(FeaturedNews.com) – Conservatives who have been pushing to boycott brands that have merchandise supporting the LGBTQ+ community and pride have been called hypocritical after Donald Trump’s Pride range of merchandise resurfaced online. In 2020, Trump released a line of rainbow-colored “Make America Great Again” t-shirts and caps in his campaign store so that people could express their “support for the LGBT community and the 45th president.”
The items resurfaced online after many brands recently received a lot of criticism and have been boycotted for their LGBTQ+ products. In the past few months, Bud Light has been boycotted following their partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney. Target also recently was criticized for its Pride Month merchandise and display.
While many experts have argued that these campaigns could help brands appeal to new markets, there is also the danger of more traditional customers feeling alienated. The most recent controversies have been the result of the culture war and are part of a broader debate about LGBTQ+ people being accepted in public life.
Trump has previously expressed support for the LGBTQ+ community. In May 2019, on the eve of Pride Month, he wrote that he acknowledged “the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great nation,” and pushed for his supporters to stand in solidarity with members of the community, many of whom live in countries where they are persecuted because of their sexual orientation.
However, many online have claimed that there is no hypocrisy and that their problem with other campaigns is that they were specifically targeting children.
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