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It is Flag Day as well as a rare day for the voters of the District of Columbia who get to vote in the last primary of this season.  Sadly, they will not have that chance in November. Hillary Clinton began her day in Pittsburgh at a Democratic Party rally and will return to D.C. later in the day.

Yesterday, in the aftermath of yet another gun massacre in this country, this one with the highest number of casualties ever, both Hillary and Donald (as she prefers to refer to him) delivered speeches on how to prevent such attacks, although they were not really speaking on the same topic.

Donald’s speech was limited to one variety of attack – the kind that are inspired by or dedicated to jihadist organizations.  For Donald, the attacks on a prayer group in Charleston and first graders and their teachers in Sandy Hook were not part of the equation. The shooters came from good American, gun-toting homes after all.

It was hard to discern a proposed solution to the jihad-inspired attacks that were Donald’s chosen topic, however.  He echoed Hillary’s name over and over as if it had magical powers. Apparently keeping certain outsiders out will solve the problem despite the fact that the perpetrators of the Orlando,  San Bernardino, and Fort Hood attacks were Americans.

Hillary, in her speech, never mentioned his name and did specifically speak of radical jihadist  terrorism.  She removed an arrow from Donald’s quiver by calling it “radical Islam” – a term he repeatedly has attacked her for avoiding.  She proposed a multifaceted approach to combating the threat, but for her, what looms large is the availability of assault weapons.  She attacked the gun laws and the dysfunction within government that prevents dots from being connected. She did not directly attack Donald.

Today, on the other hand, she took him on with a right hook and a left upper cut.  She called him unqualified and called upon the GOP to get him under control. She assailed his casual relationship with fact and his obsession with words. She wondered,  “Is he suggesting that there are magic words that once uttered will stop terrorists from coming after us.”

Trump’s statements are lies—but he tells them because he has to distract from the fact that he has nothing substantive to say for himself.

“It matters what we do, not just what we say. It didn’t matter what we called bin Laden—it mattered that we got bin Laden.” —Hillary

In a similar speech the hour before, President Obama also commented on Donald’s insistence that something is wrong with the lexical selections of Democrats and changing the verbiage would turn the war. In Pittsburgh, Hillary took issue with notion that there are magic words that will dispel threats. Could not agree more!

Hillary has a pretty name. Repeating it over and over will not put the genie back in the lamp, though.  She did not cause the terrorism, has worked hard to fight it with sanctions and terrorist designations as secretary of state,  and, like President Obama, is on the same anti-terror team, although Donald seems to imply differently.  Today, Hillary did not refrain from calling out Donald – in very specific and substantive ways – not as a magic word.

Hillary Clinton in Pittsburgh: ‘What Donald Trump Is Saying Is Shameful’

Today in Pittsburgh, Hillary Clinton delivered remarks criticizing Donald Trump for his response to Sunday’s tragic terrorist attack in Orlando and urging national unity to protect our security and uphold our guiding values. Clinton specifically called out Trump’s suggestion that President Obama is siding with terrorists and asked Republicans to rebuke this dangerous rhetoric, saying, “History will remember what we do in this moment… Americans don’t need conspiracy theories and pathological self-congratulations. We need leadership, common sense and concrete plans.”

Clinton again affirmed her plans to defeat ISIS, to combat homegrown terrorism, to keep weapons of war off our streets and enact commonsense gun safety measures, and to keep our country safe while advancing the values of tolerance and unity.

A full transcript of Clinton’s remarks in Pittsburgh is below:

“Hello! Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you all.

It is so great to be back in Pittsburgh. And it is especially great to be here with the men and women of the IBEW.

I want to thank Mike Dunleavy and IBEW Local 5 for welcoming us to your house. We are happy to be here. And, I want to thank my longtime friend, colleague, advocate, Leo Gerard, who has been a champion, not just for steelworkers, but for working people – fairness, the kind of economy that lifts everybody up, for as long as I’ve known him. I am so grateful to have the support of the steelworkers and IBEW. It means a lot to me because we want to put you all to work. We’re going to have a lot of work to do in our country and nobody can do it better.

I want to recognize your County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald, and thank him for being such a great supporter, but, more than that, leading this county along with Mayor Bill Peduto, who has done such a great job to continue the renaissance of Pittsburgh. I want to join Leo in acknowledging your great Congressman Mike Doyle and your great Senator Bob Casey. There’s another mayor here, Mayor John Fetterman. John is here. John is hard to miss, so he’s here somewhere! I saw him somewhere earlier. I want to thank also City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, and I want to thank Josh Shapiro, your candidate for Attorney General, and a Montgomery County Commissioner, Reverend James Edward Brown, and, all of you for being with us today.

I always love coming to Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania, and it’s especially great to be here after the Penguins clinched the Stanley Cup again! It’s great, quite a record now. They’ve got some ways to go before they match the Steelers in terms of winning it all but they’re on their way. The County Executive and I were talking, and he said something that really struck me. The Penguins did this the old fashion way: teamwork, hard work, and resilience. And that’s what we’re going to do in this election. That’s what we’re going to do in our country.

