A young gay couple’s professed support of Donald Trump has generated some extreme reactions from a number of their peers in the LGBT community.
The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Bellini interviewed Dewey Lainhart, 31, and Cody Moore, 23, at an Oct. 13 Trump rally in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bellini posted a short video of the interview, in which Lainhart and Moore explained their reasons for supporting the Republican presidential nominee, to his Facebook page, where it has since been viewed over 200,000 times. (The Huffington Post featured the video in an Oct. 13 article.)
“I’m tired of the bullsh*t government,” Lainhart explained in the video. “It’s time for a change. Trump’s the man for it.”
Added Moore, “Plus I really feel like he would bring more jobs to the country.”
The newly engaged couple’s remarks were in line with others who’ve backed the GOP nominee, but as Bellini reported Friday, they seemed to infuriate many LGBT people in particular, who overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton. In the comments beneath Bellini’s original video, readers blasted Lainhart and Moore as “rednecks” and “dumber than dirt.” Yet another sniffed, “Poppers kill brain cells.”
Even worse, the men told Bellini they’ve been asked to stay away from gay-friendly establishments and have received death threats from people angered by their praise for Trump. One message in particular, they said, told them to drink bleach.
For his part, Lainhart said he carries a gun “because I love the Second Amendment,” and therefore hasn’t been intimidated by the threats.
Still, the case is a sobering reminder that differences in political views should never beget violence, regardless of how heated the 2016 presidential election becomes in its final weeks.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.