people of color.

3. Appointing an anti-LGBTQ Supreme Court Justice?

Trump praised himself for appointing a Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, “in the mold of the late, great Antonin Scalia” (the deceased Supreme Court justice who sided with very anti-LGBTQ positions on court cases).

While Gorsuch himself has said very little about LGBTQ rights, his previous record and statements raise serious concerns that he might rule against expanding queer rights under the U.S. Constitution.

4. Exaggerating the impact of his religious liberty executive order

Considering that 81% of evangelical voters voted for Trump, it makes sense that he would mention the religious liberty executive order he signed in early May.

“On the National Day of Prayer,” he said, “I signed, as I promised I would, a new executive action protecting religious liberty in America.”

The executive order he’s referring to accomplished virtually nothing apart from emboldening religious groups to pursue discriminatory actions in the public sphere.

He also claimed that his the order helped stop the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 law barring churches from making political endorsements: “This executive order instructs the IRS not to unfairly target churches and religious organizations for political speech so the people that you most respect can now feel free to speak to you.” He added, “It was a big deal and a very important thing for me to do for you.”

However, this claim is slightly absurd because churches have openly flouted the Johnson Amendment for decades without any governmental repercussions.

5. Putting religion back in schools

“Schools should not be a place that drive out religions,” Trump said, “It is time to put a stop to the attacks on religion.”

He continued, “We know that families and churches, not government officials know best how to create a strong and loving communities. We know that parents, not bureaucrats know best how best to raise children and create a thriving society.”

“And above all else we know that in America, we don’t worship government, we worship God.”

He didn’t mention any specific plans to put religion back in schools, but considering that his Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is okay with federally funded schools discriminating against LGBTQ students, perhaps that’s part of his idea.

6. Celebrating the founder of an anti-LGBTQ hate group

During his speech, Trump also honored Dr. James Dobson — a fellow speaker at the conference and founder of the anti-LGBTQ hate group, Focus on the Family, who has said that gay rights will destroy Christianity and America. He mentioned Dobson by name, asked him to stand up and mentioned his lifetime achievement award to be bestowed later in the conference.

7. Bragging about killing Obamacare

A section of Trump’s speech celebrated the “death spiral” of the Affordable Health Care Act (aka. Obamacare) and the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act (aka. Trumpcare) in the U.S. House, even though it will slash Medicaid, increase costs for nearly 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions and leave millions uninsured, including LGBTQ people and people living with HIV.

8. Pushing his travel ban

Near the end of his speech, Trump said, “Every day, our brave men and women in uniform are risking their lives to keep this country safe from murderous groups like ISIS, Al Queada, so many more. We must confront this evil that confronts humanity and eradicate it from our planet.”

He later said, “We cannot allow radical Islamic terrorism to spread in our country or allow extremists to find sanctuary on our shores,” an apparent nod to his Muslim travel ban which is currently held up in courts.

This line is interesting insofar as his campaign promise “to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of the hateful, foreign ideology.” It’s important to note that Muslims are those harmed most by such terrorist groups and that no legal refugee in the U.S. has ever carried out a terrorist attack since 1980 (and even before then, the attacks were carried out by Cubans, not Middle Easterners or Muslims).

  • Marc

    1. “Legal refugees” may not have committed violent acts on U.S soil. However, Islamists have committed terrorism both in the U.S and overseas. I was brought up in the UAE and many of my very close Muslim (Emirati) friends point out that the Gulf Arabs have exercised the same strict vigilance when admitting people from the 7 countries which the Trump Administration has named (and which Barack Hussein’s administration was in fact the first to list).

    For Left-Wingers (including Hornet) to play the “race & religion” card on issues of law & order or national security is not surprising but unwelcome given that –
    “Hornet customers are for sure gay but not all of us are Left-wingers. Many of us are conservatives and did not sign-up to hear Left-Wing mantras chanted in the News Updates please, that is, unless you also offer a space to Right-Wing writers”. If you insist on providing unsuspecting customers one-sided stories at least be upfront and let us know that – “Hornet pursues a Left-wing political agenda in addition to promoting Gay Rights”. That way customers who are Conservative or Christian or Muslim Conservatives know what to expect in the News sections.