When I planned this trip, I intended to give a different talk today. About how we make our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, how do we reduce the economic inequality that’s threatening not just our economy, but our democracy. How we rebuild our infrastructure, stand with our steelworkers against illegal dumping by China. And I wanted to talk too about how unions like yours, IBEW, and the steelworkers, and so many others, helped build the greatest middle class in the world. If anybody has a chair you can use it because don’t worry, the folks behind you have sat down and everybody is seated. That’s great.

You see, I draw from our history that labor is central to whatever we want to achieve. I’m going to be a strong partner and advocate for the American labor movement, for working people, for your rights and your opportunities to make the very best possible living in the greatest country on earth. These are the issues that are in my heart. I will be talking about them in the weeks ahead. They’re really at the center of my campaign.

But today, there are different things on my mind – and probably on yours, too, as Leo said.

We are all still reeling from what happened on Sunday in Orlando. Another terrorist attack – not overseas, but here at home. So many Americans killed and wounded. A hate crime at an LGBT nightclub, right in the middle of Pride Month. The deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States.

The losses stretch all the way to Pennsylvania. Two of the victims were from this state. Akyra Murray, a high school basketball star from Philadelphia, was killed; she was just 18 years old. And her friend Patience Carter, also from Philadelphia, was shot. It’s a poignant reminder that even in a country as big as ours, we are all connected. And our hearts are with Patience and Akyra’s families, and all the families who are grieving now.

Since Sunday, we’ve been trying to make sense of what happened, and what we can do together to prevent future attacks.

Yesterday in Cleveland, I once again laid out my plan for defeating ISIS and the broader radical jihadist movement, around the world and online and for combating radicalization here at home, including a special focus on detecting and preventing so-called ‘lone wolf’ attacks like we saw in Orlando and San Bernardino. These attacks are carried out by individuals who may or may not have any direct contact with an organization like ISIS, but are inspired, primarily over the internet, by its twisted ideology.

I reemphasized the importance of working with Muslim communities here at home, who are often the most likely to recognize radicalization before it’s too late. After the attacks in Paris, Brussels and San Bernardino, I met with homeland security officials and Muslim community leaders in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, to hear their ideas for building stronger partnerships. We need to lift up voices of moderation and tolerance.

I also said something I’ve been saying from the very beginning of this campaign: I believe we Americans are capable of both protecting our Second Amendment rights while making sure guns don’t fall into the wrong hands. The terrorist in Orlando was the definition of ‘the wrong hands.’ And weapons of war have no place in our streets.

So the questions being debated this week about how we deal with the threat of terrorism are some of the most charged and important issues we face. And there are bound to be differences of opinion. In a country as diverse and complex as ours, I think that’s a given.

But I believe that despite those differences, on a deeper level, we are all on the same team. We may not see eye to eye on everything, but we are all Americans. And there is so much more that unites us than divides us. I have said many times, I think it’s appropriate for us, not to consider ourselves on the Republican team or the Democratic team, on the red team or the blue team, but to be on the American team. And after a terrible event, like Orlando, that’s clearer than ever.

That’s what we’re seeing in Orlando and across America – people of different faiths, backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities coming together to say with one voice, we won’t let hate defeat us.

If we can count on that kind of unity and solidarity from each other – if even the families of the Orlando victims are speaking out right now against hate and division – we should certainly expect that from our leaders.

And I am sorry to say that is not what we are hearing from Donald Trump.

Donald Trump wants to be our next Commander in Chief. I think we all know that is a job that demands a calm, collected, and dignified response to these kinds of events. Instead, yesterday morning, just one day after the massacre, he went on TV and suggested that President Obama is on the side of the terrorists.

Just think about that for a second.

Even in a time of divided politics, this is beyond anything that should be said by someone running for President of the United States. And I have to ask – will responsible Republican leaders stand up to their presumptive nominee? Or will they stand by his accusation about our President?

I am sure they would rather avoid that question altogether. But history will remember what we do in this moment.

What Donald Trump is saying is shameful. It is disrespectful to the people who were killed and wounded, and their families. And it is yet more evidence that he is temperamentally unfit and totally unqualified to be Commander in Chief.

Of course, he is a leader of the birther movement, which spread the lie that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States. I guess he had to be reminded Hawaii is part of the United States. This is the man who claimed a distinguished federal judge born and raised in Indiana can’t do his job because of his – quote –‘Mexican heritage.’ I guess he has to be reminded Indiana is in the United States.

So maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. But it was one thing when he was a reality TV personality. You know, raising his arms and yelling, you’re fired. It is another thing altogether when he’s the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president.

Americans don’t need conspiracy theories and pathological self-congratulations. We need leadership, common sense and concrete plans.

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

The barbarity we face from radical jihadists is profound. So I would like to have a worthy debate on the best way to keep our country safe. That’s what Americans deserve.

