Politico is reporting that Donald Trump is attempting to dismantle Former President Obama's health care protections and policies geared toward protecting vulnerable citizens in the LGBTQ community. While campaigning Trump portrayed himself as a champion for the LGBTQ community, but now he is walking that back with a Health and Human Services (HHS) agency that is reversing many of the safety nets Obama's administration put in place.
Kellan Baker is a researcher from the John Hopkins School of Public Health who has worked for almost ten years alongside the HHS regarding LGBTQ issues.
Baker told Politico:
It’s only a matter of time before all the gains made under the Obama administration are reversed under the Trump administration, for purposes that have nothing to do with public health and have everything to do with politics.
Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2016
The media, non-profit organizers, and government officials spoke out against the Trump administration's attack on LGBTQ rights.
“…data are fundamental, especially to public health," said Baker, the @JohnsHopkins researcher. "The only way to have the evidence you need to prioritize and spend wisely to address disparities is to have data about those disparities." https://t.co/WGhG4FRRPu— Alex Howard (@digiphile) February 19, 2018
Donald Trump publicly pledged to fight for the LGBTQ community multiple times.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 19, 2018
Donald Trump also clearly planned with Mike Pence and evangelicals to wage war on that same community.
We must stand with our LGBTQ allies against this disgusting betrayal. https://t.co/BDY9sRUonn
Sadly, many people were not at all surprised:
I, for one, am SHOCKED ... shocked, I say ... that Trump isn't following through with a "promise". Very uncharacteristic.— Teejay (@notunremarkable) February 19, 2018
The *real* news will be when he DOES follow through with a promise. Wake me when that happens.
The day of Trump’s campaign when he announced he would be protecting LGBTQ people was a total facade. It had an ulterior motive. He followed up the statement of “protecting them” with “from that hateful foreign ideology”. He never cared about LGBTQ people. He just hates Muslims.— Nabeel Zazaian 🇸🇾 Levantine Habibi 👳🏽♂️ (@ThatKidZaza) February 19, 2018
You mean he used opportunities to use LGBTQ+ interests as a prop to make himself look better than he actually is.— DorkWing 🍑 (@dorkwing93) February 19, 2018
And this surprises you ? He's Flipped on everything he said while running except for the wall. EVERYTHING !!!— KennyKruger (@KennethalanKru1) February 19, 2018
SO THIS SHOULD SURPRISE NO ONE.
Voters are already planning what to do about this: