Hardly a day goes by without Donald Trump doesn’t do or tweet something outrageous. The Bizarro universe of the Trump White House is an ongoing affont to reality, but after more than five months of a Trump presidency the novelty has worn off. We’ve come to expect the strange and unpredictable behavior.
And that’s really bad.
After all, few have benefited more from American democracy in recent years than the LGBTQ community. We’ve gone from pariahs, castigated as perverts and pedophiles by the same right wing that elected Trump, to insiders who serve openly and equally in the military and enjoy marriage freedom. And we did it that hard way, by changing hearts and minds over the last 50 years, person by person, results in unprecedented changes in public opinion that astonishes even the most seasoned political observers. Yes, we have a long ways to go, but making the political and legal system work in our favor has been our signature achievement, and that system is now under daily attack.
Putting aside how infuriating Trump has been in terms of appointments and policies (Neil “religious freedom” Gorsuch, anyone?), the president’s behavior has damaged our political structure in ways no one would ever have thought imaginable before.
It may be years before we can fully assess the damage–and Trump has at least three and a half more years to wreak it–but here are five ways that Trump has already caused the country (and LGBTQ causes) he leads tremendous, if not irreparable, harm.
1. He’s abdicated America’s leadership in the world
The U.S. is a mighty power, but thanks to Trump, it’s influence has waned considerably. European leaders no longer feel the need to defer to, or at a minimum pay attention to, what the U.S. president says. As German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made clear, the Western democracies feel that they can no longer depend upon the U.S. China has been quick to take advantage of the vacuum created by Trump’s withdrawl from the Paris climate accord. Worst of all, his undying admiration for Putin and his anti-gay propagandists, is contrary to American principles. It’s not as if other presidents haven’t cozied up to tin-pot dictators, but Trump has chosen the man who wants to destabilize Western democracy (including our own election process) as his idol.
2. He’s made lying the language of the presidency.
From day one, Trump has been a fluent liar. Every politician spins, hedges and deflects, but Trump just tells out and out whoppers. The largest crowd at an inauguration ever. Three million illegal immigrants voted against him. Obama wiretapped him. He taped James Comey. Mika Brzezinski was bleeding from the face. These statements are so false that calling them lies doesn’t do them justice. They are not just lies–they are propaganda motivated by a deranged mind and malice. Unfortunately, we are becoming so accustomed to their frequency and outlandishness that we are becoming inured to them. The fact remains that before Trump we never would have dreamt a president would disrespect our intelligence to this degree.
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3. He made bullying an acceptable trait.
Trump is a bully, with all the insecurities that go with it. He has to tear people down in order to make himself appear bigger. He uses social media to attack anyone who dares to question him, often in vulgar terms. If a teenager used Twitter the way Trump did, his parents would lock him out of his account. Unfortunately, we now have the president serving a role model for how best to be a cyberbully. How many Americans will think it’s okay to follow his lead? Certainly we have seen a huge increase in violence aimed at minority group, especially transgender people, and an upswing in anti-LGBTQ cyberbullying.
4. He’s deligitimized the mainstream press.
God knows, the mainstream press deserves a lot of criticism for its pack mentality and winner-of-the-day focus. Yet it remains the main check in our system on politicians’ excesses. Trump has branded reporters (except the no longer “fair and balanced” Fox) as purveyors of fake news. He portrays journalism as a lie in order to make his own lies appear true. No other president, no matter how much he hated the press, actually tried to destroy the institution itself as fake.
5. He’s changed the norms for what politicians can do.
It used to be that presidential candidates were expected to share their tax returns with the public. It used to be that presidents were expected never to use the office to enrich themselves. It used to be the president would appoint qualified people to high-level position. The presidents and his aides, no matter their ideology, were sacrificing for the public good. Then came Trump, whose taxes are a mystery, who is profiting from his presidency, and who names people like his family’s event planner to significant political positions because of their loyalty. All of this behavior used to be beyond the pale. But Trump has established a precedent, and now there’s ample reason to believe that an equally scuzzy politician in the future could use it as a template.
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1. Barack Obama literally weakened America as a world leader—some even say that was his goal—and Trump is trying to heal those wounds, so . . . no.
