After nearly a full day passed following Log Cabin Republicans’ endorsement of President Trump for re-election in 2020, neither Trump himself nor his campaign has issued a public acknowledgement of the LGBT Republican group’s support.
Trump — who’s never shy to brag about his support on Twitter — has said nothing about Log Cabin on social media accounts, nor has the Trump campaign. The Trump campaign also didn’t respond to multiple requests from the Washington Blade to comment.
Log Cabin declined to endorse Trump in 2016. Cited as reasoning for the 2020 endorsement, which was announced in an op-ed for the Washington Post, was Trump “taking bold actions that benefit LGBT community.”
The op-ed downplays an anti-LGBT record that includes a transgender military ban and administrative actions undercutting LGBT rights in the name of “religious freedom.”
In contrast to Trump, Romney in 2012 signaled public appreciation for Log Cabin’s support, even though as a candidate he backed a U.S. constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage throughout the country.
“Gov. Romney is pleased to have the support of the Log Cabin Republicans and looks forward to working together for the future of our country,” Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul said at the time.
Charles Moran, a Log Cabin spokesperson, said in response to a Blade question on whether they privately obtained a response the Trump campaign was involved with Log Cabin in the process leading up to the endorsement.
“We had multiple meetings with senior campaign officials at HQ in Arlington before we started this process and they were enthusiastic,” Moran said. “We discussed coordinating volunteer efforts, media surrogates, political priorities and messaging for the LGBTQ community. We walked them through the endorsement process, and once it became clear the endorsement would pass, we informed them how we would be communicating this to our membership, stakeholders and the public. Throughout this process, they were welcoming of our support, were desiring of our endorsement and offered technical assistance if needed.”
UPDATE: In a statement first given to the Washington Examiner, a conservative news outlet, the Trump campaign responds to the Log Cabin endorsement without explicitly acknowledging the organization.
“President Trump’s policies are working for all Americans, and this is more proof that the American people recognize his successes,” said Trump campaign national press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.