Are you gay? Do you support President Donald Trump?
Well, at least one person thinks that “you should combust.” I’m sure they’re not the only one.
“Show your pride and your support for Trump with this exclusive equality tee,” the description for the $24 piece of swag reads.
It seemed to get people’s attention right before Pride Month starts in June. So, prepare for a meltdown in three, two, one…
Trump — who banned trans troops, is against LGBT employment protections, wants ppl to be able to turn away LGBT customers, & is denying citizenship to kids of US gay couples born out of wedlock — is selling LGBTQ for Trump shirts for Pride https://t.co/LcfzYb6oF9 via @NewNowNext pic.twitter.com/QAG6M7tlxJ
— David Mack (@davidmackau) May 23, 2019
This was the reaction from BuzzFeed News’ David Mack. It wasn’t unique:
SO the Trump campaign is selling pride shirts… Please my fellow LGBTQ+ people, if you support that trash heap, wear one, so we all know not to date you. Like seriously, if you voted for him or support him, just let the other gays know for our sakehttps://t.co/yl6Eie62n7 pic.twitter.com/i8M37ws6px
— Taylor K Elkow (@TKElkow) May 23, 2019
In fairness, I’m pretty sure someone wearing this T-shirt wouldn’t want to date you either.
This was actually a common sentiment, as if LGBT Republicans would somehow be dying to get into a relationship with someone who has absolute contempt for LGBT Republicans.
(Swallows some bile.)
I mean, at least if someone wears it we know to avoid them at all costs, I guess?https://t.co/xESWvNx0rB
— Nathan Burgoine (@NathanBurgoine) May 23, 2019
“Note to our fellow queers: don’t buy one. Moreover, don’t kiss anyone who has one.”
— Jacob Thomas (@Aftreffect) May 24, 2019
The invective continued unabated:
— Donald Bell (@donaldmbellb) May 24, 2019
Other responses catalogued by TheBlaze: “If anyone dares put on that ‘LGBTQ for Trump’ shirt, you should combust,” “Don’t wear one of these ironically, unless you’ve got some sort of fetish for getting your toes run over,” “If you bought that LGBTQ for Trump shirt do not attend pride this year” and “You’ve got to be f—ing kidding me.”
That last one could theoretically be taken as a bit of a comment on the flip-out over this shirt, but sadly that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Yes, the Trump administration has rolled back some Obama-era regulations for LGBT individuals, although one could reasonably argue those protections — particularly on transgender service in the military and gender identity initiatives in public schools — went too far. The administration has also taken a much stronger stand against anti-LGBT laws abroad.
And, as the president of the Log Cabin Republicans-DC pointed out, there are LGBT Republicans out there — as much as they’re perceived as an oddity.
“I think it’s a wonderful step,” Adam Savit told The Daily Caller regarding the shirts. “It reflects the fact there is real grassroots support for Trump among some segments of the LGBTQ community.”
But for the LGBT left, it’s about policing who can even call themselves LGBT. Part of one’s identity, it seems, must be political. And if that identity doesn’t sit right with the left, well, prepare to combust.
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