December 3, 2020 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Trump won’t commit to accepting election results

csplit

BY CHRIS JOHNSON  |  Hillary Clinton took a more aggressive approach in her final debate with Donald Trump on Wednesday, while her opponent made waves by signaling we wouldn’t accept the results on Election Day if she wins.

During the debate at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Trump said in response to whether he’ll accept the election results that he’ll “look at it at the time” — an indication he won’t concede the election if he loses, as polls predict — and “keep you in suspense.”
“If you look at your voter rolls, you will see millions of people that are registered to vote — millions, this isn’t coming from me — this is coming from Pew Report and other places — millions of people that are registered to vote that shouldn’t be registered to vote,” Trump said.

That memorable and unprecedented moment of the debate was followed by a strong rebuke from Clinton, who said she was “appalled” that a presidential nominee from a major U.S. party might not accept the election results.

“So that is not the way our democracy works,” Clinton said. “We’ve been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them. And that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election.”

Although moderator and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked no LGBT-related question during the debate, LGBT issues came up in passing several times in response to other questions.

On appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court, Clinton identified among her priorities justices who would uphold LGBT rights and marriage equality.

“I have major disagreements with my opponent about these issues and others that will be before the Supreme Court,” Clinton said. “But I feel that at this point in our country’s history, it is important that we not reverse marriage equality, that we not reverse Roe v. Wade, that we stand up against Citizens United, we stand up for the rights of people in the workplace, that we stand up and basically say: The Supreme Court should represent all of us.”

Trump brought up LGBT issues when seeking to attack the Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from countries that criminalize homosexuality. Pointing out that the foundation has accepted between $10-$25 million from Saudi Arabia, he said it took money from a nation that “push gays” off buildings.

“So I’d like to ask you right now, why don’t you give back the money that you’ve taken from certain countries that treat certain groups of people so horribly?” Trump said. “Why don’t you give back the money? I think it would be a great gesture.”

Despite Trump’s assertion, the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria has the reputation for throwing gay men from buildings, not Saudi Arabia (although being gay is indeed criminalized there).

Clinton, who never responded to Trump’s call to return the money, defended her family’s foundation by citing its accomplishments, including ensuring access to HIV/AIDS medication in countries where it otherwise wouldn’t be available.

“The Clinton Foundation made it possible for 11 million people around the world with HIV/AIDS to afford treatment, and that’s about half of all the people in the world who are getting treatment,” Clinton said.

She also took a knock at the Trump Foundation by noting it paid for a six-foot portrait of Trump, adding, “I mean, who does that?”

In response to Trump’s criticism of her plan to increase the number of Syrian refugees in the United States, Clinton referenced Omar Mateen, the shooter who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., as she explained the refugees would be carefully vetted.

“That does not solve our internal challenges with ISIS and our need to stop radicalization, to work with American Muslim communities who are on the front lines to identify and prevent attacks,” Clinton said. “In fact, the killer of the dozens of people at the nightclub in Orlando, the Pulse nightclub, was born in Queens, the same place Donald was born. So let’s be clear about what the threat is and how we are best going to be able to meet it.”

in NEWS
Related Posts

Actor Elliot Page Announces He Is Transgender

December 2, 2020

December 2, 2020

Canadian actor Elliot page, previously known to fans as Ellen Page, announced on social media that he is transgender.  The...

LGBTQ Marching Band Performs During Thanksgiving Day Parade For First Time In History

November 29, 2020

November 29, 2020

The Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps, an LGBTQ marching band, performed during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade making it...

UPDATE: Only 14% Of LGBTQ People Voted For Trump

November 29, 2020

November 29, 2020

An early exit poll from the Edison poll, which surveyed 16,000 voters nationwide who said they identified as LGBTQ, had...

Restrictions In WeHo And LA County As COVID Cases Surge

November 29, 2020

November 29, 2020

The City of West Hollywood is getting the word out that Los Angeles County has announced it will be issuing...

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Comes Out As Bisexual- E.P.I.C Pride Show, November 25, 2020

November 26, 2020

November 26, 2020

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture. – Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Comes...

United Against Hate

November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

From Nov. 30th – Dec. 6th, Los Angeles County will participate in its inaugural “United Against Hate Week.” The week-long...

TOA Waters An LGBT Owned Business Opens

November 25, 2020

November 25, 2020

With so many LGBTQ businesses closing due to financial strain from the COVID-19 pandemic, TOA Waters opened this fall, offering...

Tubi Increases LGBTQ+ Programming

November 22, 2020

November 22, 2020

In a day and age where representation matters Tubi, a free streaming service, is currently offering a premium selection of...

COVID-19 Cases Surging In Los Angeles

November 22, 2020

November 22, 2020

As California surpassed one million COVID-19 cases as the rate of infections continued to rise across the country, Los Angeles...

Oreo To Announce Rainbow Oreos- E.P.I.C Pride Show, November 18, 2020

November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020

E.P.I.C Pride, Highlighting the latest LGBTQ news in Entertainment, Politics, International affairs, and Culture. – Oreo To Announce Rainbow Oreos...

#FreeBritney Rally

November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020

Fans of Britney Spears, one of the most popular pop stars in the world, performed at a Free Britney rally...

Call Of Duty Non-Binary Characters

November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020

The newest game and seventeenth installment of the Call Of Duty series, Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, a...

Transgender Day Of Remembrance

November 16, 2020

November 16, 2020

The International Transgender Day Of Remembrance will be held on Nov. 20th, 2020. Trans Day Of Remembrance (TDoR) is a...

28% Of LGBTQ People Voted For Trump

November 15, 2020

November 15, 2020

After a tense 2020 election exit polls are now showing that 28% of LGBTQ people voted for Republican President Donald...

Britney Spears Loses Conservatorship Battle

November 15, 2020

November 15, 2020

Legendary pop princess Britney Spears has been in a long and drawn out court battle to remove her father, James...