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LeBron James brought in J.R. Smith and his little daughter to introduce Hillary at a GOTV rally in Cleveland tonight. Of course the Cleveland crowd loved it.  N.J. people also remember J.R. from his high school days at St. Benedict’s in Newark!

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In the hour before this rally got off the ground, news came of another letter from James Comey to the GOP.  Brian Fallon’s RT of Jason Chaffetz says it all.  That “bombshell” fizzled.  The announcement does not require fireworks.

Let’s build a BIG BLUE WALL and Make Donald Trump pay for his lies, shady cronyism, and innuendo!


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Here are highlights from Hillary’s “Get Out The Vote” event with Beyonce and Jay Z at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center.





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Let’s build a BIG BLUE WALL and Make Donald Trump pay for his lies, shady cronyism, and innuendo!


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On her travels through Ohio today, Hillary stopped off at Angie’s Soul Cafe in Cleveland and held a rally at Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati where Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords joined her onstage.

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Yes, that is Hillary Clinton in the mouth of The Great Pumpkin.  You know what President Obama say!


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At Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Hillary rallied voters today.  Look for her around the 44 minute mark.

In Cleveland, Clinton Assails Trump’s Disdain for Our Democracy

At a Get Out the Vote Rally in Cleveland, Hillary Clinton called out Donald Trump for refusing to commit to accept the results of the election, saying that sacred traditions like the peaceful transfer of power are what makes America exceptional.

Clinton also pointed out that while Trump poses as an ally of working families, he is anything but. Trump used Chinese steel and aluminum instead of American-made metals at his construction projects, Clinton said, which dovetails with the fact that he may have paid no federal income taxes for nearly two decades. Clinton contrasted that with the vision she and Tim Kaine are offering America: an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. Clinton added, “So, yes, my name may be on the ballot, but the question really is, who are we as a country? What are our values? What kind of future do we want to create together? It is so easy to get cynical about politics. Believe me, I know that. But this matters so deeply to our families, and our communities, and our country, and indeed, our world.”

Clinton urged attendees to turn out on November 8th and vote early, not only to elect Democrats up and down the ballot but also to reject the bluster and bigotry of Donald Trump. She also vowed to be the president for all Americans – Republicans, Democrats and Independents.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Cleveland, wow. Woo. There is nothing like being introduced by Congresswoman Marcia Fudge to get everybody going.

I am so excited to be here, and what a time to be back in Cleveland. The Indians are going to the World Series. That’s after the Cavs won the championship. What a year for Cleveland. You really are Believeland. Now, I, for one, am hoping for a Great Lakes Series. I spent a lot of days at Wrigley Field as a kid, so that would be a dream come true for me to have Cleveland and Chicago in the World Series and for us to win Ohio.

I want to thank all of the people who are here today because you’ve heard from some great, great folks. I want to thank Governor Ted Strickland, our candidate for the United States Senate. I’ll tell you, we could really use a Democratic Senate to get things done for the people of Ohio and America. I want to thank Mayor Frank Jackson – County Executive Armond Budish. I want to thank my great friend from Youngstown, Congressman Tim Ryan. And we need you all in. You need you all in. You’re rallying together and we need to rally together, because I really believe we are stronger together.

Anybody watch the debate Wednesday night? Well, that was the third and last time – that I will ever have to debate Donald Trump. I have now spent four and a half hours on stage with Donald – proving once again I have the stamina to be president and commander-in-chief. Really, you just have to be of good cheer when you find yourself in situations like that. And because I love this country and I believe in the American people, I could feel so clear in my own mind and my heart about what we can do together.

So no matter what he was saying, I just kept thinking of all the people that I have met throughout this campaign. And I had the chance to talk about some of the most important concerns on people’s minds, what keeps you up at night. And as I said then and as I have said continuously, we’re going to invest in the middle class. We’re going to invest in you and your families. We’re going to make sure we produce enough good jobs with rising incomes that every single person, especially every single young American here today, will have the chance – to go as far as your talents and your hard work will take you. And we’re also going to protect our children from gun violence. We are not going to tolerate the kind of gun violence epidemic that has swept this country and results in the deaths of 33,000 people a year.

We can come together to meet our challenges no matter what they are, but on Wednesday night, Donald Trump did something no other presidential nominee has ever done. He refused to say that he would respect the results of this election. Now, make no mistake, by doing that, he is threatening our democracy. He is basically saying, ‘Hey, we’ve been around 240 years and we’ve always had peaceful transitions no matter who won or who lost.’ Look, if you lose an election – I’ve lost elections – you don’t feel very good the next day, do you? But we know in our country the difference between leadership and dictatorship, right? And the peaceful transition – the peaceful transition of power is one of the things that sets us apart. It’s how we hold our country together no matter who’s in charge.

I went to 112 countries as your Secretary of State – and I saw the difference between what we do and what others do. I was in countries where people jail their political opponents or execute them or exile them or invalidate elections that they didn’t win. That can never be allowed to happen here. I believe that’s true no matter who you support in this election. Whether or not you support me or you support my opponent, together we must support American democracy and the country that has given every one of us so many opportunities.

And the best way to do that, my friends, is to turn out and vote. Those are great. That’s great. I’m excited because we are well on our way. There’s an inspiring story being written right now by people across America. And many of you are getting involved in this election, some of you for the first time in your lives. We now have in America more than 200 million registered voters. That is more than we’ve ever had in our entire history, and that is really good news for our democracy. More than 50 million millennials have registered to vote so far. You know what that means: Young people will determine the outcome of this election, which I think is good news. That means our future is in good hands.

And listen to this because this is really exciting: More than 4 million people have already voted, including many people right here in Ohio. In fact, in the first four days of in-person early voting here in Ohio, more people showed up to vote than they did at the same time in 2012 in our last election. That is fantastic. And it shows how serious people are taking this election.

So numbers like that remind us that no matter all the negativity that’s out there, there’s something really exciting happening right now. People are coming together – Democrats, Republicans, Independents, all of us, to reject hate and division. People are motivated to vote early to defend core American values, to embrace a future where every person counts, everyone has a place, and everyone can contribute. That is my vision. I have a hopeful, optimistic, unifying version for what our country will be because from the beginning, our campaign has been focused on ideas, not insults, on bringing people together, not tearing us apart.

