Donald Trump attacked LGTBQ+ people during his speech from the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, claiming that “left-wing lunatics” are encouraging school pageants and unfair competition between women and transgender athletes.
“School prayer is banned, but drag shows are allowed all over the place,” Trump complained.
“You can’t teach the Bible, but you can teach kids that America is bad and that men can get pregnant,” she continued.
The president also briefly welcomed Riley Gaines, a former University of Kentucky swimmer who criticized University of Pennsylvania swimmer Leah Thomas, who is transgender, for competing in the women’s division.
“We’re going to keep men out of women’s sports,” Trump said in his speech, delegitimizing transgender athletes like Ms. Thomas.
On stage, Ms Gaines claimed it “takes brains, common sense and a fifth-grade understanding of biology to realize that this is grossly unfair”.
The swimmer had previously said she felt “extremely uncomfortable” about competing and sharing facilities with Ms Thomas, equating it to sexual assault in an interview with The Christian Post in July.
Mr. Trump narrowed his attacks on LGTBQ+ people into a broader critique of what he sees as a left-wing takeover of education policy that also includes critical race theory, an academic concept that is almost never taught in public schools below the university level. .
But Mr Trump said: “If federal bureaucrats are going to push this radicalism, we’re going to have to abolish the Department of Education,” to huge applause.
Elsewhere, Mr Trump’s CPAC remarks from Dallas ripped into Democrats such as Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.
“I’m going to go down and campaign against him as hard as anybody can,” Trump said of Mr. Manchin, prompting one of the biggest applause of the night.
The former president also claimed that Manchin, who is not up for re-election until 2025, promised not to vote against him during the impeachment process.
“I would never vote against you, you’re a great president,” Trump told the senator.
Mr. Manchin voted against Trump in both of his impeachments.
The independent reached out to Mr. Manchin for comment.
Mr. Trump also went after another moderate who had been seen as a potential roadblock to the Democrats’ social spending package, Kyrsten Sinema. In his speech, he hinted that he might attack her in her homeland as well.
“What happened to Manchin and Cinema?” Mr. Trump said. “What happened? We’re trying to figure out what the hell happened. Where did this new philosophy suddenly come from?”
The independent The Arizona senator has been reached for comment.