In an exclusive and extensive interview with newly minted President-elect Donald Trump, it was reveal that once again, the Republican has backpedaled on what his supporters believed was his hard-line stance on conservative social policy.
Talking with Leslie Stahl on CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday, Trump said that he was “fine with” the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Without referencing his personal view of same-sex marriage, which the president-elect referred to as “irrelevant,” Trump told Stahl that the legality of same-sex marriage would not be revisited by his administration. He told Stahl:
‘It’s done. These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m — I’m fine with that.’
Trump was attempting to calm the fears of LGBTQ Americans in the wake of a large number of reported attacks from alt-right racists and homophobes.
This is only one of the campaign promises that Donald Trump has already dismissed, only days after winning the necessary 270 Electoral College votes on Tuesday night. The first promise to crumble was his promise to repeal “Obamacare,” otherwise known as The Affordable Care Act.
Another issue addressed by Stahl in the 60 Minutes interview was the rash of violence that has broken out, perpetrated by Trump supporters, against Latinos and Muslims.
During the interview, Trump didn’t even try to dispute it. Trump told Stahl, “I am so saddened to hear that. And I say ‘Stop it!’” Trump then turned to the camera and said:
‘I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.’
Trump’s personal history doesn’t lend itself to social conservatism, however the president-elect has said a number of things that clearly indicated that part of his plan was to overturn marriage equality one way or another, apparently only in order to cater to the right-wingers holding the keys to the Republican nomination,
Trump has waffled back and forth on the issue, on one hand telling Christian Broadcasting Network host David Brody that “they can trust me on traditional marriage” in February, and then turning around in November and holding a rainbow equality flag up at a rally in Colorado
It seems that Donald Trump’s campaign strategy was to say whatever he needed to say, depending on the audience in front of him, in order to get elected.
Now that he’s been elected, it will be interesting to find out what Donald Trump really thinks and believes. The alt-right and their racist, homophobic minions may soon discover that they did not get what it said on the package when they voted.
You can watch the entire interview courtesy of CBS.
— Randall Affleck (@RandallAffleck) November 14, 2016
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