State of the Union: Trump Keeps Tearing Apart our Civil and Human Rights

Contact: Shin Inouye, [email protected], 202.869.0398

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union address:

“Trump has an opportunity tonight to end his assault on our freedoms and his fearmongering, and pledge to put the needs of all people in America ahead of his own. We the People demand an election that is free and fair, with all eligible voters able to cast their ballots and have their votes counted. We the People encourage everyone in our country to participate in the 2020 Census. We the People insist on fair-minded judges who will protect our civil and human rights. But sadly, his track record does not make us optimistic. While Trump charges on aggressively with his agenda, he continues to shred the very fabric of our civil and human rights.

“We the People will not stand idly by and watch as our hard-earned rights are dismantled. The power of our coalition remains strong, and today we recommit to continuing the crucial work of moving towards a more perfect union, today and every day.”

The Leadership Conference’s timeline of the Trump administration’s rollbacks on civil and human rights is available here.

 The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit