In an interview that will be aired nationwide on Fox News this Sunday, President Donald Trump agreed without hesitation and affirmed that “it’s great” that Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttgieg is campaigning for office with his “husband” — a sign that such relationships can now be seen as “normal” and “progress” in the country.
“Putting aside policy disagreements, don’t you think that it’s just great to see the guy there on the stage with his husband, and it’s normal?” Steve Hilton, host of “The Next Revolution,” asked.
“I think it’s absolutely fine. I do,” Trump replied. “I think it’s absolutely fine.”
“Isn’t it a sign of great progress in the country?” Hilton inquired, continuing to prompt the president to concur that the development is positive.
“Yeah, I think it’s great,” Trump answered unflinchingly. “I think that’s something that perhaps some people will have a problem with, [but] I have no problem with it whatsoever. I think it’s good.”
Buttigieg, who announced his candidacy last month, and is featured on the May “first family” cover of Time Magazine, has made defensive remarks about his homosexuality in regard to Vice President Mike Pence and others, asserting that his relationship with Chasten Glezman has “has moved [him] closer to God.”
“I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand: that if you have a problem with who I am, then your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my Creator,” he said.
However, Pence friend and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Mike Grenell, who is an open homosexual, has characterized Buttigieg’s remarks as a “hate hoax,” stating that Pence is actually on board with the effort to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide.
As previously reported, Trump has similarly made a number of supportive remarks or positive gestures toward homosexual-identifying Americans, stating while running for office in 2016, “So you tell me, who’s better for the gay community, and who’s better for women than Donald Trump? Believe me!”
During his RNC acceptance speech, he stated that “[a]s president, I will do everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.”
His campaign website additionally made available for purchase “LGBTQ for Trump” t-shirts and pins, and at one point, he held up an “LGBT for Trump” rainbow flag that was handed to him during a campaign stop in Colorado.
After being elected, he decided to keep intact Barack Obama’s 2014 order banning federal contractors from engaging in “discrimination” in employment matters against homosexual and transgendered persons.
“President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election,” the White House said in a statement at that time. “The president is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression.”
In 2018, Trump staffers sent a letter of congratulations for the 40th anniversary of the homosexual group Log Cabin Republicans, with the signed correspondence stating in part, “No matter the color of our skin or our sexual orientation, we all live under the same laws, salute the same great American flag, and are made in the image of the same Almighty God.”
However, some have also noted that the White House has declined to recognize Pride Month each June under the Trump administration — although Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did so last year in releasing a statement. Trump additionally reinstated a ban on transgenders in the military, advising that the issue is a distraction and would place a burden on the finances of the Armed Forces.
“After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military,” he tweeted in July 2017. “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgenders in the military would entail.”
Proverbs 16:12 says, “It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness, for the throne is established by righteousness.”