Ohio – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says President Donald Trump is setting a poor example for the world on human rights and protecting LGBTQ individuals.
“This White House is literally a bully pulpit,” Biden told a group of about 700 people Saturday at a fundraising dinner for the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy organization.
“It’s callously extending its power over the most vulnerable, implementing discriminatory policies like Muslim bans, turning away asylum seekers, putting children in cages,” Biden said. “And the current vice president uses religious freedom as an excuse to license discrimination.”
Biden’s speech at Ohio State University’s Ohio Union was his first visit to the state as a presidential candidate. While there, Biden criticized how Trump’s GOP administration has rolled back policies protecting transgender people.
Biden also recounted the 2012 “Meet the Press” interview when the vice president supported same-sex marriage – when most politicians were advocating for civil unions and President Barack Obama was “evolving” on the topic.