Conservative LGBTQ group The Log Cabin Republicans has endorsed President Donald Trump for reelection on 2020, after snubbing him by failing to endorse his candidacy in the 2016 election.
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Log Cabin Republican leadership penned an op-ed published in The Washington Post on Thursday, declaring that President “Trump met his commitments to LGBTQ Americans,” and announcing the group’s endorsement.
The organization — which NBC News referred to as “the nation’s largest collective of LGBTQ conservatives” — credited the president with “removing gay rights as a wedge issue from the old Republican playbook,” praised his global initiative to end the criminalization of homosexuality in other nations, and hailed his appointment of several LGBTQ officials in his administration.
The authors listed an array of policy decisions on which they agree with President Trump, including his tax cuts, foreign policy, and trade deals.The Log Cabin Republicans did acknowledge their disagreement with administration’s transgender service restriction, but noted, “to paraphrase President Ronald Reagan, 80 percent my friend is not 20 percent my endm.
NBC further noted that the Log Cabin Republicans’ endorsement of the president is significant, even though exit polls show LGBTQ voters as a whole tend lean toward the Democratic Party.
While the LGBTQ group did not endorse candidate Donald Trump, in what Politico described at the time as “a contentious decision.” The outlet reported that while Log Cabin Republicans were fully united against Hillary Clinton, the group’s board decided to withhold their endorsement of the Republican nominee against the wishes of several of its chapters.
The national Log Cabin Republicans organization has been around for more than four decades. The only other candidate besides Trump that is has refused to endorse in the past was George W. Bush in 2004.