And I want all of you to know that that’s true not only for the campaign, but if I am fortunate enough to be your president, I want you to know and I want you to tell – I want you to tell anybody you know, any friends or colleagues at school or work or your neighborhood who may be planning to support the other guy, here’s what I want you to tell them. I want you to tell them that I want to be their president. I want to be every single American’s president, whether you agree or disagree, whether you vote for me or vote against me. I believe we can disagree without being disagreeable. I believe that, and I’ve seen that happen.

I want to be a good listener. I know there are a lot of people right here in Ohio who are discouraged, frustrated, even angry about what’s going on in their lives, about losing jobs. They’re upset about what they see happening around them. I get that. But I think anger is not a plan. We need plans that will help us deal with the legitimate concerns and questions that people have here in Ohio. I think that’s what the country needs now, and that is what I will try to offer.

I am not going to pretend that we can just snap our fingers and solve our problems. That would not be fair. It wouldn’t be true. But I know we can make progress together. And you deserve something to vote for, not just against. So I want to speak directly to the challenges that a lot of people here in Ohio face, especially when it comes to our economy.

You see, I believe really simply that when the middle class thrives, America thrives. When we build the economy from the middle out and the ground up, not from the top down, we are more likely to provide better lives, better incomes, better opportunities for more Americans. My opponent has a different perspective. He really believes if you give trillions – that’s with a T – trillions in tax cuts to the wealthy, to millionaires and billionaires and corporations, everything will work out. It’s trickle-down on steroids. I believe differently, that we must invest in working families, in the middle class, in small businesses. That will power the economy.

And that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to get the economy to work for everyone, not just those at the top who have done pretty well over the last years. Now, Donald likes to say he’s on the side of American workers. But his actions tell a different story. He has been buying cheap Chinese steel and aluminum for his construction projects when he should be buying good American-made steel that supports good American jobs. And this is a very important issue here in Ohio because you’re one of the largest steel-producing states in America. So you understand how important this is to support the American steel industry. So I’m going to let Donald try to explain himself to the steelworkers filing for unemployment. He has put Chinese steelworkers to work, not American steelworkers. And we’re going to change that.

And for all of his talk about putting America first, he’s made his products in at least 12 other countries. Trump suits were made in Mexico. They could have been made in Brooklyn, Ohio. Trump furniture is made in Turkey. And it could have been made in Cleveland. Trump barware is made in Slovenia, instead of Toledo. So if he wants to make America great again, why doesn’t he start by making things in America again?

And we also know that he hasn’t paid a dime in federal income tax for years. He says that makes him smart. Well, I don’t know how smart you have to be to lose a billion dollars in a year in the first place. But what that means is everybody else here, all of us, have paid more in federal income taxes than a billionaire. Right? And that means he’s contributed zero, zero for our military or our vets, zero for Pell Grants to help young people go to college, zero for our highways or investing in clean energy or other ways to help us with new jobs for the future.

Now, Tim Kaine and I, we have a different view. We want to make the biggest investment in new jobs since World War II: jobs in infrastructure and manufacturing, clean energy, technology, and small business. We are going to make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.

And I’ve set some big goals. I want us to deploy a half a billion more solar panels by the end of my first term and enough clean energy to power every home within 10 years.

We’re also going to strengthen education at every level, starting with universal pre-kindergarten education. And we want good schools with good teachers in every ZIP Code so that every kid gets a world-class education. I want us to bring back technical education in high school. I think it was a mistake when we took it out of our high schools. And let’s remember it’s at community colleges like this that thousands and thousands of people in our country of all ages get such a good start.

And I’m going to make public colleges and universities tuition-free for any families making less than $125,000 a year. Education should lift you up, not hold you back. And we’re going to help you. We’re going to help you pay back and pay down your loans. Too many young people are burdened by those debts. It’s going to be great to help you pay it back as a percentage of your income so you’re never on the hook for more than you can afford. Senator Bernie Sanders and I worked on this plan together. It’s going to help save millions of people thousands of dollars. And you can actually go to hillaryclinton.com/calculator to see how much money you and your family could save with our plan.

I also want to do more for apprenticeship programs. I thank all the unions represented here for the great apprentice programs that you have in place. Thank you. I want to support apprenticeship programs and skills trainings with business and labor unions because there are going to be good jobs out there for welders and machinists and health technicians and computer coders and so much more. I want everybody to have the chance to get your piece of the American dream. And I think the American dream is big enough for everybody.

And we’re going to raise the national minimum wage because no one who works full-time should still be in poverty. As I said in the debate the other night, I want to make sure that we take care of people on Social Security who were low-income workers and women, particularly widows, who lose half of their monthly payment when their husbands die. We’ve got to do more to make sure Social Security provides a decent income for our seniors.

And yes, don’t you think it’s finally time to guarantee equal pay for women’s work? Now, the equal pay issue is important in and of itself because if you’ve got a mother or a wife or a daughter or a sister who is working, you want her to be paid fairly. I mean, that’s good for the entire family. Right? But the equal pay issue gets at something even deeper. We’ve got to make sure that women and girls are treated with the dignity and respect in our country that they deserve.

We cannot – we cannot tolerate the kind of behavior and language we’ve seen from my opponent. He thinks that belittling women makes him bigger, goes after their dignity, their self-worth. And I don’t think there’s a woman anywhere who doesn’t know how that feels.

So we’re going to stand up for everybody. Men and women, retirees, the young, millennials, everybody deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. And I have said repeatedly that we’re going to reform the criminal justice system so that – it works fairly for everyone. And we have to address systemic racism that is still too big a part of our lives together. I want to give credit to all the young people, and really people of all ages who have been marching and speaking out, doing everything you can to make sure that issues of policing and mass incarceration, environmental justice, economic justice, educational equity, gun violence, voting rights, that they get the attention they deserve.

Because it’s important that we lift these issues up and work to make sure that everybody in our country feels like they are seen, and they are heard. And all the advocates and activists who have challenged us to think about these issues of race, injustice, and equality, and opportunity in new and powerful ways really deserve our appreciation. I’m going to do everything I can to lift these issues up. Because one of my hopes for my presidency will be to root out systemic racism, and bigotry, and discrimination in whatever form it takes.

So, really, when you think about it, my name will be on the ballot, but it’s not just me. You know, people say, well, you know, she has lots of plans and all that. I do. But I also have a lot of humility about this. I really believe our country is at a turning point; that this is a crossroads election. So, yes, my name may be on the ballot, but the question really is, who are we as a country? What are our values? What kind of future do we want to create together? It is so easy to get cynical about politics. Believe me, I know that. But this matters so deeply to our families, and our communities, and our country, and indeed, our world.