I read every word of Donald Trump’s speech yesterday. And I sifted through all the bizarre rants and the outright lies.

What I found, once you cut through the nonsense, is that his plan comes down to two things.

First, he is fixated on the words ‘radical Islam.’ I must say, I find this strange. Is Donald Trump suggesting that there are magic words that, once uttered, will stop terrorists from coming after us? Trump, as usual, is obsessed with name-calling. From my perspective, it matters what we do, not just what we say. In the end, it didn’t matter what we called bin Laden – it mattered that we got bin Laden.

I have clearly said that we face terrorist enemies who use a perverted version of Islam to justify slaughtering innocent people. We have to stop them, and we will. So if Donald suggests I won’t call this threat what it is, he hasn’t been listening.

But I will not demonize and declare war on an entire religion.

Now that we’re past the semantic debate, Donald is going to have to come up with something better.

He’s got one other idea. He wants to ban all Muslims from entering our country. And now he wants to go even further, and suspend all immigration from large parts of the world.

I’ve talked before about how this approach is un-American. It goes against everything we stand for as a country founded on religious freedom. But it is also dangerous. First, we rely on partners in Muslim countries to fight terrorists; this would make it harder. Second, we need to build trust in Muslim communities here at home to counter radicalization; and this would make it harder. Third, Trump’s words will be, in fact they already are, a recruiting tool for ISIS to help increase its ranks of people willing to do what we saw in Orlando. And fourth, he’s turning Americans against Americans, which is exactly what ISIS wants.

Leaders who’ve actually fought terrorists know this. General Petraeus said recently that ‘demonizing a religious faith and its adherents’ will come at a great cost, not just to our values but to our men and women in uniform and our national security.

Commissioner Bill Bratton of the New York Police Department said this kind of talk makes his job harder. He has Muslims in his police force, he has Muslims in the community, he needs everybody working together against any potential threat.

But Donald won’t listen to any of this. Not experts like General Petraeus or Commissioner Bratton, because he says he knows more about ISIS than the generals do. It’s almost hard to think of what to say about that claim.

But in this instance, Donald’s words are especially nonsensical. Because the terrorist who carried out this attack wasn’t born in Afghanistan, as Donald Trump said yesterday. He was born in Queens – just like Donald was himself. So Muslim bans and immigration reforms would not have stopped him. They would not have saved a single life in Orlando.

Those are the only two ideas Donald Trump put forward yesterday for how to fight ISIS.

Beyond that, he said a lot of false things, including about me. He said I’ll abolish the Second Amendment. Well, that’s wrong. He said I’ll let a flood of refugees into our country without any screening. That’s also wrong.

These are demonstrably lies. But he feels compelled to tell them – because he has to distract us from the fact that he has nothing substantive to say for himself.

Much of the rest of his speech was spent denigrating not just the President, but the efforts of all the brave American service members, law enforcement agents, intelligence officers, diplomats and others who have worked so hard to keep our country safe. Donald says our military is a disaster and the world is laughing at us. Wrong again.

Since 9/11, America has done a great deal at home and abroad to stop terrorists. Thousands of Americans have fought and died. We have worked intensively with our allies, engaged in fierce and vital debates here at home about how far our government should go in monitoring threats. We have vastly increased security measures at airports, train stations, power plants and many other places. And the American people, we have all become more vigilant, even while we have carried on living our lives as normally as possible.

It has been a long and difficult effort. We’ve had successes, and we’ve also had failures. But one thing’s for sure: the fight against terrorism has never been simple.

We need a Commander-in-Chief who is up to these challenges – who can grapple with them in all their complexity – someone with real plans and real solutions that actually address the problems we face. And we need someone with the temperament and experience to make those hard choices in the Situation Room – not a loose cannon who could easily lead us into war.

One more thing. Donald Trump has been very clear about what he won’t do. He won’t stand up to the gun lobby.

The terrorist who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in Orlando did it with two guns: a handgun and a Sig Sauer MCX rifle. If you don’t know what that is, I urge you to Google it. See it for yourself.

This man had been investigated by the FBI for months. But we couldn’t stop him from buying a powerful weapon that he used to slaughter Americans in large numbers.

Let’s get this straight. We have reached the point where people can’t board planes with full bottles of shampoo – but people being watched by the FBI for suspected terrorist links can buy a gun with no questions asked. That is absurd.

It just seems like western Pennsylvania common sense, if you’re too dangerous to get on a plane, you’re too dangerous to buy a gun.

Enough is enough. Now is time for seriousness and resolve.

We need to go after ISIS overseas, we need to protect Americans here at home, counter their poisonous ideologies, support our first responders, take a hard look at our gun laws and we need to stand with the LGBT community and peaceful Muslim Americans, today and always.

In the days and weeks ahead, I will have more to say about how we will work together to keep our country and our citizens safe and take the fight to the terrorists. None of this will be easy. And none of it will be helped by anything that Donald Trump has to offer.

