A group called Gays for Trump is one of the lead organizers of supportive presidential rallies being held on Saturday in Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach, Va., Raleigh, N.C., New York City, Berkeley, Calif., Reno, Nev., and Las Vegas.
The largest event should be in D.C., where a rally at the Washington Monument will precede a march to the White House. Gays for Trump president Peter Boykin told the Washington Blade that the event is open to all but that "you will see a lot of rainbow flags."
The D.C. gathering will feature a performance by Joy Villa, a virtually-unknown singer who tried to make a name for herself by wearing a dress festooned with pro-Trump signs to last month's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
The pro-Trump rallies come at a conspicious time for the president, who was buoyed by a mostly well-received, if still xenophobic and lacking in details, speech on Tuesday. The next day, the Washington Post revealed Trump's attorney general, homophobic former Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, secretly met twice with the Russian ambassador and misled the Senate about such meetings; Sessions was forced to recuse himself from investigations into the Trump campaign's Russian connections and many Democrats called for the attorney general's resignation. Trump's vice president, Mike Pence, is facing his own scandal after it was revealed he used a private email server while governor of Indiana and was subsequently hacked.