Donald Trump Vows to 'Protect LGBTQ Citizens' in GOP Speech as He Evokes Orlando Massacre
Donald Trump said during his acceptance speech on Thursday that terrorists targeting the LGBTQ community is "no good"
Just one month after the deadliest mass shooting in American history targeted the LGBTQ community, Donald Trump took a moment during his lengthy speech at Thursday’s Republican National Convention to address that group – vowing to protect them from Islamic terrorism.
“Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist,” Trump said as he accepted his party’s nomination for president. “This time, the terrorist targeted LGBTQ community. No good. And we’re going to stop it.”
“As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology. Believe me!” he continued.
His words were met with cheers from the crowd – something the 70-year-old New Yorker addressed in off-the-cuff remarks.
“I have to say, as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said,” he said, breaking from his planned speech. “Thank you.”
The candidate initially faced criticism just following the massacre, for issuing a tweet many deemed insensitive.
“Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!” Trump tweeted just hours after the shooting.
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However, Trump’s speech Thursday marks the first time a Republican presidential candidate has openly spoken about LGBTQ rights during a Republican National Convention.
Earlier in the day, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel also made history as the first out speaker for the GOP.
“Every American has a unique identity – I am proud to be gay,” Thiel said, as the Trump family and the convention broke out in applause. “I am proud to be a Republican, but most of all I am proud to be an American.”