July 3, 2017 at 9:33 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Gay-organized Trump rally draws just 18 attendees
Make America Great Again, gay news, Washington Blade

Just 18 people turned out for a weekend pro-Trump event. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

A total of just 18 people turned out on Saturday, July 1, for a Make America Great Again Free Speech Rally on the Ellipse section of the National Mall near the White House that was organized by Gays for Trump President Peter Boykin.

Boykin and several others who spoke at the rally said they were certain that each of those attending the event represents thousands of others, both gay and straight, who are conservative, loyal Americans that deeply believe Donald Trump will provide the leadership needed to get the nation back on track.

“Make American Great Again is not just a political slogan,” Boykin told the gathering. ”It’s an American one which has been shared by many great people in this nation no matter what their race, gender or sexual orientation.”

Boykin and others who helped organize the event promoted it as a nonpartisan rally for free speech but made it known that most of those expected to speak would be Trump supporters, although others would be welcome to speak. As it turned out, only Trump supporters spoke at the event.

Ronald Reagan first coined the phrase Make America Great Again during his 1980 campaign for president, Boykin pointed out. He noted that Bill Clinton also used the Make American Great Again slogan in his 1992 presidential campaign.

“It makes me proud when I hear those words and to live by that code and to not only attempt to MAGA for me but to MAGA for everyone,” Boykin said. “For if we truly Make America Great Again then we can bless the world in MAGA, which is to make the earth great again.”

With temperatures soaring into the upper 90s, Boykin and some helpers set up a small stage with four loud speakers in front of a small tent decorated with American flags and two rainbow flags. With the White House and the national Christmas tree as a backdrop, the rally took place on a mostly empty Ellipse, which is large oval field with grass but no trees.

Boykin and at least one other speaker gave several reasons for the small turnout.

“It’s not that people didn’t want to come out,” Boykin said. “A lot of people said they would love to but they just couldn’t afford it. It’s the Fourth of July weekend and a lot of people also spend time with their families,” he said.

He also speculated that Washington, D.C. has become a place “where a lot of people don’t want to spend time,” partially because “there is a lot of bickering, a lot of in-fighting going on, not only the Democrats, the liberals, … but also among the Republicans.”

Don Lime, who identified himself as a radio talk show host from Monterey Bay, Calif., who recently moved to D.C., said he believes the low turnout was due, in part, because conservative activists – he being among them – are pleased with the job Trump is doing as president.

“I’ll shoot you straight. We don’t have a lot of people here. But I’ll tell you why,” he told the gathering from the stage. “It’s because when you’re ahead and when you’re winning you can stop everything. You just quit fighting because you’re winning every day. Every day has just been a win here, a win there, a win everywhere,” he said in referring to Trump’s accomplishments so far.

Lime, who is black, said he has been criticized since moving to D.C. by the political establishment who he said sometimes can’t comprehend why a black person could support Trump.

“I decided to become a conservative once I found out the truth that the media was tricking us and the Democrats had control for 30 to 40 years,” he said. “As a black person I realized I was being hoodwinked. What I mean is they thought that welfare is a good thing – absolutely not,” he said.

“They wanted black people sometimes, not all, but a lot of black people, they just want us to sit around and get benefits and give them votes,” he told the rally. “So I decided to give them a vote. I gave them a vote for Trump, a great leader.”

Lisa Christiansen, whose resume describes her as a motivational speaker, writer, author, and creator of two charitable foundations, delivered a 50-minute keynote speech at the rally describing, among other things, how she came to believe Donald Trump would be and is becoming a highly successful president.

She told of her upbringing and early childhood in Tahlequah, Okla., the capital of the Cherokee Nation, where she was born and where she did not learn to speak English until she was 10 years old.

Years later, she told of her first meeting with Donald Trump in 2009 during a group visit to Trump Tower, the New York City residence and offices used by the Trump family before Donald Trump won election as president.

She said she was “so impressed” with Trump as a businessman at the time of her meeting with him that when she learned six years later than he planned to run for president she immediately understood he would be best suited to lead the nation at that time.

Others speaking at the rally included Los Angeles conservative activist and former Air Force officer Jack Cummins, who called it a “true blessing” that Trump has become president. Cummins criticized Democrats for calling on the U.S. to advance democracy throughout the world.

He said the U.S. was not founded on democracy but was founded instead as a “constitutional republic.”

“Don’t say we need to advance democracy,” he said. “Say we need to advance liberty.”

In concluding remarks as the rally drew to a close, Boykin – amid cheers from the attendees – said he was tired of being told that only Democrats support LGBT rights.

“I’m proud to be a gay conservative for Trump,” he said. “I am not against LGBT. I am not against transgender.”

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

  • Albert Ross

    Quisling convention goes down in flames.

  • Culture Club Warrior

    Well, that’s certainly embarrassing for them. Almost as many people as Trump’s inauguration, though.

  • Kathy11


  • Chuckles Hotzenpfeff

    And they were just there because they were promised head from Larry Craig with his teeth out.

