Donald Trump Said "LGBTQ" Very Slowly During His RNC Speech & Twitter Noticed
In his speech accepting the Republican nomination on the final night of the Republican National Convention Thursday, Donald Trump said the letters "LGBTQ" very slowly, and the audience definitely noticed. Viewers took to Twitter immediately pointing out Trump's bizarre cadence when it came time to speak the abbreviation commonly used for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. It's possible, of course, that Trump slowed down his delivery just to make sure he got the abbreviation right; after all, this was probably the most important speech of his life to date. Why not get everything, but especially the single passage focusing on gay people, right?
According to a draft of the speech obtained by Politico earlier Thursday, the passage in which the abbreviation appeared twice read:
Trump may also have slowed down because he was adding the "Q," which didn't appear in the draft. Still, people noticed and took the slowdown as an indication of either a lack of familiarity with the term or discomfort with it:
The fumbling, forced way Trump says "LGBTQ" you'd almost think he had never said the acronym out loud before— Claire McNeill (@clairemcneill) July 22, 2016
Trump needs to practice saying "LGBTQ" a few more times I think— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) July 22, 2016
You can tell Trump gets real nervous when he has to spell out LGBTQ. #RNCinCLE— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) July 22, 2016
He doesn't even sounds comfortable saying "LGBTQ"— Feminista Jones (@FeministaJones) July 22, 2016
Twitter users also pointed out that violence against LGBTQ people is as common in the U.S. as elsewhere:
encouraged by beliefs like those expressed in the Republican party's newly adopted platform, which supports discrimination against gay people.
you mentioned LGBTQ targeted in Orlando, but what about the fact they can still be FIRED or denied housing bc of their sexuality? #RNCinCLE— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) July 22, 2016
It's too bad protections for LGBTQ folks were literally stripped from the Republican Platform. So much for equality, huh?#RNCinCLE— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) July 22, 2016
Trump, a New Yorker, was actually the most LGBT-friendly of all of the candidates in the 2016 Republican primary field and possibly the most gay-friendly Republican candidate ever, according to MSNBC. Trump also made a point, when delegates cheered in response to the LGBTQ paragraph of his speech, to thank the crowd for their positive response, and his adult children nodded in the audience.
Still, Twitter users were not encouraged by the difficult Trump seemed to have getting the letters out, as though he had never said them before. It's hard to convince LGBTQ people that you care about their safety when you have trouble naming them and are the nominee of a party who would strip them of their rights.