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For Pride month, Donald Trump, whose administration banned transgender troops and supports businesses discriminating against LGBTQ people for religious reasons, began selling rainbow merchandise with the money going into his coffers. Now, in time for Christmas, the Trump/Pence website is selling rainbow-colored "Make America Great Again" tees.
"Show your support for the LGBT community and the 45th President with this exclusive Make America Great Again Pride T-Shirt," reads the description for the shirt. Never mind that MAGA has become synonymous with rampant intolerance of marginalized people.
Last spring, GLAAD released a statement attacking Trump's attempt at gaslighting LGBTQ people with its Pride merchandise.
"As LGBTQ Americans are preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pride Month and the historic Stonewall riots, President Trump and his 2020 presidential campaign started selling an 'LGBTQ for Trump' t-shirt on their website," GLAAD wrote.
"The problem -- the Trump Administration is the most anti-LGBTQ in recent memory, issuing more than 108 attacks on LGBTQ Americans, in policy and rhetoric, since taking office -- with one attack coming just yesterday. In fact, Trump has yet to issue a statement honoring June as National Pride Month since the start of his administration."
The gall inherent in the Trump administration's attempt to fleece LGBTQ people has a long history. Although Trump promised to be better for LGBTQ people than Hillary Clinton during the lead-up to the campaign, he chose noted homophobe Mike Pence to be his vice president. Since taking office, the White House has consistently denigrated and endangered the lives of LGBTQ people.
Within days of his inauguration, the White House scrubbed its website of all references to LGBTQ people. Shortly after that, the White House rescinded protections for trans students. Trump then implemented a ban on trans people in the military, appointed anti-LGBTQ judges to the Supreme Court, and has said that he's OK with businesses discriminating against LGBTQ people on the basis of religion. Trump has also said he opposes the Equality Act, pending federal legislation to ban anti-LGBTQ discrimination nationwide.