In what many on the left are calling “ironic timing” following the signing of the same-sex marriage law by Joe Biden, the Log Cabin Republicans held a “Spirit of Lincoln” gala in the main ballroom of the Mar-a-Lago resort to celebrate all things LGBT under the banner of “conservatism” and where Donald Trump declared that he was “fighting for the gay community.”
According to organizers, the event was held to recognize the 45th anniversary of the Log Cabin Republicans’ founding; in reality, it gave Donald Trump and the Republican Party an opportunity to recommit themselves to the LGBT agenda (via Politico.com):
Thursday night’s Log Cabin Republicans’ “Spirit of Lincoln” gala in the main ballroom of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago beachfront club was a joyous celebration of gay rights and — in a case of ironic timing — the historic same-sex marriage law signed by President Joe Biden days earlier.
The long-planned event in honor of the conservative LGBTQ organization’s 45th anniversary brought in Republican notables like former Ambassador Ric Grenell, Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.), former State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, who emceed the evening in a feathered turquoise gown, and former GOP gubernatorial candidate from Arizona Kari Lake, who was swarmed by guests eager to meet her and take a photo.
But the main attraction, obviously, was Trump. He received a standing ovation after delivering an enthusiastic affirmation of gay rights not often heard in the GOP.
“We are fighting for the gay community, and we are fighting and fighting hard,” the former president and 2024 candidate said. “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.”
Throughout the evening, speakers praised Trump for his embrace of the gay community. They credited him for his initiatives to combat the criminalization of homosexuality, his work pushing for public health initiatives to combat the HIV epidemic, and for appointing the first openly gay Cabinet member, Grenell, as director of national intelligence. (Emphasis mine)
Clearly, there was nothing “ironic” about the timing of this event. In fact, it was the second such meeting held at Mar-a-Lago between Donald Trump and the Republican Party with Log Cabin Republicans.
In November 2021, Donald Trump hosted and attended the Log Cabin Republicans’ “Spirit of Lincoln Gala” at Mar-a-Lago as a fundraiser event ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, and to unveil the first ever “RNC Pride Coalition.” This event featured high-profile “conservatives” like Melania Trump — she was the event’s guest of honor — along with other pro-LGBT members of the Trump administration, including the former acting Director of National Intelligence, Ric Grenell.
News of the coalition was delivered by Republican National Committee 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)
I guess giving her the “Majority Maker” award was a bit premature, wasn’t it?
The number of so-called conservatives within the Republican Party who embrace and have become activists for the LGBT agenda is growing. For example, “conservatives” Rick Scott and Marco Rubio of Florida celebrated their role as LGBT activists last year by introducing H.R. 49, a bill establishing the “National Pulse Memorial.”
Five years ago, we lost 49 innocent lives in a terror attack against our state, nation, & Hispanic & LGBTQ communities at the Pulse Nightclub. We will never forget them. Today, @marcorubio & I honored their memory & passed our bill establishing the ‘National Pulse Memorial.’ pic.twitter.com/aPuNJLUDD4
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) June 9, 2021
H.R. 49 passed by “unanimous consent,” meaning no one was put in the politically uncomfortable position of officially going on-the-record for or against it. Joe Biden signed it into law.
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 Trump’s first actions as president, he 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 after, Mike Pence — who has a history of his own when it comes to caving to the LGBT agenda — came to the rescue and defended the decision to extend the order.
During his presidency, Trump launched an effort to “decriminalize” homosexuality worldwide. Then-U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell — the highest-profile openly gay 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.” (Emphasis mine)
During Trump’s reelection, Grenell was hand-picked by the 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”:
— Log Cabin Republicans (@LogCabinGOP) August 19, 2020
In recognition of the creation of the RNC Pride Coalition, Grenell celebrated the “phenomenal” progress made by the gay community under Donald Trump:
“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 Donald Trump’s politically correct promise to keep “fighting for the gay community,” there is nothing conservative about promoting the LGBT agenda.
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