Mrs Clinton yesterday said she regretted taking aim at half of Donald Trump supporters, saying they were “the basket of deplorables” for being “Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic.”

Speaking to an audience of donors on Friday the Democratic Presidential hopeful said Trump’s campaign had emboldened the prejudiced supporters.

Mrs Clinton’s VP pick Tim Kaine also earlier this week referred to Republican nominee Donald Trump as the “gravest threat” to LGBT rights the community has ever faced.

Democratic Presidential candidate Mrs Clinton in July named Senator Kaine as her running mate.

Senator Kaine has been a long-time advocate for LGBT+ equality. He was one of the original sponsors of the Equality Act, and in 2006 on becoming the Governor of Virginia he signed an executive order to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

His views contrast with Donald Trump’s VP pick Mike Pence, a diehard opponent of LGBT rights who previously signed a ‘religious freedom’ law permitting anti-LGBT discrimination.