The so called ‘tolerant’ left has physically interfered with this man’s political views. It’s violent and ugly. Check this out.
In a speech about national security just a day after the attack, he said “Our nation stands together in solidarity with the members of Orlando’s LGBT Community.” He then called the attack “an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want, and express their identity.”
Trump then took to Twitter and criticized Hillary Clinton in an appeal to LGBTQ voters.
Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2016
A number of gay men who have decided to throw their support behind Trump told NBC OUT it has not been an easy road. Juan Hernandez, a gay and Latino member of the Log Cabin Republicans, said his support led to physical violence by anti-Trump protesters at a rally in San Jose. Images of the attack and his bloodied clothes went viral.
“This is politics. Debate is OK,” Hernandez said. “When you start getting violent and throwing out derogatory terms, that’s not OK.”
Last night in CA an angry mob attacked gay Latino Trump supporter & Log Cabin Republicans member Juan Hernandez pic.twitter.com/r1zCsuVZwR
— LogCabinRepublicans (@LogCabinGOP) June 3, 2016
Hernandez, who switched to the GOP after realizing his views outside of LGBTQ issues were more conservative, said he was a target even before the rally in San Jose. Other members of the LGBTQ and Latino communities, he said, have singled him out for his Trump support. “They’ll email me or send me messages. They say that I’m a sellout,” he explained.
Eric, a 25-year-old gay Marine Corps veteran, was a Trump supporter before the Orlando shooting, but he said the attack – and the dangers he believes “radical Islam” poses to the gay community – has reinforced his support.
“Donald Trump has taken charge,” he said.” I’m gonna go for his stance on immigration and rebuilding the military.”
But while Eric is a vocal Trump supporter, he declined to provide his last name due to fear of violence or “doxxing,” the malicious publication of a private citizen’s personal information online.
“When you put your name out on a national level as supporting someone who attracts that much vitriol and disgust, you’re putting yourself up for doxxing … Especially for someone like me who’s considered a ‘traitor,'” added Eric, who is a member of LGBTrump, an online network for LGBTQ people who support the GOP presidential hopeful.
“It’s easy to come out of the closet,” he said. “It’s dangerous to come out as a Trump supporter.”