GREENSBORO – President Donald Trump spent a lot of time in the North Carolina to secure a win in the swing state. There was certainly an enthusiastic base of support for the unconventional candidate, and some of that support itself was unconventional within the context of the Left’s caricature of the ‘typical’ Trump voter.
Peter Boykin, co-founder of Gays for Trump, is one North Carolinian that certainly dismantled that caricature, and now he is running to unseat an incumbent Democrat in District 58 of the N.C. House.
““I’ve been telling people that in order to make change in the GOP and make sure we are making America great again we have to get involved,” Boykin told Triad City Beat. “It’s important that we get involved in midterms when voting is so low.”
Boykin and his husband David Smith, who is black, became fixtures on the 2016 campaign trail by showing up at Trump rallies wearing red MAGA hats and “Gays for Trump” shirts featuring a rainbow-themed stars and bars motif that flipped the assumption about who Trump supporters were supposed to be.”
Boykin organized a ‘March 4 Trump’ rally in 2017 and is planning another for this year. At the 2017 rally, Boykin pushed back against the specter of ‘Fake News’ and called extreme liberalism a ‘mental disorder.’
“We’ve got to fight against fake news,” he said. “We’ve can’t have people like Milo, who’ve done a great job, to be put down for something like that. It’s all fake news. We all gotta do our own research. We own this device in our own pocket. We can do research. We’re citizen journalists. We shouldn’t have to fight against whatever little crap they put in our minds. We’re having to fight against what I call ‘gay zombies’ and far, far left liberals. Extreme liberalism is a mental disorder. Period. When you call someone from Gays for Trump like ‘Jews for Hitler,’ what are you talking about? You voted for somebody who likes radical Muslim terrorists that want to throw gays off buildings, but somehow the liberal LGBT wants to go for those people? What’s wrong with those people?… We’re out here fighting that insanity. We’re giving people the red pill every day. People like me, people like Milo, we tell the truth.”
As far as issues specific to North Carolina, Boykin espouses a conservative platform with gusto.
“Boykin said he’s still working on his platform, but the two issues he mentioned are undeniably Trumpian and not at all gay.
“We have a lot of news about proper gun control, and I want to ensure that guns are not taken away from people,” Boykin said. “I want to make sure guns are put in the right hands with the right training…. I believe there should be some armed protection in our schools.”
He also said he wants to promote voter ID, a measure that was part of an omnibus North Carolina election law that was struck down by the federal courts as unconstitutional.
“Just to make sure our voting system is correct in our counties I would love to push for a voter ID law,” Boykin said. “Knowing that I could type in my name in the election bureau, find my name, find my polling location, and go vote, it scares me. People could show up at the polls and vote in your name. Imagine what would happen if they bussed people in.”
The district Boykin is running in was part of the court-ordered redraw of legislative districts, so it is harder to gauge prospects based on party affiliation. Though, the Greensboro area typically leans Democratic.