Ahead of Grenell’s RNC Speech, HRC Launches New Video

by HRC staff

Post submitted by Lucas Acosta (he/him), former Deputy Director of Communications, Politics

The video comes ahead of a speech by Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence and the LGBTQ outreach liaison for the Republican National Committee.

Today, the Human Rights Campaign launched a new video on the Trump-Pence administration’s abysmal record on LGBTQ rights and the Trump campaign’s attempt to lie to voters. The video comes ahead of a speech by Richard Grenell, former acting director of national intelligence and the LGBTQ outreach liaison for the Republican National Committee.

The video, entitled “Liar Liar”, brings together a litany of lies told by Donald Trump and his allies throughout his administration. From lies about crowd sizes at his inauguration to the lies about his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the video reminds people Donald Trump and his allies are not to be trusted, especially when they say he’s an ally of the LGBTQ community.

“Donald Trump lies and lies and lies. And while the LGBTQ community knows that, and knows of the hundreds of attacks by the Trump administration over the last three and a half years, we must remind our allies what is at stake,” said Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “This video highlights a predilection and philosophy of lies under Trump, and reminds voters of the progress we can expect from a Joe Biden administration. Now, we must make sure to do everything possible over the next 69 days to ensure we elect a pro-equality ally in the White House.”

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In the 2018 midterms, HRC mobilized our grassroots army of 3.2 million members, supporters, and volunteers to work on behalf of pro-equality candidates and engage pro-equality voters primarily in six key states: Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. This unprecedented grassroots mobilization worked to recruit and train volunteers, register and mobilize voters and grow the organization's political organizing efforts in order to pull the emergency brake on the hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda of the Trump-Pence administration and elect a Congress that would hold them accountable.

In 2020, our engagement and mobilization efforts have only deepened. In addition to our expansive volunteer network, HRC will have at least 51 full-time staff in seven priority states (Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin) and an additional 26 staff focused on a second tier of states. While in person organizing has been limited by the COVID-19 pandemic, HRC has embraced digital organizing, launching a new tool called TEAM allowing our broad network of volunteers and steering committees to engage their networks personally and hundreds of virtual phone banks and text banks to engage pro-equality voters even without the ability to interact in person.

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