    2. To date Trump has not taken any Anti-Gay actions and his words have been temperate. In fact many of the staff at Trump resorts are proudly gay – so why does Hornet keep telling us that Trump is anti-gay. Is there any Executive Order or legislation with his signature you can point to please ? As a gay man & Conservative I have no problem with the Supreme Court appointments but will welcome Hornet being able to point to legislation or Executive Orders which are anti-gay and signed by Trumpp.

    For Hornet to be actively promoting a Left-wing viewpoint in the News Sections is a smack in the face to conservative customers who simply want to enjoy the social media and support Gay Rights; without the one-sided news & viewpoints of Hornet.

    3. Why is it not okay for President Trump to celebrate Dr. Dobson yet its okay for Hornet to celebrate Barack Obama who gave America the highest national debt in 200+ years, along with the mess of Obamacare which has affected millions and sheer impotence when it came to addressing “radical Islam” as rising terrorism these past months has shown.

    I am a gay man but have no problem with Dr Dobson. I do have a problem with an ineffective and weak leader as Obama was.

    It would be nice to have both views represented on Hornet given your customer base comes from both sides of politics.

    4. I am a colored man, a migrant, gay, conservative and an evangelical Christian. It may sound hypocritical to some, it may sound contradictory for others. I am comfortable in my skin and there are many thousands like me. So I am at a loss to understand why Hornet keeps attacking Christians – like this conference you talk about where no Anti-Gay comments were made. In fact some of my Muslim friends (most in the UAE) often ask me why Hornet (and other American left wing groups) attack Christians and yet seem reluctant to attack Muslims who share IDENTICAL BELIEFS as Christians when it comes to Gays, Abortion, same-sex marriage etc…etc…

    Maybe you can explain to me why when 2 groups (Christians and Muslims) both have an IDENTICAL BELIEF one group is singled out and attacked ?

    Hornet has a broad customer base comprising Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Atheists as well as, Left-Wingers and Conservatives. To regularly attack Christians and Conservatives is to alienate a segment of your customer base.

    It is condescending and sounds like an “ignoramus” to deliver regular Left-Wing diatribes based on your assumption-
    a) that everyone who is Muslim or Gay automatically votes Democrat & hates Trump,
    b) that everyone who is a migrant and colored votes Democrat & hates Trump,
    At least that is how you come across to readers of Hornet News Updates.

    The 2016 election is past. Lets display some maturity and move forward instead of being filled with bitterness & childish rage.

    In summary – Your news updates regularly attack one part of your customer base ie: Gay men who are Christian or Conservative and who do not share your Left-Wing zeal.

    One can run a business for ALL ‘Gay men’ and promote Gay Rights without alienating thousands like me who are Migrant, Colored, Conservative, Christian and proudly gay.


  • HpO

    Language, Daniel Villarreal! Language, please. No, I’m not pretending to be your Ma here at the dining table, but just trying to (dis)confirm my suspicion. What I mean is, What’s really the difference there in your report between this classification, an “anti-LGBTQ HATE group” (like “Focus on the Family”) and that one, either “an Anti-LGBTQ Evangelical Conference” or “an anti-LGBTQ Supreme Court Justice”? Is the inserted adjective, “HATE”, what sets apart the one that has that insertion, from the other that doesn’t? So, like, the former, in this instance, “Focus on the Family”, is technically a criminal because, trust me, hate groups are criminal, whereas the latter aren’t? Phew! You scared me there for awhile. Good to know that that said “Conference” and that said “Supreme Court Justice” aren’t criminals! But which, then, begs the question, Is “Focus on the Family” a “HATE group”? Because: “Many progressive activists define Focus on the Family as an anti-gay ‘hate group,’ even though the widely respected Southern Poverty Law Center says the group does not deserve that damning designation.” (Tom Krattenmaker, “In praise of shift by Focus on the Family”, USA Today, April 15, 2013, updated January 5, 2014) The reference there, I think, is to Southern Poverty Law Center’s description of Focus on the Family not as a hate group but as one of a “dozen major groups [which] help drive the religious right’s anti-gay crusade” (“A Dozen Major Groups Help Drive the Religious Right’s Anti-Gay Crusade”, Southern Poverty Law Center, May 21, 2012). Not exactly a “HATE” group, dig? (As those ex-hippies over there used to say.)

  • Stephan Horbelt

    What kind of Russian troll are you?? “I am a colored man”??? GTFOH.