Tuesday, October 4, 2016

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and Elizabeth Banks Town Hall in Haverford, PA

New York Times:
The teenager leaned into the microphone, pausing for a beat. She had a question for Hillary Clinton, about her high school and Donald J. Trump.

“At my school, body image is a really big issue for girls my age,” began Brennan Leach, 15, who had a red bow in her hair. “I see with my own eyes the damage Donald Trump does when he talks about women and how they look.”

How, she asked, could Mrs. Clinton help girls understand “that they are so much more than just what they look like?”

Briefly, Mrs. Clinton appeared ready to rocket out of her seat.

“Thank you!” the candidate shouted, as the crowd cheered Brennan. “Thank you!”

Mrs. Clinton had been holding forth on Tuesday in a Haverford community center gymnasium, beside her daughter, Chelsea, and the actress Elizabeth Banks, for a town hall — a “FAMILY TOWN HALL,” according to the blue block letters behind her onstage — speaking to a largely female crowd in the kind of Philadelphia suburb that could decide this critical state.

Brennan’s question was the first of the day and, for Mrs. Clinton, the most potent.

Since last week’s debate, Mrs. Clinton has brought attention to Mr. Trump’s history of making disparaging remarks about the appearance of women, particularly his comments about the weight of the 1996 Miss Universe, Alicia Machado. Even before the debate, Mrs. Clinton’s team had released an evocative ad that featured girls looking anxiously in their mirrors, scored to a selection of Trump insults.

On Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton said she was “so proud” of Brennan for asking the question. Mr. Trump, she agreed, “has taken this concern to a new level of difficulty and meanness.”
Watch the full town hall above.

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