2. He’s honest almost to a fault, so . . . no again.
3. One man’s bullying is another man’s fortitude, so . . . nope.
4. HA HA ha HaHa ha HA hA Ha Ha ha HA hA ha HA haha . . . yup.
5. And that’s a bad thing? Um . . . no. No it’s not.
Wishing a happy Independence Day to all my fellow patriots
(regardless of ideology or persuasion)
How has he healed those wounds? World leaders openly mock him to score points.
1. Trying to heal those wounds? Seriously?
2. Honest? Again, seriously?
3. Fortitude? Wow. Seriously?
4. No. Just no.
5. Yes, it’s a bad thing.
#3 is a fair and important point. The rest of it is hysterical reinvention of facts. The mainstream media deserved a comeuppance. They care only about selling ads, and they’ve sold lesbians and gays down the river countless times. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Every politician is a liar.
The MSM are full of liars and are the purveyors of fake news. It’s already been proven that this Russia stuff is fake news and that CNN are liars. The MSM delegitimised themselves.
Most of this is a total non sequitur and has nothing to do with gay issues.
Recent fake news which needed a retraction that I can think of off the top of my head:
>Russia hacked the US power grid
>Rex Tillerson won’t let people look him in the eye
>Trump refuses to meet Scalise in the hospital after he was shot
>17 intelligence agencies agree about Russian meddling
>Trump shut down the EPA data center
>CNN reports Comey never told Trump he wasn’t under investigation
>Steve Mnuchin foreclosed on a 90-year-old lady’s home over $0.27 payment error
>Nancy Sinatra was angry about Trump using “My Way” at his inaugural dance
>CBS reported when Trump visited the CIA memorial wall, only his aides applauded his speech
>Trump removed the MLK Jr bust from the White House
>CNN reported Trump’s second choice for SCOTUS was summoned to DC as a decoy
>CBS reported Melania will never move to the White House
>CNN reported Trump is afraid of stairs
>NYT reported Trump and his aides can’t find the light switches in the White House
>NYT reported Trump sits around in a bathrobe all day watching TV at the White House
>WSJ reported the intelligence community was hiding information from Trump
>The AP reported Trump was sending the National Guard to the Mexican border
>Sally Kohn reported that the GOP had a beer party after the House passed the AHCA
>CNN reported that rape is a preexisting condition in the new healthcare legislation
>Washington Post reported that Rod Rosenstein threatened to resign
>WSJ reported that Saudi Arabia gave “Ivanka’s charity” $100 million in donations
>CNN said reading Wikileaks is illegal
>CNN claimed during the Milwaukee riots that the victim’s sister called for ‘peace’
>CNN claim they never gave Hillary Clinton debate questions twice in advance
>Wikileaks said the Clinton campaign gave Wolf Blitzer questions to ask Trump for an interview
>CNN pushed the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ narrative
>Politifact alleged the Wikileaks emails are doctored
That’s just some. If the news wants us to take them seriously, they should report objectively and not report fake news. Sometimes they could verify their news stories with a simple phone call to the person that the story is about but instead they don’t
The author of this article seems to have forgotten about past Presidents.
1. China didn’t even provide stairs for Obama when he visited. He was forced to exit the back of the plane. The President of the Philippines called Obama the “son of a whore”. When Obama visited Saudi Arabia, he was greeted by a low-level government representative and not the royal family.
2. First, Trump never said he had tapes of Comey. But the author of this article must think saying you had a large crowd has the same effect as “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan”, “ISIS is a JV squad”, “There are WMD’s in Iraq”, “I did not have sexual relations with that young woman” or when Obama’s administration lied about the fast and the furious program, purposely auditing conservative groups, etc.
3. Trump only hits back when people attack him. A study found that based upon CNN and MSNBC coverage, 93% of it was negative about Trump. That’s not journalism, that’s bias reporting of an agenda.
4. If the press doesn’t want to be called fake, they shouldn’t report fake news. I’m willing to provide examples of fake news reported if someone feels the news doesn’t report fake or inaccurate information. Sure, some news organizations run a retraction several days, weeks, or even months later but science has shown that people retain the first story (whether it was false or not) and don’t remember the corrected true story. Obama has even mocked Fox News throughout his presidency as fake news and no one clutched their pearls crying about it.
