That's according to the awkward AP write-up, which like all left-wing coverage of European Jews and gays working for right-wing parties, fails to meaningfully address why they're doing it. Because when you bring an ideology into Europe that believes in killing Jews, gays and a whole range of other people, eventually its victims will react by supporting anyone willing to stop the Jihadimmigration train.
"Faced with the current threats, particularly from radical Islam, gays have realized they'll be the first victims of these barbarians, and only Marine is proposing radical solutions," said Kelvin Hopper, 25, a gay artist who lives in a hipster district of Paris and plans to cast his ballot for Le Pen.Or well... any solutions. Holding vigils and condemning murder is not a solution. Stopping it is.
While nobody knows how far Le Pen's supporters will carry her in the April 23-May 7 vote, several years of polls have shown the National Front is now more popular with the LGBT voters who make up 6.5 percent of the French electorate than it is with straight voters.
That the constituency once reviled by the party is buoying it suggests populism has taken root in France more deeply than previously thought.
Is not wanting to be murdered really populism? That's a really low bar.
Shortly after recordings emerged in which the U.S.-born attacker who killed 49 people pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, Le Pen declared "how much homosexuality is attacked in countries that live under the Islamist jackboot."Is not wanting to be murdered by Muslim terrorists Islamophobic?
Although some critics have accused her of opportunism, the rebranding work has paid off.
French polling firm IFOP says its surveys show a "constant progression of the National Front among the gay electorate" since Marine Le Pen took over. At 16.5 percent, the proportion of gay, lesbian and bisexual people supporting the party last fall was 2 percentage points higher than its share of straight voters, according to the firm's research.
"There is a large risk that the Orlando killing exacerbates an anti-Muslim sentiment among sexual minorities, all the more so because they have shown for several years to be more and more responsive to the security and anti-immigrant discourse of the National Front," the study says.