The Republican Presidential hopeful made the comment at a rally in Council Bluffs Iowa, where he was launching an ‘Iowa Christian Conservatives for Trump’ coalition. “Raise your hands, Christian Conservatives”, with most of the audience putting their hands up”, Trump says, then he went on: “Raise your hand if you’re NOT a Christian conservative… I want to see this, right.” he candidate appeared surprised when a couple of people did actually put their hand up. He said: “That’s… oh, there’s a couple people, that’s all right. I think we’ll keep them, right? Should we keep them in the room?” It follows a similar incident earlier this year where Trump ‘joked’ about ejecting a mother with a crying baby.
On September 23, Trump confirmed he would sign the so-called First Amendment Defence Act, which bans the government from taking any “action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognised as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.” The broadly written law would effectively legalise all discrimination against LGBT people in all sectors – from employment to retail to healthcare – as long as the person discriminating claims it was due to their religion.