5. All former Presidents profit from the position. The Clintons make millions doing speeches as the former President and former first lady. If they never held that position, they wouldn’t be making millions doing that. Obama and his wife signed a multi-million dollar book deal to discuss their times as the first family. If we want to discuss choosing cabinet members, Wikileaks revealed that Obama’s cabinet was chosen by a Citigroup executive and not Obama himself.
Plus, I might add, I have no idea why the title of this article was centered around LGBTQ equality and not one of the 5 points argued how he’s against LGBTQ equality
In response to your statement, “I have no idea why the title of this article was centered around LGBTQ equality and not one of the 5 points argued how he’s against LGBTQ equality” . . . need I remind you that every aspect of liberalism is based in victimization? Even when there is no misogyny or homophobia or racism to be found, they still claim that straight white men are trying to oppress them.
#1. And Obama was a powerhouse of a world leader??? Syria’s using Chemical weapons on its people would be crossing Obama’s red line, and we wouldn’t stand of it. I’m so glad those chemical weapons were never used!
#2 His lying has had loads of support from the media who gain their ratings from it. Of course, they don’t lie.
#3 Maybe having a bully in the WH is what stopped the Syrians from using chemical weapons which they’d planned to use a week ago when Trump said they’d indeed pay a very high price if they did! I think his bombing their military facility a few months ago after the last time they used them may have sent a message.
#4 The media, including FOX, has gone a long way to delegitimize themselves. Russia, Russia, Russia, and the President’s latest tweets now make up 2/3 of the news! Have we heard much about the Keystone Pipe Line which he’s approved. What about his deregulations? Have they helped or not? What about hearing of the deportations of illegal aliens who are members of gangs and drug cartels? ICE has been deporting 1000’s of them. Have we heard much about that?? What about the large decrease in illegal immigrants crossing our borders and those leaving under their own volition. Have we heard much about that? What about the latest on revamping the V.A. system? Anything?
Trump has masterfully played the media for the fools they’ve become, and they take his bait overtime!
# 5 Whether he’s appointed well qualified people to his inner circle is a matter of opinion. Of course, Obama appointed very qualified people like Susan Rice who lied for weeks about a video causing the Bengazi saga, or appointing Timothy Geitner secretary of the Treasury when he was in arears of his federal taxes by $40,000. Do I need to mention Eric Holder and his Fast and Furious gun program that backfired and ended up getting one of our border agents killed? Or his being held in Contempt by congress? Yes, these were all very well qualified people! So, let’s not single out Trump on this one!
Wow! The Trump apologists are out in force today.
He doesn’t need any of us to apologize for him on these 5 issues.
Hell, I’m one of his biggest fans, dude.
Yep, the Trump fans had plenty of time to write here on a sunny, beautiful 4th of July holiday. Of course they have no friends, and their relatives all hate them. Sad!
Yes, and it’s largely the same commenters. They’ve been flooding this site with their nonsense.
So your only response is to hurl insults and not actually dispute anything that anyone wrote on this page? If anyone is wrong about the information they wrote, you can gladly refute that information with facts
@mhoffman953: Regarding your very long list, prefaced by “Recent fake news which needed a retraction that I can think of off the top of my head” (yeah right):
We’re all impressed that you can cut & paste a long list from Breitbart or wherever. Sorry, 95% of that list I’ve never even heard of before. And 95% of it is ridiculously trivial. Yes, I’d heard about the MLK bust being moved to another room (not removed entirely).
I’ve never heard that Trump is afraid of stairs, but of course it’s unsurprising he’d deny that. Every 71 year old denies that! Anyway he’s afraid to shake hands (germophobia) and he’s afraid of dogs so it would not be surprising of he’s afraid of stairs. Can you prove he’s NOT afraid of stairs? 🙂
Re: the light switches, I totally sympathize. When I moved to this place it took me awhile, it was annoying. 🙂
“GOP had a beer party after the House passed the AHCA”: well, they DID have a party. The presence or absence of beer seems not very relevant.
