Donald and Melania Trump to hold fundraiser for ‘LGBT conservatives’

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Donald and Melania Trump to hold fundraiser for LGBT ‘conservatives’

Later this month, Donald and Melania Trump will host and attend a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida for the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that describes itself as “the nation’s largest Republican organization dedicated to representing LGBT conservatives and allies.”

Melania Trump has been largely absent from the campaign trail during Donald’s presidential run, but now she’s back on the Republican fundraising circuit, beginning with this fundraiser (via

The former first lady is set to hold her first major political event of the year — a fundraiser for the Log Cabin Republicans on April 20 at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach, Florida, club where she and former president Donald Trump live, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.

Melania Trump has long maintained a close relationship with the Log Cabin Republicans, which describes itself as “the nation’s largest Republican organization dedicated to representing LGBT conservatives and allies.” In 2021, she was the special guest at a dinner the organization hosted at Mar-a-Lago, where she was given an award. (Emphasis mine)

The 2121 event mentioned by Politico was used by Trump and the Republican Party to unveil the newly created ‘RNC Pride Coalition’ in partnership with the Log Cabin Republicans at their “Spirit of Lincoln Gala.” In addition to Donald and Melania Trump, the event attracted several high-profile Republicans and other pro-LGBT “conservatives,” including Trump’s former Director of National Intelligence, Ric Grenell.

The new partnership with the Log Cabin Republicans was hailed at the time by then-Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Ronna McDaniel (via FOX News):

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who was given the “Majority Maker” award, said the RNC is “committed” to working with the Log Cabin Republicans — the country’s largest Republican organization dedicated to representing LGBTQ conservatives and allies — calling the organization “a partner to fight for our country’s future.”

“Conservatives in Log Cabin don’t just share our vision for a free, secure and prosperous America — they enrich it by adding unique perspectives to our party and recruiting even more diverse candidates and supporters to join our cause,” McDaniel said.

“The RNC is launching our first-ever RNC Pride Coalition,” she continued, adding that RNC Pride will “work alongside our other coalition groups to invest in communities and mobilize support for the upcoming midterms.” (Emphasis mine)

In hindsight, it looks like giving McDaniel the “Majority Maker” award was a bit premature, doesn’t it?

Donald and Melania joined the Log Cabin Republicans in 2022 for an encore “Spirit of Lincoln” gala — again held at Mar-a-Lago — to begin laying the foundation for his 2024 election and to let those in attendance know that he was “fighting hard” for the LGBT agenda — an agenda he referred to as “our movement.”

We are fighting for the gay community, and we are fighting and fighting hard. With the help of many of the people here tonight in recent years, our movement has taken incredible strides, the strides you’ve made here is incredible.” (Emphasis mine)

In addition to receiving a standing ovation for making this proclamation, Donald and Melania Trump were praised throughout the evening for their embrace of the LGBT agenda.

It’s disappointing, but not surprising, to see Donald Trump acquiesce to the LGBT agenda; it’s been a part of his presidential ambitions from the very beginning. For example, during his 2016 acceptance speech, Trump sounded a lot like Joe Biden when, using the Orlando shootings for cover, he promised to “protect” the LGBT community from violence:

“Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Fla., 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist targeted the LGBTQ community. No good, and we’re going to stop it. As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology. Believe me.” (Emphasis mine)

In one of his first actions as president, Donald Trump and Ivanka reaffirmed an Obama-era executive order legalizing discrimination against faith-based businesses by requiring government contractors to embrace the LGBT agenda or lose their right to do business with the federal government. Shortly afterwards, Mike Pence — who has a history of his own when it comes to caving to the LGBT agenda — came to the rescue and defended Trump’s decision to extend the order.

During his presidency, Trump launched an effort to “decriminalize” homosexuality worldwide. Richard Grenell, who was the highest-profile openly homosexual person in the administration, led the effort and defended LGBT deviancy as “God’s truth” in an editorial written for Bild, a German tabloid newspaper:

“While a student at Evangel University, a Christian liberal arts college in Missouri, I was taught by biblical scholars that all truth is God’s truth, no matter where it is found. The truth for LGBT people is that we were born gay.”

During Trump’s failed 2020 reelection, Grenell was hand-picked by Ronna McDaniel to serve as senior adviser focused on outreach to LGBT voters. In that role, Grenell released a video ad claiming that his boss was “the most pro-gay president in American history” — a video promoted by Log Cabin Republicans. Trump responded by retweeting Grenell’s declaration, calling it a “great honor”:

Following the 2021 announcement of the RNC Pride Coalition, Grenell reflected on the evolution of the Republican Party and its “phenomenal” progress in embracing the LGBT agenda:

“In 1992, I was working on the Bush-Quayle re-election campaign on national staff, and I sat and listened to Pat Buchanan speak at the Houston Republican Convention,” Grenell told Fox News. “He outlined a strategy where gay people were not welcomed in the Republican Party.”

I can remember sitting there, listening, and vowing to not allow that to stand,” Grenell continued. “Because I knew, as a consistent conservative, that to embrace people who wanted limited government, and limited government involvement in their lives, and more personal responsibility, was the conservative principle, and that he was wrong.”

“Now, 29 years later, we were at an event where the former president of the United States and first lady are welcoming us, and hosting 600 influential gays, lesbians and their straight allies,” Grenell said. “It is phenomenal for me to look back and see this and to champion an organization like Log Cabin.” (emphasis mine)

Despite the politically correct rhetoric surrounding the LGBT agenda and Donald Trump’s embrace of it, there is nothing conservative about it. We can’t blur the lines on the issue. When something is wrong, it’s wrong. Allying conservatism to the LGBT agenda is wrong.

As Matt Walsh so succinctly put it in 2021, “If the Republican Party is going to fully embrace leftist sexual identity politics, then it officially serves no purpose.”

The same holds true when it comes to Donald Trump. Always has. Always will.


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