Donald Trump deviates from prepared remarks to praise evangelicals for support -- and for not booing the LGBTQ community

It's almost as if he expected the bigots he whipped into a frenzy to behave like they typically do

By Scott Eric Kaufman
July 22, 2016 7:48AM (UTC)
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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (AP)

Donald Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday closely tracked with the version that was leaked earlier today, but one notable exception was that he went out of his way to make promises to veterans and to thank evangelicals for their support of his candidacy, two clear indications of where his campaign believes he will need to build bulwarks before November.

However, he also seemed to want to take a page out of his daughter Ivanka's book and woo a younger generation, because not only did he thank evangelicals for their support -- he thanked them for withholding their disdain when he spoke about LGBTQ issues.


Of course, he contextualized his support for the LGBTQ not by saying that he would support their constitutionally guaranteed rights within the United States, but by claiming he would protect them from terrorists of the sort who kill them overseas -- but still, he considered the fact that the crowd cheered him at that moment something worth marking. "I must say, as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering," he said.

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Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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