Some are so subjective as to be unprovable. For instance, how do you know that intelligence agencies are NOT hiding info from Trump? That seems very likely. (Lordy I hope they are!)
Of the very few really important items on the list:
How do you know that Rod Rosenstein did NOT threaten to resign? (i.e. I’m guessing they mean if he were ordered to fire Mueller). That seems extremely likely. I don’t recall any “retraction,” but a pro forma denial from the State dept on such a subject is, of course, unsurprising.
It was widely reported that the Trump admin shut down much of the EPA’s data collecting. They’re proud of it, too. When was the “retraction” you are imagining?
It’s true that 17 intelligence agencies agree there was Russian meddling in the 2016 election. When exactly was the “retraction” you are imagining?
I have to admit that 95% of the trivial stuff on the list can’t compete with all the fake news from your side. Hillary running a child sex ring from the Comet Ping-Pong pizza place, heh heh, and you guys got a bunch of your drooling opioid-addicted morons to believe THAT! – impressive.
Whoa there, buddy, I was under the impression you were a degree or two better than Chris/Cam/DCguy due to your semi-civility, but you just blew that notion out of the water, didn’t you? Trump supporters “have no friends and their families hate them”? You’ve resorted to that level of grade-school childishness? Well, HJ, allow this to serve as notice that you can jump up and down and shriek at me all you want, but I’ll no longer be responding to your catty, bitchy comments/responses, as I’ll no longer be reading said catty, bitchy comments/responses.
Yes, you’ve proven yourself to be that vacuous.
Adios para siempre
@Mo Bro: Aww, is that all it takes? If only I’d known that a few months ago. You guys are so-o-o-o sensitive, you’re the real snowflakes. 🙂
You’ll ignore me the same way that Trump “no longer watches” Morning Joe when it’s so obvious he’s absolutely obsessed with what they’re doing.
@mhoffman953: re: Rod Rosenstein, sorry I meant Justice dept.
The list wasn’t from Breitbart, if it was then prove it.
Just because you allege you never heard of 95% of that list doesn’t mean the rest of Americans haven’t. Some of those stories were shared over 100,000 times individually.
Trump afraid of stairs was covered for over 30 minutes on New Day on CNN: https://i.elitestatic.com/content/uploads/2017/05/08112246/Donald-Trump-stairs.jpg
You ask if I can prove he’s not afraid of stairs. Yeah, he walks them repeatedly everyday. That was a dumb response from you. Also the light switch story was false. Plus, the MLK bust wasn’t moved to another room at all, it wasn’t even touched. A reporter was standing in front of it, that’s why no one saw it then they erroneously reported it was moved: http://thehill.com/homenews/media/315486-trump-attacks-time-report-for-mistake-about-mlk-bust
Then you said these are unprovable but they’ve all been proven by the actual source to be untrue. The intelligence agencies stated they are not withholding information from Trump, DNI confirmed this.
Rod Rosenstein himself said he never threatened to resign, that’s how I know he never did. Then you said the “Trump admin shut down much of the EPA’s data collecting” and no they didn’t. The EPA even confirmed that as false based upon an erroneous report when the government may have been shut down: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/donald-trump-epa-website-turn-off-environmental-protection-agency-government-administration-a7698736.html (Snopes even verified this). So you are right that it was widely reported but it was fake news and you proved me right when I said people digest the fake news but then never see the retraction or the real story that comes out later.
It’s not true that 17 intelligence agencies agree there was Russian meddling. If they do, name 17 intelligence agencies, I guarantee you can’t lol. The NY Times just issued a retraction on that claim on June 29th: Scroll to the very bottom: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/25/us/politics/trumps-deflections-and-denials-on-russia-frustrate-even-his-allies.html?_r=0 . As stated, “A White House Memo article on Monday about President Trump’s deflections and denials about Russia referred incorrectly to the source of an intelligence assessment that said Russia orchestrated hacking attacks…The assessment was not approved by all 17 organizations in the American intelligence community.” So that’s when it was and I’m not imagining it as you claim.
The Hillary and Comet Ping-Pong story was not run by any right leaning publication as a serious story. The only people who ran that were InfoWars. Everything I cited came from major news organizations and you’ve fell for everyone one of those stories based upon your response. Hopefully you’ll learn to question the news you read.
