Bill Clinton shouts out LGBT community in DNC speech


Toward the end of his 40-minute speech, Bill Clinton highlighted his wife Hillary’s famous quote, “Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights.”

“She makes the same declaration on behalf of the LGBT community,” Clinton said during the second night of the Democratic National Convention.

He weaved his narrative of romance and raising a family over her resume of advocating for prekindergarten and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The theme of the night was “A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families.”

Clinton also touted Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State, saying she put climate change at the center of her foreign policy and negotiated the first agreement in which China and India agreed to commit to reducing carbon emissions.

In a move that appeared calculated to quash Republican attacks that Hillary will be a weak president because of her weak marriage to a philandering husband, Clinton spent the first 15 minutes on vignettes of each time he asked Hillary to marry him.

The first time, he had taken her on a trip to London, her first time abroad. But she said no because she wanted to focus on her career. She was busy with social justice work the next time he proposed. The third time, Clinton decided to get a bit wonky, talking to her about the young Democrats in the 1970s.

“They mean well and they speak well, but none of them are actually good at doing things to change people’s lives,” he recalled telling her.

Hillary switched to the Democratic Party in college because she opposed the Vietnam War and supported Civil Rights.

Over their years together, Clinton said he’s seen Hillary become “the best darn change maker I ever met in my entire life.”

He said someone could “rope her into any trouble spot, come back in a month and somehow she’ll make it better.”

Clinton closed his speech on a note of inclusion, telling immigrants and Muslims, people who Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump routinely disparages, that they are valuable Americans.

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