The Company Donald Trump Keeps: Potential Members of Trump’s Cabinet

Donald Trump’s anti-Washington rallying cry has been again outed as utterly bogus: NBC reports that, if elected, Trump would stock his cabinet with Washington insiders, all men, who have spent their careers spouting anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. According to NBC, the conservative Heritage Foundation is helping to vet names in the terrifying event of a Trump presidency.

Here’s a look at Trump’s “outsiders”:

  • Newt Gingrich: Former House Speaker Gingrich (circa 1989-1995) opposed the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, asserting, “First, as [Chief Justice John] Roberts warns, there are now no limiting principles to the establishment of new legal relationships and rights across a wide range of behaviors. He specifically notes polygamy as the next opportunity.” Gingrich has also said that people choose to be LGBTQ, in the same way that people can “choose to be celibate.”
  • Reince Priebus: Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, oversaw the passage of the most overtly anti-LGBTQ Republican platform in history. It lays out opposition to marriage equality, supports adoption organizations that refuse to serve same-sex couples, vigorously endorses the anti-LGBTQ First Amendment Defense Act, includes affirming language about so-called “conversion therapy,” and calls for legislation to prevent transgender people from using public accommodations that align with their gender identity.
  • Michael Flynn: A retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General,  Flynn launched a vile attack on transgender people during his speech at the Republican National Convention. He said: “War is not about bathrooms. War is not about political correctness or words that are meaningless.” Watch the terrifying clip here.
  • Jeff Sessions: Sessions, a U.S. Senator from Alabama for almost two decades, opposed the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling, saying, “What this court did was unconstitutional, I don’t think they had the power to do what they did…there’s nothing in the Constitution that requires such a result…” Sessions voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and is a cosponsor of the so-called First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), legislation that could allow Kim Davis-style discrimination against LGBTQ people across the nation. Sessions also voted against repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
  • Chris Christie: New Jersey Gov. Christie laughed about his veto of legislation that would have streamlined the process in his state for transgender people to change the gender marker on their birth certificates, saying the measure was ‘beyond the pale.’ He opposes marriage equality, saying “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman.”
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