The result of the interview left thousands of confused viewers wondering if one of Donald Trump’s sons had just come out on national television. [Spoiler: he hadn’t. But it was touch and go for a while.]
In an awkward “Fox & Friends” interview, Eric Trump claimed the LGBTQ community “loves” his father, but his clumsy claim left some thinking he had just come out on national television.
The Fox News morning crew read excerpts of a New York Times op-ed from a 50-year old Manhattan woman, Chris, who is “gay,” as Ainsley Earhardt said, but “doesn’t want to give her last name.” The LGBTQ woman praised Trump because her investments have increased in value and the price of gas has come down.
At the end, Eric Trump tried to capitalize on the opportunity of the moment.
It did not go well.
“Ainsley, that person’s there, I’m telling you I see it every day. The LGBT community, they are incredible, and you should see how they’ve come out in full force for my father every single day. I’m part of that community and we love the man and thank you for protecting our neighborhoods and protecting our cities,” Eric Trump said.
Eric Trump: "The LGBT community, they are incredible. And you should see how they come out in full force for my father every single day. I'm part of that community, and we love the man." pic.twitter.com/hl51ftW8l2— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 29, 2020
To some, it sounded like he had just come out.
But apparently he was – very clumsily – quoting some unnamed, likely hypothetical LGBTQ person.
Take a look at some of the comments.
eric trump coming out is not the birthday gift this homosexual wanted— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 29, 2020
that was not clear to me but i am happy to read a plausible explanation to make some sense of this— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 29, 2020
So is Eric apparently.— Aღanda (@GrnEyedMandy) September 29, 2020
“Thank you for protecting our neighborhoods, thank you for protecting our cities”… Does he think LGBT is some kind of law enforcement agency?— Lorne (@LornestoToledo) September 29, 2020
Or bisexual, I suppose.— Dave Littler (@DaveLittler) September 29, 2020
Eric can’t even pander to Democratic demographics correctly. What a dope.— Dems Were Right About This Years Ago (@flinderdude) September 29, 2020
I want to send him back— ← Left Coast Liberal (@C2CLiberal) September 29, 2020
Wow, heck of a way to come out of the closet 😹— Jen✍🌻🐾🐝 #PlanYourVote (@zookeeper125) September 29, 2020
Time to pander to anything they can right before the election. Where were they for the past 4 years lmao— Rob N Roll (@thegallowboob) September 29, 2020
For him, it's probably the Liquor, Guns, Bacons, and Tits version…— Christian Picard (@Christian_Pic) September 29, 2020
Written by David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement. Image: screencap, via NCRM.