'Cocked or Decocked' — NYT's Maggie Haberman Exposes Donald Trump's Transphobic & Anti-Gay Rhetoric

Saturday October 8, 2022
Originally published on October 2, 2022

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Does it surprise anyone that Donald Trump was transphobic and anti-gay during this tenure at the White House? The Daily Beast reports that in her new book "Confidence Man," New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman reports Trump was a "boorish homophobe obsessed with sexuality and appearing masculine—often to the horror of his aides—and details a number of instances, over the course of decades, when Trump's true colors shone through."

In one of the more sensational pieces of reporting, Haberman recounds an incident while the ex-President was preparing a debate against Hillary Clinton in 2016 with his advisor Reince Priebus. The topic turned to same-sex bathrooms with Priebus playing the role of a female transgender student asking Trump if they could use the girl's bathroom.

"In playing the role of a female transgender student, Priebus asked Trump whether this hypothetical student could still use the girl's bathroom.

"Without missing a beat, Trump said he had a question," Haberman writes. "Cocked or decocked?" Trump asked.

The group assisting Trump offered a "blank stare" and were taken aback.

"Decocked?" an unspecified individual in the room responded.

"Trump then began making 'a chopping gesture.'

"'With cock or without cock?' he said."

Haberman continues that at that point his advisers realized "Trump wanted to know if the imaginary student had transitioned and undergone bottom surgery." Asked why it would matter, Trump shot back: "What if a girl was in the bathroom and someone came in, lifted up a skirt, and a schlong was hanging out?"

Throughout her book Haberman points out how Trump often used homophobic slurs, according to employees of the ex-president. "They also recalled Trump mocking gay men, or men who were seen as weak, with the words 'queer' or 'faggot.'"

The Daily Beast adds: "Trump also tended to bully those who were gay, not to their faces. Instead, behind closed doors.

"In particular, former Trump Organization executive Alan Marcus said Trump would 'belittle' another executive that Trump believed was gay as a 'queer' and 'bragged that he paid the executive less.'"

Haberman added that Trump also have strange obsessions over whether or not specific people both inside and outside his orbit were gay. He cited for an example Jason Miller, one of Trump's key advisors. "Trump deemed that the latter 'likes the ladies,'" writes the Daily Beast.

"Trump, according to the book, further said of Miller: 'You know how sometimes someone turns out to be gay later and you knew? This guy, he isn't even like one percent gay.'"