Donald Trump LGBTQ Tweet

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This 2016 Trump tweet about LGBTQ Americans has not aged well

Trump said he would 'fight' for the LGBTQ community in 2016.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Jul 26, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 10:43 pm CDT

Like many others in the past, a tweet President Donald Trump made last year has not aged well in light of his announcement that transgender military personnel will no longer be able to serve in the military due to “tremendous medical costs.”

While that assertion is incorrect, according to findings commissioned by the government, Trump’s tweets only add to the mounting criticism he has received since his announcement.

During the campaign, Trump tried to portray himself as an LGBTQ ally, particularly after the Pulse nightclub shooting when he called the attack an “assault” on people’s ability to “love who they want and express their identity.”

As you can imagine, people are highlighting the obvious disconnect between what he said in 2016 and his announcement on Wednesday.

Trump’s perceived hypocrisy has begun to envelop members of his team, including newly appointed White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump, both of whom touted the president’s pro-LGBTQ views.

Why, indeed?

According to a Trump administration official, Trump’s decision was not based on costs or the impact transgender service members would have on the United States military but on political calculus.


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*First Published: Jul 26, 2017, 11:07 am CDT