During Pride Month in 2016, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump promised to fight for LGBTQ communities if elected. Two years later, the president has once again failed to officially designate June as Pride Month in the United States. And while it isn’t surprising, it is infuriating.
Trump hasn’t been a friend to the LGBTQ community since his inauguration. Whether he’s scrubbing references to LGBTQ individuals from government websites or trying to ban transgender soldiers from serving in the military, his utter disregard for these communities has been on full display. Ignoring Pride Month is just one more example.
LGBTQ pride is celebrated every June in honor of the 1969 Stonewall riots. Over time, the event grew from a single day to a month-long series of events that includes parades, picnics, festivals, and concerts. It’s become an opportunity for the LGBTQ community to honor their contributions to history, as well as to remember those who’ve been lost during the ongoing struggle for equal rights.
Trump certainly isn’t the first Republican president who has declined to recognize Pride Month. Former President George W. Bush failed to do so during his two terms in office; however, Barack Obama quickly reinstated the tradition upon assuming the presidency.
Instead of recognizing Pride Month, Trump has spent the first days of June doing what he does best: tweeting.
He continued to downplay the Russia investigation:
He demanded that TBS, a private company, fire comedian Samantha Bee:
He attacked a U.S. ally:
He complimented himself:
He tried to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller:
He distanced himself from a former member of his inner circle:
And he criticized what he deemed “fake news”:
Trump’s silence on Pride Month in favor of his typical Twitter rants hasn’t gone unnoticed. But as The Washington Post pointed out, any recognition at this point would be “nothing more than a box ticked.” The LGBTQ communities deserve a president who actually cares — and unfortunately, they won’t find one in the current White House.