Trump's LGBTQ remarks make splash on Facebook

Trump's LGBTQ remarks make splash on Facebook
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE's response to Republican delegates who cheered his call to protect LGBTQ rights generated the most attention on Facebook Thursday night.

During his speech accepting the party’s presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, Trump said that it was important to protect LGBTQ people from foreign actors who might wish them harm. That was met with cheers from the delegates gathered in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.

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“As a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said,” he ad libbed. “Thank you.”

That line, according to Facebook, was the top moment on the social media platform during his speech.

Google also said that there was a 15,000 percent increase in searches on Thursday night for LGBTQ, the acronym that Trump used during his speech. The acronym LGBT is more commonly used to refer to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In the acronym Trump used, the Q stands for queer, questioning or both.

The top issues discussed on Facebook during his speech — in which laid out a bleak assessment of the U.S. today and vowed to be a law and order president — were immigration, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and crime.

The convention’s four days were dominated at times by controversies that distracted from Trump’s message.

On Monday, it was revealed that some of the speech delivered by his wife, Melania Trump, was strikingly similar to one delivered by first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama attends Beyonce and Jay-Z concert in Paris Princes Charles and William refused to meet Trump: report Queen Elizabeth greets Trump for first visit to UK as president MORE in 2008. And on Wednesday, just as attention over the plagiarism was dying down, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWisconsin GOP Senate candidate rips his own parents for donations to Dems The Memo: Trump leaves chaos in his wake in UK Beto O'Rourke is dominating Ted Cruz in enthusiasm and fundraising — but he's still headed for defeat MORE (R-Texas) sparked an outcry among some delegates when he refused to endorse Trump, instead urging them to vote their conscience.

In total, Facebook said 27.9 million users generated 167.5 million interactions — what Facebook calls likes, comments, shares and posts — about the convention throughout the week, though the metric doesn't identify whether the interactions are in favor or against a particular topic.