Trump to campaign for accused sexual abuser this Friday in Pensacola

Trump will hold a rally in an Alabama media market just days before the Alabama special election

16 women bravely came forward during the 2016 election to report being sexually harassed and assaulted by Trump and now he is stumping for another alleged sexual offender

NEW YORK – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, responded President Trump’s upcoming rally in Pensacola, Florida days before the Alabama special election in which accused sexual abuser Roy Moore is running for U.S. Senate and just 25 miles from the Alabama border. This past week both President Trump and the Republican National Committee (RNC) have fully endorsed Roy Moore despite growing evidence that he sexually assaulted, abused, and harassed multiple women, some at ages as young as 14 years old.

“This is another example of Trump’s blatant and repeated attacks on women and the LGBTQ community that was a staple of his own campaign and since carried into his hate-fueled presidency,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “Despite the dangerous messages being sent from the White House and the RNC, we must continue to uplift and support survivors of sexual assault and remember that believing survivors must never be framed as a partisan issue.”

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: ROY MOORE’S ANTI-LGBTQ RECORD

  • Favorably compared his own anti-LGBTQ views to the extreme views of Vladimir Putin.

  • Attempted to discredit the women who have come forward to accuse him of sexual assault and blame the allegations on the LGBTQ community.

  • Insisted that “homosexual conduct should be illegal” in a 2005 interview (33:39); and again in 2015.

  • Said homosexuality is “the same thing” as having sex with a cow (39:53).

  • Wrote into a 2002 opinion his belief that homosexuality is “a criminal lifestyle,” an “inherent evil against which children must be protected,” and an “abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature’s God upon which this Nation and our laws are predicated.”

  •  Said SCOTUS marriage ruling is worse than the infamous Dred Scott decision, which upheld slavery.

  • Targeted the transgender community: “We do have a right to tell them what their sin is. We do have a right to say this is wrong. This is deteriorating this country. Now we have a right to think we’re the opposite sex if we want to be. Your mamas and daddies didn’t think that. Nobody in here had a mama or daddy who thought that. You're seeing little bitty kids now, it’s the latest thing. You know, a nation that turns away from God and his law suffers the consequences.” (55:30)

  • Bemoaned LGBTQ-inclusive hate crimes laws by saying: “There is a dangerous trend surfacing in other countries and here in America where governments are trying to make it illegal to speak out against homosexuality, even when such an immoral lifestyle is publicly paraded in the streets. In their rush to be Pennsylvania’s thought police, the legislature broke their own state’s constitutional”

  • Referred to gay people as “Those who practice an immoral act that less than 40 years ago was not to be mentioned in polite public circles,” and insists that “For the sake of our nation’s survival, it is time to voice our strongest opposition to homosexual conduct because morality still matters, not only in the military, but also in society at large.”

  • Insisted that “sodomy was deemed an abomination by the Creator” and that “Same-sex marriage and sodomy are, simply stated, a slippery slope to polygamy and incestuous relationships.”

  • Compared the situation surrounding marriage equality and religious liberty to Germany during Nazi times, repurposing a famous slogan about Hitler’s regime to apply to LGBTQ activists: “You know, we are going through something in our country that other countries have gone through. Germany went through it when the state took all power and moved in with the church.”...“They came for the bakers, but I didn’t bake cakes. They came for the florist, but I didn’t deal in flowers. They came for a little clerk down in Kentucky by the name of Kim Davis, but hey I’m not a clerk, I have nothing to do with issuing licenses. But then they came for me, and nobody was left.” (32:50-34:15)

  • Said LGBTQ people “flaunt their perversion in public parades, ‘gay’ television shows and Hollywood movies.”

  • Compared Dred Scott and Obergefell opinions, arguing that the latter marriage ruling is “even worse in a sense” than the one upholding slavery because of marriage equality’s supposed ramifications on Christians (13:30).

  • Suggested that Congress should impeach SCOTUS justices who decided in favor of marriage equality (19:00).

  • Suggested that 9/11 was God’s punishment for things like “legitimized sodomy.”

  • Running on the campaign vow that “Homosexuality should be against military policy as was the law prior to Bill Clinton.”

  • Says of LGBTQ people: “...so-called proponents of free choice want not only to be free to live an immoral lifestyle, they also want to force everyone else to accept their abnormal behavior or face serious consequences. And they will not hesitate to use the force of government to compel others to sacrifice their religious convictions so that society will only accept their warped beliefs as legitimate.”

  • In front of radical anti-abortion group Operation Save America, he delivered an hour-long attack on marriage equality wherein he concludes that he “loves homosexuals” enough to “tell them the truth.” (Around 1:00:10)

  • Filed an amicus brief arguing at length that “homosexual conduct has always been and continues to be immoral and should not be protected or sanctioned by law.”

  • Filed amicus brief arguing “the presence of homosexuals in the armed forces will weaken the armed forces’ ability to defend this nation by admitting into the armed forces people who engage in conduct that is both immoral and unhealthy, and that the armed forces budget and resources will be strained by having to pay for and treat the many unhealthy conditions that arise out of the homosexual lifestyle.

  • Wrote letter to Alabama’s governor condemning the 2003 repeal of criminal sodomy laws and all that followed after.

  • Served as honorary chairman for an anti-marriage equality organization that told gay people they need to be “changed.”

  • Compared marriage equality to counterfeit money.

  • Argued that marriage equality would “literally cause the destruction of our country.”

  • Said marriage equality means “we no longer have a constitution.”

  • Sought a convention of states to ban marriage equality.