With the Human Rights Campaign prepared to host a televised LGBT themed town hall among the Democratic Presidential candidates a whistle is blowing at the White House.
President Donald Trump was dogged by an internal complaint by a member of the intelligence community. The whistle-blower revealed Trump was pressuring the Ukrainian president to investigate former U.S. vice president Joe Biden’s family.
This comes as nine Democrats are scheduled to take part in HRC’s “Power of our Pride” town hall event. HRC is led by Alphonso David, 47, a gay man who became the organization’s first president of color in August. In 2016, under past president Chad Griffin’s tenure, HRC endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. HRC claims three million members in the U.S., per the organization’s website.
Participating in the debate are Biden, U.S. Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, businessman Tom Steyer, former San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, reportedly, has a “scheduling conflict” and will not participate.
The town hall is scheduled for Oct. 10. CNN will broadcast proceedings from Los Angeles.
Before arriving in the Senate, Harris served as California’s attorney general. She participated in a presidential forum presented by GLAAD last week in Iowa. At the forum, Harris spoke of the tragic crimes against transgender people and her response.
“I convened for the first time in our nation’s history, prosecutors from around the country to come to San Francisco where I taught them on how they needed to defeat the ‘gay panic’ defense,” Harris said.
Also participating in the GLAAD event were Biden, Booker, Klobuchar, Warren, Buttigieg and author Marianne Williamson. Klobuchar, fielding a question from Pulse Nightclub survivor Brandon Wolf, said she was proud to see the gay community take a stand to “get gun safety legislation passed.”
Meanwhile, Trump and Biden have been slugging it out over the Ukraine. The New York Times reported in its Sept. 20 issue that Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, had urged Ukrainian government officials to investigate matters that could allow Trump to embarrass Biden.
On Monday Trump tweeted it was “Sleepy Joe Biden” who “forced a tough prosecutor out from investigating his son’s company by threat of not giving big dollars to Ukraine.”
Ukraine, a European country, has been a source of conflict with the Russians. The Trump administration is presently managing a tense situation with Iran. At issue are missile strikes in Saudi Arabia. On the home front, during a fundraising trip to California last week, Trump said homelessness is threatening the “prestige’ of San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Elsewhere, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio bowed out of the campaign unable to qualify for his party’s debates.
“It’s clearly not my time,” de Blasio told the analysts on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program. Mayor of New York since 2013, de Blasio said he would not be able to meet what he called a “high bar” to get into the next Democratic debate. He leaves the campaign five months before the first votes are cast.