So I want to say something to people who may be reconsidering their support for my opponent. I know you may still have questions for me. I respect that. I want to answer them; I want to earn your vote. I am reaching out to all Americans: Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. I think America needs every single one of us to bring our energy and our talents, our ambition to build that better country. So I hope that as we move through these next 18 days, everyone thinks seriously about what you really want to see, not just in your next president, but in your lives. In your jobs. In your education. In our future together.

And the only way we can have that positive, optimistic, unifying future is if all of you help us get there. Every phone call you make, every door you knock on, every voter you register makes a big difference. So I hope you will give whatever time you can for these last days. You can go to HillaryClinton.com and sign up to volunteer, you can text, ‘join,’ j-o-i-n, to 47246 to join. With your help, we can elect Democrats up and down the ballot, starting with Ted Strickland and others who are running. Remember that early in-person voting – in-person voting in Ohio began on October 12th, and it ends on November 7th. So you have more of a window to vote than a lot of people in other states. And I hope you will exercise that.

And I hope that you will decide whatever issue you care about, you can almost in your mind’s eye, see that on the ballot. See it next to my name. See it, whether you care about climate change and what we’re doing to protect the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie, while creating good-paying clean energy jobs. Whether you believe women should be able to make our own healthcare decisions. If you believe marriage equality should be protected. […] should be treated equally. If you believe we should do […] stop the opioid epidemic that is destroying lives and communities. That we should do more to help with mental health and make sure that people get the treatment that they deserve. If you believe we need to get the cost of healthcare premiums, co-pays, and deductibles and prescription drug costs down. If you believe that we should have a foreign policy where we work with our allies, not insult them, and achieve common goals toward peace and prosperity. This is our chance to send a very clear, unmistakable message about what kind of country and future we want.

You know, I have two of the most wonderful grandchildren ever. And I see them whenever I can; I FaceTime with them all the time. But I think about them endlessly, because I feel such a sense of responsibility, not just because they’re my grandchildren, obviously, and I would do anything to help them, but because I want everybody’s children and grandchildren to have the same opportunities to chart your own future, to believe in yourself, to contribute to this great American democracy of ours. To be part of an economy that lifts you up, not drags you down. I am motivated by my work that I’ve done my entire life on behalf of kids and families, from the time I joined the Children’s Defense Fund until today, and I will do whatever I can to make it my mission to give every single person, especially every child and young person, the chance to live up to your God-given potential. Let’s go out and prove that ‘Love Trumps Hate.’ Thank you.”


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Hillary toured the John Marshall High School in Cleveland before she delivered an address on the economy that touched upon the many factors that affect the bottom line for Americans and for the nation.

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In Cleveland, Clinton Contrasts Plan to Invest in Ohio with Trump’s Tax Loopholes for Millionaires

Following a tour at Cleveland’s John Marshall High School on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton rallied her supporters and contrasted her tax plan designed to invest in Ohio with Donald Trump’s, which would provide trillions in tax breaks for billionaires and millionaires like him at the expense of working Americans. While Clinton has a “100-Day Jobs Plan”targeted towards families and small businesses, Trump would eliminate the Estate Tax, which could give his own family alone $4 billion in tax breaks. We can’t say for sure how much, however, Clinton reminded the crowd, since Trump refuses to release his tax returns.

Clinton also highlighted trillions of dollars of other tax breaks in Trump’s plan for Wall Street and big corporations, such as the “Trump Loophole” — a backdoor tax break Trump has proposed that lets the wealthy cut their tax rate in half on a substantial portion of their income. She promised to use that money instead for crucial investments including infrastructure, education, health care, and other priorities, adding, “Now, think of what we could do with $4 billion in Ohio.  We could build 280 new elementary schools. We could eliminate the outstanding student loan of 166,000 Ohioans. We could provide health care to 370,000 veterans […] Donald Trump doesn’t need a tax cut. I don’t need a tax cut. It’s time for the wealthiest Americans, whoever you are, as well as corporations and Wall Street, to pay your fair share in taxes.”

Clinton said John Marshall School represents the type of investment we should be making rather than giving further tax breaks to those at the top. She believes the opportunities afforded to students there – a “small schools” model in which students choose between directed programs in engineering, information technology and business and civic leadership – can be afforded to all students, regardless of ZIP code or background.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed, are below:

“Hello. Thank you.  Thank you so much.  Wow.  I am so happy to be here.  It is great being in Cleveland.  Thank you all. I want to thank Kim Greytak, a teacher right here at John Marshall, for introducing me. And I want to thank all the teachers and educators, the staff, and the students of John Marshall. I am delighted to be here with your mayor, Mayor Frank Jackson. Also, with my longtime friend, your former governor, candidate for the Senate, Ted Strickland. With your county executive, County Executive Budish, I know is here somewhere.  And with my great friend who did an excellent job presiding over the Democratic National Convention, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.

I always love being here, and today is particularly special, because I got a tour of this high school. And I first of all want to thank the people of Cleveland for investing in a high school that is really all about the future. What a stark contrast this high school poses to what happened here in Cleveland during the Republican Convention.  Because, honestly, they painted such a bleak, negative picture of America, I couldn’t recognize our country.  Listening to their angry speeches, the kind of negative view that they had of our people, Donald Trump saying we never win anymore – well, tell that to the Cavaliers. Tell that to our Olympic athletes, who are cleaning up in Rio.

There is nothing we can’t do if we put our minds to it.  And that’s how I want America to feel about itself, and how I want every American to feel.  And I saw the future.  The students and teachers who showed me what they’re doing here in robotics, in 3-D design, in laser design, in entrepreneurial and civic education – I for one am really proud of this high school and what it represents for the students here. And why is that so important for those of us who are no longer in high school?  Because we’ve got to get the economy working for everybody, not just those at the top.  And how are we going to do that?  Well, I know that too many families right here in Ohio are feeling a lot of financial stress.  Worrying about how they’re going to make ends meet, dealing with all the costs from childcare to prescription drugs.  I understand that.

That’s why I have laid out specific plans about how we’re going to get the economy working for everyone.  And I think it’s important, when someone comes to you and asks for your support, running for president, that maybe they tell you what they want to do, so that you can decide who you want to vote for. And sometimes, you know, I get criticized for doing that.  People say, oh, there she goes.  She has another plan.  Well, I do.  I’ve got an infrastructure plan to create millions of jobs fixing our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our airports, our water systems, our sewer systems. As part of that plan, I want to start a national infrastructure bank so that we have public and private funds working together, so we don’t just wait on Congress to act, but we are building, rebuilding, maintaining all the time.