@mhoffman953: Again, skipping the extremely trivial stuff that you mixed in willy-nilly with the important stuff:
As I already wrote, of course Rosenstein would formally DENY that he threatened to resign. If he confirmed that he did indeed threaten to resign, Trump would want to fire him! You are imagining a “confirmation” that is not possible to get, at this point in history.
As I already wrote, of course the intelligence agencies will DENY that they are withholding any info from the president. (Do you seriously think that’s never happened in our history, ever? Get real.) You are imagining a “confirmation” that is not possible to get, at this point in history.
Actually, as a veteran I was not totally surprised to hear there are as many as 17 agencies involved in national intelligence. But so what? The four MAJOR agencies agree: Office of the Director of National Intelligence, CIA, FBI, NSA. The four major intelligence organizations say the RUSSIANS MEDDLED in the 2016 election. Even Trump admits (this morning) that they “very likely” did so.
Re: EPA, as I said I don’t think I even heard that story (which apparently lasted about 2 hours?), but I certainly heard OMB director Mick Mulvaney’s pompous and moronic statement that “we’re not spending money on [climate change] anymore; we consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that.”
I’m in my fifties, not 71, and I’m not fat like Trump is, and I’m starting to get slightly afraid of stairs myself. Trump’s actual USE of stairs is totally irrelevant to whether he’s afraid of them. Apples vs. oranges.
“Hopefully you’ll learn to question the news you read.”
The president LIES in tweets all the time, and he never retracts ANY of his lies.
The president tweets FAKE NEWS all the time.
Indeed, he sometimes denies ever saying or tweeting things that he’s on record – tape or tweet – as saying or tweeting.
You’re certainly good at keeping track of the excruciating minutiae of news corrections & retractions. How about using the same techniques on your hero?
I just pointed out the several retractions and you still won’t believe them. That’s insane
You still believe the “17 intelligence agencies” narrative after the NYT retracted that claim. Then you fail to name the 17 agencies which you claim agree on the topic of Russia. Name the 17 agencies. Instead you deflected
Then you allege you never heard the EPA story but originally claim it was widely reported. Get your story straight
If you want to argue who can and cannot walk stairs, I think we know who has a hard time with stairs: http://www.wnd.com/files/2016/08/hillary-clinton-staircase-600.jpg
@mhoffman: AS I ALREADY SAID, it’s a minor point (though not a minor issue) whether all those intelligence agencies formally 100% “agreed” on the Russian interference when THE FOUR MAJOR AGENCIES DO AGREE. Are you contending that any of the 13 minor ones disputed the Russian meddling? At any rate the NYT did indeed correct the “17” claim. So what exactly is your point?
By your own account, all the stories you mention actually WERE corrected. Apparently in many or most cases, they were corrected after a mere hour or two. News media have always had retractions & corrections like this. How is it suddenly “fake news”? As long as they DO correct something, especially if they correct it rather quickly, you don’t get to put it on a “fake news” list until the end of time. WTF?
If Trump wants to “fight back” against… um, whatever the hell he thinks he’s fighting back against, that doesn’t mean he gets to LIE about any damn thing he wants to and never retract any of the lies.
Trump LIES ALL THE TIME and he never retracts ANY of his LIES and you’re fine with that? Seriously, WTF is wrong with you people? Opioids?
My point is that this is yellow journalism (something I hope they taught you in school but your ignorance says they didn’t)
If you Google who are the 17 intelligence agencies, you’ll see how this claim is a farce. Of the 17 agencies, it includes the Dept. of Energy, Dept. of the Treasury, Drug Enforcement Administration, and even the Coast Guard. How would any of those agencies have any information on special intelligence related to our election? I found those agencies from a 2 second Google search, why wasn’t the New York Times able to do so and corroborate the story before publishing it?
A recent study published said that 93% of the stories on CNN and MSNBC were negative stories about President Trump. That clearly shows a bias. These news organizations parade around claiming they have no bias. If that’s true then why is there a slant to their reporting?
