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Next week, Donald Trump will issue his own Fake News Awards, going to the “most corrupt & biased of the Mainstream Media.”
Ahead of Trump’s stunt attacking the press this week, HRC is sharing 37 stories Donald Trump probably hopes you’ve missed from 2017 — the stories that outline his disastrous, dangerous first year.
Why 37 you ask? Because it aligns perfectly with his record-low 37 percent approval rating.
“Vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.” The Trump administration banned these words from multiple divisions of the Department of Health and Human Services’ budget documents, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
DESPICABLE: The Trump-Pence administration is prohibiting the CDC from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “transgender.” https://t.co/1trVPsvvKp
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) December 16, 2017
The group, led by Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, filed a brief in federal court in support of transgender service members. The brief argues “that banning transgender individuals from the military is unconstitutional, against the interest of national defense and harms the transgender community.”
3. Wall Street Journal: Top General’s View of Transgender Troops Is at Odds With Trump’s
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee he believes “that any individual who meets the physical and mental standards… should be afforded the opportunity to continue to serve.”
Defense Secretary “Mattis, who was on vacation at the time of Trump’s decision, only had one day’s worth of notice before Trump tweeted his announcement of the policy.”
During a press conference, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer invoked “states’ rights” when questioned about whether the guidance on transgender students would be revoked. (Spoiler alert: It was revoked).
An NBC News report in October found that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron” in a Pentagon meeting.
7. Washington Times: President Trump cancels sexual orientation questions on 2020 Census
The Census Bureau issued an alarming corrective statement, asserting it had “inadvertently listed sexual orientation and gender identity as a proposed topic in the appendix” of a bureau report. The correction suggests that plans for data collection for the 2020 census had included LGBTQ people, but the Trump administration has removed them.
The proposed budget cut $292 million from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR.
Army Secretary Mark Green removed himself from consideration after HRC worked diligently to expose Mark Green’s shameful anti-LGBTQ record and rhetoric.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) May 5, 2017
10. BuzzFeed: Why Didn’t Trump Mention Pride Month? We Asked 30 Times.
The Trump-Pence administration refused to acknowledge Pride Month, which previous presidents have embraced.
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) July 3, 2017
11. New York Times: Justice Department Says Rights Law Doesn’t Protect Gays
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed a brief seeking to undermine a growing legal consensus that LGBTQ people are protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Liar. Liar. Sean Spicer’s pants are on fire.
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) January 22, 2017
13. NJ.com: Senate panel dumps Trump nominee Scott Garrett
The Senate Banking Committee rejected Scott Garrett’s nomination on a bipartisan vote of 10-13.
— NJ.com (@njdotcom) December 19, 2017
14. Huffington Post: Trump Judicial Nominee Drops Out After Embarrassing Hearing
Matthew Petersen dropped out after a video of him failing to answer basic law questions went viral.
— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) December 18, 2017
15. New York Times Editorial: Mr. Trump’s Paper Towels Aren’t Helping Puerto Rico
16. ThinkProgress: Meet the 8 transgender candidates who won elections on Tuesday
In an incredible turnout of pro-equality voters, Americans across the country elected at
least eight out transgender people to office in November.
The Trump-Pence-McConnell plan would have caused insurance premiums to drastically rise and leave millions of Americans uninsured, with a particularly devastating impact on low-income senior citizens, women, children, LGBTQ people and people living with HIV.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 28, 2017
Trump proved once again that he stands with “alt-right” racists and anti-Semites.
Trump defends white nationalist protesters, says they include “some very fine people.” https://t.co/uzd732hCIw
— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) August 15, 2017
19. The New Yorker: Trump Abandons the Human-Rights Agenda
Just months into his presidency, it was clear that Trump was abandoning America’s long-standing legacy of defending and promoting human rights around the globe.
Several woman publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment and assault.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded Obama-era Title IX guidance related to schools’ obligations to address sexual harassment, including sexual violence–a move that will disproportionately impact LGBTQ people.
22. New York Times: Suburbs Rebel Against Trump, Threatening Republicans in Congress
Victories on Election Day 2017 spell trouble for Republicans.
23. Los Angeles Times: Military poised to accept transgender troops, despite Trump tweets, as courts block ban
Qualified transgender people who want to serve their country in the military were finally allowed to sign up openly after the Department of Justice decided not to appeal federal court rulings blocking Trump’s discriminatory transgender military ban.
