The board of the nation’s largest group of LGBT Republicans has voted to not endorse Donald Trump, in a contentious decision that did not reflect the preference of many of its chapters. While the Log Cabin Republicans are united against Hillary Clinton, the group’s 14-member national board narrowly voted on Tuesday to “withhold” an endorsement of the Republican nominee, according to Gregory T. Angelo, the organization’s president.
It’s the second time the official national group has chosen not to back the GOP nominee — the prior time was 2004 for George W. Bush. The move reflects struggles throughout the Republican coalition, though for LGBT conservatives it’s been particularly wrenching. Trump’s rhetoric, they say, has been more pro-gay than any presidential nominee in history.
“Withholding an endorsement is not the same thing as opposing someone’s nomination,” Angelo said in an interview. “There were members of our national board of directors who had very passionate feelings in favor of both.” Angelo — who is not a voting member of the board — said that state Log Cabin chapters were surveyed as part of the endorsement process for recommendations, and a majority supported endorsing Trump.
“Could Donald Trump be the most pro-LGBT president that this country has ever had? He might well be,” Angelo said. But the nominee’s inconsistencies “presented enough reservations such that the board did not feel comfortable putting the full face of our 40-year-old brand behind the Republican Party’s nominee for president.”