Trump surrogate defends anti-LGBT GOP platform: It 'isn't hostile' like gay nightclub massacre
Jeffrey Lord speaks to CNN (screen grab)

CNN contributor Jeffrey Lord argued Thursday that Donald Trump's support of the Republican Party platform was not as "hostile" to the LGBT community as last month's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.


"Trump has said he's going to be a better friend to the gay community," CNN host Ana Cabrera reminded Lord, noting that the Republican Party platform "opposes same-sex marriage rights, backs efforts to restrict bathroom rights to birth gender, supports parents right to choose so-called sexual conversion therapy for minors and currently protects businesses who refuse services to gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs."

"Does this fly with Donald Trump?" she wondered.

"Well, sure," Lord insisted. "I think Donald Trump is very much a traditional guy. I mean, he's got his positions on this staked out."

"This doesn't mean hostility," the Trump surrogate added. "There's a difference between saying that you want bathrooms to be men and women -- and that sort of thing -- and being hostile here."

He continued: "I mean, heavens, we just had this terrible, terrible situation in Orlando where somebody who was devoted to radical Islam, which is quite hostile -- I mean, seriously hostile to gays -- went in and murdered 49 people in cold blood. I mean, we do have to have a sense of proportion here."

Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast July 14, 2016.