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Former vice president Joe Biden pointed the finger squarely at Donald Trump and his administration for a string of transgender women murdered across the country.
“We’ve already had five, just this year, five black transgender women killed violently in 2019. It’s outrageous. It must, it must, it must end,” Biden said to applause, speaking over the weekend at a gala dinner in Ohio put on by the Human Rights Campaign, a LGBT advocacy organization. “And the fastest way to end it is end the Trump administration.”
Aside from his overall divisive rhetoric, Trump has been no friend to the LGBT community–and transgender Americans in particular.
He imposed a ban on transgender servicemembers from serving openly in the US military. Further, Trump would roll back Obama-era protection such that healthcare providers could simply decline to offer care to trans patients.
Chynal Lindsey, 26, a Black transgender woman, is most recent trans murder victim. She was found dead in White Rock Lake, Dallas, with signs of “homicidal violence” on June 1, according to police. The Dallas Police Department has reached out to federal law enforcement to aid in the investigation. As of June 4, no further details were were available.
Biden is currently the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to most opinion polling.
Biden has long been a supporter of LGBT rights. He is acknowledged as pushing his then-boss, President Barack Obama, to come out publicly for marriage equality.
Further, Biden publicly supported trans woman Danica Roem in her ultimately successful race in Virginia in 2017 to defeat a Republican incumbent to win a seat in the state legislature.