International human rights lawyer, activist, and wife of liberal actor George Clooney, Amal Clooney, gave a speech at the Texas Conference for Women in Austin this week concerning President-Elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric. In front of 7,000 attendees, she accused Trump and his proposed policies to be violations of human rights. In her speech, she notes:
“Trump’s comments that there should be a religious test imposed on entering the U.S. or the fact that there should be state-sponsored torture or that families of suspected terrorists should all be killed — all of those things are violations of international human rights law and the values that underlie that.”
However, unlike her ultra-liberal husband who has been a staunch critic of Trump, Ms. Clooney did offer some insights of praise towards Trump, such as his commitment to fighting ISIS. A large majority of her work involves aiding women who have been enslaved, hurt and trafficked by the Islamic State as part of the ongoing Yazidi genocide. She says the following in her speech about this fight being a top priority:
“We have to hope for the best,” she told the 7,000-plus attendees, sounding a note of optimism, especially for. “The president-elect has said that fighting ISIS is actually a priority … so it may be that there can be progress, and obviously everyone has to respect the outcome of the democratic process here, and we have to hope for the best.”
Despite the slight praise, Ms. Clooney reemphasizes that she believes Trump is a risk to American safety and rights, as well as to those internationally. . “I think there’s some concern from abroad as to are these things actually going to happen, or is the U.S. going to lose some of the moral standing that it has internationally,” said Ms. Clooney.
And of course, in true Clooney fashion, she concluded her speech regarding women’s rights by referencing Hillary Clinton. “Women’s rights,” she said, quoting Clinton, “are human rights. Holding back women is holding back half of every country in the world.”
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