Military poised to accept transgender troops, despite Trump tweets, as courts block ban https://t.co/AJa0JckTHc
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 26, 2017
24. CNN Analysis: Trump’s Russia defense in disarray
“President Donald Trump’s legal defense against Robert Mueller’s unrelenting special counsel investigation is beginning to look as chaotic as his early days in the White House.”
25. The Hill: Trump watches up to eight hours of TV per day: report
Who needs eight hours of work when you can watch eight hours of TV instead?
Trump’s presidency isn’t working out too well for his businesses around the globe.
27. Washington Post: Trump celebrates solar eclipse by looking up without special viewing glasses
28. New York Times: Trump Attacks Warriors’ Curry. LeBron James’s Retort: ‘U Bum.’
Trump used the power of his office to advocate for the suppression of voices of those fighting systemic racial injustice and inequality.
“Paul Manafort’s notes from a controversial Trump Tower meeting with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign included a mention of political contributions near a reference to the Republican National Committee.”
According to David Shambaugh, a professor of political science and international affairs at the Elliott School at George Washington University, “”It was all fluff.”
Sam Clovis withdrew from consideration to serve as chief scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) August 21, 2017
32. New York Times: Republican Shadow Campaign for 2020 Takes Shape as Trump Doubts Grow
“In interviews with more than 75 Republicans at every level of the party, elected officials, donors and strategists expressed widespread uncertainty about whether Mr. Trump would be on the ballot in 2020 and little doubt that others in the party are engaged in barely veiled contingency planning.”
33. Washington Post: Three former Trump campaign officials charged by special counsel
Rick Gates. Paul Manafort. George Papadopoulos. Remember those names.
“The president’s interview with Lester Holt exposed White House obfuscation, unethical interactions with James Comey, and circumstantial evidence that the FBI director’s termination was improper.”
35. The Atlantic: Donald Trump’s Own Words Become ‘Exhibit A’ Against Him
Trump shared in detail about the process of firing FBI Director James Comey in an interview with NBC.
— TheAtlanticPolitics (@TheAtlPolitics) May 12, 2017
Jeff Mateer objected to a transgender student using a restroom consistent with her gender identity, saying “I mean it just really shows you how Satan’s plan is working and the destruction that’s going on.”
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HRC celebrated Danica Roem’s swearing-in to the Virginia House of Delegates as the next representative of District 13. Roem is now Virginia’s first out transgender public official and the nation’s only out transgender state representative.
“Delegate Danica Roem’s victory was a game changer, sending a clear warning to anti-equality lawmakers across the country that the days of attacking LGBTQ people to scare up votes are over,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “HRC was proud to endorse her candidacy and to mobilize around her campaign. Today, as she is sworn in to the Virginia House of Delegates, Danica Roem is giving hope to LGBTQ people — especially transgender young people– all across this country. We congratulate Delegate Roem on this historic achievement and look forward to working with her to advance equality for all Virginians.”
En route to her historic victory, Roem unseated former Delegate Bob Marshall, who had a vicious, anti-LGBTQ record. In addition to working to make Virginia a more inclusive commonwealth for all, Delegate Roem is committed to moving Virginia forward by passing non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, improving affordable access to health care, updating the Virginia Human Rights Act to include gender identity and sexual orientation, and removing outdated, unconstitutional language on marriage equality that still exists in the Virginia code.
Working hand-in-hand with Equality Virginia, HRC worked aggressively in the commonwealth to get out the vote for Roem. HRC also worked to turn out the vote for Ralph Northam for governor, Justin Fairfax for lieutenant governor, and Mark Herring for attorney general — all of whom claimed victory in their respective races. HRC’s efforts were strategically targeted and included voters in all of the 15 legislative districts that elected new pro-equality candidates. HRC’s efforts more broadly targeted an estimated 185,366 LGBTQ voters and hundreds of thousands more allied voters in the commonwealth. The organization engaged fair-minded Virginia voters through targeted social media, emails, text alerts, direct mail, phone calls, door-to-door canvassing, and other crucial efforts.
HRC’s work in Virginia is part of a bold, proactive grassroots expansion called HRC Rising — the largest grassroots expansion and earliest deployment of resources in its 37-year history. The campaign has already hired a dozen new staff to lead the effort, aimed at expanding and mobilizing its grassroots army of 3 million members to bolster pro-equality candidates and initiatives in key states across 2018. To get involved or learn more about HRC Rising, visit hrc.im/rising.Read more