Why LGBT community should back Trump

Story highlights

  • 49 people were killed and more than 50 injured in a shooting in an Orlando club on Sunday
  • Christopher Barron: Hillary Clinton is desperately wrong about the threat facing our country

Christopher R Barron is a conservative strategist based in Washington, D.C., and the former co-founder of the LGBT advocacy group GOProud. The views expressed are his own.

(CNN)On Sunday, everything changed for LGBT people in America. The terrorist attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 dead, was not simply a hate crime. This was not two gay guys getting roughed up by young hooligans incensed at seeing two men holding hands. This was an act of war.

This act of war was perpetrated by an adherent to radical Islam -- an ideology that seeks the extermination of LGBT people worldwide. For LGBT people in this country, the stakes could not be any higher -- or any more personal.
Christopher Barron
For LGBT Americans, this election won't be about bathrooms or who will bake our wedding cakes. No, this election will be about which of the candidates for President is willing to stand up and fight to defend our very right to life itself.
    In the wake of Sunday's attack, we heard from both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Only one of those two candidates spoke forcefully and passionately about defending LGBT Americans. Only one of those candidates seemed 100% committed to protecting us from terrorists who seek to murder us simply because of who we are -- and that candidate was Donald Trump.
    Before Trump, Republican nominees shied from using the phrase LGBT on the campaign trail. In contrast, Donald Trump more than said the word, he promised action:
    "Our nation stands together in solidarity with the members of Orlando's LGBT community. They have been through something that nobody could ever experience. This is a very dark moment in America's history. A radical Islamic terrorist targeted the nightclub, not only because he wanted to kill Americans, but in order to execute gay and lesbian citizens, because of their sexual orientation.
    "It's a strike at the heart and soul of who we are as a nation. It's an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want, and express their identity. It's an attack on the right of every single American to live in peace and safety in their own country."
    Clinton seems to fancy herself as the Cher of politics for LGBT Americans -- an ally, an advocate and an icon. The truth is that she only became an ally of LGBT Americans once it became politically advantageous for her to be one. It's hard not to conclude that her evolution from Defense of Marriage Act supporter to marriage equality advocate had more to do with her ambitions than any deep-seated beliefs.
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