Coming off the heels of his ban on transgender people in the military, Donald J. Trump has now directed his Justice Department to go after the rights of gay people, specifically their legal protection against discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – which bans discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. On Wednesday Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals which says that the law does not apply to gays and lesbians and therefore they should have no protection against discrimination.
Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign blasted this new attack on LGBTQ rights, saying in a statement, “In one fell swoop, Trump’s DOJ has provided a roadmap for dismantling years of federal protections and declared that lesbian, gay, and bisexual people may no longer be protected by landmark civil rights laws such as the Fair Housing Act, Title IX, or Title VII.”
She went on to say, “For over a decade, courts have determined that discrimination on the basis of LGBTQ status is unlawful discrimination under federal law. Today’s filing is a shameful retrenchment of an outmoded interpretation that forfeits faithful interpretation of current law to achieve a politically-driven and legally specious result.”
We all know the game Trump is playing. He’s drawing the left into a culture war, both to distract from his ever-deepening problem with Russia and to score points with his congenitally confused supporters. It’s worked before. In 2004, Karl Rove made gay marriage an issue, which helped Bush win his second term. In recent weeks, the Democrats have been attempting a pivot away from identity politics to economics. They’re taking off the rainbow tie-dye in exchange for the blue collar button down. Is it a good strategy? I’m not sure, but it’s a step in the right direction. One thing’s for sure, whatever they’ve been doing the last seven years has not been working!
Donald J. Trump is an unhinged and dangerous paranoid. He is off the rails and wants to win at every cost. Democrats cannot allow themselves to fall into his trap. Already, you see Democrats like clueless sheep lining up for the slaughter, over his craven ploy to use LGBTQ rights as a wedge issue. Don’t fall for it! Let the LGBTQ community vociferously and litigiously defend their rights. The left should offer their full support, but not make it the issue – the issue is to win! And I hate to say it, but maybe if the entirety of the LGBTQ Bernie supporters had voted for Hillary, this wouldn’t have happened. We’ve seen what happens when you play fast and loose with your obligations as an American. Now the time for fun and games is over. The best strategy for Democrats is to mock the President – not his supporters! We saw how the whole deplorables thing went down. Mock Trump and Trump only – it will drive him insane and cause him to make mistakes…let’s just hope he doesn’t make a mistake with the big red button.