After a series of great introductory speeches, Hillary comes in at the 1 hour & 15 minute mark.
At the Culver City event at West Los Angeles College tied to Women for Hillary, Clinton was joined by Hollywood celebrities, elected officials and labor and community activists, including Elizabeth Banks, Sally Field, Sophia Bush, Mary Steenburgen and Debra Messing. Samantha Ronson served as DJ.
A number of her surrogates also delivered sharp attacks on Trump. Messing called him a “reckless bigot and misogynist,” while Banks got in a few digs at Trump University.
“He ran a university. It no longer exists. He had a TV show. It no longer exists. He had hair …” she said to laughs.
Clinton made a reference to the Los Angeles Film Festival, noting that she heard that about half of the directors with films there were women.
“We are moving towards answering the age old question, ‘Are Americans ready for a women director?” The comment drew laughs.
She said that “we are going to break the celluloid ceiling. Then, starting next Tuesday we are on our way to breaking the highest and hardest ceiling.”
Several of the celebrities addressed a double standard that exists between female and male candidates.
Steenburgen, a longtime friend of Clinton’s from their days in Arkansas, said that men don’t face the same criticism when they “think before they speak.” With women, she said, candidates can be called “calculated.” That had been a word used to attack Clinton.
Field mocked all the attention paid to whether Clinton was “likable.”
“Over the past month I have heard the word ‘likability’ used so frequently — how Hillary Clinton is not likable. How she is cold or shrill or opportunistic or not someone you would want to have a beer with. What is this? A high school popularity contest?” she said. “She is not running to be everybody’s friend. She is running to be the president of the United States at a critical time in human history.”
She said that what is needed is a “a president who is smart, strong, wise, experienced.”
She refuted the idea that women candidates had to be “nice.”
“We don’t need sugar and spice and everything nice,” she added. “We do need kindness. We do need generosity. And these qualities are not the same as being likable.”