Joss Whedon warns the US will murder gays under Trump the same as Chechnya

Famed director Joss Whedon has warned that gay people could be targeted in Trump’s America following reports that authorities in Chechnya are ‘purging’ the gay community. Early reports emerged last week that gay people are being targeted in the region, which is part of Russia but has substantial autonomy.

There is not much one can say about the clear and obvious derangement behind the statement by television producer Joss Whedon that gay Americans are as much at risk in America under President Trump as they are in Chechnya: the Russian state whose government has previously been criticised by Human Rights Watch for enforcing Islamic dress codes on women and which is now reportedly sending gay men to concentration camps. Not only is it insane to believe this is possible in America, there is absolutely no reason to believe that it is any more likely with Donald Trump in the White House. Trump has said that the issue of same-sex marriage is settled. Trump nominated openly-gay diplomat Richard Grenell for NATO ambassador. What evidence is there of a coming “purge” of gay people in America?

Yet this derangement continues. The (British-based) Pink Paper ran another story in which it alleged that the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court meant a “swing against LGBT rights”. But there is no rightward shift in the make-up of the Supreme Court. Gorsuch is more socially liberal than the late Judge Scalia, who he is replacing. The New York Times reported that there was nothing in his record to support a charge of homophobia and in fact gay friends found him supportive.

Nothing will be gained by peddling alarmist fantasies. It will make it harder to campaign against a second term by Trump though: at this rate, no one will believe a thing his opponents say during the next campaign.