Trump proclaimed on Thursday to commemorate World AIDS Day — and didn’t mention the LGBT community a single time.
“Today, on World AIDS Day, we honour those who have lost their lives to AIDS, we celebrate the remarkable progress we have made in combating this disease. we reaffirm our ongoing commitment to end AIDS as a public health threat,” Trump said in the statement, which was signed and released online.
“Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, more than 76 million people around the world have become infected with HIV, and 35 million have died from AIDS,” he added. “On this day, we pray for all those living with HIV, and those who have lost loved ones to AIDS.”
World AIDS Day was founded in 1988 and is marked every year on December 1.
Mentioning members of the LGBT community, who are primarily affected by the virus, was commonplace during President Barack Obama’s days in office — the same with President Bill Clinton.
“Certain individuals — including gay and bisexual men, black women and men, Latinos and Latinas, people who inject drugs, transgender women, young people, and people in the Southern United States — are at greater risk for HIV. We must target our efforts to reduce HIV-related health disparities and focus increased attention on highly vulnerable populations,” Obama said in 2015.
In 1993, Clinton wrote:
“Volunteers across America, members of local service organizations, church groups, gay and lesbian service organizations, and thousands of individuals have heard the summons to action and have given selflessly of their time and energy. Those who labour to hasten the end of this terrible epidemic deserve our deep appreciation and admiration.”
While Trump’s disregard of the LGBT community sparked outrage Thursday, he’s not the first president to do so. George W. Bush also left them out entirely during both his terms.
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