It’s been two months since we last saw the Republican presidential nominee at his campaign rally in South Charleston.
In the meantime, the Republican nominee has spent much of the campaign telling voters to vote for him.
While South Carolina is considered one of the most important states in the presidential election, it’s also a hotbed of anti-LGBTQ activism.
The Southern Poverty Law Center recently named South Carolina as one of America’s most hostile places to LGBT people, with the hate crimes against the LGBT community increasing at a rate that the federal government could not keep up.
In August, the South Carolina legislature passed a bill that banned transgender people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
The Republican National Committee’s endorsement of Trump and his “Make America Great Again” slogan have been seen as a threat to LGBTQ people across the country.
But there is also a strong grassroots movement that has rallied around the candidate and his campaign.
And as LGBTQ South Carolinians celebrate their first anniversary in office, the candidates and their surrogates are using their platform to promote their own message.
On the campaign trail, Trump and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley have promised to repeal the law banning transgender people using the restroom that aligns with their gender identities.
In March, Haley said that Trump was the only candidate who could defeat the “gay agenda” and that his “transgender agenda” would be “a positive one.”
Trump has promised to build a wall on the southern border to keep undocumented immigrants out, build a monument to Confederate soldiers, and end the practice of interracial marriage.
In a speech on January 17, Haley told supporters that “our country needs the strongest leader that can bring us together and restore the dignity of all Americans, whether they be black, brown, yellow, red, green, yellow-eyed or white.”
At a campaign rally, South Carolina GOP chairman J.B. Pritzker promised to “send the strongest message to the American people that they have been rejected by their elected officials.”
And on January 26, the RNC endorsed Trump for President.
It’s clear that the Trump campaign understands that LGBTQ South Carolina residents are the most likely to vote Republican.
But while South Carolina has long been one of Trump’s strongest support areas, there are still many in the state who are opposed to his policies.
As the RNC’s endorsement has gained traction in the last two months, it has also gained momentum in other states.
In Ohio, a Republican state, a federal judge has ruled that the state’s anti-discrimination law is unconstitutional.
In New York, Republicans are working to pass a bill to nullify a landmark Supreme Court ruling that struck down a law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing.
Trump’s continued success in the South has given LGBT activists hope that he can win over the state and win the presidency.
But even if Trump does win South Carolina, he will face resistance from Republican state legislators in other key battleground states.
If South Carolina becomes a swing state in the November elections, it will have the most anti-transgender laws in the country, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality.