YouTube personality Kyle Kittleson is shaking up the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) blogosphere by expressing his support for Donald Trump -- and "not in an ironic way," either.
In a five-minute video, the Los Angeles-based Kittleson said he plans to vote for Trump, who he bizarrely praises as a "slightly crazy uncle who's a little behind the times, but still knows what's best." Kittleson, who previously worked as a marine mammal trainer at SeaWorld Orlando and hopes to host a television show focused on animals, may even donate money to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, citing the Republican's stances on infrastructure, immigration and LGBT equality.
"Long before Hillary Clinton supported gay marriage and gay rights, Donald Trump supported equal rights for everybody," Kittleson said in the clip. He also cites a 2000 interview in The Advocate, in which Trump emphasizes his support for workplace discrimination protections and "strong domestic-partnership law that guarantees gay people the same legal protections and rights as married people."
"Trump supported equal rights and equal protections for gays and gay couples," Kittleson said. "Granted, he didn't want it to be called 'marriage,' but he did advocate for unions with legal, equal rights."
He dismisses Trump's divisive remarks about the Latino community and women, saying, "I don't really think he hates anybody, at least because of their race. And the whole insulting women thing -- that's just a political play."
Kittleson insists he's gotten plenty of support from other LGBT people who plan to vote for Trump on social media since posting the clip on Oct. 25.
It's unclear whether or not Kittleson created the video, which currently has over 11,000 views, as a sincere endorsement of Trump. Still, he may want to re-examine Trump's more recent remarks on immigration and the LGBT community before he casts his vote.
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