This is a time to set aside fear and division, and reach for unity. America is strongest when we all feel like we have a stake in our country. When we all have real chance to live up to our God-given potential, and we want others here to have that chance, too.

We’ve always been a country of ‘we,’ not ‘me.’ And we’ve always been stronger together.

We are stronger when people can participate in our democracy, 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.

Here in Pennsylvania, and across America, I have listened to so many people tell me about the problems that keep you and your families up at night. Despite all the progress we’ve made, there’s not yet enough growth, which creates good jobs and raises incomes. There’s not yet enough economic fairness, so that everyone who works hard can share in the rewards. We need both – a ‘growth and fairness’ economy. Where profits and paychecks rise together.

So many people have talked to me about how the bonds that hold us together as one national community are strained – by too much inequality, too little upward mobility, social and political divisions that have diminished our trust in each other and our confidence in our shared future.

As your president, I will work every day to break down all the barriers holding you back and keeping us apart. And I will be on your side.

I’ll have the back of every steelworker getting knocked around by unfair competition. Of every working mom trying to raise her kids on minimum wage or unequal pay. Of every union member struggling to keep going in the face of concerted attacks on workers’ rights – because ‘right to work’ is wrong for workers, and we need to stand strong with unions.

Together, I want us to forge a new sense of connection and a shared responsibility to each other and our nation.

I know that’s possible, because I have seen it throughout our history – including just this week.

Some of you may have noticed a letter that went viral on the internet over the past few days. The letter is from George H.W. Bush’s presidential library. I hadn’t read it in a long time – until yesterday. And it moved me to tears, just like it did all those years ago.

It’s the letter that President Bush left in the Oval Office for my husband, back in January of 1993. They had just fought a fierce campaign. Bill won, President Bush lost. In a democracy, that’s how it goes.

But when Bill walked into that office for the very first time as President, that note was waiting for him. It had some good advice about staying focused on what mattered, despite the critics. It wished him happiness. And it concluded with these words:

‘You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well. Your success is now our country’s success. And I am rooting hard for you. George.’

That’s the America we love. That is what we cherish and expect.

So let us come together, we can disagree without being disagreeable, we can root for each other’s success. Where our President is everyone’s President, and our future belongs to us all.

Let’s make this once again the big-hearted, fair-minded country we all know and love. Thank you all very much.”

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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.”

 

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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.

Hillary

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When I receive email polls asking me the “most important issue” for me in this election, I have to wonder whether the organizations sending them have listened at all to what Hillary Clinton has been saying.  Once again today, in her first public speech since clinching the nomination, Hillary explained patiently, that the many issues she has been addressing intersect and should be viewed as a cloth.  The issues are not patches to be sewn together.  The very threads are interwoven as a fabric within the society.  This is why she will not attack one single signature issue when she walks into the Oval Office. She does not see the issues as isolated from each other but rather as essentially interrelated.

There were those who criticized her when she went to the State Department.  She made the issues of women and girls her signature struggle.  Later that expanded and extended to gender issues.  Some said it was a “soft” issue and questioned why not a major initiative like Middle East peace. As it turned out, it was not a soft issue. Nor, as she explained so often, were the related issues confined to women but rather affected whole families including husbands, brothers, fathers, and sons.  It was a wise and flexible choice in a diverse world.

In the same way, her view of the issues we face today and her solutions to the problems are a multifaceted approach.

Hillary Clinton Delivers Remarks at Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Today, Hillary Clinton gave her first speech since clinching the nomination at Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Clinton’s remarks highlighted the progressive issues of women’s health and reproductive justice that have been important to her throughout her career, and throughout the primary. Clinton thanked the Planned Parenthood family for everything they do, and have been doing for decades, to make sure all women have access to quality affordable healthcare and to a public STD testing center. Clinton recognized how far we have come in advancing women’s rights but also pointed out the very real threat Donald Trump poses to this progress. As Clinton said, “We’re in the middle of a concerted, persistent assault on women’s health across our country. And we have to ask ourselves and ask everyone we come in contact with: Do we want to put our health, our lives, our futures in Donald Trump’s hands?”

The transcript of Clinton’s remarks, as delivered, is below:

“Thank you. Hello. Thank you, thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you all. I have to say, pink never looked so good.

I want to thank my friend, and your courageous leader, Cecile Richards. Cecile really is the definition of grace under pressure. She has proven that time and time again over the course of her career, particularly over the last few years. She really is like another great American, her mother, Ann Richards, who was a friend of mine, and I just wish Ann were here to see this election. She’d have Donald Trump tweeting double time.

We reached a milestone together this week.  Thanks to you, and people all over our country, for the first time, a woman will be a major party’s nominee for President of the United States.

And yesterday, I had the great honor of being endorsed by President Obama and Vice President Biden.  And by Senator Elizabeth Warren.

