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Trump to become first president to speak at anti-LGBT hate group conference

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The President is set to speak at the Values Voters Summit in Washington DC.

Friday the 13th is one of the scariest dates on the calendar, especially as this year it falls in the month of Halloween, so it seems like the perfect time for Donald Trump’s visit to the Values Voter Summit this Friday.

The Values Voter Summit is a conservative conference, taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC over three days. The event is renowned for attracting far-right activists and white supremacists.

It’s also organised by the Family Research Council, who are designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Trump will be the first sitting President of the United States to address the summit, taking to the stage on Friday morning.

“Last year, [Trump] spoke to the Values Voter Summit as a candidate – this year, it will be as the 45th president of the United States,” confirmed Tony Perkins, the President of the Family Research Council, in a press release.

Perkins also commended Trump for being ‘allied’ with Values Voter, after “8 years of relentless assault on the First Amendment”. Personally, we think there’s a difference between the freedom of speech, and the freedom to be a hateful bigot.

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Other attendees that are set to take the stage include Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, who has a history of homophobic comments; Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who once said gay sex is “the same” as having sex with a cow; and Steve Scalise, who’s anti-LGBT and anti-gun control, despite being recently injured in a mass DC shooting, and saved by a lesbian police officer.

So the president will be in good company, then.

This will be Trump’s third trip to the conference, but his attendance this time around is made all the more alarming by his status as President of the United States.

Following his recent hesitance to condemn the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville and his history of attendance at the event, we can assume Trump won’t be attending to talk about equality and how we can tackle discrimination.

Words Jamie Dixon

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