EXETER, N.H. — Donald Trump told a lesbian publisher in New Hampshire on Thursday that the American people will see “more forward motion” on “gay equality” under his presidency, citing it as a part of his effort to bring people together.
Trump was interviewed in Exeter by Susan O’Connell, the publisher of Bay Windows, which according to its website is “New England’s largest publication for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender readers.”
“I’m a lesbian,” she told Trump. “And we’ve had some great progress for the gay and lesbian community through politics, through all sorts of judicial actions and elected actions over the past 20 years.”
“When President Trump is in office can we look for more forward motion on equality for gays and lesbians?” O’Connell asked.
“Well, you can,” Trump replied. “And look, again, we’re going to bring people together. And that’s your thing and other people have their thing. We have to bring all people together, and if we don’t we’re not going to have a country anymore. It’s going to be a total mess. It’s a mess right now, and it’s going to be worse.”
“So, it’s a very important choice this presidential year—very important—maybe the most important we’ve had in many, many decades,” he continued. “And I’m going to bring people together.”
Trump has stated that he does not support same-sex “marriage,” but also told reporters last year that he believes the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is “the law of the land.”
“You have to go with it. I mean, you have to go with it. The decision has been made, and that is the law of the land,” he told MCNBC last September when asked about the controversy surrounding Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.
Trump has also acknowledged that he himself has attended a homosexual “wedding,” telling the Hollywood Reporter last year that he attended the ceremony of Broadway theater owner Jordan Roth.
“I like the idea of amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation,” he told the homosexual publication “The Advocate” in 2000. “We don’t need to rewrite the laws currently on the books, although I do think we need to address hate-crimes legislation. But amending the Civil Rights Act would grant the same protection to gay people that we give to other Americans. It’s only fair.”
Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter, who claimed to reporters last year that Jesus would support “gay marriage,” said last week that he would prefer Trump for president over Ted Cruz because he finds Trump to be “malleable,” meaning pliable or able to be influenced or swayed. He called Cruz “far right wing” and lamented that he is not “malleable” on the issues.
“Trump has proven already that he is completely malleable,” Carter said. “I don’t think he has any fixed positions that he would come to the White House and fight for.”