Clinton blasts Trump, NC leaders in Charlotte stop

Posted September 8, 2016

— Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton took Republican rival Donald Trump to task Thursday for his infatuation with Russian President Vladimir Putin and also criticized North Carolina's Republican leaders for their efforts to restrict voting and promote discrimination against gay and transgender people.

Clinton appeared at a rally at Johnson C. Smith University, a historically black school in Charlotte, and also attended a private fundraiser in the Queen City. It marked her first visit to North Carolina in more than a month, although running mate Tim Kaine and former President Bill Clinton have stumped in the state in recent weeks.

During a Wednesday night forum in which Clinton and Trump answered questions about U.S. foreign policy and military oversight, Trump criticized President Barack Obama's performance as commander-in-chief as well as the leadership of many U.S. generals. At the same time, he said Putin was a more effective leader and that he planned to work with the Russian president.

"That is not just unpatriotic," Clinton said of Trump's preference for Putin over Obama. "It's not just insulting to the office and the man who holds the office. It is scary. It is dangerous."

House Speaker Paul Ryan joined a growing number of Republicans to split with Trump over his stance toward Russia and his criticism of the U.S. military, and Clinton said it's time for the GOP "to put country over party."

"We have never been threatened as much by a single candidate running for president as we have been in this election," she said.

Clinton also took aim at North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican legislative leaders for passing the state's voter ID law and House Bill 2, which prohibits anti-discrimination protections from being extended to gay and transgender people.

"This is a state that often set the standard of moving people forward," she said, calling voter ID and other changes to North Carolina's election laws an "underhanded, mean-spirited effort."

"These laws are a blast from the Jim Crow past, and they have no place in 21st-century America," she said.

Meanwhile, House Bill 2 is an example of the "discriminatory, bigoted policies" of the state's Republican leadership that has alienated businesses and others, she said.

Clinton has slipped in recent polls, especially among male voters, but her supporters still insist she's the most qualified to be president.

"She's a senator, a secretary of state, Armed Forces Committee. She's a strong woman. She's been through a lot," said Mike Markel of Huntersville.

Clinton's Director of State Campaigns Marlon Marshall predicted her grassroots organization in North Carolina will turn energy into votes and ultimately trump Trump.

"We have hundreds of staff, over 30 offices. We've been here since the campaign started registering voters, working to expand the electorate. We're going to turn votes out," Marshall said.

Trump, who held a Greenville rally on Tuesday, will return to the state next Monday with a 6 p.m. rally at Asheville's Cellular Center.


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  • Heriyat Sagdiyev Sep 13, 2:26 a.m.
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    From MS, Parkisons, alcoholism, or some other disorder that affects the neurological system. Is there a doctor in the house?

  • Heriyat Sagdiyev Sep 13, 2:24 a.m.
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    Her views are irrelevant. She is going to die soon.

  • Morris Vobserv Sep 11, 9:42 a.m.
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    Hillary spends private time with large donors...mostly white. She takes that money and courts black voters with public visits to historically black colleges and towns. She is divisive. The main reason anyone would want no voter ID is to vote early and often. What a shame for her to criticize our laws that protect our citizens at the voting booth and in the bathroom. Go back to NY Hillary and stay there.

  • Ben Hill Sep 8, 9:23 p.m.
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    True, she does have foreign affairs experience. Just ask our diplomats in Benghazi.

  • Pete Muller Sep 8, 9:05 p.m.
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    Trump is a phony who wants us to feel scared. That plus Clinton bashing has proven to be pretty successful. It does surprise me how easily snake oil can be peddled in the 21st century.

  • Buster Brown Sep 8, 8:00 p.m.
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    Experienced in foreign affairs? Aside from the famous "reset.button" with the Russians? And what about the 4 Americans she allowed to be. Murdered at Benghazi? Experience, yes. Like her boss Obama, a complete and abject failure,.

  • Carol Smith Sep 8, 7:00 p.m.
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    she is experienced in foreign affairs;trump is not. He never has a plan and is evasive.

  • Carol Smith Sep 8, 6:58 p.m.
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    she has already done much and is qualified. Trump is unqualified and unfit. Just a lot of hot air.

  • Carol Smith Sep 8, 6:56 p.m.
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    Thank you hillary. U r right about NC leaders. Lots of harm done to NC by mcdoofus &co.

  • Ron Coleman Sep 8, 5:47 p.m.
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    "We have never been threatened as much by a single candidate running for president as we have been in this election,"
    Clinton is exactly right, she is a big threat to national security and to the safety of Americans