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Trump’s Pick For National Security Adviser Outed Her Brother While He Died Of AIDS


“If I had one word to describe my sister, it would be ‘evil.'”

That’s Tom Troia of Janesville, Wisconsin, talking to the New York Post about his sister Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland, who President-elect Trump just announced as his deputy national security adviser.

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On Friday, Trump said in an official statement, “I am proud that KT has once again decided to serve our country and join my national security team. She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling, which is crucial because nothing is more important than keeping our people safe.”

This is the same woman who outed her gay brother Michael to her parents shortly before he died of AIDS in 1995. She blamed his fate on familial abuse, and refused to see him on his deathbed.

Here’s an excerpt of the letter:

Have you ever wondered why I have never had anything to do with Mike and have never let my daughters see him although we live only fifteen minutes away from each other? He has been a lifelong homosexual, most of his relationships brief, fleeting one-night stands.”

When prodded by reporter Phoebe Eaton, all McFarland would say about the situation was “Ummm. He was sick and then he died.”

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In order to quell the impact of the article, McFarland’s public advisers openly feared she’d appear homophobic, and then she began claiming she grew up in a physically abusive household.

In a statement, she wrote:

In seeking to put a painful past behind me, I wrote two candid letters to my parents in 1992 at the advice of a counselor. Now, in the midst of a political campaign, those letters have found their way into the hands of a magazine reporter.”

McFarland claims she was regularly beaten and whipped along with her brother, and reportedly says her father would often wave around a gun and threaten to kill the entire family.


“I was really living a life of going to Central Park with my kids, and he was increasingly living — there was no secret about it — he was openly gay,” McFarland says about her brother in a 2006 New York Times article.

Once they escaped their childhood home, McFarland and her brother only lived a few miles apart in New York City from 1985 to 1995.

I had no problem with [him being gay], I loved him. But I was increasingly concerned because he talked about a very promiscuous lifestyle. And it saddened me a great deal.”

In the article, she suspects the childhood abuse contributed to his “promiscuity.”

I think the abuse absolutely affected his riskier behavior, his more promiscuous — I don’t want to use the word self-destructive — is there another word like that? I don’t think it’s something that made him gay; he was always gay. That stuff leaves emotional scars on everybody, and everybody copes with it in different ways.”

McFarland tells the Times she would visit him at home or in the hospital when he was sick throughout the ’90s, but had no contact with him in the last years of his life.

Do I wish I spent more time with him? Of course I do. It’s the great regret that I have of my adult life, that I didn’t spend more time with him, that I was not with him in his final months.”

After the story was published, McFarland’s parents flagrantly denied any abuse had taken place. Her mother Edith Troia even accused New York of “casting dark shadows on this whole race.”

The New York Post asked her brother Tom Troia why she would make up these charges to which he replied, “Evil needs no reason.”

h/t: Washington Blade