An LGBT activist, writing anonymously, pledged support for Donald Trump, defending their decision to stand with the presumptive GOP nominee in an open letter.
According to the gay activist, who penned the letter that was published by PJ Media, progressives have failed to protect the LGBT community from the most prominent threat: radical Islamic terrorism.
In response to the deadly attack in an Orlando Sunday morning that left 49 dead and at least 53 injured, the anonymous writer admitted "the events of Orlando have shattered my political beliefs, as I can no longer swear allegiance to a peace-love-and-unicorns progressive philosophy that only helps to get my fellow queers killed."
"Yes, there is a war between religious fundamentalism and the spirit of love and tolerance. But we progressives here in America still labor under the delusion that the religion we need to combat is Christianity. But that’s a strawman opponent, and has been so for decades," he wrote.
"Since the 1990s, Christian extremists have essentially lost all their power, and are now toothless nonplayers in the 'culture wars,'" the letter continued. "Meanwhile, Muslim extremists, with guns, murder us, and on the left our only response is to bleat about 'Islamophobia' and jump through hoops trying to explain away the self-evident religious motivation for the killings."
However, the writer concedes Trump is an "asshole," "clown" and "motormouth buffoon," but adds he's the "only person saying anything about putting the brakes on Islamic extremism."
"In light of what happened last night in Orlando," the anonymous author wrote, "suddenly that is the only issue that really matters when it comes to the health, well-being and safety of the queer community."
The writer points out that Trump has often contrasted himself from traditional Republican views, standing against anti-gay rhetoric and slamming Democrats for standing with Muslim lives over the lives of gays and lesbians.
"I am ashamed. I am angry. And I am sad," the writer concludes. "I don’t want to vote for Trump, but I must. And if you care about the safety of the gay community in America, so must you."
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