Trump Endorses LGBT Employment Protections

While the internet goes nuts over Donald Trump’s just unveiled plan to build a wall at the Mexican border, yesterday on Meet The Press he also declared that he supports LGBT employment anti-discrimination protections. Via NBC News:

He acknowledged critics who say he’s not a real conservative “have a point from years ago.” But Trump has insisted he’s more in-line with the GOP now, and pointed to Ronald Reagan, who he said was “a Democrat, absolutely, with a liberal bent” before becoming a Republican as a similar case. Still, Trump offered those critics further cause for skepticism during the interview. He said he was “fine with affirmative action,” noting “we’ve lived with it for a long time,” though many conservatives have argued it’s unnecessary today. He also said he’s willing to back recent court decisions banning private companies from firing employees because of their sexual orientation — and that he himself agrees with the decision.”I don’t think it should be a reason” employers can use to fire workers, he said.

So far Teabagistan doesn’t seem to have picked up on this outrage.

  • LonelyLiberal

    Huge mis-step. For as long as he’s the loud, bloviating bastard, he’s popular. Start having reasonable opinions on things and his popularity will slip very, very quickly. Start having reasonable opinions of LBGT people and you’re going down, mister, and not in the good way.

    • MattM

      Right? The base has reasonable opinions, rationality and facts.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      I don’t know — it seems like all bets are off when it comes to The Donald.

      • TommyTune

        I agree. He’s rewriting the rules as he goes along and it seems to be working in his favor.

    • GunnaHurt

      this is just to get maximum press. you know he’s not REALLY running for president, right? This is just a meta reality show.

      • LonelyLiberal

        Yep, but a severe mis-step isn’t going to increase his likelihood of getting a new show. He has to go out with reduced popularity, but enough left that Dumbass America will watch him on TV.

    • Master Plan

      Trumps is looking for a way out. He can’t get out of the race while he’s so far ahead, or it would be an admission on his part that his candidacy is a sham. So he’s looking for ways to reduce his approval rating among TeaBaggers and Stupublicans. This is Step 1.

      • Veylon

        Have you considered the possibility that we are living in a Mel Brooks film? This could (fail to) backfire most unexpectedly.

    • Cuberly

      They’ve been actively turning a blind eye to a lot of what he says. Heck he’s attempted to sound religified and it came off beyond comical.

      Remains to be seen, he’s been teflon on a lot of this stuff.

    • Reality.Bites

      I don’t know that I agree with you. Once they take someone to their bosom it doesn’t matter much what they do after. If they don’t care that he’s clearly not remotely religious, not even able to fake it, why should they care if he’s in favour of rights in an abstract sense but won’t actually do anything to further them. He’s still anti-marriage, so all he’s really saying is “if a Republican congress votes in LGBT employment protection I won’t veto it.”

      • LonelyLiberal

        Flavor of the Month thing. I expect Trump to flare out, but didn’t expect it to start in August.

        • Reality.Bites

          Probably, but I don’t expect it will be over this. We should probably start a betting pool over what does finally end it.

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    More he sounds sane, the more an independent run looks likely. No, he won’t win. But the GOTP will lose.

  • Chucktech

    Trump’s no dummy. Trump knows that discrimination is bad for business. The fact that banning discrimination is the right thing to do may be waaaay down in the mix for him, too.

  • bkmn

    It may take a while for this to penetrate the hive mind of the base but when it does…

    • bambinoitaliano

      This hive mind have no principals. Otherwise they would not turn jesus into some bigoted racists. They like Trump this moment, so what ever he said is fine.

      • Gustav2

        A new Morning Consult survey finds Donald Trump maintaining his standing at 32%, far ahead of Jeb Bush at 12%, followed by Ben Carson at 7%, Mike Huckabee at 6%, Marco Rubio at 6%, Ted Cruz at 5%, Carly Fiorina at 4%, Chris Christie at 4% and Rand Paul at 4%.

        http://politicalwire.com/2015/08/17/trump-maintains-huge-national-lead/

        • StraightGrandmother

          What happened to Scott Let me kill some unions, Walker?
          I’ll have to go to the link to find out.

          • Gustav2

            That’s why Walker had to make some noise today, he is dropping in the national polls. It is still a Koch message.

            http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/scott-walker-glenn-beck-mitch-mcconnell

          • Gest2016

            SG, I believe Scott Walker is the most dangerous candidate of all. Thankfully he’s dropping in the polls. He sincerely believes that gays should have no hospital visitation rights. That’s a level of evil I cannot even comprehend.

          • matt n

            he’s busy pulling up the ladder ’cause he’s aboard.

    • Bj Lincoln

      That is so cool! Is it bad that I could watch this over and over and over again?

