Donald Trump vows to protect LGBT community

Sat. July 23, 2016 9:34 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

The Republican National Convention (RNC) ended Thursday in Cleveland with Donald Trump accepting the party's nomination.

In his record breaking 78 minute speech, Trump vowed to protect the LGBT community.

"Only weeks ago, in Orlando, Florida, forty-nine wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist," Trump told GOP delegates. "This time, the terrorists targeted our LGBTQ community. As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology, believe me."

In an interview on NPR, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, accused Trump of pandering.

"This is 2016," Griffin said. "We're beyond the time in our country where someone deserves praise for acknowledging that we exist and that we shouldn't be murdered. I think LGBTQ people across this country find it offensive the positions of the party that he represents, and because of his own positions. If his own positions weren't extreme enough, his choice of [Indiana Gov.] Mike Pence, who's truly been the face of anti-LGBT discrimination in this country really underscores just what he thinks of LGBTQ people and our rights."

Trump is "pandering for his own selfish, political advancement," he added.

Others who mentioned LGBT rights at the RNC included Peter Thiel and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

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