On the two-month anniversary of the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando this Thursday (12 Augast), Donald Trump will be in the Florida city.
But Republican presidential nominee won’t be in town to acknowledge the murders of 49 people inside the gay establishment at the hands of a gunman who was later killed by police.
Instead, Trump will be appearing at the the Rediscovering God in America event being held by the the anti-LGBTI group American Renewal Project which plans to ask Trump about how he plans to fight ‘homosexual totalitarianism’ and the gay rights ‘militants,’ according to Bloomberg News.
Trump has previously claimed to be better for the LGBTI community than his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton despite his party adopting an anti-LGBTI platform at its convention last month.
Clinton meanwhile has widened her lead over Trump in various national polls following a series of high-profile gaffes by the one-time host of NBC’s The Apprentice.
Failed Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio, one of the US Senators from Florida, had already announced the would be appearing at the event.
Rubio has said the mass shooting at Pulse, which left another 53 people injured, has inspired him to reconsider his earlier decision not to run for a second term in the US Senate.
Rubio brushed off criticism from LGBTI activists telling the Tampa Bay Times: ‘Leave it to the media and liberal activists to label a gathering of faith leaders as an anti-LGBT event. It is nothing of the sort. It is a celebration of faith.’
The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is blasting American Renewal Project and Trump.
‘Holding this event is an insult to the victims and families of those innocent people who were murdered barely two months ago,’ says Task Force Deputy Executive Director Russell Roybal.
‘Decent people everywhere will be appalled. Stirring up homophobia and islamophobia is wrong at the best of times but to do so when the entire Orlando community is still grieving and recovering from the Pulse tragedy, is beyond distasteful.
Roybal adds: ‘Donald Trump may have mentioned the LGBTQ community in his acceptance speech which some people interpreted as a positive signal to our community — despite the vehemently anti-LGBTQ views of his running mate Mike Pence and the Republican Party platform.
‘But now Donald Trump and Marco Rubio plan to breathe the oxygen of publicity into an openly anti-LGBTQ event, joining some of the most notorious anti-LGBTQ people out there. Haven’t the people of Orlando had enough?’
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