Last night, both Peter Thiel and Donald Trump’s speeches marked a pivot in the Republican Party’s attitude in one of the culture wars.
PayPal co-founder and tech billionaire Peter Thiel drew applause when he said, “I am proud to be gay, I am proud to be a Republican, but most of all, I am proud to be an American.” Donald Trump promised to protect the LGBT community from the foreign ideology of radical Islam — that, too, drawing applause from the audience. He responded to the applause by saying that “it’s so nice” to hear Republicans cheering that statement.
Who could be outraged by those comments? Liberals of course. Here’s just a sampling of the responses the tolerant left had.
Sickening to hear people whose party does do everything it can to hurt LGBTQ people cheer for the LGBTQ community. Fucking hypocrites.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) July 22, 2016
Hey, remember when Barack Obama was against gay marriage before he supported it? Was he called a “hypocrite” by his liberal friends? Was he accused of flip-flopping? Of course not — he “evolved.”
I am actually, literally LOLing at Trump attempting to say the LGBTQ acronym out loud for (obvi) the first time. You're not our ally bro.
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) July 22, 2016
Donald Trump supported gay marriage before Obama did — but he’s not their ally. OK then.
But will Trump do everything in his power to protect LGBTQ citizens from the hateful ideology of his party and his running mate?!!!??
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) July 22, 2016
You can tell that's the first time Trump's read or said "LGBTQ community" in his life.
— Matt Ford (@fordm) July 22, 2016
In true right-wing fashion, he can only offer LGBTQ protection as a weapon to bolster this country's xenophobia ? https://t.co/khdQHPttc5
— Angry Black Hoe-Mo (@angryblackhoemo) July 22, 2016
The “logic” behind most of the tweets I saw basically boiled down to: Republicans in the past have opposed gay rights, therefore they can never change their mind… or something. It’s not like Donald Trump is exactly a member of the Republican establishment regardless.
By this type of liberal “logic,” does that mean that Democrats can’t talk about Civil Rights because they once supported slavery?
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]