Clinton Counters Trump’s Speech: ‘We Need More Love and Kindness’
Hillary Clinton countered Donald Trumps hate-filled and fear-inducing RNC closing speech on Friday in Tampa, Florida.
“Starting on Monday in Philadelphia, we will offer a very different vision,” Clinton said. “It’s about building bridges, not walls, between people. It’s about embracing our diversity that does make our country great.”
“I will do everything I can to make life better for hardworking Americans, I’ll do everything I can to keep us safe and I know a little bit about that,” Clinton said.
The Hill reports:
The former secretary of State drew contrasts between herself and newly minted GOP nominee Donald Trump, arguing that the country should embrace its diversity and keep an open mind, where Trump called for reinforced borders and a halt on people from certain countries entering the U.S.
“You can’t put this into laws: We need more love and kindness in this country,” she said. “We need more respect between and among our fellow Americans. We need to be listening more to each other.”
Her speech stood in stark contrast to Trump’s Thursday night acceptance speech where he painted a bleak picture of America as overrun with crime and terrorist threats that he vowed to restore to order, trumpeting his “America first” mentality.
“Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation,” Trump said on Thursday. “The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country.”
On Friday, Clinton also needled Trump for claiming he can solve America’s problems alone.
“That’s not a democracy my friends,” she said. “As I recall, we had a revolution to make sure we didn’t have someone say I can fix it alone.”
Toward the end of her speech, Clinton said she sympathizes with the pockets of Americans feeling “anger and fear” about their futures, but encouraged them to never give up.
“I know there are people feeling insecure or anxious about their lives and futures,” Clinton said. “I respect those that have legitimate concerns, but I’ve never known Americans to quit on ourselves, to give up on face of tough challenges.”
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