Former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton cast doubt on the willingness of President Donald Trump’s administration to help LGBTQ Americans.
While giving a speech Thursday evening at a dinner for an LGBTQ community organization in New York, Clinton argued any progress made on LGBTQ issues “may not be as secure as we once expected.” She called out Trump’s administration for appointing outspoken opponents of LGBTQ rights to positions of power.
“I think we have to face the fact that we may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues,” Clinton said.
Clinton also spoke about the “terrifying accounts” of alleged abuse of gay men in Chechnya and called on the U.S. government to “demand an end to the persecution of innocent people across the world.”
The New York Times editorial board criticized Trump’s “record of empty talk” on LGBTQ rights earlier this week. During her presidential campaign, Clinton received the endorsements of several LGBTQ rights groups, including the Human Rights Campaign.
Watch a clip of Clinton’s remarks above.