Is the White House intentionally trolling LGBT Americans by threatening their rights?

Is the White House intentionally trolling LGBT Americans by threatening their rights?

Is the White House intentionally toying with the emotions of LGBTQ Americans by threatening their rights, then walking back those threats, only to threaten them again a day later? Sure seems like it!

On Monday, LGBTQ Nation was the first to report on rumors that Donald Trump was considering a “religious freedom” executive order that would effectively legalize LGBTQ discrimination nationwide.

After everyone freaked out, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters “we have nothing on that front now.” That was followed up by a White House email to NBC News claiming discrimination against LGBTQ people “isn’t the plan at this time.”

And everyone sighed a breath of relief.

Until Wednesday night! When The Nation got its hands on what was rumored to be a leaked copy of a “religious freedom” executive order legalizing LGBTQ discrimination nationwide. It was rumored Trump would be signing it on Thursday morning, shortly after the National Prayer Breakfast.

Another frenzy ensued. And then White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders told ABC News the same night that Trump wasn’t planning on signing that leaked “religious freedom” executive order. At least, that was the plan for now.

“We do not have plans to sign anything at this time but will let you know when we have any updates,” she said.

Phew!

Then yesterday morning at the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump said he was committed to fighting for “religious freedom,” telling the audience: “Freedom of religion is a sacred right, but it is also a right under threat all around us, and the world is under serious, serious threat, in so many different ways. And I’ve never seen it so much and so openly as since I took the position of president. The world is in trouble but we’re gonna straighten it out, okay? That’s what I do, I fix things.”

So we’re back to freaking out again.

Jennifer Pizer of Lambda Legal tells Salon, “We’re now seeing the transition from reality TV to reality. Things that many people dismissed as attention-getting, outrageous comments for purposes of dominating the news cycle have been now turned into policy in a way that many voters were not expecting.”

“Mike Pence and Steve Bannon are driving a considerable amount of the agenda,” she adds, “and that has to be alarming for the LGBT community. An enormous number of people stand to be terribly harmed if this isn’t stopped.”

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  1. Bryce
    February 03, 07:26 Reply

    What he threatened to do was dismantle the Johnson Amendment,that barred non tax paying religious establishment from endorsing a candidate or being actively or directly involved in politics.
    LGBTQ rights have been fully guaranteed by the US Supreme Court,he can’t take them away

  2. Mandy
    February 03, 15:29 Reply

    The Trump administration should make up its mind about the LGBTQ rights osiso, so we’ll know whether we’re hating him indefinitely or tolerating him for the next 4 years.

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