Off Narrative, Again

Trump’s U.N. speech called for respecting religious freedom and, “in solidarity with LGBTQ people,” decriminalizing homosexuality.

President Trump: “We affirm the right of all people to live in dignity. For this reason my administration is working with other nations to stop criminalizing of homosexuality and we stand in solidarity with LGBTQ people who live in countries that punish, jail or execute individuals based upon sexual orientation.”

5 Comments for “Off Narrative, Again”

  1. posted by Mike and David on

    Impressive. If this the first substantive speech that President Trump has given on LGBT rights?

  2. posted by Jorge on


    Did Trump give that stilted pronunciation of “LGBTQ” again?

    : ) : ) : )

    He’s giving lofty Obama-esque lines while looking and sounding like he does not want to be there and he is not impressed, b****. I’ve got to emulate this at work.

    It’s hard to believe internationalist gay rights statements could come from a speech that eschews globalism and espouses nationalism as an international value. The ordering of ideas within the speech (“Avoid war” “Stand in solidarity with Venezuelan people” “Oppose threats to democracy from within by social media” “Work with other nations to decriminalize homosexuality”) makes it work, though. It’s a win for good writing. That it happens to be an accurate reflection of the Trump administration’s foreign policy… methods is of course mandatory.

    • posted by Jorge on

      That it happens to be an accurate reflection of the Trump administration’s foreign policy… methods is of course mandatory.

      In other words, I have absolutely no problems being charmed and inspired by President Trump’s gay rights methodology. Understand that it has its costs.

      President Trump on abortion, attacking UN projects seeking to assert a right to abortion: “Global bureaucrats have absolutely no business attacking the sovereignty of nations that wish to protect innocent life. Like many nations we believe… God.”

      On the right to bear arms: “There is no circumstance under which the United States will allow international interests to trample on the rights of our citizens including the right to self-defense. That is why… we will never ratify the UN… treaty.”

      Of necessity, the Trump’s administration’s advocacy of LGBTQ rights internationally will be constrained by his nationalist ideology. Is this truly the right way? Oppressive countries use anti-globalism and nationalism to justify persecuting L, G, B, T, and Q people. A stronger advocacy of the type an internationalist Democrat would pursue with global bureaucrats and UN treaties would be riskier in the short run, but might be stronger in the long run. I don’t believe that (I really don’t); it is an alluring possibility.

  3. posted by Mike and David on

    How many nations will actually decriminalize homosexuality as a result of the President’s speech? We ran into a similar situation when the Obama administration supported the decriminalization of homosexuality.

  4. posted by Mike and David on

    “We affirm the right of all people to live in dignity.”

    Well, unless you are black or Jewish. Apparently, the President refers to such people as “savages”. But I am sure the pro-personal responsibility conservatives will quickly insist that the president is not to blame.

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