That brings us to today, and Trump’s announcement that his latest ban expansion will also include an “ideological test for admission to the country that would assess a candidate’s stances on issues like religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights.”
Beyond the proposal’s underlying bigotry and significant logistical issues, there’s a real case to be made that Trump and his running mate, as well as plenty of others in the GOP, wouldn’t themselves past such a test.
Pence and Trump oppose women’s right to choose, funding for women’s health programs, equal pay, and paid family leave, all while supporting profiling on the basis of religion and promoting additional policies that discourage pluralism. And then there’s Pence well-documented support for discrimination against LGBT individuals and the fact that Trump just last week attended a so-called “religious freedom” conference with radical anti-LGBT activists who, among other things, consider HIV and AIDS a punishment from God.
Plus, Trump himself has opposed marriage equality, implied he’d appoint anti-LGBT justices to the Supreme Court, said he supports for North Carolina’s anti-LGBT HB2 law, and assured the anti-LBGT Faith and Freedom Coalition, “I’m with you 100%.”