April 20, 2018 at 3:43 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Thomas Roberts donates money from hosting Miss Universe to HRC

Thomas Roberts at HRC’s DC donor gathering (Screenshot via YouTube)

Journalist Thomas Roberts has announced plans to make a $25,000 donation to the Human Rights Campaign — indirectly from the pocket of President Donald Trump.

While accepting HRC’s Leadership & Visibility Award at its Maryland Summit on Saturday, Roberts reminded the audience that he emceed the 2013 Miss Universe competition in Moscow.

“In 2013, when I was working for NBC, I traveled to Russia with the president. He wasn’t the president then, he was just Donald Trump from ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ owning Miss Universe,” Roberts begins.

The former MSNBC anchor explains that he decided to host the event, “because I wanted people to know that members of the LGBTQ community are not a threat to you.”

His appearance earned him $25,000 but Roberts announced he wants to donate the money to HRC.

“Because of all the stuff that’s come out in light of the Russians, I don’t know whose money that is. So, I don’t want it. And not that I believe that it’s in any way bad money, because I thought at the time I was earning it for good intent. Because I wanted to show the stories of the LGBTQ community that was under this harsh spotlight by the Russian government. That really hasn’t changed. I earned that money for good intent and I’d like to donate that money to you [HRC],” Roberts says.

HRC has been spotlighting the persecution and torture of gay and bisexual men in the Russian republic of Chechnya with its #EyesOnChechnya campaign. 

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