Only in the 2016 campaign, in a race full of both irony and the unexpected, could you ever hope to see a Republican candidate selling merchandise uniquely targeted to the LGBTQ community — and Donald Trump’s campaign is doing just that.
The GOP presidential nominee recently has tried to reach out to African-American voters.
“Tonight, I’m asking for the vote of every single African-American … who wants to see a better future,” Trump said Aug. 19 during a rally in Michigan. “Look how much African-American communities have suffered under Democratic rule. To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump? What do you have to lose?”
Now it seems that he is also looking to gain votes with the gay, lesbian and transgender communities.
The Trump campaign recently began selling “LGBTQ for Trump” shirts on its website.
LGBT Republicans appreciated the gesture. Some took to Twitter to express their approval.
On the official website, he has an "LGBTQ for Trump " shirt.
— #NeverHillary (@ScottPresler) August 26, 2016
— Chris Barron (@ChrisRBarron) August 26, 2016
The real estate mogul has said on numerous occasions that he is the best candidate for the LGBT community.
However, not everyone is convinced that Trump’s statements are anything more than empty words.
One of Trump’s biggest critics in the gay community is Michelangelo Signorile, The Huffington Post’s “queer voices editor-at-large.”
In a recent story, Signorile wrote that “there is absolutely no evidence anywhere of Donald Trump promoting gay ‘rights’ or talking openly about them — except to take them away.”
Trump, however, did make an effort to reach out to LGBT voters at the Republican National Convention.
The GOP nominee invited Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, who is gay, to speak in Cleveland.
“I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all I am proud to be an American,” Thiel said.
In his own speech, Trump said, “As your president I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from a hateful foreign ideology … believe me.”
When his remark was met with applause, he said, “And I have to say, as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said. Thank you.” (For more from the author of “Trump’s Campaign Begins Selling LGBT Apparel on Website” please click HERE)