    • oikos

      Best graphic of the day!

    • Arkansan

      It blowed clean up, just like a mobile meth lab did over yonder.

  • matt n

    he must be feeling secure with his lead to be able to make this statement. this should be interesting. he’s been teflon ’til now. i think this won’t hurt him. the right wingers like his brash manner too much.

    • Chucktech

      I don’t think it’s going to hurt him, either. If “Mexico is sending rapists” and calling some women fat pigs didn’t cause a stink, this won’t, either.

      • matt n

        yeah, he’s still 2 to 1 in favor of the bigots. that’s pretty good in their book i think

      • JustSayin

        The people in favorof his rapist Mexicans rant and not people who support equality for gays. So I am not sure that it won’t alter his support base

      • ben

        At this point, there’s only one thing he could say to really bury himself: “Barack Obama deserves to be treated with basic human decency.”

        • clay

          Well, THAT’s certainly not going to happen.

          • Reality.Bites

            As his spin doctor I can fix that after he says it.

            Mr. Trump’s statement was cut off. In full he said ‘Barack Obama deserves to be treated with basic human decency. He should therefore be reunited with his family in his native Kenya.’

          • clay

            shorter: “even though he’s not basically human, or decent.”

      • i really think it comes down to demographics. maybe tRump just knows this instinctively. but the whole “homos are the devil and must be lynched!” crowd has been dying off, fast. it’ll be 2016 when he runs. WWII is how many years ago? assuming he goes indie and/or sticks with it, but either way, he’s got a lot of limelight time allotted to him yet. and he can buy more.

        when you work in TV, you learn that power comes from getting the younger audiences. those are the big markets, the real players put the ‘good’ stuff there. people who watch cable reruns of Murder She Rote are not exactly the target audience.

        it appears tRump understands very well: the “election cycle” is a show, an opera, a drama, a comedy, etc… win the media spotlight and win the race. he may even really want it, i dunno.

        • David L. Caster

          The 18-34 demographic, the main target of advertisers everywhere.

        • Chucktech

          I agree, CD, Trump understands very well that the “election cycle” is a show, an opera, a drama, a comedy, and everyone other than he is doing it wrong.

  • GunnaHurt

    See, he only says whatever he knows will get him the most press. Saying he was AGAINST protections would just be a “yeah, ok” shrug. He knows this will get him maximum press. Don’t forget… that’s literally ALL he cares about.

    • Todd20036

      Liking your pix

    • TommyTune

      He’s also said (unlike every other Republican running) that he would NOT shred the Iran deal. Our intrepid press corps has given that hardly any attention, but it deserves far more than it’s gotten so far.

  • Cuberly

    Uh oh, Trumploy may have just lost the pivotal Bry Fish vote. And yesterday he was so giddy about all the xenophobia too! (sad face)

    https://twitter.com/BryanJFischer/status/632993086608687104

    • matt n

      he was cumming in his panties over donald yesterday

      • Cuberly

        That he was. But then visceral hatred in general, tends to get Bry quite moist.

        Haven’t been able to figure out why the talibanjelicals are backing Trump. It’s obvious the guy registers a zero on the wack-a-doodle religified index. Maybe they think he’s a Reagan and will give them access to power, I don’t know. But it’s weird.

        • matt n

          he says things without thinking. they don’t like thinking. he sounds like a “regular guy” in a way? also, he says bigoted sexist things they probably say themselves or want license to say? there are a whole slew of maybe reasons.

          • Cuberly

            Weird, was over on gateway pundit and they’re ignoring so much of it and they’re just beside themselves with xenophobic police-state bliss.

      • Gustav2

        Damn, just spewed my tea all over my keyboard!

        • Doug105

          Why do all you clumsy(spills) and mucus(spit) prone people not get sets of plastic covers for everything?

          • Gustav2

            Because Mummy said they were tacky.

          • Cuberly

            HA!…..memories, not a relative but may as well be.

            http://www.vintageallies.com/images/vinyl-covered-davenport.jpg

          • Gustav2

            On hot summer days before everyone had air conditioning sitting on that couch in shorts…

          • Cuberly

            Ha! Ugh, now that’s comfort. lol…..

            I always remember that poly-vinyl smell too. Ick.

          • ElJiffy

            And leaving a sweat puddle behind you when you got up…

          • TampaDink

            The ones for the seats in the family car were even worse. You could stick to them in summer & slide off of them in winter.

          • Cuberly

            Yeesh, I remember how cold those got in the winter. They never seemed to get warm. Like sitting on a block of ice.

          • Jeffrey

            Wow, are her curtains plastic lined? Now that is something that I have not seen before…outside of a shower, of course.

