Is Trump just fucking with his own “base” at this point, or what?

Couple things:

  1. IF he actually means this (and is at all LGBTQ-friendly) — that’s going to result in Fundie/Evangelical/”Reigious Right”-types going utterly batshit.  They’ve been relentlessly milking homophobia/transphobia since the Supreme Court decision which finally legalized marriage equality, and have been ratcheting up the panic about the “transgender bathroom” thing for months.  So, if Trump has — yet again decided to shit all over the political “mainstream”, by pulling LGBTQ-friendliness out of his ass — I honestly don’t understand what he gets by doing so:

Other than maybe alienating Fundies/Homophobes/”White Power” dickheads like David Duke, that is.  “White Power”-types aren’t exactly known for being gay-friendly.  Just sayin’.

2. Now, let’s assume that Trump is actually trying to (ineptly) achieve some sort of “outreach” of some kind.  (He actually seemed rather subdued with the whole “I want to be president for All Americans!” thing during his “Victory” speech.

AGAIN, I’m not sure what he’s trying to achieve.  This will probably be read by (most) LGBTQ/Liberal/”Progressive” folks as yet another transparent and desperate flip-flop on yet another “wedge” issue, and most likely dismissed out of hand.

HOWEVER, the situation with Fundie Protestants is a different thing, entirely:  They might actually conclude that he isn’t homophobie/transphobic/theocracy-minded “enough” for their taste.

That could lead to at least some pants-shitting, and (fairly serious) “Buyer’s remorse”, if they supported him.

Quite frankly, Fundies can be extremely petty and resentful, to the point where many of them genuinely believe that the vast majority of those who “think they’re Christians” are merely deluded “Children of Wrath”, who actually worship and serve Satan (the “God of this world”) — albeit, unwittingly.

So, yeah: this is either a particularly clumsy attempt at “bridge-building” (which will probably fail), a brazen publicity-stunt (which will backfire spectacularly), or a none-too-subtle “fuck you” to his Fundie supporters.

Either way: meh.

 

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