Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton’s focus on gun control, a choice that keeps tragically showing its relevance with one mass shooting after another.
Clinton was speaking about gun control when news broke of the mass shooting in California.
Mother Jones reports:
Clinton happened to be speaking about the need for gun control at a campaign stop in Florida just as the attack was unfolding, per ABC News' Liz Kreutz. In a tweet, Kreutz quoted Clinton as saying that:
"It means standing up to the gun lobby. 90 Americans a day die from gun violence: homicide, suicides, tragic avoidable accidents. 33 thousand Americans a year die. It is time for us to say we are going to have comprehensive background checks, we are gonna close the gun show loopholes. We are gonna close the online gun show loophole. We are gonna close the Charleston loophole, and the immunity for gun makers and sellers.
"And listen to this. This is what gets me. You know what I just outlined? All of that is supported by 92% of America, and more importantly, 83% of gun owners support that agenda, because they don’t want guns to fall into the wrong hands.”
Clinton was the first presidential candidate to respond to the tragedy in California.
Hillary Clinton made a strong statement about how she refuses to accept this as the country's "new normal." She wrote, "We must take action to stop gun violence now."
Clinton is calling for a federal investigation of the Chicago police department.
The Chicago Tribune reports:
Hillary Clinton is calling for an independent federal inquiry into the Chicago Police Department's tactics following the shooting death of African-American teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer, her campaign told the Tribune on Wednesday.Clinton's stance puts her at odds with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who on Wednesday said he is against a full-blown federal probe.
Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, is "deeply troubled" by the shooting last year of McDonald and the "outstanding questions" it raises, her spokesman Brian Fallon said.
Clinton is siding with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, another influential Democrat, who has called for the Justice Department to look into the police use of deadly force. Madigan wrote a letter Tuesday asking U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to launch a review because, as she put it, the "trust in the Chicago Police Department is broken."
Melissa McEwan makes some powerful points about likability over at Shakesville:
Anyone who follows these things even a smidgen as closely as I have will notice that any discussion of Clinton's "likability" is always tinged with misogyny. Because women's likability is a whole different ballgame, with a list of conflicting rules that mean no woman can ever really be likable.
Aside from the inherent misogyny of the discussions of Clinton's likability, there's also the broader issue of treating "likability" as a relevant qualification for the US presidency. I don't need to like my president. I need to trust my president. I need to respect my president. I need to believe my president has the best interests of the people in mind.
Likability is of no pertinence to me, except for maybe this: Hillary Clinton is perhaps the first person with a legitimate shot at the presidency who might like me.
For reasons that are inextricably intertwined with my identity and what I need and expect from my government.
Ted Cruz has been rebuked twice by the Clinton campaign this week.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
At a rally here today, the Democratic presidential front-runner touted her plans to improve the nation’s roads, bridges and ports.
Then she took aim at Mr. Cruz.
She said he has backed legislation that would “slash” infrastructure spending, adding that another GOP candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, has done the same thing.
“It’s sort of sad to me,” Mrs. Clinton said. “When I was a senator we had no problems getting Democrats and Republicans coming together to … understand the importance of infrastructure.”
In a recent speech in Iowa, Mr. Cruz denied that conservatives oppose contraception, noting that he and his wife have two children – not “17.”
“Ted Cruz said … that he has never met anybody – any conservative – who wants to ban contraceptives,” the Clinton campaign email said. “Hey, Ted Cruz? Let us introduce you to one conservative trying to limit access to contraceptives. His name is Ted Cruz.”
While in Florida, Clinton continued her tradition of eviscerating Republican leadership at the state level.
Orlando Weekly reports:
At Wednesday's rally in Orlando, former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticized Florida Gov. Rick Scott for his policies and refusal to expand Medicaid in the state.
"Arkansas expanded Medicaid," she says. "Alabama’s Republican governor is talking seriously about expanding Medicaid. The incoming governor of Louisiana is making this a top priority. Just saying, Florida.”
Clinton started her rally appealing to the area's Latino voters, saying she has heard Central Florida referred to as the 79th municipality of Puerto Rico and called for a long-term solution to the island's financial crisis. She also criticized the Republican presidential candidates for insulting Americans.
"They seem more interested in seeing who can say the most offensive and insulting comments," she says. "They have insulted Latinos, women, Muslims. They are determined to absolutely insult everybody before this is over. They're out-Trumping Trump, if you will. I have one word for them: Basta!"
The Miami Herald reports:
Clinton referred to traffic congestion and delays in the Orlando area and elsewhere in Florida and accused Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz of backing legislation that would “slash” infrastructure spending.
“Those people that say let the states do it, do you really want to put the responsibility for funding Florida’s infrastructure in the hands of Rick Scott?” she asked, going on to criticize Florida’s governor for turning away more than $2 billion for high-speed rail “that could have created good paying jobs and spurred economic growth,” and for refusing federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage. She also noted that the Sunshine state has fallen way behind other states in developing solar power.
“The reason for coming is not just the weather,” she said. “It’s because Florida is so much a symbol of America — diverse, dynamic, optimistic. You have everything in this state, from big cities to small towns, from high rises to family farms, and a diversity of the people here sends such a strong message about the importance of us always valuing the fact that we are a nation of immigrants.”
Clinton, speaking in an area of Florida where the Hispanic population has exploded in recent years, celebrated diversity and noted that she campaigned in Puerto Rico in September.
“Because I believe anyone who wants to be president should give attention to Puerto Rico and remind our fellow Americans that Puerto Ricans are American citizens,” Clinton told the crowd sprinkled with “Puerto Ricans for Hillary” and “Estoy contigo” (I am with you) placards. She quipped that so many Puerto Ricans are moving to the greater Orlando area that “some are even starting to call central Florida Puerto Rico’s municipality.”