Critics slam DeSantis campaign for sharing an anti-Trump ad targeting LGBTQ rights

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign is under scrutiny for sharing a video highlighting his record of opposing LGBTQ rights and criticism of former President Donald Trump’s previous support for the same.

Context: The video, shared by the DeSantis War Room on the final day of Pride Month, contrasts clips of Trump pledging to protect LGBTQ citizens and even welcoming transgender women in Miss Universe with DeSantis’ record of signing anti-trans laws.
* The video includes headlines regarding DeSantis’ strict policies concerning the LGBTQ community, as well as negative commentary on his actions.

Public Reaction: This move has sparked backlash from within the Republican party, LGBTQ politicians on both sides of the aisle and the nation’s largest conservative LGBTQ group.
* The Log Cabin Republicans, a group advocating for LGBTQ conservatives, labeled DeSantis’ rhetoric as “homophobic”, “divisive and desperate”.
* The campaign video has been criticized as both homophobic and homoerotic, producing confusion about its intended message and broad purpose.

Trumps and DeSantis on LGBTQ rights: While portrayed as a supporter of LGBTQ rights in the video, Trump’s administration rolled back multiple protections for the LGBTQ community during his term.
* Both Trump and DeSantis have opposed transgender women participating in women’s sports and providing gender-affirming care to minors.
* DeSantis has signed multiple bills rolling back protections for the LGBTQ community in recent years.

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