          • Cuberly

            It does sorta look like that doesn’t it.

      • Blobby

        do you think she knows the Magna Carta isn’t ours?

        • TampaDink

          I suspect that is what she calls part of her anatomy.

      • Cuberly

        Did you see her tweet that’s getting a lot of right wingers all kerfuffled? And oddly enough so many are overlooking it as well. Confusing.

        https://twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/632954040675078144

        • Gustav2

          Holy Geebus!

          • Cuberly

            Yep. And she’s on twitter trying to answer for it in very convoluted ways.

          • Gustav2

            She is trying to out-outrage Trump.

          • Cuberly

            Yeah, deflect from criticism or something, I don’t know. It’s been a weird day in wingnuttia.

          • Ginger Snap

            It’s always a weird day in wingnuttia isn’t it?

          • Cuberly

            True. But this is sorta weirder weird. Xenophobia appears to trump homophobia, who’da thunk.

        • Jeffrey

          She is truly wretched.

    • Gest2016

      He’s still alive? I heard he had stroke, shit his pants and died after the Obergefell decision.

      • Cuberly

        If you have a strong stomach check out his twitter feed, you’re sorta half right. He has really really gone off the deeper end. Yes he was already off the deep end, but he has taken it a step further.

        He’s really not happy with the GOP in general.

    • Veylon

      I just laugh when I hear Republicans talk big about immigration. Walls? Mass deportation? Visa tightening? Yeah, right. Ain’t gonna happen. I’ll believe they’re serious about when they start slamming big businesses with massive fines.

      All we’ll really see – in the horrific eventuality that Trump gets in – is a Potemkin wall section that looks impressive on TV.

  • Blobby

    a few weeks ago he was for traditional marriage only. So – why am i not believing him on this bit of 4-1-1?

    • This is the corporate/country club Republican position and has been for some time. Not all that supportive of marriage equality (what’s wrong with civil unions, they say) but certainly don’t approve of firing someone for being gay. That’s probably the typical attitude in Trump’s circle. He’s not from the religious right. Never has been. (That’s not a defense of Trump, btw. Ewww. Just pointing out that I know a lot of Republicans who are happy to pander to the social conservatives but don’t particularly like them. It’s only a matter of time before Trump has his “A Face in the Crowd” moment.

  • nocadrummer

    Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

  • bambinoitaliano

    His political view has always been more inline with the central right democrat or central republican depends on how you see it.

  • Blake Jordan

    Damn, does this mean I must be anti-workplace protections for LGBTs?

  • BobSF_94117

    The vast majority of the American public thinks we already have those protections.

    • another_steve

      That, and I don’t think the subject of workplace protections “engages” Trump’s low-info base.

      Marriage equality is “icky” to them.

      Workplace protections: “What’s that, Marge? Is that like wearin’ goggles or a helmet on the job? Hand me the potato chips, will ya.”

  • JustSayin

    Donald is screwing up the HRC master plan. He was not supposed to say this stuff until November when he splits the party to run as an independent.

    • Blobby

      I’m not sure the HRC was really going to be the deciding anything in this election.

  • amboy00

    Wait for it.

  • Marc

    Well there went his candidacy. It was fun while it lasted.

    • another_steve

      Don’t be so sure. Boyfriend’s got a bit of the “Reagan Teflon” goin’ on there.

      I doubt this will hurt him in the polls. He could declare himself the Son of Lucifer and I doubt even that would hurt him in the polls.

      • Reality.Bites

        Teflon is right. Even his hairpiece won’t stick to him.

  • dear gay republicans, that’s the one little turd-nugget you’re being tossed so you can pretend that your party doesn’t hate you as much as you hate yourselves 😀

    • Jeffrey

      “Yay Donald loves us and I won’t have to pay taxes on my inheritance!”

      • Gustav2

        Could be why the Rand is not doing as well?

      • until they find out that despite toeing-the-line Daddy would rather his money go to the GOP than his self-hating homo son 😀

    • Cuberly

      Reisner must be kicking himself for donating to the wrong “candidate”.

  • See! Donnie loves the gays!

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  • Justin

    He could push for us being made Lords of All Creation and I’d still never vote for him. He’s bad news. Really bad news. Not unlike all the rest of them.

  • Jeffrey

    What about his BFF Sarah Palin? I bet she shits her pants over this. Teabaggers will need to double their Depend Undergarments order or sure.

  • John T

    Outside of a core group of religious freaks, Republican anti-gay sentiment is mainly about tribalism. “Anti-gay” = “one of us” and “Pro-gay” = “one of them”. Conservatives (and, oddly enough, especially working class low-education conservatives) believe that Trump is on their team so they can let the LGBT thing slide.

