Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hillary News & Views 11.19: "Hateful Rhetoric" is "Undermining Who we are as Americans"

Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton’s forceful denouncement of GOP rhetoric surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis, and her support for aiding those refugees.
CNN reports:
"We've seen a lot of hateful rhetoric from the GOP. But the idea that we'd turn away refugees because of religion is a new low," Clinton said.
Later Tuesday at a campaign event in Dallas, Clinton pressed further, saying that denying refugees isn't in line with American values.
"We can't act as though we are shutting the door to people in need without undermining who we are as Americans," she told a crowd of supporters.
CBS News reports:
"We have always welcomed immigrants and refugees," Clinton said. "We have made people feel that if they did their part, they sent their kids to school, they worked hard, there would be a place for them in America."
"America is not just electing a president," she said in Dallas, repeating a line she used during the second Democratic debate on Saturday and the next day in Ames, Iowa. "We're also electing a commander-in-chief. That choice matters."
Clinton, for her part, singled out Donald Trump for "his hateful language and his offensive policies" that she believes would "divide our country."
"We may have differences but that's part of what makes us unique and strong," she said. "We remain the symbol for human progress, for democracy, for an economy that produces real opportunity around the world."

Clinton’s expansive leadership teams for each state include elected officials that have endorsed her campaign. Yesterday, her team in Virginia lost one member.
The Washington Times reports:
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign kicked the mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, off its leadership team after he said his city wouldn’t assist in resettling Syrian refugees and cited Japanese internment in his letter of opposition.
A Clinton spokesman slammed Mr. Bowers’ comments in a statement.
“The internment of people of Japanese descent is a dark cloud on our nation’s history and to suggest that it is anything but a horrible moment in our past is outrageous,” said Josh Schwerin, a Clinton campaign spokesman.
Mrs. Clinton has said she is welcoming of Syrian refugees and would like to increase the number to 65,000 within the next year, expanding from President Obama’s recommended 10,000.
Clinton's growing endorsement list now includes the original plaintiff in the court case that ultimately led to marriage equality.
The Huffington Post reports:
Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court's landmark marriage equality case, announced his support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday.
"We have fought to not only change laws, but to change hearts, and now we need a President who will help us fight to eliminate the injustices that occur regularly in our community, and the best person to do that is Hillary Clinton," Obergefell said in a statement. "Hillary is a proven leader who will not only ensure that states are implementing marriage equality, but will work to end discrimination in our community whether it's by passing the Equality Act or through state measures."
"There are still too many places where LGBT Americans are targeted for harassment and violence, and there are too many young people who are uncertain and scared of what their future might hold," Clinton said Monday. "Right now in America, you can get married on Saturday and be fired from your job on Monday just because of who you love."
In July, Clinton came out in favor of the Equality Act, which is a comprehensive nondiscrimination bill that would provide protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals who are currently not protected by federal law. 
Finally, the always excellent offshoot of Clinton’s campaign — The Briefing — takes on Steve King’s endorsement of Ted Cruz:

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