Hillary Clinton hammered the Trump administration’s rollback of LBGT protections Thursday night, urging advocates to voice their opposition at the polls during the 2018 midterms elections.
“We have to face the fact that we may not ever be able to count on this administration to lead on LGBT issues,” the former Democratic nominee said during a speech at a fundraising event for The Center, a community LGBT organization in New York City.
Clinton singled out the Trump administration’s February directive revoking Obama-era protections for transgender students, with the Justice and Education Departments telling schools to disregard memos instructing them that preventing students from using bathrooms that aligned with their sexual identity would violate federal law.
The 2016 Democratic nominee added that if LGBT advocates wanted to see progress from the federal government, they needed to focus their efforts on the next round of congressional elections.
“Let’s remember 2018, the midterm elections," she said, later adding that winning elections was "the only way to to make it clear where our country stands" on LGBT rights.
In the meantime, the former secretary of state said that it was pivotal for Democrats and LGBT advocates to continue to support groups that brought out "the best of America values."
"We need to resist, insist, persist and enlist and make sure our voices and our votes count," she said. "So we’re going to keep fighting together side by side for equal rights. And we’re going to make sure that nobody turns the clock back on what we’ve achieved as Americans.
Clinton spoke Thursday after accepting The Center’s Trailblazer Award.