Two Of Trump’s Top Advisers Believe AIDS Is God’s Punishment For Homosexuality

Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen / Public Domain ; Facebook / Jenna Ellis

William James

President Trump appoints two top advisors who have expressed homophobic beliefs

Two of President Donald Trump’s top advisors have expressed belief that AIDS is the divine consequence for homosexual behavior.

  • Dr. Robert Redfield was appointed director of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2018.
  • Redfield’s previous work during the AIDS epidemic in the US during the 80s and 90s is controversial. He worked with W. Shepherd Smith, Jr. and his Christian organization, Americans for a Sound AIDS/HIV Policy (ASAP), who has expressed beliefs that AIDS was “God’s judgement” against homosexuals.
  • Redfield also wrote the introduction to the book "Christians in the Age of AIDS," co-written by Smith, where he denounced the distribution of sterile needles for safe injections and condoms to sexually active adults.
  • More notably, Redfield along with ASAP backed H.R. 2788, a House bill in the early 1990s that would’ve subjected people with HIV to testing and would’ve effectively quarantined them. He also supported “ABCs of AIDS” in Africa, which strove to prevent HIV spread through encouraging monogamy and abstinence, with safe sex only as the last resort.

President Trump has also recruited Jenna Ellis to work as one of his campaign advisors. Ellis is a right-wing news pundit and former constitutional law attorney who has expressed extreme anti-LGBTQ+ beliefs, according to Pink News.

  • The President was impressed with her television appearances, during many of which she expressed homophobic beliefs. Those beliefs include that gay and homosexual men have higher rates of HIV because “we cannot escape God’s moral law and His supremacy.”
  • Ellis has spoken out about the legalization of gay marriage as well, lamenting that the Supreme Court decision “told the LGBT community that their homosexual lifestyle was not just legal privately, but morally validated openly through government recognition and social celebration and therefore equally as valued as heterosexual unions.”
  • Ellis also attacked former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who is openly gay, writing in a Facebook post: “If Pete Buttigieg is going to invoke the name of his Creator, he should read for himself what his Creator says about homosexuality in the Bible. Truth doesn’t change, regardless of the culture or the Dems’ identity politics.”
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