President Donald Trump once joked with a legal scholar that his Vice President, Mike Pence, wants to hang gay people, The New Yorker reported, a remark now receiving wide condemnation.
Given that more LGBTQ people have died in hate violence-related incidents so far in 2017 than during all of 2016, violence towards gay people is no laughing matter (nor was it ever).
Fortunately, many are not accepting the Trump administration’s anti-gay rhetoric — Trump and Pence both have extreme views on homosexuality — and calling the White House out on its bigotry. But that such hatred is coming from the White House in 2017 is still shocking for many. Chelsea Clinton — the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — summed up the situation perfectly.
“In 2017, we have to remind our President that it’s never ok to ‘joke’ about killing LGBTQ Americans…or anyone,” the former first daughter tweeted on Monday in response to the report.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) October 16, 2017
Trump had allegedly made the remark during a meeting on the campaign trail with a legal scholar who consulted on Trump’s policies regarding abortion and gay rights. Trump took a jab at Pence, saying overturning Roe v. Wade was a waste of time because states would legalize abortion on their own, and then told the legal scholar not to ask Pence about gay rights, because he “wants to hang them all.”
So far, the Trump administration has banned transgender people from serving in the military, denied gay workers coverage under a civil rights anti-discrimination law and Trump has spoken at a extreme anti-gay conservative group’s annual forum — becoming the first president to do so.