‘Your lies are killing us’: Protesters confront anti-LGBT religious leaders gushing over Trump
Protesters disrupted a press conference on Tuesday of religious leaders as they discussed their meeting earlier in the day with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, NPR reported.
Footage from the event posted by Newsday shows a woman telling the group, “Your hate is killing us. Your lies are killing us.”
"Your hate is killing us" second protestor interrupts evangelical press conference in NYC pic.twitter.com/xeyxkjCcqg
— Laura Figueroa (@Laura_Figueroa) June 21, 2016
Another woman asked Tony Perkins, who appeared at the press conference on behalf of the anti-LGBT Family Research Council, when his group would “take responsibility” for their rhetoric.
The advocacy group GetEQUAL took credit for the demonstration in a statement sent on Tuesday afternoon, identifying the protesters as the organization’s co-directors, Heather Cronk and Angela Peoples.
“The incisive hate-mongering of Donald Trump and right-wing religious ‘leaders’ is responsible not only for the massacre in Orlando, but also for the systemic violence that trans and queer people of color face everyday,” Peoples said in the statement. “That violence doesn’t just happen in the streets or at nightclubs — it happens in the legislative chambers where right wing politicians have passed over 250 bills restricting the rights of LGBTQ people and people of color.”
Perkins’ group helped arrange the meeting with Trump, during which he groused that “all of your leaders are selling Christianity down the tubes” and vowed to make Americans say “Merry Christmas” again.
Social conservatives want to support Trump, Perkins later said, “because they see the alternative,” a veiled reference to Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Mic.com posted footage of the press conference online, which can be seen below.