Former President Donald Trump is no stranger to accusations of homophobia; but for perhaps the first time ever, he is being criticized for not being homophobic enough.
Far-Right preacher, author and hate-group founder Scott Lively believes that God punished Donald Trump for being soft on "the homosexual issue." According to Lively, that punishment was to remove him from office.
During an interview on the Swamp Rangers radio show, Lively explained his theory to host Richard May.
"If Donald Trump was, as I believe, God's man in the White House for four years, why did God not preserve it? Because if God had given him favor, nothing that mankind could have done could have removed him from that office."
"And yet the one thing that he did during that time that would virtually guarantee God's favor being removed was to put his own personal stamp of approval on behavior that God condemns in the harshest possible terms in the Bible - which is specifically male homosexuality."
The interview caught the attention of far-right watch sites.
This two minute clip helps illustrate why.
That interview raised eyebrows in and of itself, but the preacher wasn't done discussing the issue. Lively released a rather "intense" blog as a companion piece to the interview.
In it, he explains how this is all actually Ivanka's fault.
"Trump – and his base – lost the election because we did not fight the dragon at center of the Marxist agenda, but allowed that snake inside our own camp: homosexual perversion."
"On this score, billionaire Trump's family had been undermined by the same Cultural Marxist social-engineering that infiltrated every poor and middle class home in America since the 1960s."
"His own daughter Ivanka was seduced by the allure of 'Queer Theory' pop-culture propaganda in all of its insidious forms, becoming (apparently) the Eve in the garden of Trump's own family, convincing him to eat the apple of pro-'gay' political correctness."
The blog then rambles about the evils of homosexuality and lists Trump's greatest stumbling blocks and failures and how they're all somehow tied to the LGBT community.
In closing, he chastises gay conservatives and offers Trump some advice.
"Anyone who claims to be 'conservative' while normalizing false LGBT theories by claiming to be innately and proudly 'gay,' (instead of telling people to mind their own business on all sexual privacy issues) is an intentional or self-deceived Trojan Horse for sexual anarchy, the most socially destructive force in human civilization."
"My advice to President Trump is to first apologize to God for defying His command and then, at minimum, pivot to a 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' philosophy, the only workable compromise between the secular society and the MAGA millions who rightfully insist that Christian family values and traditions MUST be protected for the survival of not just our nation, but humanity."
Twitter picked up on the moment pretty quickly.
Right Wing Watch: Radical anti-LGBTQ activist Scott Lively claims that Trump was too pro-gay and so God removed him… https://t.co/aGUMF3h28I— LA Votes Blue In Georgia 🌊🌎💙 (@LA Votes Blue In Georgia 🌊🌎💙) 1611682910.0
There goes God again, taking credit for what real people accomplished for themselves. https://t.co/hQnvAjwWe6— Paul McElligott (@Paul McElligott) 1611678307.0
Scott Lively believes that Trump's loss was God's punishment against Trump for not enacting hardline anti-LGBT laws… https://t.co/6LUV85qMlc— Nita Cosby (@Nita Cosby) 1611684903.0
Dear Scott Lively, as a gay man may I say, F*CK YOU. Trump supporter finally accepts his defeat -- and says God re… https://t.co/e3lCQU7zE7— Adam Carpenter Welles 🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@Adam Carpenter Welles 🇺🇸🏳️🌈) 1611685584.0
This argument is so twisted that “pretzel logic” doesn’t even come close to describing it. https://t.co/0Q8mQBx3dP— Peaches (@Peaches) 1611685454.0
We wanted to hearken back to a mid-2020 tweet where Trump claimed to be the most pro-gay President in American history, but the former President's Twitter account was suspended after a multitude of lies and conspiracy theories and calls to violence incited a riot at the United States Capitol that killed five people and was cited as the cause of two more deaths.
Trump and Lively may believe the 45th President was kind to the LGBT community, but people who deal in facts have a sharply different opinion.
Mere hours after taking office, the administration scrubbed any mention of the LGBT community from the White House website. The snubs and attacks continued with LGBT military bans, denial of protections, denial of healthcare, denial of shelter, and much more.
In a parting blow in the final days of his Presidency, Donald Trump allowed for discrimination against LGBT families who want to adopt.
In Lively's view, these attacks are warranted and not far enough.
He has often espoused violence and hatred against LGBT people and was a key player in the infamous "Kill The Gays" bill in Uganda. Lively toured the country claiming LGBT people were dangerous serial killers who molested children, sexually assaulted animals and were merciless sociopaths.
Lively has also claimed gay men were the real Nazis behind the Holocaust.
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