"Muslims are a part of the LGBT community, not distinct from it": Watch Dan Savage forcefully push back against Trump's divisive response to Orlando attack

"Donald Trump is the enemy of the LGBT community just as he is the enemy of the Muslim community"

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published June 15, 2016 1:34PM (EDT)


Some media outlets, perhaps desperate to salvage a decent report from what was one of the most dishonest and disgusting political speeches delivered by a modern major political party presidential nominee (presumptive or otherwise), unduly highlighted Donald Trump's belligerent response to the massacre at a gay Orlando nightclub as a unique and serious overture to the LGBTQ community by the presumptive Republican presidential candidate.

CNN’s Dana Bash noted that Trump sounded markedly more liberal than other prominent Republicans in his direct acknowledgement that the attack on Pulse nightclub was an attack on the LGBT community specifically while she analyzed Trump's speech, in which he misidentified the birthplace of the U.S.-born gunman, reiterated his support for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. and continued his attacks on President Obama for refusing to use the term "Radical Islam" while describing the attack, on Monday.

"Here’s how evangelicals feel about Trump’s gay-friendly Orlando speech," one headline read Tuesday.

Reporting on Trump's first campaign rally since his much maligned post-Orlando speech, the New York Times described Trump this way:

In the past, Mr. Trump has been more accepting of sexual minorities than his party’s leaders have been, but his particular emphasis on gay and lesbian communities and calls to embrace them, even shrouded in caustic comments toward Middle Eastern immigrants, was notable in North Carolina, which is the epicenter of the debate over transgender bathrooms.(It should be noted that Mr. Trump still opposes same-sex marriage.)

But some media outlets are doing more than simply including a parenthetical aside on Trump's continued anti-LGBT stances while overstating his superficial overtures to the community.

"We're not going to fall for it," LGBTQ activist and pundit Dan Savage told MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Tuesday. "Donald Trump attempting to pit the queer community against the Muslim community is not going to fly."

"Beating up on what is, in the United States, a vulnerable minority group isn't the way that you impress other members of other vulnerable minority groups to win their support," Savage said of Trump's strategy to paint his anti-Muslim bigotry as the work of an LGBTQ ally.

Explaining the seemingly simple, yet somehow still confounding for some, concept of intersectionality, Savage explained that "you can't draw a clean line between the LGBT community and the Muslim community because there are LGBT Muslims in the United States and all over the world."

"Muslims are a part of the LGBT community," Savages told Hayes, "not distinct from it."

"Donald Trump is the enemy of the LGBT community just as he is the enemy of the Muslim community," Savage forcefully declared, pointing out that "Trump has pledged to undo marriage equality."

Watch Savage's powerful push-back against Trump's divisive rhetoric below, via MSNBC:

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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