So it’s been a big week.  And there’s nowhere I’d rather end it than right here, with the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

I’m grateful to the entire Planned Parenthood family.  You made this campaign your own.  Whether you knocked on doors in Iowa or rallied in California, this victory belongs to all of you.

It belongs to the one thousand young activists who came together in Pittsburgh last month to get organized.

It belongs to the staff, the donors, and to the providers. Providers like Dr. Amna Dermish in Texas, who called out Donald Trump when he said women should be punished for having abortions.  And the open letter she wrote defending her patients’ right to make their own health decisions should be required reading for every politician in America.

I am deeply conscious of the reality that this victory belongs to generations of brave women and men who fought for the radical idea that women should determine our own lives and futures.

And it belongs to the women and men who continue to fight for that idea today, even in the face of threats and violence.

When a man who never should have had a gun killed three people at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, leaders in this room voted unanimously to keep health centers across America open the next day.

The CEO, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains made a promise to patients in Colorado and beyond when she said: ‘Our doors – and our hearts – stay open.’

That is really what Planned Parenthood is all about.

So today, I want to say something you don’t hear often enough: thank you.

Thank you for being there for women, no matter their race, sexual orientation, or immigration status.

Thank you for being there for Natarsha McQueen in Brooklyn, who told me how Planned Parenthood caught her breast cancer when she was just 33 years old, and saved her life.

Thank you for being there for college students getting STD testing.  The young people who have the tough questions that they’re afraid to ask their parents.  The sexual assault survivors who turn to Planned Parenthood for compassionate care.  The transgender teens who come for an appointment and find the first place where they can truly be themselves.

Thank you for being there for your communities – whether that means taking on hostile politicians in Louisiana or handing out clean drinking water in Flint, Michigan.

And thank you for being there for every woman in every state who has to miss work; drive hundreds of miles sometimes; endure cruel, medically unnecessary waiting periods; walk past angry protesters to exercise her constitutional right to safe and legal abortion.

I’ve been proud to stand with Planned Parenthood for a long time.  And as president, I will always have your back.

Because I know for a century, Planned Parenthood has worked to make sure that the women, men, young people who count on you can lead their best lives – healthy, safe and free to follow their dreams.

Just think when Planned Parenthood was founded, women couldn’t vote or serve on juries in most states.  It was illegal even to provide information about birth control, let alone prescribe it.

But people marched and organized.  They protested unjust laws and, in some cases, even went to prison.  And slowly but surely, America changed for the better. 51 years ago this week, thanks to a Planned Parenthood employee named Estelle Griswold, the Supreme Court legalized birth control for married couples across America. When I used to teach law, and I would point to this case, a look of total bewilderment would come across my students’ faces. And not long after that, Roe v. Wade guaranteed the right to safe, legal abortion.

So young women were no longer dying in emergency rooms and back alleys from botched, illegal abortions.  And this is a fact that is not often heard, but I hope you will repeat it: America’s maternal mortality rate dropped dramatically.

And it turns out, being able to plan their families not only saved women’s lives, it also transformed them – because it meant that women were able to get educations, build careers, enter new fields, and rise as far as their talent and hard work would take them – all the opportunities that follow when women are able to stay healthy and choose whether and when to become mothers.

And you know so well, today, the percentage of women who finish college is six times what it was before birth control was legal.  Women represent half of all college graduates in America and nearly half our labor force.

And our whole economy, then, is better off.  The movement of women into the workforce, the paid workforce, over the past 40 years was responsible for more than three and a half trillion dollars in growth in our economy.

And here’s another fact that doesn’t get much attention: unintended pregnancy, teen pregnancy, and abortion rates are at all time record lows.  That reality and studies confirm what Planned Parenthood knew all along: Accurate sex education and effective, affordable contraception work.

And, it wasn’t so long ago, Republicans and Democrats could actually stand together on these issues.  Back in the ‘90s, when I helped create the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, I worked with Republicans to get it done.

Now things feel quite a bit different now, don’t they?

Instead of working to continue the progress we’ve made, Republicans, led now by Donald Trump, are working to reverse it.

When Donald Trump says, ‘Let’s make America great again,’ that is code for ‘let’s take America backward.’  Back to a time when opportunity and dignity were reserved for some, not all.  Back to the days when abortion was illegal, women had far fewer options, and life for too many women and girls was limited.

Well, Donald, those days are over.

We are not going to let Donald Trump or anyone else turn back the clock.

And that means we’ve got to get to work.  Because as you know better than anyone, right now, across the country, rights that women should be able to take for granted are under attack.

Any day now, the Supreme Court will rule on the Texas law that imposes burdensome and medically unnecessary requirements on abortion providers.  If these restrictions are allowed to stand, 5.4 million women of reproductive age will be left with about 10 health centers that provide abortion – in a state the size of France.  It is the biggest challenge to Roe v. Wade in a generation.

It’s also yet another reminder of what’s at stake on the Supreme Court.  President Obama has done his job, and nominated Merrick Garland to be the ninth justice.  It’s time for Senate Republicans to do their job. The Senate should give Judge Garland the hearing he deserves.

