GREELEY, Colo. — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held up a rainbow “LGBT’s for Trump” flag at the start of a campaign rally in Colorado on Sunday after being handed the banner by a homosexual supporter.
According to reports, attendee Max Nowak gave the flag to Trump, who unfurled it and then, smiling, walked across the stage with the rainbow banner to show others.
Trump handed the flag over to an aide seconds later. An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 supporters attended the rally, held at the Bank of Colorado Arena at the University of Northern Colorado.
As previously reported, the Trump campaign website makes available for purchase “LGBTQ for Trump” t-shirts and pins.
“Show your pride and your support for Trump with this exclusive equality tee,” the store page for the t-shirt, available as the “Trump pride men’s tee,” reads.
The shirt, swiped with rainbow colors and bearing the phrase “LGBTQ for Trump,” is available for $30 while the pin sells for two for $5.
Trump had also declared at a fundraiser in June that he is the best candidate for the “gay community.”
“So you tell me, who’s better for the gay community, and who’s better for women than Donald Trump? Believe me!” he said.
During his acceptance speech in July, Trump told those gathered that he would work to protect homosexuals if elected.
“As president, I will do everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology,” Trump declared, being met with applause.
“And, I have to say, as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said,” he said in response.
In February, he also replied in the affirmative when asked by a lesbian reporter if the nation can expect “more forward motion” on homosexual issues if elected president.
Both Trump and Clinton have declared that they are the best choice for the “LBGT community.”
“We will defend all our rights—civil rights, human rights and voting rights—women’s rights and workers’ rights—LGBT rights and the rights of people with disabilities!” Clinton declared during her acceptance speech a week after Trump made his remarks.
The previous month, she marched in New York City’s “gay pride” parade, posting numerous Tweets that day about the issue, including a video of the Democratic candidate speaking at a homosexual and transgender community center.
“[P]art of what I want to do as president is to keep not only our campaign for full equality going, but also to turn our attention with the help of so many like you to speak out and work for giving others around the world the opportunity to be who they are, love who they choose, [and] have the kind of future they deserve,” she said in the clip.
According to reports, Clinton spoke at a homosexual nightclub in Wilton Manors, Florida on Sunday while Trump campaigned in Colorado.