Since President Donald Trump’s November election, there has been a wave of hate incidents nationwide—and now he’s chosen a leader from one group that has itself espoused violence to represent the U.S. on the international stage.
Earlier this week, the State Department announced that representatives from infamous anti-LGBTQ hate group the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) and from the far-right Heritage Foundation will represent the U.S. at a United Nations conference on women’s rights later this month:
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) noted on Twitter: “Trump is sending hate groups to a U.N. conference on women’s rights.”
Slate‘s Christina Cauterucci summarized the groups’ views, which not only include denigrating rights for women and LGBTQ people, but also antipathy toward the U.N. itself:
“Fundamentalist notions about how women and girls should behave should never be the basis of advising or negotiating U.S. foreign policy,” said Jessica Stern, executive director of the LGBTQ advocacy group OutRight International, in a statement.
“We want the State Department to be a beacon of freedom and safety for communities, and this is the opposite of that,” Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) Intelligence project, told Reuters.
“It is also a bad sign that two organizations that have tried to delegitimize the United Nations and human rights internationally now sit on the official U.S. delegation,” added Stern. “Maybe the violent mentality that got C-FAM labeled a hate group successfully panders to their base, but the U.S. government must ensure protection for the world’s most vulnerable people.”