Now, meanwhile, in just the first three months of 2016, states across the country introduced more than 400 restrictions on abortion. 11 states have defunded Planned Parenthood in the last year, cutting some women off from their only health care provider.  And of course, on a national level, Republicans in Congress have been willing to shut down the entire federal government over Planned Parenthood funding.

Have you ever noticed that the same politicians who are against sex education, birth control, and safe and legal abortion, are also against policies that would make it easier to raise a child – like paid family leave?

They are for limited government everywhere except when it comes to interfering with women’s choices and rights.

Well I’m here today to tell you we need to be just as determined as they are.

We need to defend Planned Parenthood against partisan attacks.  If right-wing politicians actually cared as much about protecting women’s health as they say they do, they’d join me in calling for more federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

We also need to fight back against the erosion of reproductive rights at the federal, state, and local levels, and ensure that patients and staff can safely walk into health centers without harassment or violence.

We need to, we need to stand up for access to affordable contraception, without interference from politicians or employers.  And let’s invest in long-acting reversible contraceptives, so every woman can choose the method that is best for her.  Let’s strengthen and improve the Affordable Care Act, which covers 20 million Americans and saves women millions of dollars through no-copay preventive care.

Let’s take action to stop the spread of the Zika virus, which threatens the health of children and pregnant women.

Let’s repeal laws like the Hyde Amendment that make it nearly impossible, make it nearly impossible for low-income women, disproportionately women of color, to exercise their full reproductive rights.

And, it is worth saying again: defending women’s health means defending access to abortion – not just in theory, but in reality.  We know that restricting access doesn’t make women less likely to end a pregnancy.  It just makes abortion less safe.  And that then threatens women’s lives.

For too long, issues like these have been dismissed by many as ‘women’s issues’ – as though that somehow makes them less worthy, secondary.

Well, yes, these are women’s issues.  They’re also family issues.  They’re economic issues.  They’re justice issues. They’re fundamental to our country and our future.

Beyond these specific issues, we need to keep working to support women and families in other ways – by getting incomes rising, including the minimum wage, which disproportionately affects women; we need to finally guarantee equal pay for women’s work; we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship that keeps families together; and we need to break down all the barriers of discrimination and systemic racism that hold too many Americans back. We need to come together to stop the epidemic of gun violence that is stalking our country.  No parent should live in fear that their child will be hurt or killed by gun violence.  33,000 Americans are killed every year. I’ve met so many mothers on this campaign who have lost their own children.  We owe it to them to protect our kids no matter what ZIP code they live in. And that is going to require standing up to the gun lobby and making this a voting issue.

All the issues we’re talking about today are connected.  They intersect.  And that’s why I’m grateful to the reproductive justice leaders in this room and across America.  Because you know that all those issues go straight to that fundamental question: whether we believe women and families of all races and backgrounds and income levels deserve an equal shot in life.

Now that’s what I believe and you won’t be surprised to hear – Donald Trump believes something very different.

He actually thinks guaranteeing paid family leave would leave America less competitive.  He says if women want equal pay, we should just – and this is a quote – ‘do as good a job’ as men – as if we weren’t already.

He wants to appoint justices who want to overturn Roe V. Wade. He of course wants to defund Planned Parenthood. And he wants to go after so many of the fundamental rights we have, including safe and legal abortions. And he actually said, ‘women should be punished for having abortions.’ Now, once he said that there was an outcry, as there should have been, and he tried to walk back his comments. He’s doing that a lot lately.

But anyone who would so casually agree to the idea of punishing women – like it was nothing to him, the most obvious thing in the world – that is someone who doesn’t hold women in high regard.  Because if he did, he’d trust women to make the right decisions for ourselves.

But don’t worry.  Donald assures us that, as President, he’ll be – and I quote again – ‘the best for women.’

Anyone who wants to defund Planned Parenthood, and wipe out safe, legal abortion has no idea what’s best for women.

And after all this is a man who has called women ‘pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ and ‘disgusting animals.’  Kind of hard to imagine counting on him to respect our fundamental rights?

When he says pregnant women are an ‘inconvenience’ to their employer, what does that say about how he values women – our work, our contributions?

We’re in the middle of a concerted, persistent assault on women’s health across our country. And we have to ask ourselves and ask everyone we come in contact with: Do we want to put our health, our lives, our futures in Donald Trump’s hands?

Now, these questions aren’t hypothetical.  Every woman – and everyone who cares about women – will answer them when they vote in November.

When I talk like this, Donald Trump likes to say I’m playing the ‘woman card.’  And I like to say, if fighting for equal pay, Planned Parenthood, and the ability to make our own health decisions is playing the woman card, then deal me in.

Now my friends, I come to this issue, of course as a woman, a mother, and a grandmother now.  But I also come to it as a former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State.  And in those roles, in those roles, I traveled to parts of the world where girls are married off as soon as they are old enough to bear children.  Places where the denial of family planning consigns women to lives of hardship.

