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Hillary Clinton Skewers Fox News, Calls on GOP to Condemn Roy Moore at HRC Dinner

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WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton skewered Fox News’ focus on her, almost a year after the presidential election, in a speech to the Human Rights Campaign at its national dinner on Saturday.

The news network has focused on her campaign’s role in financing the opposition research that led to the infamous Russian dossier, as well as a host of other storylines, even as other organizations report on word that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed the first charges in his investigation into the 2016 election.

After quipping that she would have preferred to be living closer to this year’s HRC dinner, Clinton said, “It does strike me that in the last few days that at least Fox News seems to think that’s where I live, in the White House, because they spend a disproportionate amount of time talking about impeaching me. So look, if they want to make a trade, I’d be more than willing.”

Her comments drew big cheers from the crowd of about 3,600 people. HRC is the largest LGBTQ rights organization in the country.

Clinton also warned of the Trump administration’s agenda, as well as of the Senate candidacy of Roy Moore in Alabama.

“When the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama supports the idea that homosexuality should be criminalized, and refuses to say whether or not he thinks that LGBT people should be executed, Americans of every party, of any decency, Democrats. Republicans and independent should …condemn him and those views,” she said. “And that includes the President, the Senate majority leader, the Speaker of the House and every single elected official who endorses a candidate with those views should be held accountable.”

President Donald Trump endorsed Moore’s rival in the Republican primary, Luther Strange, but since Moore’s victory has praised him at times. More recently, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the Senate majority whip, endorsed Moore.

Clinton urged those in the crowd to continue to press on even as the administration has taken steps to roll back LGBTQ rights. Trump tweeted earlier this year that transgender members of the military would be banned from service, although it is unclear how the Pentagon will handle those currently serving.

“It is just wrong that in 2017 you can lose your job, lose your home, or if this administration gets its way, be denied a wedding cake simply because of who you are and who you love,” Clinton said.

Also speaking at the event was HRC president Chad Griffin, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Khizr Khan. Honorees included actress Uzo Aduba and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, while DNCE performed.