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Donald Trump accused of exploiting mass shooting at gay nightclub

HRC President Chad Griffin: ‘While the nation mourned, Donald Trump strutted before the cameras’

Donald Trump accused of exploiting mass shooting at gay nightclub
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Donald Trump was blasted at the Democratic National Convention for his reaction to to last month’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, led his address to delegates on Thursday (28 July) with some harsh words for Trump and his behavior after the nation was ‘rocked to its core by a senseless and hateful attack.’

The gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others at Pulse Nightclub.

‘While the nation mourned, Donald Trump strutted before the cameras, and exploited our national tragedy,’ Griffin said.

‘He had the audacity to tell the American public that he was the true champion for LGBTQ people in this race, and that our community would be better off with him in the White House. He even challenged his skeptics to, and I quote – “ask the gays.”’

Griffin said that since Trump asked, the president of the largest LGBTI rights group in the US would answer.

‘While Donald Trump has promised to legalize Kim Davis-style discrimination in all 50 states… Hillary Clinton has promised to sign the Equality Act into law.

‘While Donald Trump chose as his running mate a governor who tried to divert HIV funding in order to finance the abusive practice of so-called “conversion therapy”… Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is committed to stopping the spread of HIV, banning conversion therapy for minors, and ending the hate and violence our community still faces.

‘And long before Donald Trump struggled to read “LGBTQ” off a teleprompter last week, Hillary Clinton stood before the United Nations and boldly declared that gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights.’

Griffin also reminded Trump that the ‘community is as diverse as the fabric of our nation.

‘We are Muslim. We are Jewish. We are women. We are black, white and Latino. We are immigrants and we are people with disabilities. And when you attack one of us, you are attacking all of us.’

 

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