I visited countries where governments have strictly regulated women’s reproduction – either forcing women to have abortions or forcing women to get pregnant and give birth.

Everything I have seen has convinced me that life is freer, fairer, healthier, safer, and far more humane when women are empowered to make their own reproductive health decisions.

And everything I’ve heard from Donald Trump, often seems to echo other leaders who have a very different view of women.

The late, great Maya Angelou said: ‘When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.’

Donald Trump has shown us who he is.  And we sure should believe him.

It’s not just on reproductive rights.  Donald Trump would take us in the wrong direction on so many issues we care about – economic justice, workers’ rights, civil rights, human rights, the environment—all of that is on the line in this election.

When Donald Trump says a distinguished judge born in Indiana can’t do his job because of his Mexican heritage, or mocks a reporter with disabilities, or denigrates Muslims and immigrants, it goes against everything we stand for.  He does not see all Americans as Americans.

So this election isn’t about the same old fights between Democrats and Republicans.  They’ll be there, don’t worry. But this election is profoundly different.  It’s about who we are as a nation.  It’s about millions of Americans coming together to say: We are better than this.

So here’s my promise to you today: I will be your partner in this election and over the long haul.

Together, we are taking on the attacks and together we’ll come out stronger – just like Planned Parenthood has, time and again.

And together we’re going to unify our country, stop Donald Trump, and fight for an America where we lift each other up, instead of tearing each other down.

We’re not just going to break that highest and hardest glass ceiling.  We’re going to break down all the barriers that hold women and families back.

We’re stronger when every family in every community knows they’re not on their own.  We are stronger together and we are going to make history again in November.

Thank you all so, so much.”

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Speaking at the Prado at Balboa Park in San Diego to a very enthusiastic audience that clearly was largely military, Hillary made her case for why she, and not Donald Trump should be the next commander-in-chief.

TRANSCRIPT: Hillary Clinton Delivers Major National Security Address

In a major speech on Thursday, June 2, Hillary Clinton painted a clear picture for the American people of the choice they will face this November — a choice between steady, principled American leadership, and a dangerously uncertain future governed by an unprepared, misguided and temperamentally unfit commander-in-chief.

Transcript of her remarks >>>>

Hillary argued for a smart and principled foreign policy. She framed the contest as between  a fearful America v. a strong confident America. She set goals:  defeat ISIS,  strengthen America, and make sure Iran does not get a nuclear weapon.

Trump isn’t just incoherent; he’s dangerous. He’s not just unprepared; he’s temperamentally unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.

We cannot put the security of our children and grandchildren in Donald Trump’s hands. We cannot let him roll the dice with America.

We’re not a country that cowers behind walls. We lead with purpose, and we prevail.

Hillary characterized Trump’s remarks as rants and outright lies.  She argued for strength at home making us strong in the world and explained how our alliances work to keep us strong.

America’s network of allies is part of what makes us exceptional. And our allies deliver for us every day.

Hillary said, ” We’re lucky to have two friendly nations on our land borders. Why make one of them an enemy?” She recommended that we embrace all the tools, especially diplomacy and development.

She said we should be firm but wise with our rivals, stand our ground when we must, and find common ground when we can.

She talked about Trump’s bizarre fascination with dictators and strong men.

The tools Donald Trump brings to the table—bragging, mocking, composing nasty tweets—won’t do the trick.

Hillary Clinton Retweeted Donald J. Trump

Imagine if he had not just his Twitter account at his disposal when he’s angry, but America’s entire arsenal.

Bad performance by Crooked Hillary Clinton! Reading poorly from the telepromter! She doesn’t even look presidential!

Hillary said we must stay true to our values.

“Americans work harder, dreamer bigger, and we never stop trying to make the world a better place.”

Speaking of the temperament it takes to be commander-in-chief, she called Trump thin-skinned and quick to anger.

Electing him, she said, would be a historic mistake that would undo decades of work and fuel an ugly narrative about who we are. She said,  “Donald Trump’s got America all wrong.”

Don’t let anyone tell you that America isn’t great. Donald Trump’s got America all wrong.

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Hillary was organized, succinct, instructive, and forceful.  She planted her arguments in the middle of Main Street and centered them on families.  The audience was right with her throughout.  She was serious, candid, and funny and she looked … well, she looked and sounded presidential!

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I have always said we would carry her into the Oval Office in TR’s chair.   Here is why, in her own succinct words.

Hillary Clinton opinion for Mercury News: A plan to preserve America’s ‘best idea’

By Hillary Clinton, Special to The Mercury News

Posted:   06/01/2016 

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More than a century ago, John Muir immersed himself in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains. In the journals he kept on his travels, Muir observed that “Most people are on the world, not in it.” He worried humanity had lost touch with our place in nature, and he hoped to inspire us to find it.

