Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Sean Spicer's "The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President" reportedly talks about Trump's position on LGBTQ rights as a political compromise for the 2016 convention

Sean Spicer’s new book “The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President” reports that a backroom deal was made with Trump before the Republican National Convention in 2016 to modestly back LGBTQ rights in order to defeat a petition to remove Trump from consideration.
Sam Gillette reveals the details in a People Magazine interview.  Ironically, it was a Washington DC delegate named Sinners who needed to be won over.

But this has been called a sham, as Trump has surrounded himself with anti-gay appointments, including running mate Mike Pence, who at one time had advocated conversion therapy as a strategy for fighting HIV.  Pence denies he believes that now, but Trump once joked “He want to hang ‘em all”.

However Trump has made very strong statements that foreign enemies -- radical Islam -- have targeted gay people.  I wonder what he thinks of Putin's attitude and Russia's 2013 law. 

Trump has also taken down the LGBT page from the White House site, on the grounds that the White House does not need to recognized special groups.

The book, 256 pages, comes from Regnery Press, a conservative publisher sometimes associated with the Washington Times. 

Spicer gave in to Trump’s demands to misrepresent the crowd size on Inauguration Day.  He settled down to become more temperate in his press conferences.  OANN reporter, Trey Yingst, probably the youngest White House correspondent on record, often asked the most challenging questions, especially about foreign policy, in the briefings.

Spicer was the target of parody on Saturday Night Live in 2017, where he was played with a falsetto voice.

I wouldn't want a career predicated on repeated other people's positions and defending them in public. I state my own.

The book became available on Amazon July 24. 

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