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Transgender activists are outraged at Hillary Clinton for implying trans rights are a threat to feminism

They said her comments are a threat to transgender women

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Hillary Clinton is being excoriated by transgender activists over comments she made warning about the threat from transgender rights advocacy to feminism.

Clinton made the comments during an interview alongside her daughter Chelsea Clinton, to the BBC while promoting their new book.

Interviewer Mishal Husain asked Clinton if she was uncomfortable with the concept of a person who was born a man to identify as a woman.

"Well, I do think there is a legitimate concern about women's lived experience and the importance of recognizing that, and also the importance of recognizing the self-identification," Hillary Clinton responded.

"This is all relatively new. People are still trying to find the language for it," she continued, "trying to sort it out. I think in the right mindset this can be understood, but it's going to take some time."

That comment was taken by many transgender activists as "transphobic," or bigoted against transgender persons. News outlet "LGBTQ Nation" complained that her comments implied that transgender women aren't "real women."

Transgender activist Brianna Westbrook tweeted that the comments put trans lives at risk.

"Your fearmongering @HillaryClinton makes our lives more dangerous than they already are, so please stop," Westbrook tweeted in response.

"I urge you to educate yourself on the transgender community before making public statements," she added.

Transgender comedian Avery Edison responded, "my nose bleeding as I try to calculate how many still-with-her hillary bros will see her hot takes on trans women and finally realize she sucks vs. how many will work so hard to defend her that they fully descend into virulent TERFery."

"TERF" is an epithet used by transgender persons to identify feminists who don't advocate enough for transgender causes, and stands for "Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist."

Clinton has expressed skepticism in the transgender agenda previously, but she facing renewed criticism after these comments.

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