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Trump says he will 'protect' LGBTQ Americans if elected

Donald Trump gets applause at the NRC for promising to protect the LGBTQ
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In a history making moment Donald Trump uttered the the acronym LGBTQ in his Republican nomination acceptance speech on Thursday night.

"I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology," Trump said, "Believe me."

This portion of the speech gave way to cheers and applause from the audience, apparently catching the candidate off-guard, "I have to say, as a Republican it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said," Trump said. "Thank you."

Many are criticizing Trump for being wishy-washy with the community. He said last April that transgender people should be able to use the restroom of their choice and that bathroom laws are a waste of taxpayers' money only to change that stance the very next day.

Trump has also said that he will nominate Supreme Court Justices who support overturning marriage equality.

The National Republican Convention was held in Cleveland from July 18 to 21. 

Among the most provocative stories to come out of that convening were talk-show host Laura Ingram's odd hand gesture which many are calling a Hitler salute and openly gay tech mogul and Trump supporter Peter Thiel's speech in which he said. "I am proud to be gay," and:

"When Donald Trump asks us to 'Make America Great Again,' he’s not suggesting a return to the past. He’s running to lead us back to that bright future. Tonight I urge all of my fellow Americans to stand up and vote for Donald Trump."