My editor has received a letter of complaint. The SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh writes:
Dear Fraser, I read Douglas Murray’s blog on Friday “Where’s the proof that Donald Trump is homophobic?” with great interest. It’s fantastic to see the Spectator embracing the zeitgeist and embracing “post-truth” politics in its own right by now ignoring facts when publishing comment. I’m particularly happy to directly answer Douglas Murray’s questions, when he asked: “Where does this endlessly repeated claim that Donald Trump is so anti-gay as to make grown men cry actually originate? What is the source of the claim? Or the evidence?” The evidence is in an interview from Channel 4 News on Thursday 10th November, in which Johnathan (sic) Capehart, a “grown man”, broke down in tears when considering the impact of a Trump presidency would have on him. Asked by Snow whether as a gay, black journalist America was still his Mr Capehart said: “That is a very powerful question Jon and it moves me almost into silence. The election of President Obama was a great moment for this country. And now we stand two months away from, excuse me, from all of that disappearing. And as an African-American, and as an American and a gay man, that scares me.” You can watch the whole interview here https://youtu.be/EgfbRHhFtMQ. These are the facts.
Allow me to interrupt Ms Ahmed-Sheikh for a moment. These are not ‘the facts’. Donald Trump does not become the world’s biggest homophobe because one gay man has cried about the idea of him being President. One gay tear does not reality make.
After all, anyone could do that. For instance, allow me to make a confession. When my editor sent me the above email I immediately realised that I was the victim of a homophobic campaign by the SNP. The only reason why Ms Ahmed-Sheikh has written criticising my recent blogpost is because I am a gay man. This realisation, the general tone of her communication and the fact that she went straight to my boss has in fact made me cry.