This all grows out of Trump's baffling adoration of Vladimir Putin and his Russian kleptocracy. Why can Putin and Russia do no wrong in Trump's eyes?
To this end, The Boston Globe published an excellent article yesterday with the title "Five big, unanswered questions about Trump and Russia" (link here).
This excerpt is right on the money: "Why has Trump taken such a conciliatory approach to Vladimir Putin’s illiberal regime? Trump has never clarified what he expects to get from Moscow. What exactly does the United States need — and need so badly that Trump would go out of his way to praise Putin?"
And also: "Without a clear realpolitik explanation for Trump’s Russophilia, it’s hard to silence questions about whether he’s actually motivated by something else. Hidden business ties with Russian oligarchs? A close adviser who’s been compromised? Even blackmail inside the White House? There is no clear and straightforward explanation for Trump’s behavior toward Russia."
It's no secret that Vladimir Putin is a major enemy of LGBT people everywhere. He openly discriminates against and persecutes LGBT people in Russia with draconian laws and police actions. For that reason, given Trump's adoration of the Russian autocrat, the friend of my enemy is my enemy.
The very fact that Trump adores Putin should be at the top of every LGBT person's list about why Trump cannot be trusted. No amount of upside-down rainbow flag waving can hide the fact that Trump adores a near-dictator who thinks LGBT people are subhuman.