  • he’s determined to stay in front of the cameras, that is for sure.

  • Gerry Fisher

    I don’t care. He doesn’t belong anywhere near “the red button.”

  • Ninja0980

    Watch his numbers go into a tailspin now.

  • Chris Larosa

    He acknowledged critics who say he’s not a real conservative….

    I still have to shake my head when I see something like this. When does being a ‘real conservative’ equate to discrimination to the point of actually having the audacity to unequivocally support the firing of an employee simply because he/she is gay? What happens in the mind and heart of a person that would applaud this? And how is this a ‘conservative’ value? This is hateful cruelty, not ‘conservatism’. If I was a conservative, I’d push to change the definition or call myself something else. This is 2015, not 1815.

  • Sam_Handwich

    yeah, well…He also claims to support a single payer healthcare system, which is the polar opposite of the GOP’s “LET THEM DIE!” healthcare plan.

    And of course, he’s changed his positions more often than his wives. The only pigeonhole he fits into right now is the old “Yankee republican”, who have essentially gone extinct.

  • Sam_Handwich

    o/t

    has anyone else gotten this error:

    Error establishing a database connection

    trying to load JMG home page? I have a few times today, and it hasn’t happened at other sites.

    • Gustav2

      Got it this morning.

    • TampaDink

      That has happened to me a couple of times today….I took it very personal & presumed it is a reflection on my aging p.c. or our i.s.p.. ☺

    • Reality.Bites

      Not so far. Thanks for jinxing me!

  • LADY MABELINE

    So I take it that he will not be signing NOM’s pledge? Poor Brian. He is so irrelevant now that he can’t even get some of the tail wind Trump is generating.

    • TampaDink

      Do we know who HAS signed their “pledge”? I’m sure that Frothy wanted to be the first one to do so….this might be the only reason he is/was running.

  • pierre denerome

    Trump-Trump for President 2056.

  • Ginger Snap

    I still won’t vote for you.

  • stevenj

    “But Trump has insisted he’s more in-line with the GOP now, and pointed to Ronald Reagan, who he said was “a Democrat, absolutely, with a liberal bent” before becoming a Republican as a similar case. ”

    Reagan was a Democrat until 1962. During his governorship of California (starting in 1966) he was anything but liberal enraging students all over the state during the Vietnam war protests. He was also a Barry Goldwater backer (60’s Republican presidential candidate who wanted to level Vietnam with nuclear weapons). Trump claiming he was a liberal Democrat once is really ancient history and quite a stretch.

  • e jerry powell

    Just curious: was this reporting for reporting’s sake, or is it supposed to change my opinion on Trump’s validity as a candidate?

    I have not changed one iota in my loathing for Trump, regardless of political pandering.

  • bobbyjoe

    Donald Trump could announce that part of his platform was going to be making me, personally, the King of North America and seeing that I would be given $500,000 and a new car every single day he was in office and I STILL wouldn’t vote for him.

    • bambinoitaliano

      It sounds more and more like Bill Clinton is effing with the rethuglicans. I don’t think Trump can come up with such crazy scheme. One moment he is double down on the rethuglicans racist, sexist policy and now he did a 180 degree turn around on the non discrimination act. You think the tea partiers can’t get anymore confusion. It’s only August. I hope he continues through till middle of next year.

    • Reality.Bites

      Of course not. Think of all the time you’d waste adjusting the seat and learning the controls.

  • Rex

    Donald Trump – as confusing as his hair style.

  • justmeeeee

    Truth is, if we HAD to have a rethug president (and we don’t have to, maybe ever again, unless things change drastically), I’d take him over any of those other nutters.

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    The Don looks better and better all the time.

  • Jackster

    It’s safe for us to vote for Trump !

  • Jackster

    In other news..penis on weather map

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PI9_tGygkU

  • Bill_Perdue

    Trumps promises are no better than those of Democrat candidates, who only support anti-discrimination laws when they have absolutely no chance of being enacted.

    • Reality.Bites

      The only candidate worse than him would be one that you support.

      • Bill_Perdue

        Pathetic, even for a third rate bankster like you.

    • Jackster

      You have to admire the fact that he’s willing to go on the record..in the primary season. Go Trump !

      • Bill_Perdue

        He’s a racist pig.

  • NOM please go to war against Trump over this, please!!!!! The
    infighting would be epic.

  • MBear

    ahahahahahhahahahhaha…yeah, right

  • billbear1961

    But, like Jeb, he’ll say this should be decided by the states.

    So, like Bush, he can SOUND like he’s against discrimination while leaving the matter in the hands of many states that will pass no laws to stop it.

    And, last I heard, he was still opposed to M.E.

  • JCF

    F#ck him.