And it’s not just what we can see, as important as that is.  We need a new modern electric grid that can take and distribute clean, renewable energy across America. And we need to finally finish the job of connecting every home and business everywhere in America, from inner cities to remote rural areas to high-speed broadband access, so they can be part of the 21st-century digital economy. I was talking to a group of my friends who are teachers – I love teachers.  Thank you all for being here with me. And they were telling me there had just been a national survey done.  And the teachers were asked, do you ever assign homework that requires your students to go on the Internet?  And the answer was 70 percent, yes, they did.

Now, that makes perfect sense if you just saw what I saw.  You’ve got to have knowledge of the Internet.  You’ve got to be able to learn to use it.  It can spark your imagination, create new dreams.  I met young people – I said, well, what got you interested in computer design, 3-D design, robots?  They were interested in the arts.  They were interested in what they could do to design and make things.  So the answer was 70 percent of teachers, but here’s the problem: 5 million students – 5 million homes with students in them in America do not have access to the Internet.  And so we’re already creating a big gap.  A homework gap, which turns into an achievement gap, and doesn’t give every kid the chance to go as far as his or her hard work and talent will take them.

So when I talk about infrastructure, I’m talking about making our economy more competitive and creating more opportunities for more Americans willing to work for it.  Because I believe in the basic bargain: if you’re willing to work, you ought to be able to get ahead and stay ahead.  That’s how I was raised.  That’s what I want Americans to believe again. You know, this past Monday I was in Scranton, Pennsylvania with Joe Biden. And Joe was born in Scranton.  My grandparents – my father was born in Scranton.  I went back to Scranton every summer.  A lot of Christmas holidays.

My grandfather was an immigrant.  Came as a young child.  He worked in the Scranton Lace Factory making lace, which was a big deal back in those days.  I remember, we used to have lace curtains and lace tablecloths and things like that.  And my grandfather worked really hard, because he believed if he worked hard, he could provide a better life for his kids.  And he did.  My dad got to go to college.  He went to Penn State, where he played football. And then he took a job in the Midwest as a salesman, and then went into the Navy during World War II, and when he came out, he started a small business.  And he worked really hard.

And I used to go help him sometimes, because he printed fabric for draperies, and he had a print plant.  And he had two long tables.  And it was, you know, not a – it was just an old plant.  It was, you know, low ceilings, no windows.  And he would print that drapery fabric.  He’d take an old-fashioned silkscreen and he’d put it down, he’d pour the paint in, and then take a squeegee and then go from one side to the other, pick up the screen, keep going down the table.  And he provided a good life.  I grew up in a suburb of Chicago.  And so I know what the American dream is all about.  I am proud to be the granddaughter of a factory worker and the daughter of a small businessman, and standing here before you.

And so when I think about how hard my dad worked, and I think about him printing those fabrics and then loading them into his car, and delivering them to whoever had ordered them, and then expecting to be paid, because he had done the work, it just really hits me personally when people are standing up and telling their stories: they were small business people, they were plumbers, electricians, painters, who did work for Donald Trump, and he refused to pay them. That violates the basic bargain.  If you do your job, you’re supposed to be rewarded for your work.  Not stiffed.  Not told to go sue somebody.

And I can’t help but take it personally, because I think about, what would have happened to my family if my father had taken a job like that and put his heart and soul into it, bought the material, bought the paint, did the labor, shows up, delivers the product, and is told, we’re not paying you?  But person after person, small business after small business is telling the same story.  That they were not paid.  They were told to go sue Donald Trump.  Well, you’re a small business.  You can’t afford lawyers to go sue somebody.  That’s not the way it’s supposed to work.

So when I talk about creating new jobs in infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, clean, renewable energy, I also talk about creating more small businesses.  And small businesses that will actually grow and give more people a chance to fulfill their dreams, and will be part of the basic bargain, who will be paid for the work that they do, so they can stay in business.

Now, I’ve got to tell you, creating the jobs of the future means we’ve got to make sure that all Americans, not just young Americans, have all the education and all the skills that are needed.  That’s why I want to start with early childhood education, so that more young kids I saw right here in John Marshall across America, so that high school students can be better prepared. You know, when we stopped doing vocational education some years ago, we basically sent a message to so many young people: there’s only one way to be successful in America.  You’ve got to go to a four-year college.

That is so unfair, and it’s also untrue. Actually, if you look at job projections, more than half of the jobs that will be available in America in 2020 will not require a four-year college degree.  And so how are we going to get our people prepared?  We’re going to bring more technical education.  Not the old-fashioned kind, but what I saw here at John Marshall.  We’re going to bring computer coding, like I saw in a classroom just a few minutes ago, we’re going to bring engineering and design work, we’re going to give young kids in high school the chance to either get that education right in their own school, or go to a community college that will provide it, and give them credit to get a credential, an associate degree, or credit to go on to a four-year college.  So we’re going to do more on apprenticeship programs.

I want everybody who’s willing to work to be prepared.  I don’t want any excuses.  I’m a kind of no excuse person.  If you are willing to do the work, I want to make sure that we’ve got an economy that will produce the jobs.  And then I want to make four-year college affordable.  If you go to a four-year public college or university, it should be affordable. And we’re going to make community college free for everybody that wants to go to community college. And we’re going to help everybody with student debt pay down the debt. Get it off their backs.

Now, I think it’s – I think it’s fair to say, okay, well, how are you going to do all that?  That’s fair to ask.  Well, we’re going to do it in two ways.  Number one, we are going to tax the wealthy, who have made all of the income gains in the last 15 years – the super-wealthy, corporations, Wall Street.  They’re going to have to invest in education, in skills training, in infrastructure, because we have to grow this economy.  We do need to have the resources to do that.  And I’ve laid out what I want to do and how I would do it – closing the loopholes, creating a fairer tax system.  But I’ve made very clear I’m the only candidate who ran in either the Democratic or the Republican Primary who said from the very beginning, I will not raise taxes on the middle class. The middle class has to catch up to where they were before the Great Recession.

And so I’ve laid this all out.  And so independent analysts, economists and others, are looking at what I’ve said and what Donald Trump has said.  And in fact, according to an independent analysis by Moody’s Analytics, carried out by the man who was John McCain’s economic advisor, if you were to implement what I am proposing, we would create at least 10 million new jobs in the first term of my administration. By contrast, if you look at what Trump is proposing, and how he wants to give huge tax breaks to people who are wealthy like him, it would cost our economy 3.4 million jobs. Now, this is not me saying it.  This is an independent analysis saying it, that has tried to look at both of us very objectively.

