The event, which took place Saturday at the Westshore Grand Hotel in Tampa, Florida, comprised “a diverse coalition dedicated to re-electing President Trump, the first president to begin his presidency in support of marriage equality,” according to its website.
The 27-year-old first daughter and former National Intelligence Director Richard Grenell, who is gay, co-hosted the event.
Video footage of the event, featured on local NBC affiliate WFLA and widely circulated on social media, showed Tiffany Trump emerging from the crowd in a pink face mask before taking the stage to deliver a speech.
“I know what my father believes in,” she told the crowd, which included her mother, Marla Maples, along with many attendees who did not appear to be wearing masks. “Prior to politics, he supported gays, lesbians, the LGBQIIA+ community.”
Tiffany went on to note that she was “saddened” by the “fabricated lies” that appeared on social media with regard to the Trump administration’s stance on LGBTQ rights.
“You, unfortunately, see social media and you see these fabricated lies,” she said. “I have friends of mine who reach out ... they say, ‘How could you support your father? We know you. We know your best friends are gay.’ ... I say, ‘It’s because my father has always supported all of you.’ He’s never done it for politics.”
“I’m here because I support my father,” she continued. “He supports all of you and we are to fight for equality, democracy ― to keep America and make it better.”
Not surprisingly, Tiffany’s comments received a frosty response from media personalities and LGBTQ rights advocates on social media. Some singled out what appeared to be her omission of the transgender community from the LGBTQ+ acronym during the speech.
Others, however, drew attention to the president’s anti-LGBTQ platform ― which has included attempting to ban trans recruits from the U.S. military and permitting foster agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples ― during his time in office.
Equality Florida, a local LGBTQ advocacy group, condemned the event as part o the Trump campaign’s “desperate” effort to “disguise their abhorrent record on LGBTQ issues.”
“Donald Trump is the worst president the LGBTQ community has ever seen,” Nadine Smith, the group’s director, said in a statement. “This event is a pathetic attempt to hide his appalling record and it’s fooling no one. We are tired of Trump’s lies and our community understands a second term would be devastating.”
That same month, she took a swipe at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden by calling him “a liar” on social media. Many, of course, were quick to point out her hypocrisy given her father’s record of misinformation.