Christine Hallquist, Vermont’s Democratic nominee pick, says her ‘historic’ victory is a message to Trump, who banned transgender people from serving in the military

America’s first transgender candidate for governor has hailed her victory as a “historic moment” and a rebuke to Donald Trump’s “targeting of marginalized communities”.

Christine Hallquist, who won the Democratic primary for Vermont governor on Tuesday night, told the Guardian she was stunned by the margin of her victory – and said her win could point the way for Democratic success in rural America.

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