Log Cabin Republicans Board Member Resigns After Group Endorsed Trump Last Week
A board member of the Log Cabin Republicans resigned this week due to the organization’s recent endorsement of President Donald Trump for re-election in 2020.
Jennifer Horn, who was the former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party, joined the Log Cabin Republicans national board of directors in 2017, believing it to be a “principled” organization at the time.
Even though traditionally, the group of LGBTQ Republicans endorses members of its party for president, they refused to do so in 2016 for Trump, due to strong divisions between its members in favor of and in opposition to doing so, Politico reported at the time.
Horn joined the LCR in 2017, after the decision not to endorse was made but also following Trump’s election win. At the time, according to a press release from the group when she joined the board of directors, she said, “It is a privilege to join so many accomplished, dedicated Republicans as we continue to work toward equal rights for all Americans.”
But following the controversial decision by the board last week to endorse Trump for a second term, Horn sent a letter to the group announcing her departure from it.
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“There is no world where I can sit down at the dining room table and explain to my children that I just endorsed Donald Trump for president,” Horn said, according to the Washington Post. “It is contrary to everything that I have ever taught them about what it means to be a good, decent, principled member of society.”
The LCR made its endorsement based off of Trump’s commitment to “end the spread of HIV/AIDS in 10 years,” as well as a few other issues, such as opposition to the criminalization of LGBTQ individuals in other nations.
But that wasn’t enough for Horn, who said the president’s behavior was not demonstrative of someone the group should get behind.
In her letter of resignation from the group, she explained Trump’s “verbal assaults against women, immigrants, elected members of Congress, party members who do not agree with him on policy or principle and his willingness to stoke racial anger and unrest in order to advance his own political ambitions” were part of her reasons to not personally endorse him again.
And on the LGBTQ front, the “efforts to roll back civil rights protections through the DOJ” also worried her.
Horn said she is not the only person within the organization to have vehement views against endorsing the president. She is the first within the Log Cabin Republicans to publicly speak out about their public endorsement last week.