Hillary Clinton issued a one-word response after Donald Trump asked
to be shown anyone who is a better
friend of gay people than he is. Trump was previously a lukewarm
supporter of LGBT rights, but has changed his stance repeatedly during the campaign in a bid to appeal to the broad Republican base. The presumptive Republican
Presidential nominee has recently opposed transgender rights, pledged to appoint justices to repeal equal marriage, and come out against federal anti-discrimination protections.
But Trump – who claimed in a speech this week after the Orlando massacre that a victory for Hillary Clinton would lead to the mass murder of gay people across the US – has repeatedly claimed this week that he is a “friend” of the LGBT community. Asking a rhetorical question in an interview, he had said: “You tell me: who is better for the gay community and who is better for women than Donald Trump?”
Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton responded in just one word. Taking to Twitter, she wrote: “Hi.”
The former Secretary of State has near-unanimously swept up
endorsements from national LGBT
organizations, many of whom point to her comprehensive manifesto of
detailed LGBT policies. Trump does not appear to list a single policy on LGBT rights on his website. Clinton also released a video highlighting Trump’s fluid stances on equality.
Speaking about the terrorist attack
earlier this week, Clinton said: “I join Americans in praying for the victims of the attack in Orlando, their families and the first responders who did everything they could to save lives. “This was an act of terror. Law enforcement and intelligence
agencies are hard at work, and we
will learn more in the hours and days ahead. For now, we can say for certain that we need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad. That means defeating international terror groups, working with allies and partners to go after them wherever they are, countering their attempts to recruit people here and everywhere, and hardening our defenses at home.
It also means refusing to be
intimidated and staying true to our
values. “This was also an act of hate. The gunman attacked an LGBT nightclub during Pride Month. To the LGBT community: please know that you have millions of allies across our country. I am one of them. We will keep fighting for your right to live freely, openly and without fear. Hate has absolutely no place in America.”
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