A gay-organized Trump rally drew in just 18 people on Saturday, reports the Washington Blade.
The Make America Great Again Free Speech Rally on the Ellipse section of the National Mall in D.C. was not the success Gays for Trump President Peter Boykin was hoping for.
“Make America Great Again is not just a political slogan,” Boykin told the few in attendance. ”It’s an American one which has been shared by many great people in this nation no matter what their race, gender or sexual orientation.”
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“It makes me proud when I hear those words and to live by that code and to not only attempt to MAGA for me but to MAGA for everyone,” said Boykin. “For if we truly Make America Great Again then we can bless the world in MAGA, which is to make the earth great again.”
The event was promoted as a nonpartisan rally for free speech, although it was made known that most of those expected to speak would be Trump supporters. Ultimately only Trump supporters spoke.
A small stage with four loudspeakers was set up in front of “a small tent decorated with American flags and two rainbow flags” for the rally.
Boykin tried to explain the small turnout.
“It’s not that people didn’t want to come out,” he said. “A lot of people said they would love to but they just couldn’t afford it. It’s the Fourth of July weekend and a lot of people also spend time with their families.”
The main speaker at the Gays For Trump rally gives his address: pic.twitter.com/m4QFnwK1e7
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Writes the Blade:
Don Lime, who identified himself as a radio talk show host from Monterey Bay, Calif., who recently moved to D.C., said he believes the low turnout was due, in part, because conservative activists – he being among them – are pleased with the job Trump is doing as president.
“I’ll shoot you straight. We don’t have a lot of people here. But I’ll tell you why,” he told the gathering from the stage. “It’s because when you’re ahead and when you’re winning you can stop everything. You just quit fighting because you’re winning every day. Every day has just been a win here, a win there, a win everywhere,” he said in referring to Trump’s accomplishments so far.
In his closing remarks, Boykin told attendees he was tired of hearing that only Democrats support LGBT rights.
“I’m proud to be a gay conservative for Trump,” he said. “I am not against LGBT. I am not against transgender.”