The Human Rights Campaign, a supposed LGBT advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., officially endorsed President Donald Trump’s impeachment Friday, which would, in effect, make Mike Pence president.
The organization’s official press release last week announced the group’s support for House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump, stemming from the controversy surrounding the president’s July phone call with the president of Ukraine, a call that had nothing to do with gay rights.
“The safety and well-being of our democracy is at stake,” HRC President Alphonso David said in a statement. “The U.S. House is right to launch a formal inquiry and investigate all others who may have played a role in these alleged crimes or were aware of them.”
These allegations are serious. @HRC supports a formal impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump. As @SpeakerPelosi said, no one is above the law, and that includes the President of the United States. https://t.co/ZdOQsd6oEC
— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) September 27, 2019
The impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats was sparked by a complaint from an anonymous whistleblower charging Trump with conspiring with the Ukrainian president to meddle in the next presidential election, charges invalidated by a declassified and unredacted transcript of the conversation between the two world leaders.
The latest move by the organization that claims to be the bulwark of gay rights comes at no surprise to those familiar with the group’s consistent unwavering support for the Democratic Party. The self-proclaimed gay rights group keeps “LGBT rights” scorecards for members of Congress and condemns Republican lawmakers as “anti-LGBTQ” for their positions completely unrelated to the group’s core mission, scoring them on issues such as immigration, health care, and abortion.
Scorecards aside, Trump has been one of the most gay-friendly presidents in American history, at no point being opposed to gay marriage during his presidency. In contrast, the left has vilified Pence as the administration’s most formidable “homophobe,” drawing on the vice president’s record as Indiana’s governor. But as the Washington Examiner’s Brad Polumbo points out, while Pence might not be as willing to openly celebrate pride by waving a rainbow flag as Trump has, Pence is certainly no homophobe, and a Pence administration is unlikely to be much different from the Trump administration in regards to gay rights. As vice president, Pence has even backed the current administration’s efforts to decriminalize homosexuality around the globe.
But of all the fearmongering among LGBT groups surrounding Pence, it’s ironic that the Human Rights Campaign would endorse the extreme measure of impeachment, replacing Trump with a President Pence.