Hil­lary Clin­ton at­tacks Trump over Obama’s birth

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HIL­LARY Clin­ton is back on the cam­paign trail and has ac­cused ri­val Don­ald Trump of fos­ter­ing ug­li­ness and big­otry by re­fus­ing to ac­knowl­edge that Pres­i­dent Barack Obama was born in the US.

Tak­ing the stage shortly after Obama on Thurs­day, Clin­ton noted at a gala of the Con­gres­sional His­panic Cau­cus In­sti­tute in Wash­ing­ton DC that Trump had de­clined to ac­knowl­edge the out­go­ing pres­i­dent had been born in the US.

Trump, who helped to fuel the rise of the so-called Birther Move­ment, told The Wash­ing­ton Post news­pa­per in an interview that he would “an­swer that ques­tion at the right time. I just don’t want to an­swer it yet”.

“He was asked one more time where was Pres­i­dent Obama born and he still wouldn’t say Hawaii. He still wouldn’t say America,” Clin­ton said.

“This man wants to be our next pres­i­dent? When will he stop this ug­li­ness, this big­otry?”

The Trump cam­paign re­leased a state­ment late on Thurs­day say­ing Trump “be­lieves that Pres­i­dent Obama was born in the United States”.

It also made an ac­cu­sa­tion that Clin­ton launched the birther move­ment dur­ing her un­suc­cess­ful pri­mary run against Obama in 2008.

Obama and Clin­ton made suc­ces­sive ap­peals to 3 000 His­panic lead­ers and sup­port­ers on Thurs­day, point­ing to a large turnout of Latino vot­ers as the an­ti­dote to Trump.

Both noted the Repub­li­can’s hard line on im­mi­gra­tion, re­fer­ring to his op­po­si­tion to a com­pre­hen­sive over­haul of the sys­tem and his pledge to build a wall along the Mex­i­can bor­der.

Obama said the po­lit­i­cal sea­son’s dis­cus­sion of im­mi­gra­tion “has cut deeper than in years past. It’s a lit­tle more per­sonal, a lit­tle meaner, a lit­tle uglier”.

He said Lati­nos need to “de­cide who the real America is” and push back against the no­tion that the na­tion “only in­cludes a few of us”.

“We can’t let that brand of pol­i­tics win. And if we band to­gether and or­gan­ise our com­mu­ni­ties, if we de­liver enough votes, then the bet­ter an­gels of our na­ture will carry the day,” Obama said.

The rally marked Clin­ton’s first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since Sun­day, when she abruptly left a 9/11 memo­rial ser­vice after get­ting dizzy and de­hy­drated.

She had been di­ag­nosed with pneu­mo­nia on Fri­day, but the cam­paign in­formed the pub­lic only after the video of an ill Clin­ton emerged.

Clin­ton on Thurs­day promised again to com­plete Obama’s un­suc­cess­ful push to achieve com­pre­hen­sive im­mi­gra­tion re­form, in­clud­ing a path­way to cit­i­zen­ship for the es­ti­mated 11 mil­lion im­mi­grants who are in the coun­try il­le­gally.

She re­it­er­ated her in­ten­tion to re­lease a plan to over­haul the im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem dur­ing her first 100 days in of­fice and ex­pand pro­gramnes that have pro­tected some groups of im­mi­grants from de­por­ta­tion, in­clud­ing those who ar­rived in the US as chil­dren and the par­ents of US ci­ti­zens and le­gal per­ma­nent res­i­dents.

Point­ing to the ben­e­fits of a di­verse na­tion, Clin­ton seized upon Trump’s un­will­ing­ness to say Obama was born in the US and his past sup­port for the birther move­ment ques­tion­ing Obama’s cit­i­zen­ship.

“We need to stand up and re­pu­di­ate this di­vi­sive rhetoric,” Clin­ton said. “We need to stop him con­clu­sively in Novem­ber in an elec­tion that sends a mes­sage that even he can hear.”

While Obama and his po­ten­tial suc­ces­sor did not ap­pear on­stage to­gether, they did chat for about 15 min­utes back­stage. The event rep­re­sented a pass­ing of the torch be­fore a key Demo­cratic con­stituency.

Obama cap­tured 71 per­cent of Latino vot­ers against Repub­li­can Mitt Rom­ney in 2012, a lop­sided out­come that Clin­ton hopes to repli­cate with about eight weeks re­main­ing be­fore Elec­tion Day.

Fac­ing tight­en­ing polls against Trump, Clin­ton could find that her abil­ity to gar­ner big mar­gins from His­pan­ics will be crit­i­cal in bat­tle­ground states such as Florida, Ne­vada and Colorado.

Obama made no men­tion of Trump by name but al­luded to his can­di­dacy, say­ing if the na­tion is go­ing to fix the im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem, “then we’re go­ing to have to push back against blus­ter and false­hoods and promises of higher walls. We need a com­pre­hen­sive so­lu­tion.”

Obama’s at­tempt to shield par­ents from de­por­ta­tion is in limbo after the Supreme Court dead­locked on a de­ci­sion in a case chal­leng­ing the pres­i­dent’s au­thor­ity to ex­pand the de­por­ta­tion pro­tec­tion pro­gramme.

Obama is step­ping up his cam­paign ac­tiv­i­ties on be­half of Clin­ton. — AFP —

A sui­cide bomber has killed at least 23 peo­ple and wounded dozens while they were at­tend­ing prayers at a mosque in a north­west­ern Pak­istani tribal area. Yes­ter­day’s bomb­ing oc­curred in the vil­lage of An­bar Tehsil in the Mohmand tribal dis­trict bor­der­ing Afghanistan where the Pak­istani army has been bat­tling the Pak­istan Tal­iban. “The Fri­day prayer was in progress at the mosque when a sui­cide bomber blew him­self up,” a se­nior tribal ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial told AFP news agency. There was no im­me­di­ate claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity, but Pak­istani Tal­iban in par­tic­u­lar rou­tinely at­tack soft tar­gets such as courts, schools and mosques. The army launched an oper­a­tion in June 2014 in a bid to wipe out armed groups bases in the north­west­ern tribal ar­eas to bring an end to the in­sur­gency that has cost thou­sands of civil­ian lives since 2004. Al Jazeera

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