But what does that mean for Ohio?  If we divide across the country by population, Ohio would gain 376,000 jobs under my plans and lose more than 123,000 jobs under Donald Trump’s plans. And it’s not hard to see why – because he wants to give tax cuts to big corporations, millionaires, Wall Street money managers.  He’s even created a new tax loophole that we call the Trump loophole – because it’s really good for Trump.  It would let millionaires and billionaires cut their tax rate in half on a lot of their income. Under his plans, Donald Trump would pay a lower tax rate than middle class families.  Of course, we have no idea what tax rate he pays – because unlike everybody else who’s run for president in the last four or five decades, he refuses to release his tax returns.  So the American people can’t really judge.

And then there’s the Estate tax, which he wants to eliminate altogether.  So if you believe Donald Trump is as wealthy as he claims – we can’t say that for sure, but let’s assume it – he would, by eliminating the Estate tax, save the Trump family $4 billion – and do absolutely nothing for 99.8 percent of all Americans.  Now, think of what we could do with $4 billion in Ohio.  We could build 280 new elementary schools. We could eliminate the outstanding student loan of 166,000 Ohioans. We could provide health care to 370,000 veterans. And we could sure rebuild every crumbling bridge in this state and fix a lot of the highways that are causing folks to incur expenses.

Donald Trump doesn’t need a tax cut.  I don’t need a tax cut.  It’s time for the wealthiest Americans, whoever you are, as well as corporations and Wall Street, to pay your fair share in taxes. You have been successful in this country because of everything this country represents. We’re going to stop giving tax breaks to corporations that outsource jobs and profits.  We’re going to reward those who invest in their employees again.  If corporations move their headquarters overseas, we’re going to slap an exit tax on them and try to persuade them not to move. We’re going to add a new tax on multi-millionaires, crack down on tax-gaming and close loopholes, and then use that money to make the kind of investments that will grow the economy for everybody.

So here’s the bottom line.  There are just 83 days in this election.  I keep track of them, cross them off. And for anyone waiting for Donald Trump to suddenly become more responsible, remember what a great American, Maya Angelou, said: ‘When someone shows you who they are, believe them.’ And I think it’s fair to say that Donald Trump has shown us who he is.  He can hire and fire anybody he wants from his campaign.  They can make him read new words from a teleprompter. But he is still the same man who insults Gold Star families, demeans women, mocks people with disabilities, and thinks he knows more about ISIS than our generals. There is no new Donald Trump.  This is it.  And you know, I hope you will talk to any of your friends who are flirting with the idea of voting for Donald Trump.  Friends don’t let friends vote for Trump.

So, now, here’s what I have to ask all of you.  I’m proud that we have run a campaign of issues, not insults.  That’s what I’m going to continue to do for the next 83 days. Because I think the details actually matter.  That’s why I sweat the details.  I really care a lot about what happens to the young people and the families and our seniors.  That’s why I’m going to do everything I can to raise the national minimum wage so that it is a living wage. I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that you have the health care you need at an affordable price – and get the costs of prescription drugs down because they are once again getting out of reach.

I was at an event the other day and a very distinguished doctor, the head of a big hospital in New York, he said, ‘We got to do something about prescription drug costs.’ This is not a – this is not a patient or a family.  This is one of the most distinguished doctors in New York City.  He said, ‘It’s getting to the point where I can’t prescribe certain drugs that my patients need because the insurance won’t pay for them.  Medicare, Medicaid, nobody will pay for them because they are too expensive.’  And he mentioned particularly a drug by Gilead that will cure hepatitis C.  And it is so expensive that a lot of Americans are being left out.  And you know what really is upsetting about this is that drug company sells that same drug all over the world at a much lower price to everybody else.

Now, I’m proud, I’m proud, that our drug companies invent drugs to cure really terrible diseases and treat chronic diseases.  I’m proud of that.  But let’s be clear.  Your tax dollars helped support the research that is used to create those drugs in the first place. Your tax dollars support the Food and Drug Administration that tests those drugs to determine whether or not they are safe and effective to be able to go to market.  And then we end up in America paying the highest price for those drugs that we have helped to create.  We have got to take this on.  And we can do it without hurting research and discovery and new drugs and new devices.

And there are two other issues that I want to mention respecting health because I’ve been on the campaign trail now for, well, about a year and a half, ever since April of 2015.  So I have – I have talked with and mostly listened to thousands of Americans.  Now, people talk to me about their jobs.  They talk to me about education.  They talk to me about student loans and the high price of college.  They talk to me a lot about gun violence.  They talk to me about the things that are on their minds.

But the most emotional encounters I have are when families grab my hand and talk to me about mental health and addiction. We have got to do a better job.  We have too many families and too many individual Americans whose lives are being either totally undermined or shortened because of mental health and because of addiction.  So I’m going to work on those things, too, as your president because we’ve got to tackle these two problems.

And I also want to defend the rights that Americans now have from all of the various attacks that people are waging.  That’s why I support human rights and civil rights.  I support women’s rights. And yes, I will defend Planned Parenthood against all of these partisan attacks. I support gay rights. Voting rights, which are under attack across America, including right here in Ohio. I support workers’ rights, the right to form and organize a union and bargain collectively. I support the rights of people with disabilities, who deserve more chances to be integrated into the economy and society. And yes, I will take on the gun lobby and try to get common-sense gun safety measures passed.

And you know, I know how difficult this is.  But here’s what I want to say.  I want to say what I said at the convention in my speech.  I am not at all advocating the repeat of the Second Amendment.  I am not at all advocating any program that would in any way take people’s guns away.  Here’s what I’m advocating: I want to help you stay alive so that nobody who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place gets one and hurts you or other people.

Because when I think about the three big challenges the next president faces: getting the economy to work for everybody, not just those at the top; keeping us safe and leading the world with steadiness; and unifying America, it’s not just a job for the president.  We all have to do our part. And when it comes to keeping Americans safe, I want to keep you safe in your own communities and your homes from gun violence, I want to keep us safe from terrorists no matter where they’re from or what they’re after, I want to make sure that we keep our alliances strong.  Because I know how important it is that we work together to defeat the terrorist threat.  And I will bring all the experience I had as a senator serving on the Armed Services Committee, as a Secretary of State, to make sure that America remains the most free, the most safe, the most important leader in the world.

