During Donald Trump’s nomination speech, he spoke of “Islamic terrorism” with respect to the Pulse nightclub shooting and told the convention crowd, “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.”
But is the hateful ideology foreign? In the immediate aftermath of Pulse, Muslim Advocates released a statement reading via director Farhana Khera, “The LGBTQ Community has stood side by side with the American Muslim community during challenging and difficult times. We stand together against hatred, violence and demonization of entire communities. Today, we stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community. Your grief is our grief. Your outrage is our outrage. We are all one family.”
Since taking office, Donald Trump has been antagonistic to the LGBTQ community at every turn. Most recently, he tweeted the ill-advised ban on transgender persons in the military. It was hastily composed, not even the result of actual legislation, and most likely a cynical device to distract us from Bill Browder’s explosive testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. It means nothing to Trump for him further marginalize what is already the most at-risk segment of our population, if it means distracting from what Conway calls Russia-Russia-Russia, and other Trump mouthpieces call Russia Fever.
Now we have new data on whether mortal danger to the LGBTQ Community is indeed foreign in origin. A new Pew study offers a peek into the outlook of Muslim Americans. The survey finds that those identifying as Muslim are nearly 20 percent more likely than the general population to say targeting and killing civilians in order to further a cause is never justifiable.
So now that Trump is inexplicably our president, how exactly will he protect the LGBTQ Community from “violence and oppression” of a hateful domestic ideology?