Donald Trump Flip-Flops Gay Marriage Views to Curry Favor with Tea Party
Donald Trump's blatant and gross attempt to court the Tea Party for his expected 2012 presidential run has resulted in some absurd claims and outright lies, including his alignment with the utterly ridiculous birther movement. But a new piece in Mother Jones points out that one of his more egregious problems is his slippery flip-flopping on social views. Not only is he now claiming an anti-choice stance after a whole career of defending abortion rights, he's now going back on his earlier claims of supporting civil unions and domestic partnership rights. His new anti-gay stance, per Mother Jones:
He has also changed his once-moderate stance on gay rights—a reversal that could spell trouble with the conservative base. Last month, Trump told the Des Moines Register that he opposes giving gay couples the same benefits as married ones, a position that's in stark contrast to his past support for gay rights on everything from domestic partner benefits and civil unions to gays serving openly in the military. Asked about his position legalizing on gay marriage and giving "civil benefits" to gay couples, he replied, "No and no." (A Trump spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.)
In 2000, as Mother Jonesnotes, Trump gave an interview to The Advocate stating the exact opposite, adding that he would support amending the Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and legislating against hate crimes. This position clearly goes against the Tea Party's general anti-gay stance, and the article posits that it will endanger his chances with social conservatives, despite his newfound alignment with their policies. Let's hope so... nobody needs to see this man in any office, much less the Presidency. Read the full piece at Mother Jones.