Boycott The Donald?
About the only thing more famous than Donald Trump is perhaps Donald Trump’s hair. But ever since the follicly challenged mogul-turned-reality-host mentioned that he may run for president, GLAAD has pledged to boycott him, saying he’s antigay.
The gay rights watchdog group is asking folks to “tune out Trump” after he’s blasted gay marriage and adoption – both hot button issues important to the gay community, particularly during the next election cycle. “I’m not in favor of gay marriage,” said the twice divorced Trump. “They should not be able to marry.”
He recently added more fuel to GLAAD’s fire, saying, “I just don’t feel good about it. I don’t feel right about it. I’m against it – I’m opposed to gay marriage.”
This comes on the heels of a new report that says more than half of Americans actually favor marriage equality for gays and lesbians, and more than 70 percent of Catholics support civil unions.
GLAAD accuses Trump of “throwing gay and lesbian families under the bus and trying to exclude them from health care and marriage” in hopes of launching a successful Republican campaign for president. Early polls indicated mixed reviews for the mogul, with some showing him in the lead of other possible contenders – and later – more than half of Americans saying he should be fired from even thinking about a serious run.
When Trump was recently asked whether he approved of same-sex couples having the same medical and civil benefits as other couples, he replied, “As of this moment, I would say no and no.”
GLAAD says Trump is sending the wrong message to more than one million gay couples who are raising as many as two million children in the United States. “He wants their viewership for his shows and their money at his properties,” says GLAAD, “but Trump doesn’t want to allow them the same dignity and respect as all loving couples and families.”
In the Philadelphia region, Trump owns the Trump Entertainment casino in Atlantic City. And overall, he’s tied to at least 19 properties and is affiliated with seven TV shows and networks, including The Celebrity Apprentice on Comcast-owned NBC.
According to GLAAD, gay and lesbian travelers spend an estimated $17 billion a year for tourism. But the group’s hoping none of that money goes to another Trump-owned hotel, casino, golf course or condo – at least not until he reconsiders his stance on LGBT issues.
What do you think? Would you vote for Trump for president? Or do you think he’s alienated gay and lesbian voters?