Aww, so sweet. Donald Trump thinks gay people are great.
Mind you, not so great that they should be allowed to marry.
And if there’s anyone we should take advice about marriage from, it’s Donald Trump. I mean, he’s had a lot of practice. First there was Ivana Trump, then he cheated on her with Marla Maples who became his second wife, and then he dumped Maples for his current wife, Melania Knauss.
So, let’s see. That’s two divorces, three marriages. The man obviously knows what he’s doing. After all, each new wife is younger and hotter than the wife she’s replacing. Hey, Trump’s just keepin’ it sacred.
During a Feb. 14 interview on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren, Trump flexed his conservative muscles and showed off the world’s most expensive comb-over mullet.
“I’m probably as conservative as anybody on your show, and that’s going a pretty strong step. I’m Republican, a very conservative Republican. I believe strongly in just about all conservative principles,” he gushed.
“Gay marriage?” Van Susteren asked.
“I’m not in favor of gay marriage,” Trump replied.
Then Van Susteren asked if he had any doubt about that position. “No,” he said. “I’m just not in favor of gay marriage. I live in New York. New York is a place with lots of gays, and I think it is great. But I’m not in favor of gay marriage.”
This isn’t a huge surprise. According to Politico, Trump entered into the gay marriage fray in 2009, when he defended Carrie Prejean’s stated opposition to gay marriage. Trump, who owns the Miss USA pageant, defended Prejean for speaking out, comparing her views on gay marriage to President Barack Obama’s.
Mind you, he doesn’t tell Van Susteren why he’s against gay marriage. But really, he doesn’t have to. No doubt his position has a lot to do with his talk that he might run for president in 2012. And even a super-rich tycoon who lives in faggy New York City feels obliged to appeal to the wingnuts in the GOP these days.
Trump was a big hit at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference, long a bastion of antigay fervor. Mind you, this year GOProud, a group of gay Republicans, was involved in the CPAC mix, which made a lot of the antigay groups cry and go home. Still, CPAC is hardly a gay pride parade.
“Well, they’re really my people,” he said of the CPAC folks. And this certainly includes GOProud, who not only invited him to CPAC, but who also pushed for Trump as a write-in candidate for CPAC’s presidential straw poll. It didn’t work, but Trump is hardly discouraged.
He said he’s “incredibly tempted” to run and that he’ll decide by June.
Why does he want to run? “I love this country. I hate what’s happening to this country. It’s just different. It’s not like when I was growing up,” he told Van Susteren. “During these times we were really a respected country.”
Hmm. Let’s see. If we take “when I was growing up” to mean birth to age 18, then America was a respected country from 1946 to 1964. He’s right. Times were different then.
During that time, 14-year-old Emmett Till was murdered for whistling at a white woman, Rosa Parks got thrown in jail because she wouldn’t give up her bus seat to some white asshole, the National Guard had to be sent in so that nine black kids could go to school in Little Rock, Ark. And racists in Birmingham, Ala., had their hands full throwing Martin Luther King Jr. in jail, blowing up little black girls in church and turning fire hoses on civil-rights protesters.
People who wax nostalgic about that era always seem to forget about that kind of stuff. Something tells me only rich, white, heterosexual men would actually like to go back.
D’Anne Witkowski has been gay for pay since 2003. She’s a freelance writer and poet (believe it!). When she’s not taking on the creeps of the world, she reviews rock ’n’ roll shows in Detroit with her twin sister.