But I also want to unify our country.  You know, I bet if we had the time, we’d find something that every single one of us disagreed about with everybody else.  We have different experiences, different backgrounds.  I think that’s part of the American DNA.  You know, our founders had some big arguments.  We have a lot of impassioned people who care about the future of our country and what we should do.  But at the end of the argument, we’ve got to come together.  We are the greatest example of freedom and opportunity and justice that the world has ever known, and we can’t do anything that ever undermines that.

And that’s why it is so important that we seek and find common ground together.  I did that as a First Lady.  I worked with Republicans to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program that now covers 8 million kids, I worked with Republicans to reform the adoption and foster care system, which I care deeply about. I worked with Republicans after 9/11 to rebuild New York and to make our country safer, to get healthcare to National Guard men and women.  I worked with every Republican I served with, just about.  I worked with Republicans as Secretary of State.  We got a new treaty with Russia to lower the number of nuclear weapons, and that took 67 votes, and we had to get Republicans as well as Democrats to agree with that.

I happen to believe I don’t have all the answers.  I happen to believe we are stronger together in charting a course toward the future. So I need your help. ‘Stronger Together’ is not just a slogan for our campaign, it is what I believe in my heart.  I will get up every day in the White House trying to figure out how we’re going to create more jobs, more opportunity, keep us safe, unify us.  And that’s where you come in.  I hope you will join this campaign.  You can do so today by texting ‘JOIN’, J-O-I-N, at 42746.  Or you can go to HillaryClinton.com.  We’re hiring organizers in Ohio.  So if you’re interested in working as an organizer, see one of our people who will be at the doors as you leave.

This is a consequential election.  I understand a lot of the concerns that many Americans have, wondering and worrying about our country.  About their lives, about their kids’ lives, about their retirement, about the purpose and dignity of their work.  So I know we’ve got challenges that we have to address.  But I am absolutely sure we can do this.  I believe America’s best days are still ahead of us.  If you will join this campaign, join our cause, together, we […] win an election, but chart a course of confidence and optimism. Getting results for the American people.  Come, join me please.  Thank you all very much.”



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Hillary attended Sunday services this morning at Imani Temple Ministries in Cleveland.  She briefly addressed the vitriol Donald Trump is leveling at the Khan family.

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Captain Khan and his family represent the best of America, and we salute them.

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At the Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center today, Sherrod Brown introduced Hillary as the best candidate in his lifetime.

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Hillary Clinton: A Moment When We All Need to Stand Together

Hillary Clinton addressed the tragic terrorist attack at an Orlando LGBT nightclub during her remarks today in Cleveland, Ohio. She discussed her plan to respond to terrorist attacks like what happened in Orlando, stating that “we must attack it with clear eyes, steady hands, unwavering determination and pride in our country and our values.”

Clinton has already laid out a plan to defeat ISIS and other radical jihadist groups in the region and beyond, and her remarks laid out three areas that demand urgent attention: working hand-in-hand with allies to dismantle the networks that move money, arms, propaganda and fighters around the world; hardening defenses at home and defending against lone wolves; and preventing radicalization and counter efforts by ISIS and other international terrorist networks to recruit in the United States and Europe.


Clinton said, that ”this is a moment when we all need to stand together” and pledged that “we will overcome the threats of terror and radicalization.”  She reiterated that we are stronger together; told the LGBT community she will always have their back, and condemned Islamophobic rhetoric that is counter to our values and makes us less safe.

The full transcript of her remarks in Cleveland are as follows:

“I am absolutely delighted to be back in Cleveland and to be here at the Industrial Innovation Center. I’ve had a chance to learn about the great work you’re doing.

I especially want to applaud ‘Team Wendy’ for everything you do to protect our troops, first responders, and others from Traumatic Brain Injury. It is so important that we continue to support those who protect us.

Thank you. Thank you all. It’s good to be back in Cleveland, I can tell you that.

I want to thank your extraordinary Senator, Sherrod Brown, for his leadership and for that very kind and generous introduction. You are very fortunate to have him representing you. I want to thank your Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, who is both indomitable and indefatigable. She is such a tenacious advocate for the people she represents. I want to acknowledge the mayor, Mayor Jackson, who is here, County Executive Budish, and I particularly want to recognize the passing of George Voinovich.

He devoted his life to serving the people of Ohio as Mayor of Cleveland, as Governor and Senator. And we send our prayers and sympathy to his family.

I also want to thank Dan Moore, the owner and founder of this company and Team Wendy, for his belief in Cleveland, for his commitment to create jobs. I can’t wait to work with him, to do more of what he has accomplished too.

You know, originally I had intended to come to Cleveland under very different circumstances. We are heading into a general election that could be the most consequential of our lifetimes.

But today is not a day for politics.

On Sunday, Americans woke up to a nightmare that’s become mind-numbingly familiar: Another act of terrorism in a place no one expected. A madman filled with hate, with guns in his hands and just a horrible sense of vengeance and vindictiveness in his heart, apparently consumed by rage against LGBT Americans – and by extension, the openness and diversity that defines our American way of life.

We will learn more about the killer in the days to come. We know that he pledged allegiance to ISIS, that they are now taking credit, and that part of their strategy is to radicalize individuals and encourage attacks against the United States, even if they are not coordinated with ISIS leadership.

But there’s a lot we still don’t know, including what other mix of motives drove him to kill. The more we learn about what happened, the better we’ll be able to protect our people.

In the days ahead, we will also learn more about the many lives he viciously cut short – many of them young people just starting out in their lives.

They were travel agents and pharmacy techs, college students and amusement park workers – sons and daughters, brothers and sisters – and they had one thing in common:  they all had a lot more to give.

We should all take a moment today, amid our busy lives, to think about them, to pray for everyone who was killed, for the wounded, those who are fighting to regain their lives and futures. For our First Responders who walked into danger one more time.

As a mother, I can’t imagine what those families are going through.

Let’s also remember the other scenes we saw on Sunday:

We saw the faces of those first responders who rushed into danger to save as many people as they could.

We saw survivors like Chris Hansen who risked their lives to help others.

People gathering outside hospitals to comfort anxious family members waiting for news of their loved ones, and waiting too, to learn more about what they could do to make sure this never happened again.

Religious leaders condemning hate and appealing for peace. People lining up to donate blood. Americans refusing to be intimidated or divided.

Yesterday, I called Mayor Dyer of Orlando and offered my support and my appreciation for the leadership that he and the other officials have shown.

This is a moment when all Americans need to stand together.

No matter how many times we endure attacks like this, the horror never fades.

The murder of innocent people breaks our hearts, tears at our sense of security, and makes us furious.

