Donald Trump has already shown the world how nasty he can be when he engaged in a very public feud with Rosie O’Donnell. Each week on his show as arrogantly fires celebrities, it is clear that Trump is a man who loves power and the ability to wield it over others. I was hardly surprised to find that power for trump means asserting all of his privileges over marginalized bodies. Trump is considering a run for the president in 2012, proving that the Republican options can get worse.
After indicating to the Des Moines Register that he will compete in next year’s Iowa caucus should he decide to seek office, Trump was questioned on his stance concerning same sex marriages.
“They should not be able to marry,” the Celebrity Apprentice star asserted.
Trump also admitted that he hasn’t developed a “fully formed” opinion on extending medical and civil benefits to gay couples, but he added: “As of this moment, I would say no and no.”
The TV personality has suggested that he will announce his final decision on whether to launch a presidential bid in the coming months. (source)
It seems that Trump plans on running on the I hate gay people platform. If there was truly equality in this world, no one would be able to run for a public office and proudly spout this kind of hatred. He is isn’t just against same-sex marriage, he basically calling for a ban on all rights for gay people. From his commentary, he isn’t even doing it on religious grounds (not that would make what it said less wrong), his incentive is pure power and upholding his straight privilege.
This is not the first time we have seen such hateful rhetoric from someone who identifies as Republican. What I would like to know is how a man who has had so many marriages, feels like he has the right to arbitrate the relationships of others? It cannot possibly be because he values the supposed sanctity of marriage. Just like many rich, White heterosexual males, Trump is just interested in having another group beneath him in the social stratification. Gay people getting married or having things like medical benefits would in no way effect his life, but the fact that this would be a large step towards having the personhood of lesbians and gays respected and actualized, is more than his desire for power will allow.
From where I sit in the armpit of Canada otherwise known as Niagara Falls, I can do little to combat Trump. I don’t wish to interfere in an American election but I see no reason to support such a homophobic bigot. The one thing that I can do it is to stop watching The Apprentice. I am sure that if enough people did this, his show would get canceled. Even though this would not directly hurt him, the idea of such a person having such a large platform with no respect for the rights of others galls me. If a shoddy reality show where he feigns concern for charities while promoting big business and clear hatred of the GLBT community is all he has to offer, I see no reason to spend five seconds of my life, bothering with him in any regard. Donald, I suspect that this time, you are the one who will be fired.