Republicans slam DeSantis advert as ‘homophobic’

46 Republicans slam DeSantis advert as ‘homophobic’

The marketing campaign spot contrasts former president Donald Trump with the Florida governor on LGBT points

A promotional video contrasting former US president Donald Trump’s statements in help of LGBT rights with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ personal insurance policies upset some LGBT Republicans, who argue the spot, posted by the DeSantis marketing campaign to Twitter on Friday, is homophobic.

Conservative LGBT advocacy group the Log Cabin Republicans denounced the message as “divisive and determined” in a tweet, arguing the marketing campaign was alienating “swing-state and youthful voters” by “ventur[ing] into homophobic territory.”

“This outdated playbook has been tried prior to now and has failed — repeatedly,” they continued. “DeSantis and his staff can’t inform the distinction between commonsense gays and radical Left gays.”

Former Trump performing director of nationwide intelligence and first brazenly homosexual White Home official Ric Grenell agreed by way of Twitter that the video was “undeniably homophobic,” whereas former Olympic athlete turned trans-woman Caitlin Jenner, featured within the video, known as it a “new low” for DeSantis.

Over audio and occasional video of Trump confirming he would permit Jenner to make use of the ladies’s room at Trump Tower and alluring trans-women to compete in his Miss Universe magnificence pageant, the clip superimposes pictures of a “LGBT for Trump” shirt, the conservative drag queen “Woman MAGA,” and a tweet during which Trump expresses solidarity with LGBT folks in nations the place being homosexual is punishable by demise. 

For DeSantis, it runs a collection of headlines accusing him of signing the “most excessive slate of anti-trans legal guidelines in fashionable historical past,” a “draconian anti-trans toilet invoice,” and “anti-LGBT and anti-American [legislation],” together with extra descriptive headlines decrying his newest legislative assaults on drag reveals for youths or intercourse ed instruction in colleges, over clips of the Florida governor wanting decisive, flashes of Tom of Finland-type muscle-men, and snippets from the movies Troy, Wolf of Wall Avenue, and American Psycho.

DeSantis’ fast response director Christina Pushaw defended the candidate’s insurance policies, insisting “opposing the federal recognition of ‘Delight Month’ isn’t ‘homophobic’” as a result of “we wouldn’t help a month to have fun straight folks for sexual orientation, both.” Whereas the video was posted by the @DeSantisWarRoom account, it’s not clear that it was truly produced by the DeSantis marketing campaign, because it doesn’t function the compulsory “that is [name] and I approve this message” language legally required for official marketing campaign adverts. 

Trump declined to touch upon the video throughout a marketing campaign rally in South Carolina on Saturday. Regardless of a pleasant historical past with the LGBT group previous his political profession, his critics have depicted him as a bigot decided to pull the US again into the closet. Throughout his first time period, he banned transgender folks from brazenly serving within the army, and he has vowed to chop federal funding for colleges and healthcare services pushing “transgender madness” in 2024.

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