Now we have to steel our resolve and respond. That’s what I want to talk to you about: how we respond.

The Orlando terrorist may be dead, but the virus that poisoned his mind remains very much alive. We must attack it with clear eyes, steady hands, unwavering determination and pride in our country and our values.

I have no doubt we can meet this challenge – if we meet it together.

Whatever we learn about this killer, his motives in the days ahead, we know already the barbarity we face from radical jihadists is profound.

In the Middle East, ISIS is attempting a genocide of religious and ethnic minorities, they are slaughtering Muslims who refuse to accept their medieval ways, they are beheading civilians, including executing LGBT people, they are murdering Americans and Europeans, enslaving, torturing, and raping women and girls.

In speeches like this one after Paris, Brussels, and San Bernardino, I have laid out a plan to defeat ISIS and the other radical jihadist groups in the region and beyond.

The attack in Orlando makes it even more clear: we cannot contain this threat – we must defeat it.

The good news is that the coalition effort in Syria and Iraq has made real gains in recent months.

So we should keep the pressure on ramping up the air campaign, accelerating support for our friends fighting to take and hold ground, and pushing our partners in the region to do even more.

We also need continued American leadership to help resolve the political conflicts that fuel ISIS recruitment efforts.

But as ISIS loses actual ground in Iraq and Syria, it will seek to stage more attacks and gain stronger footholds wherever it can, from Afghanistan to Libya to Europe.

The threat is metastasizing. We saw this in Paris and we saw it in Brussels.

We face a twisted ideology and poisoned psychology that inspires the so-called ‘lone wolves’ – radicalized individuals who may or may not have contact and direction from any formal organization.

So yes, efforts to defeat ISIS on the battlefield must succeed. But it will take more than that. We have to be just as adaptable and versatile as our enemies.

As President, I will make identifying and stopping lone wolves a top priority.  I will put a team together from across the entire government, as well as the private sector, and our communities to get on top of this urgent challenge. And I’ll make sure our law enforcement and intelligence professionals have the resources they need to get the job done.

As we do this, there are three areas that demand attention. First, we and our allies must work hand-in-hand to dismantle the networks that move money, and propaganda and arms and fighters around the world.

We have to flow – we have to stem the flow of jihadists from Europe and America to Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan – and then back again. The only way to do this is by working closely with our partners.  Strengthening our alliances, not weakening them or walking away from them.

Second, here at home, we must harden our own defenses.

We have to do more to support our first responders, law enforcement, and intelligence officers who do incredible work every day – at great personal risk – to keep our country safe. I have seen first-hand how hard their job is and how well they do it.

In Orlando, at least one police officer was shot in the head. Thankfully, his life was saved by a Kevlar helmet – something folks here at Team Wendy know a lot about.

It’s often been said that our law enforcement, our intelligence agencies, and our first responders have to be right 100 percent of the time. A terrorist only has to be right once. What a heavy responsibility.

These men and women deserve both our respect and gratitude, and the right tools, resources, and training. Too often, state and local officials can’t get access to intelligence from the federal government that would help them do their jobs.

We need to change that.

We also need to work with local law enforcement and business owners on ways to protect vulnerable, so called ‘soft targets’ like nightclubs and shopping malls and hotels and movie theaters and schools and houses of worship.

Now, I know a lot of Americans are asking how it was possible that someone already on the FBI’s radar could have still been able to commit an attack like the one in Orlando – and what more we can do to stop this kind of thing from happening again.

Well, we have to see what the investigation uncovers. If there are things that can and should be done to improve our ability to prevent, we must do them.

We already know we need more resources for this fight. The professionals who keep us safe would be the first to say we need better intelligence to discover and disrupt terrorist plots before they can be carried out. That’s why I’ve proposed an ‘intelligence surge’ to bolster our capabilities across the board, with appropriate safeguards here at home.

Even as we make sure our security officials get the tools they need to prevent attacks, it’s essential that we stop terrorists from getting the tools they need to carry out the attacks – and that is especially true when it comes to assault weapons like those used in Orlando and San Bernardino. I believe weapons of war have no place on our streets.

We may have our disagreements on gun safety regulations, but we should all be able to agree on a few things.

If the FBI is watching you for suspected terrorist links, you shouldn’t be able to just go buy a gun with no questions asked. You shouldn’t be able to exploit loopholes and evade criminal background checks by buying online or at a gun show.

And yes, if you’re too dangerous to get on a plane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America.

I know some will say that assault weapons and background checks are totally separate issues having nothing to do with terrorism.

Well, in Orlando and San Bernardino, terrorists used assault weapons, the AR-15, and they used it to kill Americans. That was the same assault weapon used to kill those little children in Sandy Hook. We have to make it harder for people who should not have those weapons of war.

That might not stop every shooting or terrorist attack. But it will stop some and it will save lives and it will protect our first responders. And I want you to know I’m not going to stop fighting for these kinds of provisions.

The third area that demands attention is preventing radicalization, and countering efforts by ISIS and other international terrorist networks to recruit in the United States and Europe.

For starters, it is long past time for the Saudis, the Qataris, the Kuwaitis and others to stop their citizens from funding extremist organizations. And they should stop supporting radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path toward extremism.

We also have to use all our capabilities to counter jihadist propaganda online. This is something I spent a lot of time on at the State Department. As President, I will work with our great tech companies from Silicon Valley to Boston to step up our game.

We have to do a better job intercepting ISIS’s communications, tracking and analyzing social media posts, and mapping jihadist networks, as well as promoting credible voices who can provide alternatives to radicalization.

And there is more work to do offline as well.

Since 9/11, law enforcement agencies have worked hard to build relationships with Muslim-American communities. Millions of peace-loving Muslims live, work, and raise their families across America.  They are the most likely to recognize the insidious effects of radicalization before it’s too late, and the best positioned to help us block it. We should be intensifying contacts in those communities, not scapegoating or isolating them.

Last year, I visited a pilot program in Minneapolis that helps parents, teachers, imams, mental health professionals, and others recognize signs of radicalization in young people and work with law enforcement to intervene before it’s too late.

I’ve also met with local leaders pursuing innovative approaches in Los Angeles and other places. We need more efforts like that, in more cities across America. And, as the Director of the FBI has pointed out, we should avoid eroding trust in the community, which will only make law enforcement’s job more difficult.

Inflammatory, anti-Muslim rhetoric – and threatening to ban the families and friends of Muslim Americans, as well as millions of Muslim business people and tourists from entering our country – hurts the vast majority of Muslims who love freedom and hate terror. So does saying that we have to start special surveillance on our fellow Americans because of their religion.

