Trump’s LGBT Flag: Sincere or Insincere

On Sunday, October 30th, Donald Trump saw a rainbow flag swaying in the audience at a rally in Colorado. He asked to borrow the flag with the words “LGBT for TRUMP” displayed across the front to wave in front of the crowd. The Washington Times and The Huffington Post both addressed the truthfulness of Trumps actions. Even though each were based off of one event, the diction used was infinitely different. Along with the stacking off both articles. Readers perception would be on opposite sides of the spectrum if they only read one article and not the other. When reading The Washington Times article Donald is portrayed as an accepting individual; unlike The Huffington Post article where Trump is said to be “the most anti-LGBT person.”

When diving deeper into the story entitled “Donal Holds High the Flag for Gay equality” The Washington Times speaks of Trump in high regards. Giving readers the perception that he is the right canidate for presidency. The heading of the article is “The Republican nominee seeks to represent and serve ALL Americans.” Thus immediately influencing readers to believe that he is someone who would fight for everyone by using the word “ALL” in capital letters grabbing readers attention. The article starts off with saying he made history with holding up the flag for gay rights. While quickly stating “the political media barely noticed. Or maybe they did see it — but since it didn’t fit the narrative of what a Republican is supposed to look like they decided to ignore it.” Which is stacked at the beginning of the article so that people’s perception of the media will be that they make false accusations. The authors bias towards Trump becoming president is shown over and over again when he continually blames the media and how they have “failed” to report how “historic” this event was. The author chooses to only speak of how Trump has done nothing wrong in the past and that the only reason he is seen negatively is because of the media. At the end of the article he throws in a bash on Hillary by saying, “Hillary Clinton dangerously plans for open borders and has accepted millions of dollars from repressive regimes with a history of violence, discrimination and oppression against women, gays and minorities.” Which influences readers to ultimately think poorly of Hillary without hearing both sides. The articles bias towards Donald Trump is blinding. He repeatedly speaks of how he “proudly” held the flag with “a huge smile on his face.” Using the diction of positive words like these create a untrue view of who exactly Donald Trump is.

On a different stance, The Huffington Post portrays Donald as a liar who pretends to be supportive of the LGBT community. The bias comes immediately with the title of the article “Trump Bizarrely Displays Rainbow Flag Declaring ‘LGBT For Trump’ At Rally.” The diction used by saying “bizarrely” influences readers to question why he would hold this flag up for hundreds to see. They also used photo selection by picking the most idiotic photo of him holding the LGBT flag. The article starts off with the line “Here’s a spooky Halloween visual for you” portraying his actions as a joke and pretend. The article goes on with how “strange” and “impromptu” his display of acceptance was. Then they choose to quote him by saying, “I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology” which is immediately followed by “He has said that he would “strongly consider” appointing judges to overturn SCOTUS’ same-sex marriage ruling, and also stated that he opposes same-sex marriage as an institution.” The reason these quotes were put back to back was to show how untruthful he is and that no one can trust a word that comes out of his mouth. All throughout the article the image of Donald slowly crumbles into disgust. The authors bias comes through up until the last line where he puts, “Head here for more on why a vote for Trump is a vote against LGBTQ rights.” There is no discussion of if this author is for or against Trump. As well as how readers perception will change based on this piece. Donald is shown as someone insincere and how “flip-floppy” he can be.

In the end, both The Washington Times and The Huffington Post show their bias towards Donald Trump and his relationship with the LGBT community. The Washington Times chooses to represent Donald as an accepting man who is supportive of LGBT. They use diction to put blame upon other individuals and groups. Which alters the readers perception to see him as a victim rather than the enemy. Which could be consequential if people choose to base their reasoning for voting for Trump on what was said in the article. For the Huffington Post they chose to show him as a deceitful man who goes back on his word repeatedly. This article influenced readers to see him as someone who is untrustworthy and why he shouldn’t be our president. This impacts individuals decisions on who they will choose to vote for. If only one article is read and not the other then people’s perception will be skewed to one side or the other. Society should be shown all aspects of the decisions he is making and not just how a single bias party describes him.