The stories I mentioned were only corrected when people online began questioning the authenticity of the stories and demanding proof of the claims. Had people not complained and investigated these actual stories, no corrections would’ve been made. Some of the stories could have major implications even though you think they are all minor such as Russia allegedly hacking our power grid which we found out to not be true. This creates unwarranted tension between our country and a foreign power.
Then when these news organizations actually write a retraction, it’s buried deep in an unrelated story and doesn’t reach as many people as the initial fake story. Some of the fake or inaccurate news stories were shared over 100,000 times. The retraction was shared maybe 300 times at most on some of them. That isn’t journalistic integrity when they could verify many of these stories with a simple phone call to the person being talked about in the story.
Now you have CNN personalities and producers caught on hidden camera admitting that there is nothing there with the Russia story but they push it for ratings. So rather than publish factual stories to inform the American people, they rather run sensationalized stories for ratings. Plus, no one has actually defined what Russia did as far as “meddling”. I’m still waiting to hear what they specifically did and what effect that had on this election.
There is a major bias in our media to push an agenda. If you want to clutch your pearls and act like there aren’t implications to that then that’s your problem.
As you can see Trump is not just the problem. It’s the crazies that support him. They seem to enjoy watching him destroy America. When there’s a state run press like N Korea and no longer a democracy wonder how they will feel? Like Germans did look the other way and say they didn’t realize what was going on?
Queerty better stick to its soft porn because you’re so illegitimate as any news source. Seriously? These may be your opinions but not the facts. Let me remind you: “You can keep your doctor” and “You can keep your plan.” How about the red line in the sand that has cost thousands of lives in Syria? How about “Tell Vladimir that things will be different after the campaign.” I may not be a Trump supporter but at least I don’t go around spreading a false narrative with the exclusion of some facts. You want to help heal the wounds this country has? Try a different approach. Trump did not create this atmosphere. WE created TRUMP with stories like these. How about the exclusion of a Jewish LGBT group in Chicago from the Dykes March? Or the Charlotte LGBT group that was denied permission to march in Charlotte Pride because they are Republicans? Where are your stories decrying that? We have divisiveness in our our community and you guys pick and choose what you report. So, like I said, keep posting photos of Pietro, the Jonas’, and the likes and stay out of opinions because your arguments don’t hold water.
Bingo! You’re right on the mark with every point you’ve made.
A thousand upvotes for your comments.
Glad to see there aren’t as many lemmings as I’d feared.
Re: the Charlotte Pride incident, several of us liberals agreed in the comment thread that was wrong and that the pro-Trump gays should have been allowed to participate. It was essentially only DCguy/Cam who was hysterically saying they shouldn’t.
(Maybe Queerty should have had something about the Chicago Dykes incident, because I haven’t heard about it here, or in any gay media.)
How is “divisiveness in our community” any competition with the mind-boggling LIES that Trump tweets from his toilet nearly every morning?
The 5 ways he’s threatening the LGBTQ folks…? Let me see is I can guessd:
Did I hit all the highlights?
He’s the absolute worst president in my lifetime.
He has made America a laughing stock around the globe.
Republicans represent all that is wrong in the world.
Republicans would not have had their last two presidents if it were not for that ridiculous electoral college.
Good luck! Hopefully he doesn’t get us all killed…
Unless you are 5 months old Trump is definitely not the worst president of your life time.
Notice how none of the Trump Trolls can actually argue against the topic?
They desperately lash out at any other topic, and make up any lie they can.
But the fact is, Trump stated he would put judges in that would remove lgbt rights. Gorsuch has proven that he is set on doing that with his first decision that impacts the community.
The Anti-lgbt Trump Troll Mo Bro and his other screenames are just on here to give GOP bigots cover.
Not sure what responses you read then because several of us just did argue against the topic
I don’t know if DCguy is illiterate or totes cray.
just before I saw the paycheck which was of $9068 , I did not believe …that…my father in law was like they say actually taking home money in there spare time on their computer. . there brothers friend haze done this for less than seven months and at present paid the loans on there apartment .. .??????? ?????____BIG…..EARN….MONEY..___???????-</b
How does the US not being a world leader affect lgbt equality in the US? It doesn’t.
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