It’s no coincidence that hate crimes against American Muslims and mosques have tripled after Paris and San Bernardino.

That’s wrong and it’s also dangerous.  It plays right into the terrorists’ hands.

Still, as I have said before, none of us can close our eyes to the fact that we do face enemies who use their distorted version of Islam to justify slaughtering innocent people. They’d take us all back to the Stone Age if they could, just as they have in parts of Iraq and Syria.

The terrorist in Orlando targeted LGBT Americans out of hatred and bigotry. And an attack on any American is an attack on all Americans.

I want to say this to all the LGBT people grieving today in Florida and across our country: you have millions of allies who will always have your back. And I am one of them.

From Stonewall to Laramie and now Orlando, we’ve seen too many examples of how the struggle to live freely, openly and without fear has been met by violence. We have to stand together. Be proud together. There is no better rebuke to the terrorists and all those who hate.

Our open, diverse society is an asset in the struggle against terrorism, not a liability. It makes us stronger and more resistant to radicalization. This raises a larger point about the future of our country.

America is strongest when we all believe they have a stake in our country and our future. This vision has sustained us from the beginning – the belief that yes, we are all created equal and the journey we have made to turn that into reality over our history. That we are not a land of winners and losers. That we all should have the opportunity to live up to our God-given potential, and we have a responsibility to help others to do so as well.

As I look at American history, I see this has always been a country of ‘we’ not ‘me.’ We stand together because we are stronger together.

E pluribus unum – out of many, one – has seen us through the darkest chapters of our history. Even since 13 squabbling colonies put aside their disagreements and united, because they realized they were going to rise together or fall separately.

Generation after generation has fought and marched and organized to widen the circle of dignity and opportunity – ending slavery, securing and expanding the right to vote, throwing open the doors of education, building the greatest middle class the world has ever seen.

We are stronger when more people can participate in our democracy. And we are stronger when everyone can share in the rewards of our economy, and contribute to our communities.

When we bridge our divides and lift each other up, instead of tearing each other down.

We have overcome a lot together, and we will overcome the threats of terror and radicalization and our other challenges.

Here in Ohio, and all across America, I’ve listened to people talk about the problems that keep them up at night.

The bonds that hold us together as communities – as one national community – are strained by an economy with too much inequality and too little upward mobility, by social and political divisions that have diminished our trust in each other and our confidence in our shared future.

I have heard that, and I want you to know as your President I will work every day to break down the barriers holding you back and keeping us apart. We are going to get an economy to work for everyone, not just those at the top. We are going to forge a new sense of connection and shared responsibility to each other and our nation.

Finally, let us remind us all, I remember how it felt on the day after 9/11. I’ll bet you do as well.

Americans from every walk of life rallied together with a sense of common purpose on September the 12th. And in the days and weeks and months that followed we had each other’s backs.

I was a Senator from New York. There was a Republican president, a Republican governor, and a Republican mayor. We did not attack each other – we worked with each other to protect our country and to rebuild our city.

President Bush went to a Muslim community center just six days after the attacks to send a message of unity and solidarity. To anyone who wanted to take out their anger on our Muslim neighbors and fellow citizens, he said, ‘That should not and that will not stand in America.’

It is time to get back to the spirit of those days. The Spirit of 9/12.  Let’s make sure we keep looking to the best of country, to the best within each of us.

Democratic and Republican Presidents have risen to the occasion in the face of tragedy. That is what we are called to do my friends, and I am so confident and optimistic that is exactly what we will do. Thank you all so much.”





For months after 9/11, the Sunday New York Times published profiles of those who perished that day.  I read every one of the nearly 3,000.  In support of what Hillary said today, I offer these profiles of those who were lost in the senseless attack in Orlando.  Reading about them is, I think, part of the healing process.  Well it is part of some process.  Here is who they were.

I heard Donald Trump speak after Hillary did.  She never mentioned his name in her speech.  He repeated hers over and over in sentence after sentence and sometimes twice in the same sentence blaming her for terrorist attacks. He said she is no friend to “the LBGT community” (sic).  Yeah. It rolled right off his tongue – wrong. This, in a speech where he again bragged that he is never PC. He can use the lingo when he thinks it will get him votes, though. I’m sure that will win over the Gay vote.  Here are some pics from the Pride event in L.A.

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Hillary, however, mentioned Chris Hansen (a witness who was at the club and spoke to the media) by name and referred specifically to some of the victims by occupation. She did not waste time with a useless moment of silence.  She filled the air with her plans to battle the scourge of hate and guns.

Here is an email Hillary sent out this afternoon.

On Sunday, Americans woke up to a nightmare: Another act of terrorism in a place no one expected it, a man with a gun in his hands and hate in his heart, apparently consumed by rage against LGBT Americans — and, by extension, against the openness and diversity that define our way of life.

No matter how many times we endure attacks like this, the horror never fades. The murder of innocent people always breaks our hearts, tears at our sense of security, and makes us furious.

So many of us are praying for everyone who was killed, for the wounded and those still missing, and for all the loved ones grieving today. As a mother, I can’t imagine what those families are going through.

But we owe their memories and their families more than prayer. We must also take decisive action to strengthen our international alliances and combat acts of terror, to keep weapons of war off our streets, and to affirm the rights of LGBT Americans — and all Americans — to feel welcome and safe in our country.

Here’s what we absolutely cannot do: We cannot demonize Muslim people.

Inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric hurts the vast majority of Muslims who love freedom and hate terror. It’s no coincidence that hate crimes against American Muslims and mosques tripled after Paris and San Bernardino. Islamophobia goes against everything we stand for as a nation founded on freedom of religion, and it plays right into the terrorists’ hands.

We’re a big-hearted, fair-minded country. We teach our children that this is one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all — not just for people who look a certain way, or love a certain way, or worship a certain way.

I want to say this to all the LGBT people grieving today in Florida and across our country: You have millions of allies who will always have your back. I am one of them. From Stonewall to Laramie and now Orlando, we’ve seen too many examples of how the struggle to live freely, openly, and without fear has been marked by violence. We have to stand together. Be proud together. There is no better rebuke to the terrorists and all those who hate.

This fundamentally American idea — that we’re stronger together — is why I’m so confident that we can overcome the threats we face, solve our challenges at home, and build a future where no one’s left out or left behind. We can do it, if we do it together.

Thank you for standing together in love, kindness, and the best of what it means to be American.




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