When New York City developer and reality TV star Donald Trump won the 2016 election, many LGBT politicos thought that beloved daughter and NYC sophisticate Ivanka Trump would intercede to protect LGBT rights. After all, Trump waved a rainbow flag and mentioned “LGBT citizens” during the GOP convention so there was a glimmer of hope he might listen to this self-professed LGBT ally.
LGBT references were quickly erased from WhiteHouse.gov and the rollback of LGBT/HIV/AIDS rights began.
Additionally, former press secretary Sean Spicer recently revealed that those precious LGBT words were uttered to avoid convention opposition from a specific delegate.
But still there was Ivanka, who tweeted on June 1, 2017: “I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.” Since then, that support has vanished.
Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner are now enthralled by evangelicals. Before the Monday, Aug. 27 White House state dinner for about 100 evangelical Trump worshippers, CBN reporter David Brody tweeted: “Don’t underestimate the role that Ivanka and Jared have played in the evangelical orbit. It’s been substantial. Evangelical leaders close to the WH have embraced them fully.”
Indeed, Ivanka was captured in photos with scores of anti-LGBT evangelicals, including pastor Jim Garlow of the Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego. Garlow organized a major Prop 8 rally in Qualcomm Stadium, featuring the cream of the Religious Right, James Dobson and Tony Perkins, and extremists like Lou Engle. Garlow calls LGBT people “satanic” and said same-sex couples seeking marriage equality “want to destroy the very image of God upon the planet. This is a demonic happening in our midst.” He believes that “sacred moment” at the rally was the reason Prop 8 passed.
Ivanka’s posing with Garlow thoroughly scotches any “friendship” with the LGBT community. It may impact her “compassionate” brand, as well. Garlow is a leader in the movement to neuter the IRS and allow pastors to preach politics from the pulpit. In Garlow’s case, that includes getting the government out of the health and welfare programs to stop “freeloaders.”
“I’m sorry for all the poor people who are on welfare, who are struggling, who are suffering and who are not ashamed of taking half of our national budget to buy Mars bars and Evian bottled water. But at the end of the day, ask yourselves why you’re poor,” Garlow said on the Janet Mefferd Today show. “Perhaps you have done something to deserve such a life, perhaps you’ve made mistakes. Bottom line – God doesn’t make mistakes and he sees everything. So, if you’re going through hardships and poverty and can’t afford medications, the man upstairs probably has a good reason for doing that.”
This is the new face of evangelical Christianity with which Ivanka Trump is happy to associate at a dinner celebrating “spiritual warfare.”