Pride Month is only a few days away and the LGBTQ-positive clothes on display will not be missing. But a specific shirt for Pride launched a shock wave through Twitter on Thursday: official "LGBTQ for Trump" t-shirts from the Trump-Pence campaign.
The critics of the Trump administration hastened to define what they considered a hypocrisy on the part of the president.
"Trump – which has banned trans troops, is against LGBT occupational protection, wants ppl to be able to drive away LGBT customers, and is denying citizenship to children of American gay couples born out of wedlock – is selling LGBTQ for the Trump t-shirts for Pride "Buzzfeed deputy editor David Mack tweeted.
"Seriously, those in their right mind would wear it", asked Twitter user @ MarkGarrison1.
This is probably the stupidest, most hypocritical and most ridiculous thing I've seen today.
"LGBTQ for Trump"
(So do you think Pence has one?) Https://t.co/PEsnnUccwm
– Time To Speak Up (@ TimeToSpeakUp4) May 23, 2019
Trump publishes the LGBTQ Gay Pride t-shirt on the same day that this title appears: homeless shelters could deny transgender people the Trump proposal administration rule
– The Daily Angle (@thedailyangle) May 23, 2019
The shirt, described as an "exclusive T-shirt for equality", is available in sizes S to 3XL for $ 24.
On the course of the campaign, Trump promised to fight for the LGBTQ community. In July 2016, then Trump candidate told a crowd of supporters that as president he would "do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from violence and oppression of an ideological ideology foreigner (Islamic radicals) ".
The real estate mogul tried to convince the crowd that he would do more to protect the rights of this community than Hillary Clinton, and he Washington Post that "people are people to me and everyone should be protected".
But once Trump took office, his administration removed information on LGBT rights from the White House website, ended certain protections for transgender schoolchildren and banned transgender people from serving in the military. The Trump White House ignored World AIDS Day and its budget has proposed a reduction in research funding on AIDS and HIV. More recently, a proposal from the Trump administration could allow homeless federal-funded refugees to deny services to transgender people.
"This is a heartless attack against some of the most vulnerable people in our society," said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, in a statement to USA Today Wednesday. "The programs affected by this rule are savings for transgender people, especially young people rejected by their families, and the lack of stable housing feeds the violence and abuse that brings the lives of many transgender colored people across the country" .
"When refugees are allowed to remove transgender people – a policy that is sanctioned by a government that continues to tell lies that the mere existence of trans people threatens the privacy and security of others – deadly violence against the trans community in the streets increased, "said Ian Thompson, a senior legislative representative for the union.