From the Archives: Cher on Trump in 2016: ‘Oh, Come On!’


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Cher has responded to Donald Trump’s pledge to “protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology” at last month’s Republican National Convention.

With Donald Trump again a contender for the US presidency, QNews updates a 2016 story about Cher’s response to his pledge to protect LGBTQ citizens.

First published August 25, 2016 by Staff Writers.

Update by Destiny Rogers December 28, 2023.

The original 2016 article

The singer’s response? “Oh come on!” she told MSNBC this week.

“He says those letters [LGBTQ] like a child that is just learning the alphabet. And then pokes his finger in the air for ‘Q’.”

“I mean he is the most disingenuous man I’ve ever seen. And I want to tell you: my people will not believe him for a minute.”

US lobby group Human Rights Campaign has reported Donald Trump has a “mixed” record on discrimination, and has been a “consistent opponent” of marriage equality.

Cher, who is on the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton, said she worries about what President Trump would mean for her loyal gay fanbase.

“I care for all Americans. America has been so great for me. I was a poor, poor child, I had dyslexia. Nothing would say that I would succeed in this country – and I did.

“And I fear for those [LGBTQ] people and not just because of my [transgender son Chaz Bono]. I fear what they will do to those people – to my people.”

Cher, who is a prolific tweeter and diehard Emoji enthusiast, has previously told her Twitter followers she’ll “move to Jupiter” if Donald Trump is elected President.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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