Donald Trump Jr.'s Tweet About LGBT People Doesn't Fly With Melania's Anti-Bullying Campaign

April 14th 2017

Ethan Simon

Donald Trump Jr. is in hot water after writing a tweet that many people are calling out for being offensive to the LGBTQ community.

Donald Trump Jr.

He wrote a tweet Thursday in response to a Daily Caller article on LGBT students at Duquesne University and it was immediately met with massive backlash from other Twitter users.

People on Twitter were quick to call out the president's eldest son:

One person noted the irony of Trump's tweet, given the first lady's November comments condemning cyber-bulling.

The headline of the conservative blog references students' "fear" over the arrival of the Chick-Fil-A. However, it's worth noting that the student quoted in the piece, Rachel Coury of the university's Gay Straight Alliance, seems to indicate that she fears for LGBT students' sense of belonging on campus, not the restaurant.

“I’ve tried very hard within the last semester and a half to promote this safe environment for the LGBTQ community. So I fear that with the Chick-fil-A being in Options [an on-campus food fair] that maybe people will feel that safe place is at risk,” she said. Fearing for the comfort of fellow students is, of course, not the same as being triggered by a chicken sandwich, as Trump's tweet seems to suggest.

This isn't the first time Chick-Fil-A has been the subject marriage equality-related controversy.

The chain has been an outspoken proponent of "traditional marriage" for some time now after a controversy that erupted in late 2011 over the company's financing of anti-gay groups like the Family Research Council. In a 2012 interview with the Baptist Press, CEO Dan Cathy told reporters, "We are very much supportive of the family - the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that."

A Gay couple kisses in front of a Chick-fil-A

Soon after that interview, Chick-fil-A issued a statement attempting to smooth things over, saying, in part, "The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

But the company's donations to anti-gay groups continued throughout the controversy. Several cities even attempted to block Chick-fil-A from opening restaurants in their cities, like Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco.

This also wasn't the first time students protested an on-campus Chick-Fil-A.

Students have staged similar protests at the University of Nebraska, MiraCosta College, and Emory University. Time will tell whether the Chick-fil-A will be able to open on Duquesne's campus, but for now, Trump seems content with using the LGBT community as a punch-line.