WASHINGTON ― Who knows how Donald Trump would treat the LGBT community as president? He claims to be an ally, vowing to protect gay people from violence. He publicly celebrated Elton John’s 2005 same-sex marriage. Yet, he slammed the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality and has said he’s fine with North Carolina’s controversial bathroom law.
What’s more clear is how Trump’s national campaign spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, feels about gay people. In her words, they are “not normal” and “an abberation” [sic]. That’s according to a series of tweets she sent out in 2012.
Asked how she squares her past comments with Trump’s claims that he's a friend to LGBT people, Pierson told The Huffington Post that it’s “a long reach” to look at her tweets from 2012.
“What does 2012 have to do with the 2016 presidential campaign?” she wrote in an email. “You’ll also find that as a grassroots volunteer for multiple campaigns, it’s quite common that Twitter is a platform to promote/defend the policies and values of the candidates at the time. Many times, it’s about engaging trolls which can lead to humorous and sarcastic banter. I’m sure you’ll also find that the positions/values of the candidates are not necessarily a sole reflection of the individual promoting or supporting said candidate.”
Pierson added, “Therefore, there is nothing to square. I support Mr. Trump and his policies 100 percent.”
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