In the years that followed, his message began to break through. Leaders of American industry and society came to agree that public lands and waterways had to be held in sacred trust. Muir even went camping with President Teddy Roosevelt in the Yosemite Valley, who then set off a golden age of conservation.

This year we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of our National Parks. Unfortunately, America’s natural wonders are facing a range of threats today, from climate-fueled drought to fiercer wildfire seasons to declining wildlife populations. Meanwhile, special interest groups are waging a constant campaign to privatize our nation’s public lands.

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A week before the high-stakes primaries in California and New Jersey, Hillary Clinton has earned some noteworthy endorsements.

In early January, Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Dr. Judy Chu (D-California), launched an outreach to Americans of Asian and Pacific Island ancestry.  Today, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), with Dr. Chu at the helm, will be endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.

Asian Congressional PAC Led by Californians Backs Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s official presidential campaign announcement photo.Led by two California lawmakers, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus‘ political action committee will formally endorse Hillary Clinton for President next week.

Reps. Judy Chu, who represents the Pasadena area, and Doris Matsui, whose district encompasses metropolitan Sacramento, are scheduled to make the announcement Tuesday morning in San Gabriel.

In attendance will be Asian and Pacific Islander elected officials from throughout California who are endorsing Clinton. Earlier this year, all of California’s Congressional representatives of Asian descent announced they are supporting her.

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In an open letter on his website to California Democrats and Independents today, Governor Jerry Brown also endorsed Hillary.

An Open Letter to California Democrats and Independents

On Tuesday, June 7, I have decided to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe this is the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump.

I have closely watched the primaries and am deeply impressed with how well Bernie Sanders has done. He has driven home the message that the top one percent has unfairly captured way too much of America’s wealth, leaving the majority of people far behind. In 1992, I attempted a similar campaign.

For her part, Hillary Clinton has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda. Voters have responded by giving her approximately 3 million more votes – and hundreds more delegates – than Sanders. If Clinton were to win only 10 percent of the remaining delegates – wildly improbable – she would still exceed the number needed for the nomination. In other words, Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown – by millions of votes – that they want her as their nominee.

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The stakes couldn’t be higher. Our country faces an existential threat from climate change and the spread of nuclear weapons. A new cold war is on the horizon. This is no time for Democrats to keep fighting each other. The general election has already begun. Hillary Clinton, with her long experience, especially as Secretary of State, has a firm grasp of the issues and will be prepared to lead our country on day one.

Next January, I want to be sure that it is Hillary Clinton who takes the oath of office, not Donald Trump

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The National Resources Defense Council, (NRDC), which has never endorsed a presidential candidate, has also endorsed Hillary.  Both New Jersey and California have beautiful coastlines threatened by potentially catastrophic climate change. This first-ever endorsement should have an impact across the nation because we are all at risk in a variety of ways, and as Hillary says in her statement, “…there is no Planet B.”

NRDC Action Fund

By Rhea Suh, President, NRDC Action Fund

In 160 days, voters will face a choice between two major party nominees in the 2016 U.S. presidential contest: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Only one of those candidates wants to build a future powered by a clean energy economy. Only one of those candidates will make America a leader in the global fight against climate change. And only one of those candidates will work to ensure that every child and every family in America has clean water to drink, clean air to breathe, and a safe and healthy place to live.

That candidate is Hillary Clinton, and that’s why — for the first time — the NRDC Action Fund is stepping up now to endorse Secretary Clinton for President of the United States.

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Hillary Clinton Statement on the Endorsement of the NRDC Action Fund

Today, following the endorsement of the NRDC Action Fund–the first time in their history they have endorsed a Presidential candidate–Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

“I am honored to have earned the first-ever presidential endorsement of the NRDC Action Fund.

“Climate change is real, it is being driven by human activity, and it is happening right now. We can’t wait for climate deniers and defeatists to get on board–we need to take immediate action to build on the progress President Obama has made in fighting this unprecedented global threat. We need to use every tool we have to make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century and to make sure no one is left out or left behind in the clean energy economy, from communities struggling with the legacy of environmental racism to the coalfield communities that kept America’s lights on for generations.

“That’s why I have a comprehensive plan to combat climate change with bold, national goals to expand clean energy, boost energy efficiency, and slash oil consumption. I will fight alongside the NRDC Action Fund for environmental and climate justice and invest in building a bright future for coalfield communities. And together, we can get half of our electricity from clean sources within 10 years, create millions of good-paying jobs, protect our communities from the dangerous climate impacts that we’re already seeing, and ensure America is leading the world in the fight against climate change.

“The stakes for our children’s health and the future of our planet have never been higher. The presumptive Republican nominee has called climate change a Chinese hoax and called for scrapping the landmark Paris climate agreement. He has pledged to open up millions of acres of pristine public lands and waters to fossil fuel production at a time when America’s public lands are under unprecedented pressures. We need to be accelerating the transition to a clean energy future, not letting a climate denier doom our children to a future beyond their capacity to repair.

“It has never been more critical that we come together to face the shared challenge of climate change–because there is no Planet B.”

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