- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Human rights activist and attorney Amal Clooney said Americans have to “hope for the best” under President-elect Donald Trump but hold him accountable for proposals that may violate international law.

During her keynote speech Tuesday at the Texas Conference for Women in Austin, the 38-year-old wife of actor George Clooney warned that America’s reputation is at risk overseas, according to The Hollywood Reporter (THR).

Mrs. Clooney said Mr. Trump’s comments about “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.”

“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,” she said.

Still, Mrs. Clooney said Americans needed to remain optimistic about Mr. Trump’s presidency, specifically his priority to fight the Islamic State terrorist group.

“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,” she said, THR reported.

During her speech, Mrs. Clooney discussed her representation of a group of female victims from the ongoing Yazidi genocide. She also called on women everywhere to commit “everyday acts of feminism” and support one another, said THR.

“The worst thing that we can do as women is not stand up for each other, and this is something we can practice every day, no matter where we are and what we do — women sticking up for other women, choosing to protect and celebrate each other instead of competing or criticizing one another,” she said.

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