Gay Republicans woke up Wednesday to a dream that became reality.
Donald J. Trump is the 45th President-Elect of the United States of America.
“Trump spoke to the American people and addressed their concerns,” said Eric Gilbert, a Boca Raton financial advisor. “Rather than saying ‘I am with her,’ Trump’s message was, ‘I am going to be working for you.’”
Trump worked his way through 16 other Republicans to capture the party’s nomination. The New York businessman then defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the general election, with, at last count, 279 Electoral College votes.
“Tonight, America chose change over the status quo, the future over the past, and conservative solutions over empty liberal promises – America chose Donald J. Trump. Log Cabin Republicans extends our hearty congratulations to the President-Elect of the United States!” reads a news release from Log Cabin Republicans.
The national organization for America’s premiere gay political conservative organization did not endorse Trump during the election, but quickly reversed course in Tuesday’s aftermath.
“We’ve had our occasional differences with Mr. Trump throughout his unique campaign for our nation’s highest office, but Log Cabin Republicans never hesitated to offer praise when it was due,” the news release reads. “Mr. Trump’s unprecedented and repeated overtures to ‘the LGBTQ community’ were invariably lauded by our organization and we look forward to seeing those words turn into action in a Trump administration. We likewise stand firm in our unwavering commitment to working with our country’s President-Elect to ensure the historic advances in LGBT freedom we have fought for and secured will continue.”
Trump’s path to the White House was aided immensely by winning Florida and its 29 electoral college votes. Trump edged Clinton by 119,770 votes in Florida, winning 58 of the state’s 67 counties.
In Democratic heavy Broward, Trump was able to cut into the margin enough with the help of the local chapter of Log Cabin Republicans.
Andy Eddy, a longtime Log Cabin member, was humble in victory, telling SFGN, “we are neither winners nor losers but patriots in a very unique and diverse family of inspired volunteers focused on creating positive change for all who see a vision of making America greater than ever regardless of who we are and where we live.”
Another Broward LCR member, James Driscoll, echoed Eddy’s comments and said he looks forward to Trump following through on his campaign promises.
“Yes, Donald Trump will build that wall, and he will tear down Obamacare,” said Driscoll. “Our first priority must be to protect and improve access to HIV care and treatment in the coming re-organization of our healthcare system.”
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Driscoll said he has supported Trump’s candidacy from day one.
“For the first time America will have a President committed to defending the rights of women and gays wherever they live on this planet. Universal human rights, no exceptions for medieval theocracies,” Driscoll said.
For Gilbert, Trump’s ability to recognize the pain of every day Americans was the key to his success.
“How often do we talk about ourselves rather than listen to what the other person needs,” Gilbert said. “It is time we become united as a country. Let’s pray Trump will be able to move manufacturing back to the U.S. and lower taxes on corporations so they don’t move abroad again.”