  • lnm3921

    Boykin’s a troll and an idiot! Don’t you just love the way Trump supporters keep spinning things like the fake POTUS? Only 18 show up yet they each represent thousands! Would that be your coal miners waiting for a return in growth to their long dead industry instead of learning new skills for modern jobs like everyone else is expected to do?

    Their desperation to seem relevant is pathetic!

    • BigGaySteve

      I was at gettsyburg that day with a korans, bacon and a lighter counter antifa’s plans to burn flags, but they didn’t show up. If cops wouldn’t have done anything for burning flags, antifa would be sperging out over burning korans.

      • lnm3921

        Were you with the Alt right wearing pointed white hoods and christian conservative right-wingers burning rainbow flags and patrolling bathrooms to keep trans women from using the ladies room?

        Were they beating you with bibles the moment they heard you lisping and saw you flaming to pull the gay out of you? When will they strap you in the gurney and give you that electric cow prong up the ying-yang as conversion therapy?

  • Henry Van Gog

    These people really are a special kind of stupid. Winning? Trump’s popularity has never been so low….yet it will go lower. How is that winning?

  • FAEN

    Wonder if Vichy Kate was there.

  • dwsNY

    What a dumb f***. A “constitutional republic” is a TYPE of democracy, you goddamn idiot. Those are adjectives, not descriptions of where ultimate power resides.

    • Brooks Austin

      I feel like they only hate the word democracy because it starts with the same letters as Democrats which is very childish of them.

    • Hobart Smedley

      Anytime someone makes that “constitutional republic” vs. “democracy” argument, I know I’m dealing with a certified ass-hat on a momentary journey out of his or her little Tea Party echo chamber.

  • MS

    These people are certifiably nutty!

  • AllupinWard4

    Ms. Christiansen was 10 until she learned English?? I call bullshit. I grew up near Tahlequah. She may have been raised in a Cherokee-speaking home but I know she knew English before she was 10. She spews alternative facts like her hero, Mr. Trump.

  • carrotcakeman

    Anti-gays have claimed for years they “have gay friends who do not want equality.” “Milo” upped the ante by claiming to be gay himself while portraying anti-gays’ worst stereotypes of gay men. Why should we believe any of them are genuinely LGBT? Anti-gays and other right-wing nuts always lie. Does anyone know any of those “gays for…”?

  • D Young

    Did the Liar-In-Chief supply that number? There he goes again– overestimating his crowds. I count eleven and a speaker.

  • Mark Cichewicz

    TO Everyone who commented, THANK YOU your comments made my day. I feel bad for the ones who attended the over rated event. Since they didn’t get the memo I’ll tell you what mine said. Trump plans on doing nothing for you, never did, never will, clean up your mess on the way out.

  • woodroad34

    Oh, yeah… so deeply ‘loyal’ they didn’t show up. They’re so desperate to get their numbers up… it’s called ‘reality’ gents; no one likes you; they really, really don’t like you.

  • 2patricius2

    A friend and I traveled from St. Louis by bus, to attend the Equality March. Tens of thousands of others gathered there as well. After the March, we visited the Pride festival and Newseum, and attended an event at the Museum of African American History and Culture. Then we spent three more days meeting with aides at the offices of our Republicant Congresscritters, and Democratic Senators, and visiting other sites and memorials and museums. DC is a wonderful place to visit, whether the Administration is Democratic or Republican. Boykin can give any excuse he wants for the tiny turnout for his event. But if he really believes his fantasy explanation, he is not fooling anyone but himself,

  • Robert Muniz

    Maybe there are fewer fools than I originally thought. Then again…

  • dzerres

    Wow, what a bunch of losers. “We are winning”? What have you won, what accomplishment has Trump actually achieved in the last 5 months? Not ONE bit of legislation – the rest were all EO’s which he criticized when Obama signed his. As for a black conservative and a gay conservative, well, I guess there are self-loathing fools in every crowd. I bet if you look close enough there were some SS concentration camp guards who were also Jewish. Never fails and doesn’t make it right.

    • EastCoastJ

      Why do you think a group of Muslims in Manchester would plot together to set off a nail bomb at a childrens’ concert ?? How can you defend that ?

    • EastCoastJ

      And how can you defend the new Dachau and Auschwitz set up by Muslims in Chechnya (for gay men) ? Yet…you agreed with Hillary Clinton to allow three million more Muslims in the U.S. ?? How self-hating are you ?

    • EastCoastJ

      Also, the fat gay dude who set the Arizona gay youth center on fire probably DID think they were unfair to him when he “aged out” of its programs and they refused further assistance. He might be wrong in feeling slighted, but again…it’s not what you claim (that he attacked an organization that has nothing to do with him).

  • Gary Jordan


  • Mark Schulte

    18 is half a dozen more than the sorry gang of 12 anti-Trump ragamuffins who got arrested in front of the Stonewall during the NYC Pride parade!

  • Robin Stone

    Ha, reminds me of a “Muslims against terrorism” rally.

  • The Beagle

    18? impressive. I didn’t think there was such a thing as A Gay for Trump?

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