Clin­ton: ‘No sat­is­fac­tion’ in Trump’s ac­tions

‘It hurts our coun­try, it hurts our democ­racy’

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

With Don­ald Trump on the de­fen­sive, Hil­lary Clin­ton says she is tak­ing “no sat­is­fac­tion” in his ac­tions and promis­ing to re­pair the dam­age and project a mes­sage of unity dur­ing the cam­paign’s fi­nal weeks. Hours af­ter her Repub­li­can ri­val fu­ri­ously de­fended him­self against mul­ti­ple al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct, Clin­ton spoke Fri­day of the need for na­tional heal­ing in a Seat­tle fundrais­ing speech that also saw her call upon Amer­i­cans to help her gov­ern if she’s elected pres­i­dent.

“This elec­tion is in­cred­i­bly painful. I take ab­so­lutely no sat­is­fac­tion in what is hap­pen­ing on the other side with my op­po­nent,” Clin­ton said while vis­it­ing a Seat­tle cam­paign field of­fice. “I am not at all happy about that be­cause it hurts our coun­try, it hurts our democ­racy, it sends ter­ri­ble mes­sages to so many peo­ple here at home and around the world.”

The Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee said ear­lier at a Seat­tle fundraiser that while she un­der­stands many vot­ers want to “turn away,” her sup­port­ers need to help her win the elec­tion to “demon­strate the pos­i­tive, op­ti­mistic, con­fi­dent, uni­fy­ing vi­sion of Amer­ica that I be­lieve in and that I think, to­gether, we can demon­strate Amer­ica’s best days are still ahead of us.”

While Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is end­ing his two terms with high ap­proval rat­ings, Clin­ton’s strug­gles with high un­fa­vor­a­bil­ity rat­ings and ques­tions about her hon­esty could un­der­mine any elec­toral man­date she might achieve in Novem­ber. So as Trump has dealt with a firestorm that started last week with the re­lease of an 11-year-old video­tape of him brag­ging about kiss­ing and grop­ing women, Clin­ton is in­creas­ingly aim­ing her mes­sage not only at Democrats but at dis­af­fected Repub­li­cans and in­de­pen­dents turned off by the spec­ta­cle.

Tone of con­cil­i­a­tion

At her fundraiser at the Para­mount The­atre, where Trump back­ers gath­ered out­side on a blus­tery day, one bear­ing a sign that read, “Hil­lary for Prison 2016,” Clin­ton struck a tone of con­cil­i­a­tion. She said she wanted peo­ple “to start look­ing af­ter each other again,” and that while she would aim to pass laws and seek “some real na­tional com­mit­ments,” peo­ple needed to sup­port each other at the end of an ac­ri­mo­nious cam­paign sea­son.

“I will be ask­ing for your help. I need your help not just to win this elec­tion but to gov­ern and to heal the di­vides that ex­ist in our coun­try right now,” Clin­ton said. “I do be­lieve there isn’t any­thing we can’t do once we make up our minds to do it.” The former sec­re­tary of state said those chal­lenges ex­tend across the globe, say­ing she had talked to many for­eign lead­ers who com­plained about Trump’s praise of Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin or her op­po­nent’s calls for a tem­po­rary ban on for­eign Mus­lims en­ter­ing the coun­try.

“So make no mis­take, we do have to re­pair the dam­age which he has done, which we will do. But on both do­mes­tic and na­tional se­cu­rity grounds, re­pu­di­at­ing his can­di­dacy sends ex­actly the right mes­sage,” she said. Lead­ing in many bat­tle­ground state polls, Clin­ton’s team is as­sess­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­pand­ing the map to com­pete in tra­di­tional Repub­li­can states like Utah, Georgia and Ari­zona. She is pre­par­ing for next week’s fi­nal de­bate in Las Ve­gas and then an in­tense stretch of cam­paign­ing. While she con­tin­ues to call Trump un­qual­i­fied to be pres­i­dent, much of her mes­sage ap­pears aimed be­yond Novem­ber - and into a pos­si­ble first term.

“Bring­ing peo­ple to­gether to solve prob­lems is key to our democ­racy. There’s no ques­tion about it,” Clin­ton said. “And I want us to do that in a spirit of mu­tual re­spect, lis­ten­ing to one an­other, hav­ing each other’s backs.”

SEAT­TLE: Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton speaks dur­ing a fundraiser at the Para­mount The­ater. —AFP

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